Do you want to know what works?
You can maximize your chances of Instagram success by watching what’s working for others.
In this article I’ll show you five examples of businesses growing their Instagram followers.
#1: Invite Engagement
Starbucks definitely doesn’t have a growth problem. They’re one of the largest retail chains in the world and they have an internationally recognizable brand.
However, the Starbucks brand was built on the ethos of the small local coffee shop. In order to preserve this idyllic brand image, it’s important for Starbucks’ marketing to downplay size and create a more personal, familiar voice.
Is your content flexible enough to engage fans in real time?
Your audience is never more primed to share content than when they’re “in the moment” at an event, on location or while experiencing your brand.
In this article I’ll show you four ways you can use visual content to motivate real-time interaction.
Why Real-Time Interaction
If you want fans to take an action (e.g., share an image, post a picture or enter a contest), you need to tap into the moments when they’re most likely to do it. And those moments are usually during an event, not after.
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 need to breathe new life into your word-of-mouth tactics?
You don’t have to create elaborate campaigns to drive visibility for your business.
In this article you’ll discover four ways to make customers want to take and share pictures related to your brand.
Why Photos Work for Social Chatter
No one leaves the house without their smartphone. Documenting our every action is woven into our daily routines and photos are the easiest way to do that.
And yet I’m constantly surprised that most businesses don’t take advantage of this marketing opportunity.
It only takes a simple request and most people are happy to take and share pictures while in your store or at your event—especially if you give them a fun way to do it.
You can increase your return on these social shares by highlighting your social profile URLs, handle and hashtag in high-traffic areas and asking people to tag you in their updates.
Below are four ways to make it irresistible to share photos of your brand.
#1: Encourage Unexpected Activities
I love the way Art Series Hotels have infused fun into their guests’ stay–and increased social shares about their brand to boot.
The hotels leave postcards in guests’ rooms asking them to jump on the bed and share the fun photos with their friends (tagging the hotel of course).
Are you soliciting user-generated content (UGC) for your business?
Would you like to know how to get the most out of user-generated content?
Medtronic Diabetes, which develops and sells diabetes management products, has been soliciting user-generated content since 2012.
Their Share Your Story Facebook app has been so successful that it is driving a 2-to-1 return on investment (ROI) for their entire social media program.
Read on to discover best practices from Medtronic Diabetes for how to get the most out of user-generated content.
Do you need ideas for your 2014 holiday social media marketing?
From Valentines Day to Easter and beyond, holidays are an important time for brands to engage customers and promote products in new and exciting ways.
And holiday-themed storytelling is an especially great way to build and cultivate a growing and engaged audience.
Here are four ways brands use social media to create and promote holiday campaigns throughout the year.
#1: Show the Fun Side of Your Brand With a Holiday Vine
Because Vines show up in Twitter’s main feed, they’re eye-catching and easy for people to share across Twitter and Facebook. Marketers have been quick to adopt Twitter’s 6-second video looping app to show a lighter and more creative side to the brands they promote.
Home improvement store Lowe’s used Vine to animate everyday household tools to look like bursting fireworks and wish their followers a happy 4th of July.
Have you ever wondered how a business handles more than a million Twitter fans? Want the inside scoop from the largest retailer on Twitter?
Even if you’re a small business, there’s some great insight to be gained from Marla Erwin, Interactive Art Director for Whole Foods Market. Marla was instrumental in creating Whole Foods’ acclaimed social media program and the results have been phenomenal! For example, in the first year, Twitter.com/Wholefoods gained a million Twitter followers. It has now surpassed 1.75 million people.
If you’re not familiar with Whole Foods, it’s the leading natural and organic food store in the world with nearly 300 locations in North America and the United Kingdom.
Whole Foods Market is the most popular retailer on Twitter and is a leading example of Twitter’s power to build millions of relationships a single customer at a time. Here are key excerpts from our interview (you can listen to the entire exchange at the end of this article).