Ideal for generating e-commerce sales, Pinterest has gradually become an essential channel for retailers.
Whether you’re a small online store or an e-commerce giant, Pinterest allows you to build or strengthen your brand around a community by uploading photos of your products, helping you increase visibility and sales.
With its user interface optimized to showcase products in the best possible way, Pinterest is emerging as the most appropriate social network to influence consumers’ buying decisions.
Based on image sharing, Pinterest is in effect a “catalog of ideas” designed to help users find new products. This notion of discovery gives users the opportunity to act impulsively. Most of the searches on Pinterest are actually done by people who intend to buy.
The figures confirm this. According to a recent Internet trends study, 55% of Pinterest users buy or find products through the social network. This far exceeds its closest competitors Facebook (12%), Instagram (12%) and Twitter (9%). As for Pinterest’s internal 2019 data, it shows that a consumer is twice as likely to buy a product in a store having seen it on Pinterest.
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To make the most of Pinterest’s potential in 2023, your business profile should include the following:
To continue with this, don’t forget to add a Pinterest button on your e-commerce and product pages to allow users to pin your images to their Pinterest page.
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Originally, Pinterest was just a catalog of ideas. Over time, the social network has opened up to online shopping, launching the “Shop the Look” feature.
In concrete terms, “Shop the Look” offers Internet users the possibility of clicking individually on the elements of a photo in order to buy them or, if they are not on sale, to see the similar items available.
With a few clicks, users can scroll through several product images, select the one they want, and then choose their payment method.
For retailers, “Shop the Look” represents a tremendous opportunity to capture consumers at the level of their emotional engagement with a brand or product. It’s also a boon for those who can’t afford to have their own e-commerce, allowing them to still tap into Pinterest’s huge audience.
Pinterest does not charge fees to merchants and consumers making purchases on its platform. However, in order to get preferential visibility for their pins in users’ feeds, brands will be encouraged to pay for promotional pins.
Another particularly interesting update for e-commerce is the ” Lens” functionality. In the same vein as the music app Shazam, “Lens” will allow users to search on Pinterest from a photo on their smartphone. With this new feature, the social network connects the virtual world to the real world.
How does it work? In much the same way as Google’s reverse image search, which allows users to browse the web based on images rather than keywords.
Specifically, if you take a picture of your favorite restaurant chair, Pinterest will find that chair or other similar chairs in its image base.
And the “Lens” feature doesn’t stop there. Indeed, the idea is to go beyond showing similar objects by suggesting related search results to the user.
For example, if you take a photo of tomatoes, Pinterest will not only show you more food photos, but also relevant recipes. In this way, the social network becomes a real gateway to a brand.
Pinterest has also launched a third feature: ‘ Instant Ideas’. With this one, the social network is now able to recommend personalized pins to users in their news feed.
“Instant Ideas”, is designed to provide inspiration based on objects that users encounter in pin. It is thus possible to browse a new inspiration feed based on a subject to complete one’s selection of images.
You guessed it, in 2021, Pinterest is an essential destination for shoppers looking for inspiration. The advantage of “Shop the Look”, “Lens” and “Instant Ideas” is that the search is no longer transcribed into words! The image takes care of everything.
With these new features, Pinterest is expanding its user experience by suggesting the most relevant pins based on an initial search or navigation. From an e-commerce point of view, Pinterest is thus becoming more and more attractive.