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  • http://twitter.com/SuzChadwick Suzanne Chadwick

    I am part of a number of group boards but those board followers have not automatically become my followers, so not sure about that point above.

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      You are correct Suzanne, sorry for the confusion. Only those followers who have chosen to follow “all the boards” of a contributor will show up on the group board. Thanks Tehmina

  • http://www.facebook.com/treb072410 Jubert Sagun

    great post! really informative.. Thanks for sharing…

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Thank you Jubert, pleased you found it helpful :-)

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the comment Doris. The numbers are sometimes murky and the reason that the latest post has some discrepancy is that it was guest post. What I do know is that Facebook is over 1 billion, Twitter is over 200 million and so is LinkedIn. Instagram now has 100 million monthly users and Pinterest is similar numbers. The Google+ numbers have been stated as over 400 million monthly users but I have hard that the number is based upon interacting with the red +1 button which is in Gmail, reader etc. I think it is time for a blog post to look at an update which takes a closer look and various sources on the the latest number for the major social networks! :)

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Thanks Doris and Jeff. I agree, the different numbers being bandied about can be confusing. The stats I refer to regarding Pinterest and Twitter refer to the USA only, currently where the majority of Pinterest users reside.

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  • http://socialmediarevolver.com/ KrisOlin

    Great post, Tehmina! I’m a big fans of PInterest as it has the potential to drive some serious traffic to your website or blog. My guess is that Pinterest will be huge in a few years time!

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Thanks Kris, great to meet a fellow Pinterest fan :-) I suggest you check out Repinly to find the most popular boards, many of which are group boards.

    • Lark

      You can also browse http://www.pinterest.com/groupboardclub/boards/ It is a small directory of (about 145) group boards.

  • http://twitter.com/RECarolinaGroup Real Estate Carolina

    I’m headed to our boards right now! This was great post — I’ve had group boards in the back of my mind for some time, and you’ve prompted me to get on it. Thanks!

    http://www.realestatecarolinagroup.com/blog

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Great to see you’ve been inspired to give them a go :-)

  • http://www.bizgrowthnews.com Krishna De

    Jeff – thanks for sharing the guest blog post from Tehmina. One thing you may want to check with them is their comment:”If you join a group board with hundreds or thousands of followers they will automatically become your followers too. More followers means greater exposure.”

    If you do participate in a board that has a number of collaborators, they are not automatically subscribed and become a follower. People choose to follow who they wish. Of course being a member of an active community board on Pinterest can build your following – just as being a member of a LinkedIn Group can. As always it is going to be based on your contribution and content being of interest to others.

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Thank you Krishna for joining the conversation. You’re absolutely right and that comment has been amended to clear up any confusion.

  • http://twitter.com/MelissaWrites Melissa Taylor

    “If you join a group board with hundreds or thousands of followers they will automatically become your followers too. ” isn’t actually the case. The followers of that board will SEE your pins but unless they click through to your profile and follow you, they do not follow you.
    Melissa Taylor, author of Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Thank you Melissa for pointing that out, the post has been amended :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MelissaWrites Melissa Taylor

    P.S. I should add that you are always a great resource (and I recommend you in my book, Pinterest Savvy) — and I totally agree that collaborative boards will help grow your website traffic if you’re only pinning your own content. :)

  • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

    My pleasure :-)

  • Trisha A, Tulane University

    I am an avid personal Pinterest user, who has seen Pinterest popping up on Shopping websites and such in order to “Pin” their products to spread interest. Through my experience though, I never realized how popular Pinterest was getting and that it was even a close second to Facebook. I have been having trouble increasing my presence on Pinterest and expanding my following for the things I post. This blog is an excellent resource about how I can be more active! I’m excited to expand my followers on my personal page with these tips! Thanks!

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      That’s awesome Trisha, good luck with taking your Pinterest page to the next level :-)

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  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Hi Tehmina, Great article. I have been joining group Pinterest boards for a few months now and have noticed a dramatic increase in my Pinterest followers and repins. Pinterest is quickly becoming a way to get your visual message out to the world.

    I hadn’t taken the time to fully explore the basics of Pinterest group boards. Thanks for your very clear explanation and suggestions for what to do and what not to do.

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      You are most welcome Carolyn and best of luck with the group boards strategy!

  • http://www.openboxltd.co.uk/ Sanmi Lajuwomi

    Whilst i agree that Pinterest is great for driving traffic, i dont think it works for every type of business. While it works well for eCommerce businesses or any other business that uses pictures to sell, it may not work well for Lawyers, accountants e.t.c. I’ll say it is best to know what social media platform will be most effective for marketing a particular business prior to launching a campaign.

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      I disagree Sanmi. In my experience service-based businesses can leverage Pinterest as well as (if not better) than e-commerce ones because they generally have more scope to create content in different formats. It does require more creativity but the potential is definitely there.

  • http://twitter.com/SweetSpot_Blog The Sweet Spot Blog

    I am part of a group of twenty-ish female bloggers. We all have Pinterest accounts ranging from 400 to 2,000 Pinterest followers. If we set up a group board for all of us to pin to, does it help if we set it up under the account with the most followers? Would this give us the best chance for the most repins? Or is the total followers cumulative for the board and does not matter under which account it resides. Thanks!

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      That is a very good question! I would create it under the biggest page with the most engagement. This will naturally have more authority and get you and the other bloggers a lot of exposure from the outset. Hope that helps :-)

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  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_Longman Andrew Longman

    If I add people to be contributors on a group board can they invite people to be contributors also?

