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Five Modern Instagram Tactics That Guarantee Results 2016

Five Modern Instagram Tactics That Guarantee Results 2016

Depending on who you ask, Instagram has around 400 to 700 million new users every month. Regardless of the count, that’s a lot of users. That is why it isn’t surprising why the app produces around 80 million photos on a daily basis. The online platform is only six years old, but it has already captured the attention of many marketers.

It offers a great avenue where brands could get engagement from their followers. In fact, Instagram was considered better than Facebook or Twitter. Unfortunately, expect things to change. Recently, Instagram announced changes in its algorithm. In the next weeks or months, expect Instagram feed to appear differently. Instead of seeing posts according to when the photo or video was posted, you only get popular posts curated by the Instagram algorithm.

Given the current state of Instagram, what are strategies that you need to do in order to still use the platform as an effective marketing tool?

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1. Combine story telling with your images

You may wonder what makes Humans of New York so popular on Facebook and Instagram? If you’ll look at their posts, it’s the combination of stunning visuals and storytelling that made Humans of New York what it is today.

Their posts are inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking. But the point is, it moves a person’s emotion. From there, Humans of New York was able to publish a book that has become a New York Best Seller.

2. Build Your Content Theme

Successful Instagram accounts make use of a theme. If you will look at brands such as Adidas or Lululemon, they only post photos with specific filters and colors.

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In determining your theme, you have to understand who your market is. Next, you also have to make sure that you refrain from using poorly taken photos. In most scenarios, you get brands that invest on professionally taken photos. Though there are some instances that you could get away with iPhone photography, it makes a huge difference when the photo was taken by a professional camera.

3. Use hashtags

You may feel that hashtags can be a bit irritating. It can in fact, backfire when used in large volumes. On the other hand, it can also be used in order to attract users who are searching the web for products that you could be offering.

Hashtags also allow the brands to be part of the community. Here, you can even curate user-generated content. Using a repost app, you can interact with the community this way.

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4. Be consistent

Consistency is key in order to increase your Instagram engagement and following. From your post schedules to the voice that you use on your Instagram account, these are things that could make a huge difference on your social media marketing campaign in general.

It is important to have a schedule when to post photos on Instagram. Regardless if you post once or even three times a week, it is crucial that you give followers an idea when to expect your posts on Instagram.

Next, you also have to choose a voice. Do you plan on having a serious voice or perhaps something casual? It is important to know which voice to use depending on your overall branding.

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5. Optimize the bio link

Though Instagram bio only allows you to have 150 characters, it allows you to mention the most important things about your company. Including hashtags and a link could make a huge difference on how you approach your overall social media marketing strategy.

Conclusion

Visual content is becoming more and more important in today’s time. Despite Instagram’s changing approach in its algorithm, it is undeniable how it can still come in handy especially among marketers.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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