How to make great Pins - Pinterest for Business

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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.