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Pinterest Analytics Explained: Understanding Successful Content

Understanding successful content.

Do you use Pinterest? Then you’ll want to use one of its most essential tools.

Pinterest Analytics is a logical step to help marketers understand what they’re getting right and where they’re getting wrong.

Many brands and companies actively use Pinterest to promote products and share content. With an audience of 445 million monthly users and 7.5 percent year-over-year growth, there is enormous potential for fresh prospects.

Rather than just telling people about your product/services, Pinterest lets you show what you have to offer.

However, there’s no point in posting content and hoping for the best. That’s where the Pinterest Analytics feature comes in. By using the tool, you can find information about the following:

  • Content your customers are engaging with the most
  • What resonates with your audience
  • What drives traffic to your website

With an understanding of Pinterest Analytics, you can take the guesswork out of posting content and take a more strategic approach to engaging users and attracting more leads.

Ready to learn more about Pinterest Analytics? Awesome! Let’s get started.

How to Access Pinterest Analytics

To access Pinterest Analytics, you need a business account. Just sign up for one or convert an existing account. If you haven’t already, then verify your account.

If you have recently verified, your website won’t see any analytics data for a few days while Pinterest begins collecting that information.

You can see your unique data by clicking on the main menu under your account name and selecting “Analytics” from the list.

Pinterest analytics.

To see how your Pins and boards are performing, choose “Overview” for more details, or log in at

Pinterest analytics overview page.

Now you have the details you need to track your Pinterest analytics, you just need to know which metrics to track.

Site Metrics

There’s one surefire way to understand what’s working and where improvement is needed. That’s achieved by looking at your data.

By looking at your Pinterest analytics, you can see what type of content drives engagement and which is falling flat. Once equipped with that information, you can optimize your Pinterest strategy for greater success.

Below are some of the Pinterest Analytics to focus on:

Saves: These were once called ‘repins’ and measure when a Pinterest user adds them to a board.

Pinterest top boards page.

These saves act as an online inspiration board that allows users to curate and organize their favorite pins according to different themes or topics.

Why They’re Important: The idea behind the Pinterest platform is for users to come back and revisit their saved pins time and time again. This means that each save has the potential to drive more traffic over time as users continue to engage with your content.

Saves also give you additional exposure in feeds.

Video views: As the title suggests, this shows how often Pinterest users view your videos. This metric can give you an idea of how well your content is performing and how engaged your audience is.

Why They’re Important: Since video has become such an important part of social media marketing in recent years, tracking video views is essential to staying competitive.

Impressions: This refers to the number of times your Pinterest displayed your Pins on the home feed, search results, or category feed.

Why They’re Important: Understanding Pinterest impressions is crucial for businesses wanting to improve their marketing strategy. By tracking impression data over time, you can identify trends in your content’s performance and adjust accordingly.

Engagement: This Pinterest metric covers the actions users take, which include the number of saves, clicks, carousel card swipes, clicks, shares, etc., that your content generates.

Why They’re Important: The more engagement you get, the more visibility you gain.

Pinterest displays pins with high levels of engagement to more people in its feeds and search results.

Pin clicks: These refer to the number of times someone clicks on a pin, whether it’s an image or video on Pinterest. It’s a way of measuring engagement and interest in your content.

Why They’re Important: The more pin clicks you receive, the higher your chances of driving traffic to your website or blog.

Outbound clicks: Previously known as Link clicks, these refer to the number of times users click on a pin and follow through to your linked website or landing page.

Why They’re Important: A high outbound click rate is essential because it shows that people are interested in your brand and want to learn more. As a result, this can potentially lead to increased website traffic, sales conversions, and overall growth.

Outbound click rate: This metric refers to the number of clicks on your Pin’s destination (e.g., your website), divided by the number of times your Pins are featured on screen. For example, say your pin is viewed 100 times and has ten outbound clicks. This means your click rate is 10%.

Why They’re Important: Monitoring your outbound click rate is important as it represents a percentage figure of which of your pins are driving traffic to your website. It also provides insights into how well your Pinterest campaigns are performing.

Average video play time: Refers to the average time a person spends playing the video and static image cards in your Pin.

