Does your business need to be on Pinterest? With too many social platforms and too little time, business owners must ruthlessly prioritize where they spend their time and money. But don’t overlook Pinterest. With over 2 billion searches a month, some find it to be the Holy Grail of social to eCommerce conversions.
Pinterest is a visually-oriented social media platform, designed to appeal to people who like to share or discover items of interest (pins) related to a common theme. It’s more related to personal inspiration and planning than communication.
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For example, someone planning a trip might search for related scenic, food and hotel pins, and save them to a board to organize their travel plans. Planning a wedding, party or birth of a child are some of the big lifestyle events popular with Pinterest users. The boards are usually public, so other users comment and save pins they like on their own boards. In a sense, it is a visual bookmarking site.
About half of Pinterest users are in the US, and 79% are women. Most pinners are under age 40.
Pinterest Drives Traffic
Pinterest has more than 150 million users, and drives more than 5% of all website referral traffic, second only to Facebook. Pinners rank high in purchase intent since they use their boards to plan future events like travel, meals or weddings. Research by Millward Brown indicates 93% of pinners have used Pinterest to plan a future purchase. And at $58.95, the average Pinterest referral purchase is higher than Facebook.
Oh, and here’s a fun fact. The half-life of a Pinterest pin is 1,600 times that of a Facebook post. That means you’ll keep getting engagement for months after you share your pins. That’s because of Pinterest’s superior search capabilities and the fact that information is organized and shared up when relevant to a user.
Best Business Targets for Pinterest
In particular, businesses with a female buyer are a good fit, as well as those that have a strong visual component. For example, recipes, food, travel, and fashion are popular categories on Pinterest.
So think products over services. And businesses that can link easily to an eCommerce site with stock numbers will find it more useful. So companies like Collin Street Bakery or Harry and David will thrive on Pinterest, while a custom caterer may not find it as helpful.
Given that your business is a good fit, here are 5 ways you can use Pinterest to grow your business.
Or a local hairdresser or wedding photographer may share styles and photos to highlight their skills.
So you think you should be on Pinterest? The next steps are establishing your boards and pins and then deciding an advertising strategy, which I’ll address in a later post.
Are you using Pinterest to grow your business? Share your experience in the comments below.