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How Your Business Can Take Advantage of Instagram to Boost Brand Awareness

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To step up an effective social media marketing strategy, you have to consider the various opportunities on how you can connect with your target market on different platforms. Although Twitter and Facebook can be great when publishing company updates, Instagram is an excellent visual solution to inspire and captivate your audience.

Why use Instagram for brand awareness?

With over 700 million users, Instagram can be a powerful platform for businesses from a wide range of industries. But just like any kind of marketing out there, you have to ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to help you reach your goals. The more that you widen your following on Instagram, the larger your prospective sales will be. In this post, we are going to talk about how you can take advantage of Instagram to boost your brand awareness.

Brand personality should always be consistent

When you are just starting on Instagram, it might be quite tempting to post anything beautiful or interesting, but you cannot attain success if you are just posting randomly and without direction. For you to be able to succeed and widen your reach, you need to follow the same rules that go with any other kind of brand development.

You should have the right brand personality that prompts people to think of you as one of their peers. It also shows your human side. The same way that texts can go a long way in defining your brand personality, images can play a key role as well.

For instance, the photos that you post might tell a story; or the type of colors, filters, and imagery that you use can set a distinctive atmosphere. All of these play a role in showing your brand personality. But it is not just enough that you know your brand personality and incorporate it into your posts only when you feel like it. You need to step it up to show who you are as a brand.

Choose high-quality images wisely

When it comes to Instagram, aesthetics are crucial. Because it is a photo and video-sharing site, images are everything. Therefore, you need to adopt a general brand aesthetic in your account and then stick to it consistently.

Have you ever asked yourself why you are following someone on Instagram? Chances are, you are drawn to the interesting and excellent photography that they post, right? So upload high-quality photos on your account so that people will take notice as soon as they browse your page. See to it that the aesthetics you choose are authentic and directly related to your brand. Avoid switching filters too often, that way, you will maintain a consistent style and theme that people can follow.

Do a calendar for postings and stick to it

Although there isn’t a right or wrong way to publish your content, see to it that your feed is planned so that it is non-negotiable to your followers’ eyes! As we have mentioned previously, creating an Instagram aesthetic that is cohesive is one of the most effective things that you can do to level up your strategy, improve your following, and boost your engagement.

Also, if you want to come up with a feed that simply “wows,” then you need to start planning your posts at least two to three weeks in advance. But what about the posting times? Well, it mostly depends on your audience, because what works well for other accounts might not work well for you. One of the most effective ways to find out is to post and test. That way, you will know what works best for you in the long run.

Incorporate hashtags on IG posts

Hashtags are a great way to boost your exposure and create more engagement around your content. But it is also important to note that you should not abuse these hashtags and rely too much on them to get your point across. When you want to place something unique in your hashtag campaigns, hashtags are a great way to boost your brand. However, there are some rules that you have to keep in mind as well.

It is all about being STRICT. What we mean is:

  • Specific
  • Targeted
  • Relevant
  • Innovative 
  • Concise
  • Thoughtful

Do not just throw in hashtags for the sake of it. Instead, see them as a valuable tool that you can add in your social media arsenal.

Utilize Instagram story feature

Instagram Stories garnered about 100 million daily active users within just two months of its launch. But how can you use Stories to promote your business? Now, let us take a quick recap. What is it exactly? Well, it lets users collate photos and videos in slideshows which can be overlaid with texts, emojis, and graphics. Once a Story is uploaded, it will disappear after 24 hours. Meaning, it is only there for a limited period. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.

This gives you an excellent opportunity to be informal and even playful with your content. It is a unique way to take your audience behind the scenes, promote or host live events, and even hold Q & A sessions.

Instagram Stories gives you a fresh way to promote your brand, products, and services. Get it right and you can build loyalty among your followers and encourage future sales.

Constantly engage with your audience

The thing about Instagram and other social media platforms is that you need to be “social,” meaning you need to learn how to interact with your following. That’s why you need to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to interact with your audience.

