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8 Instagram Marketing Tools

Are you are using Instagram to empower your business with photos and videos?  If so, then you know the challenge to manage your Instagram marketing strategy on mobile. Here’s an introduction to some online Instagram marketing tools that will allow you to do more with Instagram.

These are tools that will help you build your Instagram followers and engagement with your audience. These tools also help you measure your success with Instagram.

Collecto1. Collecto:

Followgram has changed into Collecto. You can extend your Instagram account’s functionality with Collecto. Collecto allows you to have an elegant web interface that manages your presence on Instagram. The stats section synchronizes your data and provides you with an overview about your account activity. You can include RSS feed, follow button, WordPress widget and QR code to your public profile.

Collecto enhances your browsing features and provides geo based recommendations, so you can connect with your audience on Instagram and build your local communities. Collecto also provides paid plans to extend your reach on Instagram.

You can choose plans according to your business. You can include custom background and custom cover photo on your public Instagram account. You can also send private messages to your followers.

2. Iconosquare:

IconosquareIconosquare is a user friendly web interface to manage your Instagram account which is also known as Statigram. You can include add-ons to your Instagram account.

The best thing about Iconosquare is its statistics features. It provides you the information on how you can optimize your Instagram account to get the most engagement. You can monitor your growth, check your account history monthly or weekly, and find most engaged followers with community insights. Magnifying icon helps you find the followers who don’t follow you back.

With Instagram feed tab, you can inform your other social media communities that you are on Instagram. You can interact with your followers by liking, commenting and sharing posts on social media. You can also set up image and video contests and promote them to increase your brand awareness and engagement. If you are searching for effective and scalable Instagram strategy, you should go for Iconosquare.

INK3613. INK361:

Ink361 is a free web interface that allows you to view your Instagram feed on desktop means .Images will be displayed much bigger than mobile. Ink361 helps you to create custom albums and share those custom albums photos with non-Instagram users. You can allow your visitors to share your visuals on social media platform.

The unique feature of ink361 is that it allows you to redesign your real images and convert them into highly attractive and appreciable pieces of art. It ensures that your clicks will receive their due worth.

You can look for new friends and follow them based on your interests. You can organize your campaign by sorting people who are following you and set alert for new posts. Ink361 gives you a clear overview about your Instagram statistics and keeps track of your social media impact.

4. Totem Analytics:

Totem AnalyticsTotem Analytics was previously known as Nitrogram. Totem is one of the first analytics platforms designed to focus and boost your business’ online presence on Instagram. Totem uses two platforms- totem analytics and totem connect to increase your presence on Instagram.

Totem analytics tool helps you get real time metrics on your posts, monitor competitors’ growth and benchmark your own performance. It also tracks your account and hashtags to measure the presence. Totem connect will help you to reach your targeted audiences on Instagram.

Totem analytics helps you to improve your performance by breaking up your followers according to their location and other demographics, by hashtag monitoring of your contests and engagements statistics and trends.

5. Curalate:

CuralateCuralate is one of the best analyzing tools for visual website content to monitor and measure your brands’ performance on Instagram. It will help you introduce your business story via images and videos to increase your audience engagement, brand reputation and build relationships with your potential customers. It also tracks your traffic and Return on investment.

Curalate helps you interact with your community, intensify your followers and keeps a close eye on your competitors. Its consumer insight helps you recognize what your customer expects from you.

Curalate recently launched like2buy for Instagram to create a shoppable Instagram account with any work within a minute. Like2buy is designed to drive more traffic to your product pages, no matter which devices your audience chooses to shop with – mobile, tablet or desktop. You can also use it for Pinterest marketing as well.

simply measured6. SimplyMeasured:

SimplyMeasured is a paid tool which helps you produce free detailed reports for your Instagram campaign and you can either download the excel analytics or export it to PowerPoint. This free report tells you which images are working for your Instagram campaign, which location is most engaging and which day and time are best for posting images.

SimplyMeasured also provides social, professional and enterprise paid plans. You can also upgrade your plans according to your needs. Professional and enterprise paid plan includes web analytics reports, Facebook page report and advertising analytics.

Simplymeasured gets a detailed overview about your brand’s performance and finds which things are generating more traffic for your business. It analyzes your audience, content and also allows you to know your competitors to create a better campaign with visuals.

Check out their blog - it’s one of the most informative digital marketing blogs you can follow. Lots of tips and great resources.

7. Piqora:

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Piqora is a great tool for Instagram social media engagement. It is a paid Instagram tool that also provides a free demo. It analyzes your Instagram account and tells analytics about when you should post, contest tracking, how to manage your post and account on desktop.

It examines your competitor accounts so you can easily compare your metrics, images and content and improve your strategy for more return. Another unique feature of Piqora is hashtag tracking that enables you to analyze your hashtag campaign to reach more potential customers in your niche market.

You can use virality metrics to predict which user has more potential to buy to increase your brand awareness and engagement. You can increase your conversions by using user generated Instagram images on your website and increase your brand value.

