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Pinterest Releases Price Drop Alerts

Retailers: Are you paying attention to Pinterest yet?

Pinterest Price Drop Alerts Show the Power of Rich Pins

A few months back, we wrote that Pinterest’s Rich Pins would be the company’s first $1 billion feature. Today’s release of Price Drop Alerts shows just how powerful rich pin data can be. With Price Drop alerts, Pinterest will now notify pinners when an item they’ve pinned has seen a reduction in price. Here’s an example:

Pinterest Price Drop Alerts
A sample Price Drop Alert from Pinterest’s Blog

There’s already an abundance of data to show that Pinterest produces more valuable traffic than other social networks, and this feature is only going to widen that gap.

Let’s do the math. For every 1 billion pins on Pinterest, let’s assume…

  • 10% of the pins contain products –> 100 million product pins
  • 1% of the prices of those items see a price reduction in a given month –> 1 million alerts triggered per month
  • 1% of the pinners alerted purchase the item at the lower price –> 10,000 purchases
  • Average shopping cart is worth $179 (see slide 17)
  • That means $21.5M per year in incremental revenue opportunity per billion pins on Pinterest.
  • With optimization of the feature, that revenue potential could likely grow another 5-10x, too.

Now ask yourself: How many billions of pins are there on Pinterest? How many will there be in 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?

And most importantly – How much of that additional potential revenue from Pinterest are you capturing?

If you aren’t already submitting Rich Pin data, you’re not capturing any of that added value. If you’re not using Pinterest, you’re definitely not.  And, you can bet this Price Drop Alerts feature is just the beginning of how Pinterest will come to support retailers and revolutionize the e-commerce business.

So, what are you waiting for? I’d truly like to know. Hit me up at [email protected] or @danielpmaloney on Twitter / Pinterest and tell me.



Daniel Maloney is the CEO and Co-founder of Tailwind — your new Marketing team, helping you create social media designs, schedule posts, and optimize across Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest with one easy-to-use social media management tool. A veteran of the internet industry, Danny previously led New Initiatives at Google Maps / Local and YouTube, served as General Manager of AOL Video, and founded other companies in the fields of e-commerce and visual discovery prior to Tailwind. He’s passionate about business strategy, entrepreneurship, and growth!

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