Over 320 million people around the world use Pinterest to get inspired — from finding meals they’re going to cook, to figuring out what to wear or how to style their homes. More than 200 billion ideas have been saved to over 4 billion boards to-date on the platform, providing insights into emerging trends and early signals into consumer behavior and evolving tastes.

This month the social media company introduced Pinterest Trends (currently in beta), a new tool that provides a view of the top US search terms within the past 12 months, and a look into when top search terms peak so you can better understand how content performs on Pinterest.

Chad Coester, SVP of Own Brands, Albertsons

Grocer Albertsons, tapped into Pinterest insights to better understand holiday food and beverage trends, developed a campaign aimed at driving in-store sales for their private brands including pumpkin alcohol drinks (+154%), Friendsgiving party ideas (+475%), holiday grazing tables (+500%) and Christmas desserts (+229%).

Albertsons shoppers want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new and exciting trends. We believe Pinterest is the perfect platform to inspire shoppers with a new take on Holiday classics as they plan for the season. Using Pinterest Trends online and in-store enables Own Brands to be top of mind in a truly innovative way.” Chad Coester, SVP of Own Brands.

Pinterest Trends helps brands get deeper insights into planning behaviors on the platform and allow them to allocate budgets to campaigns during various planning stages. It will also validate assumptions about emerging trends, refine search queries with the aid of auto-complete suggestions, and help advertisers find a list of keywords to include or avoid while planning media campaigns.

Because people come to Pinterest to save ideas and plan for the future, the users reveal unique and emerging tastes, preferences and interests that have powered the algorithm over the years and are now available for brands to learn more from.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.