Pinterest and Shopify expand partnership to boost social commerce globally

Shopify x Pinterest

To help businesses around the world easily bring their products online and respond to a growing demand from global consumers, Pinterest is expanding its partnership with Shopify to 27 new countries. The Shopify Pinterest channel is now live in these new countries, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Now, more than 1.7 million Shopify merchants around the world have an easy way to bring their products to Pinterest and turn them into shoppable Product Pins that are discoverable across the platform. Shopify merchants who are advertising on Pinterest through Shopify will also have access to dynamic retargeting for the first time, which will enable them to re-engage with Pinners who have already expressed an interest in their products on Pinterest. 

Pinterest is also launching multi-feed support for Catalogues, a new feature allowing businesses to easily upload their products in multiple product feeds within the same Pinterest Business account. Shopify merchants, as well as any retailer with a Pinterest business account, are now able to add up to 20 product feeds to their account, each indicating specific locale data such as currency, language or product availability. Multi-feed support for Catalogues gives retailers the opportunity to engage more easily with customers all over the world, allowing them to upload a specific feed for each market in which they sell products and also to upload feeds to serve different advertising strategies, such as prospecting or retargeting.

Because 97% of the top searches on Pinterest are unbranded and consist of two-word or three-word queries, the majority of consumers are not typing a brand name into their searches. On Pinterest, businesses of any size have an equal chance to be discovered by +450 million consumers who are looking for products and services, open to all types of brands, and are planning their next purchase. This unique mindset of the Pinterest audience provides a valuable advantage to small and medium-sized businesses who can gain more visibility because of the relevancy of their content and the quality of their products.

Over the past year, consumers have significantly shifted their shopping habits. According to the Shopify ‘Future of Commerce 2021’ study, 84% of global consumer respondents have shopped online since the start of the pandemic. As a result, many merchants have seized the opportunity to set up shop on Pinterest to provide an online shopping experience that recreates the in-store shopping experience, such as browsing the aisles, seeing curated collections from retailers and price comparisons. On Pinterest, Catalog feed uploads increased globally by over 14x from March 2020 to March 2021 (Source: Pinterest Internal Data).

‘Pinterest is an inspiring place to shop and we're excited to expand our partnership with Shopify to help merchants in 27 more countries to grow their shopping presence on Pinterest globally. Small and medium businesses in particular have the opportunity to thrive on Pinterest because they connect with consumers in a positive environment when they are early in their decision-making journey and full of purchase intent. With the retail ecosystem profoundly evolving over the past year, we’re committed to supporting merchants of all sizes by providing them with quick and easy access to our shopping features without the need to edit code or deploy resources so that they can inspire consumers for what to do or buy next.’ – Bill Watkins, Global Head of Mid-Market and Small Business Sales at Pinterest.

‘Discoverability is top of mind for Shopify merchants – and social commerce has been a driving factor in helping independent businesses build meaningful audiences, particularly throughout this last year when we saw installs of our social commerce channels grow by 76%,’ says Lola Oyelayo-Pearson, Director of UX, Channels and Financial Services at Shopify. ‘Expanding the Pinterest channel globally will mean that the more than 1.7 million merchants using Shopify can tap into the purchasing power of over 450 million Pinterest users by building thoughtful, targeted marketing campaigns.’

Shopify merchants such as Oonie, Rothys, Jennifer Fisher and Sukoshi Mart have already seen success using the Pinterest app on Shopify.

Oonie, the portable pizza oven company has been using Pinterest to reach consumers looking for food and recipes inspiration with a high-commercial intent.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen rapid growth and social has allowed us to reach new people who share our passion for pizza. Pinterest is a key channel for us as it is a platform where we can create authentic content to help people learn the basics of pizza making and introduce them to Ooni. The partnership between Shopify and Pinterest will allow us to more easily utilise data from our online store, help us grow awareness of our brand and ultimately reach more pizza lovers around the world!” Darina Garland, Co-founder/ Chief Experience Officer at Ooni

Rothy’s, the sustainable fashion brand has been using Pinterest shopping features through Shopify to connect with shoppers.

 “As we grow Rothy’s product assortment, our customer is looking for new ways to discover our collection of shoes, handbags and accessories. Pinterest enables us to provide a curated browsing experience, with frictionless shopping features through Shopify. Rothy’s Shopify catalogue feeds into Pinterest, featuring our latest styles, colors and patterns and reflecting real-time changes in inventory. As we explore Rothy’s next phase of growth, we're looking forward to global partners like Pinterest and Shopify scaling with us internationally.” Kate Barrows, Senior Director, Growth at Rothy's

Sukoshi Mart, a Canadian small business selling Japanese and Korean beauty and lifestyle products ran shopping ads to specifically target consumers who have expressed an interest in Japanese and Korean beauty products.

“The Pinterest integration with Shopify gave us access to a new set of audiences, including one of our key demographics, Gen Z. We uploaded our product catalogue to Pinterest, created Product Pins, which we turned into shopping ads. Leveraging Pinterest for our existing Shopify catalogue allowed us to give customers pricing and availability information on a brand new platform. With Pinterest, we saw a 3.5x higher return on ad spend than the industry average in Canada. Pinterest is instrumental in reaching audiences we know are inspired by Japanese and Korean beauty trends, snacks and lifestyle culture.”  Linda Dang, Sukoshi Mart Founder

Shopify merchants advertising for the first time on Pinterest through the Pinterest app for Shopify and using credit card billing will benefit from USD $100 in ad credit, which will be automatically converted to the local currency.

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