Instagram has over one billion monthly users and they spend an average of 53 minutes on the site. That is making it one of the best sites to use for business marketing. I am sharing tips to help you grow your personal or business Instagram.
For marketing, we use a lot of apps and websites to create all the designs, logos, and proposals that I send to businesses. I always enjoy watching or reading “My Monthly Favorites” videos and blogs, so I thought I would share mine with you!
Canva was my absolute favorite this month! I created several fun proposals and infographics to share with businesses and explain what we can do to help them and why social media is so important. Canva is free and allows you to create business cards, posters, book covers, newsletters, and even t-shirt designs!
When posting on a social media business page, you want to share the real you. People do not want to see just photos of your desk or an article related to your business. You should be sharing photos of you, projects your passionate about, and even an article that really inspired you explaining why. When I am looking at businesses to buy from, I look for ones that share genuine information and make me feel like I know who I am buying from.
When businesses are interested in digital marketing, the biggest question we get asked is, “What do you do?” The question is easy to answer because we understand digital marketing, but for people who do not, it can be very confusing. Digital Ads are one of the many things that we do. There are lots of different types of digital ads and I am going to help explain them to you.
Google Ads - Google display campaigns reach 80% of global internet users. Google ads can be seen on Yahoo!, Spotify, Home Depot website, and more.
Facebook Ads - 67% of marketers find Facebook to be their most important social media channel since it has a large user-base. Facebook ads can be seen on Nike, Walmart, PayPal, Instagram and more.
Instagram Ads - Instagram’s potential advertising reach is 849.3 million users. Instagram ads can be seen on The Weather Channel, Netflix, The New York Times, Facebook, and more.
YouTube Ads - Pre-roll (skippable) video ads on YouTube are the most effective ad format. YouTube ads can be seen on Google, too!
Pinterest Ads - Advertisers can reach more than 169 million people on Pinterest.
Text Blasts – Text blasts use phone numbers that customers have given you to share updates, coupons, or discounts directly to their phone.
Email Blasts - You can put more information into an email than other forms of digital marketing. You can share new business information, deals, coupons, new employees, etc.
As you can see, there are several different types of digital ads and they can all be beneficial to your business. Digital Marketing companies do A/B testing on different platforms that work best for your company and learn what your customers want to see.
I talk to people almost every day who are not interested in Digital Marketing. They think it does not work, they do not want to learn about it, or they think I am scamming them and say, “Please take me off your list.” I was very defeated in the beginning of this career because of these responses, but after talking to other people, I realized why, I think, this happens.
I have heard horror stories of people paying a company, signing a yearlong contract, and never hearing about how their ads did, where they went, or if they were ever done. Would that make you want to keep working with a marketing company? I will answer for you, no!
The problem is, not all marketing companies are like this. I see marketing companies constantly emailing, answering phone calls at all hours, and making sure to help their customers get the results they want. I am not saying that every ad you post will get 600 customers, but you should see what results they get. With our clients, we send out a monthly analytic page to show them how their ads did.
While typing this, I am aware that most of you are not sure how to learn if they are a good company to work with or not, so here is my advice.
I hope these tips help you to find the best Digital Marketing company to work with because it can be such a big help to your business.
I want you to think about your favorite brand. Is it a clothing brand? Is it a brand of food? What makes that your favorite? What sets it apart from others?
Now, I want you to think about your business. What is your brand and why is it important? What sets it apart from others?
In previous blogs, I have talked about figuring out why people should buy from you instead of competitors. Today, I’m sharing ways to make sure you have a strong brand that people will remember after they’ve left your website or social media.
If you have ever done research on how to gain more followers or customers, you have come across the idea of doing a giveaway. I have seen lots of business doing them lately and they are getting lots of entries and gaining lots of new followers.
Most businesses that I have seen doing them have been sharing a post on Instagram, giving multiple ways to gain entries, but requiring that you follow the business on Instagram and sharing the post on stories. This is such a good idea because it puts your business out in front of people who might not have ever seen it. The other good thing is that people who do not know your business are now following your page to enter the giveaway and most likely will not unfollow you when the giveaway is over.
