2018 Instagram Updates

2018 has been a busy year already for Instagram, it is only March and there has been a lot of additional functionalities and updates announced which makes it a really exciting platform for users and business owners.

Here we round up the most recent updates.

March 22nd 2018, Instagram announced that they were making changes to improve the Instagram feed and that the user can now choose when the feed is refreshed. It also suggests that posts will start appearing in order of when they have been posted, meaning that you will see the most recent posts of the people you follow and are important to you. They haven’t completely answered our wishes of a chronological feed but this appears to be one step closer. Cheers to that!

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https://instagram-press.com/blog/2018/03/22/changes-to-improve-your-instagram-feed/

Hashtags and @mentions in bio 

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As of the 21st March, you can now add linkable #s and @mentions in your bio. This allows you to showcase your brands, campaigns hashtags and directly link a profile in your bio.

To add a hashtag or profile link in your bio, tap on Edit Profile and go to the bio section. When you type a # or @, you will see a list of recommended hashtags and accounts. Here you can select the hashtags and accounts that you want to shout about and these will automatically be linked to your bio.

Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts (goodbye push notifications) 

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This news was big news, especially to social media managers who manage multiple client accounts.  Previously, you could schedule your posts into a scheduling tool such as HootSuite or Buffer and then you would receive a push notification which you would then manually post to the app. You could also create and save drafts within the app to post at a later time.

Although the function still is not available directly from the app, the update was added to Instagram’s API which means that Facebook and Instagram Marketing Partners can now have access to this functionality and add it to their products.

Type mode for stories has arrived: 

As of 1st February 2018, “Type” mode in stories allow you to share anything that’s on your mind with creative text styles and backgrounds — no photo or video required. So if you have a quick announcement to make this is a great way to do this in a colourful and expressive way.

When you open the camera, you’ll see “Type” next to “Normal” under the record button. Tap “Type” and write whatever you want to say. You can play around with the different styles to change the look and feel. You can also choose from various background colours and highlight words and phrases and even add a background photo.

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Follow Hashtags (this was actually introduced in December 2017) 

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This is a great function for brands as they can monitor their own hashtag for user-generated content (UGC). Also allows you to follow hashtags that are relevant and specific to your niche which will allow you to get a better understanding of what your competitors are doing and what is generating the most engagement.

To conclude, This is a roundup of the most recent Instagram updates. I hope that you have found it useful and I will keep you updated on further updates as and when they are announced.

If you are a small business and feeling overwhelmed with updates and how to implement them into your social media strategy then please get in touch and we can discuss how All Over Social can help.

We manage social media marketing on behalf of a number of clients. Removing some of the stress from the day to day of running a business. Let us take control of your social media and digital marketing whilst you focus on your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 reasons you should be advertising on Facebook

As a business owner, I bet you spend a lot of your time considering where and how you should be focussing your marketing efforts – am I right?

Should you be creating video? writing blog posts? e-mail marketing? SEO? PPC? Creating podcasts?

The simple answer is you should be experimenting with all of the above, a fully integrated marketing strategy is best.

But what you need to be asking yourself is – where are your customers? What is going to get the attention of those customers?

There is one force we haven’t mentioned and that is Social Media. Now chances are (like me) you are probably checking your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds several times a day? Well, guess what? Your customers are doing exactly the same.

This leads to another conundrum as to which platform should you be focussing your efforts on? Well, once again depends on which platform your audience is on. Each platform requires a different strategy and will suit particular content better than others.  There is one social network that no marketer simply cannot ignore and that is Facebook.

And here we list five reasons why

Your audience is on Facebook

Facebook has a MASSIVE user base, larger than the population of China in fact. Facebook has given businesses a massive advertising opportunity. So your audience will be on Facebook, you just have to find them.

Facebook ads are cheap 

As a small business, you probably don’t have monster budgets for your marketing and this is why you should be looking at Facebook advertising. If you have a clear focus and a simple strategy then this is a highly cost-effective advertising solution.

The targeting capabilities on Facebook are amazing

The reason that Facebook advertising is so popular is due to the fact you can laser target users based on:

  • Interests
  • Location
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Relationship status
  • Education
  • Work
  • Interests
  • Behaviours
  • The list goes on.

You can also target people who have visited your website, signed up to your e-mails and then you can also create a lookalike audience based on the characteristics of your existing followers and audience. Clever huh?

Trackable and measurable 

Facebook allows you to track everything, unlike many forms of advertising especially offline. You can see exactly how many people viewed your advert, visited which pages on your website and who then went on and converted.

You get a range of analytics such as:

  • Reach
  • Number of clicks
  • Cost per click
  • Cost per conversion

And the list goes on.

To be able to get the most out of Facebook advertising and really dig deep with the analytics you will need to add the Facebook Pixel to your website.

Gain an advantage over your competition 

Not every business is using it. But with Facebook Organic traffic declining it’s not going to take long for the crowds to follow. Which means that you can ahead of your competition if you start right now.

How we can help you.

If you haven’t started taking your Facebook advertising strategy seriously yet, now is the time. We are aware this is a big task if you do not know how or have the time to focus on it.

Which is why we can manage Facebook Advertising on your behalf. We can do the initial set up and either manage on a monthly basis or hand over the management to you.

Let’s begin with a brief no obligation chat to find out if we are a good fit.

Call 07872 011 361 or e-mail hello@alloversocial.co.uk to book that call in.