Dynamic Marketing Communiqué

Pins and Boards! How this visual search engine inspires and influences pinners around the world [Every Thursday: FYO!]

August 13, 2020

Brand Awareness

Consumer Engagement

High Number of Video and Photo Views

Online Traffic and Visibility

High Conversion Rates

Shopping Catalogs

Creative Videos and Product Shots

Mood Boards and Visual Compilations

These are just some of the things that a brand or business can create and achieve using this platform.


An American image sharing platform designed to enable users to post, save, and discover creative ideas or information.

Pinners (users of Pinterest) usually visit the site for shopping, makeover ideas, planning social activities, or even planning out major life events. They find ideas by browsing through various pins that appear on their home feeds. These pins are based on pinners’ search history and boards.

Boards are the space where users can save, collect, and organize pins. As long as the pinner does not set the board to “secret,” anyone browsing on the site can take a look at the collection. Like most social media platforms, pinners can follow each other and leave comments. They can even collaborate on boards.

Today, Pinterest has:

  • More than 335 million monthly active users worldwide
  • More than 2 billion searches every month
  • More than 200 billion pins that have been saved on the platform

The site, however, is more than just a social media platform. It’s also a powerful search engine and advertising platform that connects consumers to businesses through the concept of idea discovery.

Many marketers and businesses use this platform to raise awareness of their brands or products through creatively showcasing them on boards or pins.

How can Pinterest help your target market FIND YOU and your brand online?

Through Pinterest Ads!

Pinterest ads is a feature that enables users to create videos or images as an ad campaign for their brand or business. Users that already have personal accounts can convert those into business accounts for FREE.

All types of businesses, large or small, startup or mature, can create strong content and engage with a large number of people on the platform through these ads.

Pinterest ads can:

  • Increase Conversion. You have to know what content would work for your business. The right content will give you the opportunity to obtain higher engagement and higher purchase intent for your brand.

    According to a survey conducted by Pinterest:

    • 61% of its respondents said that Pinterest is where they can get inspiration for great ideas
    • 73% said Pinterest content from different brands they encounter is useful
    • 61% said that they’ve discovered new brands or products from promoted pins—half of them purchased after seeing a pin
  • Help Brands Gain Exposure. Over the years, Pinterest has been a great venue for businesses to gain exposure. In an article published by WSJ, 97% of Pinterest’s search queries don’t mention a specific brand—making it beneficial for small and startup businesses to be visible to the target market and generate purchases.
  • Drive Traffic. With over 2 billion monthly searches on this platform, Pinterest is undeniably a gateway for your brand or business to create traffic online.

    In an average of 100 million monthly active users, Pinterest reports that:

    • 93% of pinners use the platform to plan purchases
    • 96% of Pinterest users use the network to gather product information
    • 87% of them decided to purchase through this network
  • Engage with A Lot of People. With a lot of business accounts and users, it is no doubt that promoting your brand on Pinterest can help increase your brand engagement.According to Pinterest, brands get an average of 30% free engagement when they conduct/post pin campaigns.

Video Pins/Ads

This is one of the best ways to create an ad campaign using the platform. Advertisers can include a cover image that is designed to capture the attention of a target audience. These video pins are around 30-90 seconds long.

Through this, you will have the ability to tell more comprehensive stories about your brand, idea, or project.

Video pins appear in a user’s home feed, the “following” tab, and related search results.

Absolut Lime (a flavored vodka with the true taste of lime) created one of the more effective marketing campaigns using video pins that also featured the brand’s iconic frosted bottle.

The video shows cocktail recipes by tossing the various ingredients into the air and labelling them with overlay text that showed more details about the recipe.

Absolut grabbed the attention of Pinterest users by showing them how to make cocktails at home. They disrupted users’ feed by capturing different ingredients exploding in slow motion.

According to a study by Pinterest, this video pin influenced a boost in offline sales for Absolut. Incremental sales and generated household penetration increased by 4%.

What was Absolut’s strategy?

  • Used expanded targeting to achieve upper-funnel metrics such as brand awareness
  • Optimized an impressive mix of creative content

“In order to maximize engagement and conversion, we focused on creating content in conjunction with our consumer insights and platform behaviors. Our campaigns are designed to encourage people to enjoy Absolut Lime online, but also inspire them to experience the product at home too.” – Simon de Beauregard, Senior Brand Manager, Absolut

Corrine Bolanos, a Creative Strategist at Pinterest said that one of the reasons why Absolut Lime’s campaign was so impactful is that it is clear that the campaign and its creative content were designed with Pinterest in mind.

Advertising is almost everywhere, especially online. The challenge for you is exploring your creativity and how you deliver the right message to the right audience on the right platform.

It’s your turn to create a captivating campaign for your brand or business.

Be a pinner and create a video pin! See how much of an impact it’ll make!

About The Dynamic Marketing Communiqué’s
“Thursdays: FYO! Find You Optimization”

Why should you stop thinking SEO and start thinking FYO?

We’re not saying that you should abandon Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Don’t get us wrong, of course, we know this is something very important, especially in today’s digital marketing age.

The internet landscape is vast, and a world of its own. You really need to distinguish yourself and make your brand/company/website known and easily searchable.

Better yet, get to the top of page one for Top Results on Google or any other search engine.

However, what is the purpose of SEO? It’s that customers Find You!

That’s what matters. So, while SEO is one factor of FYO… it really is only one, and we ought not to abandon all the myriad of ways digitally and offline for improving your FYO.

How can we look at this from a different and better perspective?

Let’s say you have it in the bag! You and your team are experts in SEO. Awesome. But did you ever wonder what else you could do to push it further and give your SEO skills a boost?

FYO! Find You Optimization!

You need your target audience to FIND YOU—your brand, product, service, or offer. This is SEO plus other tools that increase visibility online (and offline).

Every Thursday, we publish content on how you can get your target market to find you, beyond the typical “type and search.” There are other things you can do along with your SEO to give your online advertising process a boost.

Try considering other tactics beyond it—WOMO (Word Of Mouth Optimization), RO (Referral Optimization), and “All-Other-Means-Of-Getting-Your-Target-Market-To-Find-You” Optimization (AOMOGYTMTFY, if you’d like a long acronym).

Part of a great marketing strategy is knowing how to adapt new methods and make use of different types of marketing and promotion that best fit your business goals and which give you the results you want.

Hope you’ve found this week’s insights interesting and helpful.

Stay tuned for next Thursday’s FYO!


Kyle Yu
Head of Marketing
Valens Dynamic Marketing Capabilities
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