8. Websta:

Websta is formerly known as Webstagram. Websta board helps you organize

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your Instagram posts into different groups. With Websta web viewer you can browse popular images, hashtags and users. You can like, share and comment on photos, follow and unfollow your audience. You can directly send private messages to your audience members who are on Instagram.

You can use the Follow Me Button that will be displayed on your blog and website; the RSS feed to get updates; the search tool to find photos, users and hashtags; the repost this option to share images on social media platform; and statistics to analyze your account with some interesting data and stats about your Instagram account.

 

If Instagram makes since for your business, you have a lot of choices. We know you won’t use all of these, but we encourage you to explore these tools and find the one(s) that best suits you and your business.

Did you notice that one of your favorite tools isn’t on this list? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

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The 7 Rules of Writing High Quality Online Content

7 Rules for Writing High Quality ContentRules, rules and more rules.  I’m not much of a “rule follower” myself. However, when it comes to writing high quality online content, I do follow a few rules. Ok, they are really just guidelines. Here they are:

1. Use Simple Language

Keep the language simple and plain. Don’t use any words that the reader might need a dictionary to understand. Avoid using too much jargon or technical language that only your friends will understand. Keep sentences short and uncomplicated.

2. Watch your tone

The tone of your web content should be casual, as if you’re talking to a friend. Write like you’re writing to a friend. It’s also perfectly fine to use ‘I.’ Writing that is stiff and formal alienates readers and doesn’t build a personal connection, in addition to being hard to read. The exception is if you represent a stiff formal business with a stiff formal audience.

3. Use Small Chunks of Text

The same goes for the text. There’s nothing tougher than reading a huge block of text on a computer screen. It’s even worse when you’re using a mobile device. Paragraphs should be short and to the point. There’s nothing wrong with a paragraph as short as a sentence.

4. Break It Up with Headers

Break your articles up into headers. These are subtitles that tell the reader what each paragraph or part is about. These are great because people skim online web content. You can write your headers afterward and they can just be a few simple words describing what that section is about.

5. Keep it Short and Digestible…Sometimes

There are two sides of this debate. How long should your blog post really be? It’s often best to keep posts short and centered on one main point.

It should be mentioned, though, that longer articles tend to bring more benefits in terms of SEO. The search engines tend to favor longer content over shorter content. But for the sake of getting started, keep your posts short. You have to get used to writing a bit before you can stretch it out to longer articles.

6. Give It the Quality Test

Gear your web content toward solving readers’ problems. Of course, your 300-word blog post may not solve the problem completely for them. But give them some tips and advice that they can use. When you finish writing, read over it and ask yourself, “Does it offer value?” If it does, it probably passes the quality test.

7. Help Readers Take Action

A nice touch is to add a few takeaways at the end of the article. These are specific things your reader can do to solve their problem right now. You can summarize with steps if the article describes a process.

Now you have the rules. Which one’s will you follow?

How to Get Good Reviews Online: 7 Quick Tips

how to get online reviewsDo you know how to get good reviews online?

Online reviews can be a blessing or a curse to your company. The review is classic word of mouth taken to a whole new level. There is a wide array of websites that allow customers to write reviews. After trying your services or products, customers can tell others about you on one of these sites. Reviews on the Internet can reach a huge audience, so it’s very important that what’s written in the reviews is positive and accurate.

You don’t have any control over what customers write about you. However, if you get enough good reviews, a few bad ones will hardly be noticed. Here are seven quick tips:

Tip #1. Quality Products and Services

Offer the best products and services possible and follow it up with excellent customer service. This is where many businesses fail. They ignore customer feedback about their products and don’t respond quickly enough when there are problems. If you make your customers happy and try your best to deliver what they want, you will earn great reviews.

Tip #2. Ask for Reviews

If you offer good products and services that genuinely help your customers, you don’t have to twist their arms to get good reviews. All you need to do is ask. Right after they’ve enjoyed your product or service, gently remind customers that good reviews help your business grow and continue providing these products. Most customers will leave a review if asked politely.

Make it as easy as possible for people to leave reviews, and you’ll receive more and more. Give customers the URL to the review site where they can write their comments. If you’re interacting with customers online, give them a clickable link. If you’re offline, consider using QR codes. Then your customers can scan your QR Code with their mobile devices and be directed straight to the review site.

Tip #3. Offer Incentives

Many companies include reviews in their customer loyalty strategies. If you’re not getting as many good reviews as you’d like, offer your customers an incentive. Make sure they understand that they don’t have to say good things; they only have to leave you feedback. Offer a freebie, coupon, discount, or extra service first and let customers know it’s no-strings-attached. You may take a loss ñ they may not write a review ñ but if they don’t feel forced, they will be more likely to do it.

Tip #4. Boost Your Online Presence

Build your online presence and connect with your customers in as many places online as possible, including Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Especially for your under-30 customers, this engagement will go a long way in building customer loyalty and encouraging them to interact with you, which includes leaving reviews.

