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!

 

Best PR Blogs to Follow in 2018

Looking for some PR inspiration? We’ve rounded up the best PR blogs to follow in the new year.

1.) Ragan’s PR Daily

This is one of the more obvious and most popular ones out there, and more of us should be visiting it at least once a week. Not only does it provide helpful writing tips – everything from ways to sign off an email to in-depth analysis on a trending topic – you’ll learn about new tools, successful public relations campaigns, and more.

Recommended article: Goodbye, SEO: PR is the new king

 

2.) PR Couture

With a specific section catering to career support, PR Couture provides an outlet for the not-so-pretty side of public relations. Along with hyping up successful PR professionals, they share open positions for prospective to seasoned PR pros searching for a career move.

Recommended article: Made a mistake at work? Here’s how to #HandleIt

 

3.) Spin Sucks

With the general population thinking that all PR professional spin stories or spit out #FakeNews, Spin Sucks does a nice job sharing the struggles in the industry and how to tackle them. Many of their articles compile best tools and best practices for your agency or as an individual. It has a little bit of everything.

Recommended article: Why today’s PR professionals need delegation skills

 

4.) PR 2.0 

With social media management becoming a more hand-in-hand service with traditional public relations, this blog helps guide you through, well, PR 2.0. It also guides you through the tricky topic of office politics and landing a leadership position.

Recommended article: 5 Ways our weekly FB live show helped grow our business

 

5.) Media Bullseye

With webinars, easy reads, podcasts, and long-form posts, Media Bullseye provides you with the knowledge of tools and gadgets for public relations success. “Chats with Chip” provides a unique and personality-driven perspective that could be useful to your agency or clients as a whole.

Recommended article: 5 Ways to make your brand more likable 

 

Whether you only have a few minutes or an hour, pick one of the above blogs (or even the Dittoe PR blog – shameless plug!) and dive deeper into the PR field and make professional development a priority in 2018.

 

How to get media coverage for your next company event

Event planning is not for the faint of heart. But the added responsibility of inviting the media and securing press coverage for an event is enough to make even the most seasoned event planner’s stress level go off the charts.

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We’re here for you. And we’re sharing some of our secrets to success.

At any given moment, our agency is working tirelessly on behalf of our clients to invite journalists and online influencers to grand openings, launch parties, philanthropic donations and other company events that need to receive maximum exposure in the media and online. We’ve even donned superhero capes for the sake of pulling off a great event.

In other words, to say we know what works (and what doesn’t) to get the media to attend and cover your company event would be an understatement. Here are some words of wisdom from Dittoe PR Vice President and Partner Megan Custodio that will help you look like a hero the next time you need to drum up media coverage for your big day.

Do your homework before blindly sending invitations to the media. Identify which media outlets are most important to target, and then conduct research on their websites to see who’s recently covered a similar event. For example, if you’re opening a new restaurant, you can search for the names of restaurants that have recently opened in your area and see who reported on the news of their grand opening or VIP party. Once you’ve extended an invitation and they accept, though, your work doesn’t stop there.

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After they arrive at the event, greet them as soon as you can and offer to facilitate any interviews they may need, answer their questions, take them on a tour if the event necessitates it and thank them for coming.”

Targeted outreach and being an on-site resource are just two of the many keys to generating maximum media exposure for company events. From selecting the best time of the day and week to hold an event to choosing the right language to use in your media invitations, there are several other variables to consider when devising your media relations strategies and tactics for your next celebration.

Have a big event on the horizon for your company and want to make your life a lot easier? Ask us how we can make your next event a success. Here’s how we’ve recently helped Broken Beaker Distillery, Indiana Grown and TCC, the nation’s largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer, get major media attention for their recent initiatives.

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