Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.
To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week
Instagram Now Supports Portrait and Landscape Images: Instagram announces that “—in addition to square posts—you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram.”
Have you looked at how other brands are increasing their Instagram visibility?
With the right pictures and tactics, you can create a stronger Instagram presence.
In this article you’ll discover five ways you can build visibility on Instagram.
Do you want more engagement and traffic from your efforts?
If you’re not regularly sharing images that resonate with your audience, you’re missing out on a ton of engagement.
In this article you’ll discover the essential elements of shareable images that increase engagement and drive traffic to your website.
Why Use Images to Drive Social Engagement?
People are drawn to visual content and take action based on its subtle cues faster than any other medium–faster than text, audio or video.
The power of pictures isn’t restricted to image-centric platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. Visuals are attracting attention and driving engagement across all social networks. Even LinkedIn and Twitter are getting in on the action and showcasing images.
All of the major social networks are highlighting visual content. Brands that can leverage the power of original, optimized images are getting noticed.
If you’re worried you need a graphic designer or special skills, don’t be. In this article I’ll introduce you to the tools you need and the five essential elements of shareable, traffic-driving images that you can include in your marketing plan today.
#1: Give Your Audience What They Need
If you want to encourage engagement and shares, your images have to appeal directly to your target audience.
Create images and infographics that either solve a problem or inspire your community to take action. Images that give short, instantly actionable advice are highly shareable. Quick tips, how-to’s, quotes and fun facts are all very popular.
Social media expert Kim Garst matches audience expectations with useful tips by regularly posting images with social media advice and tagging them with #biztip.
Her community shares these problem-solving tips like wildfire, which results in an exceptionally high organic engagement rate on Facebook.
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.