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Does it Matter When I Pin to Pinterest?

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Alisa Meredith

Timing matters when it comes to comedy, cooking, and gardening, but what about Pinterest? And why do we ask?

You see, when Smart Feed took over and changed Pinterest from a “show every Pin in the order it’s Pinned” platform to one guided by a complicated algorithm designed to make the feed more interesting and useful to us all, many of us suddenly felt empowered to binge Pin with abandon (YES!) and to rip down the “When should I Pin?” infographics we had tacked all over our office walls. Sweet freedom!

So, Does it Matter When I Pin to Pinterest?

Yes! It does!

In a post-Smart Feed world, Pinterest is looking for signals of user engagement in order to rank your Pins. If your content is posted at a time when it’s likely to get in front of the right people when they are most likely to engage with it, you are sending a powerful signal to Pinterest that they should show it now, often, and to more people!

Get your Pins in front of the right people when they are ready to engage - Pinterest will notice.Click to Tweet

If instead, your Pins are met with zero reaction because you’ve Pinned when those who might be interested are not on Pinterest, or they’re looking for something else at this time, Pinterest takes that as an indication that your content may not be of the highest quality.

Most important to note is the fact that the impact can go beyond simply depressing the reach of this one piece of content. Over time, repetitive negative signals can begin to reduce the effectiveness of future shares as well. Says Tailwind co-founder Danny Maloney: “This is similar to the concept of the way getting low quality links in Google can hurt your organic search traffic long-term.”

Careful scheduling is important not just to the success of what you're Pinning NOW, but also for the success of everything you will publish in the future.Click to Tweet

Enter Tailwind’s SmartSchedule

Tailwind has a built-in feature called SmartSchedule that helps you pin when you’re most likely to get engagement. SmartSchedule suggests the best times to post based on your industry, your account, and the activity on your Pins. That means MY Smart Schedule and YOUR Smart Schedule could be very different, but equally effective. Pretty cool, right?

Tailwind’s SmartSchedule knows when you should schedule your Pins for the highest impact! Just add Pins to your queue and they’ll go out right on time!

But, what if your’e a die-hard DIY fan? Couldn’t you figure out for yourself the best times and days to Pin? I put this question to Danny and he said,

Let’s say you wanted to test all times in a day to see which work best. There are 1,440 minutes in a day. If you need 10 posts in each time slot to evaluate performance (and you probably need more than that to account for randomness!), that’s 14,400 posts minimum just to get good sample data! It can take a very long time to post that many times; and most profiles never will!

Oh, and if you get that figured out, you still don’t know which day is best AND by now the algorithm has changed, so you have to start over. D’oh!

How Does Tailwind Know When to Schedule Your Pins?

We’re an official Pinterest and Instagram partner, serving over 165 thousand businesses. We see a LOT of data (we’re talking billions of posts) across a wide range of categories. This allows us to spot trends it might otherwise be impossible to catch when looking at just one or a few accounts AND to make recommendations that will work for you.

And because most of our members schedule in Tailwind, we can adjust our recommendations to the types of content they’re publishing. Just add Pins to your queue and go! No data science necessary.

Just goes to show our mission statement is something we strive to meet, “To make world-class marketing easy for everyone.”

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Alisa Meredith

Alisa Meredith is Pinterest Product Specialist at Tailwind — — your new Marketing team, helping you create social media designs, schedule posts, and optimize across Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest with one easy-to-use social media management tool.  She is a sought-after speaker and teacher on Pinterest and Promoted Pins in particular, having spoken at Social Media Marketing World, Agents of Change and appearing on The Art of Paid Traffic and Social Pros podcasts. Alisa has invested heavily in becoming an expert in her craft - realizing (and loving) the fact that the learning never ends!  She lives in coastal North Carolina with her pampered pets Pepe the couch potato Cavapoo, and more cats than she'd like to admit to.

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  • Definitely it's very important when you pin!

    If your pins are leading to your website, you could also check when you had the highest number of visits on your website to know when would be the best time to post your pins.

    Thanks for sharing this tool with us, Alisa! Will check it out.

    • That would certainly be an interesting test, Jarvee! You could add a spot in your SmartSchedule for those days and times, too! Thanks for stopping by. ~ Alisa

  • Can you be more specific about some of the factors you take into consideration? For example, does the category of boards influence times? The number of pins a user is pinning per day? The ratio of pins to repins?

    Also, does "My Schedule" change on the fly as your algorithms change? And if whole sets of pinners' schedules favor some day parts, do you expect engagement to change because of the increased density of pins? Should I be 'refreshing my SmartSchedule?

    Thanks for posting this.

    • Hi Kristin, thanks for taking the time to write in!

      SmartSchedule looks at the categories of boards and trends for those categories on Pinterest.

      We don't change your schedule automatically for you but you can always rebuild it from scratch or take some of our additional suggestions which change as we learn more about you. Just go to Publish > Your Schedule. To add more time slots, choose a suggested time slot (outlined in a dotted green box) or click the "+ Add time slot" button. To recreate the entire schedule based on our latest data, click on the little "recreate schedule" icon next. It's not a bad idea to recreate your schedule from time to time.

      We expect you to have the best chance to get engagement - ultimately engagement depends on many different factors including quality of content and the board it's being posted to. We take the guess factor out of the time to post so that's no longer an important factor for you to figure out on top of the others.

      Hope that helps!
      ~ Alisa

  • So I refreshed "my schedule" with the default number of pins per day.

    As an example, for Monday it shows: 8:50pm, 9:10pm, 9:23pm, 9:48pm, 10:32pm, 11:53pm.

    If I'm only scheduling 6 pins in a single day, is it really best to pin 4 out of 6 of all daily pins in the same hour?

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