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How to obtain leads through Instagram

If you’re using social media to obtain leads you’ve probably had business from Facebook and Twitter, but have you considered Instagram for promoting your products of services?

Once company that is successfully using Instagram for business is Square One Marketing and Design whose boss Elliott Richmond can be found on Instagram @erichmond.

Elliott’s strategy is to publish a mixture of personal and business photos using the hashtags #sq1hq and #sq1md on all business Instagrams. These consist of a mixture of web development and web design projects that he’s worked on.

Instagram is a great way of showcasing his company’s web development and design expertise, which was recently noticed by Kim Ellefsen of Norwegian company WNDR. You can find Kim on Instagram at @ellefsen.

Kim wanted to find a web expert to develop a WordPress plugin and was impressed with Elliott’s Instagrams. He got in touch and now they are working together.

If you have any examples of obtaining leads via social media, please get in touch if you would like me to feature your story as an example.


Engaging Instagram for business campaign

Gastro pub The Tivoli in Cheltenham have come up with an engaging Social Media campaign using Instagram. The idea is for diners to take photos of their meals with Instagram and tag them with #TheTivoliMenu. Once The Tivoli have built a collection, they’ll create a special Instagram menu using the photos.

Visual menus are becoming an increasingly popular way of encouraging diners to make their food and drinks choices so this campaign is very much on trend. The campaign is a simple but engaging idea nicely promoted with cards around the pub which also mention their Facebook Page and Twitter profile.

If you need help with setting up a Social Media campaign to promote your business, give me a call on 01242 639023 to arrange a face to face meeting or book a phone call with me.


Twitter adds photo tagging. Social Media Snippets

Twitter to launch photo tagging and multiple photo upload - In its ongoing efforts to become more user friendly and seemingly more like Facebook, Twitter is launching a couple of new photo features. The former is available on Android (at least for me) and according to Twitter’s blog annoucement and the app notes, both should be available on iPhone and iPad although they’re not yet available for me. These features provide the opportunity to create further engagement by publishing photos that are relevant to your brand. You can choose whether you want to be tagged or not and by whom under Settings on twitter.com (see below).

Pinterest Ads here next month - This month will see the launch of Pinterest Ads or to be more accurate ‘Promoted Pins’. Taking a similar approach to Twitter, images will appear in the feed marked with ‘Promoted Pin’ on the bottom left. However, unlike Twitter there is no self-service platform with the product only available for marketing agencies, at least for now. Apart from the Promoted Pin label, it will be impossible to distinguish from regular pins so shouldn’t jar too much with users. Video ads will follow in June.

Instagram passes 200m users - Last week the photo and video sharing social network Instagram, reached a milestone yesterday when it passed the 200 million active users mark. Now owned by Facebook, it’s growing fast with 50 million of Instagram’s users signed up in the last six months, which means its total members grew by a massive 100% in the last year.

Twitter also testing “Share” and “Fave People” - In addition, Twitter is experimenting with replacing the “Retweet” with a new “Share” button and some Android users have noticed an alternative to Twitter lists in the form of a ‘Fave People’ button that is displayed between “Home” and “Discover” on the top menu.

LinkedIn to scrap Products and Services tab -  LinkedIn Company Pages are to lose the Products and Services tab. If you’ve spent time adding details of your Products and Service you need to take action now, particularly if you’ve obtained recommendations. With effect from 14 April 2014 all Products and Services information and recommendations will disappear so if you want to keep it you need to copy and save it elsewhere. LinkedIn advise people to set up Showcase Pages which they introduced in November. The idea is to have a Showcase Page for each of your product or service. This is fine for larger companies who have a range of products or services and the resources to maintain them but not so much for smaller businesses. Read more about this on LinkedIn’s Help. Please book some time with me if you need advice on this.

Linkedin to launch content score and trending topics - LinkedIn have introduced two new features to help make your use of LinkedIn a bit smarter; Content Marketing Score and Trending Content.  The former measures member engagement with your Sponsored Updates, Company Pages, LinkedIn Groups, employee updates, and Influencer posts (if applicable) and ranks you against your competitors on those same criteria. Mimicking Trending on Facebook and Twitter, Trending Content will display the most popular articles on the professionals network. These features will help you understand more about your and others content and help you measure your progress.


QPR hit the back of the net with Instagram

Businesses and brands are increasingly using Instagram as part of their marketing strategy. It’s early days for Instagram video but Queens Park Rangers Football Club is an example of a brand using Instagram photos to great effect.

The well taken photos reflect behind the scenes action at the Football Club and give followers a good sense of the Club’s culture. If you’re into football or QPR it’s interesting stuff that not available on more traditional media channels and comes across as informal, unfiltered and therefore refreshing. For example, here’s a pic of the team’s schedule during pre-season training in Austria.

Here’s a clever pic of Manager Harry Rednapp talking to the players.

The vast majority of photos in football are of the players so it makes a refreshing change to see something a bit different and gain a greater understanding of QPR.

It also give the fans to opportunity to engage by liking, commenting and sharing the pics.

Talking of fans, they’ve not been left out either with this shot of an early arrival at the opening match of the season.

How do you use Instagram to market your business? Let me know in the comments below.