Set up expanded targeting

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Expanded targeting uses signals from your ad to broaden your targeting and reach additional people on Pinterest who may be interested in or searching for relevant ideas.

For example, a snack company might target topics like “recipes” and “snacks” but not think of targeting “road trips”. Without the company selecting “road trips”, expanded targeting will put their ads in front of people interested in or searching for related ideas.

Note: Expanded targeting is switched on by default in Ads Manager, but you can switch it off at any time. With expanded targeting you can see improvements in reach, click through rates and total spend.

Add expanded targeting in Ads Manager

  1. Log into your Pinterest business account
  2. Click Ads at the top of the screen, then click Create ad
  3. Click New ad group from the left-side navigation
  4. Click Targeting from the left-side navigation
  5. Scroll down to Advanced options 
  6. Click the box beside Use your Pin to expand your targeting
  7. Once complete, select your Budget & Schedule, Optimization & delivery and Ads
  8. Review your information
  9. Click Launch

Add expanded targeting in Bulk editor

  1. Log into your Pinterest business account
  2. Click Ads at the top of the screen, then click Bulk editor
  3. Click Download sample sheet to download a sample spreadsheet
  4. Fill out column Y, Expanded Targeting
    1. Enter YES to switch expanded targeting on
    2. Enter NO to disable expanded targeting
  5. Once complete, click Upload template to upload your bulk editor sheet
  6. Click Upload

Learn how to edit your existing ads using the bulk editor.

Ad review process

Once you launch your campaign, we’ll review it to make sure it follows our Advertising guidelines. The campaign review process can take up to 24 hours. 

If your campaign targeting goes against our advertising guidelines, we’ll send you a notification in Ads Manager letting you know what needs to change so that your ad can be reviewed again for approval. Once approved, we’ll start distributing your ad.

Explore targeting on Pinterest

If you want to set up multiple different kinds of targeting on Pinterest or edit current campaign targeting, you can learn more in our targeting overview article. 

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