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Visibility through Facebook’s organic reach just dropped even more, making other points of contact with followers even more important. Stepping up your Instagram game is a strong antidote to this declining Facebook reach. While Instagram’s algorithm still shows content out of order, it does prioritize strong, engaging content, so building up your followers there can help...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

I know what you’re wondering: Is there really a way to easily use Instagram for business? And can you really capture leads on Instagram? The answer to both questions is a resounding, yes. How? By running an Instagram promotion or contest. If your next question is: Are there tools that'll make it easy to collect and manage...

Marketing agencies, businesses and brands can always anticipate when their biggest marketing initiatives are going to happen every year. After all, major holiday dates are known well in advance and seasonal promotions are fairly predictable. It’s the times in between the big “events” that can be challenging. If you can effectively market your businesses during these periods,...

When looking to connect with new customers and win over potential leads with Instagram contests, a lot of small businesses rely on the “tag a friend!” strategy as a requirement to enter the contest. There are two problems with this. The first is that it actually goes against Instagram’s policies, and could potentially land your account in hot...

You think Instagram is hot? Kardashian gossip is hot. Those fidget spinner things are were hot.  Instagram is on fire. It’s enjoying gonzo growth, unmatched by any social media network ever. Smart Insights reports Instagram doubled its user base, to 800 million, during the past two years. Sprout Social reports 70% of US businesses use Instagram. ...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

Which Instagram marketing efforts in 2017 actually improved your engagement and conversions? Here’s how to find out. You’ve been working hard on your Instagram game, but all of this competition means your Instagram marketing efforts for the holiday season need to be on point -- you need to create the most alluring posts, use attention-grabbing hashtags and...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

Are you looking for ways to connect with more customers this holiday season? Of course you are! And I’ve got an idea that’ll help you meet your goals: a Christmas contest or giveaway. Running a Christmas or holiday-themed giveaway is a smart move for any marketer, especially since the competition for views, clicks, and (ultimately) shoppers is...