3 Tips for Posting on Instagram

With over 500 million users, there’s no doubt that your business should be on Instagram. Are you making the most of your business’s Instagram? Check out these 3 tips to help give your biz a boost.

Tip #1: Use “Thumb-Stopping” Content 

Your post needs to be high-quality, eye-catching & relevant.
Make sure you only share high-resolution photos and videos that are in-focus, eye-catching and tell a visual story to the user.
 
Tip #2: Expand Your Reach with Hashtags
Hashtags (a keyword preceded by the # symbol) help Instagrammers to discover your content, even if they do not follow your account. Hashtags should be relevant to your content and help Instagrammers to stumble across your post when searching for specific keywords or topics. You can use up to 30 Hashtags in a post, I recommend 5 or so in the main copy and the rest posted as a comment.
 
Tip #3: Complete Your Business Profile 
Make sure you set-up a Business Profile on Instagram (as opposed to a personal account) so your business can reap the full benefits of insights and advertising.
Include as many store-specific details as possible, such as store hours, business address and a phone number.

5 Steps of Successful Email Marketing

If you’re a small business owner, you can’t afford to leave the success of your email marketing to chance. Check out these five key steps below that lead to successful email marketing & click here to download the complete infographic.

1. Plan your email marketing strategy
2. Design an email that drives action
3. Create email content without wasting time
4. Measure the impact of your email marketing
5. Grow your email list from scratch

Need help creating a successful email marketing campaign? We’ve got you covered.

Create a Custom Audience for Your Facebook Ads

Custom Audience allows you to reach people who have a relationship with your business whether they are existing customers or people who have interacted with your business on Facebook or other platforms.
You can create audiences using the following data:
 
  • Upload Customer Files: use customer files to match your customers with people on Facebook and create an audience from the matches
  • Website Traffic: create a list of people who visited your website or took specific actions using Facebook pixel
  • App Activity: create a list of people who launched your app or game, or took specific actions
  • Offline Activity: create a list of people who interacted with your business in-store, by phone or through other offline channels
  • Engagement: create a list of people who engaged with your content on Facebook or Instagram

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3 Tips to Get More Out of Your Facebook Ads

Running a Facebook Ad is a great way to generate awareness and interest by extending your reach to thousands of potential customers for your business.

Use these three tips to get the most out of your Facebook Ad:

1. Keep your post short and sweet

Tell your story in 90 characters or less to prevent your message from being cut off on smaller screens. With over 40 percent of Facebook’s users accessing the site solely from a mobile device, it’s important to keep your text clear and concise.

2. Be strategic with your images

Just your logo isn’t going to cut it here. Give your audience a look at your product or service in action. Help them picture themselves doing what you’re promoting.

3. Create a compelling call to action

Tell people why they should click on your ad. What’s important about your offer? Is it new? Does it have an expiration date? Tell people why they need to take an action right now.
Need help creating a successful social media and/or email marketing campaign? We’ve got you covered.

 

Why Using Facebook Live For Your Business Is The Smart Move.

Why Using Facebook Live For Your Business Is The Smart Move.

If you consider the “breaking news” trend that is social media these days, it’s not hard to imagine how that same methodology can apply that same method to create immediacy and buzz around even the most ordinary product or service. Given the stats that show elevated performance for video content there is no reason not to leverage this tool to your advantage.

Below are just a few ways you can turn your video into an experience and an event, while allowing your audience to connect with you in real time.

 

Brand Experience

This first tip works best for brick and mortar businesses who also sell online. It is often hard for online customers to really get the vibe of your store. Using live video you can convey the look and feel not only of your store but your merchandise as well.

This is a case of, video is good, live video is better. The organic and immediate nature of a live feed event makes for a much more intimate and engaging experience, thus it’s appeal.

Expand Your Events Beyond Your Doors

Live events trump recorded events every time. You may host quite a few live events at your business that are well attended.  No matter how many come to these events you are still restricted by physical limitation and customer proximity.  Using live feed video, you increase your attendance “virtually” in an almost unlimited capacity.

 

Here are some ways you can maximize these events:

Ask your viewers to use the “Invite” button during the event, and use it yourself to bring as many people into the feed as possible.

Watch the emojis; they will tell you if you’re audience is engaged or getting bored.

Depending on the length of the video, you can save it and share the video on your page later for even more views.

Market the event on all of your social media pages prior to the stream.

Engaged Feedback and Interaction

Using your social media channels with a live Q & A helps you keep your finger on the pulse on the mood and trends of your customers. People tend to pay more attention to interviews and Q&A sessions if they are happening live, lending an additional layer of authenticity to the proceedings because they aren’t scripted.

 

It should be noted that planning is crucial to this kind of event. Be prepared for things to go wrong and ready to adapt accordingly. This kind of event is not for the feint of heart and should be approached by someone with at least a working knowledge of the live interview process.

