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Optimise Your Pinterest Advertising Strategy For Max Impact


So Pinterest Advertising is the latest social development to open its doors to marketers; hollers and whoops in the marketing sector aside, this poses an incredibly exciting and challenging time for marketers and advertisers.

After the initial excitement, the Digivate team sat back and thought to ourselves ‘How do I speak to the right people for my business, on what is essentially an internet-wide lookbook?’. 

We know it’s crossed your mind as you browse the endless boards of edited celebrity images and pictures of cakes. So, we decided to pass on a few handy tips which the team here at Digivate use to make sure we get our client’s the most amount of exposure in the right places on Pinterest.

What are Pinterest Ads?

Pinterest Ads are a form of paid advertising that allows businesses to promote their products, services, or brand directly on Pinterest. These ads appear as regular Pins within the platform, but with a small “Promoted by” label to indicate they’re sponsored content.

By creating Pinterest Ads, businesses can target their ideal audience based on various criteria. When users browse their home feed, category feeds, or search results, these promoted Pins can appear alongside organic content, increasing the chance of reaching potential customers in the “discovery phase” –  when they’re actively looking for inspiration or ideas.

Pinterest ads landing page

Benefits of Pinterest Ads for Businesses:

  1. Increased target audience reach: Reach a highly engaged audience actively searching for products and ideas.
  2. Improved brand Awareness: Increase brand visibility and recognition among potential customers.
  3. Drive more traffic: Direct users to your website or landing page to explore your offerings.
  4. Boost sales and conversions: Encourage users to purchase products or take desired actions.

The Campaign for Your Company

Ready to launch your Pinterest Ads journey? Here’s a step-by-step breakdown to get your first campaign up and running:

  1. Create a Pinterest Business Account: If you don’t have one already, setting up a business account unlocks access to Pinterest Ads Manager.
  2. Set up Ads Manager: This is your control centre where you can create, manage, and track your ad campaigns.
  3. Define your campaign goals: Choose your primary objective, whether it’s brand awareness, driving website traffic, or increasing conversions/engagements on your site (more on this below).

Here’s a closer look into the 3 types of Pinterest campaigns;

  • Awareness – to engage users who may never have heard of your company/products before.
  • Engagement – designed to coerce users into engaging with the adverts, whether by liking, clicking or repining.
  • Traffic – this campaign links from the advert pin to your site, so you ensure you drive traffic to your site from the social channel.

The most important thing you need to decide on is which campaign best suits your marketing aims; do you want to attract new customers with some stunning new visuals you’ve produced, or have your visuals been getting them amped up for ages and they’re now ready to buy? Keeping a close eye on your customers’ activities and habits will give you a good sense of which campaign is right for you.

Targeting the right audience is crucial for successful Pinterest Ads, otherwise, your ads won’t get any engagement. Here are the different targeting options:

  • Demographics: Tailor your ads to specific age groups, locations, and income brackets.
  • Interests: Reach users based on their interests, including categories and keywords related to your products or services.
  • Audience Lists: Upload your existing customer email addresses or website visitors to target them directly.
  • Lookalike Audiences: Leverage Pinterest’s data to target users similar to your existing customer base.

The Different Pinterest Ad Formats

When it comes to crafting your message, Pinterest Ads offer a variety of formats to suit your goals and target audience. Here’s a closer look at each:

Promoted Pins:

The workhorse of Pinterest Ads, Promoted Pins function identically to regular Pins you see throughout the platform. They can be static images showcasing your products in a visually appealing way or short videos that grab attention and tell a quick story. The key difference is a small “Promoted by” label to indicate it’s sponsored content.

Idea Pins:

A newer and more dynamic format, Idea Pins are perfect for capturing user interest with their multi-page video capabilities. Think of them as mini-tutorials or product demonstrations. They allow you to incorporate music and interactive elements to keep viewers engaged. Since they’re a newer format, Idea Pins currently offers organic reach potential alongside their paid promotion options.

Shopping Ads:

Designed specifically for ecommerce businesses, Shopping Ads leverage your product catalogue to create dynamic and targeted ads. These ads automatically pull product information like titles, descriptions, and pricing, streamlining the user journey from browsing to purchase. When users click on a Shopping Ad, they’re directed straight to the product page on your website.

Pinterest shopping Ad example

Campaign Optimisation and Measurement

Launching your Pinterest Ads campaign is just the first step. To ensure it delivers the results you desire, ongoing monitoring and optimisation are crucial. Here’s how to stay on top of your campaign’s performance and make data-driven adjustments for maximum effectiveness:

Monitor performance:

  • Regularly track key metrics to gauge your campaign’s health. These include:
    • Impressions: The number of times your ad is displayed to users.
    • Clicks: The number of times users click on your ad.
    • Conversions: The number of times users take the desired action after clicking your ad (e.g., purchases, sign-ups).
    • Cost-per-click (CPC): The average amount you pay for each click on your ad.

By monitoring these metrics, you can understand how users are interacting with your campaigns and identify areas for improvement.

