Digital marketing changes very rapidly, so it’s important to stay caught up with new platforms, strategies and tactics.
One thing that can be extremely helpful when trying to stay ahead of the game is keeping an eye on stats - while you always need to be careful and consider the source of said statistics, they can help you predict trends and isolate opportunities in the market to make an impact.
There's an art and a science to social media, and brands should take note of followers' trigger points and hot buttons.
In less than five years, photo-sharing app Instagram has grown from Internet infant to social media star.
New data from the Pew Research Center shows that among social media networks, Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity among U.S. adults. Pew's report states that 26 percent of online adults in the U.S. used Instagram in 2014. That’s up from 17 percent in 2013 and 13 percent in 2012. By comparison, 23 percent of online adults in the U.S. used Twitter in 2014.
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Instagram opened Stories ads up to all businesses last month, giving brands a new way to tap into the more than 200 million people who now use Stories every day.
The rapid growth of Stories has been the key element of note in Facebook’s various Snapchat cloning efforts – while Facebook (and Instagram) may have come under fire for so blatantly copying a core feature from the formerly ephemeral content app, the success of Stories somewhat justifies their process.
Are you looking for ideas for Halloween Instagram contests? Want to build some momentum for your brand going into the even bigger November and December holidays?
An Instagram hashtag contest is the way to go.
Instagram is a unique medium for brand advertising unlike any other platform in the social space. The visually driven community allows users to communicate in the universal language of photos and videos, opening the world to the possibility of more "humanized'' content.
Instagram’s growth and reach speaks to its massive appeal to the millennial audience. Instagram provides huge advertising opportunities to drive brand awareness and purchase intent to those brands that understand users want content made for users by other users who understand them best.
Instagram used to be known for its artsy filters and #FoodPorn pictures, but today, with more than 700 million members (and growing fast), the social network has matured into a multi-purpose platform, and one which can help drive leads (and sales) for companies in both the B2B and B2C industries.
If you’re curious about how to generate high quality leads from Instagram, here are some easy to replicate strategies and tips.
Instagram is one of the most powerful, engaging, and fast-growing social media platforms of the year. I’ve written before about it’s click-through rates (and how they compare to Facebook), tips on using Instagram, and a number of other IG-related topics.
But what about tools? With a few carefully selected tools, you can turn casual “brand-awareness Instagramming” into an actual Instagram marketing campaign. Here’s a list of a few Instagram tools that may be worth checking out.
So, you’ve gotten with the program and jumped on board with influencer marketing on Instagram. You’ve probably even done the hard work and vetted a great group of Instagram personalities. The problem is, unless you've splurged on an A-list celebrity, an artsy picture with your product and a hashtag probably won't be enough to make you stand out in a crowded Instagram sphere.
In order to rise above the clutter, your brand needs some creative ideas when partnering with influencers, which also don't hinder their creativity.
Instagram has grown rapidly to become one of the most used social media apps in the world. The platform recently surpassed 700 million monthly users, putting it ahead of many of the most popular social networks, including Twitter. Now expanding into the paid social space, Instagram is fast becoming vital for brands to use in order to reach their target markets.
Just how critical has Instagram become? 60% of Instagram users have used the platform to research a brand or company, and Instagram brands typically receive over 4% total engagement on posts, compared to less than 0.1% on Facebook and Twitter. Instagram also has access to parent company Facebook’s algorithms and demographic data, making it even more powerful as a social media tool.
Instagram is wildly popular with consumers and advertisers alike. Find out which innovative campaigns are grabbing attention.
With Christmas fast approaching, we need to start planning our 2018 social media marketing strategies, and part of that is understanding what's coming next, what we should be on the lookout for, and which platforms are likely to implement significant shifts.
To help with this, this week, we're publishing our social media marketing predictions for each of the major social platforms - we've already covered Facebook and Twitter, and today, we're outlining our thoughts on Instagram and Snapchat.
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then Instagram packs more value than you can afford to pass up on. In this post, we’re going to show you how to create the best Instagram layout for your brand, drawing inspiration from a few Instagram profile layouts we absolutely love.
