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5 Ways To Drive Customers With Smart Instagram Marketing

5 Ways To Drive Customers With Smart Instagram Marketing

Today, Instagram is what the billboard was back in the 1950s-1970s. Or the old black and white TV. Except they’re a lot cooler and more fun to look at. Unless we’re talking about one of those cool digital billboards, which are definitely the way of the future, my friends.

Instagram is no longer something just used for sharing your wanna-be foodie pictures and inspirational quotes that nobody wants to read (we’ve all been there, folks).

Sure, it’s still a personal sharing space in a lot of respects, but the platform has grown to include so much more than that! It’s a fact: Businesses promote products. Influencers promote their brand and other products they love. People still post wanna-be foodie pictures.

So, why should you be using Instagram as your marketing bomb? Well get off your Instagram feed and read on!

1. You can access key influencers.

All of a sudden, a couple of years ago, a new career path opened. It’s a magical position called a digital influencer. These “top dogs” have the dream job of any Millennial or Gen Z kid out there. Check this example:

Career Counsellor: “So, Anna, what are your plans after graduation? I have some great material on finding the perfect employer.”

Anna: “Well, I actually plan on becoming a digital influencer. I have around 5k IG followers right now, but I’m betting I can increase that to 10k by graduation day. Then I’ll be able to get sponsorships for posts, maybe start up a blog and bring revenue in that way, and eventually expand to YouTube and musical.ly.”

Career Counsellor: “I don’t think I have material on that…”

This is the world we’re living in now. It’s also the world you’re missing out on if you’re not engaging Instagram influencers as part of your overall marketing strategy.

They are the kings and queens of this world. Bow down to them. Do it.

Then ask them kindly to work on a campaign for your product or service. Some investment may be needed, but these influencers have a target audience. (Business is business, remember?)

Just make sure your prospects and potential customers are in the correct demographics you want to be reaching out to!

A simple post by an influencer can drive an incredible number of customers to your door.

2. You can share your story with the world.

You know that your company is special. It’s special for you and it’s special for the people who help to run it. But does the world know it’s special? Does it know just how much work you’ve put in to make it incredible?

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Using Instagram to share your story is the perfect way to get people to actually care about your brand. And any good marketer knows that when someone cares about the brand, they’re going to be returning customers. (Hopefully for a lifetime.)

And isn’t it more fun anyways?

Would you rather be pleading with customers to buy into your brand or share what’s special about your company and having them come to you? IG lets you do that and if you’re not using it, you’re definitely missing out. It’s story time!

3. You can build a real (OK, almost real) community.

You know the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child”? Well, that totally relates to the world of Instagram marketing.

Building an engaging community through here can transfer into real profits for your company (and more importantly, for you). It’s one of the best parts of using this platform as your marketing bomb. Here’s why:

Almost EVERYONE is on IG. So, you’ll get the chance to give your company a bit of personality. Some pizzazz. A chance to prove how you’re different from the competition. Someone comments on your last picture with an emoji and you can send your favorite emoji (read: sunglasses emoji) right on back. Someone sends you a direct message and you can respond directly with a link to your product. Win win.

There are plenty of marketing avenues out there, but if you’re not using savvy Instagram marketing for your business, you’re going to be missing out on so many potential customers and the chance to help them. The way of the world is digital and it’s not different for growing your business.

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This is all a part of engaging with and growing your digital community and, in turn, turning them into loyal customers. (Remember: happy customers = happy wallet.)

4. You should keep an eye on those pesky competitors.

The Instagram world is full of people and companies pressing for the attention of potential customers or trying to build an audience around what they’re offering. And just like the outside world, these accounts can either be of competitors or potential allies.

Using it as a marketing tool gives you the shot at either A) networking with these potential allies and sharing advice/tips and B) keeping an eye on what your competitors are doing.

Turning on IG notifications will keep you from being left behind by other companies, and the ones who offer similar products you do. Plus, you have the ability to spy on them and see what they’re doing. Hopefully, you’ll get an idea or two of how to change your strategy. Borrowing some ideas from competitors is never a bad idea. (Ever.)

(Just don’t copy and paste content, or say that work is yours when it clearly isn’t. Steal ideas, not execution. In direct mail advertising, many copywriters attach a dollar bill to the top of a sales letter. This idea is not new, as it goes back to Robert Collier, a copywriting and marketing genius. Be ethical about what you steal.)

5. You can offer cool contests to your followers.

The marketing platform isn’t just for selling your products up front to your customers (even if that is your end goal). Add a little fun into the mix by offering contests in some of your posts! People gobble up this stuff like chickens do to… well… chicken feed.

Tons of companies and influencers do giveaways to engage with their audience. A good tip to get even more people looking at your page is to have your followers tag two or three of their friends in the comments section to enter the contest.

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(And we all know how effective peer pressure is!)

There are tons of successful ways to make creative, and monetarily beneficial, contests. If you do them right, you’ll have tons of new engagements in an instant!

Conclusion

Like I said in the beginning, IG is the new mode of marketing that your business should and must be using if you want to be successful with a profitable business. With around 500 million users around the world, Instagram is the place to be in the digital marketing world.

And if you’re not using it, you’re missing out on tons of potential customers. What are you waiting for? Get to work!

Featured photo credit: via pixabay.com via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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