The contest could be something like the best vacation pictures where your tour company awards winners with a full pain hiking trip. It could be the best bikini pictures where your fashion store awards the winners with a set of new lingerie. Contests can be anything to excite your followers and get them talking about your brand. To qualify for the competition, you can ask new users to follow you or use your hashtags in their posts.
Another reason Instagram is so great for ecommerce has to do with the platform itself. As we mentioned in the previous chapter, Instagram has recently introduced a ton of new business-facing tools -- and there’s definitely more to come! Whether through links in Instagram Stories or shoppable Instagram posts, soon enough many of our online shopping experiences will start (and end) on Instagram.
It’s the sad truth that most new Instagram profiles have a hard time getting noticed before they are able to gain a significant following. In some professions, like the fashion industry, models won’t even be considered for hire if they don’t have a certain number of followers. The reason being, most brands want to hire people who are well-known in their field for that kind of work. This can put up-and-coming models at an extreme disadvantage when trying to get discovered.