Instagram offers a big opportunity  for small businesses. In fact, they have over 25 million business profiles and over 2 million advertisers, according to Jason Hsiao, Chief Video Officer and Co-Founder of Animoto. 
Small Business Trends spoke with him about how to create the best videos for the popular social media site that’s gaining serious momentum in the business world.
“The bottom line is Instagram is a rocket ship right now,” he said. “It’s by far the fastest growing social media platform.”
He added that while it’s not the biggest (that’s still Facebook overall) Instagram has just surpassed one billion monthly active users to get the attention of the brick and mortar and digital business owner both. Animoto studied the trends and found, among other things, 200 million people visit at least one business profile each day.
Create Videos for Instagram – The Tips
So, how do small businesses get involved? What are the best practices to get video working for you on Instagram? Here are a few thoughts that should supply a framework and even allow your small business to compete with bigger players and their large marketing budgets.
Show Don’t Tell
“Basically, Instagram is different than other social media platforms because it has emerged as the most visual,” Hsiao says.
This means certain formats like product demos, how to and explainer videos do best. Behind-the-scenes scenarios do well too.
“Anything that has a before and after element are hugely popular.”
The Animoto study also found that Instagram has 58% more engagement than Facebook. It’s another important peg to hang any business video hat on. Hsiao suggests that if you look at your videos like conversation starters rather than one-way communication, you can get visitors involved.
Encouraging comments and questions are two ways to get engagement working for you. For example, if you’re selling dental hygiene products, you can ask people if they brush their teeth in the morning or at night in the video.
There’s also a trend with younger people asking questions through the platform.
Make Videos Square
You can’t ignore mobile if you want any small business to succeed—making videos in a square format on Instagram makes better use of smartphone screens by taking up 78% more space for a better visual experience.
Need more evidence? Hsiao points to Cup Cake Market in NYC. They ran a test and found square video outpaced the older landscape formant on Instagram with 40% more views.
Make Shareable Content
You can reach people you might not normally attract to your small business videos by making your content interesting enough they want to share it.
“We are even encouraging small business to ask people outright to share the video,” Hsiao says.
Experiment with Targeting
Facebook owns Instagram and both have very advanced targeting tools to get your video in front of your target market. These tools allow you to be very specific with important factors like demographic and location.
Hsiao highlighted the cost-effectiveness.
“Basically, these allow you to get very specific about who can see your video and ensure that your dollars go the furthest that they can.”
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