Engage with them by asking questions, joining conversations, and hosting fun contests to improve customer engagement. Holding contests boost your following, a great way to reward your existing customers, and attract more people to your page.

Instagram can be an excellent way to interact with your audience and boost your social media strategy. Just see to it that you are crafting the right posts to create better brand awareness and improve your revenue in the long run.

Bryan Mixon is the owner of AmazeLaw, one of top Instagram Advertising agencies and a website building for solo and small firm attorneys. Bryan has been building websites since 1999 and has spent his last four years helping companies like HubSpot, Mill33 and LivingSocial. Bryan knows first hand how difficult it can be for small business owners to get their digital marketing off the ground, so he built AmazeLaw as a super-simple place for solo attorneys to build their sites, collect leads and get on with their days of doing lawyerly things.

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12 Things That Will Help Build Your Brand Reputation for Your Startup

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Brand reputation drives the success of businesses, irrespective of what industry you are in. Currently, there are approximately 543,000 startups every month. 70% of these do not survive beyond two years, 50% do not exceed five years, and a third fail to cross the ten-year mark. Only a quarter of these businesses can survive beyond 15 years. (more…)

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New to Business? Outshine Your Competitors With These 4 Tips

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Competition in business is natural. There is always another business that offers products similar to what you have, and you can’t avoid it. The wisest step to take is to become the best company among the swarm of like-minded business proprietors. It’s a competition that seeks to prove, once and for all, which company will stand out among the rest. It’s not just a matter of offering the best products, but also winning the hearts and minds of the people you want to be your customers. (more…)

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How to Create a Winning Startup Culture

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Some time back, in my infographic on 51 Business Mistakes that most Entrepreneurs Make, I had outlined that one of the biggest mistakes is that you do not give any thought as to what you consider would be a great startup culture. And, without good policies or HR to keep things in check, the startup begins to develop a toxic business culture. (more…)

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51 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Dream Startup

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So you’ve got an idea. You know it will work. And, it means the world to you.

You are an entrepreneur and you think you can rock the world with this one idea that matters to you the most. And, you set out to form the idea into a startup that you are going to nurture and develop into a blooming business in the upcoming years.

However, I don’t want to throw water over your dreams but, I do need to bring this “optimist” you into the hard and cold reality…….. the reality which says that 90% of all startups fail.

Of course, this can bring a great deal of uncertainty into your life and you got to be prepared to deal with it. You are also going to face a ton of challenges in your life which will force you to grow as an entrepreneur. But, the important thing is that you stick with it.

Of course, as Charlie Munger (Warren Buffett’s friend) once said, “All I Want to Know is Where I’m Going to Die So I’ll Never Go There”. No entrepreneurs want their startups to fail after putting in days and weeks of effort into it.

So, a lot of research has been put forward into knowing what does actually sabotage a startup?

Fortune reported that the single biggest reason startups fail was because they do not identify what the market wants before setting up their startup.

However, it isn’t as simple as that. An entrepreneur needs to perform a comprehensive business plan before he sets out with his business idea. Also, you have to know whether your business idea actually suits you or not. If it doesn’t then, you either you need to fine-tune yourself with your business idea or you need to change the business plan so that it suits you.

And, it is only after that, should you venture upon your startup.
Now, is that all? Of course not. The problem most entrepreneurs face when they first begin their entrepreneurial journey is that they don’t know what they don’t know.

That’s where they tend to make a series of mistakes that may cause great harm to their startup.

That’s why I scoured for successful entrepreneurs to provide me with information on what they think were the most common mistakes that startups do. Plus, I also got tips on how to avoid these mistakes.

You can check out the original article here: 70 Mistakes Startups Make And Tips On How You Can Avoid Them

Now, it’s your turn to do some work. Let me know what you thought of these mistakes and tips that entrepreneurs commit. Do you know of any other mistakes that entrepreneurs do? Comment below!

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