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Pinterest Investor Day 2023: Growing Engagement and Monetization


Earlier today, Pinterest hosted its first-ever Investor Day. The event featured presentations from Chief Executive Officer Bill Ready, Chief Financial Officer Julia Donnelly, and members of the company’s executive team. 

Together, they shared an in-depth look into the strategic shifts, product innovation, and operational rigor that have driven deeper user engagement and revenue growth during the last year. The team also provided a look at the next three to five years, projecting Pinterest will grow revenue at a mid-to-high teens compound average growth rate (CAGR) and improve EBITDA margin to the low 30s percent range.

Bill Ready, CEO at Pinterest

’’We’re seeing great momentum in our business and in turning our unique attributes into clear business advantages. Last year, we updated our strategy to lean into our core differentiators and the results couldn’t be more clear with Pinterest returning to consistent MAU growth, deepening user engagement and growing monetization. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made over the last year and even more excited about the future we’re building at Pinterest.”

Here are the key takeaways from our Investor Day as we continue to grow engagement and monetization on Pinterest:

A highly valuable audience

Every month, hundreds of millions of people around the world come to Pinterest. They’re decision makers with purchasing power, including more than half of US moms and nearly a quarter of US dads.1

In addition, Gen Z is an emerging powerhouse on Pinterest, representing our most engaged and fastest-growing audience (42% of Monthly Active Users2). Research shows that this immediate and growing product market fit is due, in part, to Pinterest being a positive place where they can envision their future lives, representing an opportunity for brands to reach this valuable consumer base.

People come with unique commercial intent

Pinterest is where people come to search, save, and shop ideas for all of life’s moments. We are the only platform where users touch every stage of the purchasing journey – discovering new ideas, deciding what to buy and then taking action. On Pinterest, brands enhance the experience rather than distract from it. It’s a place where relevant ads increase engagement.

Our users are also curating ideas and products at scale. They are saving more than 1.5 billion Pins per week3 to more than 10 billion boards4. No other platform enables planning like Pinterest. This provides us with unique first-party signals about people’s tastes and interests – they tell us directly what products and styles they love and plan to purchase. We’ve refocused our world class AI on using these signals, delivering a more personalized experience for users and better results for advertisers.

Pinterest is more shoppable than ever before

More than half of our users see Pinterest as a place to shop. We’ve made Pinterest more shoppable by enabling people to shop and buy across all surfaces of our platform. As a result, we’ve seen a 50 percent year-over-year increase in buyable items saved to boards.5 

We’re also partnering with retailers rather than competing with them, delivering seamless handoffs to their mobile apps and websites. We’re scaling shopping ads, including with our first third-party partner, Amazon Ads – unlocking new budgets from advertisers and giving our users more of the relevant commercial content they crave, deepening engagement. 

Delivering for advertisers with unprecedented product innovation

Because our users engage in dynamic multi-session journeys on Pinterest, we’ve always had the potential of giving advertisers full funnel results. Today, that potential is even more realized.

We’ve launched more ad formats over the past year than ever before – more than double the prior two years combined – helping brands meet every objective, particularly at the lower funnel.

With our innovative ad products, full funnel solutions, and brand safe, positive platform, we are in a strong position to continue growing our wallet share in the $550 billion digital advertising space.6

Pinterest is a growth business

Our unique value proposition has helped us grow market share inside the massive digital advertising market. We’ve achieved a multi-billion dollar scale and a 35 percent CAGR since going public.7

Now, thanks to the strategic shifts over the past year, we are positioned even stronger for the future. We believe we can grow revenue faster than the overall market, resulting in a mid-to-high teens revenue CAGR over the next 3-5 years.  

We also believe that we can continue balancing investments in the business to drive long term growth and flowing profitability through to the bottom line, resulting in an adjusted EBITDA margin stepping up into the low 30s percentage range in that same time period.

Julia Donnelly, CFO at Pinterest

’’This past year of execution has shown that Pinterest has multiple compelling growth levers – from MAU and engagement growth driven by our innovative product focus to ARPU upside driven by the synergy between engagement and ad load, as well as our lower funnel progress. We have a powerful business model that allows us to grow profitably and we’re excited to continue focusing on what Pinterest is uniquely able to deliver.”


From engagement to monetization, our strategy is working. But, as far as we’ve come, we know there’s still so much more opportunity ahead of us. We have a unique digital experience at the intersection of social media, search, and commerce with a highly valuable demographic. We’re scaling to gain share of a tremendous advertising opportunity as we increasingly monetize the lower funnel and we address under penetration in core geographies. And, we have a differentiated financial profile defined by scale, growth, profitability, and cash generation. 

We appreciate the financial community joining us and for their interest. A comprehensive look at Pinterest’s Investor Day, including the full recording and presentation deck, can be found on our Investor Relations site(opens in a new window).


1 US Comscore Plan Metrix, June 2023 | Note: Digital Population Reach

2 Pinterest Internal Data as of June 2023

3 Pinterest Internal Data as of June 2023 | Note: Weekly average over last twelve months

4 Pinterest Internal Data as of June 2023

5 Pinterest Internal Data as of June 2023 | Note: Comparing Q2’23 vs. Q2’22

6 Insider Intelligence | eMarketer | Note:  Worldwide Global Digital Advertising Spend Forecast as of Q1 2023

7 Pinterest Internal Data as of June 2023  Note: Active advertiser is defined by more than $0 ad spend in a given quarter; CAGR = (compound annual growth rate) by Q2 over a 4 year period

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