Why They’re Important: The metric is an essential tool for marketers who use video content as part of their advertising strategy. Knowing how long users watch a particular video can help you tailor your messaging to keep viewers engaged and increase conversions.

Pin click rate: Here, Pinterest takes the number of clicks from your Pin or ad to content on and off the platform. Pinterest then divides this figure by the number of times your Pins and ads appeared on the screen.

Why They’re Important: A high Pin click rate indicates that your pins resonate with your audience and drive traffic back to your website.

Played to 95%: This shows how often users viewed 95 percent of the length of your video.

Why They’re Important: It shows your audience is highly engaged with your content. They’re sticking around until the near end, which means they’re interested in what you have to say. It could also lead to increased visibility and distribution.

10-second plays: Measures how many times Pinterest users looked at a video for 10 seconds plus.

Why They’re Important: Tracking this metric lets you see how well your audience engages with your video pins. For example, perhaps you used a video as a teaser for a new product or want to create buzz around a service. Monitoring the time viewers spend watching your new content provides valuable insights into your audience’s engagement.

Engagement rate: The total engagements with your Pins divided by the total number of times users saw your Pins. Engagements include saves, Pin clicks, carousel card swipes, and outbound clicks.

Why They’re Important: Tracking engagement rates lets you see which types of content are performing the best and who is engaging with it. Dips or spikes in engagement rates can give you an idea of what your audience wants to see more (or less) of.

Save rate: Pinterest divides your total Pin saves by how many times it displays your Pins on screen.

Why They’re Important: This metric effectively shows how your content strategy works as a whole. Needless to say, a higher percentage is a positive indicator that you are getting things right.

Total audience: How many users see or engage with your Pins.

Why They’re Important: A large and engaged Total audience can increase exposure for your content and drive more traffic to your website or blog. It also shows that people are interested in what you offer and actively engage with your brand.

Total engaged audience: How many users are engaging with your Pins.

Why They’re Important: It shows Pinterest users actively engage with content that resonates with them. This engagement is evident through the number of likes, comments, and shares on each pin.

Monthly total audience: How many users viewed or engaged with your Pins within 30 days.

Why They’re Important: This metric is essential for understanding the reach and engagement of your pins on Pinterest. You can identify trends and adjust your strategy by monitoring this number regularly.

Monthly total engaged audience: How many users engage with your Pins within 30 days.

Why They’re Important: The monthly total engaged audience on Pinterest is a crucial metric that shows how well your content performs on the platform. It measures how many people interact with your Pins by clicking, liking, and commenting.

Monthly views: How often your Pins and Saves appeared on screen within 30 days.

Why They’re Important: As with the total monthly audience, tracking monthly views can be effective if you are tracking metrics, say, for seasonal content.

Closeup: How many times users click or tap on your pin for a zoomed-in look.

Why They’re Important: Monitoring your Closeup rate is an excellent way to measure the effectiveness of your Pins overall. You’ll want to review the percentage of your pins with at least one closeup daily. Days with a high rate of closeups give you an idea of your content’s performance in relation to flash sales or seasonal incentives, for example.

Pinterest Audience Analytics/Traits

One of the most useful Pinterest tools is “Audience Insights.” The data shows your prospects’ interests according to their onsite behavior. For example, they might search for fitness-related or hobby-related Pins and save them.

You can access Audience Insights by logging in and going to your Pinterest Analytics dashboard, then selecting “Insights” from the list.

Here, you get data for:

  • Your total audience
  • Your engaged audience
  • Pinterest total audience
  • Pinterest engaged audience

One of the most powerful features of Insights is Affinities. This shows you the strength of your audience’s interest in a specific niche rather than the average Pinterest user.

Pinterest Analytics for Video

By using video analytics, you can gain valuable insights into how videos are performing on the platform. For example, you can see metrics such as views, engagement rates, and saves, which can help you determine what types of videos resonate with their audience and then create more of them.

You can track your video analytics by opening up your Pinterest Analytics dashboard. The most important metrics to focus on are engagement, views, conversion and click-through rates, and ROI.

