As with all digital marketing platforms, Pinterest is constantly evolving. The latest is the launch of Story Pins. Story Pins are similar to the idea of Instagram stories. They are designed to help you tell a story on Pinterest with a series of pages consisting of images, videos, and text. With 85% of Pinterest users on mobile, this format provides a new immersive, action-oriented experience that Pinners love. Using Story Pins in your strategy can quickly increase your audience, engagement, and follower growth! In this article, I will dig deeper into Story Pins and how you can implement them into your Pinterest marketing strategy. Plus, at the bottom, grab the free Story Pins templates I created to try them out yourself!
Story Pins are not yet rolled out fully across the platform. If you update your Pinterest app and still don’t see it as an option, you can request early access HERE
As I mentioned above, they are a series of 2-20 pins that together tell a complete story. They are ideal for recipes, DIY projects, product roundups, or really anything that includes steps or a collection of images. Unfortunately, at this time, you are unable to add links to Story Pins so you want to provide enough value that the view will follow you to see more of your content.
#PROTIP To provide the most value, Pinterest recommends using a minimum of 5 pages in your story pins.
Although people can’t click through to your site, there are other ways they can engage with the pin. Similar to Facebook reactions, Pinterest users can “react” to your Story Pin by tapping the heart to “love it” or long tap the heart to choose another reaction. They can also choose to save it to one of their boards, leave a comment, or even click your logo at the top right to view your profile and follow you.
You might be wondering what the difference is between a Story Pin and a Carousel pin. Visually, you can identify the Story Pin by the little icon with the number of pages at the top left corner of the pin. The carousel pin will show dots for the number of pages below the pin image. Now, a few other differences to note:
The image below shows a carousel pin and a Story Pin published on the same day – note the difference in the stats! This shows that Pinterest shares out Story Pins to a much broader audience right from the moment it gets published.
This depends on your audience. Story Pins can be surfaced to users within minutes of publishing, delivering better performance and faster feedback and engagement. So test out publishing your Story Pins on different days. To find out which day(s) your audience is most engaged take a peek at your Pinterest analytics. Look at a 30-day window and select “engagements” in the drop-down menu above the graph. Next hover your mouse on each point you see on the graph and take note of what days they are. These are the best days for you to post for the highest engagement.
Typically, I wouldn’t have recommended using Story Pins in your strategy because they don’t drive direct traffic to your website. However, after testing them out these past few weeks and seeing the incredible engagement they get, I am singing a different tune. Look at it this way, the Pinterest algorithm shows your pins to people who have engaged with any of your pins or pins similar to yours. So when you publish a Story Pin and it gets 10K+ views and hundreds of engagements in a matter of hours, you are amplifying your audience at a much faster rate than you would with a standard pin.
Keep each page simple. Try to focus on a single step, image, quote, or action per page.
96% of Pinterest users watch without sound so be sure to add text overlay to highlight important points.
Consider using video for the cover page to grab users attention as they scroll on Pinterest (*unlike the rest of the pages, Story Pin covers can not be edited after it is published)
Story Pins are slightly longer (9:16 rather than the usual 2:3 ratio) so if you are creating graphics outside of Pinterest use 1080 x 1920 pixels
Use high-quality images and videos (2-20 seconds long) that are 16 MB
85% of users are on mobile so make sure your text is clear and easy to read from their mobile device
Get creative by mixing up the visual style of each page. Try a full-bleed image or video on one, a split-screen on another. Play with text overlays and colors to create a cohesive look through the Story.
Focus your pins on providing new ideas, inspiring information, and actionable solutions that encourage your audience to share or save your pin.
When creating a Story Pin, make sure you are providing all of the information they may need to get started (i.e. supply lists, ingredients, etc.). Then on the following pages provide text and images that are clear and cohesive. Text can be brief but should provide context, instructions, or information to help Pinners bring your ideas to life.
The text that you add when creating your Story Pin is used to help index your pin in the search, related pins, and home feed. So if you are creating pin graphics on a different platform, make sure to allow for space to add text when uploading your Story Pin.
Adding text and titles to your Story Pin that showcase keywords and trending ideas help optimize your content so it gets surfaced in search. Pinterest recommends using “descriptive text (max of 250 characters per page) wherever possible to provide additional context about your Story Pin and help Pinterest surface it to the right users.
Add as many relevant tags to your Story Pin before you publish to reach more people searching for those topics. (You can add up to 10 tags)
As with any good marketing strategy, you should always add a call-to-action (CTA). For Story Pins, I have found it best to add a CTA on the final page. It could be as simple as “Click my profile to follow for more [enter what you provide]”. Or you could even try adding a CTA to follow you on another social channel.
Utilize your on-pin stats or your Pinterest analytics to learn more about your audience and the content they are most engaged with. Click to see a closeup of your Story Pin (or any of your other pins) to see what boards people are saving your pins to. Is it relevant?
Also, I recommend tracking follower growth as you start to test out Story Pins. Although you can’t get direct click-throughs from Story Pins, one conversion you can get is followers. You can track this manually or through your Tailwind Analytics.
If you are trying to brainstorm ideas on content for Story Pins, take a look at what is currently trending using the Pinterest Trends tool. Look at what’s trending across popular categories or type in a search term that is specific to your industry.
Start using Story Pins once a week or so on the days your audience is most engaged. You will see that Story Pins get a much broader distribution in a shorter amount of time resulting in a large, more engaged audience! The accelerated stats will be exciting, but don’t get too carried away right off the bat. Although you get greater reach with Story Pins, remember there is still no direct link to your website. So don’t pour too much time into creating elaborate Story Pins. Keep them simple. #PROTIP // Repurpose Instagram story graphics that you already have!
Just for fun, I created some Story Pin templates for you to use as inspiration and play around with. Enter your name and email below to access the 10 free Story Pin templates for Canva. (*psssst… these would be perfect for your IG stories too! If you use them, tag me @thehalcyonhive and I’ll give you a shoutout on my stories!)
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