Online Consumer Pulse: Pinterest is not only for window shopping, over 1 in 4 buy

This is the first in a series of Consumer Pulses on Social Image Sharing and Online Shopping by Bizrate Insights.

The rise of Pinterest has brought much attention to the growing community of social image sharers, folks who collect and share images from around the web through social image sharing sites.  Retailers are searching for how to leverage the new tool for customer acquisition and engagement.   Bizrate Insights recently launched a new series of studies investigating how online consumers are shopping through this emerging channel.

Social image sharing sites such as Pinterest are inspiring product consideration and purchases

Over 37% of online consumers have heard of at least one of the most popular social image sharing sites*.  Pinterest leads in both awareness and visitation, with 36% aware and 19% visiting.  Of those who have visited at least one of the most popular social image sharing sites, over 1 in 4 have made a purchase based off of images found on the site.  An additional 37% have found items they have wanted to purchase but did not at that time.


Visual Shopping*Social image sharing sites include: Pinterest, Juxtapost, Discoveredd, Fancy, Polyvore.


Next up in our series: Who visits and/or buys more, women or men?

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About the Survey

The Bizrate Insights Social Image Sharing and Online Shopping Series is a set of surveys conducted via the Bizrate Insights survey platform and offered to online buyers immediately after purchasing from the Bizrate Insights Network of over 5,000 ecommerce retailers in the US and Canada.  Data from this study was collected from 3,741 online buyers from March 22– March 26, 2012.

For over 12 years, Bizrate Insights has helped retailers listen to their customers in a way that is fast and measurable, resulting in insights, action, conversation, and customer loyalty.  The Bizrate Insights customer feedback and ratings platform allows retailers to collect seller ratings directly from verified customers.  Standard ratings are published across the leading comparison shopping site,, and syndicated across the web’s largest search engines to help drive conversion and traffic.  Collecting over 16 million surveys annually, Bizrate Insights is one of the largest sources of consumer-generated review content in the world, delivering actionable insights and valuable shopper data to key decision makers in e-commerce.

Bizrate Insights Social Media Series Part 3: Leveraging Digital Word of Mouth

This is the third installment of the 3-part Bizrate Insights survey series on Social Media and Shopping.


Discovering your social “brand champions” (those who evangelize your product via social media outlets) and cultivating social programs targeted towards them will enhance word-of-mouth ROI for your brand.  Making it easy for them to share experiences, products, or purchases is just as or more important than broad-based “like” driven promotions.  Over half of online buyers who participate in social media comment or post about products, brands and retailers and over one in six have purchased something based on a friend’s post.

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Bizrate Insights Social Media Series Part 2: Balancing the “like”

This is the second installment of the three-part Bizrate Insights survey series on Social Media and Shopping.


Finding the right balance between timely relevant posts vs. too many posts is a key challenge for marketers seeking a social relationship with buyers.  Social media usage is on the rise, as is the number of online buyers who “like” or “follow” retailers.  However, over 3 in 5 online buyers will “unfollow” or “hide” profiles they don’t deem necessary.

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Bizrate Insights’ Social Media Series Part 1: Year-Over-Year Trends in Social Media Usage (2009 – 2011)

Over the past few years, Bizrate Insights has been tracking online buyers’ social media usage, and more specifically, whether they interact with retailers. As more retailers increase their social media presence, the percentage of online buyers who “like” or “follow” a retailer via social media has grown significantly. As part of its Hot Topic program, Bizrate Insights asked several questions related to online buyers’ social media usage in both 2009 and 2010. In August 2011, these questions were pulsed again, this time as part of a study with Sucharita Mulpuru of Forrester Research.

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