Luscious Links to Unlock Pinterest: Free Resources Show How to Pin Your Marketing

Just when you may have thought that social media marketing has settled down to the “big 4” (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube), Pinterest breaks new ground. It’s actually fun to use, highly visual and growing like a weed.

I’ll have more to say about why I think Pinterest is a real trend setter in a future post. Meanwhile, here is a choice selection of way luscious links that will help you get started or understand more, no matter whether you’ve already pinned your first board or not. These free resources should be useful in improving your understanding of how to create effective social media marketing via Pinterest. Or, perhaps you might prefer to start by checking out my Pinterest boards by way of example? 😉

Pinterest:  Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012’s Hottest Startup
InfoGraphic and impressive data from

The Remarkable Rise of Pinterest:  Chart
Get the picture literally via this chart from Business Insider.  See how many people are already spending more time on Pinterest than on other big social sites like Twitter and LinkedIn!

The Big Picture, Big Changes.  How Pinterest is Leading the Way for “The Next Social Networks”
An intelligent perspective from “Trust Agent” Chris Brogran

How Pinterest is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Social Media for Business
Jason Falls makes the case for Pinterest for business on

Pinterest: 13 Tips and Tricks for Cutting Edge Users
Mashable’s how to guide will help you maximize you Pinterest activities.

56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest
A cool & comprehensive blog post by Beth Hayden

30 Resources, Tips and Tricks for Marketing Your Business on Pinterest
A very useful collection from Jeff Bullas that also includes many more “luscious links”

The Ten Most Followed Brands on Pinterest
Mashable’s selection shows the woman-leaning bias of Pinterest, except I’m a Whole Foods and Mashable kinda guy and those companies are way into Pinterest too 😉

Dozens Of Major Companies Failed To Secure Their Brand Names On Pinterest
The name game is under way and lots of businesses are not paying attention… at their own peril. Are you and yours all set with the Pinterest name you love and deserve? 😉

Pinterest Data Analysis: An Inside Look
Research firm RJMetrics delivers some fascinating insights about Pinterest’s rapid growth as well as its “growing pains”

A Pinterest Board of Cool Pinterest Stuff
And, what selection of Pinterest links would be complete without a link to a Pinterest Board packed with cool Pinterest stuff? This is also a great example of how a Pinterest Board can be useful, interesting and creative.

Enjoy and please comment. Do you like this kind of link aggregation? Did you find this post useful? Thanks!

“The Challenge of Authenticity: You Can’t Let It Wait” — An Urgent, Live Interactive Conversation

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse.  — Carlos Castaneda

We all know that every moment is precious, yet we seem to need wake up calls. My old friend, Robert Rabbin’s wake up call is a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. But he’s not taking it as a “curse.” He is turning up the volume on his life’s work which is all about authenticity.

Last year, when Robert and I had an online conversation (via my educational site about how crucial authenticity is to Internet marketing, it changed the course of my work and I edited a ten-minute video of the essence of that conversation.

This year, the urgency I am feeling from Robert is several “octaves” higher. I think this is a conversation you will not want to miss. It may change your work and your life, unless of course you are already fully satisfied that you are doing everything you can to live the life you are meant to live. Personally, I don’t know too many people like that.

So, if you are looking for inspiration to live your life more fully, you are Invited to… 

The Challenge of Authenticity: You Can’t Let It Wait

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 4:00pm – 4:30pm US Pacific Time 

Join me and my friend Robert Rabbin, author of The 5 Principles of Authentic Living: How to Live an Authentic Life in 10 Words as we talk about how even life’s most difficult challenges can be used as opportunities to live a more meaningful life. If Robert can do this with his stage 4 cancer diagnosis, what challenges do you have that can’t be transformed into enlivening opportunities?

I am uplifted by Robert’s commitment to respond to his challenge by deepening his commitment to his life’s work. He has turned it into not just an opportunity, but an extraordinary one. His insights are transformational. Please don’t miss this very special event. Be part of our conversation. It is completely free, live, and will be interactive via the embedded chat. It will be available online via video or streaming audio, or by telephone. Once you sign-in online, there will also be long distance phone lines (local charges may apply) and these will be available for Australia, New Zealand and the UK, as well as for the US.

Online, there will be live video of both Robert and I during the event. If you register, a recording will also be available (tech gods willing); but it will probably not include video of our lovely faces. 😉

Addendum: In case you missed it…
Robert and Jon talked about how even life’s most difficult challenges can be used as opportunities to live a more meaningful life. This is an authentic conversation that will inspire you to live your life to the fullest. If you missed the live event or just want to be inspired all over again, here’s the recording: