Using Instagram Stories to Show Off Your Brand Behind the Scenes

RIP, Snapchat.

 

Okay, so Snapchat isn’t officially dead, but in June 2018, Instagram reported having up to 400 million daily active users – more than twice that of Snapchat. While Snapchat is still appealing to teens, we’ve been steadily phasing it out of our clients’ strategic social media plans. Why post to Snapchat when you already have a great platform built up on Instagram?

 

If static Instagram posts are the sandcastles, Instagram Stories are the sandbox. You don’t have to worry as much about the content quality because that’s not what your audience is looking for. They want to see what you’re doing, right then in the moment. That awesome product shot you got of hats perfectly balanced on a railing that did so well on your page? Show what it took to get that shot – including the 49 outtakes where hats kept falling over or hands were still caught in the frame.

 

Here are four other ideas to show off your brand with behind the scenes (BTS) Instagram Stories.

 

Event Planning.
Those of us in PR know how much work goes into planning an event, whether it’s a press conference or an exclusive blogger sneak-peek. Those rows of chairs don’t set themselves up on their own – take a boomerang of setting the chairs up, tag your employees doing the heavy lifting, and take a moment to recognize all the work that’s going into the event before the official photo-ops.

 

Interviews.
One of my favorite things to do at Dittoe PR is to set up on-air interviews for my clients. Like event planning, there’s a lot of coordination that goes into these interviews – and some very early morning trips to the news station! Most people only see the final interview when it airs on TV, so take a moment to get a BTS shot of the studio (don’t forget to tag the station and reporters!).

 

Photo Shoots.
Professional photo and video shoots will bring your brand the best visual materials you can ask for. Behind those lenses are a lot of people, tools and coordination that your fans may not be aware of. The top-down shot of a desk with your products scattered on it? There’s a photographer standing on a chair, holding her camera out at a precarious angle, and snapping by feel rather than what’s in the viewfinder. And there may be one person talking in the video, but there’s usually three or four people holding cameras, microphones and interview questions who are outside of the frame helping to make sure it all goes smoothly. Sharing this effort may make your followers appreciate that perfect shot even more.

 

Company Culture.
Unless your company is run by robots (which would be kind of cool), you work with people who have different interests and hobbies, as well as different roles within your organization. Introduce them to the world – with their permission, of course! You may know that your engineer has a thriving succulent collection on their desk, or your receptionist is notorious for their food-themed earrings. Your fans want to know the people behind their favorite brands.

 

And this doesn’t have to be on an individual level, either. If your company caters in lunch, regularly participates in #WineWednesday, or has a team building event off-site, these are great opportunities to show off your company culture and the leaders behind your success.

 

There are countless ways to use Instagram Stories to show off your company. If you’re not sure what might work, just take some boomerangs and see what happens!

 

Want some more help planning an in-depth social media strategy to show off your brand? Contact Lauryn Gray at lauryn@dittoepr.com.

What Instagram’s Algorithm Change Means for Brands

The rapid growth of Instagram has resulted in more than 400 million monthly active users and a whopping 70 million photos shared on the platform per day. That’s a lot to miss out on – and no one wants to experience FOMO.

A new algorithm change being slowly rolled out by the social media platform will reduce users’ fears of missing out. Essentially, Instagram now shows what it believes users will want to see based on the length of time they’ve followed a person or brand as well as previous and current comments, likes and posting frequency.

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What this means for individuals is a more personalized, targeted user experience. More best friends’ newborn baby photos, more weekend reunion photos… you get the gist. It means a decrease in bad food pictures, Taylor Swift fan-girling and miscellaneous cat montages… unless that’s your cup of tea.

Brands, on the other hand, are terrified that this may signal the death of organic social impressions and that they’ll lose the reach of a previously reliable marketing channel, much like they did with Facebook when the site essentially made them pay for advertising so their posts could be seen. A valid concern considering that Facebook actually owns Instagram.

The general consensus seems to be that larger and more visual brands (think Patagonia, Nike, National Geographic) will be relatively unharmed by the changes, and may even benefit, while smaller and lesser known brands will be forced to become creative in their posts and rely on a loyal following that consistently engages with their content.

We’re always sharing interesting and engaging client updates and office happenings on our own Instagram profile. Make sure to follow us at @Dittoe_PR or request a consultation if you’re curious about how social media can tell your brand’s story.

How to Choose the Right Social Networks For Your Brand

Even though many companies use social media to promote their brand, there is still some doubt surrounding its viability. Am I seeing results from social media? Are we actually engaging with prospects? Why are we spending so much time on these networks?

These concerns are common, and some people will always be wary of social media. However, Forbes recently reported that the rising fad is here to stay and “the longer you wait, the more you have to lose.” Here’s a list of potential benefits your business could realize by using social media marketing:

  • Social MediaIncreased brand recognition
  • Improved brand loyalty
  • More opportunities to convert
  • Higher conversion rates
  • Higher brand authority
  • Increased inbound traffic
  • Decreased marketing costs
  • Better search engine rankings
  • Richer customer experiences
  • Improved customer insights

However, to use social media successfully, your brand must first understand how to use it, when to use it, and what platforms to use.

Companies should first align with their target market and choose networks accordingly. According to Buffer, a social media sharing software, it’s okay to be picky about which social networks your brand monitors. Some companies benefit from sharing more visuals while others may be better off sharing more textual or auditory updates. It all depends on the brand and its viewership.

Following are the most popular social networks and some tips for how to choose which ones will benefit your brand.

 

Facebook

With the highest amount of users and engagement, Facebook can be used to reach a very large network. However, Facebook is often used for socializing which could make it difficult to reach the desired audience. In order to target potential prospects, business pages need to be regularly updated with informational and interesting content for their target audience. If your company wants to advertise and reach a larger and more social crowd, create a Facebook page.

 

Twitter

Twitter has become a place to give and receive timely information. This network also allows businesses to carefully listen to their audience and respond when needed. For example, if a customer isn’t satisfied and they tweet the issue, it gives the business an opportunity to publicly respond and fix the problem, which provides a sense of trust and accountability. If your company likes to keep your audience educated and engaged, you should be active on Twitter.

 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the social network for business professionals and is known for being a bit more serious. A LinkedIn account is ideal if your business is looking to provide industry-specific information, build relationships, and find new connections. It’s also a great place to find useful resources. To connect with other businesses or individuals, set up a LinkedIn company page.

 

Instagram

Instagram is a photo-sharing network, primarily used on mobile devices. This network currently has a much younger crowd, but it’s continuing to gain popularity in business world. If your business would benefit from sharing photos and images, Instagram is an easy and entertaining way to communicate to your target audience.

 

Google+

On Google+, you can upload and share pictures, videos, links, and even host video conferences. It also provides some search engine benefits. Your business can engage niche groups on this platform, providing unique, specialized value to your target market.

 

Bonus option: Blogging

While blogging isn’t exactly a social network, it is still a social platform. A social network is where people strictly go to socialize, like the options listed above. However, conversations are started on blogs and can create social benefits for your business as well. Consider encouraging comments on your blog posts or integrating Disqus so your blog can become a social hub as well.

 

Here at Dittoe Public Relations, we believe it’s not enough to just have a presence on social media—it’s about making that presence count. Contact us if you have any further questions or need assistance with managing  your company’s social sites.