How to Integrate Pinterest Ads and Wicked Reports

The quick process to integrate Pinterest Ad costs and clicks to Wicked Reports lead and sale attribution.

Note: The Pinterest Ads Integration is currently only available in a CLOSED BETA.  Once it's available for use by all users, it will be announced properly.

  1. Common Pinterest Wicked Reports Scenarios
  2. How to Integrate Pinterest Ads with Wicked Reports
  3. Troubleshooting

 

Common Pinterest Wicked Reports Scenarios

  • Looking to get ROI on Pinterest ad spend
  • Leads take time to buy from Pinterest ads and want to connect customer lifetime value back to ad spend
  • High value subscription customers and you’d like the recurring purchase to track back to the top and middle of the funnel ad clicks
  • Multiple ad accounts to connect to 1 Wicked Reports’ brand account

 

How to integrate Pinterest Ads with Wicked Reports

The Pinterest Ads Integration process consists of 3 steps

  1. Connect your Pinterest Ads account(s) to your Wicked Reports account
  2. Tracking template setup on all the ads within your Pinterest Ads account
  3. Wicked tracking script on all forms and destination URLs of your Pinterest Ads

Step #1 - Connect your Pinterest Ads account(s) to your Wicked Reports account

Go to the Authorizations Tab 

Click connect in the Pinterest Ads connection box under Advertising 

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Follow the connection wizard instructions:

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and pick the account that has rights to the ad account(s) you wish to connect to Wicked Reports.

After account success, you will see a screen like this:

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Click the copy template button, and then proceed to Step #2 Tracking template setup within your Pinterest Ads account(s).

Step #1 Tips:

  1. You can select multiple ad accounts for 1 brand (we have some people with upwards of a dozen accounts for 1 advertiser).
  2. If you don’t see your ad accounts listed, you might have to try a different email.
  3. If you only have 1 account for that email, it will connect right away without the need to select a specific Pinterest ad account.
  4. If you receive any odd messages from the Pinterest Ad wizard, contact support.

Step #2 Tracking template setup on each ad within your Pinterest Ads account(s)

Pinterest doesn't makes it super easy to track all ad clicks.  You are required to add our tracking template to every Pinterest ad you run.  Luckily, you will apply the same template to every ad.   By applying this template to each ad, all clicks will pass the necessary information for Wicked Reports to track and attribute clicks to leads and sales.

Here is how to apply the tracking template to each Pinterest Ad:

** If you have copied the tracking template from the previous step, continue on.  If not, here is the tracking template text you will want to copy: **

?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign={campaignname}&utm_content={adid}&utm_term={adgroupname}

Note: if there is already some other querystring parameters on your URL, replace the ? at the beginning with a &

  1. Log into Pinterest Ads
  2. Navigate to the Ads -> Overview Menu

  3. Scroll down to each ad and click the pencil icon on the ad to edit the ad

  1. Find the Destination URL in "Set up details" for each version of the ad (in additional versions, you will paste the tracking parameters in the "Hero destination URL"
  2. Paste template at the end of the Destination URL



  3. Save the Ad

Congratulations, after you've updated all your Pinterest Ads, all Pinterest ad clicks will have the necessary information the Wicked Reports tracking script needs to track and attribute.

Step #2 Tips:

  • Redirect links will sometimes pass the tracking template parameters through to the final URL.  But you have to verify this is happening, and if not, update the redirect software setting to allow "UTM/Link parameter pass-through".  Some redirect software has this option.  This is a must, it will cause huge data accuracy issues if the correct tracking template parameters do not make it to the final post-redirect page that has our tracking script.
  • Ads running to YouTube, or your Facebook Groups, your Instagram profile, or anywhere else, can sometimes be tracked using Wicked Redirect links. This is an advanced use case, contact support to see if we can pull this off (we have for others).

Step #3 - Wicked Reports tracking script on all forms and destination URLs of your Pinterest Ads

Now that we have the ad click info being sent to your pages, we need to have our tracking script on the pages ready to detect the clicks.

If you have Google Tag Manager deployed throughout your marketing stack, great news, follow these simple instructions here: https://help.wickedreports.com/wicked-tracking-code-with-google-tag-manager

Those of you without Google Tag Manager can find instructions in this section: https://help.wickedreports.com/setup#utm-and-tracking-setup

Step #3 Tips:

Troubleshooting

  • If you previously were using any UTMs in your Pinterest Ads URLs, once you update the URL tracking parameters as we suggest, you will get new rows of data in your ROI reports.  This is because we will likely be using different values for reporting so we can tie the clicks to the proper costs and give you accurate data.   This is expected behavior and hopefully does not cause too much of an inconvenience.