Creative best practices

Standard Pins

The best Pins are visually compelling, tell a good story and make people want to learn more. It’s easy to make great Pins—just follow these creative best practices.

You’ll find guidelines for standard Pins and video Pins on this page. You can also download our creative best practices guide to get all the tips in one saveable, printable place. 

1. Pick an eye-catching image
Use high-quality, vertical images that will stand out in people's feeds. We recommend a 2:3 aspect ratio (ex: 1000 x 1500 pixels). Other ratios may cause your Pin to truncate, or may negatively impact performance.

2. Make your brand the focal point  
Put your product or service front and center. Avoid using abstract images or lifestyle imagery that doesn’t showcase your brand.   

3. Give context
Your Pins should help people understand why your product or idea is the right fit for them. Pick images that show context and bring your topic to life. Clearly show how someone might use your product, try your project, etc.

4. Include your logo
Put a logo on every Pin you make, but keep it subtle. Avoid the lower right corner, since that spot gets covered up by our product icons.   

5. Add text overlay to tell a better story
Text overlay is the copy that goes on your Pin image. It makes your Pins stand out, adds context and enhances your message. Keep text concise so it’s easy for people to read on their phones. If you're running the same campaign in multiple countries, make sure to create separate Pins for each country so you can translate text overlay into the local language.

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Video Pins

Video takes your content to the next level with action-packed storytelling. Here are five best practices that make video Pins especially successful.  

1. Start strong, and keep it short
Lead with a clear hook within the first few seconds to capture people’s attention. Keep your video simple and to the point. We’ve found that 6-15 seconds works best on Pinterest. 

2. Don’t rely on audio 
Many videos play in people’s feeds with sound off. Make sure to use text overlay or captions to help convey your message when the sound doesn’t play.

3. Make your videos feel actionable  
We see top performance for videos that teach people how to do something, or inspire people to try something new.

4. Pick a strong cover image
Your cover image shows up in people’s feeds, abd should give them a good sense of what they’re about to watch. Your cover image also helps us show your video to the right audience.

5. Optimize your Pin copy 
Clear titles, descriptions and hashtags help your video get discovered in search. Spend some time getting your copy right before you publish a new video.

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Go deeper

Pin basics

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Creative specs

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Content tips

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