for Business How to make great Pins Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save ideas for all your projects and interests. We want billions of people to live more inspired businesses—and businesses are a huge part of making that possible. Content from businesses plays a major role in helping people pursue their interests and bring their ideas to life. We want Pins from businesses to be among the best you see on Pinterest, and that’s why we’ve compiled this guide of creative tips to help. (If you’re using Promoted Pins, check out our advertising rules for more specific dos and don’ts.) Things to consider: What’s your primary goal for this Pin? What does your brand value? What is your brand’s persona? If it were a person, how would you describe it? What makes your brand unique? How do you want people to feel after interacting with your brand? What do you want people to remember about your brand? Pins should be: H E L P F U L Informative and useful to people B E A U T I F U L So compelling and creative you have to look closer A C T I O N A B L E Helping people take action on their interests How to make great Pins | 1 for Business How to make great Pins | 2 Pins should be helpful Make them informative and useful to people Write thoughtful, detailed descriptions Every Pin should have a description that gives context. The best descriptions make Pins more inspirational and also provide extra information so people can figure out if something’s right for them. They should mention the most compelling aspects of the Pin and inspire people to do something. They also use correct capitalization and punctuation. Images shouldn’t contain promotional information (“10% off” or “Two for $9.99!”), calls to action (“Call now!”) or references to Pinterest functionality (“Click here to pin!”). Don’t include hashtags in either the image or description. While only about 75-100 characters of your description will appear in grid view, you can include up to 500 and they’ll all appear when people click to see the Pin close-up. Generally speaking, more characters mean more helpful details and more opportunities to show up in search results. Style under wraps. Our exclusive Nike Studio Wraps are designed to make the most of your pilates, yoga, dance and barre class, or any class you’d do barefoot. 228 Click here to pin! #watches #sale 29 2 Vivian Chow Accessorize Yourself 60 Nike Women SHOE LOVE Offer instructions and how-tos Step-by-step instructions and other tutorials help break down complicated projects and make it easier for people to bring their creative ideas to life. from Brit + Co How to Use Neon Straws and String to Make Easy DIY Planters Spruce up your space with this DIY planter. 86 22 Brit Morin To Make Tutorial: how to style a corner gallery wall. 1607 207 Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess D.I.Y. home decor Use lists to help curate Curated lists are totally save-worthy because they cut out some of the work in searching for the perfect recipes, products and more. Lists are a good way to create Pins that appeal to different audiences—see which ones take off and make more like them. from BuzzFeed Life Grilled cheese sandwiches that all ages will love 416 41 Martha Stewart Living Dinner Recipes 15 Spectacular Places You Must Swim Before You Die Come on in, the water’s fine. 61 14 BuzzFeed Life Travel for Business How to make great Pins | 3 Add simple, clear text overlay Text overlays can give Pinners a clear takeaway with a quick glance - especially when a Pin’s purpose isn’t obvious from just the image. Minimize the amount of text in an image, though, and if it’s there, make it part of the design. Be sure all the text is large enough to read easily on mobile or in a grid view. (Test it out on different devices to be sure!) Sugar cookies! Freezing your favorite soup recipe doesn’t require an ice pick. Try this muffin tin hack! 2052 2 226 1 Gabe Trionfi Good Eats Ziploc brand Life Made Easy Keep branding and logos tasteful Done well, branding can add credibility to your Pin without being distracting or overly commercial. If your logo is in the Pin image, make sure it’s large enough to be seen in a grid view on mobile—but not so large that it takes over the image. from GQ Summer jacket. 9 4 Victor Ng Style Manual Best Mens Style for Spring Let Your Tie Bloom. 235 64 Use Rich Pins wherever possible so your brand stays on the Pin as it gets repinned. Avoid talking too much about your brand in the description. GQ Magazine GQ Style Use colors and settings that convey your brand Showcase products in an inspirational context by placing them in a background that conveys the tone of your brand. Play with photography and coloring if you’re showing products on a white background. Stumped for gift giving? The REI Flash 18 Pack is a versatile pack for day hikes or errands. Check out the variety of colors on REI.com. 503 167 REI Gifts for Hikers & Campers Cozy and colorful knit hats and gloves are here to liven up your winter gear. So fun, right? 46 30 Target Women’s Style - Must Haves for Business How to make great Pins | 4 Pins should be beautiful Make them creative and compelling Use high-quality images Use high-resolution, professional-quality photographs and illustrations. Don’t use images that are poorly lit, out of focus or otherwise appear amateurish. Make serving dessert a little sweeter with our golden servers. 151 Fruit punch. 12 30 3 Alexandra Bond For sipping West Elm Gifts for Her Size and shape matter Pins look best when they’re vertically oriented. We recommend an image aspect ratio of 2:3 to 1:3.5 and a minimum width of 600px. Bicycle. 16 Annie Lee Cycle it out from Bonobos Castlerock Cashmere Hoodie Pins get cut off in feeds if the ratio is greater than 1:3.5 so make sure the image isn’t too tall. For example, an image that is 600px wide should be between 900px and 2100px tall. Help him out with this cashmere wonder. 68 19 Bonobos 20 Gifts He’ll Want to Gram Pay attention to composition Don’t use more than four separate images in a Pin. Images should have a focus or a clear theme—not just an assortment of random products. Don’t add a border or other alteration (like rounded corners) to Pin images. Welcome your baby home to a tranquil, restful nursery. 114 38 Target Target Baby Gadget gift ideas! 2 Evany Thomas All the Gifts for Business How to make great Pins | 5 Pins should be actionable Help people do the things they see in your Pins Link out to places that help people For example, a movie Pin should lead to the trailer or a review, and a product Pin should lead to where a Pinner can make the purchase. Make them Rich Pins when possible Rich Pins have extra details like price, availability or ingredients right on the Pin so people can do more with their Pins. They automatically update, too, so the info’s always reliable. Avoid time-sensitive information Pins last forever, so steer clear of including prices or words like “new” that won’t always be relevant.
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