Becoming an advertiser on Pinterest

An introduction to advertising

As an advertiser on Pinterest, you have the opportunity to tell the story of your business.

People come to Pinterest in search of inspiration, crafted goods and a community of like-minded creatives, making it an ideal place for you to showcase the ideas and products that define your business.

Whether you’re a one-person team or a corporate entity, creating visually compelling Pins, categorising them into ad groups that target your business goals, and running a successful campaign can help you gain a loyal following of Pinners. Spark inspiration amongst millions who are in search of your creativity by becoming an advertiser on Pinterest. 

The structure of campaigns

To advertise on Pinterest, you start by running a campaign: your business has a story to tell and your campaign is where it all begins. Think of it as an umbrella that shapes your advertisement, and under which all other tenants of advertising at Pinterest fall.

Within any campaign lie multiple ad groups – you can think of these as chapters. This is where the action happens: set a bid and budget, and target specific audiences. Create multiple ad groups to achieve a variety of goals and tell different parts of your business’ story.

Once your ad group has been created, you can play around with promoting Pins within it to best fit your campaign objective. You may find that changing your targeted audience or promoting a video Pin changes your campaign results in an exciting way. Everyone gathers information differently – through words, images or video – so enjoy the freedom you have to promote a number of Pins that represent your business in different ways.

Create a goal for your campaign

When you create a campaign, you’ll give it a title and an objective. Perhaps you’re looking to establish a loyal following, so increasing traffic is the perfect objective. Alternatively, you may want users to discover your merchandise, in which case opting to ‘build brand awareness’ would be a great fit.

Whatever objective you choose for your campaign, let it reflect your overall business goals. The objective will determine bidding and ad formats available to you, and has the potential to set you up for great success.

Build an ad group

Ad groups are where the action happens. You set your budget, timeline, targeting audience and bids for the Promoted Pins within the group.

Creating multiple ad groups is a great way to explore how different Pinners engage with your content. You have flexibility in targeting certain ad groups towards a specific audience, which will allow you to gain an understanding of and observe trends for how your products and Pins appeal best to Pinners.

All about Promoted Pins

Pick a Pin for a project, idea or product you want to showcase. Creating an image for your Pin that sparks interest is key! Bear in mind that you can create multiple Pins that promote the same product, so have fun exploring which Pins capture different audiences, and which seem to meet your objective.

When your Pin has been curated and posted, you’ll pay to promote it. The Pin will then appear in your audience’s home feed and in relevant searches. You’ll be on your way to attracting fans, followers and customers.

The fundamentals of placement & targeting

A great way to learn about how people engage with your content is to play with our placement and targeting tools.

When you first set up an ad group, the Pins within it will appear everywhere – as people browse their home feed or search for relevant keywords. In time, you can change the placement so that some ad groups only display their Pins as people browse, and others only appear as Pinners search for related content. It’s a great tool to observe which behaviour increases the impressions of your Pins.

Targeting is another way to understand the different ways in which people interact with your Pin. Let's say you’re promoting a portrait photography guidebook: target people interested in “headshots” or “cameras” and perhaps play with different targeted audiences to compare and learn who engages with your content the most.

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