19 Reasons To Add Pinterest To Your Social Media Strategy

Pinterest By The Numbers - 10 Charts You Need [Research]

Pinterest, the image based social media site, tends to attract participants interested in home decorating, crafts, fashion, and food. Regardless of your business focus, you need to better understand what Pinterest has to offer your business and its social media marketing.

To see where you can integrate photographs and images into your content marketing to fuel Pinterest engagement, examine some recent research data to see where there are opportunities. Here are ten charts and nineteen facts about Pinterest to help you use the social media site. (For further convincing, here’s seven reasons photographs support marketing, especially social media.)

Pinterest traffic

Pinterest has experienced exponential growth of over 4000% in the past year according to comScore. It’s growth rate has exceed all other sites except Google+ (which isn’t shown in this chart.)

Pinterest has exponential growth according to comscore

Pinterest received nearly 11 million total visits during the week ending December 17, 2011; roughly 40 times the number of total visits six months earlier during the week ending June 18, 2011, according to Experian Hitwise.  (Note: Different data sources will have different results based on how they approach tracking.) Total Visits to Pinterest as measured by Pinterest

Pinterest participants are deeply involved. They spend an hour and seventeen minutes per month on Pinterest according to Statistica reported by AllTwitter. They only spend more time on Tumblr and Facebook.

People spend over 1 hour on Pinterest

Pinterest encourages viral activity as shown by the number of repins. Specifically over 80% of pins are repins as reported by RJ Metrics. This makes sense since repinning is significantly easier than searching for new content, checking whether it can be pinned and writing a description.  Over 80% of pins are repins

Pinterest’s high growth has resulted in erosion in the quality of new users as seen in the number pins in the first month by new members via RJ Metrics.  Pinterest new user quality based on number of pins

Who’s pinning

As with any marketing plan, it’s critical to understand your target audience. Where social media’s concerned, develop a social media persona. Here’s information about Pinterest’s audience to help you.

  1. Women dominate Pinterest as they do many other social media sites. About three fifth’s of the visitors skewed female (58%) as reported by Experian Hitwise for the 12 week rolling average ending December 17, 2011.
  2. About 70% of US pinners have a household income of $25,000-$74,999 according to comScore. Further, about a quarter of Pinterest users have a college degree or higher.
  3. Most pinners (roughly 60%) tend to be in their mid-twenties to mid-forties based on Experian Hitwise’s 12 week rolling average ending December 17, 2011. Based on Mosaic USA‘s 2011 types, this segment is called Boomers and Boomerangs; they account for over 10% of Pinterest visits. These individuals tend to be heavy web users.
    Pinterest boomers and boomrangs
  4. Pinterest has a higher percentage of visitors from Northwestern and Southeastern states while social networking platforms in general over-index for Northeastern state visits, both Pinterest and social networking platforms receive the largest share of visits from California and Texas according to Experian Hitwise data. This may be attributable to the size and population of these states.
    Data chart - Pinterest Visits via Hitwise

What do participants pin?

US pinners are interested in crafts, special event items, hobbies and leisure, interior design, fashion and blogging resources according to Visual.ly.

Etsy, Google and Flickr are top sources of content to pin. Research by RJ Metrics revealed that there’s broad diversity in the content members pin.  Content sources diversified on Pinterest via RJ Metrics

What’s Pinterest’s strength in referral traffic?

Pinterest is growing in its ability to drive traffic to other sites. In February, Pinterest referral traffic surpassed Twitter while Facebook’s referral traffic declined according to Shareaholic data. This has important implications for marketers looking to use Pinterest to drive prospects to their website.   Pinterest referral traffic continues to increase

Want buying power from a social media site?

Pinterest’s partitipants’ buying power is only second to those of LinkedIn. Given the B2B nature of LinkedIn, it’s possible that these transactions tend to be larger in size.

Pinterest shoppers spend more, buy more items, and make more purchases than other social media buyers including Facebook and LinkedIn according to comScore.

How Pinterest stacks up against social media peers - comscore

Looking for sales from social media? Then include Pinterest in your marketing mix based on data reported by  Monetate’s Kurt Heinemann reported this data in All Things D.

  • Pinterest made up 26% of social traffic to retailers in 1Q12 up from 1% the year before. By contrast, Facebook comprised 60% of the social traffic to retailers in 1Q12 down from 88% the year before.
  • Pinterest converted at 0.43% (less than 1 percent) in 2Q12, up from 0.29% in 1Q12. (Note: 2Q12 isn’t complete yet and may skew results.)

Pinterest received $100 million investment from Japanese firm, Rakuten as reported by All Things D. This investment raises  Pinterest’s valuation to  $1.5 billion. In part, this is attributable to Pinterest’s meteoric growth as well as its ability to drive sales for diverse businesses.

Top 10 Brands on Pinterest

Given Pinterest’s visual nature and its participant base’s interest in hobbies, decor and clothing, it’s not surprising that most of the top brands fall into one of these three categories. The top 10 most popular brands on Pinterest were as follows based on Statista’s analysis of follower numbers in February 2012.

  1. The Perfect Palette
  2. Real Simple
  3. The Beauty Department
  4. HGTV
  5. Apartment Therapy
  6. Kate Spade New York
  7. Better Homes and Gardens
  8. Whole Foods
  9. West Elm
  10. Mashable

Top 10 Most Popular Pinterest Users

Given Pinterest’s easy-to-use nature combined with its visual focus, here’s a list of Pinterest’s 10 most active pinners based on the number of followers as reported by Statista’s analysis of follower numbers in February 2012.

  1. Jane Wang
  2. Jennifer Chong
  3. Charlene Martinez
  4. Maia McDonald
  5. Ben Silberman (Pinterest founder)
  6. Evan Sharp
  7. Leah Dent
  8. Caitlin Cawley
  9. Mike D.
  10. Daniel Bear Hunley

Given the power of photographs and images in social media today, adding Pinterest to your marketing mix is a must-have. To make an informed decision as to how to use Pinterest effectively, it’s important to understand how this social media site is evolving as indicated by the research.

What other Pinterst data would you add to this list? Please reference your sources.

Happy marketing,
Heidi Cohen


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  • http://www.newsmakergroup.com/category/blog/ Suzanne Mannion

    It seems that Pinterest is very efficient in attracting people to use it. Talking about strategy, we refine ours by trying to pin various images and see what sticks! We create a few different boards and monitor what people respond to. One example, people love infographics and pictures of the brands they admire. We try a variety and analyze which boards most people follow. What images are most repined? We think it’s a good idea to allow this question to guide our strategy. If you want to read more suggestions on how to use Pinterest, you’ll find them here: http://www.newsmakergroup.com/blog/best-practices/has-pinterest-stolen-the-limelight-from-google-media-strategists-shifting-strategic-communications-plans/