Instagram is growing exponentially! With more than 400 million users, Instagram is a favorite social networking site among millennials. Is your business considering using Instagram? Before you get started, there are a few things you should consider.
The first thing you should think about is whether your brand is right for the audience that’s on Instagram.
- The Instagram audience is pretty evenly split between men and women
- 52 percent of users are between 18 and 29 years old
- 24 percent of users have a college degree or higher
- 53 percent make more than 50 thousand dollars annually
A great thing about Instagram is it’s truly one of the most personal networks, that allows your brand to share your story, background, history and vision in an engaging, visual way
Showcase customers using products or services
Showcase your products in new and interesting ways, and allow your followers to “window shop” through your Instagram account. For example, if you own a company that sells makeup, you can use photos and videos to showcase how your products are used by your customers. Plus, people LOVE to see themselves featured on social media platforms!
Show your followers some great behind-the-scenes images that display your company culture. Snapping a photo of team members working or enjoying themselves is a great way to offer your followers an exclusive look into your working world.
Don’t forget to take advantage of trending hashtags to give your message more exposure. Using hashtags that apply to your industry is a great way to play into what your brand is all about while engaging your target audience at the same time!
Be sure you take the time to really think about your content strategy and plan what types of photos and videos you want to be using. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to increase engagement, including the following:
- Posting a photo without a filter receives more engagement than a photo with a filter
- Utilize the color blue to increase engagement—you’ll see about a 24 percent higher engagement rate in these photos
Don’t forget to share your Instagram content on other platforms, as well! Instagram makes it easy to share your content on other social networking sites by giving you the option to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and more. And did you know that you can display your Facebook Ads on Instagram, too? This can help you get more bang for your buck out of your Instagram marketing!
Is your brand ready to take the plunge into Instagram? If you need help with your Instagram marketing, or any other social media strategy, be sure you give the experts at TAG a call, or visit us online!