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Using Instagram Stories to Benefit Your Business

 

When Facebook paid $1 billion in cash and stock for Instagram in April of 2012, a lot of people thought Zuckerberg and his team were crazy. While Instagram's app for Android was downloaded over a million times on the first day it was released that year, those metrics still paled in comparison to the over one billion active users Facebook had by the third quarter of 2012. However, if we fast-forward to the present, it actually looks like Facebook got a great deal. With over 700 million users, Instagram has grown to over twice the size of Twitter. Not only has Instagram rolled out highly targeted advertising options throughout their platform, but they've expanded well beyond photos and filters.

For businesses, the most interesting area where the platform has expanded is Stories. During its initial rollout in August of 2016, Instagram Stories provided a way for users to take photos, add effects & layers, and add them to their Instagram story. Images uploaded to a user's story expire after 24 hours. A few months later, Instagram took a big step by adding live video functionality to Stories. As of a few months ago, Instagram reported that more than 200 million of their users were interacting with Stories on a regular basis.

Although stories have already reached a huge audience, this feature is still quite new. That means it presents a big opportunity for businesses that understand how to utilize it. Here are a few ways to use Instagram Stories to benefit your own business:

Special Offers

A simple but very effective way to get started with Instagram Stories is by delivering a special offer. Because Stories expire after 24 hours, providing special offers give people a very good reason to stay tuned into what you're sharing. Scarcity and time limits are very powerful motivators, and Instagram Stories is a great platform for utilizing them.

Showcase Creativity

Most people don't want to buy from or work with a faceless corporation. Instead, they want to support people they like and find interesting. Since Stories provide a way to be less polished than your main Instagram profile, it's great for showing off what goes on behind the scenes. You can show off creativity and other experiences that make your business unique.

Host a Takeover

A takeover refers to letting someone else "host" your Instagram Stories for 24 hours. While this can work well with another member of your team, what's even more powerful is letting the owner of a complementary business take over your Stories. Taking this approach is a great way to bring a new audience to your Stories.

We hope you will use the information we shared above to start harnessing everything Instagram Stories can do for your business. And if you want to stay in the loop with the latest features and marketing opportunities from all the major social platforms, our self-study social media certification is a great way to make that happen. For a one-time fee, you'll get instant access to every tool and resource you need for success!

 

 

Social Media Management and Marketing Certification

Get hands-on training with Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus, a full-service Social Media Marketing Agency. Learn EVERYTHING you need to know to be a Social Media Manager for your company!

Do you want to know exactly how to reach your target audience with social media? Would you like an employee to acquire the skills needed to handle social media marketing for your company? Then this training session is for you! Learn how to attract more leads with social media marketing.

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"How To Successfully Grow Your Business With Social Media"

Presented by: Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus 

Join us for a fun networking and learn session where we will show you exactly how to grow your business with proven Social Media Marketing techniques you can implement right away!

Dinner will be provided so bring yourself, a friend, business cards and your think tank to this fun and engaging learning session. We will be giving away Door Prizes and one lucky winner will receive a $1,500 value Social Media Makeover!

Social Media Management and Marketing Certification

Get hands on training with Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus, a full service Social Media Marketing Agency. Learn EVERYTHING you need to know to be a Social Media Manager for your company!

Do you want to know exactly how to reach your target audience with social media? Would you like an employee to acquire the skills needed to handle social media marketing for your company? Then this training session is for you! Learn how to attract more leads with social media marketing.

Want To Learn How Social Media Can Help Your Business Increase Sales And Generate Leads?

RSVP to our event!

"How To Successfully Grow Your Business With Social Media"

Presented by: Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus

Join us for a fun networking and learn session where we will show you exactly how to grow your business with proven Social Media Marketing techniques you can implement right away!

Dinner will be provided so bring yourself, a friend, business cards and your think tank to this fun and engaging learning session. We will be giving away Door Prizes and one lucky winner will receive a $1,500 value Social Media Makeover!

Why Choose Web Media University’s Self Study Social Media Certification Program?

If you’re looking for a proven way to grow your business, social media marketing is an excellent option. By learning the ins and outs of social media marketing, you’ll be able to harness the power of some of the fastest-growing platforms on the Internet to connect with potential customers. This learning path is also great for anyone who wants to change or advance their career. The one drawback to this type of marketing is social media continues to evolve at a very rapid pace. As a result, many people try to use social media platforms for marketing, only to give up in frustration when they don’t see the results they’re expecting.

 

Since the cycle of trying to utilize social media for marketing and then giving up after failing to see any traction is something that’s been happening for many years, we created Web Media University as the leading resource to solve this problem. By going through our social media training program, you’ll learn about all the common pitfalls business owners face with social media, as well as how to overcome them. Once you finish our program, you’ll have all the skills and knowledge needed to fully harness the power of social media.

 

5 Key Benefits of Web Media University

 

The first reason to choose the Web Media University self-study social media certification program is we provide a great return on investment. Whether your goal is to grow your business or expand your career outlook, the attractive monthly payment options we offer mean you’ll get incredible value from the program. A big part of this value comes from the fact that we’re an online program. Because social media does change at such a rapid pace, the online format of our program allows us to keep our material up to date. By going through this Web Media University program, you’ll learn the most cutting-edge strategies that are available.

 

Another benefit we’re able to provide is continuous learning. As a business owner or professional engaged in social media marketing, you don’t want to get stuck with an outdated skillset. Having 24/7 access to Web Media University and all of our excellent resources will ensure you never find yourself in this position.

