Instagram — the little photo sharing app that lets you post photos of your kittens and vacation pictures — has suddenly become one of the biggest and most influential marketing tools on the Internet.
Why? Because of its popularity.
Instagram currently has more than 30 billion – that’s “billion” with a “B” – images and more than 300 million active users each month. The site generates an average of 70 million photos per day, or roughly 3 million images per hour.
The most amazing statistic of all? Just five years ago, Instagram didn’t even exist. But in that short period of time, the site has undergone significant growth in its user base and in nearly every demographic group. In other words, Instagram is a marketer’s dream come true.
As a social media tool, Instagram is more powerful than Facebook and Twitter combined when it comes to brand marketing. That’s because Instagram posts generate a per-follower engagement rate – or the amount of people who actually look at the content that is posted — of 4.21%. That’s 58 times more than Facebook and 120 times more than Twitter.
To engage customers on Instagram, a business needs more than just great looking images. It also needs a thoughtful content strategy and a clearly defined brand identity based in visual creativity and effective customer engagement.
Visual social media offers unique strengths for telling compelling stories about your brand and business. To help you develop an effective Instagram strategy for building qualified leads, here are seven simple techniques you can use starting right away. Read more
A few weeks back, Instagram celebrated its 5th birthday. Did you know that in just 5 short years, the platform has gone from a single post shared by Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, to more than 80 million photos shared every single day from around the globe?
Indeed, from brands like Burberry and Levi’s to Ben and Jerry’s and PayPal, thousands of businesses are on Instagram, creating and sharing interesting and inspiring content. Instagram is, in effect, a proven way for businesses to raise awareness for their brands. The key to success is to know how to leverage its infrastructure to target your message more effectively and reach people based on what they care about. After all, Instagram is a growing community of 400 million and if you are not using the platform to be discovered by—and interact with—customers, you do so at your own peril. The things you can do on Instagram include:
1. Using the platform as your shop window to touch, inspire and move people
2. Using landscape photo and video to give your advertising a more cinematic feel
3. Video ads of up to 30 seconds for rich storytelling
4. Using Marquee to “own a moment” and drive mass awareness, perfect for things like a new product launch or a movie release
The challenge when it comes to Instagram is that as more and more people and brands jump onto the platform, the noise level for individual users is increasing. To really stand out from the crowd, you need to understand how to promote your content on Instagram for maximum reach and impact. Read more
Infographics represent a unique way of presenting a large amount of data in a small space (in one image) in a more different and more interesting way. Infographics were first used as an element of electronic presentations. Soon, the use of infographics has expanded and now this form of presentation has become accepted as an excellent way of publishing different information – mostly numerical data and statistics.
There are many reasons why people are using this type of content. Infographics are convenient for viewing, they look attractive and they are practical when it comes to presentation of facts and data that are not very interesting. On top of that, the human brain can memorize the data presented in this way much easier.
Infographics consist of three elements – visual solution, numerical data and short textual parts. Thanks to the advancement of technology, creating infographics has never been easier. In order to make them, you will need suitable tools. This is why we have created a list of 8 tools that can help you create the best infographics. Read more
In a world of short attention spans, YouTube presents opportunities for brands and businesses to develop content strategies that will resonate with 21st-century consumers. The trick is that as more and more ads become content that people watch on YouTube, the noise level for individual users increases. Content is being uploaded and shared through YouTube at record rates.
To really stand out from the crowd, your channel and videos must be remarkable, interesting and add value. In particular, your channel is like a storefront – give it the right look to show off your style and brand it like a pro. Read more
From connecting friends and family members to bridging the gap between brands and their customers, since its inception in 2004, Facebook has become a way for people to communicate and interact online. This makes marketing on Facebook a powerful and efficient way to:
- Drive online sales
- Increase local sales
- Promote your mobile app
- And raise brand awareness
In essence, Facebook connects businesses with people, helping you build lasting relationships with people beyond those that happen during normal transactions. These relationships, in turn, help in keeping customers coming back and increase both customer loyalty and retention.
The challenge is that, as more and more brands jump on the social network, the noise level for individual users increases. To stand out from the crowd, brands need to be unique and remarkable. A big part of doing this successfully is knowing how to promote your content on Facebook to ensure that it is seen.
Tips & Best Practices for Promoting your Content on Facebook
On Facebook, you can use your Page to bring your business to life. The trick is to choose what kind of content to publish, how to share and publish your content and earn familiarity, trust and likeability in your community. Read more
When it comes to running a social media campaign, many brands and businesses assume that the campaign starts when they send out their first Tweet and it ends when they send out their last one. It’s not that easy! Social media marketing is not as simple as posting a few times on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and the traffic will pour in.
So if your social media campaigns are failing, it’s probably because there is a fundamental problem with the way you are approaching your campaigns. For example, maybe you didn’t:
1. Identify your Target Audience.
Whether you’re promoting a hair product for balding men or you are planning a nationwide movement to transform the way aid is provided to Africa, you need to identify your target audience to speak their language. Read more
As a marketer, you may find yourself struggling when it comes to generating an unending stream of engaging social media content that gets read. Social media is one of the best sources of traffic for a blog but the competition for audience attention is fierce. This explains why a lot of businesses struggle to get a hold on social media. Social media marketing is not as easy as sharing every blog post you write on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It requires quite a bit more effort than that starting with knowing the best social networks for promoting your business or blog and how to create interesting, unique and engaging posts for each of your chosen social media outlets.
