Pinterest touts 200M ‘Pinners’
Shift to mobile pays
Pinterest’s shift SAN FRANCIS CO to mobile is paying off.
The visual-discovery tool — don’t call it a social network — grew 38% from a year ago to more than 200 million members as an increasingly popular mobile platform to search for food, style, home and beauty.
“As the smartphone has become a consumer’s companion, we have enhanced our search and organizational tools on mobile,” Ben Silbermann, Pinterest cofounder and CEO, exclusively told USA TODAY on Wednesday. And grow, it has.
Nearly 85% of searches on Pinterest were via mobile devices, leading to monthly mobile search growth of more than 45% from a year ago, according to Pinterest. By comparison, the company’s overall user growth was 40%.
The San Francisco-based startup — founded in the midwest in 2010 by Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra — says it crossed the 200 million mark 21⁄ times faster than it took to reach 100 million so-called Pinners — through mobile and breakneck growth in Western Europe (France, England, Germany), Latin America (Brazil) and Asia (Japan). Its customer base is also expanding beyond its typical use — food, decorating the home, wedding planning — to automotive and entertainment, Silbermann says.
This year, it has added better visual discovery tools:
uA search and Lens camera search are more prominently dis- played on Pinterest apps.
uA deeper push into the food space, helping Pinners more easily find recipes based on diet, cook time and ingredients.
uIt shed the Like button on Pins
uIntegrated its visual search technology into the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Silbermann expects the “gradual transition” to mobile to continue over the next 12 months, but declined to project how many more people will join Pinterest. (By comparison, Facebook says it has 2 billion monthly active users and 1.3 billion for Messenger. Twitter has 328 million monthly active users, according to market researcher Omnicore.)
He said Pinners are 39% more likely to be active retail shoppers — and when they do, they spend 29% more than people who don’t use the Pinterest app.
CEO Ben Silbermann expects the “gradual transition” to mobile to continue over the next year.