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.
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.
Instagram also allows you to tag another account in your Story, which is a great way to connect with other businesses and your followers. To tag someone, type the “@” followed by the username you’d like to mention. This makes the tag clickable so that viewers can visit the tagging profile. You’ll receive a notification if you’ve been mentioned in someone’s story.
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.
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