"Despite its widespread popularity, many small businesses aren’t utilizing Instagram to its fullest business potential," writes OPEN Forum contributor Angela Stringfellow. "Retailers post just 7.2 percent of their products on social commerce sites.”
Take advantage of the site’s influence and boost your brand’s value with this tip from Shari Theresia, co-owner of Los Angeles-based event staffing company Toast & Flute:
“To start, I researched and followed Los Angeles-based companies and people who I thought could recommend us to their clientele or would be interested in our services themselves. This included wedding and event planners, caterers, florists, event rental companies and event design companies. I was active on their Instagram accounts, liking their photos and getting on their radar.”
Read on for two more ways you can drive sales through Instagram.
A contest might sound like a great idea for a social media campaign, but if you don’t follow the rules, you may find the FTC knocking on your door, just like the marketing team at Cole Haan did when it launched a Pinterest contest to its followers.
These are the four things brands should consider when launching a contest on social media, particularly if that platform is Pinterest:
Read “4 Things You Must Know Before Running a Social Media Contest" on OPEN Forum.
We know why this tweet was so record-breakingly popular. But what makes an average Twitter user’s post shareable? Researchers from Google and Cornell University landed on a few answers after comparing two tweets sent by the same user, about the same topic, but with different wording:
For more insight (and links to the cool tools they made) visit OPEN Forum.
Learn how to get out of your social media rut by reading advice from Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends LLC on OPEN Forum.