While the actual images and captions on Instagram are important, the way you arrange those images in your Instagram grid matters just as much. Once you understand how to develop an Instagram layout template, you’ll be playing the game at a new level.
Not too long ago, observers on the Internet were witnessing Twitter’s revolutionary early days and the cautious caveat emptor notice about Facebook disguised as Academy Award-winning The Social Network. Now there’s Pinterest for the DIY-inclined, LinkedIn for the professional, Tumblr for teenage thinkers, Instagram for millennials exploring their FOMO, and even dating services doubling as social networking sites.
When looking to drive brand awareness or capture new customers on Instagram, it’s important to ensure that your content stands out from the pack in order to grab the attention of your audience. The platform now has more than 700 million users, so there's a lot of competition in user feeds. Focusing on the finer detail could be the key step that stops users as they scroll, as opposed to just passing your by.
You can determine your visual marketing strategy by analyzing competitors or those in your niche, and/or by checking the content that appears under the top hashtags for your vertical (e.g. food, fashion, home decor). Imagine all this content as one feed being viewed by your target customer. To capture their attention, your photos and videos will need to pop.
Instagram's currently the fastest growing social network, having gone from 600 million to 800 million active users in the past 12 months – and that’s before you consider the rising use of Instagram Stories (now up to 300 million daily active users).
An average of 80 million photos are uploaded to Instagram each day. That’s a whole lot of #squadgoals and #ootd shots.
It’s also a very good reason to make sure your Instagram strategy stands out from the crowd. With its ever-increasing user growth and high brand engagement rates (according to Forrester, brand engagement on Instagram was 10x higher than Facebook, 54x higher than Pinterest, and 84x higher than Twitter), it’s clear that Instagram is becoming an increasingly valuable social network for marketers in all industries.
Last week, Instagram rolled out another great feature: Go Live With A Friend. This new option enables you to broadcast in collaboration with someone else, which opens up a whole new world for Instagram Live videos.
In this post, I’ll give you five ideas on how you can use Instagram’s Live with a friend option for you brand or business.
These six brands are showing how the social media platform's visual capabilities can be used to engage consumers more effectively than other platforms out there.
Having recently turned four years old, Instagram’s user base of just north of 200 million may pale in comparison to Facebook’s 1.35 billion, but the engagement rate for brands on this visually oriented app is hard to beat in the social media ecosystem.
Instagram has a released a new feature which rivals a Twitter feature that I love: Instagram Poll Stickers.
Now you can add a question, with two answer options, to your Instagram Story image or video. Your followers simply tap on the answer they’d like to choose.
Are you currently marketing your business on Instagram and want to attract more followers? Do you want to increase your following without spending any money?
If so, implement these six tips and attract some of Instagram’s 500 million users to your brand. These strategies will work for business accounts and individuals alike, so dive in and learn how you can attract more Instagram followers without spending a dime.
Would you like to increase your engagement rates on Instagram? Do you want to get more likes on your Instagram posts?
The biggest currency on Instagram is Likes. When you get more likes, your Instagram post will move higher in user news feeds.
If you’re marketing your business on Instagram, then you’ve probably come to realize that, at times, the platform can be a tad frustrating - especially, if you’re trying to grow your following, engage an audience, generate leads and make some sales.
Don’t worry, I know just how you’re feeling.
Every month, more than 5,000 Americans search Google to find out how to become Instagram famous. It's a legit career now - I'm not bashing, either, I think it's great that consumers love these channels so much that people are building entire careers on them.
It may not be the most stable option out there, but why not take advantage while it lasts?
As of April, Instagram has reached 700 million monthly active users (200 million of which are daily active ones) – that’s a lot of consumer potential! Instagram is an essential tool for small business owners, as 75 percent of users will take action if a post inspires them and 70 percent of users follow at least one business on the app.
However, it’s not enough to just be on Instagram. You need to create unique, interesting content that cultivates engagement in the form of likes, comments, shares and followers. If you find your page lacking in engagement, here are seven ways to help you improve.
