The Ultimate Guide to Instagram for Businesses: Part #2
Welcome to Part #2 of First Page’s Ultimate Guide to Instagram for Businesses. Do you want to learn how to craft an effective, high-quality Instagram profile for your brand? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Every business has the potential to reap enormous benefits from Instagram. You want to do this for increased product sales, website traffic, and brand awareness. IG can help you achieve it all based on how you tailor your content. Did you know that 80% of users follow at least one business on Instagram! So, now is the time to create or optimize your strategy so you can start seeing results.
In this article, we’ll dive into how to create content that’s consistent with the highest quality and attracts engagement. We hope this guide to Instagram for businesses will help you be a success on IG.
Make sure to check out Part #1 before reading on. Otherwise, enjoy these tips that will help make your brand stronger than ever.
Table of contents
- Build Your Brand
- Image Editing
- Create Engaging Content
- Final thoughts on this guide to Instagram for businesses
Build Your Brand
As we outlined in Part #1, having a consistent and attractive Instagram feed boosts your potential for engagement. This will also help your growth while reinforcing a sense of brand identity. You can make your business memorable and identifiable to customers. These customers will build a perception of your brand based on how it’s presented online. A good online presence translates to a good reputation. Then your customers know they can trust and recommend to family, colleagues, and friends.
The first step to a good-looking Instagram feed, of course, is good-looking photos. You don’t have to be an expert to take visually appealing snaps for Instagram. However, it’s helpful to keep some basic tips in mind when you’re capturing photos.
You will use your mobile to take images or video
Instagram is a mobile application, so naturally, you’ll be taking most photos on your mobile device. Smartphones generally have an incredible capacity for capturing high-quality photos, and for Instagram, high quality really does matter. No one will interact with a pixelated, blurry image! Even if they do, it doesn’t look good for your brand. Use a device with a good camera and ensure you’re shooting with a steady hand.
How to use lighting to improve your IG feed
Lighting is incredibly important when it comes to capturing great photos. Try to shoot so that light is filtering onto your subject from behind the camera. This is better than shooting a subject directly in front of the light. Taking a photo with sunlight in the background can result in overexposure.
Rather than aiming to take one perfect photo, make a habit of taking several shots. Take ten to fifteen photos of the same subject with slight variations in each one. You’ll be sure to find an image you think looks great. There’s nothing more disappointing than reviewing your photos and seeing that they’re blurry. Worse still, they simply look bad, so taking a variety of photos fixes this problem.
For some inspiration, check out @airbnb‘s Instagram. The brand’s feed showcases beautiful images from all across the world, with many taken by globetrotting users.
Having some decent image editing skills up your sleeve is wise. Editing can transform even the blandest photo into something stunning that will wow your followers. If you’re in need of an app to make your photos Insta-worthy, look up some of the ones listed below.
Image Editing tools
- VSCO offers a massive variety of free and paid filters. This app is one of the most liked tools for IGers. The app is super easy to use and gives great results.
- Snapseed is a great app with a unique touch-based user interface. The interface allows you to adjust any aspect of your image. There is also a range of awesome filters at your disposal.
- Afterlight is another must-have Instagram editing app for its range of filters. It offers a range of basic editing tools and a fusion tool that lets you blend your favorite filters together.
Instagram Layout app
- Layout allows you to set out your images in a unique fashion. Give your photos a quirky touch by mirroring them, turning them upside down, or creating a collage.
Create Engaging Content
So, you’ve learned a few new photography tips and have set yourself up with some fantastic editing apps. The next thing in this guide to Instagram for businesses is content ideas. It is the most important part that will truly set you apart from your competitors. Your content is key. This part is fun as it allows you to get creative. There are so many ways to create engaging content. Here are a few of which we’ll detail below to get you feeling inspired.
Sharing the day-to-day happenings of your business gives your brand a face, making it more relatable for customers. It’s an effective way of fostering a personal connection between you and those who follow you. Some good examples of “behind-the-scenes” content include:
- Sharing an ‘Employee of the Month’ photo, where you do a spotlight post on a member of your team explaining what their role is, what they’re passionate about, and a quirky or fun fact about them.
- Photos of team members busy at work, in a meeting, brainstorming, or giving a presentation.
