Why Your Business should be on Instagram

Businesses already using Facebook and Twitter have a good start for implementing an online presence with social media. However, while these two online giants once ruled the landscape of social media, they are no longer always the best way for businesses to connect with current customers and attract new ones. Instead, Instagram is taking the front seat in helping businesses establish an online presence. Here is a look at Instagram and why you should consider it for your business.

Newsfeed Posts

If you are on Facebook, there is no guaranteeing your customers are seeing your updates or newsfeed comments. Due to Facebook’s algorithm, more and more fans are not seeing the posts of pages they follow. In fact, if you have been marked as spam by a customer, you could be completely blocked from their newsfeeds altogether. And since Facebook charges for marketing, it’s getting harder and harder for businesses to compete with bigger brands. However, with Instagram 100% of your posts appear on your customers newsfeed. This means more customers will see your photos and content, which will create recognition for your brand.

Smartphones Are Growing In Popularity

The way people access the internet has changed drastically over the last decade. While people used to rely on their computer or laptop to surf the web, more now use their smartphones. It’s estimated that 89% of activity from mobile media comes through an app, which increases the value of having an Instagram profile. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, Instagram thrives off of their mobile app. This is because it is easy and convenient to use by both consumers and businesses alike. As more people continue to purchase smartphones and internet-ready mobile devices, the potential for maximizing Instagram will continue to grow.

Two Hundred Million Users, And Growing

After their acquisition by Facebook in 2012, Instagram quickly became one of the hottest apps on the market. In the six months after the purchase, Instagram had 50 million new members. That number continued to grow in 2013, as Instagram reached two hundred million users. That number was enough to surpass Twitter in terms of user accounts, so you can see just how hot this social media platform is. Instagram is also expected to reach over 400-million users by the end of 2014.

Daily Usage

In just one minute on the internet, there are an estimated 30,000 photos uploaded to Instagram. That number exceeds one million images in an hour, and it’s estimated that nearly 40-million photos are uploaded every single day. But what might even be more important than the number of photos is the amount of user traffic. It’s estimated that 70% of Instagram users log in at least once a day to their Instagram accounts, and 38% of users log in multiple times per day. On any given day, as many as 7.3 million users are on Instagram – that offers a lot of potential for you to introduce your business to potential customers.

Online Presence and SEO Rankings

To be easily found on search engines, you need to have content on many different channels. Search engine optimization, or SEO, refers to the placement of a website on a search engine when a user types in a string of keywords. It is vital for your business to show up in the first three listings on the first page of the search engine, or your business will likely get overlooked. If you want to rank high on SEO, then you need to use multiple outlets to build your online reputation. So while having Facebook and Twitter may be helpful, all of those likes, comments and hashtags on your Instagram profile can also wonders for your overall online presence.

Flaunt Your Stuff

When it comes to business, every dollar matters. That is why small businesses struggle to compete with larger corporations, especially when it comes to marketing, advertising, and getting attention from customers. However, Instagram levels the playing field and allows you to show what your company has to offer. Through the use of photographs and hashtags, your business can build it’s online following from people around the world. And the more people who know who you are and are interested in what you have to offer, the more revenue your company can generate.

Targeted Marketing

Hashtags are also incredibly important because they let you target your marketing to individuals who you know are interested in your product or service. For example, search for trending topics and hashtags that relate to your company in order to find people who are specifically interested in your product or service. You can then directly target these people, rather than wasting effort trying to attract the attention of those who aren’t interested.

Interact With Customers…

Once you have the attention of those new customers, Instagram provides you the perfect medium to connect and interact with them. You can comment on other people’s photos, tag usernames, search hashtags, and much more, in order to get your business more easily seen and generate more attention to your company.

…And Gain New Ones

And the more attention your company gets, the easier it will be for new clients to find you. For example, if someone is searching for a trending topic related to their interests and come across your Instagram profile, they are likely to become a follower and stay informed with what you offer.

Instagram is changing the way that businesses market their products, interact with customers, and so much more. This is why it’s incredibly important for your businesses to have an Instagram profile and to start building up its presence. If you’ve yet to start your Instagram profile, stop wasting time and start taking photos for the world to see! This is a highly effective platform that offers many marketing benefits.


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