Instagram Launches Voice Messages in DMs

Instagram Audio Messaging

In competition with Whatsapp, Instagram users have just been treated to a new way of sending messages. Now you can send audio messages too in Instagram DMs. If you still cannot see this option, just head to the App Store on your device and check for the latest app updates.

You will be able to see a new microphone icon appear within your direct messages window once your Instagram app is updated.

How can you send a voice recording in DM?

Simply just press the voice recording symbol to record your greeting.

Once pressed you will be able to see the voice memo appear as part of your chat history.

YouTube Videos Are Auto-playing In The Home Section

Youtube Autoplay

YouTube videos will now be set to auto-play by default without audio.

“Auto-play on Home,” will be implemented on Android and IOS in few weeks.

However YouTube Premium subscribers will already be familiar with the feature, which has been available to members since six months.

Video captions will also be featured on the screen automatically while videos are auto-playing, is its there in the video.

However users can turn off auto play from settings. Videos can also be set for auto play only on Wifi.

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Ways to Gain More Followers for Your Brand or Business with Instagram Nametag Tool

What is an Instagram Nametag?

Instagram Nametag

An Instagram Nametag is essentially like a QR code – it’s an image which other users can scan (from within the Instagram App) and instantly follow that person or profile.

Ways to use the Nametag tool to Gain More Followers –

1. Networking

Networking events and parties are situations with great opportunities to use your Instagram Nametag. Instead of struggling to hear a user-name to follow your new friend, you can scan each other’s Nametags, as these places can be loud, and conversations are usually short.

2. At Conferences/Corporate Events

Conferences & corporate events are ideal for establishing connections within your industry, with peers and prospective customers. Make it effortless for them to take the interaction past your booth by creating signage with your Nametag that they can scan.

3. In Print

You can use your Instagram Nametag as part of the visual to gain followers by creating flyers or by creating an ad

4. In Emails

Just think about the number of emails one sends each day. Email signatures are a great place to highlight any upcoming initiatives – so why not try your Instagram Nametag? One can also send a dedicated social media email with your Nametag to your list to get them to follow you online.

5. Physical Locations

Signage in physical locations is a simple reminder for your visitors to continue to follow you online. Try creating signage with your Instagram Nametag to gain more followers.

Instead of just saying ‘we’re on Facebook’ or including the Instagram logo somewhere in your store, try using the Nametag instead – a quick and easy way to connect to your Instagram presence.

Pinterest to Boost E-Commerce Potential, Adds New Shopping Options

Pinterest is not a social network was the statement made by Ben Silbermann the CEO of Pinterest, back in 2016.

The Platform has rolled out tools at a regular interval to further align up with its mission to become a product discovery and E-Commerce engine, a shift that has helped Pinterest better defined the App’s unique fit in an ever-crowded app market.

Catering to this, Pinterest is rolling out three new updates, in line with on-platform shopping.

The first is an update to its Product Pins, which will now replace Buy-able Pins across the board.

Pinterest's New Features

 

Moreover, Pinterest is also introducing a new shopping recommendations section beneath Style and Home Pins, enabling users to flip through similar items across multiple brands.

Pinterest's New Features

And lastly, Pinterest is also adding a new shopping shortcut, which will allow users to shop right from the feed.

Pinterest's New Features

Google+ to Shutter, After The Security Breach

Google publicized recently that it would slowly close down Google+, a long-struggling social network platform. The decision was made due to a software bug that disclosed exclusive data of over 5 lac users to hundreds of third-party applications.

The platforms 90% of sessions last under five seconds due to which the company has acknowledged that its social network has extremely low usage.

Consumers are flooded with a number of social platforms to choose from, and it appears that Google+ didn’t provide enough unique value to attract a loyal user base. It’s inconclusive whether Google violated privacy laws requiring disclosure of a data breach, given the patchwork of regulations worldwide.

Lawmakers and regulatory agencies may send a memo to senior Google executives that advised against disclosure of the data breach and warned of public embarrassment for the company.

Instagram Rolls Out Scannable Name tags to All Users

Now you can instantly add friends on Instagram by scanning their name tags.This feature enables you to scan in another users’ code via the Instagram camera, which brings up a preview of their profile and a quick follow link. Name tags are more or less similar to Snap codes on Snapchat, or Messenger Codes on Facebook Messenger – in fact, almost every platform now has some variation of scannable codes to quickly connect.

