If you're looking for a way to boost the results of your print marketing, integrate your next campaign expand your reach with Instagram!
Instagram is a cost-effective marketing tool that houses many resources to help your business grow.
As the second most accessed network behind Facebook, with 1 billion monthly active users, Instagram boasts highly engaged users, browsing an average of 53 minutes per day.
Instagram can be a handy tool if you’re trying to reach ages 18-44, as 45% of Instagram users are within this age group.
4 Tips to Get Your Business Started on Instagram
Before initiating an Instagram business profile, it’s important to develop a marketing strategy.
1. Know Your Why.
Why do you want your business on Instagram?
For example, are you there to sell products, share portfolio content, build brand awareness, share user-generated content, and/or use Instagram’s analytic tools? When you discover your why, you’ll have a beneficial framework for moving forward.
2. Determine Your Target Market.
Think about age, location, gender, income, interests, motivations, & pain points.
If this is challenging, try looking up competitors on Instagram to see who their audience is.
3. Conduct a Competitive Analysis.
A competitive analysis is when you research your competitors to see how they are doing.
Then, using this data, you develop a plan to improve your own business. When doing this through Instagram, see what and how often your competitors are posting, what posts are getting the highest engagement, what they are using for captions, how quickly they are growing, etc.
Acquire data that can then be used as a benchmark for your business. You can also brainstorm ways you can stand out from your competitors.
4. Create an Editorial Calendar.
An editorial calendar is a visual representation of your workflow.
You can develop a plan for when, what, and how often to post on both your main Instagram feed and Instagram stories.
5 Tips for Gaining Instagram Followers
Now that your marketing strategy is in place, you can get on Instagram to grow your follower base and engagement. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Create a Business Account.
Perhaps obvious, but make sure your business is under a business account.
Go to your profile page, click the three horizontal lines at the top, click settings, account, then scroll down.
If it says, “Switch back to Personal Account,” then you have a business account. If it says, “Switch to Professional Account,” your business is under a personal account.
No worries! Just click “Switch to Professional Account,” follow the prompts, and now you have a business account. This is important because it will give you access to useful features, including analytic tools, promoted posts, and a contact button.
Instagram’s analytic tools allow you to see who (age and gender), when, and where you generate the most engagement. You can also see data for follower growth.
2. Make Sure Your Instagram Bio is Strong.
Your bio is your potential client’s first impression.
Add all the necessary information and use keywords that will draw in your target audience.
Your bio is also the area where you'll put your call-to-action URLs. Because Instagram is image-based, URLs don't work well on each post. Instead, update your bio URL to correspond with anything unique you're posting.
3. Create a High-Quality Instagram Feed.
Ensure that your Instagram feed flows nicely by choosing consistent editing styles and adding filler photos.
Filler photos are posts that serve to improve your Instagram feed’s aesthetic. They are important because Instagram is such a visual app. Space out busy photos with minimalistic ones. You can even try posting six to nine photos in a row to create one large picture on your feed.
4. Don’t Forget to Use Your Stories.
Because Instagram stories disappear after 24 hours, they’re a great way to post various content and drive engagement.
Plus, thanks to Instagram’s stickers, you can create quick polls to drive follower engagement while simultaneously receiving follower feedback.
5. Add Instagram to Your Networking Cards.
Networking cards are business cards that highlight your social media presence. They are a great way to increase your follower base and sales.
Instagram is a wonderful tool to grow your business. Apply the above advice, so you can stand out and increase sales.