Let’s get down to business

Welcome to the world where everything means business. Well not everything, but you know what I mean!

Instagram has changed the dynamic of their company by adding a “business” component. This allows consumers to use their platform to promote their brand online. How cool is that?

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Let’s start by looking at how Instagram’s business component has innovated digital marketing. This app has become an amazing way to boost brand awareness and an effective way for building a brand’s image.

In this generation, we are constantly needing to be relevant and up-to-date. Instagram is the perfect platform place to do this because you can use it to check out the latest trends, check out what your friends are doing, stalk your SO, and even stalk that one girl you have a problem with even though you’ve never met her.

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According to Forrester, Instagram has a rate of 4.21 % follower engagement. This means that Instagram is generating more engagement per follower than Facebook by 58 times. It is also generating more than Twitter by 120 times.

So as a digital marketer, what does this mean for us?

It has opened a gateway for ordinary people to advertise themselves as a brand. Big brands and companies are sponsoring ordinary people with lots of followers on Facebook and/or Instagram to advertise their products/services.

Now, I know this is nothing new. We’ve all seen “instafamous” people and YouTubers advertising products or services online. My point is that these social media platforms have adapted. They have given us all an opportunity to advertise online in the most simplest way.

For example, if you go onto your Instagram account (if you have one) and click onto “Settings”, scroll down to the “Account” section, and you’ll see an option called “Switch to Business Profile”. This allows anyone to switch their Instagram profile, from an ordinary account, to a business account. Take a look at what it looks like below.

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So, how do ordinary people use Instagram Business?

Well, it’s really quite simple. But like all things it takes time, A/B testing, playing around with, or even just researching strategies to use. But here are some key things that I think you should take a look at if you’re thinking of branding yourself on Instagram.

  1. What’s your strategy? What makes you unique? Or not unique?
  • What I’m referring to here is, what’s the purpose of you using Instagram business. It’s important to have a clear understanding of your goals, motives and mission statement before doing anything else. The most important thing with Instagram is consistency. Without consistency, you risk looking sloppy, unprofessional and even unorganised. So, clearly layout how often you’ll post, what time of day, and choose a theme for your account.
  1. Who are you?
  • You need to discover who you are in every way. Go out and learn something new. Go out and try something new. Do something that makes you feel special and original and then post a bunch of photos about it on your account.

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  • I’m just kidding! You can do these things if you wanted to but really, what you need is to build a brand identity. If your brand identity is to be you, then be you! If it’s to be a fitspo model, then start working out. If it’s to become the next big foodie, then start taking photos of all your meals. Whatever it may be, be sure it’s what you want to do and stick to it. It’d be confusing to your followers if you had a bunch of different things going on.
  1. The Engagement Party
  • You’ve got to engage with your audience! Reply to comments you receive, like photos back, or even follow people back! It’s important to take on all opportunities and really make the most out of your experience on social media. Stay relevant by keeping yourself updated with who you follow (and maybe even your competitors).

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  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes 
  • Making mistakes is part of the whole process. If you don’t like a photo you’ve uploaded, delete it and re-upload a new one. If you’ve spelt something wrong in your caption, re-upload the photo with the right caption but be sure to sign “edit” otherwise you might get called out.

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These are some of my own tips just from using Instagram myself. Hootsuite has some excellent tips and guides for beginners using Instagram Business. Check them out and get down to business!

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I really like memes

I couldn’t sleep the other night and was scrolling through Tumblr and noticed that everything I was reblogging and liking was a meme.

I don’t think I need to provide a definition for what a meme is. But for the off chance that there is a reader who is unfamiliar with the term, a meme is a funny image, video or phrase that is spread across the internet due to it’s ability to humour people.

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There’s just something about memes that are extremely funny but also super simple at the same time. It’s amazing how connected we all feel with each other based on a photo, video or even just a phrase. It has definitely become a norm in our society. With such large platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr etc it is difficult to go a day without actually seeing a meme.

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So, what implications does this mean for a digital marketer?

Well I guess it means that the internet has a place for humour. As marketers, we can use this to our advantage as consumers feel connected when they share similar humour.

A lot of businesses that use social media, have begun using memes in their everyday updates. For example, Popcherry, an online clothing store, has been using a lot of memes to connect with its target audience. Their target audience is young females so most of their memes are female related.

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Obviously for Popcherry, using memes on their social media is working in their favour. It engages consumers to look at the meme and then take a look at their brand. It demonstrates to consumers that Popcherry knows what they want and can deliver it.

However, not all brands reel in the likes. Some brands actually reel in hate instead. There are a lot of brands that are trying to use memes to communicate with its consumers but don’t use it properly or effectively that it reels in a lot of negative attention.

Yes, it’s nice that brands are incorporating memes into their advertising but it needs to be done right. There is a right and wrong way to use memes and slang. If used correctly, it draws in consumers like free food. If used incorrectly, you’ll get shamed like Cersei in Game of Thrones.

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What do you think? Do you like when brands use memes? Or would you prefer it stay amongst us consumers and let it naturally become popular?

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Where do you want to go eat?

This question gets asked more than we think it does. Every single couple, group of friends or even first dates will experience this dreadful question.

The possible answers are in a constant battle of “I don’t know” or “You choose” or “I’m happy with anything” – even though you low-key want to go to that Mexican place with the soft tacos.

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You see… Most of the time, it’s difficult to pick a place to eat because you may not know where to even begin looking. I personally like to use Instagram or Zomato to grab ideas.

With social media growing rapidly, we are all equipped with apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr etc. These platforms have become the greatest weapons a business will use in order to draw you into buying their products or using their service.

Well, here’s the game changer. Not only are they going to convince you to buy unnecessary products and services, but they’re also going to tell you where you should go eat too.

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Hootsuite, a social media management platform, discovered that 71% of customers base their purchasing decisions from what they find out on social media. Apparently, using Instagram can grow a business’ audience by up to ten times.

Now, we all know how Instagram runs nowadays. It is full of social media influencers who will showcase their make up skills, beautiful athletic bodies or aesthetically pleasing homes to draw in consumers. Instagram has basically become the home-ground of using the hashtag “goals” and seeing the comment “omg want”.

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So, it makes sense that now restaurants, bars, and hotels are leveraging these influencers to draw attention to their established businesses. “Hotels, bars, and restaurants are tagged every 28 seconds on Instagram”, says Hootsuite.

And I guess at this point you’re probably wondering, “What does this all mean?”

Basically, it means that as a consumer we are changing the way we make decisions. We are moving away from research, hardcore evidence and our own experiences. As social media rises, consumers are looking at follower count, amount of likes, positive/negative comments and reviews, how often it’s shared, and even who the influencer is.

Social media has given us (consumers) the ability to jump onto any band-wagon even if it’s “all show, no result”, as long as there are lots of followers, likes, and shares.

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If you’re a business entering into social media, here’s some advice:

  • Be social – What I mean by this is, actively post photos, videos, and read and respond to comments from customers.
  • Choose your platform carefully – You don’t want to be stuck with a platform that consumers don’t use or can’t all access.
  • Plan, plan, plan – There is nothing more embarrassing than seeing an amazing flat-lay of brunch and seeing a spelling mistake in the description.
  • Be consistent – Ensure that your activity aligns with what your business is about.
  • Prepare to spend money, time & energy – There’s a 24/7 expectation from customers who will want to be endlessly entertained.
  • Keep it simple & easy to understand – You don’t want something complicated that causes confusion in your customers.

So, the next time you hear or ask the question “Where do you want to go eat?” be sure to check out what the latest hype is.

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