How Fortune 500 Companies Use Instagram to Build Their Brands

Is your company on Instagram yet? If so, it joins the 123 Fortune 500s that have added Instagram to their marketing arsenal.

Brands like Nike, Starbucks, Ralph Lauren, Whole Foods and more are all top players in the Instagram big brand space.

TrackMaven, a competitive analysis firm, has released a study that exposes how these Fortune 500s are using Instagram, and gives tips on how you can use Instagram like a boss, too.

Having an Instagram account is one thing, but actually using it is another. TrackMaven explored the percentage of active accounts versus inactive accounts of Fortune 500s and found that of the 123 using Instagram, about 22% had active accounts.

The most-active brands using Instagram based on followers, photo posts and video posts included brands like: Nike, Starbucks, Foot Locker, Apple, Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom and Walt Disney.

Instagram Photo vs. Video

So what performs better for Fortune 500s — photo or video? TrackMaven says that because Instagram’s video service is somewhat new, photos still appear to be d

When Are the Best Times to Post on Instagram?

The study suggests that businesses using Instagram marketing can reap the benefits of content consumption not just during business hours, but in the evenings and on weekends, too. The following graph shows only a slight variance in user interaction on photos during the week.

Most Popular Instagram Photo Filters

Wondering what photo filters get the most attention? Interestingly enough, the untouched uploaded photo, or #nofilter, was the most-used by Fortune 500s, but the photos with the Mayfair filter seemed to perform the best.

Instagram Hashtags

Turning to Instagram features that more brands should be capitalizing on, is the hashtag. According to the study, number of hashtags correlated to the success of the content.

How You Can Succeed with Instagram Marketing, Too

Sabel Harris, lead marketing maven at TrackMaven gave three tips for brands that want a piece of the Instagram pie just like some of the top-performing Fortune 500s. Based on TrackMaven’s findings, Harris said brands big and small should know:

1. Videos are Effective

Although released only a few months ago, videos are only slightly less effective versus pictures in the terms of interactions they received while looking at the Fortune 500, which can account for how new they are. On average, a video on Instagram can get up to 24 interactions (sum of comments and likes).

Videos on Instagram provide two advantages:

First because of the slow adoption rate from the Fortune 500, other brands can lead the way by providing a different variety with pictures and video.

Second, at 15 seconds long and the capability to upload videos that weren’t taken with the app, brands have the ability to enhance their videos more. Instagram functions as a highly visual platform; but taking it a step further by adding more videos to your account can give you an advantage with your followers.

2. Multiple Hashtags Work

It’s often considered a social media faux pas to use more than two hashtags in a tweet; however, on Instagram, that rule can be thrown out the window. The data proves otherwise for bigger brands, showing that four to 11 hashtags can increase up to on average 77 interactions per Instagram post.

When you’re incorporating hashtags into your Instagram post, try to integrate them seamlessly into your post caption as opposed to jumbling them all at the bottom.

3. Your Posting Schedule: 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Even though most social media sites have an optimal time to post, Instagram users are on the platform interacting at all hours of the day and every day of the week, especially since users are actively on Instagram through their mobile devices.

The Fortune 500 are posting the most during business hours; however, the interaction levels don’t point out a clear winner for the optimal time to post. People are rarely away from their phones, so posting at different times of the day ensures advantageous mobile strategies for different audience segments.

Because there isn’t a finite time to post like on other social media outlets, brands can use this to their advantage to find what is right within their audience.

Source: mashable.com

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