More Brands Joining Instagram

More and more people are falling into the social media craze and a lead captor is Instagram. Instagram is a mobile app that allows users to take photos or videos for the purpose of sharing their life online.  It is now one of the top social platforms and businesses can use this to their advantage.

Instagram currently has more than 500 million users and steadily growing. What does this mean for marketers? That there is a huge platform of consumers waiting to be engaged with. Many businesses are advertising on Instagram for a number of reasons:

  • Simple to use: The app only allows a handful of options for what to post, this gives everyone fair game. There is no annoying spam or pop-up videos/links that usually drive consumers away. But rather it is the same square space that every user has. Allowing businesses to reach consumers in a relatable fashion that is not too overbearing.
  • Creative: Instagram allows businesses to visit their creative side and release content that is unique and specified for their brand.
  • Effective: Visual marketing is becoming increasingly popular as social media marketing continually grows. Consumers are preferring to gain information through sight, and Instagram does just that. If a company is able to draw a consumer in through their pictures and captions they have potential to gain more followers and ultimately customers.
Join in the Fun

Obviously if you’re a brand manager or brand marketer you need to stop what you are doing and set up an Instagram account. Right away for the future of the free world depends on it!

Ok, maybe not the entire free world and perhaps I am being a bit melodramatic. But the fact remains that consumers – more and more of them, are using Instagram, just as they are Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. And if you’re not including Instagram as part of your social media strategies which should be part of your overall integrated marketing campaigns, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to move that needle.

From the conclusion of the Simply Measured study: ”For brands that continue to hold out and watch as their competition is engaging users and measuring results, 80 cmillion potential customers are being ignored.”

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Woman-Owned Businesses

American Express OPEN taking special interest in the benchmarks reached by women-owned businesses and tasked itself with spreading the findings of its studies to encourage and enable women to put business plans in motion. Understanding how woman business owners are finding success is an important part of further growth. Below are some facts about women-owned businesses, complemented by tips and insights from successful female entrepreneurs.

Taken from (http://mashable.com/2012/08/14/facts-women-business/)

1. In the past 15 years, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 54%; there are now 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States.

“It’s so essential for business owners to have a financial plan. Often, business owners invest their own savings in order to increase their ultimate earning potential. Because of this, it’s extra important for you to have a personal plan for your own money and to establish your boundaries -– when you will and won’t do something. I think all too often people don’t have a plan -– and not having a plan actually is a plan, it’s just a really bad one! People don’t know what they don’t know, so it’s critical to talk to someone and enlist expertise from others.” — Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest

2. Despite owning nearly 30% of U.S. businesses, women attract only 5% of the nation’s equity capital. When it comes to first-year funding, women receive 80% less capital than men.

“I went out to SXSW knowing that all the investors I knew -– that they would all be there for the week and I could catch up with them all face to face. And I started with the people that knew me best asking if they would invest, or did they know someone they could introduce me to who could invest.

“Within 12 weeks I closed a round of nearly a quarter million. When all was said and done, I raised over $2 million in capital from investors. Not knowing how to do that and approaching that for the first time was a real challenge.” — Laura Fitton, oneforty

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Techie Networking for Women

Getting a startup off the ground is just the beginning. Growing a business is the next big step.

In this video, startup entrepreneur Amy Yazdian ofI’m In The Kitchen “tells how she felt intimidated as a young female in the technology space. Listen how she went out of her comfort zone and created her own network.

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Techie networking for women

  • Get out of comfort zone
  • Attend Industry events
  • Create your own network