The third and final part of our series on Pinterest brings us to the making-money part of the story.
After all, that's what separates a “cool feature” from a business. And by Pinterest's own admission, they're still figuring out their business model. And a sceptical as I am by nature, my response is "so what?"
Twitter looks like a viable social media titan, but does anyone think they've cracked the code on their revenue model? And with just over 20 staff, and 10 million users - with brands now running campaigns on Pinterest, there's a difference between "not having" a model, and waiting to select the right business model.
A few weeks ago O2 CEO Ronan Dunne invited a group of press and bloggers to join him at #o2tweetup.
During the session, he asked for input on running his Twitter account, as well as sharing his own thoughts on the role of a senior executive online.
We caught up with him to drill down into a few of these points, and talk about the process of running a CEO's Twitter account.
It's official. Everyone’s gone Pinterest mad.
Analysts are debating its long-term value, retailers are seeing increased referrals (suggested to be at higher levels than Facebook) – and even the Metro is getting involved, with a full page spread in yesterday's paper.
But at a practical level, what’s the best way to get involved? Should you? Is there any best practice yet?
The site is (relatively) young, so people are still learning, but we’ve compiled some of the best ways to use Pinterest as a brand - with examples of those already doing so in each case.
Late last week it was revealed that none other than high street fashion label H&M had become the most followed brand Google+.
The top ten was compiled by Simply Measured, based on the number of “circlers” for each brand in early February, with usual suspects Pesi, Starbucks and Burberry also making an appearance.
Though H&M's Facebook page has 9.7m Facebook fans — about 19 times the number on Google+ - it’s undoubtedly becoming a viable marketing channel.
Just what is H&M doing? And is the right way to go?
An important question on the mind of the modern email
marketer is: 'how often can I send marketing emails to my list?'
surprising really; online sales hit record highs this Christmas
and New Year, email is now a core revenue-driving channel and is proving to be
So how do you manage
that fine balance between short term revenue and longer term list value, to
make the most of the sales potential now and protect the value of your list for
In this post I will set out the key elements to consider when
deciding who to send to and how often.
A good design can make a world of difference for an e-commerce site; the right design will sell more goods and also improve the company's image.
There are lots of e-commerce guidelines, but many are too high-level ('know your customer') or too low-level ('always use a big checkout button') to be useful.
On Tuesday more than 500 B2B and B2C marketers attended FUNNEL, our first event to consider where marketing meets sales - and leads become revenue.
With a definite sense of new confidence in the air, the packed speaker programme looked at key challenges and opportunities facing ‘considered purchase’ marketers today – how to best attract, engage, nurture and convert leads.
I’ve collated some of the key takeaways and soundbites below...
In a world increasingly driven by content that's hiding in an email or behind a Tweet, subject lines are more important than ever.
In advance of a talk later this week at the Internet Marketing Conference in New York, here are some of the approaches and best practices in crafting better subject lines.
It’s a commonly believed myth in email marketing that the more email addresses a sender has on their database, the higher their chance of success.
In fact, this is an inaccurate and detrimental approach and many email marketers don’t consider the consequences of contacting people who aren’t interested in their brand or, worse still, don’t exist.
How can you make the most of your SEO budget? What techniques get you penalised by the search engines? Is it possible to increase the returns on your optimisation investment?
Last month I wrote about how to fit SEO alongside your day job, so I’ve compiled this list of 50 rules and tips to help boost your website’s ranking and performance.