Don’t be like Starbucks & Get brandjacked on Pinterest

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If you have been looking for a reason to join Pinterest, and quite not get why the picture bookmarking website would be of any relevance to you – or your brand – your reason is here: get your Pinterest page before someone else does. For example, I just noticed today how Starbucks Pinterest account was brandjacked and a group of people are using it to promote SlideBelts by ErikBlaire.com.

What is Brandjacking? Someone not related to you or your brand highjacks your brandname and starts using it as theirs online and is using the brand equity for his/her own good. Or as Wikipedia puts it “Brandjacking is an activity whereby someone acquires or otherwise assumes the online identity of another entity for the purposes of acquiring that person’s or business’s brand equity.”

Even if you are not planning on using Pinterest, nor have any idea how you could use it for you, your business or for your brand, this again is a great reminder why always jump in the new trend bandwagon and at least to claim your username and brandname on each new platform as they pop up. Pinterest has very fast become one of the top referring traffic sources to many online media and shopping sites – I guarantee you, you will want a piece of this action.

About Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal is an international lifestyle expert with a mission to inspire people to live life to the fullest. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks. Read Katja's full bio and connect with Katja on Twitter as @skimbaco or @katjapresnal. Katja is currently living her happily-ever-after in Sweden with her husband, and three children (whom were all born in different countries within three years). When not working she is cooking big family dinners, planning her next trip or skiing.

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