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It’s been nearly six years since Facebook overhauled its promotion guidelines to allow comments and/or likes as contest entries. This type of “Comment or Like to Enter” contest is also known as a Timeline contest. [vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_class="blog-image-section"][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=""] Facebook Timeline contests [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] Some third party app providers gasped a little when Facebook made...

In the realm of marketing, the word engagement gets tossed around a lot. You may understand it in reference to your social media profiles - likes, comments, follows, shares, clicks, etc. - since that is where a significant portion of your audience engages with your brand. But why is engagement so important? Fostering a level of engagement helps...

Personality, engagement, interactivity, and customization… These are just a few of the many exciting ways to describe Instagram Stories. Debuting in August 2016 as a way for Facebook to compete with Snapchat, Instagram Stories is now a key part of the social media arsenal for avid users, influencers, and brands alike. In fact, every day over 400 million Insta-users...

Marketers spent more than $1 billion on influencer marketing in 2018. Influencer marketing… A term that barely existed a decade ago. As with any digitally driven marketing tactic, things change at a rapid pace. Something that works one day doesn’t work the next. And new trends can take off overnight. But despite the growth and maturity of influencer marketing,...

Which part of this article’s headline convinced you to click on it? Was it the “Instagram followers” part? The “more sales” part? Or, both parts equally? For most business owners, increasing sales is their ultimate goal, but by including the term “Instagram Followers” to this article’s headline, we’ll have increased its SEO and open rate by a good...

Instagram is deprecating features necessary for running hashtag contests via its API on December 11, 2018. Online marketers — commence panic! Now take a deep breath. At ShortStack, our team of engineers updated our hashtag contest capabilities to ensure you still have access to the Instagram features you love. In this blog post, I explain Instagram’s...

Instagram contests bring in followers – one industry study showed a +70% increase in followers for accounts using contests. We wanted to share some ideas that any business could try. In this post, we’ll look at a handful of Instagram contests, examine why they were successful, and identify key elements that drove their appeal. Examples of Inspiring 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 &...

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. Like right now. [icons size='' custom_size='40' icon='fa-star' type='normal' position='' border='no'...

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. ...