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Pinterest helps create engaging experiences with new API

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Pinterest is making it easier for merchants on the marketplace to create engaging shopping experiences for the 400 million pinners who visit the platform every month, with an new API for shopping, product tagging, video in catalogue and a shop tab on business profiles.

“At Pinterest, our goal is to turn inspiration into action and our vision for shopping is to make it possible to buy anything Pinners are inspired by on the platform,” explains Jeremy King, SVP of Engineering at Pinterest. “In 2021, the number of Pinners engaging with shopping surfaces on Pinterest grew over 215%, and 89% of weekly Pinners use Pinterest for inspiration in their path to purchase. The new shopping features such as the API for Shopping allows brands and retailers to reach high-intent Pinners during the earliest stage of their shopping journey with the most updated catalog data.”

The number of merchant catalogues on Pinterest increased by 87% in Q1 2022 compared to the year prior.

So what has Pinterest added?

API for Shopping 

The vision for The Pinterest API for Shopping is inspiring commerce. Pinterest is extending its investments in shopping and measurement features, including catalogue and product metadata management, to enable more efficient improved data quality for merchant products. The Pinterest API for Shopping has been shown to lead to a 97% accuracy level for price and availability data.

“Pinterest’s new API has allowed Zazzle to efficiently and effectively promote hand-curated design collections via shopping campaigns. We’re seeing some promising early performance and are excited for the potential this has to continue showcasing our talented independent creator community,” says Chris Lentini, Chief Marketing Technology Officer.

Product tagging on Pins

Product Tagging on Pins is our shopping feature that allows merchants to make their lifestyle Pins shoppable and helps Pinners move easily from inspiration to action. With product tagging, merchants can add products from their catalogue to their scene images. Pinners can easily shop for the exact items they love from the inspiring imagery they find. In our initial tests, we saw that Pinners showed 70% higher shopping intent on product Pins tagged in scene/brand images than standalone product Pins.

Video in catalogue

Over the past year, we have seen promising results from video-like ad formats vs. static formats (increased CTR by 158%, lowered CPC by 42%, lowered CPA by 58%) on the platform. Pinterest continues to invest in video with merchants by enabling video assets in their product catalogue to give Pinners a view of the product from multiple angles when making a purchase decision and driving conversions.

Shop Tab on Business Profiles

Pinterest continues to create new tools and resources to help merchants create a more inspiring storefront and showcase products to shoppers when they’re looking to take action. With the new Shop Tab on Business Profile, merchants can easily display shoppable products browsing Pinners. This new feature is a high-intent shopping surface, and in fact, 30% of Shopify merchants on Pinterest get their first attributed checkout from their Shop tab. This new feature not only enables easier product group management directly on their Shop tab but also customizable product group cover image and descriptions and an enhanced mobile interface for a seamless Pinner experience.

At Pinterest, we’re building a home for taste-driven shopping and continually investing in new ways for shoppers to browse, discover and engage with brands.

This is the most recent announcement in Pinterest’s continued investment in Shopping, following Pinterest’s acquisition of AI Shopping platform, THE YES.

Inspired merchant badges

Inspired merchant badges have now expanded to the UK, Canada, Australia and Germany. Merchant details allows merchants to add badges to their profiles to represent their values and communities, including Black-owned, sustainable and more. These details help brands to tell their story and to build a stronger connection between brands and Pinners, helping Pinners to shop their values.

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