Our mission at Pinterest is to help people discover and do what they love. We believe promoted content can play a big role in helping people design their lives, which is why we want ads to be some of the best stuff you see on Pinterest. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be all set for promoting great content on Pinterest.
Authenticity means being truthful and honest about the product or service you're promoting. It also means being transparent with people about what they should expect when they interact with your products or services.
Be honest about your relationship with Pinterest
Your ads should stick to our brand guidelines and shouldn't suggest that Pinterest is sponsoring your promotion or is formally affiliated with it. Basically, your design should look like it came from your business, not from Pinterest. You can use the word "Pinterest", but not our wordmark.
Disclose your billing practices
If you charge users on a recurring basis, be transparent with them and disclose the terms of payment.
Stick to one advertiser per account, and be clear about who's advertising
We want people on Pinterest to understand who's promoting content. You can't manage more than one advertiser through a single account or change the advertiser on an account. You also can't create boards for someone else (for example, if you're an agency) and promote stuff from those boards. Instead, you can help someone else promote ads from their own account.
Clear and understandable
Ads should be simple, clean and easily understood.
We never allow:
Fuzzy or grainy images (try at least 600x900 pixels
Incorrectly orientated images that are upside down or sideways
Overly busy images that are packed with text overlay or have too many font styles and colours (try no more than 4 frames and 2 font styles or colours)
improper grammar, incorrect spelling or excessive capitalisation and symbols.
Professional and neatly edited
Ads should adhere to the highest levels of editorial quality.
We never allow:
Poorly edited images that are distracting or exaggerated
Poorly cropped images that feel careless or recycled
- Amateur or user-generated content such as selfies and screenshots
Authentic and straightforward
Ads should set the right expectations and shouldn’t pressure people to click them.
We never allow:
Images with artificial functionality such as play or download buttons, notification icons, search bars, or elements that mimic Pinterest features (such as our Save or Buy buttons.) Calls-to-action that resemble buttons are OK if they accurately describe where the Pinner will be taken when clicking through. For example, an image with a "Shop now" button that leads to a shopping site is OK.
Make sure that your targeting is relevant. It's never OK to target people in a way that implies that you're aware of sensitive info about them.
Target the right audience
Your ads should be relevant and appear to the right people. Please don't pick irrelevant criteria when deciding how to target your ad.
- An ad about shoes that targets "high heels", "trainers" and "spring fashion" is OK.
- An ad about shoes that targets "recipe", "Christmas decorations" or "wedding dresses" isn't OK.
Don't target sensitive categories
Targeting certain audiences can be inappropriate and even offensive. You can't target any audience based on:
- sensitive health or medical condition;
- Racial or ethnic origin
- Negative financial status or condition
- Religious or philosophical affiliation or beliefs
- Sexual behaviour or orientation
- Alleged or actual commission of a crime
When targeting ads outside the US, you also can't target any audience based on:
- trade union membership or affiliation; and
- political affiliation.
When using data to advertise on Pinterest, be transparent with users and respect their privacy.
Follow all audience targeting and conversion tracking rules
If you use Pinterest technology that stores and accesses cookies or other information on a user's device, you must clearly disclose and get consent for that activity where required by law.
Don’t give us information that relates to sensitive categories – such as medical condition or ethnic origin – or that’s collected from a child-directed site or app, or from anyone who’s under 13.
On any site or app where you collect data used with a Pinterest service, you must get legally required consent from each user for that data collection, sharing and use, and give the notice described below:
If you use a Pinterest tag or other technology to provide us with data for conversion tracking, you must give clear and prominent notice to your users that their information will be shared with third parties to measure ad effectiveness.
If you give us data that you’ll use on Pinterest for audience targeting – for example, by uploading a customer list – you must give clear and prominent notice to everyone you collect data from, letting them know that their information will be shared with third parties for targeted advertising.