Pinterest Analytics for Trends

Want to know what’s hot and what’s not? The Pinterest Trends feature shows you a historical view of the most searched-for terms globally. Use Trends to discover:

  • when users started their search for different keywords
  • popular Pinterest content
  • what’s trending with your target audience

You need a Pinterest account to access this data. When you’re logged in:

  • Click the “Analytics” link at the top of the page.
  • Choose “Trends” from the list.
  • Pick the region you want information for.

Next, you can hone in on further data, like keywords, select a date range, and compare trends.

Understanding Your Pinterest Analytics at a Glance

The first step in understanding your data is to familiarize yourself with the Pinterest Analytics dashboard. Here, you can find everything from impressions and saves to click-throughs and engagement rates. Take some time to explore each section of the dashboard and understand what metrics are available.

For snapshots of your Pins’ performances, go to the “Analytics overview” to see impressions, total audience, engagements, and engaged audience.

Link clicks in Pinterest analytics.

Fine-tuning Your Data

Ready for a deeper dive into your data? Here are some of the main areas to focus on.

You can access all metrics from the main dashboard using the dropdown list.

Performance over time in Pinterest analytics.

You can also use Pinterest Analytics to find:

Stats you can find in Pinterest analytics.

You can then export snapshots of your selected data as a CSV file, allowing for easy reporting and future reference.

Track Your Most Recent, Most Repinned, and Most Clicked Tabs With Pinstats

  • Have you ever wondered:
  • How popular are your pins among users?
  • Which pins do users engage with the most?
  • Which pins are less effective?
  • How can you effectively tailor your Pinterest campaign to reach the appropriate market?

Then wonder no more! You can view these by using Pinstats. This feature lets you see how your Pins perform and how users interact.

This feature is for Pinterest business account users. To use it:

  • Log in and find “Created” under your profile name.
  • Click on any Pin to see its stats displayed in the top right-hand corner.
  • For more metrics, click the “See more stats” option.

With Pinstats, you can also view and respond to engagements, compare data, view Boards where you’ve saved Pins, and more.

How an E-Commerce Business Can Benefit from This Tool?

Let’s say you run a clothing shop; Pinterest could be paramount to growing your brand.

You have boards full of fun fashions and styling tips for your customers. You pin your latest sales and the newest styles, and everything links directly to the sale page for that item. You’ve seen an increase in sales for items you pin to Pinterest, but you’re unsure if there’s a direct correlation. You may have questions like:

  • Are my efforts on Pinterest driving traffic to my site and boosting sales?
  • Is there any other product on my site that users are pinning that I should be pinning, too?

Pinterest Analytics lets you answer these questions. You can see:

  • the pins getting the most engagement
  • which boards drive the most clicks
  • trends in your audience’s search

This information allows you to optimize your account to better serve your audience’s needs and preferences.

How Can I Improve Online Sales Using Pinterest Data?

Pinterest’s Most Repinned content tab tells you exactly what content is most popular over a given time, and the Most Clicked content tab shows you which pins drive the most traffic directly to your site.

Both metrics can influence what content is shown on the company website. As a result, marketers can change their sites in real-time to put their most popular content in front of their target market.

This insight into your most popular pins makes measuring interest in particular products or categories easy. This information can be vital when deciding which products to feature in placements, such as on the homepage, display ads, social media updates, newsletters, and custom landing pages.

Unlike Google Analytics, the comments section on Pinterest can give you insight into customer opinion of your visual content. You can listen to what your customers like, don’t like, and wish they could improve.

For example, the global online marketplace Etsy shares new ideas and encourages customer feedback.

Let's paint some dough etsy post.

Supplementary Tools To Improve Your Pinterest Analytics

While Pinterest Analytics provides valuable data about how pins are performing, a few additional tools can help you automate your Pinterest strategy to some extent.

With the right data at hand, you can make better decisions about your Pinterest campaigns and ensure that your efforts are paying off.

Below are a few tools you can use for further insights.


Tailwind is a comprehensive Pinterest analytics system you can use to track everything from competitors to top repins, follower growth over time, and much more.

Tailwind pinterest tool.

When you first log in, you can see how many followers, pins, repins, and likes you have. You can also check your virality, engagement scores, and engagement rate.

Let’s create a scenario of a company selling blue widgets.

Say it prioritizes pinning images to a board called Blue Widgets for Kids. They create custom images and articles and spend considerable resources pinning these, commenting on other related boards, and liking other relevant pinners.

