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December 14, 2014 / Stephanie Vermillion

New Strategies for Vine, Facebook and Instagram in 2015

New Strategies for Vine, Facebook and Instagram in 2015

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As PR pros, most of us know the ins and outs of social media. It’s an absolute must in today’s digital age.

But, while we may be savvy pinners and engaging Instagram-ers, we often miss one of the most valuable social media marketing resources of all: the site’s interface.

Say what?

That’s right. Instead of just posting regular updates, you can get creative with your social media by using the site’s unique assets, such as photo click throughs or location links. This will catch your audience’s attention and, in some cases, align with your key performance indicators.

Here’s how you can think outside the social box as you plan your brand’s Vine, Facebook and Instagram strategies for 2015.

Vine

Earlier this week, Ad Age shared how Lowe’s is using Vine’s “tap-to-stop technology” in its “How-To Tap Thru” series. The Vines offers quick, six-second demonstrations for home improvements.

By incorporating Vine’s tap-to-stop technology, the audience can pause the tutorial to follow along at home. For example, in this Vine, Lowe’s shares how to build a fire pit in 10 (very quick) steps.

And this tactic can be used across multiple industries. Do you represent a grocery store chain? Implement a tap-thru series for recipes. Do you work for a clothing line? Use Vine to share tips for putting together an outfit. It’s simple, but sometimes simple is the best option.

Facebook

As one of the oldest social media sites, most U.S. citizens – not just PR pros – are well-versed in Facebook. The site’s album option is a popular feature because people (and brands) love to share photos.

But what if we could turn that album feature on its head for an exciting new promotion strategy?

Instead of just posting photos, try using that click-through feature (the easy act of clicking on each photo to get to the next) to tell a larger story.

For example, as the aforementioned grocery store brand, you could unveil the top 15 foods purchased in 2014 via photos with text overlay as a click-through list in a Facebook album. You could end with a coupon redeemable on your website, or tease people to the site to see the number one most popular food.

Another option: If you’re launching an e-book, provide a snippet of it – perhaps the first chapter – through a Facebook album. With the click-through feature, it’s like they’re flipping from page to page. And, if the content is valuable enough (which it should be if you’ve published it!) they’ll click right through to your site to download the rest.

Instagram

I love Instagram, but as a marketer, the lack of hyperlinking capabilities is frustrating. To counter this, more and more brands are offering specific promotions through individual posts, then directing the audience to their profile page for a direct link to the campaign or promotion landing page. That means they’re updating their profile link multiple times per week.

So I tried that out on my own behalf to see how it would work with my marathon fundraising efforts – and it was a success. I received a new donation within the hour! Here’s a snapshot of what that post looks like:

Instagram Linking

Other brands are even using the location tag within posts to share the call to action, such as “shop today’s deal, use link in profile.”

For you visual learners, here’s an example of how Asics, my beloved running shoe brand, is using this tactic (note the location tag on the top right, which mirrors the CTA mentioned above):

Instagram Linking

In and of itself, social media is an incredibly useful tool for brands. It offers unprecedented opportunities for customer interaction. And, when you go beyond the typical posts and fully use the platform’s offerings and interface, you can surprise, delight and engage with your audience even further.

Have you discovered tips and tricks for other popular social sites like LinkedIn or Twitter? Please share!

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