In early 2017, Instagram announced its new multiple-image posting feature, also called a 'carousel'. The option enables you to post up to 10 photos in a slideshow or album, which provides a range of new options - particularly for brands and businesses.
Along with the proven success of Instagram Stories, Instagram multi-image posts are growing in use - no doubt you've noticed them yourself, images with the 'stacked' icon at the top right in the preview stream.
Whether you like it or not, Facebook knows a lot about you. A study released back in 2015 showed that your Facebook Like profile could reveal intricate details about your psychological make-up and preferences, finding, ultimately, that Facebook knows you better than your family, your friends, even your partner.
In fact, in some instances, Facebook data revealed more about a person than they even knew about themselves.
Each new event marks an exciting opportunity - and responsibility - for any brand or business.
Whether you’re planning a conference for your customer base, or opening a new flagship store, social media marketing managers now must focus on connecting the experience with their audience - both those in attendance and beyond.
Enter: Instagram Stories.
It's almost impossible to deny the power and rising influence of the stories format.
Originated on Snapchat, Instagram has taken the Stories option and evolved it, providing new tools and options, and introducing them to the app's 800 million+ users.
Everything you post on social media can and will be used against you.
That could very well be the premise of Chicago-based startup Geofeedia, a social media intelligence platform. It enables customers to act like law enforcement agencies and corporations to filter, analyze, and geolocate all their social postings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — and then to group and post them for the world to see.
Project September enables Instagram users to tag fashion items on photos and find out where they can be purchased. Any shoppable items are highlighted with a green dot that users tap to view the product page.
While YouTube is the dominant platform when it comes to video SEO, the video offerings on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat shouldn't be ignored.
By now it likely you've heard that YouTube is the second most popular search engine after Google in the U.S. and probably globally. That's a lot of visibility and SEO/Social opportunity. But I urge you to think beyond YouTube in your video SEO and social strategy.
Pinterest is enabling advertisers to retarget consumers on the platform who have visited their brand's website or app, or who share similar characteristics. Advertisers will also be able to use data from LiveRamp and Epsilon to facilitate ad retargeting.
With many brands bumbling Pinterest, will Instagram become a better platform for monetization?
Instagram's mobile ad revenue is predicted to hit $2.81 billion by 2017. And this week, the platform officially switched on its advertising API. Will Instagram become a better destination for brands than Pinterest?
Snapchat may have created the Stories format, but Facebook is taking ownership of it.
After seeing success with Instagram Stories, and rolling out Stories variants to Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp, The Social Network is now working on re-focusing its Stories tools, which could provide significant benefits for brands.
With Thanksgiving weekend now behind us, we can assess the performance of our social campaigns, and look at which platforms drove the most conversation and engagement, in order to better focus our efforts in future.
To help with this, Facebook has released a new report which looks at the Thanksgiving conversation on both Facebook and Instagram, analyzing which of the major shopping days generated the most interest among users, and what types of content helped boost engagement.
With summer approaching, Facebook has released a new research report into how usage of both Facebook and Instagram changes during the warmer months.
As explained by Facebook:
“Summer is a season for people to connect with family and friends, stay active and feel good. And mobile has created opportunities to stay connected beyond the moments we share in person. On Facebook, we saw that 92% of Summer-related conversations in the US took place on mobile in 2016—that’s 12.38x more conversation on mobile than on desktop.”
Facebook is a behemoth of a social network. With more than 1.9 billion active users, the social network dominates in user engagement and reach against every other popular network today.
So what’s their secret? The former head of Myspace, Mike Jones, explained it best while recounting Myspace’s defeat against the network to Business Insider:
“The real problem was that the world had been trained by MySpace that social networking was interesting, but the actual product had been perfected by Facebook.”
PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing.
Edge spent the last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he thought it was “pushing into the future” and saw an opportunity to build something new.
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. All three are the juggernauts of the social scene. However, this may be all about to change with Snapchat becoming a more prevalent storytelling social platform. How will Snapchat disrupt the marketing landscape? For starters, Snapchat has the largest millennial following of all social media networks.
