5 Reasons Why Brands Love Instagram Stories
By Letizia ZappaMay 16
All you need to create a winning social media strategy for your brand.
Published March 29th 2019
Organically distributed content allows you to identify your top performing pieces, as well as your top engagers and influencers. And when working in conjunction with a paid social strategy, organic and paid content strengthen each other and evolve reach cooperatively.
In this post, we’ll focus on Instagram, and give you a checklist of 11 actionable tips to ensure the growth of your organic reach.
1. Set a goal for your Instagram account. If you’re a travel company using photos of destinations to increase followers, or a fintech startup highlighting businesses that use your product to grow brand awareness, a goal for your account helps define what you post and gives potential followers something to connect with.
Align your goal with your business and marketing strategies. Use your bio to include a CTA — “Download our sales guide here”, “Sign up for a pre-launch invite, limited seats available.”
2. Know your hashtags. Use good, relevant hashtags for your content to bring eyeballs to your account. Keep a list of hashtags that work for you so that you can copy and paste to save time, and look out for new hashtags that will broaden your audience.
3. Post consistently. The algorithm works in your favor if you post quality content that receives engagement regularly. Find your best time to post, and set a schedule. If you have an Instagram Business account, use the Insights feature to see valuable Instagram analytics, learn more about your followers, and see when they’re most active.
4. Mix it up. Take a step back and look at your content. Depending on your industry and audience, you should have a good mix of photos and videos to favorably influence the algorithm. Videos get engagement, but they will also keep viewers on one platform, which is the channel’s goal. If you’re also highlighting the human aspect of your company, add good photos of people facing forward and making eye contact to show authenticity.
5. Build trust and a following with UGC. We know that consumers trust other consumers. User-generated content that speaks positively to your brand builds trust, and can even prompt other people to also share their stories.
6. Use Instagram Stories. Participate in this attention-grabbing format in a creative or funny way and you could be on to a winner. Stories helps to expand your reach by letting you tag other accounts and tap into their networks. You can also use hashtags in your Story to encourage people to find and connect with your account. More than 70% of Instagram users follow at least one business – make sure your content is worth following!
7. Appreciate engagement, ASAP. Respond to engagement right away to show your audience that their comments are encouraged and appreciated. Instead of just liking a comment, speak to your audience, follow them, and thank them for taking the time.
8. Align, and appreciate back. Do some research and find accounts that align with your own, or identify industry influencers. Then like their content and open up a dialogue. Remember that their followers will also see your comments and can click back to your account. Offer real comments. Don’t be afraid to use emojis, if appropriate.
9. Learn from your top performers. When you measure the effectiveness of your content performance, pay attention to the formula of the content that gets the best reach. Test each aspect of this content by repeating hashtags, visual style, copy style, etc to help you strategize for well-performing content going forward.
10. Tag a friend. Create engaging content that invites your audience to tag a friend in the comments. It’s a simple tactic, but once you’ve built up good, consistent content, your audience can suggest your account to their own networks and quickly expand your following and potential impressions.
11. Go live. Live video is offered at the top of a feed, actively keeping you in front of your audience. It’s a great medium for exciting announcements, as well as checking in in a personalized way with your followers.
Social channels are all competing for our attention. As social marketers, we have to continue developing strategies to keep our content in front of a large, relevant audience, with or without spend. Luckily, Instagram gives us a number of different formats to work with.
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