7 tips to outwit Instagram’s new algorithm

Instagram has just pulled a ‘Facebook’. Yes, Instagram’s algorithm has been revamped just like Facebook’s was last year to prioritise “the Moments You Care About”; which by the way rocked businesses and left them struggling to cope with a decrease in engagement. Here are 7 tips to prevent this from happening to your business on Instagram.   


Post consistently and constantly

Why is this important? Posting constantly and consistently not only increases your engagement with your audience but also signifies to the algorithm that yours is a legitimate account.

Quick tip: Maintain a posting schedule to stay on top of deadlines and content quality.  

 

Create more video content

Why is this important? Since videos autoplay on Instagram, they’re more likely to catch the attention of users while scrolling through their feed.

Quick tip: Instead of focusing on long-form videos, make do with Time-lapse and Boomerang videos for quick, eye-catching content.

 

Up your post quality

Why is this important? Instagram themselves say the best way to boost your following and engagement is to create content that is of the highest quality; whether these be videos or photos is up to you.

Quick tip: Use editing apps like VSCO or Snapseed to boost content quality while remaining budget-friendly. 

 

Post at peak hours

Why is this important? Posting when your audience is awake will certainly help your engagement. But more specifically, from 10am-2pm is when there’s the most online traffic.

Quick tip: Everyone’s audience is unique, resulting in different engagement hours. To get on top of this, use apps such as Social Blade or even Instagram’s Insights to get in-depth statistics.

 

Publish stories

Why is this important? Instagram Stories have already amassed more than 500 million daily users; i.e. they’re bloody popular. They provide a relatable and authentic way to depict your brand. 

Quick tip: Instead of choosing to post either regular posts or stories, why not post both? The more the merrier!

 

Go live!

Why is this important? Instagram notifies your followers when you’ve ‘gone live’, putting you at the top of their Stories feeds.

Quick tip: Keep your stream engaging by switching the camera view; in a bid to show off a product or your surroundings. 

 

Hold a contest or giveaway

Why is this important? Everyone likes free stuff, which is why you may have noticed that contests and giveaway posts are the most popular and engaged with posts on Instagram.

Quick tip: Follow the rules! Make sure your contest or giveaway are in line with Instagram’s rules and regulations, as well as keeping within country or state law. 

7 Pinterest tips for businesses to stand out

Pinterest is heating up day by day, with over a third of millennials using the platform and it attracting 33% more traffic than even Facebook! Through all this awareness comes an opportunity for businesses to benefit from. Here are some Pinterest tips to stand out from the crowd.


Create tailored content

Why is this important? Tailoring content allows it to remain visible to your target audience for longer. Looking at trending pins as well as discerning the popular pins from your domain will help you get into the heads of your audience.

Quick tip: Posting resources such as tips is a good way to garner a loyal following.

 

Use Pinterest Analytics

Why is this important? Pinterest Analytics help you track how well your account is performing; account insights, overall presence, your most popular Pins, etc. Use this to shape your strategy going forward.

Quick tip: Use the ‘Most Repinned’ content tab to find out which content is the most popular on your domain, and the ‘Most Clicked’ content tab will tell you which pins are sending the most traffic to your website.

 

Engage with Users

Why is this important? More on Pinterest is best! Popularity on the platform depends on how many accounts you follow, pins you have, boards you have, etc. All this only comes with the right engagement; posting every day, replying to comments, inviting others to pin on your boards, etc.

Quick tip: Reach out to influencers in your field to help gain followers and attain a wider audience. P.S. a large account not in your field may be less effective than a smaller more well-targeted account.

 

Employ Rich Pins

Why is this important? Rich Pins help provide more context about your content by showing extra information about it directly on the pin. Brands that used Rich Pins noted an 82% jump in pin/repin ratio, so take heed!

Quick tip: Choose the most suitable option for your account from four different types of Rich Pins; app, recipe, product and article.

 

Design Engaging Visuals

Why is this important? Since Pinterest is mostly comprised of visual content, creating visual content that is appealing will help you stand out the most. Sharing eye-catching images, quotes that reflect your business, and interesting pictures will get you the most engagement.

Quick tip: Infographics are usually easy to understand and interesting and thus, serve as great pinnable and repinnable content.

 

Share your Products

Why is this important? Pinterest users are more likely to spend money than on other social platforms, so you should use Pinterest as a second website to show off your products. Using boards can also help you categorise your products, making them easier to find.

Quick tip: Piggy-back off of seasons, events, holidays, etc. to keep your content appropriate and seasonal. For example, holiday themed content is more appealing during the holidays.

 

Leverage other Social Channels

Why is it important? Since other social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have more users, leverage your following on them to cross-promote to boost your Pinterest account.

Quick tip: Use the ‘Find your Friends’ option to invite Facebook friends and others by email to follow you on Pinterest.

 

7 ways to make your PR strategy kick-ass

Are you having trouble implementing a PR strategy for your business? It’s understandable to face some issues when trying to increase brand exposure, especially for an up-and-coming business. Here are some tips on how to ease that process. 


Avoid tunnel vision

Why is this important? When sending information out, don’t cater solely to large publications just because of their sizeable following. Focus on your target audience and in-turn to the relevant distribution channels.

Quick tip: Audiences of publications in your niche already have a good understanding of the industry, allowing you to be even more technical when describing your product or service.

 

Leverage Social Media 

Why is this important? The digitisation of the media industry has put an increased importance on using social media to enhance your business’ operations. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. can all be used effectively to maintain and increase connections in the industry.