Marketers are seeing growing demand from audiences to share more authentic and transparent content, and they face the constant challenge of staying relevant and competing for attention across critical touchpoints.
However, these days, content creation is no longer just in the hands of brands and agencies. Influencers are also now playing a key role in the stories brands communicate.
ASPEN — Photo-sharing network Instagram still hasn't fully rolled out its strategy for selling ads on the service. But CEO and cofounder Kevin Systrom has revealed that he has an unusual and unprecedented amount of control over photo ads before they go up on the service.
"I'm looking at every ad," Systrom told the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference at the Aspen Institute on Tuesday. "We implemented that early on." He added that he had the power to reject or suggest changes to the content.
In December 2017, Instagram rolled out Stories Highlights and Stories Archive, two new tools which enable users to hold on to their favorite memories from Instagram Stories.
These additional Stories features offer up precious new opportunities for brands to promote their content and attract new customers.
Getting your first 100 followers on Instagram is a challenge, but getting your first 1,000 is even tougher.
If you're looking to build your Instagram presence, this new infographic from Crazy Egg outlines some useful tips and tactics that both individuals and businesses have used to establish their Instagram followings.
They may not all apply to you, but they'll get you thinking either way..
With Instagram’s latest update, users can now follow hashtags, along with fellow users and brands they love.
What does this mean for social marketers?
Photo-sharing social network, Instagram, is becoming overwhelmingly popular. With over 400 million active users, it is no wonder more brands are hopping aboard the IG train. While there are many, the question for web designers becomes: how can you integrate Instagram in web design? Here are six examples of brands that are doing it well.
With a community of over 300 million active monthly users, Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platforms with high engagement, and yet it is still an untapped territory for most businesses. Instagram reports that on average there are 70 million photos shared and 2.5 billion likes per day. But like approaching any social media platform it is important to create a strategy before jumping right in.
The infographic below from TechWyse breaks down ten steps for every business to follow when deciding to integrate Instagram into their marketing strategy. In addition to the ten tips below, make sure to check out the official Instagram Business blog for more tips and examples of how other brands are using the platform for inspiration.
In case you hadn’t yet heard, Instagram now has 700 million monthly active users, making it one of the most popular and heavily used social media platforms.
In fact, some 48.8% of brands are already using Instagram for business and 80% of Instagrammers follow one or more businesses on the platform.
It's no surprise that there is tremendous value in a social following for businesses today, particularly with respect to those in ecommerce that can clearly measure conversion and define a return on investment within the various platforms.
After having had some great success using video advertising on Facebook with BottleKeeper, we knew that we needed to spend more time building out the other social channels, and in particular, Instagram, due to the video capabilities and the fact that the network just recently announced that it is opening the platform to outside advertising.
The introduction of ads into Instagram feeds in Australia may threaten the comfortable relationship many users have with the social media platform. How can brands make sure they get the basics right?
I have a confession: I'm in a relationship with Instagram. It's there when I wake up in the morning, and there as I go to sleep at night. It's there when I need a little respite in my day, or to share moments of joy in my life. And it's there on the couch with me when I'm watching TV.
In fact, she has the 5th largest social media following of any woman on the internet.
Instagram has announced a couple of new updates for their direct messaging tool, which could give businesses another way to link users to relevant product pages in order to better facilitate transactions. Maybe.
First, Instagram has announced that users will now be able to share website links in DMs, which will appear with an auto-preview in the thread.
A month after rolling out their Live Guests option to all users, Instagram's adding another element to the process, with viewers now able to submit a request to join a live stream in progress.
Instagram is slowly expanding on its advertising potential, with the addition of new direct response ads within the Stories stream.
As first reported by Ad Age, the new direct response ads are similar to the ‘See more’, swipe up prompt which Instagram provided to verified users for their Stories content back in November.
If the rapid growth of Instagram Stories wasn’t enough to make you consider how you might use the option for your business, this new update might provide another push.