What was the follower growth percentage, particularly when compared to a campaign targeting a different psychographic audience? Were those pins repinned and liked? Tailwind can provide the insights needed to determine if the approach is successful.

You can also:

  • See how your boards are performing. Which are your most popular boards? How many followers, pins, and repins does each have? What are their virality and engagement scores? How are they ranking on Pinterest? If you find a board that has taken off and is performing better than others, prioritize curating and creating materials for this board!
  • Compare your best-performing pins and see how many repins and likes each has garnered. This report can give you insights at the pin level and help you spot the types of pins that have performed well, which you, in turn, can use to create more similar pins.
  • Use Tailwind to track your competitors. Why not keep up with what your competitors are doing on Pinterest, especially if you can identify competitors’ popular Pinterest boards or accounts? If you can determine the most popular pins on your competitors’ accounts, you will have great ideas for sharing similar images on your site and Pinterest account.
  • Watch industry influencers, top Pinterest users, and anyone who can help improve your marketing campaign.

Away from the analytics side, Tailwind has some features for a more complete Pinterest campaign.


  • CoPilot: This tool provides marketing assistance as a personalized marketing plan. It allows you to understand which content to pin next, incorporates best practices into your strategy, and sends reminders to ensure consistency with your pinning.
  • Create: Like many other sales tools, the team behind Tailwind has realized the potential of AI. Create helps you generate Pins, produce social media pins, and its ‘ghostwriter’ feature produces marketing copy and content for your pins.
  • Schedule: Don’t have time to schedule multiple posts? That doesn’t matter! Tailwind lets you create a week’s worth of social media content in just 15 minutes. You can also use the tool to create posts for Instagram and Facebook.

There’s a free subscription available. Paid subscriptions start at $12.99 a month.


Cyfe gives you a comprehensive social media marketing dashboard for all of your clients.

From the dashboard, you can track the number of boards, pins, likes, followers, and people following. If you are a social media manager, you can see how the campaign is performing while drinking your morning cup of coffee.

Cyfe pinterest tool.

If you’re working with an agency, you can look at the dashboard and see how every social media account performs for each client. Then, if you notice any changes in the trend, you can instantly go to the relevant social media site and dig deeper into their analytics.

For example, if you see a massive spike in followers or likes, you could go to Tailwind to investigate which image caused the spike. The next step would be to meet with your content development team and let them know that image was well received so they can create more like it.

Pricing starts at $19, and agency subscriptions begin at $150 monthly.

Google Analytics

Google analytics for Pinterest.

You can add a Pinterest segment to Google Analytics by going to “Acquisition Overview” and clicking “Add segment.”

Then move to “Edit.” To follow the next steps, there’s a short tutorial available online. The page also offers a free custom Pinterest dashboard to make things easier.

Additionally, you can create a custom report to analyze behavior from Pinterest users in more depth. You can track other data such as social actions, goal completions, goal conversion, bounce rate, and more. This data helps determine ROI for your Pinterest traffic and, thus, how many marketing dollars to set aside based on value and conversions.


How do I check my traffic on Pinterest?

Go to the Pinterest app and log in.
Tap on your profile picture.
Find the Chart Bar icon and click it. 
Then choose “analytics”.

How do I view Pinterest traffic?

Use the directions above or Google Analytics Four to view your traffic.

Is Pinterest Analytics free?

Yes, it’s available free of charge to business account users.

Can I track Pinterest in GA4?

Yes, you just need to ensure that you link Google Analytics to your website. To find your analytics, click on the following:
then acquisitions
next, go to traffic acquisitions and look for the source/medium option
From there,  scroll through your stats. Finally, if you need extra guidance, here’s a short YouTube tutorial.


Tracking analytics on Pinterest is an invaluable tool for businesses and brands. From learning about your audience to seeing which content resonates, analyzing your data helps you create better content and monitor the success of your marketing efforts.

Pinterest Analytics is an effective way to gain deeper insights into how users interact with your Pins, boards, and website, allowing you to identify trends in topics and conversations.

By tracking engagement, conversions, and other key metrics, you can develop a deeper understanding of your marketing on Pinterest and optimize what works.

How do you use Pinterest Analytics?

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