How to Use Autoplay Video in Your Pinterest Ads

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Wondering how to add video to your promoted pins?

Autoplay video pins aren’t yet commonly used so adding them to your Pinterest marketing now will help you stand out in a sea of still images.

In this article, you’ll discover how to create promoted video pins that autoplay on Pinterest.

How to Use Autoplay Video in Your Pinterest Ads by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

How to Use Autoplay Video in Your Pinterest Ads by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

Why Use Pinterest Promoted Video Pins?

While videos aren’t as commonly used on Pinterest as other platforms, their numbers are increasing. According to Pinterest’s own calculations, the platform saw a 60% increase in video pins from 2015 to 2016, and that trend has continued in 2017, suggesting users are receptive to seeing video pins.

Videos stand out more in users’ feeds, which helps give you an edge over your competition. It’s also worth noting that the March 2017 update to the platform allows promoted videos to autoplay on mobile as soon as viewers come across them in the feed.

While Facebook has a larger and more diverse audience, Pinterest has an audience that’s actively using the platform to browse, save ideas and products, and buy. Many people use Pinterest as a tool to research buying decisions, so why wouldn’t you want your video pin to pop up in their searches and show them all of the ways your product can solve their problem?

Promoted video pins now autoplay, giving you enhanced visibility when your ad appears in a user's feed.

Promoted video pins now autoplay on mobile, giving you enhanced visibility when your ad appears in a user’s feed.

Create a Promoted Video Pin Campaign

Creating Pinterest promoted video ads is similar to creating any other promoted pin campaign. As a reminder, only business accounts can run ad campaigns.

Upload Your Video Pin

Before creating your campaign, it helps to know Pinterest’s technical requirements for video:

  • .mp4 or .mov file
  • H.264 encoded
  • Minimum of 240 pixels
  • 2GB maximum
  • Under 30 minutes, although Pinterest recommends keeping it between 15 and 30 seconds
  • Recommended aspect ratios are 1:1 for square formatting and 9:16 for vertical formatting

If you want to upload a new video pin, click the + button at the top of the page and select Upload Video from the drop-down menu. Make sure to choose a strong thumbnail, and add a description and link to the site where you want to send traffic.

Choosing the right thumbnail is important because you want the video to be just as appealing if it doesn't autoplay.

Choosing the right thumbnail is important because you want the video to be just as appealing if it doesn’t autoplay.

Create Your Campaign

Once you’ve uploaded the video pin you want to promote, you’re ready to create your campaign. Click Ads at the top of the screen and select Video Awareness Campaigns.

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When viewing your Pinterest ads manager, click Promote next to Video Awareness Campaigns.

On the next page, choose the Build Brand Awareness Through Video objective, name your campaign, and add a daily or lifetime cap on spending (if you want). Then click Add More Details.

Select Build Brand Awareness Through Video to run a promoted video pin.

Select Build Brand Awareness Through Video to run a promoted video pin.

Now you’ll flesh out the ad group. For those more familiar with Facebook ads, Pinterest’s ad groups work a lot like Facebook’s ad sets; it’s just one tier in the ad creation hierarchy, falling under a campaign.

Name the ad group and set an ad group budget, which is required. Then select start and end dates for your campaign or choose to have it run continuously.

Run the ad group continuously only if you know that you'll monitor it closely; otherwise, set start and end dates.

Run the ad group continuously only if you know that you’ll monitor it closely; otherwise, set start and end dates.

Now set up your targeting criteria. You can create a custom audience (based on site activity, Pinterest engagement, or a list of customers), use interest targeting, and/or select keywords.

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Use any combination of the targeting criteria you’d like, but always add keywords no matter which other targeting options you choose.

At minimum, choose plenty of keywords because they’ll help you show up in the right searches where people are further along in the buying cycle and actively looking for you. When you type in a keyword, Pinterest will automatically suggest keywords similar to those you’re searching for. Get creative, and use both specific and general keywords.

Choosing the right keywords can help you appear in more Pinterest searches.

Choosing the right keywords can help you appear in more Pinterest searches.

Next, finalize your targeting. Choose locations, languages spoken, and gender(s). Also set your maximum bid per 1,000 views because video view campaigns are charged based on impressions. Your bid needs to be at least $6. When you’re finished, click Pick a Pin.

Choosing a maximum CPM bid can help you avoid spending more per 1,000 impressions than you'd like.

Choosing a maximum CPM bid can help you avoid spending more per 1,000 impressions than you’d like.

Select the video pin you want to promote, and add a name (optional) and destination URL. Once you do this, your ad is ready to go. Just submit it and wait for it to be approved.

Three Best Practices for Promoted Video Pins

There are a few best practices to follow to get the most out of your promoted video pins.

Create Videos That Appeal to Your Audience

When creating your video, show content that users want to see first, and then introduce your product.

For example, in the promoted video pin below, Pier 1 didn’t simply tout their Forest Friends figurines. Instead, they showed viewers how to create a miniature tent using a colorful placemat. The how-to content catches the audience’s attention, increasing the likelihood of clicks and conversions.

Tailor your content to your target audience first, and then introduce your product or service.

Tailor your content to your target audience first, and then introduce your product or service.

Use Feature-Benefit Selling

If you want to aggressively sell your product (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that in promoted pins), focus on feature-benefit selling. List a feature, and then explain how it directly benefits the customer. With this tactic, you not only convey the solution your product provides, but also explain how it will do so.

Using feature-benefit selling can help you explain why users need your product.

Using feature-benefit selling can help you explain why users need your product.

Showcase Quality

When creating video ads, remember that many people come to Pinterest to research buying decisions. If you’re able to demonstrate superior quality to your competitors, your campaign is more likely to generate the results you’re looking for.

For instance, this promoted video pin from Tieks informs viewers that it takes three days and more than 150 steps to make a single pair of shoes, highlighting the company’s commitment to quality products.

Demonstrating superior quality on a platform where people are researching buying decisions can help you generate more sales.

Demonstrating superior quality on a platform where people are researching buying decisions can help you generate more sales.

Final Thoughts

Pinterest promoted video pins give you one of the biggest advantages you’ll see thanks to the autoplay feature (on mobile) that visually jumps out at users from a feed of still images. Video is an excellent format to build brand awareness on Pinterest, and the long allotted time allows you to cover everything you need to drive conversions.

What do you think? Do you use promoted video pins for your business? What results have you seen? Which strategy are you most excited to try? Share your thoughts, knowledge, and experience in the comments below!

Learn how to create promoted video pins that autoplay on Pinterest and help you stand out in a sea of still images.