Peugeot Panama has launched a Pinterest-based competition that asks people to complete puzzles by repinning images of its cars.
Last week the brand created several boards depicting different models with pieces missing.
People can search for and find these pieces, pin them on their own boards and share it with Peugeot. The first five people to complete their boards win prizes.
Though a visit to the brand’s Pinterest page leaves you somewhat confused at first, since several boards have been used as placeholders – separating the cars into different price brackets.
One such board is titled ‘Starting at 35,000us’ and is toally blank, with no content pinned. It's an interesting way to use the space, but isn't immediately obvious.
On the bottom row (on our screens at least, see below) – the first four board titles are used to explain the contest, with another placeholder then showing the ‘contest boards’.
People are asked to click any board to find out where to look, which is explained as follows:
This is a 5 piece puzzle of a Peugeot 3008, as you can see there are 4 pieces missing. Look for them in our website (peugeot.com.pa) or in our Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1797346790), pin them in your own board and share it with us. The first 5 people to complete their boards win!"
Using boards as placeholders is certainly one of the most creative uses of Pinterest we’ve seen so far, but sadly it’s overshadowed by the fact that the puzzle itself isn’t very clear.
It’s difficult to work out how you’re supposed to get involved, and even the brand itself has had to step in to inform a participant that the goalposts had been changed:
Hi Julia!, thank you for participating in the Peugeot Puzzle Contest, sadly as you may know, Pinterest changed our layout so we were forced to adapt the contest again. Please feel free to leave your board and start pinning again. Best Luck!”
That said, Peugeot Panama uses a conversational tone in its outreach above and is trying something new - so should be applauded for doing so.
However, it might transpire that a simpler competition, with mechanics that are easier to understand, might be more successful in driving participation in the long run.