Instagram Story Tips for Building Your Brand

With more than 83 percent of users worldwide unhappy with the new platform update, Snapchat’s usage could see a big decline in the coming months. Instagram has been making changes too, and – aside from the lack of a chronological timeline – users seem to be pleased with the updates. New Instagram Story features include various font styles, new stickers and gifs, highlights, and more, all of which have users sharing content now more than ever.

 

In 2017, Facebook announced that Instagram Stories surpassed its competition, gaining more than 250 million daily active users in its first year. And with 100 million more people using Instagram Stories than Snapchat, it’s no surprise that businesses are starting to take advantage of this widely used feature.

 

By allowing users to share photos and videos separate from the main Instagram feed, Instagram Stories provide an additional way to share exclusive content that lasts for only 24 hours before disappearing. With an Instagram business profile, marketers can track impressions, followers, and engagements, as well as manage promotions. The Instagram Story feature allows marketers to track the number of views, the number of people who exited (swiped away from) your story, and the number of people who re-watched (tap-back) or skipped ahead (tap-forward).

 

Below are a few tips for using Instagram Stories to build your brand:

 

Give exclusive access and deals.

Because Instagram Stories only last for 24 hours, it’s the perfect way to deliver exclusive offers to your followers. Business can either (a) post a special offer/discount code directly to the Instagram Story or (b) refer viewers to the link in your Instagram bio, containing a direct link to a landing page for the special offer. By creating a sense of urgency, followers will be more likely to pay attention and engage as a result.

 

Provide a look behind the curtain.

Your followers continue to follow you for a reason, most likely because they’re interested in what you’re doing or offering. By sharing the creative process or giving a look behind the well-edited curtain, brands can give followers a peek at what goes on behind the scenes through content on their Instagram Story.

 

Let influencers take the reign.

By partnering with influencers that connect with your audience to conduct Instagram Story takeovers, brands can offer different perspectives for their followers. Hosting regular guest segments can provide both a variety and consistency of content for your followers to connect with. By promoting the takeover on the guests’ profile, brands can gain additional engagement and brand recognition from the influencers’ followers as well.

 

Collect feedback and increase engagement.

Aside from asking followers to ‘comment below’ to get their opinions, brands can take advantage of the Instagram Story feature that allows businesses to solicit additional engagement in the form of a two-answer poll. Post a question to your followers and they can simply select one of two responses, all of which are tracked in the Instagram Story metrics. Brands can also open their inbox to followers by asking them to ‘direct message’ (DM) them with responses, ideas, and more.

 

Tag your location.

By using the geolocation feature via Instagram Story, brands can tag and share their location for additional engagement. Instagram auto-populates locations near you or your business for simplified use, but brands can create a new geolocation tag using Facebook. From popping up on the Instagram ‘Explore’ page and finding local influencers to locating new followers and seeing who’s tagging you, the geolocation feature allows brands an alternate avenue to connect directly with other Instagram users.

 

Link to additional content.

For brands with verified accounts with more than 10,000 followers, adding a URL to the Instagram Story is a great way to link to additional content online. This feature can be used for promoting a new blog post, linking directly to a sale, or directing traffic to a partnered site. Brands who aren’t verified, or who have less than 10,000 followers, can still gain web traffic through Instagram by using their Instagram Story to direct followers to the link in their bio.

 

Need help creating content, increasing engagement, or generating brand awareness via social media? Request a consultation with us today!

 

Securing Media Coverage For Your Next Big Event

Founded in 2011, Fishers Imports is ushering in a new generation of luxury car sales by pairing one-on-one customer service with the convenience of online shopping to streamline the process of finding buyers the perfect vehicle.

 

In December of last year, Fishers Imports owner and co-founder Peyman Rashid connected with Indiana Pacers player Victor Oladipo and helped him find the perfect luxury vehicle as a gift for his mother. Impressed by the quality of service and unique sales model at Fishers Imports, Victor entered into an official partnership with the pre-owned luxury auto dealership to further promote their services and give back to the local community.

 

 

In celebration of its official partnership with Oladipo, and following his recent NBA All-Star victory, Fishers Imports hosted a fan engagement event at its headquarters for Indianapolis-area youth basketball leagues, inviting them to participate in a Q&A with Oladipo, to discuss his love of the game.

 

In support of the event, Dittoe PR secured media placements on WRTV-TV (ABC), WXIN-TV (FOX59), and WISH-TV (CW). Coverage following the event was also included in The Indianapolis Star, and on social media by the Indianapolis Recorder, Fishers Magazine and more. In just a few hours, placements totaled more than 515,000 media impressions and more than $33,000 in publicity value.

 

 

With more than 150 guests in attendance, the evening was a success for all involved. In addition to the Q&A session with local youth, Victor also took photos and signed autographs, inspiring them to work hard and achieve success in whatever they’re passionate about.

 

Have an event coming up? If so, let’s discuss how we can be of service to you. Request a consultation with us today!

Top Productivity Tools for the New Year

Hoping to be more productive or stay better organized in 2018? We’ve rounded up the top tools to aid you in sticking with your new year’s resolution.

 

Doodle

Rather than wasting time emailing back and forth, Doodle allows users to set up polls for scheduling meetings. Using this app will help you – and your coworkers – be more efficient with finding the best time to meet.

 

Todoist

This simple to-do app allows users to create various projects and task lists to stay organized professionally and personally. Check tasks off, leave status comments, color-code lists, add deadlines … the world is yours. With the ability to sync between desktop and mobile, Todoist users can manage their lists from just about anywhere.

 

Pushbullet

Constantly switching back and forth between your phone and computer? Pushbullet allows users to connect all of their devices, sending text messages, links, files, and more, all while keeping users notified and up-to-date regardless of which device they’re working from.

 

Sprout Social

This online platform offers users the ability to easily manage all of their social media accounts in one location. Offering the ability to integrate with Google Analytics, Sprout Social provides the best combination of publishing, monitoring, and reporting in one place.

 

RescueTime

Interested in tracking your daily habits online? RescueTime runs in the background and provides a look at where you’re spending the most of your time. Available on desktop and mobile, this application also provides a productivity recap to make sure you’re reaching your goals.

 

Regardless of what your resolution is, kicking off your new year with the help of these tools will make 2018 your most organized and productive year yet!

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