With over 2 billion monthly active users, Instagram is one of the largest and most popular social media platforms in the world.
Here are 6 reasons why Instagram is an important addition to any small business marketing strategy.
6 Reasons Why Every Business Needs To Market On Instagram
One of Instagram’s biggest strengths is its incredible reach. Its 2 billion active monthly users and 500 million daily active users make it the third largest social media platform; behind Facebook and Youtube.
While Instagram’s user base is still largely young people, that is changing. In fact, almost 50% of people aged 30+ are now active on Instagram.
No matter what you sell, chances are your consumers are already on Instagram.
While Instagram’s user base is still largely young people, that is changing. In fact, 18% of people aged 50-64 are now active on Instagram. As time goes on, this number will only continue to increase.
No matter what you sell, with a user base rapidly reaching 1 billion people, chances are your consumers are already on Instagram.
With engagement rates 4 times higher than Facebook and over 12 times higher than Twitter, Instagram has one of the most engaged audiences of any social media platform. It has accomplished this by focusing on visuals first.
Instagram marketing is all about visuals. While you don’t need to be a professional photographer, your primary focus should always be on posting engaging, interesting photos. Simply put, the better looking and more interesting your photos, the more engagement they will get.
This engagement is good for more than just vanity. With so much content posted on its platform every day, Instagram has a ranking algorithm similar to Facebook’s. This means that the more engaged users are with your posts, the more users will actually see the post. This move was made by Instagram to filter out low quality and spammy posts so that they only show their users the most relevant posts possible. Now the more engagement a post has, the more people Instagram will show that post to.
Gain Valuable New Insights
Another benefit of all that engagement is the insights that can be gained from consumer feedback. Marketing on Instagram allows you to speak directly with your customers (and potential customers). This dialogue gives you instant feedback from your followers and can often lead to new and interesting ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.
You Can Showcase Your Brand In A Different Way
All too often, small business marketing efforts are focused exclusively on selling. While this is great for generating sales in the short term, it doesn’t usually do a lot for promoting ongoing customer loyalty.
One of the reasons for this is that most advertisements focus on the products rather than the people selling the products. People like doing business with people (and brands) that they like. A big piece of your Instagram marketing strategy should, therefore, be showing off the great people that work at your business. Take them behind the scenes and show them parts of your business that they would not normally see.
Along with showing off your staff and their personalities, you should also focus on developing a strong “brand personality”. A “brand personality” is a set of human characteristics (smart, funny, serious, dependable, etc.) that can be attributed to a brand. Show off your brand personality in the images that you post and the tone of your captions and comments.
Instagram Has Fully Embraced Video
In many ways, video is the future of internet marketing. In fact, 82% of all internet traffic is video traffic!
As video has become more and more popular on social media, Instagram has fully embraced it. The app now allows users to post videos in various different ways such as, reels, IGTV, and even stories. Reels have become a staple for businesses not only for posts, but for advertisements as well. They can last up to 90 seconds long which is more than enough time to convey a strong message. Moreover, IGTV allows for a user to post a more lengthy or educational video that can last up to one hour. Lastly, stories are a great way to show off your brand personality in a fun and engaging way. The unique Stories Polls feature among others, is also a great way to get some instant feedback from your followers.
Great Advertising Options
As with any social media platform, to really find success with Instagram marketing requires some advertising. Fortunately, Instagram offers a wide variety of different ad formats; from simple single image and single video to more complex formats like:
- Carousel Ads. Multi-image ads that users can manually scroll through. Carousel ads are great for storytelling and for showing off different unique selling features of a product or service.
- Slideshow Ads. Similar to carousel ads, except that the images scroll automatically and can be set to music.
- Instagram Stories Ads. Full-screen video and photo ads that show up in the Stories area of Instagram users. These ads are a great way to introduce new people to your business in a unique and engaging way.
While many small businesses owners continue to write off Instagram as not being worth their time, the truth is that Instagram can be a powerful marketing tool for any small business. Their focus on visuals and video have built one of the largest and most engaged audiences of any social media platform; making Instagram a must for any social media marketing strategy.
Are you already using Instagram to market your business? Check out our 7 essential Instagram marketing tips.
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