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How to Use Instagram Hashtags for Business

Instagram Cheat Sheet: How to Use Hashtags for Your Instagram Posts Properly

I used to not mind all the likes I could get on my Instagram posts and how many people were engaged with my content. However, after having a side business, I realized that using social media is much more than what meets the eye. From social media engagement itself, you can have a chance of getting people to consider buying what you sell. For that reason alone, many business owners start hiring social media services to engage with their potential and returning buyers. Social media is an essential piece of your business marketing strategy because social platforms help you connect with your customers, increase awareness about your brand, and boost your leads and sales. With more than three billion people around the world using social media every month, it’s no passing trend. Now with the rise of Instagram use for social media, it has become clearer that Instagram has better potentials for you to increase your brand awareness. Instagram enables a business to sell something more than just products. It can help to build up a better word of mouth. Reaching out to the audience through a platform like Instagram makes the relations with the target audience friendlier. However, reaching more audience and improving engagement with users is not an easy matter especially if you don’t set up social media ads. That being said, there is one of the ways you can ‘cheat’ Instagram marketing strategy without actually cheating if you haven’t got the time to hire a social media specialist; hashtags. Hashtags on Instagram are useful as they help other Instagram users discover your profile, which can ultimately increase the likelihood of obtaining more followers. Contrary to Twitter, using more specific hashtags on Instagram can help build a bigger audience for your business…only if you use it properly. So, how do you use hashtags for your business Instagram account posts and stories? Keep reading to find out!

When using hashtags, here are a few rules you need to know in order to use it properly:

  • Before posting your content, do some hashtag research
  • Find words that are related to your content and your business
  • Look at the number of engagements using the specific hashtags
  • Remember this; hashtags with most posts (like hashtags with million posts) may give you a boost in likes because many people will likely search those specific hashtags; however, there is also a higher chance that your posts that use those hashtags would be ‘cloistered’ and it could be possible that your posts would disappear from those specific hashtags because there would be other new posts coming from other users in just a few seconds since well, many people use those hashtags. Hashtags with thousands up to hundred thousand posts (below a million) may not give you a boost in likes and findings, but you can help people who are looking for what you sell narrow down search results and directly find you. Yes, hashtags like that can improve the possibility of your Instagram posts to be found by people in an easier way. For that reason,
  • It is important to combine both hashtags with most and least engagement in one post
  • You can use up to 30 hashtags and anything beyond that won’t show up in search, but I recommend using at least 15–20. In general, more is better! Go for all 30 if you use them well. Include as many as you can use strategically while staying relevant to your business.
  • Yes, you can use hashtags in your Instagram stories and even your bio! Make use of the right hashtags that are relevant to your business
  • Avoid using irrelevant topics and hashtags no matter how popular and trending those hashtags at the moment

Those are the rules to Instagram hashtag cheat sheet! That way, you don’t really cheat but if you follow those rules, you are on the right path of your business world.

How to build reselling business on social media

Selling on Social Media: How to Improve Your Reselling Business on Instagram

As a person who provides social media services every day, I know the hardest part of marketing your business on social media is gaining audience. We can post things on social media easily, but getting more people to actually interact with us is another story. In the business world, if you start from zero with your own name, at least you got a name for yourself when you achieve success. However, if you are a reselling business, I’m not going to lie, it is going to be hard promoting your business on social media because you are a reseller, not the original owner of the brand of which products you are reselling. This means that you need to find audience and gain their trust as well. Don’t worry; I have written special tips for your reselling business in this article. Keep reading to learn more!

Plan it first!

Just because you are a reseller, doesn’t mean you can’t plan bigger. Every business, small or big, needs a careful plan! You still need to conduct some research on your target audience, what your target audience needs and your competitors. You also need to come up with a good business name that has never been used before and of course not a common word used for the name. Make sure you are very well-prepared for your business.