Tip #5. Quick and Efficient Damage Control

Respond to negative reviews quickly. Negative reviews donít necessarily have to be a bad thing. They offer you an opportunity to show people that you care about customer service. Ask the reviewer about his or her bad experience and offer ways you could help fix the issue, such as offering a free replacement product or a refund. Bend over backwards, not to save face, but to make the reviewer happy. Others will see this and think more highly of you.

Tip #6. Give Reviews

Give before you get. Review other products and services on your blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, or on LinkedIn and you you might be surprised how many people reciprocate.

Tip #7. Get into a Routine

Getting good reviews is a numbers game. The more proactive you are in giving and seeking feedback, the more feedback you’ll get. Make it part of your regular sales process and daily routine to get customer feedback wherever possible.

Take online reviews seriously. Your online reputation is worth it. 

10 Simple Tips for YouTube Marketing

youtubeIt’s not a question whether you use YouTube as your video marketing tool to reach your audience online, it’s only a question of how well you’ll use it. Here are 10 simple tips for YouTube marketing:

1. Keep your video short.

People generally have small attention spans and the percentage of viewers that are going to stick around for your big finale – and link information – after even 5 minutes is pretty slim. Ty and keep your information brief and to the point. Use your YouTube channel as a method of enticing viewers to view your other content, and give them more information when they get to that point.

2. Don’t forget about your mobile audience.

A growing number of people are using their phones to access YouTube and watch videos. Bear that in mind when you’re including text – it has to be easily viewable on a small screen.

3. Watermark your content.

Keep your information secure and not easily reproduced by others by adding a watermark to your video. Just make sure it’s not too overpowering that it distracts from your content.

4. Spread the word.

Having a consistent level of communication between your YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts will do wonders for your flow of traffic. As soon as you’ve produced a new video, get it out there and let everyone in your network know about it. The good news is that it will automatically post to your Google+ account since you’ll already have your Google and YouTube accounts linked.

5. Focus on SEO.

Add captions, tag your content, add a succinct description, think hard about your title and make sure your video file name is relevant, (dog-chases-car as opposed to 10-10-13) … these are all great methods of making sure your content gets viewed.

6. Think about Audio.

You want to make sure your audience is engaged… but not overwhelmed. If you have spoken audio, it’s good to include intro and outro music to the video. YouTube has some fantastic options to choose from.

7. Prepare your videos.

Use the best quality video and audio equipment as you can afford right now. Keep shaky camera movements to a minimum and plan the video before you shoot it – think about writing a script and practice first!

8. Link.

Make sure you take good advantage of the fact that someone is viewing your content – give them a link to the rest of your content or relevant content, and make it easily accessible in both the annotations and the video description.

9. Do something different.

Never has ‘thinking outside of the box’ been so important. You’re up against a lot of competition and the more you stand out, the better.

10. Go beyond YouTube.

Once you’ve created your video content there are plenty of other video sharing sites online where you can post it and increase your audience.

 

What other tips have you learned that have helped you?

13 Instagram Marketing Tools

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Looking to get the most out of Instagram? Well you are in luck. There are many apps and online tools that can be used in conjunction with Instagram. Below is a list of 25 tools that will help you get more out of your Instagram experience.

Online Tools That Help You Get The Most Out of Instagram

Statigram – This tool is great for engaging your community with contests, tracking your stats, and managing comments.

Igertools – Easy to use tool that allows you to quickly follow your followers back, unfollow those that do not follow you, and easily find new comments.

GramFeed – Is like a newsfeed to view your photos. You can also view your followers photos, like photos, post comments and more. It is an easy tool to use.

Cool Apps You Can Use From Your Smartphone:

Instafollow – This is an app tracker you can download that shows you who followed/unfollowed you, who you didn’t follow back, and who didn’t follow you back. The price to download is .99.

Instatag – This app allows you get more likes and follows by giving you easy tagging options. Using the right hashtags is very important. The app costs .99.

InstaCommentor – This app helps you know exactly what comments were replied to and which ones weren’t. Very important for networking and connecting with others.  Download the app for .99.

InstaEffect FX – This app will help you get those amazing photo effects. There are over 70 photos effects and filters. You can layer as many effects as you want. Definitely worth playing with. The best part is this app is free.

InstaRepost – This app allows you to repost photos you like. It works similar to retweets on Twitter. You can also customize your reposts. It also allows you to search for new photos and find interesting people. This app is free (there is a paid pro version as well). There is a free and paid version.

Textgram – Create texts and share them on Instagram. It is now very easy to quick to text or draw on your photo or without a photo. Download the app for .99.

Over – This is a fun app that allows you to add beautiful text overlays to any of your photos. It comes with images and fonts so you can easily add text or artwork to your photos. Download the app for $1.99.

Superimpose – You don’t need any expensive software to superimpose any more. You can change out backgrounds, foregrounds, mask out parts of the photo, change the size, color and more. The app costs .99.

And lastly if you wanted to turn your Instagram photos into magnets you can with StickyGram. Or if you want you can print out your Instagram photos you can with Copygram.

What are some of the tools you’ve found valuable to use with Instagram? Please share your comments below and download our free guide “How to Grow Your Brand with Instagram”.

 

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