Search engines are great for answering specific questions—the weather in San Francisco or the capital of Peru—but Pinterest can help with the questions that have more than one right answer. Where’s your next vacation or what’s for dinner tonight? With so many possibilities, you might not know the best one till you see it.
To help you find the best ideas, today we’re introducing Guided Search. It’s made for exploring, whether you know exactly what you want, or you’re just starting to look around. There are more than 750 million boards with 30 billion Pins hand-picked by travelers, foodies and other Pinners, so the right idea is just a few taps away.
We’re not changing the way we rank search results, so you don’t need to make any changes to Pins from your business. As always, good Pin descriptions are the best way to help Pinners find your content.
Visual guides help you along
Now when you search for something (road trips, running, summer BBQ), descriptive guides will help you sift through all the good ideas from other Pinners. Scroll through the guides and tap any that look interesting to steer your search in the right direction.
Say you’re looking for plants to green up your apartment, guides help you get more specific—indoors, shade, succulents—so you can hone in on the ones that suit your space.
Or when it’s time for your next haircut, search by specific styles—for redheads, curly hair, layers—to find your next look.
Discover a few unexpected surprises
The guides are there to get you where you want to go, but the best part is leaving a little room for serendipity. Exploring getaway ideas might lead you to a treehouse adventure, a motorcycle trip down the coast, or maybe even something else you didn’t know you were looking for. You might be surprised where you end up!’re rolling this out on mobile in English to start, and then on web and everywhere else around the world soon. Learn more, or get the app for iPhone, iPad or Android to give it a try.
Exploring interests is a huge part of how people use Pinterest (interest is our middle name, after all!). We often check in to see how and what people Pin, and what we’ve learned is that people’s interests generally fall into five categories:
—a passion that’s a core part of who you are, like music, photography or sports —a vocation that’s part of your training, like a teacher using Pinterest to find lesson plan ideas or an architect sharing design ideas with a client —a hobby that you do for fun, like running or fishing —a project that has an end goal, like a wedding or redecorating your living room —a preference that can change, like your taste in colors or types of shoes
The most successful businesses on Pinterest create and curate Pins that help people pursue their interests. When you evaluate your own approach, try doing a little upfront research on your target customer.
Ask yourself: what kinds of things is my customer into? Do a search on Pinterest to see what types of Pins relate to those things. How do people organize boards around that interest? After you figure that out, think about what content your business already has that you could add to Pinterest so people can explore their interests further.
Like the neighborhood hardware store owner who shows you how to fix your sink or the real estate agent who knows exactly what kind of home fits your family, businesses that move beyond just selling something are the ones to create connections that last longer than a single transaction.
Our Help Center is the place to go for answers to any of your Pinterest questions—and it just got a makeover! We designed the new Help Center so you can quickly find whatever you need to know for your business account, whether you’re at your desk or out and about on your phone.
We talk about the Pin It button a lot around here, and that’s because it’s a pretty big deal. It’s what Pinners use to save things they find around the web, an easy-to-add tool that gets your business on Pinterest.
We’re now bringing the Pin It button to even more platforms, including Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress.org and Wix. These new integrations will make adding the Pin It button to your site a snap. (Psst: if your site isn’t powered by those platforms, you can get the button from us the usual way.)
Here are instructions for each:
You can add the Pin It button or the hovering Pin It button to your Tumblr blog. Get instructions from our Help Center.
The Pin It button is now one of the default sharing buttons on Blogger. This button will automatically pick up the first image in the post, set the description to the format: “Blog title: blog post title” and will set the URL to the permalink of the blog post. For more detailed instructions, visit our Help Center.
You can add the hovering Pin It button to your WordPress.org blog. Just install our plugin, choose the button you want, and you’re all set.
The Pin It button is now native to your Wix.com page editor. That Pin It button will create a Pin based off of the image and description you specify and will link back to the page of the site you’re on when you click the button. For more detailed instructions, visit our Help Center.
We’ll continue to add new integrations so stay tuned for more!
We know some businesses like to add tracking codes to their Pins to see how they’re performing. We also know many of them use Google Analytics to track their marketing. That’s why we’re adding support for Google Analytics UTM variables, so you can get a view of your campaigns right on your Google Analytics dashboard.
Businesses have asked for UTM support on their Pins in the past, so we’re happy to help them see more accurate tracking on Google Analytics.
If you’re already using Google Analytics, it’s easy to see how your Pins are performing by tagging your Pin links with the correct UTM parameters. If you’ve already got UTM tracking on your Pin links, you’ll start to see more activity on your campaign and source tracking on Google Analytics.
Pinterest is growing rapidly and so are the kinds of Pins people are looking for, which means there are plenty of things you can add to help people explore all of their interests.