In order to entice more users to click on Stories content, Instagram’s adding a new Stories presentation format which will appear mid-feed, in addition to the Stories profile bubbles which appear at the top of the app screen.
Now that Instagram is beating out Snapchat on most (if not all) fronts, they’re working to press that advantage by adding in new creative tools which go beyond what Snapchat has on offer.
Their latest addition is a new way to share Instagram posts in DMs – now, when someone shares an Instagram post with you via DM, any photo or video reply you make to that message will automatically include a sticker of the image you’re replying to, which you can place wherever you want in the frame.
Last month, Snapchat added a new search functionality for their Stories content, so naturally, now Instagram's adding the same, giving users the ability to search for Stories content based on location and hashtag, via their Explore section.
As explained by Instagram:
“You’ll see a new story ring at the top of Explore filled with stories happening near you. These stories come from people who have used location stickers on their stories. You can also search for any location around the world, and you’ll see a story ring for that place at the top of the location page.”
done experimenting and is ready to ramp up ad revenue. It’s making three big changes today to attract marketing dollars from around the world and other ad mediums. Finally, Instagram will make back the money Facebook spent buying it.
To celebrate Halloween, Facebook has released a range of new tools across their family of apps to help users get into the spirit of the event.
Get it, ‘spirit’… because ghosts… never mind.
Instagram has announced that users will now be able to follow specific hashtags on the platform, in addition to profiles, with posts using those tags appearing in your main feed.
When Instagram introduced the addition of a live-streaming option to their app back in November, many (including myself) questioned whether live-streaming would fit into the Instagram process. But Instagram saw a unique use-case for live, catering to their younger audience.
As noted by Instagram Live product manager Shilp Sarkar, they’d had taken note of a new live-streaming trend being facilitated by group streaming app Houseparty, where younger users were turning to live not as a broadcasting option, necessarily, but as a virtual hangout.
“The use case that caught our attention was people just hanging out on live, particularly young people. After school, they jump on a livestream and hang out. That use of live [video] is particularly interesting to us.”
According to a new report by Kenshoo, Instagram delivered more than 20 percent of all app install ad clicks during the fourth quarter of 2015.
In the next few days, Instagram will begin testing further calls-to-action for sponsored posts. The Facebook-backed platform also plans to expand its targeting capabilities.
Instagram is expanding its advertising capabilities, making it easier for marketers to buy ads and consumers to take actions from them.
One way Instagram is increasing its ad capability is by making it easier for businesses of all sizes to purchase ads on the platform through an Instagram Ads API combined with parent company Facebook's ad buying interfaces. To start, the new API will be opened up to a select group of Facebook Marketing Partners, though it will be expanded globally throughout the year, which could come as a boon for advertisers looking for a way to reach customers through the photo sharing platform.
Facebook’s Instagram deal keeps looking better.
Acquired three years ago with fewer than 80 million users, Instagram now boasts more than 300 million active users globally. And it’s showing signs of becoming a real business.
Instagram Direct felt half-baked when the in-app chat feature launched without the ability to send photo replies in December 2013. Still, the private group messaging feature built an audience of 85 million monthly users, and now it’s getting upgrades that make it a true visual communication tool to rival Snapchat.
Think seeing words like #ad, #spon, or #sponsored in captions ruins the post? So does Instagram.
After a few months of testing, Instagram has granted access to its much anticipated Branded Content tools in an effort to improve transparency and simplify the process for businesses working with creators, and vice versa. According to the company, the tools are now available to influencers, public figures, publishers, and business accounts.
Instagram has announced that it's opening up its API access to approved third party platforms, which will enable marketers to track and manage their Instagram presence in more ways.
“While businesses have been using insights to view metrics for their content and overall presence on the Instagram app, they'll now be able to access these valuable insights in the Instagram API for the first time. This will help businesses keep track of their organic content's performance more effectively on third party tools outside of the Instagram application.”
Many have asked, "Why can't we pinch on Instagram photos and videos to zoom in on them?" Well, now you can, at least on iOS, with Android to follow.
