Pinterest Bridges Gap Between Online And Offline With Visual Search Tool

Pinterest Bridges Gap Between Online And Offline With Visual Search Tool
SHARE
THIS



Ever walk down the street and see something you love but don’t have the words to describe it? Enter: Pinterest visual search.

You can use Lens camera search to snap a photo offline and Pinterest will tell you what it is and where to find something just like it.

Or, if you see something within a larger Pin on that you want to know more about, just zoom in to get recommendations. And now Lens is smarter than ever. Our visual search technology can identify more than 2.5 billion objects across home and fashion Pins. That means there’s a good chance Lens will be able to help you find what it is you’re looking for.

Today we’re rolling out improvements to Lens and bringing shoppable Pins to visual search results. If you see it — online or off — you can shop it.

New and improved Lens camera search

A new Lens design makes it easier and faster to take a photo or quickly upload a photo from your camera roll. You can also now save photos from Lens, turn them into a Pin and save them to one of your Boards so you can come back to it anytime.

For example, if you’re in the market for a new sofa, you can save Pins to a board and also Lens photos you see in stores in the real world to add to your inspiration. Lens’ed photos will also power ongoing recommendations as you curate your room and Pinterest helps define your style.

“A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. With Pinterest’s investments in pioneering technology, computer vision, and machine learning, Pinners benefit from communicating what they want in an instant, without resorting to obscure strings of terms, hoping that they’ll find what they want. We see significant value for brands to tap into visual search on Pinterest as it will allow wider discovery by tastemakers and drive meaningful consumer engagements online and off,” says GroupM global head of social Kieley Taylor.

Visual search and shopping see eye to eye 

Now, when you use Lens within a fashion or home Pin to hone in on a specific product or object, you’ll see shoppable Product Pins (Pins with the current price and a direct link to checkout on the retailer’s site) along with visually similar ideas to try or buy. These are our latest updates make it easy to go from inspiration to purchase, whether that inspiration sparks on Pinterest or in the real world.

Computer vision technology is no longer just a futuristic idea — it’s made its way out of the labs and into the hands of Pinners who use the technology every day. From camera search where a picture is entered as the query, to saving Pins, visual signals power search, recommendations and results across Pinterest. In new research we found:

  • 80 per cent of Pinners start with visual search when shopping vs. 58 per cent of non-Pinners.
  • When shopping online for clothing or furniture, over 85 per cent of respondents put more importance on visual information than text information
  • 55 per cent of consumers say Visual Search is instrumental in developing their style and taste
  • 49 per cent of Pinners say they develop a better relationship with brands they love through visual search
  • 61 per cent of consumers say visual search elevates their experience while in-store browsing

Source:  US, CSpace Visual Search quantitative survey March 2019

“We’ve worked with Pinterest since 2015 to bridge the online and offline worlds and bring back the magic of shopping through innovative paid campaigns,” said IKEA Retail U.S. media manager Joy Kelly.

“We will continue to watch the advancements Pinterest makes in visual search to help IKEA customers find the products they love and be able to purchase them when they see it.”

Bridging the online and offline worlds with Pincodes

Pincodes — Pinterest visual search-enabled QR codes — are used by brands around the world to connect offline and online retail experiences. Some examples include:

  • IKEA has been using Pincodes in their mailings to inspire customers with more ideas around their products and connect them with their Pinterest profile.
  • Albertsons, one of the largest grocery store chains in the US, used Pincodes in the end caps of grocery stores to engage with shoppers looking for “quick and easy” recipes. When
  • The Conran Shop, a leading UK luxury retailer of furniture and home accessories, used Pincodes throughout a window installation in their flagship London store during London Design Week 2018 to provide access to exclusive inspiration boards about iconic products. Throughout the store, a custom API experience along with Pincodes let people save their favorite products with a simple tap on their phones.
  • The Home Depot launched Pincodes in 30 of its stores in Mexico to offer customers inspiration for home renovations and DIY projects.

Please login with linkedin to comment

Pinterest search visual

Latest News

Today’s The Day! Announcing The Winners From The 2021 Snapchat Young Lions Competition
  • Marketing

Today’s The Day! Announcing The Winners From The 2021 Snapchat Young Lions Competition

Here we have it: all the winners for this year’s 2021 Snapchat Young Lions Competition. The Misfits Media Company, proud official representatives of the Cannes Lions Festival in Australia, is delighted to share the winners for this prestigious award. After presenting their second-round pitches, all the shortlisted candidates were evaluated by 50 esteemed industry judges. […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
IAB’s MeasureUp To Return In 2021
  • Media

IAB’s MeasureUp To Return In 2021

IAB Australia has announced that the MeasureUp conference will return for its fifth year on 27th October and is seeking submissions for smart and engaging speakers, sessions or workshops from Australia’s media and marketing industry. As investment in digital advertising continues to outpace the rest of the media sector representing two-thirds of the paid advertising market, […]

Seattle, USA - Aug 19, 2019: The new Google building in the south lake union area at twilight.
  • Technology

Google Maps Out Return To Office

It appears free breakfast, lunch & dinner, slippery dips, bean bags & escape pods not enough to lure Google staff back.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
gamer work space concept, top view a gaming gear, mouse, keyboard, joystick, headset, mobile joystick, in ear headphone and mouse pad on black table background.
  • Technology

Admix In-Play Advertising To Be Verified For The First Time By IAS

In-Play advertising platform Admix has announced a new partnership with Integral Ad Science (IAS). This integration with IAS makes Admix the only In-Play advertising company to offer ad inventory that is measured and verified by a trusted, independent partner. This ground-breaking news means that the quality of Admix’ In-Play advertising is independently assessed and verified […]

ADMA Launches Cookie Masterclass
  • Media

ADMA Launches Cookie Masterclass

ADMA has launched a cookie masterclass that B&T understands isn't modelled on Sydney Fish Markets Cooking School.

Fashion Photographer Scott Ehler Collaborates With The Children’s Tumour Foundation Australia In New Campaign
  • Campaigns

Fashion Photographer Scott Ehler Collaborates With The Children’s Tumour Foundation Australia In New Campaign

The Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF) has teamed up with international fashion photographer and industry veteran Scott Ehler, to develop a striking campaign that aims to shine a light on a lifelong, genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis (NF). Progressive and unpredictable, NF causes tumours to form on nerves in the body, including the brain and spine. In […]

Sitecore Acquires Moosend
  • Technology

Sitecore Acquires Moosend

Sitecore has acquired Moosend. B&T unsure who ended up with the front part.