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As most of my regular readers know my two go-to social media networks are Twitter and Facebook.
I have got a lot of questions from my readers asking why nothing about Instagram. Well today’s your day.
Let’s be clear I do use Instagram but not as much as I should . So today’s share should answer questions about Instagram titled ” How to Use Instagram to Boost Your Blog “ Let’s Roll.
Facebook bought Instagram for $ 1 billion in 2012 and today it is one of the most important social networks.
There are more than 400 million active users on Instagram. Instagram is the fastest growing social network. According to the Pew Research Center 53% of 18-29 yr olds use Instagram.
29% of women use Instagram and only 22% of men. A lot of people are having great success with Instagram especially in fashion,tourism,food and the auto industry.
But all companies and blogs can benefit from marketing with Instagram. So I encourage everyone to start testing these strategies which I have used.
Learn basic Instagram strategies before you start sharing content
1. Do a quick search on how other companies in your niche use Instagram
You can search on Google your competitor’s Instagram profiles.
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2. Take time to edit the photos or videos you post
You want to share quality content and generate a positive user experience for the users who view your content. ( keep them coming back for more)
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3. Try to post a lot of content
Some blogs simply open their Instagram accounts post a few photos and then forget about their account. Try to be active. It’s recommended to share 1-3 photos everyday.
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4. Be creative and different
Avoid posting boring images of your logo. Share images from places your clients don’t have access to.
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5. Set up Your Instagram profile correctly
Peg Fitzpatrick combines resourceful content on a variety of social media platforms with practical advice for marketers. ( Has taught me a lot. Check her blog out. )
If you want to experience the full range of benefits that Instagram can offer you it’s it’s very important to set up your profile correctly from the start.
6.Become familiar with this social network
To learn the ways Instagram can be used to boost your blog visit the profiles of 10 blogs in your niche.
See what they are doing well and what they could be doing better. Also take some time to look up some of the biggest brands.
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7. Create an account name
When possible this should be your company name. If that’s taken keep it similar to your brand or business name allowing customers to find you quickly and easily.
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8.Add a profile picture
The profile pictures should not always be a simple logo. It’s important that that your picture represents your business and also connects with your audience.
9. Write a short bio
Keep your description short and professional also add a touch of personality. Provide a link to your landing page and basic contact information.
10. Optimize your settings
Don’t exclude potential followers by setting your account to private.
Remember to provide links to and from your other social media sites so that customers can get to all your content quickly and easily.
Avoid common Instagram mistakes
11. Not being active
Don’t just create your account and wait assuming that everyone
12.Not responding to comments quickly
You have to monitor your Instagram activity and respond in a timely manner to any questions or comments.
Quote of the day
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
– Chinese Proverb –
13.Posting the same type of boring content all the time.
Be creative You want to surprise your followers every now and then with new and creative content.
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14. Not following new people
Constantly follow new influential people in your niche and also your clients so that you can engage with them.
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15.Use the correct hashtag strategy
Hashtags also called tags are a vital part of Instagram. They allow you to describe your photos and relate them back to your business while also helping to direct followers to new content.
16. Determine the best hashtags that relate to your product
If you own a social media management agency you simply type ” social media management” into the search bar at the top. Instagram will then show you all of the top related hashtags.
17. Review your competition
See what others in your niche are using and take a look at how customers are responding to them.
18.Create your own unique tags
This is a great way to build customer involvement with your brand.
19. Use local hashtags
Incorporate your city into your local hashtags to increase the likelihood that tourist and locals are able to associate your business with your location.
20. Check out top hashtags currently trending worldwide.
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21.Automate your Instagram content with Hootsuite
It can be difficult to find time to do everything, Hootsuite is a powerful automation tool that integrates over eight different social media networks into one place.
22. Don’t use calls to action in all your photos
Build trust and credibility by sharing interesting advice and photos that have nothing to do with your business.
23.It is recommended to use user-generated content?
Typically the user-generated content is more interesting and relevant to your clients.
Here are some top ideas for implementing video content on your Instagram feed.
24.Give your customers a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes.
Clients love to see personality in the business they follow.
25. Demonstrate how your products are made.
People tend to value a product more when they realize how much work it took to make or produce it.
26. Offer helpful tips
This is an especially great idea for businesses that provide coaching.
27.Share comments from happy customers
Put together several quick comments from satisfied customers sharing why they choose to patronize your business.
Well that’s going to be it for today everybody . I really encourage you to sign up with Instagram if you haven’t yet and give these strategies a try.
Instagram with over 400 million active users is too large to ignore.
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