Instagram best practices continue to change in 2020. As new advertising, creative, and sales tools come online, brands are exploring more and more new ways to engage users. For breakout success in 2020, you’ll need to keep up with the latest trends and take full advantages of what Instagram has to offer.

Just consider what your brand is up against.

Last year, businesses spent roughly $20 billion to advertise on Instagram. That’s $5.1 billion more than YouTube earned in 2019. This year, competition for Instagram users’ attention and loyalty will only grow more intense. Instagram Stories alone is expected to earn $1.7 billion in sales in 2020—with 150% revenue growth year over year.

If you currently use or consider to use Instagram for business, best practices in this post will give you inspiration. Let’s explore these 10 best Instagram practices – key to improving your results in 2020.

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One of my favorite quotes from Helen Keller “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”. It is the reason why more and more people spend more time traveling and exploring new things around the world. Wherever they go through, they keep all of their memories and experiences in photos, then share with their friends, family, and even people who have the same interest as traveling. As a result, Instagram – one of the biggest social media platforms about visuals has become a global place for many travelers to share their spirit and journey. Then, in case you’re a travel blogger and haven’t begun to share your world on Instagram, what are you waiting for? Let’s create your travel blog on Instagram right now!

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Keep reading to know more tips that publishers should do to increase their revenue.

Tips to increase revenue from publishers

3) Be in the Leads Business

Publishers have been selling access to their email lists for years. What the advertiser wants from a purchased email blast and what they actually receive are two different things. The advertiser starts with high hopes. They work with the publisher to narrow down a list of contacts from the publishers database. (Remember, this is the same database that doesn’t know what digital content its contacts’ consume on the publishers website.) From there the publisher queries that database to find a segment of contacts that. Let’s say have a certain title or work for a certain company. The advertiser wants leads and sales opportunities as a result of their email blast. What they actually get though is an average open rate, an average click through rate and perhaps a few email addresses.

Now, imagine if you could say to your advertisers, “Our database is unlike others. Our database actually keeps a contact profile of each of our readers and subscribers. That profile includes a timeline of interactions that each contact takes on our website. So, we send your offer to a contact with a certain title, at a certain company and in a certain geography. We can also send your offer to contacts who have read articles about trends in your product category and who have read your product reviews, as well as your competitors.

How do you think your advertisers would react if you could do this? 

Publishers who invest in focusing on the traffic they have, engaging readers with content and being in the lead business have the ability to do all of this. And they are generating high quality leads that turn into sales opportunities and revenue for their advertisers. As far as how this impacts the bottom line for publishers, well, HubSpot customer Seth Nichols of Cadalyst has seen his CPLs increase 120% and his lead generation revenue increase 32% in 9 months of using HubSpot.

4) Consider Sponsored Content and Contextual Ads

Emails aren’t the only way publishers can generate leads for their advertisers though. According to the Association of Media Magazine’s Factbook, 67% of digital magazine readers actually want to buy directly from magazine ads and 62% of readers want to buy directly from articles.

If you are a publisher that focuses on #1 and #2 above this is great news. Because it is simple to predict where your readers and subscribers are in the buying cycle for particular products that your advertisers want to sell to them.

Let’s say that based upon your readers’ contact timelines you know that they’ve read the article, “What you need to know about CAD WorkStations.” This might indicate that the people who read this article are at the early stages of the buying cycle for a CAD WorkStation. As a result, you decide to create a “top of the funnel” list of everyone who read this article. Then if any of those same readers read the article “3 Things you Need to Know about WorkStations” and then also download the “3 Reasons Management Should Support Your Workstation Replacement” whitepaper, a workflow would send these readers to a “middle of the funnel list.” Then after readers compare two product reviews, a workflow would send them to a “bottom of the funnel list.”

What lists allow publishers to do is deliver the right content, whether it be editorial by advertisers, to the right reader at the right time. Looking at this example below, there are plenty of opportunties and editorial for a reader to engage with “workstation” content.

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The point is, if your readers want to buy from ads and articles, give them the opportunity to do so. And, if someone gets stuck in the buying cycle in the middle of your workflow, worst case scenario is that you generate a highly qualified lead that you can give to your advertiser. This is proof positive that relevant ads can generate not only clicks but leads. Of course, if the reader makes it to the end of the workflow, well, the cash register rings. Either way, you’ve come a long way from sending email blasts from a list. This is created in a database that knows nothing about what your readers’ consume on your website or what they are interested in purchasing.

With almost online publishers that are running their business on Instagram, they often want to increase their website traffic. The reason why they want to increase their site traffic is always like their competitors get more traffic than I do”.  What this really means is that their competitors are earning more display ad revenue than they are. Then to compete with their competitors, they believe, they must increase their website traffic. Continue reading →

Instagram Highlight covers are a perfect way to impress your audiences at first. In your Instagram profile, you can find Instagram Highlight covers are right below the bio section. They provide audiences with a polished look for your Instagram Highlights and draw attention to your best Instagram Story content.

Covers are a simple win for any brand that banks on aesthetics. (And on Instagram, that’s everybody.)

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In 2017, businesses acquired an average $7.65 ROI for every dollar spent on influencer marketing. Nowadays, influencer marketing is an indisputably viable marketing method. However, it can be difficult  to know who to trust when you’re choosing an Instagram influencer for your next marketing campaign. Of course, you don’t want to use an influencer who doesn’t have real followers or a fully engaged audience. This would be a detriment to your marketing budget, but even worse, it could put your brand’s integrity at risk. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy methods to determine whether an account has fake followers on Instagram or not. Once you’ve collected a list of potential influencers for your next Instagram marketing campaign, take a look at some of our tips and tools for detecting fake followers or bots, so you can ensure you’re only working with the best.

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