Your potential customers are using Pinterest for discovery, planning, and dreaming for the future, which makes it a great channel for accomplishing upper- and mid-funnel brand objectives. But, such branding initiatives are notoriously difficult to measure. Boost Media shares 5 tips to help you approach Pinterest conversion tracking for your brand, and to measure success on Pinterest.


1. Track conversions—even if volume is low

You’re probably not going to get a lot of immediate, direct sales from Pinterest, but the conversion data you collect can provide insight about your customers. Rather than expect to use conversion data to optimize to an efficient cost-per-conversion, use conversion data to fuel market research; and to understand your customers’ preferences, what they’re interested in, what types of imagery or messaging catches their eyes, and the sentiment that appeals to them.


2. Set the right Pinterest conversion tracking window

Since Pinterest is often used for future planning, people don’t generally take immediate action after viewing a Pin. Most advertisers should use a longer conversion window. Pinterest allows you to set a conversion window of up to 60 days, meaning Pinterest will take credit for conversions of someone who has clicked or viewed your Pin for up to 60 days. Remember, your customers are likely to hit many touchpoints between viewing a Promoted Pin and making a conversion—interpret the data accordingly.


3. Take advantage of multi-device Pinterest Conversion tracking

Because Pinterest has the ability to track users who are logged in, you can collect data across devices. This data could be used to help shape your multi-device strategy beyond Pinterest. For example: Do your customers browse on mobile and purchase on desktop? Do they research on desktop and then make in-app purchases? Dig into the multi-device Pinterest data to see what you can learn.


4. Understand post-click and view-through conversions on Pinterest

It’s important to distinguish between post-click and view-through conversions when making comparisons about Pinterest performance relative to other advertising channels.

Pinterest allows brands to track page visits, signups, and checkout actions after a user has clicked to your site from Pinterest—all types of post-click conversions. You can also track the above actions after someone has Repinned, viewed a closeup of your Pin, or viewed your Pin within a Pinterest feed, which are essentially view-through conversions.

Take note of which conversion type you are looking at to make apples-to-apples comparisons to data from other channels like display or search.


5. Use third-party tracking URLs

To keep all data in one place, and to understand Pinterest’s true influence compared to other touchpoints in your customer journey, implement third-party tracking such as Google Analytics using a tracking URL.

Determine which tracking parameters to include in the URL based on your goals. For example, if you’re looking to understand which demographic is most engaged, include a variable to specify the targeting groups you use to Promote your pins. If you want to understand which messaging and imagery speaks to your audience, include a creative variable.

Tracking URLs can be updated by “editing” a Pin to change the destination URL. Don’t worry, if you edit a Promoted Pin destination URL, it won’t change the URLs of the original organic Pin.


Edit destination url promoted pin


Where to go from here

The first step to measuring success is to understand your goals. Given that Pinterest is a relatively new platform, set goals around driving conversions to fuel market research and gain insight on your customers. Use longer conversion windows to accommodate the long customer discovery process. When analyzing data, keep multi-device behavior and conversion types in mind. Use third-party tracking URLs to help slice, dice, and compare the data.

Happy success measuring!
Further reading

For more ideas on how to optimize Pinterest, check out 7  Tips for Optimizing Promoted Pins and Pinterest Visual Search: What it Means for Marketers.