These 3 Pinterest Ad Targeting Options Give Ecommerce Advertisers Increased Segmentation

Last updated on by Fahad Muhammad in Advertising, Ecommerce

Pinterest may have started as a network where users went for creative ideas and look at the beautiful image boards. However, over the years, the platform has evolved into a whole lot more — especially advertising possibilities.

Pinterest has refined its ad targeting capabilities to ensure that ecommerce advertisers can effectively reach the millions of people who come to Pinterest to shop for products and services.

Out of 93% of users who plan purchases with Pinterest, 87% of them ultimately buy, making Pinterest a lucrative advertising platform for ecommerce businesses.

So, what ad targeting options do Pinterest ads offer advertisers? Let’s find out.

What are the main Pinterest ad targeting options?

Pinterest offers advertisers multiple ad targeting options depending on who their audience is and how they want to reach them. For each ad group you set up, you can target ads to reach the right people at the right time. You can also combine targeting criteria to create an audience as narrow or as broad as you like.

Currently, there are three main ad targeting options: interest targeting, keyword targeting, and audience targeting.

Interest targeting

Interest targeting allows you to take advantage of Pinterest’s unique understanding of people’s interests, tastes, and life stages. Select interests related to your ad to reach people while they browse Pinterest for similar interests.

For example, if you’re selling baby clothes, target pinners interested in “children’s fashion” and “baby clothing,” or even “parenting:”

You can select broader terms to increase the ad reach, or you can select relevant sub-categories that target more specific options more relevant to your promoted products/services.

Keyword targeting

Similar to Google and Bing paid search ads, keyword targeting lets you include or exclude specific words to reach out to prospects as they search Pinterest for similar ideas. Advertisers can add keywords related to the ad they’re promoting, for instance, with patio furniture, you can target users searching for “patio decor” or “home decor ideas.”

The key to succeeding with keyword targeting is to make sure any keywords you add are relevant to your pin.

Also, similar to search engines, Pinterest offers multiple keyword match types such as broad, phrase, and exact, along with negative keywords. Each match type, combined with negative keywords enables you to target pinners’ search terms and be more precise with ads:

When adding keywords in the Ads Manager, write a keyword as is for broad match, use quotations around the keywords for phrase match, and include brackets around keywords for exact match:

Audience targeting

With audience targeting, you show ads to Pinterest users who are most likely to click and engage with the ads.

This option is best in practice with retargeting ads because you can target the ads to website visitor list, customers from your CRM, or people who have already engaged with your brand on Pinterest. Once you’ve identified your most valuable customers, you can use actalike audiences (similar to Facebook lookalike audiences) to find other people with similar interests and behaviors.

The option also allows you to boost traffic by sending pinners/prospects to your Pinterest post-click page, website, or online store.

With audience targeting you can create four types of audiences:

Additional targeting

In addition to those three methods, you can also choose who to target based on gender, age, locations, languages, and devices:

The key is to select the targeting options based on your offer and which prospects might be interested in it. For example, select people in the correct locations that speak the language your ads are written, also determine which device your prospects are likely to be using on the platform.

Harness the power of Pinterest targeting to reach potential customers

Pinterest’s ad targeting options help you locate the right audience on the platform and ensure your ads are targeted to users that will likely click through.

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