How to Create Engaging Content to Get the Most out of Your Social Media Marketing Efforts
1. Identify the Social Networks that Your Target Reader Prefers
Over the last few years, there has been an undeniable explosion in the popularity of social media networks. Whether you’re running a small, local business or heading a global operation, your customers are online. It’s just a matter of determining where to focus your social media energy. Correspondingly your strategies and tactics to ensure your content is seen and to stand out from the crowd will vary. The key to success is to be remarkable, interesting and add value.
For example, if you use YouTube for video advertising, to make sure you deliver your message to the right people at the right time, each video you upload should include the following elements:
- A title that gets people to click and watch your video
- A custom thumbnail that looks great
- A description that uses keywords and includes links to your site
- Calls to action to increase likes, comments and subscriptions
- Tags to help your video rank better in YouTube search
There are best practices for creating engaging social media content for all social media sites and platforms out there. Read more
When Facebook was conceptualized in 2004 as a social network aimed at connecting college students, who knew a decade later it will become the most widely used social network, connecting not only people but also bridging the gap between brands and businesses and their customers? Today, Facebook has 1.49 billion monthly active users.
The pitfall here is that as more and more people and brands jump onto the social network, the noise level for individual users increases. For businesses, this means that they need to be remarkable and interesting to stand out from the crowd and improve the organic reach for their Facebook Pages. What does that mean exactly?
By definition, the organic reach of your Facebook Page refers to how many people you can reach for free by simply posting to your Page. Recently, brands and businesses alike have been expressing concern over the declining organic reach for their Facebook Pages. The reason for this is two-fold.
1. Firstly, Facebook is one of the most popular social networks for promoting blogs and businesses with 18,000,000+ business pages! As more and more content is published to the social media outlet, content is published faster than it is consumed. Consequently, competition to appear in people’s News Feed is fierce.
2. Secondly, News Feed works in such a way that rather than showing people all possible content, it sifts through the potential stories and deliver those most relevant to each person based on previous engagement with content from specific businesses.
But make no mistake: Organic content still has value on Facebook. It’s just a matter of increasing your organic reach on the social network by providing high-quality, high-performing and interesting content on your Page. Read more
Founded in 2006, Twitter is an online social networking service that has revolutionized the way people access real-time updates about the things that they care about. Twitter is a very energetic platform and the users have passionate conversations and share interesting content- everything in 140-character bite-size messages. For businesses, this is the value of Twitter. The nature of the social media network makes it a great channel for businesses to build relationships and generate advocates. The key to success is to provide enough value to keep your users engaged.
To help you generate more Re-Tweets as well as clicks, replies and favorites, some of the best strategies, tactics and practices include:
1. Tweet at the Right Time
If you’re using Twitter to send out updates about your business, timing matters. According to research on ideal timing for Twitter, for maximum Re-Tweets, tweet between noon and 2 p.m. on a Friday.
2. Consider Tweet Length
Did you know that the length of a tweet can affect the number of people who engage with it? According to the social media marketing and analytics company- Track Social, this is indeed the case. For maximum Re-Tweets, the optimum tweet length is between 71 and 100 characters.
3. Tweet Links & Use Hashtags Wisely
According to an infographic on Quick Sprout, tweets that contain links have a higher Re-Tweet rate. Similarly, hashtags, which are a great way to increase your overall social media traffic, also play a role in how much engagement your tweet gets. For more Re-Tweets, tweet using popular hashtags. 1-2 hashtags is optimal. 40% of tweets with hashtags get Re-Tweets. Read more
Whether your current sentiment towards social media leans more towards enthusiasm or trepidation, there is no denying that the number and popularity of social media sites has grown exponentially over the last several years. It is now one of the primary ways people communicate and interact online and this shift in web consumerism has great significance for businesses. After all, Facebook has over 1.44 billion monthly active users while Twitter has 236 million monthly active users.
If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s third largest right behind China and India. Whether you run a small, local business or head a global enterprise-level operation, your customers are online and if you are not interacting with them on the social media networks, your competitors are.
In effect, social media gives you the opportunity to add value and even delight your customers. The key to success is using the right tools to pull site data and consumer data to help you focus your marketing efforts. And when it comes to social media, if knowing what kinds of content to publish and share is important, how you share and publish your content is equally (if not more) important. The challenge here is that there is no best practice set in stone. Your best posting time and frequency will depend, to a large extent, on your audience and their appetite for what you have to say.
However, like with most things when it comes to online marketing, some research has been conducted to determine the best times to post on the social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest among others. The findings from these researches can act as a general guideline in your efforts.
As you probably already know, everything you post on Facebook is content. If you want every piece of content to be an opportunity for increased engagement, when and how you post it matters. In particular, you need to investigate and assess what time of day your fans are most active. According to research, the best times to post on Facebook are as follows:
The best days to post are Thursday and Friday. According to Buddy Media, “the less people want to be at work, the more they are on Facebook”.
The best time to post on Facebook is early afternoon. Furthermore, posts published at 1 p.m. get the most shares; Posts published at 3 p.m. get the most clicks.