Optimise the campaign based on data:

  • Analyse and adapt: Don’t just collect data – use it to your advantage! Analyse the performance of your various ad groups, targeting options, and creatives. See which elements are generating the most clicks and conversions at the most cost-effective rate.
  • Refine targeting: Based on your analysis, you can refine your targeting to reach a more relevant audience. For example, if a specific demographic performs better, you can allocate more budget towards them.
  • A/B test creatives: Unsure which visual or message resonates best? Utilise Pinterest’s A/B testing feature to compare different ad variations and see which ones drive the most engagement.
  • Optimise budget allocation: Shift your budget based on performance. Allocate more resources to ad groups or targeting options that deliver the best results and scale back on underperformers.

Remember, optimisation is an ongoing process. By consistently monitoring your campaign’s performance and adapting your strategies based on data insights, you can ensure your Pinterest Ads are reaching the right audience and driving real results for your business.

5 Quick Tips For Pinterest Success

1. Do Your Research

This is basic level advice, but it’s worth remembering here; you need to consider whether Pinterest is useful for your company/brand. The content that works on your other social channels won’t necessarily translate to Pinterest, so do you have the capacity and budget to strategise, execute and implement these new content pieces?

Before you embark on setting up a new social channel, you must ensure you do the research behind it; the way people use that channel, whether you can drive traffic to your site via the channel, if your customer base uses that channel, etc. Basically, see if you can benefit from using the channel before you set about populating the channel.

Wholefoods Pinterest collection

2. Where oh Where?

Pinterest gives you the opportunity to choose who gets to see your adverts, and this placement is crucial to the success of your campaign. Say, for example, you are selling UK-made porcelain vases, and you already know that your key demographic is women aged between 28-40.

From this data, we can make some logical assumptions; we can assume that these women will have Pinterest boards dedicated to home furnishings, decorating, DIY, furniture, floral arrangements, etc. They may also have boards related to common themes that run throughout the demographic; health and wellbeing, yoga, mindfulness, cookery, design, etc.

We love data and know from experience that analysing your existing customer data in this way will open dozens more doors, each with their own engagement opportunities for your company.

3. Be Yourself

Stay true to your brand’s tone of voice and visuals. Consistency is key to customer trust and retention; the best way to alienate and confuse your customers is to affect a different modus operandi depending on the social channel.

Successful integrated marketing relies on brand consistency across all channels, online and offline. This ensures your customers recognise your brand immediately, trust that they are going to get what they want from you and they’ll be comfortable moving across channels with you. This encourages retention and spending which is the win we are looking for.

Pinterest pin example

4. Content Creation

Pinterest is all about visuals, so you need to be able to provide high quality, stunning images that people will want to keep looking at. This isn’t as simple as choosing a feature image for your blog articles though; feature images are visuals accompanying a longer, more in-depth piece of content. There is more information behind the image in other words. Not with Pinterest.

The images you use for Pinterest must produce the right emotion in your audience, put them in the right frame of mind, excite and urge them to move forward with your brand, etc. The images you post on Pinterest have to work hard to get your users’ attention and stand apart from your competitors, and this is crucial to understand from the get-go with your Pinterest Ad Campaign.

This is where creating content specifically for the channel in question is paramount – people don’t use Pinterest in the same way that they use Facebook, and you should always keep this in mind when working with this, and indeed any, of your social channels. Check out this handy image guide from PicMonkey with tons of ideas on creating your Pinterest images.


‘Less clutter, more charm. Strive for pins that evoke emotions, spark curiosity, and leave a lasting impression. Pin with precision and showcase with style. Quality over quantity is the golden rule!’ – Cayleen Lockey, Graphic Designer

5. Gotta Like ‘em All!

The followers of your Pinterest boards are super useful to you for two reasons; they are the prime viewers and consumers of your brand and content, and if they also like and repin your content, they are exposing a whole new audience to your brand for you. Useful!

This is why the followers you accrue and follow back are so important. The more followers you have, the wider an audience you have for your company, but the catch here is you need to ensure that you are following the right people in the first place.

Successful Pinterest Campaign: UNIQLO Hair-do Campaign


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A great example of a successful Pinterest ad campaign is UNIQLO’s Hair-Do campaign; it won the interactive bronze pencil award and went on to produce incredible results for the company.

UNIQLO is a trendy Japanese fashion label, known for their simple, stylish cuts and lines to their garments. Their 2014 Hair-Do campaign raised the bar for advertising on Pinterest by mixing two of Pinterest’s main topics; DIY hair styling and fashion. This combination allowed UNIQLO to create highquality infographics, showing the process of creating certain hairstyles which they then matched with pieces from their new clothing line, successfully drawing in the right crowd to their products.

They managed to draw 55 million impressions and more than 6 million mentions on X (then Twitter), giving them an amazing exposure range, and made sure that their brand was being talked about. This is a prime example of utilising Pinterest the right way and knowing exactly how to reach and engage with the people you want to convert.

So What Next?

The rest is up to you! But the key aspect I hope we’ve gotten across is you must know your audience. And no guessing either! With so many tools out there to analyse and track your customer’s online behaviours, getting the data you need should be relatively simple.

Advertising on Pinterest has opened up a realm of creativity in advertising not seen before, and it’s super exciting to see how quickly your artistic adventures can bring home the bacon for your brand.

How can we help?

We can implement the right technology and analytics for your business, set up tracking tags across all online activity and create a content strategy for all customer touchpoints that drive the prospects towards the final conversion.

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