Quick tip: Participate online. Setting up media accounts is only the start; being active can go a long way with brand awareness. A lack thereof only reflects badly on the business.

 

Repurpose content

Why is this important? While also being time efficient, repurposing content stretches its usefulness across your multiple platforms, maximising exposure.

Quick tip: After sending out a press release, post it on your website as well and share links to social media platforms.

 

Be a guest speaker on podcasts

Why is this important? Podcasts are immensely popular, with some having millions of listeners. Being a guest on a relevant podcast can help small businesses gain exposure, especially if the listeners form your target audience. 

Quick tip: Researching relevant podcasts increase your chances of being accepted as a guest speaker.

 

Polish your pitch

Why is this important?Personalising each pitch that you send to journalists will help prevent it from landing up in the bin. Considering they receive countless pitches each day, making yours stand out is the name of the game.

Quick tip: Keep your pitches short and sweet. Avoid lengthy paragraphs and only include relevant information.

 

Network efficiently

Why is this important? Remember, you can never have too many contacts! Networking events are a good way to connect with other industry professionals. It enables you not only to gain further industry insight, but also share your own experiences.

Quick tip: Always follow up! It’s important not just to collect a cache of business cards, but genuinely connect with people. It could be as simple as having a chat over coffee.

 

Use customer testimonials 

Why is this important? As simple as they seem, customer testimonials are often overlooked in marketing strategies. Testimonials help businesses appear credible and serve as a powerful tool in positioning your business as an authority. 

Quick tip: Incorporating positive customer testimonials in marketing material and on your business’ website can also help to gain customers.

5 Tips to Enhance your Linkedin Company page

Whether you’re building brand awareness or forming partnerships, Linkedin is the best place to connect your business with a large cache of professionals from around the world. Here are 5 business boosting tips for your Linkedin company page to get you started!


Incorporate rich media

Why is this important? Visual content receives over six times more engagement than text-based content, so it only makes sense to satisfy your audience’s visual appetite with videos, pictures, slideshows, etc.

Quick tip: Add an eye-catching header image and refresh it after every few months to attract more visual interest.

 

Post engaging content

Why is this important? Number of comments, shares and clicks are good indicators of engagement. The key to this is to post content that is genuinely interesting to your audience.

Quick tip: While it might be tempting to sell your product or service, informational content generally works better than “salesy” content.

 

Use ‘Sponsored Content’

Why is this important? Sponsored Content is one of Linkedin’s channels of advertising. By “sponsoring” your content, it is promoted directly to the feed of intended professionals.

Quick tip: “Sponsoring” a post that has the highest engagement from your target audience on your profile, will stand the best chance of reaching the most people.

 

Establish a posting schedule

Why is this important? Linkedin analytics say that by posting at least once a month, businesses gain followers six times faster than those that post less.

Quick tip: Aim to post content at least once a week on your company page to maintain follower engagement.

 

Engage employees & colleagues

Why is this important? Encouraging your employees and colleagues to engage with content on your company LinkedIn page will in-turn spread the content to their networks, increasing your reach.

Quick tip: Make sure that all employees and colleagues have added the company to their profiles, in order to become automatic followers of the Company page.

 

6 Tumblr tips on how to promote business

Do you like cat GIFs? Who can blame you? Tumblr is to thank for the majority of memes and GIFs on your timeline. Its millennial user base churns out content like a well-oiled humour machine. Tumblr also offers better engagement than other social media sites. Here are some tips for businesses to capitalise on this relatively dormant marketing channel.


Know your audience

Why is this important? Knowing your audience is key to succeeding on Tumblr and similar social media sites. Carefully customised posts will garner more attention from your intended audience. Incorporate occasional humour to maintain relatability.

Quick tip: Reblogging your followers’ posts (preferably of them using your product/service) will encourage active engagement.

 

Utilise tags

Why is this important? Tags are what allow your posts to be discovered by other Tumblr users. Similar to ‘hashtags’ on Instagram, tags are phrases you can use in your posts. For example, a knitting blog using “knitting tips” or “knitting sweaters”.

Quick tip: If unsure, look for tags used on other popular posts, and use the same on yours. But, do so only if they’re relevant to your post!

 

Use visual content

Why is this important? On Tumblr, visual content is the most appealing. Using pictures, videos or GIFs will garner more attention from the vast majority of millennials using the platform.

Quick tip: Merging memes with relatable content sits well with the younger demographic using the platform.

 

Be active

Why is this important? Being active on Tumblr involves following, commenting and reblogging on other blogs. This, along with responding to comments on your own blog will allow you to positively engage with your community.

Quick tip: Begin by following and liking 5(or more) blog posts every day; which would result in 150(or more) potential impressions in a month.

 

Interact with influencers

Why is this important? Just like on other social media platforms, popular Tumblr users get plenty of engagement. If just one of these influencers promotes your blog, it could send a lot of loyal followers to your page and boost interactions.

Quick tip: Even if you don’t collaborate with influencers, analyse their Tumblr activity in order to form your own strategy.

 

Advertise your socks off

Why is this important? Advertising on Tumblr isn’t as negatively met as on other social platforms, and so can be an effective way to market your brand. You can choose from ‘Sponsored Posts’, ‘Sponsored Video Posts’ and a ‘Sponsored Day’. Tumblr ads also provide analytics of how well your ads are performing.

Quick tip: Produce content relating not only to your business/product, but also integrating the trending topics on Tumblr.