There are about 900 millions Pins in the entertainment category alone, for example. Dozens of television shows are using Pinterest to reach their viewers in creative ways. Here are some ideas from popular TV show accounts that any business can use:
Pinners love humor
Lots of Pinners have their own humor boards, so don’t be afraid to make them laugh with fun, original Pins if it feels natural to your brand. “Parks and Recreation” has a Parks and Memes board that turns moments from the show into shareable snippets.
Quotes are also popular
Quote Pins are some of the most repinned on Pinterest, which is why we have a whole category devoted to them. “Game of Thrones” adds custom quote Pins from the show to its Advice from the Realm board. Think about sharing taglines or iconic moments from your advertising. Or, have a board for inspiring quotes from others that match the spirit or subject of your brand. CBS Sports does this on its Catchphrase: Timeless Quotes board, which curates famous sports quotes.
Go behind the scenes
"The Today Show” adds Pins to Anchor Antics that capture what it’s like when the camera isn’t rolling. Go behind the curtain of your business to add a little humanity to your Pinterest profile. Tell the stories of your employees or go on the factory floor to show Pinners how things get made.
Include your fans
“Girls” goes out of its way to highlight stuff from fans of the show. On its fanGIRLS board, the show curates fanmade images, memes, illustrations and even Etsy crafts. Show appreciation for your loyal following and show off some of the ways they support your business. You could highlight some of your customers or just find the organic content people are making about your brand.
Highlight products and spaces
In addition to boards about the show, “Scandal” created an Olivia Pope Style board and a Scandal Beauty board to connect the show’s looks to stuff people can actually buy. As Seen on Parenthood collects different home sets on the show to give Pinners design inspiration. Highlight and link back to your own products or, if you don’t sell specific things, mention things that might pair well with whatever your brand offers.
Offer exclusive content and sneak peeks
Pinners love previewing what’s next, so why not give them an early look? Parenthood shared stills from Season 5 to keep fans guessing, but you could add Pins from your upcoming catalog or exclusive online-only deals.
Help Pinners live inspired lives
The Biggest Loser uses Pinterest as a natural extension of its show. They have boards for fitness routines, recipes and motivational quotes as well as extras from the show. Consider adding how-to and inspirational content that’ll help Pinners connect your brand with their own personal goals.
Just one Pin can give people a glimpse into what makes your business special, so you want to make sure you’re making an impression.
When people see Pins in their home feed, category feeds or search results, they make a snap judgment about whether they want to click further or repin. Clicks send traffic back to your website while repins ensure your stuff gets seen by more people. (In other words, you want both!)
We studied thousands of Pins to figure out which ones get the most traction. Three common elements jumped out:
Vertical Pins work better
Pins with a vertical aspect ratio flow better with the Pinterest experience. That’s because Pinterest organizes images vertically, stacked one on top of another in a grid. Also, most people use Pinterest on their mobile phones, so vertical Pins just look better than horizontal ones.
Longer descriptions outperform shorter ones
There’s a lot said about the visual nature of Pinterest, but it’s also a service that people use to plan their lives. The Pin description is an important spot to explain how that Pin can help someone pursue their interests. On other sites, short copy works because you’re competing for attention. But with Pinterest, it’s more effective to write thoughtful, useful descriptions. You don’t need to max out on our character limits, but feel free to add details where it makes sense. (Bonus: these descriptions help your Pins show up in search results!)
Positive, aspirational messages resonate
Descriptions that talk about a Pin and its value work better than straight explanations. Instead of saying “We’re selling this blue sweater” or “Make this chicken parmesan recipe,” imagine yourself as a Pinner. Try talking about how the sweater fits in perfectly with a spring wardrobe or how a busy parent can make the chicken parmesan recipe in under 30 minutes with just a few ingredients.
We’re planning to share out more advice on how to craft quality Pins and boards, but we hope this helps you see more clicks and repins on your stuff.
We know people love to use Pinterest for shopping ideas, which is why we’ve created a new Gifts feed of all the different things you could buy.
The work-in-progress feed lives with our regular categories but it’s special because it only shows Product Pins. Product Pins show extra details like pricing, availability and where to buy right on the Pin so Pinners can decide which products are right for them.
So far, we’ve learned that Product Pins get higher click-through rates than regular Pins and make your brand more visible because of the logo on the Pin. Pinners also get email notifications when Product Pins they’ve saved drop in price.
The Gifts feed also includes a few price filters so you can find something for every budget. $$$$ means the price is greater than $200, $$$ means the price is between $50-$200, $$ means the price is from $25 to $50 and $ is anything less than that.
If you want your stuff to show up in the Gifts feed, make sure you get Rich Pins. You can get everything you need on our developers site. We tried to keep it simple, but you might want to ask a developer to help you out.
We’ve got one more video from last spring’s partner event to share. This time, listen to Kevin Knight, from our partner marketing team, talk to businesses about effective ways to create boards and Pins that reach people as they explore their interests.