Instagram: All About Utilizing It for Businesses

Is your brand on Instagram? What are you doing to bolster your brand there? Are you still figuring out ways in which you can enhance your presence there? Today we will be looking at ways in which Instagram can be used for businesses.

Instagram Stories

First things first. Instagram’s “Snapchat-like” stories are the latest buzz in the world of social media. We will talk about that first. Instagram Stories refer to a series of videos and images that can be uploaded to a different feed from your regular one. These stories disappear after 24 hours. Meanwhile, the story continues to be shown chronologically once you add content to it. There is scope to edit your content with fun emojis, finger paint and text. The videos and images on this feed cannot really be liked or commented on but you will be able to send a message from the Stories on the slideshow to your user. You can even share parts of the stories on your regular feed.

Now, the question is how exactly a Social Media Management Company can make use of this feature to improve brand awareness? We will explore how.

Instagram Stories are a great avenue for securing engagement online. Any sagacious advertiser would understand that. Firstly, it can be a great way with the help of which you can give your users a sneak-peek of what’s happening behind the scenes. Talk about weaving stories and there’s nothing better than telling them who you’re – beyond your products or services. Tease them with glimpses of the upcoming changes to your website or introduce them to your team via videos. These are a few great ways in which you can build buzz and engage users.

Instagram Stories render a certain degree of exclusivity to your content. Capitalize on this exclusivity to gain more followers on this platform. Use this platform to secure more registrants for webinars or for Facebook video sessions.

Instagram’s Algorithm: What you need to know

The recent algorithm change introduced by the platform has attracted the attention of B2C businesses. Earlier, your posts appeared chronologically on the feed. In the wake of the change, however, only posts that are likely to garner the highest degree of attention or engagement in the form of likes, comments, and shares, appear at the top. Instagram, from now on, will try to gauge the kind of interest a post will be able to generate. Talk about Artificial Intelligence!!

Businesses, as such, are required to revise their social media strategies because they would want to get their most recent posts appear first. If they don’t then there’s hardly any point of sharing them at the first place. There is a need to respond to this change with marked immediacy. Ask your fans to turn on their notification, use relevant hashtags to attract discussions on recent topics and strengthen focus on the creation of shareable and click-worthy content. Make sure you’re picking the right marketing tools to measure the success of your content- shares, clicks, audience growth, and click-throughs.

Why We Need a Mobile Small Business Portal Website for Future Entrepreneurs

It seems as manufacturing jobs have migrated to other countries and as retail jobs have been slowing due to online sales that more and more jobs are in the service business. Having participated in this sector during my career as an entrepreneur I noticed the need for consultants and advice. When starting a service business there is much to learn and more often than not, you cannot find it in an MBA class. So what is a start-up service entrepreneur to do, considering they will probably start by working out of their home and going to the client’s home or business to do the work?

Well, I believe we need better Portal Websites for exactly this purpose. If someone were to start an online resource like this, I’d sure be willing to help them out and I am sure other veteran service industry folks would also, think how many people formerly of the mobile service business are on LinkedIn? Maybe they can steer interested people to your Blog, writings or offerings – that is if you were to take up the cause and start such a website? Do you have a Mobile Business Portal website now? Do you run a mobile service business and think you could help others across the nation in your sector?

It seems mobile businesses need a lot of back-office stuff (accounting, scheduling, software, routing, incoming tele-marketing) and franchisors of mobile business models need franchise buyers. People getting out of the military are EXTREMELY SUITED towards mobile businesses being ‘take-action’ types and they follow business plans and business models, manuals and instructions well, making them more successful in Biz Ops, Franchises or start-up mobile businesses with the right set of instructions and network behind them?

Most start-up mobile businesses need help and funding, so a portal website could capitalize on these needs? Is that kind of what you are doing? Personally, I have many business plans for mobile businesses, and there are other places to find marking plans, so maybe all of these should be on one website?

Now then, currently, I am retired and not really promoting anything, although I do believe in mobile enterprises due to cost-structure and ROI, just as I like “Internet Businesses” and online retail, it just makes so much sense to me for so many reasons. I’ve put a lot of thought into this whole ‘mobile business” thing over the years, in hindsight of what I had done, and also with regards to all the experiences and success I’ve had doing it. I’d be happy to pass that information on to the next group of entrepreneurs, and I guarantee you, I am not alone.

It wouldn’t be hard for some smart entrepreneur to build such a resource for the millions of mobile business operators in America. Think on it.

