With the skyrocketing growth of Pinterest I’ve been on the hunt to identify all of the ways online retailers can use Pinterest to grow their business. I found countless articles and blogs with dozens of great tips. As I thought about why people use Pinterest, the idea of Speed Pinning came to me.
For those who don’t yet know about Pinterest, it’s a social sharing service that gives you the ability to create virtual bulletin boards or “pinboards” of the things you are interested in. These boards are made up of images and videos that you have “pinned” and can include your comments. As an added benefit, the images link back to the site where the content was found.
As I looked at this from the retailers perspective, I felt that getting customers to pin my products to their pinboards would be one of my first objectives. Pinterest does help you do this by providing an easy way to generate Pinterest button code for your site. The thought then occurred to me that customers might like a way to pin their favorite products even more quickly than they could by visiting every product page.
The tool that seemed best suited for this task was site search. By incorporating a Pin it button with every product on the site search results page, customers would be able to quickly assemble highly refined pinboards. To my knowledge, nobody has incorporate Pin it buttons into site search yet.
Since crafters and hobbyists were among the early Pinterest adopters, I reached out to Artbeads.com and suggested the idea to them. Their CEO, Devin Kimura had this to say, “When Steve called to suggest we put Pinterest buttons on our site search pages, I jumped at the opportunity. This is a great idea to get more of our items curated onto Pin boards, and leverages the work we have done to boost Artbeads brand awareness among Pinterest users, particularly those with an interest in beaded jewelry and fashion.” With Devin’s go ahead, the SLI site search engineers went to work and in about 24-hours they had the Pin it buttons up and completely functional on the Artbeads.com site search development environment.
With Pin it buttons working, the next question to address is what is the best place for them to live. Since “pinning” is a popular activity for Artbeads.com customers, the best place may be up front just under the info buttons as shown above. Other retailers may want to place these in a more subtle location such as on an overlay when customers mouse over a product image.
Another location for Pin it buttons would be to incorporate them into a Quick Look window as in this example below.
Artbeads.com will be making their final decision on the location of the Pin it buttons and expects to launch this new functionality to their customers in the next few days.