Last Updated on May 20, 2021 by scottkandh
This post covers the new Idea pin that has been introduced by Pinterest. For more information direct from Pinterest read the article called: Pinterest introduces Idea Pins globally and launches new creator discovery features.
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Idea Pins are an evolution of Story Pins, with a fresh name to better match the uniqueness of a product that empowers creators to share long-lasting ideas and not ephemeral stories. Creators will have a suite of new publishing tools including, video-first features, fresh editing tools and updates to make creating Idea Pins easier and more creative.
Idea Pin creation includes:
- Video recording and editing for up to 20 pages of content
- Voice over recording so creators can add their own personal voice
- Music selection by Epidemic Sound
- Ghost mode transition tools (perfect for those before-and-afters!)
- Detail pages for instructions or ingredients
- Interactive elements like people tagging and stickers
- Multi-draft save so Creators can publish more ideas
- Export options to share content beyond Pinterest
- Topic tagging, a publishing feature that helps connect content to relevant interests
- The Creator Code – Pinterest content policy designed to keep Pinterest a positive and inspiring place. In a nutshell, here’s what you need to know about the Creator Code:
“Pinterest is announcing the upcoming launch of the Creator Code, our content policy designed to keep Pinterest a positive and inspiring place. The Code will enforce the acceptance of guidelines before Creators can post Story Pins. This effort to mitigate negativity is a critical step in our journey to build a positive experience that adds lasting value to the lives of our more than 450 million users around the world.”
How do you add an Idea pin?
You can add an Idea pin in one of two ways.
a. Go to the upper left where it has: Business Create Analytics and Ads.
Click on the Create button and you’ll need to click on Create Idea Pin (New). or
b. Open a new board and at the bottom of the board click on the “+” symbol and then select Idea Pin.
How do I make an Idea pin?
Once you are in the area to make your Idea pin (as described above) you can make your Idea pin. It’s relatively an easy process but at the moment it’s got a slight glitch so I’m providing a workaround solution till it gets fixed (sometimes the Idea pin won’t publish like it’s supposed to). If that’s the case, simply click on the back button (your Idea pin will be saved as a draft). You can go back to the saved draft Idea pin and it usually works like a charm on the second go around. The only thing that you’ll have to do is maybe add an image or two and reselect the board where you want it pinned.
Currently, the maximum number of pages that you can have for an Idea pin is 20 pages. Knowing Pinterest that will change with time.
Here’s what it looks like if you’ve already created an Idea pin and haven’t published your drafts. To get started, the first step is to click on the button Create New. NOTE: To tell if a pin is an Idea pin in the upper left hand corner notice the unusual symbol that looks like a lock and has the number of pages within the pin. Once the pin is opened the viewer will be able to see a slideshow of the pages. But won’t be able to make saves to the pages within the Idea pin.
This is what the next screen looks like after you’ve clicked on Create new. The next step is to drag and drop or click on the up arrow to upload images and videos ( I prefer the latter part).
To select more than one file/video press and hold your Ctrl button and then click on the file(s)/video(s) you want to add. If you select too many files the program only allows a maximum of 20 images. A few of the images that I tried to select didn’t upload so in that case you might have to go back and repeat the process of the images that you want to add (I’ll get to that in a moment).
For this example, I’m adding 20 lighthouses. As I mentioned before if the program locks up and doesn’t add one of your images you can click on the + to reselect the image(s) that you want to add. Also, if you want to remove a page, you can click on the trash can and you’ll be prompted to ensure that you want to remove the file.
Here’s what it looks like if you want to remove a file. You can click on the box and then you won’t get prompted with the reminder again. I leave mine sent empty in case I mistake by accident.
When you click on the first page you can add a title that will get carried to the second part of the process or you can leave it blank. For the Idea pins that I’ve already created most of them I added a title. It’s not mandatory. But if you leave it blank you’ll need to enter the title on the second part. Click Next to continue. Oh, one thing before I forget you might have to readjust some of the pictures because they might be too big for a mobile phone. Simply click on the corners and the pin will move around as you adjust it.
Ideally, the Idea pin should portray an idea such as a DIY project, recipes, or something else. Something else is going to change with time. Here you must provide the title and the name of the board. The part about add a list is optional..
Once you’re ready to put your Idea pin on Pinterest press the Publish button. And don’t forget what I mentioned early if it hangs.
A better example to illustrate how you can effectively use an Idea pin is to portray something from step to step (for example how to create an Idea pin).