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15 Tips For Small Business To Attract Customers On #Instagram

15 Tips For Small Business To Attract Customers On #Instagram

Instagram is growing to be one of the most important social media outlets for marketing your business, especially if your product or service is very visually-oriented. Here are 15 Instagram business tips that will help you make the most out of the photo-taking, photo-sharing service.

1. Listen To Instagram

Instagram itself is a great source for business tips, with some stellar advice on their blog geared towards that very subject, so go check it out.

2. Balance Work With Play

Of course you want to sell your product or service, but you’ll quickly find yourself losing traction if all you do is try to sell sell sell. Mix in some fun photos related to your industry so that you don’t come across as an emotionless marketing machine.

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3. Present Various Aspects Of Your Business

A great way to represent your company via Instagram is to let your followers in on what’s going on behind the scenes. Demonstrate all aspects of your business, from manufacturing to sales to delivery. People will enjoy getting an inside look at what goes into the creation and distribution of their favorite products.

4. Present Your Employees And Customers

Highlight the people who are keeping the wheel running. Followers almost always enjoy seeing a happy employee performing an interesting task or a customer happy with their purchase.

5. Show Your Product Or Service In Action

A great way to sell something via pictures is to show its uses to possible consumers. If done right, fans will be so enticed by the imagery that they need to purchase it for themselves.

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6. Dress It Up

You don’t want to show a typical day at your business, because, frankly, a typical day probably isn’t all that exciting. Shine a light on moments that make your company seem like a constant source of wonder.

7. Don’t Just Take Pictures

Instagram’s 15-second videos are a major part of the social media platform, so be sure to utilize them. 15 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but it’s long enough to entertain potential customers and possibly interest them in your product or serve.

8. Document Key Moments

Don’t be shy about recording your company’s milestones for all your Instagram followers to see. Your fanbase will appreciate the opportunity to get a first-hand look at momentous events in your business, further investing them in your success.

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9. Don’t Go Overboard With Filters

Filters are fun, but a lot of people and companies go way too far with them. Be sure to only use them on your photos when they serve a clear purpose. I would go as far as to say that if you still consider yourself a beginner, at photography you should hold off on them altogether.

10. Hire An Expert

Of course, there are people who can tell you when filters make sense. In the cascade of mediocre photographs on Instagram, well-shot ones will really stand out from the pack, so consider finding someone who can make your photos really appealing. Even an intern with a strong sense of design can go a long way.

11. Be A Part Of The Community

Don’t be a social media leech. An important Instagram business tip is to interact with your followers and other businesses by following them and commenting on their photos. By taking part in the larger Instagram ecosystem you’re much more likely to cultivate a loyal group of fans.

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12. Follow The Trends

It’s amazing what a difference a hashtag can make. By contributing to trends your brand can be exposed to a whole new audience of users.

13. Connect Your Account To Facebook

You’re using Facebook to promote your business, right? If not, you really should be. Link Instagram to Facebook so that you can cross-pollinate followers.

14. Reward Your Followers

Give people incentives to follow your brand on Instagram, such as by offering regular prizes to your followers in exchange for publicity. If you offer them small tokens of appreciation, people will be more than happy to put the word out there.

15. Learn From The Best

The number one way to figure out how to stand out from the flocks of Instagram accounts is to draw inspiration from the successes that came before you. Look at the best of the best uses of Instagram, many of them shown in this article on Business Insider.

Featured photo credit: AFGE via flickr.com

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Matt OKeefe

Matt is a marketer and writer who shares about lifestyle and productivity tips on Lifehack.

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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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