Are you looking for innovative ways to get your customers (and employees) to post Instagram pictures?
Then keep reading because I’m going to show you four ways to bring your “A game” to Instagram and wow your fans.
Why Customer Instagram Pictures?
Instagram was the fastest-rising social media channel for brands in 2013.
You probably already know it’s an effective platform for branding and marketing your products and growing your community.
But what you may not know is that Instagram is a powerful tool to collect customer-created content you can reuse to your advantage.
#1: Enhance Your Online (and Offline) Store With Customer Photos
Visuals greatly impact the behavior of shoppers. Most brands just snap a photo of the product and share it across all social channels, which may work sometimes. But you can take it a step further by crowdsourcing photos on Instagram.
When customers see photos of other “regular” people using a product, they’re more likely to buy. Why? This kind of social proof is a powerful motivator. Visitors gain trust by seeing others use the products they are about to buy.
Let’s take the clothing industry, for example. The biggest mistake clothing brands make on Instagram is showing bland product photos—clothing worn by hired models, usually with a white background.
Are your own search and social efforts aligned?
For many marketers, it’s not always clear how social media impacts search engine optimization.
In this article you’ll find numerous resources to help you understand how social media SEO works.
Why Social Media SEO?
It’s not enough to have a popular website with good content anymore. If you want better search engine results for your business, it’s time to look at how social media influences those results.
It used to be that SEO revolved around two things: using the right keywords, and the number of authoritative sites that linked back to your content via inbound links.
Then social media came along and changed everything.
Search engines have begun to incorporate social signals (Facebook likes, retweets, +1s and so on) to inform their search results.
The following articles dig a little deeper and explain what you need to do to make sure you succeed at social media and SEO.
6 Reasons Social Media Is Critical to Your SEO: If you need more clarity on how SEO and social work together, Stephanie Frasco explains on Social Media Today that the old days of website marketing are over and Google has found a newer, smarter way to measure the popularity of your website—social media.
How to Succeed at SEO With Social Media Marketing: On ExactTarget Amanda Nelson likens SEO and social media to peanut butter and jelly, the idea being that the two need each other to succeed. Dig in and enjoy the nuggets of wisdom and some best practices shared in a conversation between Amanda and her guest, Ray Grieselhuber.
Are you looking for apps to make you more productive?
Finding apps to help us perform our day-to-day tasks has become more important than ever.
In this post, I’ll give you 26 tips, an A-Z guide for using smartphone apps to boost your efficiency, no matter where you are.
#1: Access and Review Analytics
The convenience of accessing analytics wherever you are makes it easy to keep up with data-driven projects in real time.
The analytics apps I suggest show your important key performance indicators (KPIs), how users are finding your website, visitor paths and so much more.
Are you using Google+ to promote your brand or content?
Do you want to find Google+ fans who love what you do and will share it with others?
When people share your stories, campaigns or products with their friends, they’re giving it their stamp of approval and their friends take notice.
This word-of-mouth marketing is invaluable, but how do you find these super-fans?
In this article, I’ll show you how to use Google+ to find the evangelists who want to tell the world about you.
How Do You Find Your Best Fans?
As a marketer, you want to find people who engage with your message and amplify it, spreading it on to others. These loyal fans, your brand evangelists, fall in love with your company and tell the world.
Google+ can help you find and engage with your evangelists, and lead you to a wider pool of potential clients. The process includes finding potential candidates, seeing which of those actually engage with your campaigns, and finally, those who share your campaigns with others (your true evangelists).
Prepare for Your Search
Before you start your search, create three empty Google+ circles to help you keep track of your evangelist candidates.
- Potential candidates
- People who engage
- My 100 brand evangelists
Do you have a great story to tell, but you’re not sure how to share it?
Every company has a story to tell.
It could be anything from brand history to internal innovation to fun customer feedback. Unfortunately, few businesses share their stories effectively on Facebook.
In this article I’ll show you five imaginative ways brands are using pictures to tell compelling stories that generate engagement on Facebook.
Why Tell a Visual Story?
A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a cliché for a reason. When you’re scrolling through the news feed, what catches your eye? Most updates are text, but Facebook users like pictures.
Posting images can help increase engagement and shares on Facebook. Photo posts account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. They can get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts!
Are you using pictures to your advantage? Below are five examples of companies that are wowing their fans with visual stories.
#1: Use Clever Photo Collections
The American Express Facebook page strives to give a strong visual representation of the brand. That can be a tall order for a service-based company. American Express rose to the challenge by taking photographs of related items, then sharing them with short updates that ask a question or evoke a certain feeling.
Recently, the freezing weather in the US has everyone talking. American Express shared this simple but hugely descriptive picture on their Facebook timeline.
Is offering social customer service important for your business?
Facebook is the number one social channel so it’s likely to be the first line of contact for your customers, for both praise and complaints.
Answering your fans, owning up to your mistakes and keeping your fans in the loop go a long way to building trust.
Read on to discover five tips that will make you a customer-service superhero on Facebook.
#1: Answer Quickly
If you have a dedicated customer support department, the team probably has a process in place that works well in traditional channels (for example, a guarantee to respond within 24 or 48 hours).
But on Facebook (and Twitter) if you let that much time go by before responding to customer inquiries or complaints, you do so at your peril. In the social media world, two days feels like two weeks!
If you have a staff member who is monitoring your Facebook page throughout the day, it should be easy to respond to issues fairly fast. But if you’re a one-person operation, and it’s all up to you, you might have to set reminders to check your page a couple of times a day — first thing in the morning, early afternoon and once again in the evening.
My friends over at Post Planner do a really good job of keeping an eye on things (notice just how quickly they respond to questions).
Is there an easy way to engage with people in real-time while balancing Twitter scheduling needs?
Do you know when to schedule your posts to best reach your followers?
Are you looking for ways to join in discussions with real-time posts?
In this article, you’ll discover how to use both scheduled and real-time social media posts in your social media strategy.
Are you looking for tools to speed up your content curation process?
In this article I’ll show you how to find and share relevant content in a snap.
Why Content Curation?
If you want to be the go-to expert in your niche, you need to provide more value than the other guys. Content curation—sharing relevant articles from several sources—is an important way to provide that value to your clients, fans and readers.
Modern marketing has changed significantly. It’s less about promotion and more about helping your ideal clients make informed decisions. Buyers expect to be fed relevant and helpful information.
Good content curation pinpoints potential clients’ needs, wants, desires and problems, then offers answers and solutions. Sharing other people’s content is a great way to quickly become the recognized expert in your field.
Whether you’re planning a small local gathering or a large conference, social media can be used to get the word out in a powerful way.
In this article I’ll reveal seven creative ways to use social media to increase your chances for a gangbuster event.
Start With a Marketing Plan
The first thing you need to do is develop a high-level marketing plan. This will include answering the “who, what, where, when, why and how long” questions for your event.
Check out this video on how to create a marketing plan.