Pincodes are like QR codes, but they’re specially designed to help people find your brand and products on Pinterest. You can put a Pincode on any of your physical brand assets, from packaging to displays. When someone scans the code, it’ll take them straight to your content on Pinterest.
People already use the Pinterest camera to search for inspiration and ideas. With Pincodes, your brand can be part of that magic.
When someone sees your Pincode, they’ll use their Pinterest camera to scan it. You can set up the Pincode to redirect to a specific board, or your profile.
Pincodes are really versatile, so they work for lots of different industries, tactics and contexts.
The possibilities are endless–but here’s some ideas to start:
Retailers: Put Pincodes on displays, and direct people to more products online.
Magazines: Use a Pincode to take people to a microsite with more information.
CPG: Create a board with product usage ideas, then add a Pincode to your packaging.
Auto: Use Pincodes in showrooms to show off new features and functionality.
When you come across a Pincode, here’s what you do:
1. Open the Pinterest app on your iPhone or Android phone
2. Tap the Pinterest camera icon
3. Point your phone at the Pincode, and hold it steady for a bit to scan the code. No need to take an actual picture!
Give them a taste of what’s to come
Make sure the hero image is compelling and hints at what people will see when they scan the code. For example, a Pincode that leads to a recipe board should show a photo of one of the dishes on the board. Use a headline or helper text to tell people why they should scan the code (ex: Get more ideas, scan for recipes, get an exclusive deal, etc.)
Location, location, location
Make sure your Pincodes are easy to scan. Put them places where people are likely to stop or linger: a page, a sign, a wall, etc. Additionally, make sure the Pincode is at an adequate distance for scanning. If it’s too close, the Pincode won’t fit into the camera’s view. If it’s too far, people won’t be able to scan.
Make it legible
Pincodes are designed to work across a variety of surfaces, but there can be variations in performance. For example, printing on a rough surface might distort some of the dots, which makes it harder for phones to scan the code. Always test your materials before launching the full program!