The power of social media is officially undeniable. Being active on social media has become an indisputable part of every brand’s marketing strategy, no question about it. Instagram or the “visual platform” is leading the way when it comes to brand marketing. With more than 1 billion active monthly users and 25 million active Instagram business profiles (source: Statista), this social media app is killing the game.
When you’re thinking about ways of making your e-commerce business more successful or you want to build brand identity, Instagram is the way to go. With 90% of world’s 100 top brands using Instagram and 50% of Instagrammers following brands, making them the social networkers who are most likely to do so (source: Brandwatch), you shouldn’t doubt it’s power. And, in order for you to stay on top of your Instagram game, you need to follow all the latest trends and improve your marketing strategies.
Therefore, make sure to check out and try out these 5 2019 Instagram content marketing strategies.I
Instagram is primarily a visual platform, for sharing images and videos. Up until June 2018, we could only post 1-minute long videos and use them to transfer our message.
However, since June 2018, Instagram has launched a brand new feature, making marketers all over the world extremely happy. It’s called IGTV (Instagram TV) and it’s perfect for new marketing ventures.
What’s so cool about IGTV? It’s simple:
- it allows you to post 1-hour long videos.
Online stores, fashion brands, and business profiles have embraced the feature instantly and started using it for gaining more customers and their engagement.
These hour-long videos opened a whole new window, allowing marketers to create videos as they’ve never done it before. And so should you!
This Instagram trend has only just started, so make sure to jump onboard. You can use it to:
- publish How-to videos
- make tutorials
- share brands stories
- share product unwrapping or unboxing
- show the behind the scenes
- show your team
This allows you to show your customers a different side of your brand, inspire them to visit your online store and become a part of your story.
According to Forbes “IGTV will provide the opportunity for followers to get a better look into what you do or the service you provide.”
For example, ReDragon, a well-known manufacturer of products for gamers, uses IGTV to share more detailed product overview details that are more useful for their target audiences than 20-second clips.
This video of a recently introduced FIRESTORM mouse for gamers, for example, is used by the brand as an opportunity to share information about the new features and teach viewers how to use the product.
The next example of the use of IGTV by brands comes from Nike. The company takes advantage of the opportunity to upload long videos by sharing storytelling content with its followers, which is a great technique to foster brand loyalty.
Below is the screenshot from the series of videos on unique human beings and their incredible lives. This one features Sarah Reinertsen, an athlete, her journey to Ironman 2018 and her amazing determination to compete at a high level. A truly inspirational and compelling story.
Polls in Stories
Instagram stories have been around for quite a while, but they’re evolving as well.
Instagram is constantly adding new story features, giving you the opportunity to engage your customers in the best possible way.
One of the latest additions to the Stories, the use of which is going to skyrocket in 2019, is the Instagram story poll.
Below are two examples of brands using this feature to increase their followers’ interaction with posts. The one on the right comes from a clothing brand Guess and asks the viewers about their preference between two styles.
Guess benefits from the poll feature in two ways: first, it engages their followers with a question and leads them to the pages of the products featured in the poll.
Polls, therefore, are a great way to actively engage your audience and collect valuable data. You can use them to:
- entertain your audience
- drive traffic to your website
- educate your audience about your brand
- learn about your audience
- listen to your audience
People love it when they can actively participate in something organized by their favorite brand. Give them a chance to connect with you and become a part of your little family using these cute yet effective story polls.
For example, you can ask people to help you vote the coolest outfit of the season. Those who participate are most likely to come back to your brand and check the results.
You can even post the results on your website, asking Instagram followers to swipe up and find out the results.
- Product Tags
Ah, yes! The dream of every e-commerce marketer is finally here.
Instagram is giving you a chance to seal the deal even faster and turn more people into customers in no time.
Instagram is now giving you the opportunity to use product tags on both your pictures and your stories.
What does this mean?
If a person bumps into your picture or story and like what they see, all they have to do is click the product tag and:
- learn about the price
- head straight to your website
- buy it.
For example, take a look at the post from an online clothing store Zaful below. As you can see, the viewer can see the product “in action” and even visualize how it would look on themselves. And, if they like what they see, they can go straight to the product’s page and purchase it.
It’s super simple and it saves your potential customers the time of manually searching for the product on your website. This way, the shopping is almost instant.
“Product tags are lifesavers for e-commerce marketers,” says Jessica Fender, CMO at Online Writers Rating. “Your customers can get the answers they’re looking for within seconds and they’ll be more likely to make the purchase.”
Less time looking for product information means less time for potential customers to change their minds. Entrepreneur suggests you to “be sure not to get carried away; it’s not a good idea to make every one of your posts on Instagram product-oriented.
Even though you may feel like pictures on your profile are your most powerful tool, stories may be able to beg the differ.
Stories are becoming more and more prominent and are starting to seriously dominate the Instagram content marketing game.
The truth is most online stores are focusing on short yet intriguing and memorable Instagram stories to generate traffic to their e-commerce website.
Story ads are, therefore, on the rise and in 2019 you need to follow the trend of Instagram story ads.
For example, the story ad from Nike announces the arrival of the new product in stories, which is a good move since stories are essentially immersive, full-screen ads (moreover, 400 million people watch Stories on daily basis, which provides a decent exposure).
An Instagram story ads enable you to:
- advertise specific products
- invite customers to visit your website
- inspire people to become your customers
- invite customers to participate in a giveaway or a sale.
“Instagram stories are definitely winning for your content marketing strategy,” says Veronica Wright, CEO at Resumescentre.com. “In 2019 they will grow to become even bigger and serve as a powerful weapon for customer acquisition and retention.”
One of the key points of content marketing has always been the persuasion. You need to persuade your customers that what you’re trying to sell is real and you’re being completely honest with them.
However, polished images and beautifully produced videos can sometimes be misleading for a customer. To put it simply: a customer may feel like it’s all a bit too “advertisy”.
Luckily for you, there’s a way to show a different side of a brand. By using Live Instagram videos, you can turn any customer around.
Live videos have been around for a while, but they’re only just finding a spot in content marketing. A live video is useful on so many levels:
- makes the brand seem real
- portrays actual life-stories
- it isn’t framed, produced or pre-written
- shows a realistic story of the brand
- advertises influencer collaboration
You can use live videos to communicate with your customers, show satisfied customers, inform people about an event or invite them to a happening.
There are numerous options and it’s your task to figure out what is it that your audience will love the most.
Are you Onboard?
So there you have it! These Instagram trends are bound to make a huge impact on content marketing strategies all over the globe.
Let’s rewind. By following our advice and the trends we’ve mentioned above, you are actually doing the following:
- showing your customers a different side of your brand
- asking them for an opinion and giving them a chance to speak their mind
- saving your customers’ time and making it easy for them to the desired product on your website
- turning more people into customers
Keep in mind that your content needs to be written professionally. Use tools and services such as Grammarly, Essay Supply or Hemingway to help you only publish impeccable content. As Instagram is a visual media, make sure your branded content looks appealing to viewers and catches their attention. Design tools like Canva and Designhill can become handy to solve this problem.
Your content marketing strategy is what makes you strive high and achieve goals. Your online store and your brand need you to stay on top of your game and follow all the latest trends. Instagram marketing trends for 2019 are already here and it’s time for you to embrace them.
Be wise and seize every opportunity there is for you to make your brand even more recognizable. Follow the trends we’ve suggested and start connecting with your customers on an even higher level.
Text: Natalie Andersen
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