 

We take a lot of pride in the dynamic nature of our program. You’ll get exclusive access to tools like our case study library, social media software, apps, live webinars and expert teachers. We also offer a wide range of industry-specific training resources. Last but certainly not least is the self-study format of our program. We understand the busy schedule of a business owner or professional, which is why we make it very easy to tailor your studying to whenever you have free time.

 

If you’re ready to master all the social media skills you need to find business or career success in 2017 and beyond, enroll now in our self-study social media certification program.

How to Become a Successful Social Media Manager

With hundreds of millions of people using social media in the United States and billions more across the rest of the world, it’s not surprising that businesses across all industries have taken notice of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. While businesses of all sizes understand that social media is a powerful way for them to connect with potential and current customers, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. Since so many businesses have personally experienced the challenges that go along with building a meaningful presence on social media platforms, there’s a lot of demand for solutions. One solution that many businesses pursue is hiring a social media manager. Because engagement is such an important driver of social media activity, businesses want someone who can build a thriving community through real interactions.

Whether you’re interested in getting hired as a full-time social media manager for one company or want to work on a contract basis for multiple companies, we want to share some tips on the best approach to finding success as a social media manager:

Be Proactive

One of the main traits that separate individuals who find a lot of success as social media managers from those who don’t is being proactive. Given the ever-evolving landscape of social media, it’s important to take real ownership of your role and always be on the lookout for new opportunities.

Get Comfortable with Tools

Trying to manually do everything that’s required of a social media manager simply isn’t going to work. That’s why you need to be using comfortable using a variety of tools. From spreadsheets to scheduling tools, trying different tools and then fully learning the ones that work best will help you a lot.

Create Case Studies

Regardless of whether you prefer to work as a full-time or contract social media manager, it’s important to have a personal brand. One way to build a brand is by showing what you’ve done for different businesses. Case studies are an excellent way to share this information. And if you do work for any B2B companies, knowing how to create compelling case studies will come in quite handy.

Always Be Learning

Social media is something that continues to evolve at a very rapid pace. If you want to ensure that you’re always in the loop about what’s new and working, it’s essential to make ongoing learning a priority. A simple but very effective way to keep up with the latest in social media is our self-study social media certification. Not only will our program give you all the skills you need to thrive as a social media manager, but it will ensure that you’re able to keep those skills sharp.

Why Social Media Certification Training Should Be At The Top of Your List for 2017

Digital marketing is a field that continues to grow at a rapid pace. What's interesting about digital marketing is the field itself evolves almost just as fast. This rapid evolution means companies of all sizes find it challenging to hire people who have the current knowledge and skills to step right into a role in a meaningful way.

While there are definitely benefits to having a college degree, those benefits don't directly cross over to the digital marketing field. Even if a degree includes courses that are focused on digital, the curriculum isn't updated often enough to reflect the current state of digital marketing.

Whether you're interested in moving into the digital marketing field or want to get a promotion within it, you're probably wondering what steps you should take during 2017. We're going to explain why social media certification training is the best thing you can do during 2017, along with how to get started on this path.

 

The Value of Social Media Certification Training

There are a number of reasons why social media certification training is so beneficial to anyone who's involved or wants to get involved with digital marketing. The first is that the instructors teaching you throughout this training are professionals with real-world experience. Having someone with that perspective on social media marketing is essential for learning in a way that you'll be able to apply.

The next benefit is all the practical knowledge you'll gain. Because this type of training is focused on the skills needed to engage in actual social media marketing, you'll have a significant advantage in any role that you take on. The first two benefits tie in directly with the third, which is being able to show someone who's making hiring decisions that you're both proactive and have the type of skills they want from a candidate.

 

Maximize the Value of This Experience By Choosing Web Media University

If you want to take advantage of everything that a great social media certification training program has to offer, Web Media University is the perfect choice. We offer a coached social media certification and self-study social media certification. Having both options available means you'll be able to choose the perfect fit for your specific goals.

With Web Media University's coached social media certification, you'll get access to an expert teacher who will provide a hands-on training session designed just for you. Everything you learn will be reinforced by a homework assignment that follows each session. And with our self-study social media certification, you'll have access to courses that you can study whenever works best for you. This program also includes live training webinars, a case studies library, software directory and more.

If you want to accomplish something in 2017 that will help you move your career in the direction you desire, compare our social media certification programs and then get started with the one that's the perfect fit for you.

Starbucks Proves Why Every Company Needs Social Media Training

When it comes to a company that's as large as Starbucks, new initiatives don't get released to the public in a spontaneous manner. Instead, any big marketing push has to go through countless layers of approval before it goes out into the world. But while Starbucks and other large companies put a lot of work into their marketing, that doesn't mean they always get it right.

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  • MICHELLE HUMMEL

    MICHELLE HUMMEL

    Michelle was recently nominated for the Women Owned Business of the Year! CEO of her own full service social media marketing agency Web Strategy Plus.  She holds a valuable degree in Internet Marketing with a strong 15+ year background in the field. She has published 2 books in her series titled, “The Social Media Magnet: everything you need to know to attract customers with social media”, where she shares her best kept secrets to success. Michelle travels Worldwide delivering keynotes and in-depth social media certification training to companies. She founded the Social Media Enthusiasts community with chapters Nationwide. Also a current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine. Read More »