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How to be Unpopular in the Instagram World

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Instagram has become an app favourite for people around the world. It’s a great platform to use for growing your brand and/or business with a massive, captive audience, as long as you use it right! As important as it is to know what to do on Instagram and how to use it. It’s just as important to know what NOT to do, and what you can do to stay popular in the Instagram world!


Using Bad Quality Photos/Videos

No one is asking for National Geographic photography, and you also don’t always need a professional camera! Taking photos from your smartphone is a great and cost effective way to post photos and videos onto your Instagram account.

But when you are using your smartphone, making sure your photos are crisp and are high-quality images is what is most important. Instagram is all about aesthetic, if they are not pleasing to the eye, people won’t like like them or want to follow you or your business.

Spamming Inboxes

This shouldn’t be an issue anymore, but for some reason it still is! Selling your products and/or services on Instagram is totally fine. When done right, Instagram is a great way to find customers, engage with them and build your own community of followers!

Messaging prospects on Instagram has to be done carefully, and without “spamming” or bugging them.


An example we always like to use: You wouldn’t go into a bar, walk up to a girl, and say, “Hey, want to get married?” That’s just not something you do. You take them out to dinner and get to know them first (etc.).

You don’t sell to prospects like that in person, so why do it on social media? Overall point here, don’t do it. Promise?

Going Too Off Brand

Like I said earlier, Instagram’s main element is aesthetic. When you create an Instagram account for your Personal Brand or Business, you have to make sure you are sticking to your brand or business’ brand.

“How do I keep up my brand consistent on Instagram Hayley?”

Well, keeping up with brand consistency isn’t as hard as you may think. No matter what, you should be using high-quality images on your Instagram. Adding your brand colours, the same Instagram filters, themes, quality of photos, designs (etc.) is exactly how you keep consistent in your Instagram page.

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Here are some examples of local companies in Barrie, Ontario that are doing great on Instagram!

Homestead Artisan Bakery

With 2,728 followers, Homestead Bakery does an awesome job at creating an aesthetic and beautiful Instagram profile. (To the right).

They make sure their Instagram content is consistent with their delicious, bright, high-quality photos of their products. Homestead Bakery is posting content as frequently as possible, and doesn’t post anything that isn’t relative or relevant to their brand and business.

Check them out at @homesteadbread on Instagram or online at http://www.homesteadartisanbakery.com/

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The Faris Team

Local real estate team, the Faris Team, has a great Instagram with beautiful, high-quality photos of the interior of homes.

Their Instagram has 2,859 followers who are highly engaged with their content!

Another way that the Faris Team uses Instagram to engage with their followers is using Instagram Story Highlights. Instagram Highlights are great for showing people past Instagram Stories that highlight your business or brand.

Check out the Faris Team at https://www.faristeam.ca/

Forgetting to Caption Your Photos

NEVER forget to caption your photos! Adding captions to your Instagram posts attracts more engagement onto your posts and your page. Even adding small captions does more than writing nothing. Ask a question, tell a joke, share a story, create a call to action!

Whatever you do, don’t leave your post blank. It gives no incentive for people to engage with your posts, and engagement is what you want!

Ignoring Your Followers

If you’re receiving comments or messages on your Instagram posts, don’t ignore them! Become comfortable with engaging with your followers. Get to know them more, start conversation, engage!

Forgetting Hashtags

When creating your Instagram captions, don’t forget to hashtag! No, this doesn’t mean hammer out 50 hashtags into your post. Pick 1-10 relevant hashtags and add them to your caption. Using hashtags on Instagram is important, this is because it will get your posts noticed by anyone who follows the hashtag or views them. The more views, the more likes and follows on your Instagram page!

Not Using Instagram Analytics

Don’t ignore your Instagram analytics! If your Instagram account is a business account (you’ll need to link your account to a Facebook Page for this), you have access to some basic, but useful analytics.

In the Instagram Analytics, you are shown the age, demographic, sex, time they are most active and more of your followers.  You can also see the impressions and reach of each of your posts, to see which ones were most engaging with your Instagram followers. Keeping an eye on all of this will help you to more consistently choose the right kind of posts for your followers.

5 Things Your Boss Expects You To Know About Social Media

Social media is an evolving marketing tool that businesses need to be, and are expected to be using in 2019. But there are some things that you don’t have to worry updating your knowledge of anytime soon!


If you’re a Director, Manager, or the Owner of a business or any other roles that involves you being put in charge of creating a social media presence for your business, this one's for you!

Here are 5 Things That Your Boss Expects You to Know About Social Media.

How to Choose Your Social Platforms

Not every business needs to be on every social media platform out there. For example, you don’t need to create a Linkedin account for a retail store whose target is 16 year old girls You’re going to want to choose channels that resonate with your business’ target audience!