 

 

Instagram Scannable Nametags

Let’s understand why are social platforms so excited to keep pushing QR code options, despite their apparent low usage?

With QR code-enabled transactions totaling more than $1.65 trillion in China and Japan in 2016 could be one of the probable reasons social platforms see it as a significant opportunity with over a billion plus users.

In Japan, the App saw a 43% increase in usage last year. With such results, the name tag codes makes more sense, as it is easier for users everywhere to connect. They’re now available globally on both iOS and Android devices and could be an interesting consideration for brand campaigns

Pinterest Adds New Discovery Option to Highlight Pins Similar to Your Interests

Pinterest is on its way to boost content discovery with a new ‘more ideas’ tab which will focus on Pins alike to the content that were previously saved on the platform.

Pinterest More Idea Tab

With the Search Capacity across 175 billion pins and an extensive base of 250 million users, its recommendation function could prove to be highly imperative.

The options are comparatively minor but will uplift the content discovery. It may help marketers to stay on top of rising Pin trends when users do go searching for related content.

Try out a new way to discover more ideas for your boards by updating your App to the latest version

Best Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

The most common question entrepreneurs ask these days is “how can I improve my marketing with no or little money?’

That’s literally a million-dollar question!

But wait, even if there are numerous ideas to do so ; which will be appropriate for your company?

Will it work? Will it meet your budget constraint?

Remember it only takes only ONE good idea, well implemented, to launch you to greater heights.

Whether you have just started a small consulting business, or you run a local shop, or opened a café, you are constantly looking for ways to attract business without breaking the bank.

Social media is about connecting with the people in your niche:  customers, potential customers, people who are interested in what you do, or who share similar interests and circles or hubs with you.

Marketing Strategy

Here are some of the best strategies, digital and off-line, to market your business while ultimately saving you money! I’m betting you’ll find at least one in the batches below.

#1: Setting up a GAME PLAN within budget

The first step to marketing is obviously to define your final output and strategizing your budget. When a big, bad corporation goes through restructuring, the first question consultants ask is, “What do you want?”
This is when you firstly and fore mostly need to decide what are important for your business; extension or maximization of local exposure?
Are you looking for brand awareness or conversions?

Tips to try :
Start prioritizing your goals.
What are your most immediate needs and most importantly whats your long-term objective?

#2: Pay to earn back returns

For Online marketing one has to spend money to earn money —if you want to make a positive impact, you are going to spend some of your budget on paid search ads, display ads, social ads, etc.
Your head is likely to spin with questions like; how to get started? , how much it costs ?, how to know if Facebook Ads or Ad Words even work ?,whether you tackle this yourself or hire someone else to help?, it can be so worth it!
Why do I need to pay for Facebook Ads,? Maybe because Unpaid views on Facebook posts may be as low as 1% due to some Facebook trickery .

Tips to try :
If you’re using any medium, check if it’s working.
Use a cost calculator to see what you could get out of a small Facebook ads budget.

#3: Capitalize on Google’s Local Offerings

Google being the most widely used search engine has a surplus of offerings that can help your small business.
By creating a Google My Business account, you can take control of the information about your business, such as hours of operation, address, phone number and website. Now, with the new local search ads, your business can appear on the Google Maps App or website.

Tips to try :
Get a Google My Business account.
Google your business daily—check out the what information is already there, see what you can do to improve it.

#4: Choose One Social Channel, instead of all at a time

How much ever it be useful, social media is hard and irritating too.
Especially when you are try to juggle between Facebook and Linked In and Instagram and Pinterest and Google+ and Twitter…all at a time.
It’s hard to tell if it even works at all!
Having a presence across many channels is definitely great, but it is more effective to choose one channel that your customers are mostly present on or active on.
For example, if your customers are constantly tagging your location or handle in Instagram posts but rarely re-tweeting you on Twitter, invest more time in Instagram (which is conveniently easy to share on Facebook as well).

Tips to try :
Where are you seeing the engagement? On which social media platform? For this you need to analyze your current social media presence.
Sign up for some social tools! Hootsuite and Buffer will link up to your social accounts, allowing you to schedule posts for the future.

