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5 Tips for Capitalising on Your Instagram Business Presence

instagram marketing agency sheffieldA growing number of businesses are reaping the benefits of Instagram marketing to promote their products and services, and drive sales. Creating a brand profile on the popular image led networking site enables you to market your business to a whole new audience.

But using Instagram effectively for business is about much more than taking a photo, applying a filter, and posting it to your news feed. To have a real impact in the world of Instagram, you need to make sure that your posts are carefully crafted, and shared with purpose and intent.

As experts in social media management Sheffield, we’ve compiled a list of 5 handy tips to capitalise on your business presence on Instagram.

Create a Healthy Following using Engagement and Hashtags

There are several ways that you can effectively increase your followers on Instagram, and all of them are relatively simple. Firstly, make an effort to engage with other users by following them, liking their photos and leaving comments on them.

Use hashtags for every image that you post. A quick spell of hashtag research will drum up plenty of ideas, and give you an insight into which hashtags are relevant and popular. If your brand uses their own hashtags on other social networking sites such as Twitter and Google+, use them on Instagram too – it will help to expand your following and unify the appearance of your brand across the channels in use.

Make you Photos Beautiful

For a social media platform that is image lead, it’s fairly obvious that you need to make sure that your photos are good. A filter won’t hide everything, so getting the basics in place for a great photo is an absolute must. When you’re taking a photo for Instagram, avoid using the camera in the actual app to take the shot. Use your phone camera, which can zoom and crop your frame into a square as you take it. Then import the picture into Instagram when you open the app. Finally, remember you are working in a square, keep the camera steady, and maximise the clarity of the image by adjusting the focus.

Follow Those Who Follow You

Making the most of Instagram for business is all about creating strategic relationships. Who you follow is really important to the overall appearance of your brand on Instagram. Seek out accounts that you can learn from and enjoy in your followers, and follow them back. Following other brands on Instagram is not only good practice, it’s also smart. Find, follow, and research your competitors!

Showcase Your Employees

Posting images of your staff at work gives the customer a highly valued behind-the-scenes look at your business. Not only does it serve the purpose of celebrating your staff and showing them how much they are valued, it also strengthens the ethos of your brand with a sneak-peek look at what makes your business tick.

Create a Posting Schedule

Instagram is a very relaxed, laid back social media platform. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, you don’t need to post every day, or you’ll risk saturating your followers’ news feeds with your content. Think ahead and decide what’s ready to post, then create a schedule. Leave gaps for impromptu posting too, part of the beauty of Instagram is the raw immediacy of the imagery, so it’s important that your posting schedule is flexible.

Social Media Management Company in Sheffield

For more info and advice from experts in a variety of social media channels including Instagram, why not give Seven Creative a call? Our Sheffield social media training and management services can help your business to capitalise on social media for your business. Call us today on 0114 383 0711 today for more information about how we can help you.

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The 10 most important lessons to learn when running your social media campaign for your business

The 10 most important lessons to learn when running your social media campaign for your business

Here at Seven Creative, we’ve been using social media for business since social media went mainstream, so it’s part of the marketing mix we understand very well.

For virtually every business, having a good and consistent presence on social media is vital in terms of raising awareness, educating your audience, and generating leads – so it’s important to get it right!

We see many businesses doing it well. However, we also see many, many businesses doing it badly, or even worse, not doing it at all! Therefore, we thought we should put together a quick list of the main areas your business needs to focus on when planning and implementing your own social media campaign.

The 10 most important lessons to learn when running your social media campaign for your business

  1. Get to know your customers – you probably already feel like you know who your customers are but it’s still a very useful exercise to sit down with a pen and paper to really find out about them; create customer profiles, get to know them, find out what makes them tick. We’ve been setting up and managing social media campaigns for businesses for many years and I can’t stress enough how important the information you’ll discover during this exercise will be when it comes to creating the strategy and managing an effective ongoing social media campaign!
  2. Make effective use of your time – Let’s face it, nobody wants to waste time, and there is very little more demoralising than putting a lot of time into a project only to get no discernible return on that effort. Therefore, use what you found out about your customers during the profiling stages of your campaign to make sure you’re focusing your effort where it’s most likely to work.
  3. Measure your results – Find out what works best and do more of it. Find out works less well and do less of it. Now repeat. For example, ask your enquiries how they found you. Measure engagement and figure out what it was that increased it. Look at the stats. This is vital if you’re going to use your time effectively.
  4. Go to where your customers are – During the profiling stages you found out where your target audience is online – where they feel comfortable and ‘hang out’ – so go and meet them there. Get into those circles and make contact!
  5. Stop selling and start engaging – Nobody wants to be sold to! The adverts during the TV show are not why people are watching TV, they’re simply a tolerated inconvenience. People want to engage, be entertained, and to have their online experience enhanced. If you’re not doing that, you’re doing it wrong.
  6. Be responsive – Give people what they want, when they want it, and be there when they want to engage with you. Understanding your customer means you know why and when they’re online, where they are, and what they want. Cater for this and you’ll become an enjoyable part of their online experience. Don’t forget, however, this is a two-way street.
  7. Make a commitment – Get it in the calendar and stick to it. You need to commit to an hour a day for creating new content, timely replies to engagement, and maintaining a consistent presence. This needs to be a priority, even when you get busy at work. Having a social media presence is about creating conversations, not about advertising to people. Without this commitment, you’ll lose trust quickly.
  8. Remember your reputation – Focus on being available and providing excellent customer service, and your reputation will look after itself. It is, however, very easy to ruin your reputation if you’re not careful, and many of your customers will know this. Remember that you’re signing up to provide potentially public customer service, meaning you’ve got to do it very well!
  9. Don’t bother your friends and family – Creating an audience is tough, so for many businesses, the logical first step is to start by using your friends and family as your audience. But this is a bad idea. It is a sure-fire way to annoy people and be honest; are they even your target audience anyway? Instead, you should focus on creating an audience of your potential customers and leverage them to boost your audience further. If you’ve ever tried this, you’ll know it’s not easy. However, it is doable.
  10. Let the experts do it for you – Instead of letting social media get in the way of your main business activities, why not let the experts do it for you? With many years of experience we can set up and manage the whole ongoing campaign on your behalf, or even simply mentor you through doing it yourself.

Whatever you decide to do, call us on 0114 383 0711 today for more information on social media campaign planning, setup, and ongoing social media management.