It can be difficult to come up with ideas for a giveaway, so I wanted to share what I think can be beneficial.
We thought right now would be the right time to introduce ourselves to you! Our team is made up of Janeka, Marketing Director, and Isabelle, Marketing Assistant. We love getting to know our clients and hope you enjoy getting to know us!
Isabelle - Marketing Assistant
I was born in Mexico, Missouri. I have a background in Education and worked as a teacher for 4+ years. I lived in Columbia, MO, but have since returned to Centralia and bought my first home!
I am a huge animal lover and currently have two dogs, a cat, and fosters dogs in my free time. (I currently have a 3-month-old chihuahua mix!) I also love working on home projects, making crafts, and organizing stuff! I have loved learning about Digital Marketing from Janeka and I have a background in Photoshop. If I am not doing any of the things above, I am eating BBQ food, baking, or hanging out with my fiancé, family, and friends!
Fun questions for Isabelle:
What would you rate 10/10?
Dogs! 100%. Or donuts.
What takes up too much of your time?
Organizing or cleaning. I spend so much time doing both during the week & it feels like I am never done.
How was your life different one year ago?
I was living in Columbia, not engaged, and working as a teacher. Basically, it is a whole new life!
What city would you most like to live in?
A small town in Georgia or St. Augustine, FL. I love small towns and love towns with lots of history to them!
If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
It would be a farmhouse with a wrap around porch on acreage. The inside would be decked out with everything I have on my Pinterest board!
We thought now would be the best time to introduce ourselves to you! Most of us are home and trying find something to do everyday. Our team is made up of Janeka, Marketing Director, and Isabelle, Marketing Assistant. We love getting to know our clients and hope you enjoy getting to know us!
Janeka – Marketing Director
Janeka was born and raised on a farm in Missouri. She went to school for writing and counseling and worked as a mental health counselor for many years. She moved away from the farm for a while to live in places like Columbia, MO, Ft Lauderdale, FL and Phoenix, AZ.
She has since moved back to the farm and has a husband and son as well as many animals including goats, cats, dog, and rabbit. She has always had a passion for farming, agriculture, and technology. She is currently using my skills in psychology to help businesses achieve best results with advertising online. She is currently interested in human behavior regarding the buying process. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her animals, 70s rock music, reading & writing poetry.
I asked Janeka a few fun questions to help you learn more about her!
Isabelle: What is something you hope never changes?
Janeka: I hope people never stop being kind to those in need!
I: What is one thing that you would rate 10/10?
I: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?
J: Well right now, a vaccine to viruses!
I: Where is the most interesting place you have ever been?
J: I have spent quite a bit of time on our American Indian reservations, which is very interesting to me!
I: What would you be most likely to become famous for?
J: Writing? Helping people?
The average person spends 144 minutes on Social Media a day. That means they are scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and so many more apps. They are seeing what their high school classmates are up to, learning a new recipe, or looking at items they can purchase. You want to make sure that you are doing your business posts correctly, so you are getting the maximum amount of interactions from it.
Pay attention to what your followers interact with. If you get 50 sales, 10,000 views, and 5,000 comments on a video and get 50% less on photos or blogs, then post videos! That is what your followers want to see and what makes the purchase from you.
Post without proofreading. I have written an awesome Instagram caption, posted it, and reread it to see that I forget “the” in a sentence and how to spell “Tuesday.” Your followers see that and might not want to work with you, especially if it’s for a writing job. (i.e. marketing, blog writing, or tutoring)
Interact with your followers. Respond to messages and comments in a timely manner. People like seeing interactions from the business because it shows that they care. I’m more likely to purchase from a business who responds back to me compared to one I never hear from.
*Think about business who are very interactive on Twitter and post funny comments back to people.
Use automation for everything! If your real estate posts look like everyone else’s, why should they purchase from you? What makes your business stand out? You want to make sure you are being real with your followers!
Use Social Media to keep your followers up to date. Share any sales, new arrivals, or coupons that your followers would like!
Try to be everyone at once. If you have no followers/interactions on Twitter, but have a huge following on Instagram then don’t spend a ton of time on Twitter. Spend your time on sites that your followers want to see you on!