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.
Finding the right influencers for your Instagram marketing campaign can be a big challenge, but creating clear goals helps. For example, if your goal is to rack up a lot of engagement, it might make sense to partner with micro-influencers with smaller audiences but higher engagement rates. If you’re trying to increase your brand awareness, metrics such as reach and traffic will be more useful.
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.
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.