If your use of that data qualifies as online behavioural advertising – for example, if you’re using data from a Pinterest tag for visitor retargeting or from an audience onboarder – please also:
- give people instructions on how to opt out of the use of their information for targeted advertising. For Pinterest visitor retargeting, you must tell people that they can opt out through their browser's Do Not Track feature or their Pinterest personalisation settings;
- don’t send us information about people who’ve opted out; and
- update data regularly to remove people who’ve opted out.
Respect our community's data and privacy
- use data you get from a third party to buy ads;
- use data from a Pinterest service for any purpose other than to understand your Pinterest campaigns;
- share data from a Pinterest service with a third party, including another advertising service; and
- join data from a Pinterest service with personally identifiable information (such as an email address) or browser- or device-level information (such as a cookie or device identifier).
We care about the ad experience from start to finish, including the URL your ad links to. We want to make sure that users find what they're looking for when they click through.
Be clear if your landing page goes to a hardwall or sign-up wall
If you require people to take an action (such as signing up) before they can see certain content, your ad should make that clear. Also, your ads can't suggest or imply that a product is available on your landing page if you don't actually offer that product.
Don't send people to low-quality landing pages
Your landing pages should build trust in the quality and substance of your ads. Your landing page can't:
- trick people into visiting another page; and
- start automatic downloads on someone's device. If your landing page has a download link, that's OK – the download just can't start automatically.
We also use landing-page quality to determine auction competitiveness, find out more in our Help Centre.
Some content, regardless of context, can be disruptive. For legal and reputational reasons, we don't allow certain categories of ads. As always, you're responsible for the content you promote on Pinterest, as well as the safety and trustworthiness of the products and services you offer.
We never allow ads with:
Adult products and services
You can't promote sex toys, videos, publications, live shows, sexual enhancement products or services that provide casual sex, international matchmaking or escorts.
Badware and hacking
We don't allow anything that links to software that results in a misleading user experience. We also don't allow products that promote instructions for or equipment to illegally access or tamper with software, servers, mobile phones or websites.
We want ads to be beautiful and useful. We don’t want them to pressure or trick users with baiting content. We don’t allow sensational clickbait tactics that exploit user curiosity by playing on people’s fears, damaging self esteem, using alarmist language or images, or purposefully withholding information.
Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia
Your ads can't promote the sale or use of illegal or recreational drugs. This includes any drug paraphernalia, images of or informational material about illegal or recreational substances, and products to cheat drug tests.
Imitation or counterfeit goods
We never allow ads for:
- knock-off products;
- brand-name replicas;
- goods wrongfully advertised as authentic brand-name; and
- fake IDs, passports or other official documents.
Live animals and products from endangered or threatened species
You can't promote the sale of live animals. You also can't advertise products made from tortoise shell, ivory, coral, crocodile skin, tiger, polar bear or sea otter fur, and other endangered wildlife. This includes medicinal products made from rhinos, tigers or Asiatic black bears. For a full list of prohibited wildlife products, please visit our partner, the World Wildlife Fund.
Online gambling and lotteries, or games of skill
You can't promote any kind of lotteries, gambling game applications or gambling websites. We also don't accept ads for fantasy sports or other online prize-based games that require payment for entry.
Ads for brick and mortar casinos that don't lead to online gambling, lotteries or games of skill are OK.
Promoted content shows up in places that it normally wouldn't, so we have to be a bit more conservative about nudity. We'll reject anything with nudity –artistic or not – as well as some images that aren't actual nudity. For example, we don't allow implied nudity (such as blurred out images and illustrations), implied sexual activity (clothed or unclothed) or any focus on certain body parts (genitals, pubic hair, male or female buttocks and female breasts).
You can advertise modelled clothing such as swimming costumes and lingerie, as long as the pose and product aren't adult themed or overtly sexual.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers, online pharmacies, prescription drugs and unsafe supplements
We don't allow ads from pharmaceutical manufacturers. We also don't allow anything that promotes online pharmacies, clinical trial recruitment, the sale of prescription drugs (for humans or pets) or the sale of supplements we consider to be unsafe or questionable (such as anabolic steroids, chitosan, comfrey, dehydroepiandrosterone, ephedra, human growth hormones).
