Instagram is a place to grow your reach, create engaged fans, and convert them into customers. Here is everything you need to know to market efficiently and effectively on Instagram.
Instagram is your online magazine
Your Instagram account is your brand’s online magazine.
Your posts are like flipping through a magazine, looking at pictures and deciding if they want to read more or move along.
In your magazine you want to quickly show Instagram traffic the vision, inspiration, look, and excitement around your brand and what you're selling.
First you have to ask yourself “Is my audience on Instagram?
If I work this online magazine of Instagram will it benefit my return on my time?”
Who is on Instagram and Should You Be Too?
Here’s the statistics on Instagram:
There are 700 million monthly active users
400 million of them use it every day
250 million people use Instagram stories every day
4.2 billion likes per day
95 million pics are uploaded to it every day
Instagram is growing FAST!
Here's where it gets interesting:
Demographically, 68 percent of Instagram is female. A little less than Pinterest but a little more than Facebook.
80 percent of Instagram users are outside of the USA.
92 percent of Instagram users are 18 to 49.
59 percent are 18 to 29.
What can we take from this data is number one; if you're targeting females, especially globally, and if they're under twenty nine years old, you absolutely have to be on Instagram or your missing the boat!
With that said, my average demographic tilts towards males ages 25-44. So it's worthy of my attention as well.
One thing that we've seen through social media in general is that new social media networks start off younger. And then, over time, trend older.
My wife’s niche is on the younger end of Instagram’s audience. Some of her best buyers are a little bit older than the Instagram demographic.
But she is still focusing on Instagram because her audience has grandchildren. Over the next five 10 years they're going to flock to instagram more and more.
Even if your audience is a little bit older it may be worthwhile to start establishing authority and a presence there. It's the grandparental fact.
It happened to Facebook.
We've seen Facebook's demographic sway and is still swaying towards the older demographics. As the the young kids go to the new platform, their parents follow them to the new platform.
My mom and dad have both created an Instagram account recently.
If your demographics aren’t in the 59 percent range and you feel early, don’t worry! It will be going in that direction.
It's still great to build your foundation on Instagram.
The main goal of having a marketing on Instagram is to connect with and convert your ideal customers and clients.
But if you're targeting retired golfers who are in their 70s, who are male; Instagram probably isn't your place.
Traffic is not something we create. Traffic is out there. Traffic is happening. Billions and billions and clicks and visitors are online already and they're all on a handful of apps or web sites. That’s your number one goal.
You have to identify where your traffic is, right now. Know your customer, or Avatar. Know where they are and get your message in front of them.
So is your target audience on Instagram?. Are they likely to be a attracted there in the future?.
If so dive into Instagram, if not you probably want to focus that energy elsewhere.
I think a fun way of looking about this is say you're a 10 year old kid and you're having a birthday party and your seven second Instagram bio is you're like a flier for the birthday party. It's what is it you know:
Birthday party with author.
We're going to have an awesome fun time there at the castle and opinionator.
And by the way there's free cake. Go here to get the free cake
What's In It for them?
That is the most important thing to cover in your bio.
What are they going to be inspired about?
What are they going to get excited about by following you on Instagram?
Once you have that if you still have room you can include a little bit about yourself as well as where you are.
Your e-mail address, your phone number, your location, that sort of thing.
But really what’s in it for them what are they going to learn?
What are they going to get excited about by following you on Instagram. That's your bio.
And then for the actual bio
So milesbeckler is my user name. Entrepreneur, Marketer is what I put as my name.
So when you pull up my bio you first see. Milesbeckler, then you see Entrepreneur, Marketer in bold where most people would put Miles Beckler because that is their name.
You have such little space in the bio so I wanted to use these two extra words to stuff a few keywords in and expand my reach.
It also saved those two words from taking up space in the bio description section where I can have more words available for my birthday party invitation.
Next you want a description that is short and sweet.
Here's what I'm about.
Here's what's in it for you.
Call to Action.
You can use emoji’s to break up and kind of categorize your bio.
I wanted to really convey that there is nothing to buy. What’s in it for them in the description and get this free.
With the link reconveying what is behind the link really is free as well.
If you're giving away a 10 step guide or an ebook you might want to do /tests or /guide or something like that.
I also made that link unique and is only on my Instagram profile so that it’s Join my list trackable.
I can now see how many people click on that link. That way I can track my return on energy invested here.
Do not use any joining my newsletter stuff. Those days are gone where that is effective.
This is top of the funnel stuff. A landing page on your Instagram profile.
The bio is so important you have one link.
And you have 7 seconds to make them want to click it.
It is about your audience.
What’s in it for them?
It’s not about your product, it’s not the widget that you sell.
The product is the benefit that they get in their life when they buy and use your thing.
Our ultimate goal is converting clients and customers bringing them into your business into your brand.
The Give Away
On Instagram I'm going with a broader picture because I think my Instagram people are more interested in the basics or in how to make money.
