Congratulations!!! Your brand now has a presence on Instagram, at least with all the buzz going round about how Instagram is a fertile ground for leads generation, being part of such network is a wonderful move for your brand whether big or small. But alas! Engagement around your IG page is low, visitors are not checking your profile out, even when they eventually show up they are not hitting that prestigious ‘follow’ icon. Like that’s not bad enough, the few followers you’ve struggled to gather are unfollowing you at an exponential rate. What are you doing wrong? Here’s what you aren’t doing right.
Your IG Content Game is Lame
Instagram is a visual oriented social media platform unlike other social channels, it’s users rely heavily on visual contents. In order to improve engagement on your page, you have to start creating visual contents which are not only stunning but compelling contents that resonates with your target audiences. These contents have to be contents your potential customers can relates and connects with right away. So, what contents should my brand start producing? There are tonnes of means by which you can pass your marketing messages across to your leads on Instagram, examples of such include visual images, videos and user-generated contents (UGC).
Ever heard of the phrase ‘a photo speaks a thousand words’, that’s what happens on Instagram. You have to start creating stunning and captivating visual images that will relate your messages at a glance, in order to drive traffic to your IG page. Examples of visual images you can introduce into your IG feeds include illustrations, animated gifs, infographics and photos.
Gone are the days when sharing pictures often on your IG page gets you enough engagement, nowadays in order to keep the traffic coming, you need to incorporate authentic, original videos into IG feeds. Your videos should have a personal feel to them so that your audience’s attention can be grabbed instantly. As a small business you don’t need to invest too much in professional video production equipment to create beautiful videos, a good smartphone and video editing apps can get the job done. Examples of videos that you can post regularly on your page include but not limited to product unboxing, how-to tutorials on natural hair styling, short cooking video showcasing your latest recipe.
User-generated contents usually referred to as UGC, are contents such as images, reviews or videos of your products developed by fans of your brand. It could be a photo of a customer posing with your doughnuts or a video unboxing of a pair of shoes a customer purchased on your e-commerce website. It’s the online version of word-of-mouth advertisement. This is the goldmine of social media content, it positions your brand as a trustworthy enterprise because people tend to trust products endorsed by friends and family more than by brands. To influence UGC creation you can offer rewards, giveaways or initiate online competitions.