Pinterest brings out the bulletin board fanatic in all of us. There’s something so soothing about curating that perfect inspirational spread, whether online or in real life.
But for social media managers, it’s the Pinterest statistics that matter—knowing the facts and figures that set one pin apart from another are an essential part of marketing strategies, both on and off the platform.
We’ve dug through annual reports, letters to shareholders, blog posts, and research from Pinterest and beyond (you’ll see Hootsuite’s 2022 Digital Trend Report a lot in this post—what can we say, we’re nuts about stats) to round up the most important recent statistics you need to know about Pinterest.
Here are the numbers that matter in 2023.
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3. Pinterest’s monthly global user figures increased by 5% in 2022
Pinterest’s Q2 2022 Shareholder Report shows that the platform’s average MAUs in the U.S. and Canada fell to 92 million, a decrease of 8% year over year (YoY) compared to 100 million in the same period of the previous year.
Overall global MAUs declined 5%, with a 4% drop in European MAUs, and a 3% decline in the rest of the world, compared to the same period last year.
Pinterest attributes these declines to several factors, including lower traffic from search (driven by Google’s algorithm updates in November 2021) and the impact of competition for share of time spent from video-centric platforms, particularly in older markets. As well, they cite the impact of the pandemic unwind as a contributing factor, especially outside the US.
4. Pinterest’s total revenue increased by 8% in Q3 2022
Pinterest’s revenue also grew 8% YoY in 2022, for a total of $685 million. In the last three years, the company reports a revenue increase of 35% CAGR. Pinterest says it expects revenue to continue growing into Q4.
Pinterest CEO Bill Ready said this in the company’s third-quarter earnings report: “Despite the challenging macro environment, we are delivering performance and a distinct value proposition to advertisers, reaching users across the full funnel. Through clear focus on increasing engagement that delights our users, we are deepening our monetization per user, and building personalized and relevant experiences that go from inspiration and intent to action.”
This is part of the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts after coming under fire for gender and race discrimination in 2020. In June of that year, an independent Special Committee was established to review the company’s workplace culture. The committee’s recommendations were published in December 2020.
In response, Pinterest committed to increasing women in leadership to 36% by 2025. In H1 of 2022, they met that goal. The company has also made several recent appointments of women of color to its board of directors, executive team, and other leadership posts.
6. 50% of Pinterest’s leadership team is white
According to the company’s most recent diversity report (published in 2022), white people represent 38% of Pinterest’s total workforce but 50% of leadership positions.
Black employees make up 7% of the total US workforce and 4% of leadership positions. Indigenous people (“American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) make up 1% of both.
7. Pinterest has pledged to increase the number of employees from underrepresented races and ethnicities to 20% by 2025
In its 2020 Inclusion and Diversity report, Pinterest announced that by 2025, their employees will be 20% “people from underrepresented races and ethnicities.” As of 2023, the company had already achieved half of this goal, at 16%, and the report noted that “We’re on track to meet this goal ahead of our original timeline.”
The company also stated its commitment to creating a more inclusive culture through leadership diversity, which was reflected in its 2021 statistics: 33% of leadership roles were held by women.
These Pinterest marketing statistics illustrate the company’s commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment. The company is confident that these goals are achievable and will continue to strive towards ensuring that underrepresented groups have an equal chance at succeeding within the organization.
8. Pinterest commits to 100% renewable electricity in offices by 2023
In September of 2022, Pinterest committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity for their global offices by 2023. This move is a major step towards reducing their global greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy in their offices.
Starting with their headquarters in San Francisco, Pinterest will be receiving 100% renewable electricity through CleanPowerSF’s SuperGreen program and purchasing Energy Attribute Certificates following a set of guiding principles. Their global real estate portfolio—which spans countries like the United States, Japan, and Brazil—will prioritize projects that are located in the country in which the electricity was consumed, source from projects that provide the greatest system impact, and support local communities.
9. Pinterest trends take off 20% faster in the first six months than trends on other platforms
Data from Black Swan and Pinterest show that trends on Pinterest take off 20% faster in the first six months than trends on other platforms. This means that marketers who can identify and capitalize on emerging trends can be ahead of the curve in terms of cultural relevance for their advertisers and brands.