- Conversely, photos of the team having fun! Don’t forget to take some snaps at your next team event, as these are fantastic for sharing on Instagram with your audience.
- If you have a dog-friendly office, you can easily do a ‘Pets of the Office’ feature every few weeks. If you don’t have an office pet, ask staff members to send their favorite photos of their furry friends for you to post on Instagram.
Google has the right idea: drive engagement with a cute office pet photo and caption.
Quotes and typography
Quotes and typography-based posts are a simple way of boosting engagement while building your brand identity. Create your own quotes and include your brand’s logo somewhere on the image. Doing this can amplify your brand. When your content is reposted, people will know where it’s from and potentially visit your feed or website. Some quote ideas are:
- Quotes from industry leaders, celebrities, or historical figures that are relevant to your brand.
- Funny quotes and memes that are relatable to your target audience. These are particularly effective at driving engagement since many viewers will tag their friends in the post so they can share it with them.
- Quotes based around holidays, events, current affairs of days of the week. There’s a reason that those TGIF posts you see on Insta at the end of every week keep appearing — it’s because they work!
Check out this great example of a quote-based image from ASOS.
An excellent way of building up a community around your brand is by sharing content that users have posted in relation to your products or services. If a user tags your business in a post, repost it to your own profile with a fun comment or a thank you message. A brand that particularly excels at this is Frank Body, whose Instagram feed regularly features happy clients using their products.
You can take user-generated content one step further by creating a branded hashtag, which encourages users to share their experience with your product or service and spread the word. Let’s use Frank Body as an example again. Their branded hashtags are #letsbefrank and #thefrankeffect, and when you search these on Instagram, you can find an entire community of Frank Body fans. Many users will use the hashtag to be featured on the brand’s Instagram, which benefits both the brand and the followers in terms of exposure. Plus, user-generated content has a 4.5% higher conversion rate than posts made by a brand, which increases to 9.6% if the visitor interacts with the content.
While we’re on the topic of hashtags, let’s talk about how they are one of the most powerful aspects of Instagram. Keeping up to date on which hashtags are trending could help you attract new customers, since hashtags allow non-followers to find your content through Instagram’s search feature. Furthermore, posts with at least one hashtag average 12.6% more engagement than those without.
Themed hashtags campaign ideas
If you’re ever stuck on ideas for content, hashtags themed around every day of the week give you something to post about while increasing your chances of exposure and new followers.
You’ll probably have heard of #ThrowbackThursday from browsing Instagram, so here are some other days of the week you can use to theme your content around when you’re running low on ideas.
- #MotivationMonday, to help your viewers (and yourself!) get a bit of a boost on their dreaded Monday morning. Or, if you’re not feeling so positive, #MondayBlues has got you covered. Cue photos of coffee cups, sleepy faces and places you’d rather be.
- #TakeMeBackTuesday, where you can reflect on a past event you’ve experienced and long to relive. If applicable, make this relevant to your business by sharing an event you’ve done as a team. If you’re a technology company, you can use #TechTuesday or #TipTuesday to give your viewers some helpful information about your gadgets or products.
- Halfway through the week, users share their happiness in reaching the middle of the week with #WednesdayHumpDay. Some other options are #WomanCrushWednesday, #WisdomWednesday and even #WineWednesday.
- #ThrowbackThursday (often shortened to #tbt), #ThankfulThursday and #ThirstyThursday are hashtags you can use on the most popular day for posting on Instagram.
What is Instagram photography?
The photo-sharing app “Instagram,” which is owned by Meta. The app enables users to take, edit, and share photographs with other app users through our individual, private worlds. This photography done through Instagram is what we call Instagram photography.
Which Instagram filter is the most popular?
Clarendon is the most popular Instagram filter across the board. Why? Perhaps because it’s a general-purpose filter that enhances highlights and deepens shadows for vibrant color.
What IG filters get the most likes?
Gingham is the most popular filter, garnering more likes and comments than any of the others. Second place went to Clarendon. Female users’ posts get substantially more interaction.
Final thoughts on this guide to Instagram for businesses
This guide to Instagram for businesses we hope will set you on the right path to making you successful on IG. It is not an easy path, and it will be competitive. Remember to be consistent and stay true to your brand!
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