Brands on Pinterest - What You Legally Need to Know - Ad Age Mini Law Lesson
Mini Law Lesson: Brands onPinterest What You Legally Need to Know Brian Heidelberger Winston & Strawn firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER• I am not your attorney.• This is not legal advice.• But … I hope we can still be friends.
Brand Guidelines• Personal and brand guidelines – Brand guides apply where using Pinterest for a commercial purpose – You can now sign up for a business account or convert your existing account to a business account – Asking for: Business type, contact, email, business name, website and description of business and agreement to business terms
What Else?• Your page can be verified with a badge – Help people identify and find your brand page – Go to “settings” and “verify website” • Only verify top level websites (e.g., winston.com) by uploading an html file – You’ll get a checkmark! – New “Pin It”, “Follow” button, “Profile widget” and “Board widget” • VAL: insert pic
Brand Guidelines• Use the full logo: – When you refer to Pinterest the company – When you promote a campaign you run on Pinterest• Use the badge: – With other social media icons – Before your username or URL (e.g., pinterest.com/winston)
Brand Guidelines• Don’t: – Rotate their marks – Alter their proportions or colors – Obstruct them – Add extraneous effects – Use Pinterest in your app name, but can say it works with Pinterest – Don’t create a brand that looks like Pinterest’s – Don’t use their name/logo on merchandise • Can use it on packaging to indicate that people can find you on Pinterest but include your URL (e.g., pinterest.com/winston)
Brand Guidelines – Do’s•Use these marks in a readable size•Maintain empty space equal to at least half the height ofthe logo on all sides•Keep them straight and free of filters and effects•Use the red logo on light backgrounds•Use the white logo on dark backgrounds•Marks also include these phrases as they relate to social media – pin, repin, pinner, and pinboard•Contact Pinterest for other uses not mentioned in terms
Contest Guides – Do’s• Encourage authenticity: Reward the quality of pinning, not just the quantity of it.• Promote your contest: Link to your Pinterest account or contest board from your website, social media and marketing channels• Make getting involved easy: Create clear instructions and a simple process
Contest Guides – Don’t•Encourage spam: Steer clear of contests that encouragespammy behavior, such as asking participants tocomment repeatedly.•Run a sweepstakes where each pin, repin, or likerepresents an entry. Ask pinners to vote with a repin orlike.•Overdo it: Contests and promotions can be effective, butyou don’t want to run a contest too often.•Suggest that Pinterest sponsors or endorses you: Makesure you don’t say or imply this anywhere in yourmarketing materials or branding.
SPAM – Causes Accounts to be Flagged• Logging in frequently• Commenting on many pins very quickly• Posting the same comment many times• Following lots of users very quickly• Pinning, repinning, and/or liking pins very quickly - particularly repeatedly pinning things which all link to the same source• Using a link-shortener or a link-redirect, for example: bit.ly or other link-shorteners - try using the full link in a comment or pin description instead! Also try pinning from the original source without using a link-redirect.