10 Tips for Creating Idea Pins for the Creator Rewards Program

terezatoledo
Pinterest Pioneer
Pinterest Pioneer

Hello PBC friends!

Are you feeling lost when it comes to creating Idea Pins for the Pinterest Creator Rewards Program?

I’ve been there. My name is Tereza Toledo, a Pinterest Pioneer and expert. I’ve been following the rewards program, creating content, submitting to the program and have been successful with getting pins approved.

I would love to help you become more confident when creating Ideas Pins. What I’m going to share with you are 10 things that I’ve observed and helped me create Idea Pins that got approved successfully.

Can I share them with you? If you said yes, keep reading!

  1. Read through the terms of service, best pin practices, and each and every goal before you start to create your Idea Pins for this program. If you are creating Idea Pins for your audience, without being concerned with submitting them, you can still follow these tips, but you may have more flexibility. In order for your submitted Idea Pin to be approved, you must follow these guidelines.
  2. Keep an open mind. Even though there are guidelines in place, the program is still in development and Pinterest reserves the right to change things as needed.
  3. Create original content. If you have already created Idea Pins with certain images or videos, new idea pins with the same assets won’t be considered original. If you are recreating an idea that you shared before, make sure that it looks new and fresh. The best option is to always use new images and videos. If you really want to reuse content already created, think about ways of revamping them, making those assets look new.
  4. Use images, videos and music that you have the rights to use and distribute. Even though some creators have purchased rights to certain digital assets, or are using assets that are public domain, it may be hard for Pinterest to know this and approve your pin right away. To bypass this, focus on creating Idea Pins with videos and images that you've created. Feel free to use your own voice and use music from the Pinterest app library.
  5. Go the extra mile. When creating Idea Pins for this program, put in a little more effort. Give value, inspire, share an idea. Create Idea Pins with the best visual and sound quality you can. Pay attention to the text overlay, make it look good. I don’t mean that you need to edit professionally, but just spend a few extra minutes when creating. If the output you've created is something that you wouldn’t stop the scroll and watch, you should put more effort into it. Fuzzy videos, cropped text overlay and other things can decrease your engagement.
  6. Break it down into more pages or slides. Some goals already mention that single page Idea Pins don’t qualify. Instead of just making a teaser or cramming your idea into one page/slide, break it down into more slides. Each Idea Pin gets up to 20 pages of 60 seconds each. You don’t have to use really short-form video here. Use as many pages as you need to tell your story or share your ideas. Find a balance between too short and too long.
  7. Ideally create content specifically for the program. Try creating on Pinterest first and then repurposing to other platforms. Just because your videos perform well on other platforms, it doesn't mean they will do just as well on Pinterest. If you are repurposing content that you previously published on other platforms, make sure to remove the watermark and not use the music that came with it. Make your videos and images look fresh and not repurposed. Actually, this is a best practice to follow at all times. Publishing content that has other platforms watermarks looks unpolished.
  8. Try to create a cover page using a video that shows the final result of your idea. Use text overlay to tell Pinners what the pin is about and why they should stop and watch. Feel free to add stickers or emojis for extra fun. Using keywords while creating the text overlay will help more people discover your pin, which is powerful, especially when submitting pins for saves!
  9. Don’t skip the pin title, notes (ingredients/supplies), choosing a board to pin and tags. This will help Pinterest show your pin to more pinners and will also give more value to your audience. Use a CTA (call-to-action) in your text or final slide. Tell pinners what you'd like them to do, such as "follow me for more", "save this for later" or "share your take".
  10. Have fun while doing it. Don't just create content thinking about the payout only, even if that’s your final goal. Getting paid for your content is fabulous, but having fun while doing it is what will keep you going!

I hope this is helpful and would love to hear your own tips! 

If you are struggling with coming up with content ideas, let me know and I'll drop another article!

Tereza Toledo
Pinterest Specialist & Educator
[URL=http://www.terezatoledo.com]
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terezatoledo
Pinterest Pioneer
Pinterest Pioneer

Hi @thecookiecouture !

I'll answer one by one.

1. Title -it's pretty much the name of the idea pin. For example, if I made a pin from this article (I should do one), the title could be "10 Tips for Creating Idea Pins for the Creator Rewards Program". Titles can have up to 100 characters and you should use keywords (main words for your idea) when writing it.

2. Tag - those help Pinterest understand in which category or interest each pin belongs or relates to. You can't copy and paste all at once, they must be added one by one. Depending on your niche, you won't find all words you'd like to use. Stick to the ones that are closest to the pin content.

3. Hashtags - hashtags are not something we traditionally use on Pinterest, and they have been turned off and on before. In the Idea ads webinar broadcasted today, we were told that "hashtags aren't prevalent and not an authentic feature of Pinterest". I don't know for sure how much they'd help.

I hope this helps and I love jicama!

Tereza Toledo
Pinterest Specialist & Educator
[URL=http://www.terezatoledo.com]

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michaelbliss
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Great tips @terezatoledo ! Thanks for sharing!

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terezatoledo
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Pinterest Pioneer

Thanks! 

Tereza Toledo
Pinterest Specialist & Educator
[URL=http://www.terezatoledo.com]
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thecookiecouture
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Very useful information, thanks @terezatoledo !  On point #9, is the tittle of your idea pin is the more important part for Pinterest to show my pin to other pinners?  It has happened to me several times that on the tag section the word that I am looking for does not appear, for example "Jicama", does writing on the description #Jicama will help for the pin to be discover? Does "#" works on Pinterest as in other platforms? Thanks again!

Remember to always be creative in the kitchen, particularly in your cookie decorating!
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miggondotcom
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@terezatoledo thank you for keep updating us. Much love !!!!

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JanaOMedia
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So helpful Tereza! From the tactics to the mindset, you covered it. So good! @terezatoledo 

Jana O. | Pinterest Marketing Educator
Creator of the e-course Pinterest with Purpose .... Blogging at JanaOMedia.com
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PitterPatterStudio
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How do we add tags in the app? I'm using Android and I'm worried I'm missing a big section. YIKES!

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terezatoledo
Pinterest Pioneer
Pinterest Pioneer

Hi @thecookiecouture !

I'll answer one by one.

1. Title -it's pretty much the name of the idea pin. For example, if I made a pin from this article (I should do one), the title could be "10 Tips for Creating Idea Pins for the Creator Rewards Program". Titles can have up to 100 characters and you should use keywords (main words for your idea) when writing it.

2. Tag - those help Pinterest understand in which category or interest each pin belongs or relates to. You can't copy and paste all at once, they must be added one by one. Depending on your niche, you won't find all words you'd like to use. Stick to the ones that are closest to the pin content.

3. Hashtags - hashtags are not something we traditionally use on Pinterest, and they have been turned off and on before. In the Idea ads webinar broadcasted today, we were told that "hashtags aren't prevalent and not an authentic feature of Pinterest". I don't know for sure how much they'd help.

I hope this helps and I love jicama!

Tereza Toledo
Pinterest Specialist & Educator
[URL=http://www.terezatoledo.com]
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terezatoledo
Pinterest Pioneer
Pinterest Pioneer

Hi @PitterPatterStudio ,

I'm an IOS user and don't know how it works on Android. But, I would not worry if you don't have them at the moment. Focus on your keywords.

I hope this helps.

Tereza Toledo
Pinterest Specialist & Educator
[URL=http://www.terezatoledo.com]
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aloniebeauty
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@terezatoledo You are the best thank you sharing 

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