Before you start using Social Media for your business, you need to make sure you’re going into it with a plan! Make sure you have thought out a strategy for using social media. If you’re not sure what a Strategy is, make sure you check out our blog “Developing a Content Strategy for Your Business”.


How to Create Your Social Channels

Creating a social media account for your business is the first step (after creating a strategy) to building your brand/community even farther.


Building your Social Media accounts is easy! To help you step-by-step creating them, here are some links on How to Create an Account for each of these Social Media Platforms:

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Facebook

Instagram

Linkedin

Twitter

Pinterest



Remember, you don’t need to be on every single platform. Choose which ones are best for your business, and get started!


How to Post Content

Planning, creating, scheduling, and posting content can feel like a full time job. If you’re posting 3-5 times per week most people struggle to find the time. Luckily, you don’t have to create and post content minute by minute as you need it, you can actually create posts and schedule them ahead of time!

Some great sites and apps to use to create really good content is Canva, Pxture, InShot, Ripl and PhotoGrid. There are tons of apps and sites out there that are easy to use, these are just a few that we like to use! You’ll also need to focus on what format of content you will be posting. Will it be an infographic? A photo? A Video or blog? Decide which format is best to express what information you are giving to your audience.


When you have a variety of different social media platforms to post on, it makes it easier to schedule your content to be posted automatically, when you want them to be posted.

Some great content schedulers that will help you to post your amazing finished content are Hootsuite, Buffer, Sprout Social, Tailwind, Loomly and more. All of these are available on an app as well that you can download easily from your IPhone or Android so that you can create and schedule posts when it is convenient for you.

How to Engage with Potential Customers

A mistake that most businesses make is that after they create great content and post it, they don’t engage with their audience. Engaging with your audience is so important. Even if your Social Media account promotes the BEST content and has great products/services, it won’t do you any favours without engaging!

You should be liking, commenting, and responding (all positively) on your audiences posts. This let’s people know that a real human is behind the content and the brand and every time you engage with a comment or a post your name will show up in their notifications. This will make them want to see who liked or commented on their post.

How to Track/Analyze Your Social Data

This should no be shocking as marketers are constantly measuring results of any campaign. Including the good, the bad and how they can improve for the next time. You’re probably constantly measuring the data and analytics from campaigns or have previously, but most people rarely check or measure the data coming from their Social Media!

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A great way to make sure you are getting the best out of using Social Media is to use the featured Analytics that you are given when you create a Social Media Business account. If you are not sure what the difference between a personal and business account is, check out are blog “Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Profiles: Know the Difference”.




Does Your Follower Count Matter?

Quality Over Quantity

People and businesses place so much value on the number of followers or likes they have on social media. The idea of this for business is irrelevant and overvalued.

I can’t say numbers don’t matter, due to the looks of your Instagram and Facebook page gives a sense of credibility, but the value businesses place on social media numbers needs to be reconsidered.

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The interactions you get on social media, to us, are far more important. Rather than trying to get fake likes and followers, create content that is engaging! You can buy a million followers, but you can’t buy a true community that wants to see what your business is up to you and will potentially be customers.

Follower count only matters to your business or brand if your audience actually cares, actively consumes, and engages with your social media content.

For example, if you have 30,000 followers on Instagram and 10,000 of them buy ten copies of your book because you posted about it. With that many customers converting, it that means you have an engaged audience that is consuming your business’ content. That is what’s valuable.

But the number of followers you have doesn’t matter because all it takes is for one post to be noticed by one person that starts a chain of reactions through social media. Because all that really matters is the attention, not the numbers.

When it comes to social media, quality over quantity. Businesses need to stop focusing on the amount of followers or likes they have on social media, and start focusing on how well they are engaging with people who actually cares about your content!

How to Get More Qualified Leads With Instagram & Facebook Ads

Here’s the Great Thing About Video Advertising…


With video being the best advertising format with the highest engagement and rates, especially on mobile devices, more people are ready to consume video advertisements from businesses!

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No, this doesn’t mean your next video advertisement will become a viral video and will perform better than ads that have images. It just means that it has become a higher change to getting more leads from your online advertisements.


Cheaper Views


Video advertisements have found to be a better and cheaper way to advertise. Though producing a high-quality video advertisement can come at cost, there are ways around it with mobile device filming and editing softwares like iMovie, and Adobe tools.

Re-Targeting a Qualified Audience


Another amazing benefit of running video ads on Instagram and Facebook is the amount of qualified potential leads you can re-target with Lead Generation ads.

Want to know how? Let me tell you!

When you run a video ad on Facebook and Instagram (Brand Awareness ads), you can gather thousands and thousands of views! With those video views, you can create a Lead Generation ad and re-target the people that watched half of your video.

