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Showing posts with label Instagram Marketing. Show all posts

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

October 22, 2019

How To Gain Traction For Your Instagram Channel

Gaining Traction for Your channel

Now you have an account, it’s time to start growing it. You’ll begin with your very first post, and from there the most important thing
is consistency. If you go two weeks without posting a single thing to your Instagram, then any momentum you build up will get lost. You’ll find that your posts don’t show so highly, and that you lose the subscribers you had previously gained.

How often you post is going to depend on your goals, the natureof your content, and more. But the basic rule for this is to post pretty frequently. The ideal is one to three times daily, and the average for most businesses comes in at 1.5 times daily. You
should consider the absolute minimum to be twice weekly, but you should definitely aim to go higher.

In short, posting more frequently means creating more opportunities for new followers to discover your page. Not only that, but it means that your existing followers will feel more engaged with your brand as they keep seeing it come up and keep getting reminded that you exist. Engagement is absolutely critical to success when it comes to internet marketing.

Something else to consider here is that in one recent survey, it was found that the average user misses 70% of all posts uploaded. That
means that if you post an image then only a subset of your viewers will see it.

Therefore, you’ll need to post twice a day for the majority of your visitors to see at least one post.Going much higher than three times daily though can start to negatively impact on your growth. That’s because some of your images will inevitably be less successful and some of your visitors can end up feeling too bombarded by content.

Choosing What You Want to Be

That is not all we mean by consistency though. Just as important as being consistent in what you upload. What kinds of videos and images? What is the theme? How will you make them look?Aim to have a consistent look AND a consistent tone.One piece of advice that is shared fairly often, is to try and make your images look as consistent as possible on your page. That means that you should have a particular style that you stick with,
and you should aim not to vary too greatly from that.

Take a look at the feed of a particular photographer that you like,or a fitness brand. What you’ll notice is that all their pictures use a similar filter, that they are composed in a similar manner, and that they’re on the same topic. Sticking to just one topic is absolutely essential. This is why it’s so important to have a business account that is separate from your
personal account. If you don’t, then people who follow you for your fitness pictures/motivational quotes/businessadvice, will quickly get fed up of seeing photos of you in the pub or photos of your dog. That will lead to people unsubscribing.This is somewhat acceptable for a personal brand.

If you have a very successful blog or YouTube channel and people are interested in you personally, then occasionally showing a little bit of your lifestyle and personality won’t hurt. On the whole though,you should absolutely aim to post predominantly on the precise
topic you have chosen.

Think about your target audience – the demographic you will ultimately be selling to. What are they interested in and what will
they respond well to? And think about what you are passionate about. There are lots of
angles you can choose for most niches, so pick the one that speaks to you AND your audience. Then stick with it.

Monday, 21 October 2019

October 21, 2019

How To Monitize And Integrate Instagram With Your Marketing Strategy

The key to success when it comes to Instagram marketing and indeed any social media campaign, is integration. That means that you need to think about how all the difference  facetsof your business are going to work together. In turn, that means thinking about your blog or website, Facebook account, Twitter and more.Because on its own, Instagram doesn’t typically make much money.

We’ll see some ways it can in a moment, but for the most part, building an audience alone is not enough to run a business.The true measure of success when it comes to your Instagram account, is how many people you can direct from there to your online store in order to sell to. This requires you to have a large enough audience, but also an engaged audience filled with people who actually like your brand and want to buy your products.

Therefore, you will at least need a website and ideally a checkout in order to sell your products if you’re going to capitalize on the
traction you build via Instagram. You should make sure this uses a consistent branding with the same name and logo as your social accounts.This way,you’ll also be able to engage with the same audience between channels and ensure that you are on their radar. The worst thing you can do is to be forgotten for months at a time.

Remember: the aim with social media marketing is to be everywhere.But at the same time, you can also use your website to promote your Instagram, thereby cross-pollinating the two. One great way to do this is by installing a widget on your website which will show your Instagram feed in the sidebar on every page. This way, people who enjoy reading your website regularly will be prompted to check out your Instagram and will be able to see precisely the kind of thing you post there.

Linking your social accounts is a good idea too. You can do this automatically with Facebook, seeing as Facebook actually owns Instagram. But you can also automatically post your Instagram posts to Twitter and other platforms using tools like IFTTT(If This Then That ifttt.com). This allows you to create relationships so that posting with a certain hashtag for example will automatically post your Instagram images and text to other accounts.