Instagram is adding a new way for users to add Stories from the mobile web - though they’re not opening up native posting from desktop just yet.
There’s now a camera icon at the top left of the mobile web home screen. Tap on it and you’ll be able to take a photo, or add one from your library – but you won’t be able to save it like a regular Instagram post. Instead, what you will be able to do is add it to your Story.
It was all the way back in November of last year that Instagram first began running its first ads to a big, successful numbers. Frankly, there has seemed to be much movie since then. Now, though, the Facebook-owned company is finally about to step up its ad game in a big way.
James Quarles, who has been Regional Director Facebook EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) will be transitioning over to a new role: as Global Head of Business and Brand Development at Instagram, it has been confirmed by an Instagram spokesperson to VatorNews.
After an eMarketer forecast predicted Instagram's revenue soon outpacing Twitter, and Twitter's disappointing Q2 reports, many marketers may shy away, which could be a big mistake.
While it's been a banner week for Instagram, Twitter's latest numbers show the social media platform falling far short of expectations. However, some experts say that marketers should think twice before fleeing from Twitter toward Instagram's greener pastures.
Instagram is exploring the potential of sharing revenue with content creators on the platform to spur growth. The company has also recently launched features that enable smaller brands to boost ad revenue.
With influencer marketing on the rise, one of the key questions is how much should you be paying your influencers? And be extension, how much, exactly, are influencers actually making from their posts?
The team at influence.co have sought to provide some perspective, analyzing their data pool of 2,885 influencers to provide a range of insights into average influencer post rates by follower count, average rate by vertical, engagement rates and more.
It's an interesting overview of the influencer marketplace - while not definitive, the numbers here do give some indication of what influencers are actually earning, and what you might expect to pay in a similar influencer arrangement.
Instagram’s answer to Facebook pages, business profiles, are being tested with a small group of users and have been spotted in the wild.
At long last, Instagram's old-school icon is going away in favor of something more modern — a lot more modern. Instagram announced today that it's introducing a colorful new icon for its main app, as well as matching icons for apps like Layout and Hyperlapse.
With more than 700 million active users and rising, Instagram has become an essential consideration for all social media marketers.
The Facebook-owned network, with its growing array of business and ad options, has superseded Twitter as one of the top social platforms, while Instagram Stories, which clones the functionality of Snapchat, has also grown to become more prevalent than the platform it mimics.
Facebook once again has news involving its use of videos, but this time it involves Instagram. The company revealed that carousel ads on its photo-sharing app will now support use of videos that it hopes will create “a richer storytelling experience.” As of yesterday, advertisers can have carousel ads entirely made up of videos, photos, or a mixture of the two formats.
Instagram has rolled out a new change for Instagram Stories which enables users to upload any photo or video content from their camera roll for their Story, even if that content is older than the previous 24 hour limit.
Instagram has been testing the expanded threshold for the last few months - some users reported seeing access to content from the last week in their Stories options back in September.
First it was the introduction of the feed algorithm that was set to ruin Instagram, then it was opening up the platform to more advertisers, then the introduction of their Snapchat-cloning ‘Stories’ feature.
Turns out, none of those have hurt the platform’s growth – in fact, Instagram's growing faster than ever, now up to 700 million monthly active users.
The image-sharing platform is also launching verified badges and vowing to kick out spammers.
Facebook's $1 billion image app software acquisition is four years old, pretty full of itself, and stuffed with some 300 million users.
The social media company bought Instagram back in 2012.
Credit Suisse predicts that Instagram has tripled in value since it was bought by Facebook for $1 billion four years ago. Monthly users on the platform have spiked from 30 million in 2012 to 400 million in September last year.
Instagram has announced a new archive and display process for Instagram Stories which will open up a range of new opportunities for the option.
The main update is ‘Stories Highlights’, which will enable users to display Instagram Stories content on their profile, with a new Stories bar being added below your bio info.
If you’re managing social media marketing for your business, you need to consider the potential of Instagram.