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Yes Andrew that is correct, thank you for posing such a great question! Tehmina

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  • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

    Thanks Michelle, delighted you found it helpful :-) Tehmina

  • David Minot

    So, if I am a member of a group, when pinning to the group, should I also pin the same thing to my own board?

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Hi David, when you join a group board, it shows up on your Pinterest page together with all its content. So you don’t need to pin the image again to another board. However, if it is your own content, I do recommend re-pinning it to another board to get it in front of more followers. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michellemorrison.warren Michelle Morrison Warren

    Help! How do you find EXISTING group boards to join?

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Hey Michelle, there is no directory of group boards but you could try Pinerly or use the Pinterest search feature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgina.rodriguez Georgina Rodriguez

    Help! How do you leave a group board in the new Pinterest? I don’t see the ‘leave’

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Hi Georgina, the new look is still a bit buggy and I’ve also noticed that a lot of the features we are used to seem to come and go. If you still can’t leave the group board then I suggest emailing Pinterest support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cynthiavputten Cynthia van Putten

    I want to leave a few groups. But there is no Leave button anymore, since the new layout. How do i get rid of these groups, i don’t want to join any longer??

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina

      Hi Cynthia, yes the new look is still buggy and will become permanent for everyone in a few weeks. If however you have already switched over, you can now no longer switch back. I suggest you email Pinterest support to help you leave the group boards you wish to remove yourself from.

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  • Tess

    Hi. I am a member of several group boards, but none of them show up under my Pinterest tab on Facebook. They all show as boards under my actual Pinterst account, though. Does a group board only show for the owner when being displayed on Facebook through the Pinterest tab application?

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      Thanks for your question Tess, I’m not sure which Pinterest Tab you are using on Facebook. I use the Woo Pinterest tab, and it shows the group boards I am a member of and creator of. Maybe it’s worth changing to this one or if you have it already, reinstalling it? Hope that helps! Tehmina

  • http://twitter.com/CatalystPart Jorgen Poulsen

    Hi Tehmina,

    Very nice and comprehensive post about Pinterest and how
    groups work. I did read part of it when it first came out but didn’t finish
    when I read the part that Melissa is referring to.

    This time I finished reading it and I would
    like to make a couple of points

    - The creator of the group board derives by far
    the most benefit since any post that somebody likes and which leads to a follow
    will most likely be of the group board and increase his followers

    - When you create a group board then you suddenly
    have to police the content and the contributors since they can pin anything.
    That can be very time consuming for group boards with hundreds of contributors
    and maybe 30 – 50 or even more new pins every day.

    - In addition, when you join lots of group boards
    you dilute your own account’s space. If you have 10 boards and you join 10 group
    boards then 50% of YOUR space has now been allocated to somebody else’s boards.
    Of course you will put them at the bottom but that doesn’t make a major
    difference

    - Lastly, I would like to point out that it is entirely
    possible to get 150 – 200 targeted (yes, targeted)new followers every single
    day without pinning at all and without being a contributor to any group boards
    or being the creator of any group boards

    As of now I do not see the cost-benefit of joining group
    boards being positive. I’m not sure about creating your own group boards.

    Thank you again for a great post about Pinterest.

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      Thanks for that great summary Jorgen, I agree that you should tread carefully with group boards. I recommend people only join boards/invite contributors that are congruent with their brand to avoid, as you rightly say, diluting their brand message and cluttering up their page.Tehmina

  • Shannon Foster

    i was wondering if there is an easier way to invite people to my group boards? One at a time takes forever…..

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      Unfortunately not at the moment Shannon. Thanks Tehmina

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  • Jason Dinner

    Yes! I see the tremendous value in group boards, but you didn’t talk about how to get on someone else’s group board. Can you write a post about that? Or just tell me here :)

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      There are various ways Jason; if the board owner has specified how to join their boards eg by commenting or emailing them it’s best to do that. Otherwise, you can try commenting on a pin of the board you are interested in. Many pinners turn off email notifications so you could also try connecting with the board owner via Facbook or Twitter if that information is listed. Hope that helps! Tehmina

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  • Kathja Hirt

    Hi Tehmina

    I have just created a group board do i only have the power to invite people or can other member invite too? Is there a way that other users can ask to join my board with out me having to invite them first?

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      Hi Kathja, you can send out invites to a group board to anyone whom you are following already. You could also add a line in the board description asking people to comment or email you if they want to join a specific board. Once you add a contributor to a group board, they can then invite others.Thanks Tehmina

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  • Haluk Çetin

    Thanks Jeff

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      You’re most welcome Haluk!

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  • http://gr8traveltips.com/ Robert

    Starting using Pinterest a short time ago, really enjoy viewing all the photos and links to interesting websites. Just getting started with the Group stuff. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      That’s awesome, good luck with your pinning Robert! Tehmina

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  • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

    Yes Carmen that is a great way to get noticed and accepted onto a group board. Thank you for adding that tip :-) Tehmina

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  • Carol Fields

    Help…I started a group board, invited guests, clicked saved and do not see the icon for group near the name of the board…does that mean it did not work?

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  • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

    I would contact Pinterest customer services Mary, you are doing it correctly but there seems to be a bug on your account. Thanks Tehmina

  • http://www.gerimazurmarketing.com/marketing-coaching/ Zach The Marketing Coach

    Thanks for sharing! I found out that joining group boards with discussions about my business, is really effective.

    • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

      That’s great Zach!

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  • http://www.epreneur.tv/ Tehmina Zaman

    Thanks Leah, Let me know how you get on. Tehmina

  • Jessica Kay

    Great post! I found a group board I am really interested in posting to, but i don’t know how to find out who the original owner of the board is. I will have to find a way to contact them for an invite right?

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