How to Find Your Customers on Instagram

So how do YOU find customers on Instagram? Here’s how:

YOUR BIO: Take a good look at your business and what YOU offer, then make sure your Bio is relevant to your business. And be specific. For example if you’re a Real Estate Agent, tell people WHAT you do and WHERE you do it! Many Instagram Bio’s miss this point. Some Bio’s may say; ABC Realtor selling multi million dollar homes. That’s pretty broad don’t you think? Where exactly does this realtor sell these multi million dollar homes? A better Bio would read like this; John Smith – Realtor in Miami Florida broker of Multi Million dollar properties. Now a prospective new follower will read this and know What this person does and Where he or she does it. Now your one step closer to finding a new targeted follower.

YOUR IMAGES: Instagram is all about the images or pictures right? So make each one count! So once you have decide what YOU are offering, post what it is your offering. We sometimes get caught up posting all sorts of things based on what we “think” our audience wants only to find we get lost posting all sorts of random stuff and nothing that really relates to your business. So if your intention is to give your followers a look behind the scenes then focus on posting images of your office, staff, projects, etc. But if your business is product based, you might focus on images of your product. You may even post pictures of your product being made, used or sold? Now you are giving the audience what they want from YOU and not what you think they WANT.

YOUR CAPTIONS; When writing your captions take a moment to think about what your writing, check spelling and say it in your voice. So for example; if your business is a Hair Salon, and your are posting the latest trend in a particular hair style your caption may read something like this: New hairstyle from the runways of Milan now available to you from us! OR your caption could read, This new style is now available in our salon. See how the caption is relevant to the image.

YOUR HASHTAGS: Hashtags are sometimes misused. People sometimes get caught up in the “popular” hashtags such as “love”, “selfie” and others and think if they use these they will gain more likes and followers. Sure, on the odd occasion this might work, however if someone searching for YOUR business is using the #hashtag tool the chances are they are searching for words related to your business. So when you use #hashtags use them correctly. If your business is a florist, use hashtags that relate to your picture first, then your business. An example of hashtags for a picture of red roses might be; #redroses #roses #longstemroses #florist #freshflowers #yourbusinessname – we always like to include our business name in the hashtags So that’s it. Pretty easy isn’t it. A little thought and focus and your Instagram account will explode with targeted followers that you can share YOUR business with.

How To Turn Your New Business Into A Successful Brand

You have started a firm which aims at selling or providing its consumers with goods, this exactly is a business. But how to know when you should start calling your business not a business anymore but a brand? Because a brand is not just a business, company or a firm simply. Rather, it is much more than just a logo.

A brand is actually the image a company or business firm holds on its products, services, staff, their uniforms, their styles of service and even their advertisement techniques. All these sum up to be the experiences your clients might have with your business firm or your company. A well-known and good brand takes care of this experience that its customers might have with it and also struggles to develop trust and integrity between the two. The importance of this point must be realized that the life, as well as the prosperity of your brand, depends on what your company does and the way it does so.

This includes every kind of interaction that you have with your clients involving the content you put on your website and on all the social media forums like Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.

If your budget is tight, but you still want your business and brand to flourish to their max, then you can easily get your target achieved by following the tips of brand promotion that are given below.

Firstly, Define Your Brand
Whenever you are undergoing an interaction with any of your customers, be it through some content that you are currently creating or if it is a direct talk being held with them, you must start off by defining your brand and explaining its aims and goals.

Regard Your Brand as Some Person
As a person’s beliefs, moral values, and aims in life build his character and personality up likewise a brand, when considered as a person, is also something whose image will develop in the light of the thoughts that are put in while creating and developing it.

Keep In Sight the Drive Behind Your Brand
One must never digress from the actual track of whatever he is doing. Therefore, it is very important to always keep in mind that what it actually is that made you start your business. The motives behind your brand’s creation and development, its purposes and targets that it is meant to achieve, everything is important.

Try To Develop Consistent Relationships with Customers
One thing that is very necessary to keep in mind is that you must never try to lay down a false, fraudulent or deceitful coating over an offer of your brand so that the customers raise their expectations and later on their dreams related to your product or service are broken. Rather, you must always focus on building trust-based relationships with your customers which last for a longer time in order to be successful in getting some brand promotion.

Abstain From Imitating Other Brands
Your aim must be to carve your own distinct and distinguishable identity. And for that matter, you must talk inventively and avoid repeating your words. Secondly, you must never imitate any other chain of brands in any form at all. Because this won’t help in brand promotion at all.

Never Forget What Requirements Branding Holds
These requirements include the one most important one which is the needs and demands of the customers. They are an ever-changing phenomenon so one’s brand must be flexible, bold and daring enough to cater them efficiently and effectively.

Your Logo Alone Isn’t the One Promoting Your Brand
One must never be naïve enough to think that a logo of his brand stamped upon every product will make people buy it. The reality is that apart from the image of your logo, there are many other factors helping you in your brand promotion.