This post is for those of you that have not put much time and effort into using Instagram for your business. I am also included in that group because sadly I have been neglecting my Instagram feed.
So first things first, download the FREE app to your phone using either Google Play (Android) or App Store (iPhone). Create your account by entering your business name, photo, and short description of your business. Make sure and put your website link in the description area.
Facebook owns Instagram, so you can share your photos on FB and encourage your audience to follow you on Instagram. You can also share your photos on Flickr and Twitter. Another option is to tag a location on your photo, and then check in using Foursquare.
Take interesting pictures of your products or services. Use the filters and effect in Instagram to spice up your photos. Make collages of multiple photos. If you don't have a collage builder go to either the Google Play store or App Store and type in free photo collage. You should see a variety of free apps. I myself like to use PhotoShake on my Android phone. I placed a photo of PhotoShake below.
I can't stress enough just how important it is to use #hashtags on your photos. This is how new followers will find you. I found a quick and easy way to copy and paste multiple tags to a photo. Download the app TagsForLikes. It gives you built in categories of hashtags to add to your photos so that you don't have to spend the time typing out each individual hashtag yourself. You can also create your own custom hashtag categories. The maximum amount of tags you can add to your photos is 30. If you try and use more than 30 tags your comment will not post. Please see the picture below.
Start a weekly photo contest on your website, ask your customers take a picture relating to your company and hashtag their photos with your company or brand name. The winning photo will be featured on your website, and the contributor will receive a coupon or gift. If your company is hosting an event or sale, create a custom hashtag name for the event, and ask your followers to use the hashtag to document their photos while attending.
Like any other social media site, you need to interact. So don't forget to Like photos, leave comments, follow other users, and reply to the comments that people leave you.
You can also use Instagram from your computer. While it is limited to updating your profile, viewing photos, and commenting on your posts, you can use this feature to reply to comments from others if you do not feel like using your phone for this purpose. Unfortunately you can not post photos to Instagram from your computer. I have to admit that I do not use Instagram as much as I should, but my goal for this coming week is to build up my account. I hope you take this opportunity to do the same. If so, feel free to follow me @ CreateYourOnlineBusiness. Happy Instagraming! :-)
1) Insert the link to your website/blog. Do not shorten the link. Pinterest will automatically shorten it for you. When your viewer clicks on it, it will still take them to your website/blog.
2) 500 characters are allowed in the description. Be extremely specific when explaining exactly what the picture represents, and how it relates to your business. I use this area to ask the viewer a question to try and engage them. Make sure you insert keywords or keyword phrases in the description to make your pin searchable for both Pinterest and Google. This will also help your Google ranking.
3) Insert a call to action. Tell the reader what you would like them to do, as in the following examples:
click your link, subscribe to your newsletter, download a file, sign up for more information, leave a comment, watch a video, etc.
4) Add #Hashtags to your post. You can place them in the content, but I prefer to place them after the call to action. This is another way your pin can be searched for on Pinterest, so it maximizes the amount of viewers who may see your pin.
The example below is a motivational quote I recently posted. I used it to relate to the online business offer on my website. I asked the viewer a question, gave them a call to action (visit my website), inserted my website link, then gave them two more calls to action on what to do once they are at my website. Finally I inserted my hashtags keywords.
Please note that I do not constantly post my website link on all of my Pinterest images. You need to make sure it fits in with your image, and follow the 80/20 rule of only promoting yourself 20% of the time. No one wants to hear a person constantly promoting their own business. After all, its Pinterest we are talking about. A place to enjoy some beautiful images. So have fun with it, and I hope this post gives you some useful tips for your future reference.
I have a lot of useful information on my Pinterest Board "Business Blog Tips & How Tos". Go ahead and take a peek, follow and ask to join the board. The more the merrier!
I began my Pinterest page Create Your Online Business a little under a month ago. At first I was just in awe of all the variety of photos. I created so many different boards. I had a social media board where I was dumping everything into. Then one day I decided to make separate boards for each social media site, blogging, seo, marketing tips, etc. I had a lot of pins in each of my business related boards, but I was struggling to attract more followers.
My main goals within Pinterest are:
1) provide informational items on social media topics
2) promote my business board
3) have fun with all the additional items outside of the business arena
The first two goals are hard to achieve when you don’t have many followers. Then I happened to come across a woman that had an amazing amount of followers, like in the 100,000s. I looked at her page, and she only had about 10 boards. That is when the light bulb in my head went off...all of her boards were GROUP boards!
Now group boards take more effort than your own regular boards because you have to take the time and invite people to the board, and the more people that follow you the more confusing it gets when it comes time to invite. You chose to edit the board and type in the name of the person you want to invite. For example you can type in “A” and it will show you all the people with “A” in their name that you can invite, but it doesn’t show you who you already invited. So basically you have to go down the list all over again, unless you have an amazing memory and can remember who you already invited. I don’t have a memory like that. Once the first person you invite accepts, you will see an icon on the top right of the board with three little people. Now your board is classified as a group board. You must be invited to a group board, but you can always leave a comment on a pin and ask the page owner to add you.
Anyhow, I changed most of my business related boards to group boards, and all of a sudden I am getting
more and more followers everyday without me even having to go look for them. They follow my group boards, I follow them back, and invite them to the board they followed. Each time someone accepts the invitation, your group board will show up on their page. So all of their followers have the potential to see your board. I now have over 200 followers, which is still a small number compared to the page that had over 100,000. But the fact is I had about 40 followers when I started adding the group boards, and in the last week I have added almost another 160 people that have all come looking for my page. I encourage you to try this technique. I hope it helps you as well.
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