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The reason to target people who have watched half of your video is to target the people who were interested enough to continue watching. If you target the people who have watched only 2-5 seconds of your video, then your leads probably won’t be the people who will buy or opt in to what you are selling!


How Do You Create These Video Ads?


More and more we’re starting to see shorter video ads to work better. This is because people don’t have the attention span for a longer video. 99% of users will scroll right past your ad. So how do you get them to stop and watch it?

Pitch in reverse. Start with attention grabbing, and then explain the why and how. Your customers scroll social media quickly, and you only have about half a second to catch their eye. Facebook usually recommends any video ad to be only 15 seconds or shorter.

Here are a couple tips to help you get started with creating your own video ads!

1. Make sure you design your ad with mobile version in mind. When people see your ad on social media, the volume does not automatically play like a television ad! They have to click on your ad, and then turn on the volume for it to be heard. So when creating your Facebook and Instagram Video ads, be sure to add subtitles and make the beginning capturing!

2. Design your ad with the Instagram Version in mind. Yes, you need a separate video format for your Instagram. Facebook can take any size, but Instagram needs to have a square size of 1000 x 1000 pixels.


Video ads are starting to grow more and more each year. So why start later when you can be ahead!




The Top 4 Tools Every Business Should Be Using

If there were tools that could make your business run, even a little bit easier, wouldn’t you want to know? Well the good news is, there is! With advancement in new technology and apps, you don’t have to hire designers, video editors etc. for the smaller tasks at hand.

We decided to go through our management tools and decide what the top 4 tools that are crucial to building your business and brand to the next level, with no (or very little) money needed! You know what that means? YES. These are FREE tools that are waiting to be used! These are tools that help manage, increase productivity, help communicate, build your expertise and market in a simple easy-to-do way!

Here’s a list of the top 4 business apps and tools that every industry should be using to grow their brand and business.

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Ultimate Guide To Marketing Your Business With Instagram TV (IGTV)

What Is This Crazy Instagram Update Everyone Is Talking About? IGTV (Instagram Television) is Finally Here!

 

Recently reaching over 1 Billion monthly active users, Instagram is well on it's way to becoming the king of social media. Forward-thinking businesses of all shapes and sizes have been taking advantage of Instagram for years, building an engaged audience, increasing sales, and generating unbelievable ROI.

But that's not what we hear to talk about, we're here to talk about an exciting new feature that has just created a massive opportunity for businesses and brands everywhere.

Instagram announced IGTV, a new platform for long format video content designed to be like social-media based television. In other words... It's Instagram's answer to YouTube!

The Instagram co-founder and CEO, Kevin Systrom, as well as the IGTV product manager, Ashley Yuki, delivered the news onstage at a live-streamed event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

On Instagram’s Info Centre website, they made a blog post, Welcome to IGTV, welcoming Instagram's users, as well as new potential users to IGTV with the statement: 

 

“Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!”

 

As Instagram goes on about launching the new feature and app, people have been going CRAZY downloading the newest updates for the Instagram app as well as downloading the IGTV app.

The launching of IGTV in San Francisco last Wednesday.

The launching of IGTV in San Francisco last Wednesday.

What Are These Features People Are Talking About?

IGTV (Instagram Television) like I said earlier, is a new platform that you can film longer videos on and is more designed as a social-media based television. The new feature is now available in the most recent version of the Instagram app and also as its own separate app!

But first, let's really look into what IGTV is all about.

 A good way to look at IGTV is to think of it more as an Instagram “YouTube” in a way. Anyone can make their own channels and post longer-format videos like a YouTube channel. The great part about IGTV is that it integrates with the Instagram app. IGTV will not only be accessible within the Instagram app, but with a separate IGTV app which is now available on any app store.

 

But What About Instagram Stories?

IGTV is like Instagram Stories. But with Instagram stories, your video cannot be longer than 15 seconds and disappear after 24 hours of it being posted, matching the Snapchat style (short videos only available for 24 hours).

When a user opens the app, the IGTV video content of an account they already follow on Instagram will begin playing. In the original Instagram app, IGTV content will be able to be available right on an account’s profile page. But don’t worry, IGTV content will not be over-loading into your news feed. IGTV is in a separate section, in the top right of your newsfeed section (the little tv icon),  not as part of a user’s feed.

Where IGTV is located in the Instagram app.

Where IGTV is located in the Instagram app.

IGTV’s attempt to compete with YouTube as well as Snapchat Discovery seems up-and-coming. Everyone is jumping on IGTV. The YouTube community, influential Instagram users, and celebrities are now switching and/or posting onto IGTV.

Instagram’s blog post states “There won’t be channels beyond individual user accounts, though. The creators are the channels.” The Creators with more followers will have the ability to make the hour-long videos right away, but average Instagram users will be capped at 10 minutes of content.

 

Excited for IGTV? Let us know what you think in the comments below!