5 Tips for Instagram for Business
As Instagram continues to be one of the biggest players in social media, it only makes sense that you’d use it for business. According to Wordstream.com, 6 in 10 adults have Instagram accounts, while there are 15 million registered businesses using Instagram business profiles.
We’ve all heard of Instagram Stories by now, which is Instagram’s answer to Snapchat. According to Techcrunch, Instagram Stories are now doing better than Snapchat, with Instagram Stories at 250 million daily users compared to Snapchat’s 166 million.
Stories are a way to share behind the scenes content, everyday life, and more of a personal look at yourself and your business. People do business with those they know, like, and trust, and stories are a fun, unfiltered way to show this off. Give your followers a day in the life of your business, show them your favorite things, or some of your top tips and tools in doing business. If you have employees, allow them access to post about their days in the business as well.
Another great thing about Stories is that it keeps you at the top of the page as you post content, so you stay on the minds of your customers and prospects.
Connect with Others
It’s great to utilize Instagram for posting, but it’s also important to interact with others! Take some time everyday to seek out other users and posts, adding thoughtful likes and comments as you see fit.
Go outside of your industry as well, since you’re more likely to find customers this way. You can simply spend 10 minutes per day liking, following, and building up network on Instagram; this will make a big difference in your follower count and engagement.
Hashtags are important ways to be found on Instagram. You can – and should – use hashtags on your own Instagram Stories and Instagram posts, but you can also use them to find others.
In your own posts, it’s best to post your normal post and caption, then include hashtags in a separate comment. You can use up to 30 hashtags, and they should be a mix of generic tags (i.e. “#success”), more specific tags (“#hiremymom”), and location-based terms. Location-based tags (i.e. “#palmbeacheventplanner”) are especially important if your business is local or brick and mortar.
Search hashtags daily to find others that are posting similar things to you, or seeking your services. Offering a simple like or comment can lead them back to your profile, increasing the likelihood of a connection – or a sale.
As with all social media sites, consistency is king! Think beyond business posts too – your audience wants to get to know you. Participate in #FollowFriday, a fun Friday event on Instagram where you introduce yourself to your followers. You can include little-known facts and other information about how you got your start in business. These types of posts keep you relevant while providing content.
Do your best to post on a consistent schedule in a way that’s feasible for you and your schedule.
Keep an Eye on Quality
Instagram is still a visual platform, so quality photos are a must on your main Instagram feed. Instagram Stories can be much more informal, but do your best to edit your regular photos to be as nice as possible.
People like to look at beautiful images, so do your best to keep your feed looking good. Also, the top 9 images on your Instagram feed are the most viewed, so always ensure that they’re reflecting you, your business, and your brand as well as possible.
To succeed as a business on Instagram, include some items that aren’t simply business, connect with your audience, and be consistent!