The image-based platform has seen significant evolution in the past year, with the addition of Stories, live-streaming and a feed algorithm to uncover the most relevant content. And for businesses specifically, Instagram has also grown, adding business-specific profiles, improved ad options and, coming soon, shopping tags, which could be huge.
Instagram, currently the fastest growing of the big social media platforms, has this week announced that there are now more than 25 million businesses active within its network - up from the 15 million they reported back in July.
Really, the growth in business interest makes perfect sense – Instagram has also gone from 600 million users last December, to 800 million today.
Instagram continues to grow at a rapid clip, announcing at an Advertising Week event in NYC that it has now reached a new milestone of 800 million monthly active users.
To put that in context, here’s the current ranking of social networks by users (for those that provide a monthly active user count).
With Instagram rising in popularity, a growing number of marketers are also looking to tap into the Instagram stream.
But in order to do that effectively, you need to know the latest usage trends and shifts, so you can focus on what’s working and utilize that to your benefit.
After launching a test of their live guest option with a small group of users back in August, Instagram has now announced that the functionality will be rolled out to everyone from today.
The process is fairly straightforward, giving users and quick and easy way to connect via Instagram Live.
After announcing their direct message photo remix tools back in August, Instagram has confirmed that the new option is now being rolled out to all users.
Media companies such as Comedy Central, CNN, People, Cosmopolitan and Food Network have been quick to try out Instagram's new Stories feature. The platform is making Stories highly visible by placing them at the top of users' feeds, with Food Network reporting that its Stories have consistently surpassed 100,000 views.
Facebook’s assault on Snapchat continues.
This week, Facebook has announced that Instagram Stories is now being used by more than 250 million people every day, far eclipsing Snapchat, which has 166 million total users.
The data also indicates that the Stories format is growing in popularity on Instagram – as noted by TechCrunch, Stories’ growth rate is actually picking up speed, “adding the latest 50 million users in 2 months compared to 3 months for the previous 50 million”.
Instagram’s testing out a small, but significant new function, which could have varied implications for social media marketers.
As reported by social media consultant Pippa Akram, Instagram is now letting some users follow hashtags, in addition to profiles.
One in five photos or videos on Instagram show up with annoying whitespace around them because people use other apps to letterbox their landscape or portrait imagery to fit in Instagram’s square cropping. So today, Instagram for iOS and Android is dropping the requirement that all photos and videos be squares. Now when users upload photos, they can pinch or tap a format button on the left to post their landscape or portrait photos and videos. Squares are still allowed, though.
Instagram demonstrates its effectiveness as advertising platform for app installs
Instagram is proving to be a strong advertising platform to drive mobile application installs, with a click-through rate of 0.8 percent compared to Facebook’s rate of 0.6 percent, according to a new report from Nanigans.
Instagram listened to its users and determined that it was time to evolve its system to meet the needs of consumers. So on November 10, Instagram released iOS version 6.2 for Apple and version 6.10 for Android users, which include some very significant upgrades to the system.
Typeahead Search Functionality
Speed is essential on an app like Instagram, and the platform says it has "made some improvements under the hood to make it easier and faster to find the accounts you’re searching for." This includes typeahead search, which will auto-populate results as users begin typing in letters.
It's been a while since we've heard anything more on Instagram's shopping tags, their coming eCommerce addition which would enable businesses to add information and price tags to products featured in their posts.
The tags themselves are still in development, but more businesses will soon have access to a version of the tool via an expanded integration with Shopify, which is being rolled out ahead of the holiday season.
Instagram is drawing in spending from over 200,000 advertisers, and about 45% of them are startups, per Sensor Tower. Wish, Mercari and 5Miles are among the top app startups on the platform, based on indexed impressions.
Instagram has announced an update to their call to action buttons on promoted posts, which will see Instagram ads become a little more subtle - a change that may help them push more ads into user feeds.
Last September, Instagram rolled out an update to their ad CTA buttons which saw the action prompt turn blue whenever a user rested on the ad for four seconds or tapped on the profile name.