The reality is that influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers often lead lives that aren’t exactly “normal.” And if you compare them with someone who has 5000 to 15,000 highly-engaged Instagram followers, who likely isn’t paying their rent from cashing in on Instagram sponsorships... Well, it’s just way more relatable to the everyday consumer!
Think of the way you may judge a friend’s profile that doesn’t have a lot of followers, or a post that doesn’t have a lot of engagement. It may be hard to admit, but ultimately, we all think the same thing when we see these posts; this person is unpopular. This thought comes from a human behavioral trait called “social proof.” According to social proof, we tend to judge how to behave and what to like based on how others are behaving, and what they like. You can see this in action on every social media platform.
Audiences desire to be entertained. Yet, more and more, many Instagram marketing companies waste time and resources on ineffective, bland content ideas as opposed to building lasting and engaging thoughtful experiences. By curating and collaborating on a catalog of original, educational and engaging content, you can build brand trust, loyalty and awareness.
Having regular guest segments is an awesome way to bring both variety and consistency to using Instagram Stories for business. To try it out with your own business: you can choose someone from your company for a “day-in-the-life” story, or you can partner with other businesses in your industry to swap stories for the day. It will help vary your content and keep your customers coming back for more.