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Are You Creating Instagrammable Moments?

Photo by Stellar Exposures

Photo by Stellar Exposures

Social media is the best free marketing there is, and the fastest way to get in front of your target market. One of the best ways to create opportunity for your brand? Setting yourself up for what I like to call Instagrammable moments.

Here are several ways to make sure you are maximizing on stylish, branded (and again, free) exposure with Instagrammable moments:

  • Create (or find) a space where you love working. Not only does this benefit your vibe and workflow daily, but it also makes it easy to snap a branded photo when the moment strikes you. For example, our team absolutely loves working at The Annex. It’s a beautiful, well lit creative workspace with modern decor and a beautiful moss wall - all totally Instagrammable.

  • Take pictures of yourself or your team working. Behind the scenes photos can be completely Instagrammable, and tend to perform very well (people love to see what you’re up to). Snag a picture when your team is coordinating or looking especially branded - for Elixir, that’s when we’re all dressed in black, looking like a fierce coven 🖤

  • Send a potential or current client something for free that’s funny or attention grabbing! Make sure it’s branded and has your logo so when they post, your name is front and center. Even if you don’t sell a physical product, you can accomplish this by sending an on-brand note or small gift.

  • Is your desk looking great? Take a quick flatlay! Grab something with your logo (like a business card), add it into the mix, and snap away. Don’t have something with your logo on hand? Use that flatlay like a graphic - leave white space and add your logo in later!

    Tell me in the comments a way you’ve created an Instagrammable moment for your business! 👌🏼

Does Your Caption Follow This ONE Rule?

Focus Goal

When you’re composing a post, there are so many things to consider. Choosing the right image (a behind the scenes photo, a current project, or even a quote), curating the perfect group of hashtags (#socialmediatips), and remembering to geotag (ALWAYS) can seem kind of overwhelming.

But after all that work, are you forgetting the most important part of your post?

When you create your post, the FIRST thing you should be thinking of is its purpose. Even if you’ve put all that work into making your post look perfect and getting your hashtags just right, it won’t matter without a clear purpose. What’s the end goal you’re trying to achieve by sharing this on your page? Are you:

  • trying to drive clients to your website or blog?

  • introducing a new project, product, or service?

  • promoting an upcoming event or class you’re hosting?

No matter what you choose (and there are way more than what I’ve listed above), you need to know exactly what your aim is before you hit post.

Every single post you create should have a purpose that ties in to your 6 month goal marketing plan (yes... even the weird cat meme you shared because it made you snort whiskey out of your nose). If you’re taking the time to get all the “technical”parts of posting correct without focusing on your end game, your social media won’t really be working for you.

Plan Your Own Marketing Photoshoot

Photo by Stellar Exposures

Photo by Stellar Exposures

  1. Find a photographer who FITS YOUR BRAND

Not all photographers are created equal. Just because someone is an amazing wedding photographer, doesn’t mean they’re going to be just as amazing at a marketing shoot for content. After all, you wouldn’t assume a baker is a great bbq pit master right?

How do you know if they are a good fit? Editing style. If your brand is light and airy, take a look at their portfolio (or Instagram profile) and see how they edit. If you see a lot of darker, moodier photos- probably not for you.

Look at their detail shots. What are those? Images of literal details of objects like a close up of hands working on a laptop, flatlays of “tools” you use everyday, maybe it’s a mug full of coffee. Why is this important? Because shooting people and shooting objects are two different ball games that takes practice and you want someone who can do BOTH.

Social Media Expert Manager Elixir Media Co.

2. Create a Mood Board

Chances are, you’ve already made one before and didn’t even know it! Throw your hands up if Pinterest is YOUR JAM. A mood board is simply an inspiration board for your photoshoot. Finding images and putting them together in one place, helps bridge the gap of what you have in mind versus what you’re photographer THINKS you have in mind.

3. Have a Shot List

Make a list of images you HAVE TO HAVE. You can write this out or you can find images as well.

Why is this so important? Too many times I’ve seen people walk away from photoshoots feeling like they didn’t get everything they wanted. They had an idea in mind for their website landing page, head shot, or even product to be featured, that they didn’t get. A shot list keeps you on track to make sure that doesn’t happen to you!

Photo by Stellar Exposures

Photo by Stellar Exposures

4. Bring Props… because what else are you going to do with your hands?

If you’ve ever had a photoshoot before, you know what I mean. Otherwise you’re probably thinking… what do my hands have to do with anything?

Truth is, when standing in front of a camera all by your lonesome, suddenly you find yourself feeling really subconscious about your go-to hands on the hip pose. My suggestion? Bring (or go out and buy) a few branded products to hold, so you don’t feel as awkward. The added bonus is now you’ve subtly tied in your branding as well!

5. Wear a basic top with multiple layers

Don’t bring just one sweater, jacket, blazer… bring at least three! This way, it’ll look like you’ve taken photos over a period of time, not like you’re using the same images from the same shoot six months ago.

5 Reasons You're Missing Out BIG TIME if You're Not Consistent on IG Stories!

Image via Crowdfireapp

Image via Crowdfireapp

So you might of heard… using IG Stories makes your followers feel like they’re getting a real sense of who you are, promotes exclusivity, and adds a personalized touch to getting more engagement. All of which strengthens your “relationship” and therefore makes them more invested in your brand aka ready to hit that BUY NOW button!

Some of us know these to be absolute facts and dive right in saying, “Now show me the way, so I can start implementing them consistently with strategy!”

Others might need some cold hard facts before committing to an entirely new item on their weekly to-do list. So here’s 5 really big numbers that’ll bring all of our non-believers aboard the Instagram Story train :)

#1 It is the fastest growing platform in social media.

Knowing that Instagram Stories gets more hits than Twitter and Pinterest isn’t that impressive. But what if I told you it gets almost as many hits as Facebook?

Facebook hits an average of 1.4 billion people a month and as of June 2018, Instagram hit nearly 1 BILLION as well! IG Stories comes in right behind with an impressive 500 million.

Check out the graph to see how Instagram has been growing by the millions in recent years.

Stats via statista.com

Stats via statista.com

#2 60% of users discover new products on Instagram and over 200 million visit at least one business profile per day. 

If you need solid proof that your profile can convert followers into direct sales, HERE IT IS.

#3 One in five organic stories from businesses gets a direct message.

Compare that to your normal posts! Are they getting that same level of engagement?

#4 33% of the most popular Instagram Stories are published by BUSINESSES.

Family and friends usually take the cake over businesses every single time when it comes to popularity and visibility of content on social media, but IG Stories is the way around that!

#5 50% of businesses on Instagram produced an Instagram Story within the last month.

That means if you haven’t implemented IG Stories into your weekly marketing strategy, you’re already behind.

Image via captiv8.io

Image via captiv8.io


So go on, do it now! Grab your phone and start having fun on IG Story. Is the strategy different than normal IG posts? Absolutely! But before we make it efficient, let’s make it routine. Play around with the features and show your followers what’s going on behind the scenes. The best part? It all deletes in 24 hours so no need to make it perfecto!!

(Sources: Falcon.io, 99firms.com, statista.com)