How to boost your marketing with Instagram Stories
Writing for Business Advice, social media strategist Sam Burgess, founder of Social Mouth, outlines how small companies can begin marketing with Instagram Stories to connect with customers and generate sales.
Instagram is well-established as the social platform for smaller brands to thrive on. But for busy small business owners, it can drain your time and creative resources. Enter Instagram Stories, a real-time way to engage with and convert your audience.
Introduced in 2016, these 15-second video clips have made for addictive viewing; in fact, we’re watching so much Stories content, were neglecting to scroll our feeds.And, with less than half of the 800m Instagram users creating daily content, it’s a chance for small business to stand out especially given that one-third of the most viewed Stories on Instagram are from businesses.
Get up close and personal
So, why do Instagram Stories have such a positive effect on business? People buy from people. Your passion, enthusiasm and knowledge come across on film, and that in itself is compelling.’stories help to build know, like, trust the three things you need for someone to buy from a business.
By being on camera and encouraging interaction, you become much more approachable and prospective customers can contact you directly; in fact, one in five Instagram Stories leads to a direct message.
This can take away a barrier to purchase by getting any niggles resolved, sizing or shipping, for instance. A direct message is often the only time we ever converse with a customer one-to-one, so it’s your opportunity to give brilliant customer service and close the sale.
Marketing with Instagram Stories: Face the fear and do it anyway
The number one barrier preventing business owners from showing up on Stories is fear. Granted, we’re not all natural presenters, and as with everything, practice is essential. There’s some simple ways to fighting the fear:
1) Set yourself a challenge to post something on stories every day for thirty days. Create a content plan that maps out what youll talk about each day in advance so you don’t give up.
2) Remember your intention is to connect, educate and engage so ensure you’re bringing value to your community as well as selling. A value/community/sell/brand formula can be effective.
3) When filming, imagine you’re FaceTiming a friend who is slightly hard of hearing. Be yourself but project your voice. Be clear on your customer avatar as that will help shape the content and approach.
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