Hashtags on Pinterest vs Instagram

Nov 19th '19

Hashtags have always been a powerful engagement tool on social media. They essentially perform like a magnet, attracting users to your content based on terms and phrases they’re looking to explore.


Similar to social media itself, the way we utilize hashtags is forever changing. So is the way we use hashtags from one platform to the next.


Intro to Pinterest Hashtags

Pinterest is undeniably the most interesting case study. In its infancy, Pinterest wasn’t exactly against hashtags, but if you weren’t using a branded hashtag, they had very little impact.


Much has changed in the years since then. Today, utilizing hashtags on Pinterest is more important than it’s ever been. But approaching this engagement metric on Pinterest the same way you would on, say, Instagram, won’t net the results you’re seeking.


There are levels to optimizing Pinterest hashtagging. Here are some of the best ways to successfully navigate this space:



Optimizing Hashtags on Pinterest
  • Be direct – this is what separates Pinterest from other social platforms when it comes to a hashtag strategy.
  • Avoid hashtags that are vague or misleading.


Tip: Utilize keyword hashtagging that is relevant to the topic and great for search bar optimization on Pinterest. For example, if it’s related to a Social Media Marketing Pin use keywords such as: social media marketing strategy, social media marketing tips, or social media marketing business when crafting your hashtags. Collect keywords that appear at the top of the search bar (related to your topic) in order to boost your content and reach a larger audience.


  • Don’t use acronyms or shorthand if it’s not directly related to that subject of your Pin
  • Relatability is the key to successfully utilizing hashtags on Pinterest.
  • If your Pin is an image of a Dior gown, your hashtags should read #Dior #Gowns #Dresses, not #HighFashion #ANightOut #OOTD.
  • Speak directly to the content you’re presenting. Hashtagging on Pinterest is a very literal exercise.
  • You don’t need 20 hashtags to bridge the gap between you and those seeking your content.
  • Seek out Pinterest trends, both from other users and the brand itself.
  • Add your hashtags in the Pin description to optimize impact and effectiveness.


Optimizing Hashtags on Instagram

Instagram hashtagging tends to tell a story. While some shun excessive sharing, Instagram allows you to list upwards to 30 hashtags per post – offering users a wider funnel to discover your content. In contrast to Pinterest, hashtagging on Instagram can be playful or vague. There are even acronyms specific to Instagram. They function as searchable keywords, grouping your content into a digital community with hundreds of millions of others. Note the key Instagram distinctions below:


  • More is More. Use as many hashtags as you’d like and it won’t diminish the integrity of your feed.
  • Test niche hashtags. In lieu of creating a hashtag surrounding one that already has millions of impressions, find a niche hashtag audience with 10k-500k impressions to make a larger impact instead of getting lost in the pack.
  • Personalise your brand by creating your own hashtags to use throughout your content shares. Keep in mind that audiences can only remember one or two hashtags per brand – keep the personalization to a minimum.
  • Hashtag both posts and Stories. If the tags interfere with your content, you can hide them in your Stories by pinching the words until they’re virtually invisible or hiding them behind stickers.
  • Optimize your captions. While it doesn’t quite matter if you post your hashtags in your caption or your comments, what can make a difference is automating those hashtags by using our Comment First feature.
  • Get Creative – be vague, use acronyms, apply your sense of humor – there are no rules other than to hashtag and hashtag a lot


Whether you’re scheduling to Instagram or Pinterest, test out a new hashtag strategy to increase engagement or follower growth. Hashtagging helps make your content discoverable for new audiences.


Have any social media marketing tips you want to share?  Tweet us @LSCPROM and let us know what you want to hear next!


How can we help?

At LS Consultancy, we offer a number of distinct products and services which can be deployed individually or combined to form a broader solution.


When you face business or regulatory challenges, we can provide solutions that are tailor-made to your needs with a view to releasing your energies to focus on your clients.


We work both within individual teams and across many departments to offer a complete solution, with a range of cost effective, compliance and marketing solutions including social media which are uniquely suited to supporting firms.


Explore our full range today.


Contact us



Connect with us via social media and drop us a message from there. We’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help.


Facebook  Instagram  LinkedIn  Twitter


Subscribe to our newsletter