Again, this cross-pollination means that anyone who adds you on one account is more likely to see you on others – and therefore more likely to follow you in multiple places and increase their engagement over time. This also maximizes your output on each platform, while minimizing the amount of content you need to create.

You can even try sharing short snippets from YouTube videos on your Instagram if you have an account.

How To Monitize Your Instagram

The last piece of the puzzle is to monetize Instagram directly. As mentioned earlier, the true barometer of success on Instagram is profit. While that might sound a little cynical, this is the truest indicator of real engagement, reach, AND persuasion.And after all, if you are investing time and money into your Instagram marketing, then it is only right that you get something back. Here’s how.

Shopping on Instagram

Shopping on Instagram is a tool that will allow you to tag items in your post with a price that will then link directly to your store. If a user clicks on that tag, then they’ll be taken to a listing page where they can learn more or follow another link to go ahead and buy. This is a relatively new feature and it is game changing for Instagram marketers, as they no longer need to awkwardly direct buyers to their bio, or get them to copy and paste URLs into their address bar (the limitation being that there’s no way to add a live link to an Instagram post).

The rub is that your business will need to be approved, and not all regions are viable (the US is good to go though!). To get started, you’ll need an Instagram Business Account, you’ll need to connect your Facebook Page with a Shop and Facebook Catalog. These can be created using the Facebook manager, or via
Shopify or Big Commerce. Your Instagram account also needs to be primarily a business that sells goods in order to qualify – so lifestyle bloggers aren’t quite catered to just yet.

Bio

For those not able to set up shopping yet or who aren’t selling physical goods – the other way to monetize your account or to direct your traffic is to place a link in your bio using a URL shortener .Some creators will place links for their products in their bios and constantly update these. Each new post then promotes a specific item with the words ‘Link in the Bio’ in the text.

Alternatively, this could link to an online catalogue, which means you don’t need to
constantly update your link.Another option is to sell a service this way. This works extremely well for counsellors, coaches, personal trainers, website designers and more. Show your ethos and your expertise in your posts and then let visitors follow the link in your description to get buying.

Instagram Stories

As mentioned, you can also use an Instagram story to link someone directly to a website, article, or product as long as you have 10,000 subscribers or a verified account. This is another easy way to generate direct traffic for a product, though it does of course have its limitations.

Sponsors

Finally, you can also make money from Instagram by promoting sponsored goods. As mentioned, the going rate for this is $1,000 per 10,000 followers, meaning this has the potential to be extremely profitable.

For some, this is the business model. There’s no need to create an additional website or to sell a product the aim is to become a successful Instagram celebrity and then to make money by wearing nice clothes and getting paid to wear them. It’s a dream for many, but it takes a long time and a lot of savvy marketing to
accomplish.

For the rest of us, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of sponsored posts. While this is a useful additional source of revenue, it also potentially means stabilizing your own sales with competing services and products. What’s more, is that it could harm the trust you’ve built in your audience if they think you have ‘sold out.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

October 20, 2019

Growing Your Audience – Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks on Instagram Marketing

Tips and Tricks On Instagram Marketing

Instagram marketing is a form of content marketing that means that it’s all about bringing more people to your page by providing them with value. Typically, we think of content marketing in relation to posting to a blog, but in fact its simply means providing some kind of value via content in order to encourage people to listen to you and to keep coming back.Usually, that content is going to be advice, entertainment,etc.

In the case of Instagram marketing, things get a little different.That’s because the main value you provide is particularly abstract:
it’s ‘inspiration’.

How can you quantify inspiration?

Keep in mind though, that this isn’t the only form of value you canprovide through Instagram. Just as important, is how you provideentertainment and information – which you will do via thedescription.

The word limit for Instagram is huge: up to 2,200 characters! That means you can get away with writing a short essay or story. Theimage in this case is the hook, and the text then provides information and entertainment, along with context for the image that provides even more value.

A great example of an account that does this is @LondonHistorian. As the name suggests, this is a British account that posts historical content about London. A follower or user might see a picture of London that catches their eye because they like history, architecture, England, London etc. But they will then learn something by reading the description, which will make them feel as though they got something from the interaction.

Keep in mind too, that a lot of growth on Instagram is the result of word of mouth.So provide tips, information, stories, and more and you will offer more value from your posts. You don’t need to write an essay every time, but a hundred words is ample to get  something of value across.

Oh and another tip: ask people to share, follow, and subscribe. It costs nothing and if it leads to a few more actions, then it’s more than worth it!

