If you’re reading this post, chances are you have an Instagram account. Considering there are 800 million monthly active users (and 500 million daily active users), I could also assume you’re regularly engaging with posts, uploading your own images, and communicating with other users, right? Wouldn't it be awesome is consumers did the same with your brand on Instagram?
So, you want to be an Instagram Stories pro? You came to the right place! Stories continue to rise in popularity with more and more companies using it to connect with users. In fact, there are 300 million daily active Story users. Originally launched as a direct play to win audiences back from Snapchat, Instagram Stories have quickly overtaken its predecessor. Stories can be compelling, engaging, and create a true personal connection with your audience. But how can you use it for marketing your business? And how can you take advantage of all those cool features you see other companies and influencers using? We’ve got you covered.
5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1.. Blast off! From 2014 to 2017, Instagram has seen a 357% increase in users and as of September 2017, it has a whopping 800 million active users. Looking at this growth and traffic, Instagram has become a major platform for influencers (the most influential on shopping habits, followed by Facebook and Pinterest) and this is a big deal.
If you think Instagram is just for posting pictures of Sunday brunch & artsy shots from your last vacation, think again. With over 800 million active users each month, the platform is currently one of the fastest growing social media sites today. This presents a huge opportunity for brands. Plus, with the platform’s increase focus on analytics with Insights for business profiles, Instagram marketing can be more effective than ever.
As a highly visual person, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. I make sure to keep my feed stocked full of things that will inspire me. Between all the fantastic artists, letterers, designers, and photographers putting their work out there daily, Instagram is an endless well of creative inspiration!
Brands are always seeking new ways to promote themselves and with the rapid growth of social media, there are more and more opportunities appearing each day - especially when it comes to influencer marketing on Instagram. Influencer marketing is simply the promotion of services and products through people with a large number of followers and a real impact on their opinions and buying behavior.
There’s a major shift that’s happening in the way businesses reach their audience. Moving forward, that means your traditional inbound marketing strategy may not be comprehensive enough to reach your audience.
It’s no secret that Instagram is continuing to capture and retain new users every day. For those of you who are new to this platform, Instagram is a mobile application that allows users to post visually captivating pictures and videos, share funny memes, or give people a glance into their daily lives to their followers. For businesses and marketers, this gives us an opportunity to truly portray our brands and who we really are. Whether it’s a team photo at a company picnic, an employee hard at work, or an inspirational quote to get someone through a tough day; Instagram enables us to humanize our brands, along with building social proof.