Ads for over-the-counter drugs and medicines (that don't require a prescription) and for online contact lenses and glasses providers are OK.
We don't allow anything that directs people to click on Pinterest buttons to get money, prizes or deals.
We don't allow any ads for medical devices or prescription healthcare items.
We do allow ads for non-prescription family planning and contraception as long as the focus isn't on improving sexual performance or pleasure.
We want to keep Pinterest a safe place for discovering possibilities, so we don’t allow divisive or disturbing ads that could trigger users. We don’t allow language or imagery that is:
offensive or profane (censored or not);
excessively violent or gory;
sickening or gross;
sexually suggestive; or
politically, culturally or racially insensitive.
Unless paired with educational or charitable information, we also don’t allow:
content that capitalises on recent controversial or tragic events; and
references to sensitive health and medical conditions.
You can't promote tobacco products such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco, or paraphernalia such as pipes, pipe cleaners or rolling papers.
Unacceptable business practices
We don't allow anything that promotes products, services or business models that we consider unacceptable. This includes models such as penny or bidding fee auctions, payday loans, plaintiff recruitment services and financial services that facilitate the purchase or trade of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. We also don't allow business models that don't clearly explain their value proposition or use deceptive tactics with customers.
Weapons and explosives
We don’t allow weapons, fireworks or explosives that can cause damage, harm or injury. We also don’t allow instructions for how to use or make any of these products. Ads can’t promote:
guns, firearms, ammunition or any imagery of these items. This includes functioning antique devices, BB guns, airsoft guns, paintball guns and lifelike fake firearms.
gun accessories of any kind;
knives intended for violent use (such as switchblades or hunting knives);
products intended for damage or injury (such as crossbows, tasers or pepper spray);
instructions on how to make weapons or fireworks, or information on how to harm or kill people.
We have restrictions on ads for these products and services:
You can promote ads for alcohol, including beer, wine, spirits, liqueurs and alcohol memberships.
In all cases, you're responsible for complying with applicable federal and local laws and regulatory guidelines, including age gating where necessary.
Alcohol ads on Pinterest:
- can't be buyable Pins or shopping ads;
- can't target minors, or depict minors consuming alcoholic beverages;
- can't associate the consumption of alcohol with enhanced physical performance, improved social standing or better sexual success;
- can't imply that drinking excessively is beneficial, or that alcohol has therapeutic qualities either as a stimulant or relaxant;
- can't depict people under the influence of alcohol, or associate drinking with activities that are risky (such as driving and operating heavy machinery), anti-social or illegal; and
- can't emphasise high alcoholic content as a positive quality.
Promoting ads about the following products or services are always OK, and won't be considered alcohol advertising:
- Accessories such as wine glasses, beer steins and flasks
- Home brewing kits
- Recipes for drinks or food containing alcohol
- Recipes that suggest paired alcoholic beverages
- Events that may involve alcohol consumption, such as happy hours, winery tours and home brewing classes
- Events sponsored by alcohol brands
- News and information about alcohol products
Competitions and sweepstakes
If you run a contest or other type of promotion, please encourage authentic behaviour, keep Pinterest spam-free and be sure to comply with all relevant laws and regulations. In addition, please:
- don't require participants to save a specific image;
- don't allow more than one entry per participant;
- Don't suggest that Pinterest sponsors or endorses you or the promotions
- Make sure participants use the word "contest" or "sweepstakes" in their descriptions or images when they save Pins for the event
Learn more in our Community Guidelines.
You're responsible for making sure that your ads and your use of our ad services follow all relevant laws, regulations and industry codes. You must also follow our community guidelines, terms, and the above advertising guidelines. These advertising guidelines apply to all parts of your promoted content, including the image, description and destination, and to features such as audience targeting.
We reserve the right to reject or remove any ad that negatively affects our relationship with people on Pinterest or that goes against our interests. We may also remove ads or categories of ads that get lots of negative feedback from people on Pinterest. These rules may change at any time.