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So I'm going to create a unique guide that's going to be given away through Instagram because I think it's going to be more enticing for them based on the demographic and my research of the people on the platform.
So important things to mention here.
Don't wait to get going get going because your current guide or offer is not perfect for Instagram marketing.
Start with what you do have.
Optimize and adjust as you go to keep making it better.
Number three and the most important
Every user is tuned into WIIFM.
Zig Ziglar quote “What's in it for me?”
Answer that and you will have higher conversions coming from your Instagram marketing.
Instagram Posts - Your Content Marketing Strategy
What Is Your Brand Going To Look Like
What are the colors of your brand?
What is your brand going to look like in broader picture?
You want to have consistency in your content.
What do you have going on your website already? Facebook? Pinterest?
Bring those colors, fonts, and themes to Instagram so when your users see you here they instantly recognize you.
If you don’t already have a brand look decide that now.
Pick a few fonts, Pick a few colors
Less is more here so your content starts to have consistency and your followers know it is from you at first glance.
Building Out That Visually Appealing Brand
Instagram marketing is all about pictures and if you’re not a photographer what do you do?
Follow photographers and learn.
We don’t have to be professional photographers but we want to do as best as we can.
Look at the angles the photographers are using.
The angle makes a huge difference in your photography and really for building out that visually appealing brand.
You can take as many pictures as you want so to use that to your advantage.
We found a few apps that help us with a more polished finished product.
Snapseed by Google.
It's free it's on IOS and Android.
It makes it so dramatic
When you take a picture open it up in snapseed and run the HDR filter and maybe the total contrast filter too.
Sunsets, clouds, landscapes.
We use it a lot. I use it a ton and it just makes pictures pop.
They get that wow factor and that gets more likes, more engagement.
Your Nine Different Types Of Posts
Develop a posting cycle
You have your individual posts which you want to look good but then when someone comes in and checks out your profile to determine if they want to follow you they're going to look at your feed.
Glance through your magazine.
And so this is really why it's important to cycle through post types.
So you want any of your top nine posts to cover all of those things that you want your brand to convey to first time visitors.
You want them to feel your cohesive well put together profile which really comes through having a variety of different post types and having a little bit of a consciousness around it.
If you want to be able to look at how your feed is going to work. In the future there is a scheduling up called planoly that lets you see in advance and you can kind of organize your grid and just make sure it has that cohesive feel.
Having a post cycle sets expectations.
When they go look and they see your your past posts all at once.
In a glance get an idea of what they're signing up for if they follow you and having a little bit of symmetry and having a little bit of design thought there matters.
We have to take pictures and post them one at a time now, but at the same time you've got to be thinking about what that's going to look like as a cohesive landing page.
How do we want to introduce ourselves when they land on our profile?
Seasonal photos, shots of your product, action screenshots, audience proof, pictures of your customers using your product, screenshots of testimonials your customers sent you via email or a facebook review.
Pictures of people faces, selfies.
As humans we naturally like looking at other humans use this to your benefit.
If you don't want pictures of you, figure out a way to get pictures of your customers or people using your product.
Landscape photos, beautiful scenery, food.
If it ties back to your brand put it in your post cycle.
A big one is memes and quotes.
Find quotes and put a picture behind the quote and add them into your post cycle.
Just go to Google type quotes. Quotes about inspiration, quotes about Einstein, quotes about knowledge, quotes about motivation, etc.
Within about 30 seconds to a minute you can take a basic quote and you can get it looking very visually appealing.
Wordswag is a fantastic app for this. Typorama is another one.
There's a bunch of them. There are apps for your phone for basic graphics design stuff. Kanva would be a web based one that you could use.
Another way to go about this with the quotes that I really like is go find what's performing really well for others.
The good thing about figuring out what this is for your brand is you don't get stuck.
You have a blueprint to follow.
I posted a picture of a flower yesterday. That means today I'm posting a quote and an angel card.
Well you start by engaging. You've got to give first you've got to go be active.
My 'Micro Engagement' strategy
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So one of the cool things is when you're searching for your hashtags, look through Instagram for people who are using those hashtags, people who are posting similar things, and start giving them hearts.
Double tapping the picture is another way to give a heart.
Leave them comments, “You're doing great” “Looking good” etc, etc.
Now you're following them not playing a follow/follow-back game.
That's the old school way of doing it. Another way to kill your accounts engagement.
You really want to engage.
If you're into horses and that's what you do go... find people all over the world who breed horses, ride horses, and race horses.
Go like one, two, three, or six of their posts
They look back at you and they see oh you've got horses too. You're doing that same thing great. They're going to follow you.
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Miles is a full time internet marketer who sells information products and a niche membership program with his wife, Melanie. Together they have created a lifestyle business that allows them true location independence and this blog where you get to see behind the scenes and see how they have built their online business from scratch.