Mentions Also: consider mentioning businesses and users in your descriptions. You can do this as simply as using the @ symbol in your post and typing the name out. If you trained at a particular gym, then mention the Instagram account of that gym. If you went to a particular commercial location, then mention that business too. This will potentially lead to a re-post or a shout-out, either of which can be hugely beneficial! It also has the benefit of creating an association between you and that brand in the eyes of yourfollowers and visitors.

Hashtags

So we’re halfway through on Instagram Marketing and we’ve just gotten to hashtags! That’s because it’s crucial to lay the groundwork, but as you can imagine – hashtags are also a HUGE part of what will lead to your success.

Hashtags are effectively search terms. By using a hashtag, you can help more people to find your content, and quickly define what your page is all about.Hashtags help people find your images through search, but also by looking at the suggested images provided by Instagram. Instagram will base these on hashtags that are relevant to the user, as well as the feedback from other similar users Here is a quick primer on what you need to know about using hashtags:

• Use lots – You are allowed up to 30 hashtags and each one of those could bring in a new viewer searching for
something. Think about it this way: each one of your tags is like entering into a lottery. Why would you only enter once if you could enter thirty times for free?

• Choose a balance – The best hashtag is one that is popular,but not overwhelmingly so. Post an image with the hashtag #babygirl and you’ll be going up against 59,533,397 public
posts. That means that your image isn’t going to hang around in the search results long at all, and will soon be drowned by the volume of new posts. On the other hand, a hashtag with 10 public posts likely isn’t getting searched much. Something with 30,000 or so searches will hit that sweet spot of being popular, but also specific. Note that you can see these numbers as soon as you start typing out the hashtags when posting your image or video. Instagram will suggest relevant terms and show you the volume of posts for each one.

• Use a range – As well as having a balanced popularity for your tags, you should also think about using a variety of tags. Including a few massively popular tags won’t hurt and there’s always the odd chance one will go crazy. But by including some smaller ones as well, you’ll

• Be trendy – Think about trending topics (try Google trends at trends.google.com/trends) and also about the most trendy subjects within your niche. For example, fitness is popular all the time, but ‘functional fitness’ and ‘mobility’ are topics that are currently hot in this field. Likewise, food is always a hit but ‘avocado’ is winning. There are also common hashtags used within any niche that you can ‘borrow’ for your own purposes. Of course if you can use a trending hashtag that is linked to something that’s been in the news, or the cultural discourse, then even better!

• Be consistent – Consistent use of the same hashtags is a good strategy for communicating what your brand is about to Instagram’s algorithms.

• Don’t use them in your bio – This won’t make your bio searchable through those hashtags, so stick to using only your own branded hashtags here (if any).

Geotag

As well as using hashtags, you should also make sure to use geotags. These of course tag the location that the photo was taken, and that can help a lot of people to find them. To do this,just choose your photo and then on the ‘New Post’ page, click ‘Add Location’. If lots of people attend an event, then they might look to see other photos from that event and this creates another new in-road for you.

Tagging People

You can also tag people, and this is a great way to get their attention – and even to show up on high profile pages (your photo will appear in a separate category on the users’ page. This is
ideal if you want to get the attention of a big channel or brand (along with their audience), but it can also be extremely annoying and get you into trouble if you abuse it.The best advice then, is only to do this if you have a very good reason. If you actually have a photo with that person, then make sure you tag them in it. Meeting influencers face to face as gigantic value for any brand or marketer.

Likewise, if you want to issue a challenge, a response, or similar,then consider using the tag. But ONLY after you have considered the spirit that it will be taken in. And only rarely.

Medium and Presentation

You may think that Instagram is all about the pictures rather than the videos, but in fact video posts will receive 38% more engagement than images! So you know what you need to do: get your camera out and film!
Keep in mind that your videos will need to be short (up to one minute, though you can link multiple together) and that you should always choose a good thumbnail from the video that will help to communicate instantly what it’s all about and get people excited to check it out.

Other specific formats also work really well. We’ll get to memes and similar options later in this book, but one good example is Boomerang – which creates a short ‘bouncing’ video that lasts just a couple of seconds. You can download Boomerang from the

Google Play Store or iOS App Store.

If you’re going for arty, then you could consider using a pictogram– a still image with just one element moving For images, consider using a collage. You can make these using Instagram’s own tool (Layout From Instagram) or a third party solution such as the excellent Pixlr.

Finally, keep in mind that when it comes to images, taller tends to work better. That’s because the feed is vertical and by using a taller image, you actually take up a larger proportion of the screen and stay on the screen for longer. All else being equal, crop your photos to be tall and slim!

