5 Instagram Marketing Tips to Promote Your Business on the Internet

How to Drive Traffic and Market Your Business with Instagram

Instagram Marketing Tips
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Instagram is a social media heavyweight with over three-hundred (300) million monthly users. It still enjoys annual double digit active user growth, and in 2013, grew more than Reddit, Pinterest and Twitter combined. Facebook – its parent company since April 2012, actually lost users in 2013.

Why should Instagram be of interest to Internet marketer's?

Simply put, it is a powerful mobile sharing (photos, videos) social networking service that lets users take pictures and short videos (15 second maximum), then share them on other social networking platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.

Younger generations are arguably moving away from verbal communication, and the general population also seems enamored with visual media.

Here are some basic Instagram marketing tips:

1. Customize Content for Your Intended Audience

As a primarily visual medium, Instagram can complement your Facebook marketing and Twitter advertising strategies. In addition to shareability, consider how photographs and stunning graphics can attract visitors and bring them into your sales funnel. Have a look at what the world's most popular brands are doing to optimize their Instagram space.

Don't forget to use filters. Photos 'on the fly' often seem mediocre on first sight. That's why Instagram's filtering technology lets you transform your images into great-looking snapshots.

2. Direct People to Your Link Wisely

Instagram does not allow hyperlinking in photo captions (non-clickable) or comments, but you can put a link (150 characters maximum) in your bio section.

Most marketers use this feature to link back to their business home page, or the landing page of their current marketing campaign.

You can choose to superimpose a URL across an image, but it's probably better to direct visitors to your bio's clickable link.

3. Limit Text Descriptions and Messages to the Bare Essentials

Instagram does not impose a character limit your posts like Twitter.

However, it's in your interest to let the images do most of the talking. Besides, since shorter Facebook and Twitter messages draw more traffic and interaction, your Instagram audience is not likely to buck that trend.

That being said, meaningful captions can offer supplementary insight and increase your engagement and conversion rate.

4. Maximize Engagement Opportunities

Experiment with hashtags. Choosing the right hashtags is not an exact science, so look at what others in your niche are using and consult prolific bloggers who often provide interesting word options.

Accept follow requests and follow people who present attractive photos and teaching points for your own marketing efforts. Don't forget to inform people on your website and newsletters that you are on Instagram!  Add Instagram 'Follow' buttons, or periodically send out reminders to subscribers that you offer content there.    

5. Constantly Test and Track

In social media, trends and tendencies can appear and disappear on a dime, so keep your eyes and ears open for Instagram innovations and policy changes. By testing out new options, your performance efficiency can improve and get noticed by more visitors.

As with other mainstream networking sites, Instagram offers analytic tools that assist you with performance tracking.

Use the results to make adjustments to the photos and images you post.  Factors to be considered include:

  • The best times to post Instagram photos
  • The appropriate frequency for your posts
  • The success  rate of different hashtags
  • The best captions and best action words within captions
  • Call-to-action (CTA) conversion rates of different campaigns

Conclusion

Instagram is one of the main flag bearers for the modern, mobile, visual Internet. You can download for free from Apple's App Store or get it from Google Play. 'Capture and Share' is bound to become the social media catch phrase of choice. In fact, multiple platform sharing is a fantastic company innovation, thanks in no small part to a fast, efficient uploading experience that turns beginners into experts.

If you're interested in Instagram then you'll want to check out all of our social media marketing articles which cover popular topics such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.