When someone uses your branded AR filter in their stories, viewers can see who created it and will be prompted to try it out themselves. When people visit your Instagram profile, they’ll be prompted to try out the filter, which is a creative way to get more Instagram followers and get your filter in front of a new audience in a lighthearted and fun way.
And don’t worry if you’re not an Instagram giant like Starbucks yet, even smaller brands under the 10k mark can still benefit from collaborations. Instagram Stories takeovers, co-written blog posts or eBooks and co-hosting Instagram live sessions and IGTV videos are easy and quick ways to create a co-marketing campaign that could make a real difference to your followers this year.
Invite audiences to ‘find out more’ on Instagram: If you have a platform, like YouTube, for example, that’s really thriving with an engaged audience, you can use this follower-power to invite audiences to check out your Instagram feed, especially if you’re sharing something exclusive there. For example, if you are a fashion brand, you could share a preview of your new collection on YouTube and invite your viewers to check out the big reveal of the whole collection on Instagram Stories on a specific date.
With the growing importance of social media for businesses, account performance has become a deciding factor for whether customers want to do business with you. If your business profile has a large number of followers, it will appear to customers that your company has been around a while and knows what it’s doing. Companies with few followers and low engagement seem inexperienced and customers might decide against buying your product. Getting additional followers makes your profile look more professional and betters your chances of gaining real customers.