Timing

The time you post your images can have a surprisingly big impact on their success. Research shows that the most popular photographs go out between 10am-3pm during weekdays in their local region (why aren’t people working?).
But if you’re aiming at a global audience, then the most successful time is 6pm GMT+0 (11am PT). If you post twice aday, then aim to post during each of these times.


Social

Remember: Instagram is a social media account. That means thatit is a form of communication, and it works best when you remember that. Follow accounts, like them, comment on pictures,and be sure to answer any messages or comments you receive.


Better yet, galvanize your audience into your own marketing team by running competitions, or getting them to use set hashtags.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

October 13, 2019

How To Bypass Image Quality and Creation Problem On Instagram

Easy Steps To Follow Becoming An Instagram Marketer Concerning Images.

For all you can try and beat the system by approaching Instagram marketing in a smart and logical manner, at the end of the day there is simply no way to succeed without being able to create and share images and videos that people want to see. So how do you go about doing that?

Taking and Editing Better Photos

We’ve already talked at length about the importance of selling the value proposition with your content – of promoting the ‘dream’ that will mobilize your troops to buy and subscribe. So I won’t go into that in depth here, other than to say that you should consider
trying to tell a story with your photos. Don’t just take a photo of ascene or an object, show it just after it has been used, show it in action, or show it in a context that raises questions.

Think about the Mona Lisa. People like it because there’s a story it: the smile. Try and get your audience engaging with your images through their thought processes and they will be more effective as a result.

Related to this concept is trying to create more dynamic compositions. Placing objects and subjects flat in the middle of a frame can look boring and flat. Instead, get them to look off into the distance at an angel, or use an upshot to make them look bigger and more dramatic. Think as well about creating depth: is there something of interest in the foreground, middle ground, and background? Where is the central focus point, and how does the rest of the image lead the eye there? Are there other objects are helping to provide a sense of scale?What is in the background, and what does it tell people about the scene?
All these things have an impact whether you are taking a photo of a pet dog, a computer, or an incredible vista from atop a mountain.

Lighting is extremely important too. The best lighting should ensure your subject is well lit, but also provide a little extra dynamism by creating shadows and highlights. For people,
‘Rembrandt Lighting’ means taking photos where light is coming from an angle from one side. This helps to create a more flattering profile. Don’t shoot directly into the light, and don’t let your photos be over or under exposed.This is where it can be useful to learn just a little about the basics of photography, and the exposure triangle.

You don’t need to be an expert, but knowing your shutter speed from your aperture will help you to create dramatic bokeh effects (a wide aperture and shallow depth of field will let you focus on an item in the foreground  withthe background blurred out nicely), to capture things moving quickly without too much blur (using a faster shutter speed), and to avoid a picture looking too dark when you shrink the aperture for landscape photography (which means tweaking the ISO thus making the sensor more sensitive to light).
             

A camera’s ‘Auto Mode’ will do all this for you, but as you advance, learning these basics will help a great deal. As will experimenting with your camera.Owning a good camera is of course a smart move. This doesn’t need to be extremely expensive, but if you can find a high quality DSLR, then that will serve you well. That said, the quality of phone cameras has increased these days to the point that you can take some incredible photos that are perfect for Instagram.

As you develop, you may wish to invest in other tools as well: such as RGB lighting sticks (which can create some amazing possibilities), a white balance card, light boxes, back drops
(particularly for product shoots) etc

Shooting Great Video

For the most part, all the same things apply when creating the best videos. Video cameras likewise have options like ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. At the same time, you’ll need to keep your subject focussed in the shot as they move around, try to minimize shakes by using optical or digital stabilization, etc.

You should also consider whether you need your videos to be in 4K (which are more effort to work with and will only have a benefit for a small subset of your audience), 25-60fps etc. Sound and lighting also help to make your content more compelling.Once more though, great video is more about the composition, the lighting, the story telling etc. Even more so than with photos, this is about what you film rather than how you film it. Editing will play a big role here though too…

Smart Use of Filters

Filters are one of the key features of Instagram that set it apart from other platforms and that helped it to grow in popularity in the first place. These are effects that can be applied to photos or videos and quickly make them appear more artistic.

Quick Tips On How To Be Successful On Instagram Without A Shot

At this point, some marketers might be feeling stressed.If you are a good looking, trendy young person, who is in amazing shape and has a natural charisma, then you might consider yourself perfectly suited to creating fitness photos. You can take your high quality camera to the gym with you, grab some shots,
and be done with it.