10. Pinterest trends sustain 21% longer than other online trends
A 2022 blog post from Pinterest’s official blog reported that Pinterest trends sustain a 21% longer monthly growth than other online trends. This is especially beneficial for brands and companies who are looking to gain a competitive edge in their field, as they can leverage Pinterest’s long-term investment in research and development to predict future trends.
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11. Gen Z and men are Pinterest’s fastest-growing audience
Women have always outranked men on Pinterest. But in a 2021 blog post, the company’s global Head of Business Marketing identifies Gen Z and men as one of the platform’s fastest-growing demographics.
When it comes to their advertising audience, the gender breakdown looks a little different. As of January 2022, Pinterest’s female audience rests at 76.7%, the male audience at 15.3%, and the remainder as unspecified—that’s about a 1% change since January 2021.
13. Women aged 25-34 represent 29.1% of Pinterest’s ad audience
Women outrank men and non-binary users in every age group, but it’s particularly visible in the 25 to 34 bracket. Findings from Pinterest’s self-serve advertising tools also show that Pinterest demographics skew young, especially for women.
15. 1.5% of internet users call Pinterest their favorite social media platform
That doesn’t sound like much, but because there are so many different social media platforms, 1.5% isn’t bad (for reference, there’s no denying that TikTok is huge, yet only 5.6% of internet users aged 16 to 64 called it their favorite in 2021). It’s tough to be number one.
Knowing what makes a Pinner pin is often what separates a good marketing strategy from a mediocre one. Whether you’re looking for more followers or sales, these Pinterest facts and statistics should guide your efforts.
16. 82% of people use Pinterest on mobile
The number of mobile users on the platform changes slightly each year, but it has been above 80% since at least 2018.
17. People watch close to one billion videos a day on Pinterest
Not everyone associates Pinterest with video, but it’s been a growing vertical on the platform. To support the growth, the company introduced Pinterest Premiere ad packages, which are set up to bolster the targeting and reach of video campaigns.
Their research also found that advertisers who activated against multiple holiday moments, such as Hanukkah, saw a 4x higher increase in conversion rates than those who only activated for Christmas. With this in mind, Pinterest provides marketers with the opportunity to reach their audience early and stay top of mind throughout the season.
20. 8 in 10 Pinterest users say the platform makes them feel positive
Pinterest also credits content moderation as its means of keeping negativity off the platform. “If social media has taught us one thing, it’s that unfiltered content drives negativity,” reads the company report. “Without intentional moderation, platforms built on connecting people have—in the end—only polarized them.”
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21. There are more than 5 billion searches on Pinterest every month
According to Naveen Gavini, Senior Vice President of Products at Pinterest, the Pinterest search engine sees more than 5 billion monthly searches. Gen Z searchers are particularly active, with the number of searches per Pinner having increased 31% YoY and the number of searches within the audience up 96% YoY.
Why does this matter? It means that Pinners are open to discovering new products and ideas. AKA, a good audience for advertising: between October 2021 and October 2022, Pinterest ads reached 271 million users.
23. Top Pinterest US searches in 2022 included nails, dinner ideas, and dinner recipes
When it comes to what people are searching for on Pinterest in the US, some of the top searches included “nails”, “dinner ideas”, and “dinner recipes”. Other popular search terms include “wallpaper backgrounds,” “tattoo ideas,” “wedding dresses,” and “short hairstyle women.”
In July 2021, Pinterest updated its ad policies to prohibit all ads with weight loss language and imagery. Searches containing “weight loss” declined by 20% since then, as Pinterest users become increasingly conscious of the platform’s commitment to promoting healthy living and body image.
The updated policy has made Pinterest one of the first major platforms to prohibit all weight loss ads.
Pinterest is a place for everyone, including a growing number of trans and non-binary Pinners. Over the past year, searches for “trans pride” have increased by 80%, while searches related to “transmasc aesthetic,” have increased 5x. Similarly, “transgirl inspiration” has seen a 66% increase, and “nonbinary aesthetic fashion” has increased by 5x.
Pinterest has long been a home for hair inspiration, and black hair is no exception. Pinterest recently introduced hair pattern search, a computer vision-powered object detection tool that enables Pinners to refine hairstyle searches by six different hair patterns.
