Looking for a way to quickly launch a Promoted Pin campaign that gives you lots of impressions from the get go? Dynamic keyword targeting may be for you!
What is Dynamic Keyword Targeting on Pinterest Ads?
It’s a setting at the ad group level that allows Pinterest’s Taste Graph to choose relevant keywords for your ad. No keyword research needed! Promoted Pins using dynamic targeting will only appear in search results and related Pins (as opposed to Pinners’ home feeds).
Here’s where you’ll see the option to use dynamic targeting – right below the “Add keywords” box:
To understand how Pinterest chooses these “relevant searches” for your ad, it’s helpful to understand Taste Graph and how Pinterest “sees” Pins.
Taste Graph is basically Pinterest’s machine learning. Each time you engage with a Pin, Pinterest learns a bit more about you and what you’re interested in. That’s the way things you weren’t exactly looking for (but love anyway) appear in your feed – helping you discover new ideas.
The other part of dynamic targeting is your Pin itself. Pinterest does look at the description, but it also “sees” the image itself. After all, visual search is a huge part of Pinterest’s vision (no pun intended)! For that reason, it’s suggested that you…
Use Dynamic Targeting for Product Ads on Pinterest
Take a look at the related Pins on any given Pin. What do you see? The similarities between the selected Pin and the related Pins range from color scheme, to visual elements, to subject matter.
For instance, this Pin:
What we get is an interesting mix of Pins related by subject matter and by visual. For me, it’s worth it to spend the time to identify the actual keywords people will be searching when they want to find my Pin. I do not want my Pin with the bicycle background which is really about Pinterest to show up when people search for bicycles!
However, if you are selling a product, this could work quite well. If you do a search for eyeglasses and click on one of the Pins, you’ll see Promoted Pins that really fit the search. According to Pinterest, “In general, we’ve seen search campaigns better achieve scale when this setting is on. We’ve seen improvements in reach as well as CTRs and spend.”
There is a BUT, here though….
Use Dynamic Targeting for Blog Posts – Sometimes!
Dynamic targeting could work on your non-product Pins if Pinterest has enough clues about what the image REALLY is.
So, when I want to decide which Pin would be a good candidate for dynamic targeting, I look at the Pin’s related Pins. If the related Pins make sense, I’m fairly confident my Promoted Pin will be displayed in a way that will make sense. If, on the other hand, the related Pins are waaaay off base, I skip that ad group!
This is not a technique that Pinterest has published – I’m just assuming that by looking at related Pins, I’m getting an idea of how Pinterest sees my Pin. So far, it seems to be the case.
Here’s one that might make sense to target with dynamic targeting (notice a couple of apparent minor misses with eyeglasses and shoes – those are Promoted Pins – not enough to dissuade me):
Here’s one that would not:
In this case, it looks like the signals I’m sending with the Pin are just a little bit to vague for them to get the real picture. It seems to be more about the composition of the image than the subject matter, so I wouldn’t use dynamic targeting to promote that Pi.
Oh, and I never JUST use dynamic targeting – it’s just one of several ad groups I start with.
OK, then! As always, it’s important to test and review your results regularly.
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