The interiors retailer saw a 6x increase in traffic over 12 months.
Increasing quality traffic and visibility
When Tony Hillary fitted his first made-to-measure window blind in 1971, Hillarys was a one-man-show and Venetian blinds were the only offering. Over 45 years later, the Hillary’s offering is much wider, helping make homes beautiful across the UK with made-to-measure blinds, curtains and shutters, as well as awnings and carpets. Hillarys sells to its customers through bespoke in-home service, where over 1,000 expert advisors handle measuring and fitting.
Hillarys learned through focus groups that their best customers use Pinterest before making a purchase to gain knowledge and get inspiration for products and styles. In the UK, home decor is the third largest category on Pinterest with nearly 140 million Pins saved in 2016.1 Within home decor, the largest sub-interests are rooms, ideas and spaces, where Hillarys product categories play a starring role.
Hillarys saw an opportunity to help Pinners through the research phase and shape their home decor ideas. That would help position Hillarys as an expert resource.
“We didn't just want to upload our product catalogue and hope for the best. We wanted Pinterest to be an integral part and play a role in our overall customer journey.”
Integrating Pinterest into the customer journey
Hillarys’ strategy used Pinterest as a touchpoint from the time the customer got an idea to the time they made a purchase. They used four key tactics that showcased their expertise and kept Hillarys top of mind for potential customers. Here’s how they did it:
- Trend and style content: Rather than exclusively saving Pins of their own products, Hillarys positioned themselves as a trusted source of inspiration by also building boards around emerging trends, styles and colors.
- Promoted Pins: A Promoted Pin campaign targeted relevant Pinners to increase the amount of quality traffic being sent to the Hillarys site.
- Influencer marketing: Hillarys worked with Pinterest to find the right influencers for their campaign. Influencers like Jen Stanbrook (LoveChicLiving) and Cate St Hill (Beautiful Window Shutters) helped amplify their message.
- Offline integration: Hillarys began featuring “Popular on Pinterest” badges in their showroom, highlighting their most popular Pins to encourage point-of-sale conversions. Pinterest Analytics kept Hillarys informed about Pin performance.
Increasing quality traffic and appointments
Pinterest proved to be a great marketing platform for Hillarys. “The percentage of new customers from Pinterest was one of the highest we saw across our social media referral platforms,” said Chris McKay, Social Media Manager at Hillarys.
On its own, the Promoted Pin campaign dove a 53% increase in traffic, and 11x increase in appointment bookings. Overall, traffic from Pinterest increased 6x. The referrals were high quality, and tend to be highly engaged with the Hillarys website.
By incorporating Hillarys throughout the Pinner experience, Hillarys proved that Pinterest can be effectively used to build engagement and consideration with their desired audience.
1Pinterest internal data, 2016
“Over the last year we’ve seen a huge increase in traffic from Pinterest, taking it to one of our largest social media referrals. This has had a positive knock-on effect for conversion and helped us reach our objectives.”