Be transparent

People don’t buy products from someone they don’t trust for very obvious reasons like scams, fraud, and even fake products. Since you are a reselling business, you need to make them believe that you are not a fraud, a scammer nor you sell fake products. How? It’s by being transparent. Being transparent means that you tell your target audience your name, your real social media account and…yourself. If you are selling on Instagram, start by making an introduction video about yourself, who you are, how you started your business and why you started it in the first place. Also, insert your personal Instagram account in your business bio so that your target audience knows you are a real trusted person, not a robot, not a scammer.

Avoid excessively posting the brand’s testimonies on your feeds

Sure, you want to prove that the brand’s products that you are reselling are good in quality and many people use them, but when you randomly post the brand’s testimonies on your timeline or feeds without style, your business profile would end up looking like junks. If you are using Instagram, I would recommend posting customer reviews on Instagram Stories feature and putting them on highlights without ruining your Instagram feeds. Your Instagram feeds should be beautifully crafted into consistent patterns and colors. If you insist on putting customer reviews on your feeds, make sure it is uniquely designed so that your feeds won’t look messy.

Showcase the products and build interaction by using live content

One of the best real-life examples I can give you for this part is my friend who builds her own reselling business with so many brands. She resells many beauty brands focusing on facial mask products. With so much investment in digital marketing, she delivers her strategy through showcasing the products through live content such as Instagram stories and live streaming. Through her Instagram stories, she is giving tutorials for her followers about how to use the facial mask products. This will not only build strong engagement with her followers but this will also convince people to trust her more because she is using original products on her own face. Get it? It is all about authenticity and honesty.

When it comes to reselling businesses, the first thing you should gain aside from audience is their trust. Trust is the main important thing in reselling business because you don’t have a name for yourself, only your shop’s name, but not the brand. Therefore, be active to communicate with your followers and be honest with them. When they trust you, they will keep buying from you.

Business ideas you can start in a small town

The Ups and Downs: Business Ideas You Can Start If You Are Living in a Small Town

I may be a person working in the digital, modern world but trust me, I’ve been living in a small town where everything is far from modern. However, living in a small town makes me realize one thing; you don’t get to buy anything you want but you are still grateful somehow. That being said, I do need things that are only available in a big city. As a consumer, I always feel that I should go to big cities to buy the things I need because I can’t seem to find them in the area that I’m residing in. Are you a business owner looking to build a business in a small town like mine? If yes, please, I would give you business ideas you can start in a small town through this article. After discussing about business potential and website building with Melbourne web development team, I have summed up some business ideas you can start in a small town and how to keep up with the trends from digital perspective. Keep reading to learn more!

Grocery store

Seriously, nothing is more important than your daily food needs. Some small towns don’t have grocery stores near their area so most of them have to go to big cities to buy at least one-month supply of groceries. Therefore, building a grocery store business there should give you opportunities to succeed because everyone needs it, right? That being said, be careful when it comes to pricing. Be wise and do some research first.

Bakery

From your morning coffee to your kid’s birthday cake, neighborhood bakeries can fill a vast number of potential small-town needs. Trust me, everyone in small towns needs easy-to-reach bakery where they can celebrate their special days easily without hindrance and distance. Although it takes hard work to build bakery business, not to mention how risky it can be, if you bake for passion to help the people who live in small towns, then you are on the right path.

Food trucks

Opening up a taco or food truck may not be your first idea for a successful small-town business, but depending on the location of your town, the seasonality of its residents, and the weather, starting a food truck business can be a great investment. Many small towns have vibrant communities, and often these include outdoor activities such as sporting events, festivals, and markets.

Pet grooming and vet clinic

When your four-legged friends are sick and you need a place to take them, it is important to find the nearest vet clinic to treat them immediately. In case of emergency, your vet clinic will be the most reliable place for them to come to. Also, if people need to groom their pets, they don’t have to go far away just to find a place to take care of their pets. That being said, make sure you hire a well-experienced veterinarian and people who love animals to work at your vet clinic.

Now that you have some insights on what business you would like to start, you can begin planning for your business and determine what type of business that you think would work best in your small town. Make sure you conduct a research first before choosing and planning for your business.