Over the past year, searches for “black hairstyles” have increased up to 15x, “natural hair twists protective” have increased up to 15x, and searches related to “best haircuts for thick wavy hair” have increased 13x.
27. Pinterest drives 10x higher off-platform brand searches compared to other platforms
While Pinterest is often thought of as a place for people to discover and plan, it also drives meaningful results. Off-platform, branded searches are 10x higher on Pinterest than on other platforms. This is because people come to the platform undecided and leave with an idea in mind, helping them move from inspiration to realization more efficiently.
Data shows that when people engage with trends on Pinterest, they don’t just search for them once. People frequently come back to look at these pins multiple times, searching outside their original category or vertical. This gives brands a chance to lead trends across additional product categories. Not to mention reach an audience beyond their initial target demographic.
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29. Shopping engagement grew by 20% in 2021
Let’s talk Pinterest ecommerce stats. In 2021, Pinterest reported that “the number of Pinners engaging with shopping surfaces grew over 20% both quarter over quarter and year over year in Q4 [of 2021].”
In that same report, Pinterest said that catalog uploads had doubled globally, and in international markets, they were up over 400% year over year.
These rising stats were part of what prompted Pinterest to launch AR Try-On for Home Decor, which gives users the option to use the Pinterest camera to see home decor and furniture products in their own space.
30. 75% of weekly Pinterest users say they’re always shopping
Pinterest users are in the mood to consume—according to the company’s Feed Optimization Playbook, people who use Pinterest weekly are 40% more likely to say they love shopping and 75% more likely to say they’re always shopping.
According to Pinterest, users are five times more likely to purchase something if they can try it in AR. Pinners are specifically searching for Try-On pins—lens camera searches are increasing year-over-year by 126%.
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32. Pins with “new” in overlay text lead to 9x higher aided awareness
According to Pinterest data, people notice when things are “new.” And they remember them more, too. So if you’re launching something new, or new and improved, make sure to include the word.
33. 45% of people in the US with a household income of $100k are on Pinterest
Pinners are spenders, and Pinterest recognizes that. According to the company’s own statistics, 45% of people in the US with a household income of $100k are on Pinterest. That’s an audience you don’t want to miss out on, giving luxury brands and businesses targeting high-net-worth customers a prime opportunity to reach their target demographic.
Pinterest is not just a platform for discovery and inspiration, it is also a tool to help people start new projects. 85% of its users use the platform when starting a new project–whether that’s home improvement, planning a vacation, or launching their own side hustle.
Brand discovery is one of the most powerful benefits Pinterest offers businesses. 80% of its users have discovered, or plan to discover, a new brand or product through Pinterest. This means that with an effective Pinterest marketing strategy, your business can reach and engage a large audience.
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36. Advertisers can reach more than 250 million people on Pinterest
Pinterest’s quarter-over-quarter change in advertising reach was 169 million in October 2020 and 271 million in October 2022. Part of the increase is the result of Pinterest adding more countries to its ad targeting portfolio.
Still, over 86 million members of Pinterest’s ad audience are based in the United States, more than three times the second-place country (Brazil, at 34 million). But South American countries are on the rise—in 2020 and 2021, the U.S. was followed by Germany, France, the U.K., and Canada. Now, the U.S. is followed by Brazil and Mexico (then Germany, France, the U.K., and Canada).
37. Automatic bidding delivered 30% more budget on Black Friday 2021
In a letter to shareholders, Pinterest says automatic bidding was key to Black Friday efficiency. They also told investors that first-party solutions are an investment focus going forward.
By the end of 2021, there was a 100% increase in advertiser adoption of Pinterest Conversion Analysis (PCA) and Pinterest Conversion List (PCL).
38. 8 out of 10 of Pinterest’s 2021 predictions came true
If you’re using Pinterest for advertising in 2022, you’ve got to know what your audience will like—and while no one can see the future, Pinterest has a reputation for making pretty good educated guesses.
Because eight out of ten of the company’s 2021 predictions came true, their list of 2023 predictions is a good source of inspo for this year. Airy styles, Gemini hair, funky micro makeovers, and rainscapes are sure to draw Pinners in this year.
Other trends include Hipstoric homes (searches for “eclectic interior design vintage” are up 850%) and Crown care (searches for scalp massage techniques are up 55%).
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