Pinterest Keeps Stepping Up The Game – Carousel Pins
Today I learned how to set up Pinterest Carousel Pins. Earlier today I started creating a pin and noticed that I had a new button under my pin creation options. Carousel Pins (early access) it said. I wasted no time in checking this out and I love this new feature! I’m going to give you a really quick overview of the Carousel, and what you can, and can’t do with it.
With Pinterest Carousel Pins You Can:
- Add up to 5 images on one pin.
- Every image can have its own title.
- Every image can have its own description.
- Every image can have its own URL.
- Add images of different sizes.
- Edit a Carousel Pin after it’s been posted.
- Schedule the Carousel with Viraltag or Tailwind and keep all the images. It will only keep the top image. Carousels don’t schedule.
Putting together a carousel pin is fairly quick. Adding images and writing the title and description is very straightforward, but I did run into a hiccup. While setting up a carousel, I had added several images and finished writing the title and description. I then realized that one of the first images was not what I wanted. When I changed the image, all the text I had written disappeared.
It didn’t do this every time I set up a carousel, but it’s still frustrating to have to rewrite everything over again. If you’re using a lot of text, I suggest you write your title and description in a word document, especially if every image is to have its own text. Copy and paste so that if you do make changes you don’t have to retype everything. The hiccup I ran into may have been a temporary glitch while they iron things out.
Make sure that all your images are the same size as carousel pins only work with images of exactly the same size. Plan your text carefully so that you can get the maximum SEO value out of the individual image descriptions. And spread your hashtags over your images so you don’t have a bunch of hashtags repeated on all the images.
Keep the end user in mind. Try to create carousels that are not only beautiful, but easy to read and understand. I like to think of each carousel as a story board that flows seamlessly, with each image and description related to the next.
Pinterest is a great platform that keeps getting better. As a contributor to Pinterest, you want to keep the end user in mind, and one of the best things you can do is provide fresh, interesting content. The Carousel allows you to easily group a small collection of related images in one pin, making the user experience even better.
Here is one of my actual carousel pins on Pinterest
Happy Pinning Friends!!!
Also, if you are interested, I have written a review of Viraltag, a Social Media scheduling tool that also works great with the Pinterest search engine. You can check it out here.