|As a platform that was once used for sharing photographs with friends and family, the development of new technology globally has seen Instagram develop various new features throughout thelast few years. As the emergence of content marketing dramatically increased in the early 2010s, how we shared and produced content for social media similarly changed. As a platform whose original purpose was to enable us to share photos with those closest to us, how we use Instagram today is completely different. As an influx of businesses trying to find a new way to personally connect with their customers, Instagram created a feature that enabled users to purchase products without leaving the walls of the app, access we did not have just a few years ago. |
With the establishment of the shopping feature in 2017, companies that were once sharing their products online—through content marketing—were instead able to sell their products through the Instagram shop. By posting images of their products and being able to tag up to five products on a single image or video post, customers now have instantaneous access to items, brands and products without having to access the brand's website. As research was developed after the shopping feature was first introduced, Instagram found that 80% of people followed a business account in a global community of over 600M.
In today's competitive market place, companies are finding it more crucial and more critical to establishing their brand and making sure it fits their image. With so much competition spanning across almost all sectors, companies are forced to step up their game in a sense a stick out of the crowd. Members of the current generation show increased the placement of value of a companies brand and what it stands for. Deciding how to rebrand your company can be a daunting task. Especially if your company has experienced some rough patches along the way, there are many things to be done and ideas to be considered during the process. Here are five steps that along with other practices, should have your company in a good starting with its branding.
The buyer's journey has shifted, and it is progressing even more. People are now using web searches and social platforms to influence how they purchase products in today's market. With the help of our cellphones, tablets, and computers, we are all digital consumers. Because of this, we now have more information at our fingertips, a better understanding of how customers interact with brands, and an idea on what leads someone to make purchases.
Online consumers have evolved, and so has their journey. Promotion within your company isn't going to cut it anymore. Why? At this day and age, customers can now research on their own and may not need assistance from a company until they are ready to take the next step, purchasing a product or service. Since buyers wish to govern their discovery process, it is your job to use the right tactics to guide them towards your business.
Instagram Stories are often glorified for their social attraction as a way for people to express themselves. You might be asking yourself, can your company's content work on a social platform that leans more toward being creative and informal? Of course, it can, the "B" in B2B doesn't stand for "boring" and one-third of the most viewed Instagram Stories are from businesses.
Even though you're a business that posts more professional based content, there are still a few ways to leverage one of Instagram’s most popular tools to increase your engagement, build brand awareness, drive traffic to your website, and generate sales.
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