Pinterest initially burst onto the social media scene to great fanfare a few years ago, introducing a new and intuitive way for people to save and curate their favourite things.
It duly (and rapidly) built a loyal user base that’s still going strong today. But on the marketing and advertising side, while big hitters such as Facebook, Instagram and Google have developed sophisticated targeted advertising and ecommerce options for brands, Pinterest has fallen by the wayside.
However, Pinterest have been playing serious catch-up in recent months. A slew of new features have been rolled out aimed at untapping the social network’s latent potential for closer ecommerce integration. And brands have started to sit up and take note.
In our view, Pinterest has the potential to become a real ecommerce and referral marketing force. Let’s run through some of the main reasons why…
Pinterest already went hand-in-hand with retail — now it’s in bed with it
A quick glance at some of Pinterest’s most popular board categories tells you a lot:
- Fashion (300 million boards)
- Food and drink (180 million)
- Home decor (130 million)
They mirror retail industry verticals, for the obvious reason: Pinterest usage is a lead-in to shopping.
According to a report from Mary Meeker, 55 percent of Pinterest’s 110 million active users are there to search and connect with products. In other words, the average Pinterest user is looking to shop. In comparison, just 12 percent of Facebook and Instagram traffic use those channels for the same purpose.
Pinterest usage is pretty systematic. The average user session looks something like:
- searches and browses for items of interest.
- saves (‘pins’) and groups items of interest (pin boards) for later reference.
In effect, Pinterest is a uniquely potent channel for ecommerce retailers, deftly serving the first two stages of the traditional customer purchase funnel: awareness and consideration.
It comes as little surprise then, that Pinterest has been ramping up efforts to more directly integrate ecommerce retailers into the user experience.
It’s already partnered with more than 20,000 merchants, bringing in more than 10 million unique products onto the platform. And it’s also created the Pinterest Shop, where in-house and guest editors curate the best items and trends within each key retail vertical.
Buyable pins and shopping bags — an ecommerce gamechanger
If any social network seems made for the growing trend in shoppable content, it’s Pinterest. The platform recently introduced its Buyable pins feature — which as the name suggests, gives users the ability to purchase items featured within pins at the click of a CTA button.
The platform has even introduced a shopping bag feature — allowing users to add multiple buyable pin items, review their order and check out when they’re ready to purchase. Just as you’d expect from any ecommerce store.
Technically, Pinterest hasn’t become a fully fledged ecommerce store. It doesn’t handle any of the shipping or customer experience. It’s acting as a mediator and customer referral system of sorts for the retailer.
With these simple additions, Pinterest has become capable of serving all stages Go to the full article.
Source:: Business 2 Community