But what if you aren’t so confident in your looks? What if you’re not in good shape? Or if you aren’t confident with your camera? In
those cases, there are still ways you can generate content for your account. Here are some examples:

Use Stock Footage

Head to a site like Envato Elements (https://elements.envato.com) and you can download stock photos, video, and music.

Photoshop Plugins and Actions. 

From here, you can then make the photos unique by applying an additional filter layer for example, or by adding text. A common
setup is to post images of people standing in exotic locales and then add text on top that is inspiring or thought provoking. People love motivating content on Instagram Share Other Photos

Another option is to repost the content of others. This way, they get a free shout-out and more exposure, and you gain access to a free and steady supply of constant content! If you grow large enough, people will fight to get on your page, using your hashtags copiously.

Photos that you have acquired can be used to create an account as long as you ask permission or check the legality. This way, your account becomes a kind of aggregator of the best stuff within a certain niche.

Drawings

If you are an artist or designer, then you can share your designs on Instagram. There’s also a thriving market for comics on Instagram – one of the last few places where a web comic can be successful in fact.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

October 12, 2019

The Real Value Of Instagram

The Usefulness of Instagram

In this article, you will learn a little about what makes Instagram tick. Why are people drawn to Instagram? What are its unique selling points? By understanding this, you will better be able to thrive on the platform and reach the fullest potential for your audience.

Understanding Instagram Audience

While Instagram’s visual nature is in some ways one of its biggest advantages,this also changes the game for creators. That’s because it will force them to think in a different way, and to change their approach. It also affects who will be the most engaged by this type of content, and which types of products it will lend itself to most For example, did you know that 80% of Instagram’s audience is based outside of the US? This makes it a fantastic choice for anybusiness that is looking to  increaseits scope, or that commonly sells outside of the country.

At the same time, Instagram has an audience that is famously more female (39% vs 30% with the rest being undisclosed) and a little younger than many of the other platforms. It is thought of as being more ‘trendy’ than the likes of Facebook, which has become overrun by Mums and Grandmas at this point.

Knowing Your Niche and Value Proposition

It should come as no big surprise to learn the top niches on Instagram:
• Health and fitness
• Beauty
• Travel
• Business/Making money online
• Fashion
• Luxury/Lifestyle
• Animals
• Relationships
• Gaming
• Family/Parenting
• Food
These niches are all with the possible exception of making money online –particularly visual in manner. They all lend
themselves very well to photography, and eye-catching imagery.But there is something else that all these concepts have in common, and that also helps to explain the popularity of the
cultures we’ve seen emerge on the platform: they all have a very clear value proposition.
Or to put this another way, they all very clearly sell a dreamWhile it’s easy to point a finger at Instagram and blame it for a more shallow generation, obsessed with food, good looks, abs, and fake Rolexes, the truth is that this is simply a reflection of what most of us want.

And this is the crux of all business.The saying goes that you don’t sell hats, you  sell warm heads. What that means, is that no one buys a product for its physical properties. You don’t buy a computer for its weight in plastic and silicon. But likewise, nor do you buy a computer for its processing power and performance. Not really.The real reason you might spend so much on a computer – and the reason that Apple has enjoyed such phenomenal success – is that you are  interested in what that computer can do for you.

How it can affect your life.
A powerful computer is a status symbol that you can show off to friends. A great laptop is something you can feel cool about when you bring it to Starbucks (especially if you snap a shot and share it to Instagram). likewise, a computer lets you create art or be productive:
hopefully leading to more money and more respect.The most successful products understand this. They are marketed in a way that is aspirational. They promise their buyers
that they will help them to feel more successful,wealthier, happier, sexier…

And this is what Instagram is so perfectly suited to doing. You can say with a picture what would take a thousand words. If you are
trying to build an audience interested in fitness, then nothing is going to engage them and mobilize them as well as a picture of someone in the gym with incredible abs, looking focussed and determined.

This inspires people. It makes them think: “If I buy that tshirt/supplement/training program, then I could look and feel like that too.”People like looking at this stuff because it makes them feel excited for the future and encourages them to hit the gym. That’s why they subscribe. And then they buy, because they are so motivated by the emotions that have been stirred up.

This is what we’re going to try and accomplish with your Instagram account: getting people excited for the value you offer. Helping them to feel inspired, and ultimately motivated into
making a purchase.Identify your niche, and then ask how you can communicate your
value proposition in a manner that will appeal to your target demographic within the larger audience of Instagram.