Here are a couple of other ways you can use Facebook Live to increase your reach, engagement and the overall experience of your business with your customers.

Teach online classes

Stream your product launches

Feature your company leaders or key employees

Video live and record for later use

Create live teases or sneak peeks into products or services

Give your customers exclusive content available only on live

The ways you use Facebook Live are virtually unlimited. Get creative and get busy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Instagram Stories for Business

What exactly is Instagram Stories?

Instagram Stories is the photo and video sharing app’s disappearing content offering, which allows users to share photos and videos in slideshow format. Separate from users’ carefully curetted profiles, it’s intended as a space for more raw, real-time sharing. Stories go beyond the usual filter options—though those are there too—offering text, drawing, stickers, and other features for creativity. In short it’s a cleverly addictive and infinitely powerful marketing tool for business.

Here are 5 examples of how you can use Instagram Stories for your business.

Humanize your business by showing a “Day in the Life of”

Using both photos and video to create your Instagram story allows you unlimited flexibility as well as the forgiveness of on the fly videos which are often unplanned and less “slick” then your daily Instagram offerings. 

Doing this allows your fans a peek behind the curtain so to speak. By giving them the gritty street view of your business you allow them become part of the process, which in turn leads them to advocate for your business.

Example:

2 New York City restaurant Union Fare uses Instagram Stories to share video from their restaurant’s operations using informal captions. The videos give viewers an inside look at the restaurant and some of the delicious food on their menu. If a hungry viewer happens upon these videos at lunchtime, you better believe they’ll think about heading there for some grub.

Repurpose that content!

You know that blog that you spend time and money on, only to see it ignored? Watch it rack up the view when you add live video, quippy copy and funky stills. Adding your personal touch gives your audience a chance to see the quirky side of your business that is infinitely relatable to them personally.

Example

1 The popular lifestyle magazine Real Simple, publishes condensed simplified versions of their online content with using no more then 3 slides and a 30 second selfievideo which they then post on Instagram Stories. These are easy to put together and can be done with an infinite variety of topics

Tease them

A long time marketing tool is the teaser. Instagram Stories has re-imagined this marketing tool with it’s ability to “live broadcast. One of the most effective ways we have seen this used it in tandem with Facebook’s Live.  Post an Instagram story to notify people about a Facebook Live broadcast to pique people interest and to drive more traffic to your Live video broadcast. The bottom line is that if people like your Instagram content, they’ll probably like your Facebook content as well. Use one platform to promote the other and get more engagement on both sides.

Example

3 Food Network uses Instagram to promote their Facebook Live video at Amorino USA which showed viewers how to make gelato roses. They posted a simple, one-slide story with brief text and a drawing embellishment on it to direct their Instagram followers to their Facebook page.

Go from static to electric

This is an amazing tool for showing your product in action with out all the weight of marketing hanging on it. This light weight agile way to demo your product allows your  viewers to see the product in action and get a novel idea for how to use it.

Example

2Vitamix, a popular blender brand, uses Instagram Stories to show their blender in action. This video shows a pumpkin-inspired, blended dessert being created from start to finish in their test kitchen.

Celebrate your successes

Instagram Stories is an awesome way to showcase your company’s milestones, events and successes without sounding overtly promotional or boastful. You are inviting viewers to celebrate your success alongside you. This goes back to humanizing your business. Your successful and you should be proud of that. Sharing them as exciting events you invites your customers connect with what you do and be excited too.

 

Example

3 Southwest Airlines created a lengthy Instagram story to describe the retirement of their 737-500 planes. They used a short video to explain the purpose of the Instagram story and then continued to add a mix of content related to the 737-500s.

 

Examples sourced

*1 http://simplymeasured.com/

**2 https://business.instagram.com

***3 http://www.socialmediatoday.com

Are you running Facebook ads yet?

Facebook Ads Are you running Facebook ads yet? The key is to be very targeted when creating the ads. Think about the age group, the income level, as well as what your followers may be interested in. If you are spending $3-$5 per day, ensure you are not targeting to many people. You will want to keep the reach down into the 15,000 range. Otherwise, you will not get the exposure you are hoping for if you are targeting 5 million people.

Are you tracking your social?

Social TrackingAre you tracking your social? If you’re not, you should start now! It’s very simple to do. Create a spreadsheet containing tabs for each social platform that you are currently working. For Facebook I would suggest including number of page likes, total reach, # of post comments and likes, and best post of the week. This will show you week over week how many people you are reaching with social, and you will also be able to see trends. By having stats to track, you can make educated decisions on your content strategy, rather than guessing if your current plan is working to your benefit. I also suggest doing this for Instagram and Twitter, as well as your weekly yelp report. It’s amazing what you will see.. ‪#‎socialmedia‬ ‪#‎restaurantmarking‬‪#‎hotelmarketing‬