4 Instagram Marketing Trends You Need To Know

4 Instagram Marketing Trends You Need To Know

In less than a decade since its launch in 2010, Instagram has enjoyed exponential growth, with the platform recently reaching 1bn active monthly users. In doing so, it has become an attractive platform for brands eager to learn if Instagram marketing can help them forge a closer connection with their consumers. Here a four of the latest trends in Instagram marketing that brands should be aware of when devising their social strategy for 2019. 1. Micro influencers Influencers dominate Instagram, but scandals around purchased or fake followers has brought into question the viability of influencer marketing on the platform. Despite these concerns, research has shown that the popularity of influencer marketing has not been negatively impacted. Rather, the direction has simply changed, with brands increasingly turning to networks of micro-influencers. Their belief is that influencers with a smaller, yet more niche following and can better forge engagement than celebrities with a massive following but a hollow connection. 2. Video If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Snapchat must be feeling pretty flattered by the resounding success of Instagram’s 2016 launch of Stories, signalling the platform’s foray into video territory. After a slow start, it is now of the most popular aspects of the platform and recently hit the 400 million daily users mark. Stories’ accessible interface exposes viewers to a wide range of content before they choose to settle on one that catches their eye. This is prime digital real estate for brands to insert ads between stories and snare viewer attention. Moreover, with specialised features like polls and contests and the ability to see the number of...
Ad spend to shift from Facebook to Instagram

Ad spend to shift from Facebook to Instagram

Brands head to Instagram to spend their ad budget in 2019, with more advertisers preferring it over Facebook. Instagram is becoming an increasingly attractive place for brands to splosh some dosh and the numbers suggest this trend will continue into 2019. With advertisers increasingly turning their backs on Facebook’s News Feed and making better friends with Instagram’s Stories. According to Socialbakers, ad spend on Instagram increased in 2018 while decreasing on Facebook, driven by hard-to-rival engagement levels on the photo-sharing platform. While Instagram has a smaller audience size compared to its parent company, its users are far more engaged. Suggesting that Instagram is the go-to for capturing quality engagement within smaller communities. Last year, Instagram posts continued to reach and garner more impressions per fan than its Stories feature (around 15% and 25% more, respectively). However, the volume of brands posting on Stories has quadrupled over the last year, with brands investing 212% more in Stories compared with the previous year. A quarter (25%) of brands’ Instagram ad spend now goes on Stories. This will continue to grow through 2019. As just a few examples, easyJet recently made it possible for users to find and book holidays simply by clicking on a photo, while Spotify, SoundCloud and Shazam are offering their services via Stories. Expect to see more of this integration in the coming months, especially as Instagram promises to enhance its ecommerce features. Alice Cuffe, editor at We Are Social, says while no one can argue that the specialised and detailed targeting of Facebook is appealing to advertisers, when it comes to creative innovation, Instagram Stories has the edge....
Improve the way you use Instagram for business

Improve the way you use Instagram for business

The latest blog from Cardiff media agency, The Media Angels. How can you improve the way you use Instagram to market your business? 1. Personal or business account?   There are two different types of Instagram account; personal and business. With a business account, you can get analytics into your followers and posts, promote Instagram posts and have a more professional profile. You can also link your Instagram profile to your Facebook page, allowing you to quickly post photos onto Facebook. Your Instagram business profile also has a “Contact” button, here you can choose to include directions, a phone number, or an email address. Most of the advantage of switching to a business profile is the ability to learn about your followers. Here you can see what posts work best, generate the best interaction, where your followers are and when they’re online. 2. Using Instagram scheduling There are a lot of mobile apps available which allow you to schedule Instagram posts, like how you can schedule posts on Facebook. We use Apphi for our account. It’s easy to set-up and link your account, and from the app you can set filters, hashtags and a caption before setting a time and date to post. We find this app helpful as our analytics show our followers are most active during the evening, when we’re out of the office. By using a scheduling app we can make sure our posts reach our followers at the right time. 3. Which posts generate the best reactions? This is all about trial and error. Have a quick look through your Instagram analytics and you can...