Instagram opens the door to showcase your brand visually and interact with potential customers who may be interested in your products or services. The secret ingredient to a flourishing Instagram community is with appealing, high quality images-- coupled with awesome photography apps making it possible to take and edit brilliant photos that capture one’s audience.
Instagram video burst onto the scene in mid-2013, and in the months since then we’ve seen good, bad, and ugly video efforts from brands. The good news is that when companies do get it right, Instagram video efforts actually seem to pay off.
Instagram has become its own valid community in social media, both a business and consumer’s paradise. Now that it has video, Instagram is in direct competition with Vine, but seems to be a more mature, logically growing community rather than a gimmicky response to the popular video-sharing app.
As marketing actions shift from outbound to inbound, companies are falling over themselves to get on board with the latest social media sites. Can B2B companies use Vine and Instagram to build their brand and showcase their products? See how B2B companies are currently using these platforms.
"Dear Socially Stephanie, I run a small artisanal catering company in Fresno. I share our business information on my personal Facebook page, but other than that I'm lost. How can I get my company in front of more people? While we are located in Fresno, we ship around the country."
When comparing the two apps side by side there really are quite a few differences between Vine and Instagram. But do these differences mean one is better than the other? Is 6 seconds enough time to share what you want to share in a video, or would users rather opt for 15 seconds?
This weeks #SMTnews Tweetchat focused on the introduction of Instagram Video. Our conversation ranged from discussing the role of short videos in general to brand strategy to the benefits of Vine versus Instagram. Thanks to our #SMTnews audience for providing such a stimulating conversation!