#5: Frequent Blogging

Blogging is not only, it can be hugely useful for exposure, branding and of course engaging.
Use effective blogging on your company blog where you should demonstrate to potential customers and fans that you’re an expert in your field . explain how you are dependent upon for guidance and advice.
You can also utilize this platform to brag!This could be anything from award announcements, project completions, hitting big milestones or preaching about your business.

Tips to try :
Quality over quantity but consistency is important. Advance to blog, a new blog post at least once per week.
Make sure you’re optimizing for SEO so people can find your blog content.

#6: Email Marketing

Email marketing is a perfect and well effective opportunity to establish loyalty, when you’re a small business.
If your customers and prospects are handing over email addresses, it opens the door to send out sale or event notifications. Remember it involves NO investments.
You can also think about sending a weekly or bi-weekly newsletter. People are more likely to be loyal and engage with a business that shows its humanity.

Tips to try :
If you’re looking to save money here,then sign up for Mail Chimp. They have a free email marketing service with great features, including predesigned templates.
Lots of people check their email on their phones, so make sure your emails are mobile-friendly, using CSS or smaller pixel width (smaller than 600px).

#7: Do Keyword Research for SEO

It is very important to have an idea what SEO is. Search engine optimization is a series of tactics used by marketers to obtain higher placements on the search results pages of Google, Bing, Yahoo or other search engines in order to increase visits to their website.
The good news is It’s free! The bad news is It’s tricky.

Tips to try :
Start by identifying a list of keywords that will bring relevant visitors to your site. Utilize keyword tools to help:  Word Stream’s Free Keyword Tool, Google’s Keyword Planner, or KWFinder
Think of the problems you’re trying to solve for you customers. Search Quora, Reddit, or Yahoo Answers to see what words are being used to talk about it.
Incorporate those words in your content which are being used by your customers, to make it more discoverable.
Get all eyes on you with effective SEO

#8: Share Your Knowledge

Knowledge shares can be anything from YouTube tutorials to webinars, to speaking at local conferences. You could re-purpose your presentations and put them on your blog!

Tips to try now :
Choose a hot topic in your industry to address.
Timely Follow ups with both attendees and non-attendees.

#9: Leverage Existing Customers

Most companies do a poor job of leveraging existing customers to create new ones. If your company does events, give people a discount or free gift to bring a friend.
Be active on Linked In! This is a great way to find others in your industry, join chat groups and forums for advice or event invites.
# Basically bonding?

Tips to try :
Find a local Habitat for Humanity project.
Check your calendar—is your business seasonal? When is an opportune time to have an event?

#10: Listen. Tweet. Listen. Listen Again.

Identify your ideal clients and find them on Twitter. Then start following them! Spend weeks listening to them; you’ll be amazed what they will tell you about their concerns, their ideal products, their current frustrations with their vendors. It’s a great way to get open honest market research.
Get a Twitter account in your business name. Post links to your articles educating people in your niche market. At the bottom of the article have links to your products & services. Also offer discount coupon codes to twitter members. This has worked very well for me.
Look for feedback, because the best companies are constantly improving. After completing a service, ask your customer to comment on their experience. The feedback is great in two part; it can inform on your business’ best practices and highlight the areas that need improvement.

Tips to try :
Choose an area where you need feedback.
Look into the survey tools.

#11: Apply for Awards

Its best when you are presented with a trophy, or a medal, or even just a badge, that you can then place in a prominent place to assert that your business savvy is. Award shows are also another great place to network! You would be surprised at the sheer amount of awards available

Tips to try :
Curate a list of the type of awards you could apply for, i.e. Best Design Team, Best Blog Post, etc.
Check these awards out!

#12: Maintain Relationships With Clients

The difference between a successful company and a mediocre one often boils down to an owner’s commitment in building and sustaining relationships with clients and prospects.
While it’s important to keep up traditional communication and PR, business owners should also be extending their relationships through online forums – website, blogs, and social networks. Conversations are happening all around you – are you listening, are you participating? Are you a thought leader? Be visible!

Tips to try :
Extend your relationships with clients through online forums – website, blogs, and social networks.

#13: Get Out of The Store: Be Different

Stand out from the crowd. Be a unicorn in a herd of donkeys. Be original and quirky and uniquely represent your business through advertising and marketing. Show everyone not only why your business is awesome, but why it is head-and-shoulders above everyone else.

Tips to try :
Take the time to create a striking “About Us” page that showcases your unique mission statement and staff.