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Top 5 Engagement Tactics for Instagram Followers

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With a massive following and strong engagement, it comes as no surprise that businesses have swarmed the Instagram community. But if you want to leverage Instagram for your business, you must know the rules of the game.

Instagram is one of the social networking platforms that has steadily risen in popularity over the past few years. By the looks of the latest statistics from its business resources, Instagram does not show any signs of slowing down.

The photo-sharing network currently boasts of the following:

•  70+ million new photos a day

•  5 billion likes a day

•  300 million active Instagram users

•  30+ billion shared photos

This type of engagement can’t be faked. With this massive following and strong engagement, it comes as no surprise that businesses have swarmed the Instagram community.

If you want to turn this fast-growing photo-sharing community into a business leverage, you must know the rules of the game.

Here are the top 5 engagement tactics for Instagram followers.

Engagement Tactic #1: Tell a Story

There was a period in search engine optimization history when marketers crammed keywords into their blog content just to pull up their website ranking.

Although Google banned this tactic, this strategy still squirmed its way into social media — this time in the form of clickbait. With a few differences, the basic strategy is the same: use a few strong keywords to reel people into clicking a link and directing them to a page.

This black hat SEO tactic is not something you should follow, but it does reveal a gem of truth: people love stories.

Good storytelling turns visitors into avid readers and in Instagram, your pictures are the tales you use to regale your followers.

If your company organizes events, frame your visual content to showcase a story from the planning stage up to the after-party. This will show the audience your commitment to a project from start to finish. You convey a message to prospective clients that you strive to make an important event as memorable as possible.

Engagement Tactic #2: Interact with Followers

You can schedule your posts in advance, but when it comes to responding to direct messages and comments, you must meet people in real-time or as soon as possible.

If this proves to be too much work for you, outsourcing this task to a virtual assistant is the smartest move. Along with responding to messages and comments, you can also delegate the tasks of following established users or influencers of the same line of business and liking or reposting content from followers who mention or tag your company.

Engagement Tactic #3: Don’t be Stingy with Posting Videos

Instagram has expanded from photo-sharing to video content. According to research, 40% of people prefer visual content than plain text. Of the numerous data transmitted to the brain, 90% of this is imagery. No wonder videos are a big hit!

When Instagram introduced videos, not many people tried it at first and yet, those who did gained massive engagement from viewers.

Videos are a creative and dynamic way of connecting with followers. With only 15 seconds to run your video, you get straight to the heart of the matter. This is what will make your Instagram video memorable to your audience.

Engagement Tactic #4: Always Leave a Call to Action and Some Rewards

Engagement is a two-way street. How would you know that a story resonated with a follower? Ask them to double tap if they agree. Is your new product a hit? Tell them to tag a friend to try it with. Leaving a call to action rouses your users into active followers.

Don’t forget to reward fans who patronize your product or participate in the contests you host. You can mail them samples of upcoming products or you can dole out tickets to exciting events, concerts, or shows.

Instagram is a goldmine for business owners, but you must have the right tools to tap into its marketing wealth. These top 5 engagement tactics for Instagram followers will get you on the right track.

Engagement Tactic #5: Have a Strong Caption Game

Instagram influencers gained fame not necessarily for the photos they post. After all, many of these Instagram personalities just use memes and pictures which aren’t even their own. But what they lack in original pictures, they made up for witty and funny captions. The lines that accompany their posts stirred audiences, made them laugh, or pulled at their heartstrings.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a way with words. You can always outsource this responsibility to your content writer VA (virtual assistant). Leave it to the pros to think up the best and unforgettable captions to your posts.

The Take Away

Instagram is a goldmine for business owners, but you must have the right tools to tap into its marketing wealth. These top 5 engagement tactics for Instagram followers will get you on the right track.

 

Image via BonninStudio

 

Catherine Vanvonno

President and Executive Director, 20four7va

Catherine Vanvonno is president and executive director of 20four7va, a global eCommerce virtual assistance service provider. She is into strategic planning, product development, brand management, and digital marketing.

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