Pinterest vs. Facebook: Which Social Sharing Site Wins at Shopping Engagement?

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69% of online consumers who visit Pinterest found an item they’ve purchased, or want to purchase, compared to just 40% of online consumers who visit Facebook and found the same, discovers the latest study in the Bizrate Insights Image Sharing and Shopping Series.

“While Facebook is far larger than Pinterest in terms of audience size—63% of online consumers have a Facebook account, while only 15% have a Pinterest account—our study, based on a survey of verified online buyers, finds that Pinterest provides a better experience for shopping discovery, purchase consideration, and deeper engagement with retailer content,” says Hayley Silver, Vice President, Bizrate Insights.  “But this is not to say that all social attention should be diverted to Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest each serve their online shopping communities with their preferred shopping activities, which vary by platform.  For example, Facebook outpaces Pinterest in promotions (30% participate on Facebook vs. 9% on Pinterest), while Pinterest is stronger in sharing (55% repin an item on Pinterest vs. 37% post an item on Facebook).”

The Study, which contains results from over 7,000 verified online buyers in August 2012, compares Pinterest and Facebook engagement across a variety of shopping activities and usage occasions.  This third study in the Series continues to provide deeper insight for retailers and marketers seeking to trend how online consumers are approaching Pinterest and other social media outlets.  All reports in this Series can be viewed at: Bizrate Insights Image Sharing and Shopping Series.

About the Study
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 5,200 ecommerce retailers in the US and Canada.  Data from this study was collected from 7,431 online buyers from August 9-August 17, 2012.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 and is filed under News, Social Media.

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