Instagram continues to explode in social media usage, with the company now reporting 300 million Monthly Active Users, 70 million average photos/day and 2.5 billion likes/day. Instagram also reports that 70% of their users are outside of the United States. Meanwhile Pew Internet reports that 26% of Internet Users in the U.S. are using Instagram, with higher usage in key younger demographic segments.

Consumers and businesses alike are recognizing the growing importance of this visual content medium.  For consumers, it means “snapping and shaping” images and videos for Instagram.  For businesses, it entails coming up with strategies and tactics to engage consumers with owned content, to generate positive earned content and to explore expanding paid content opportunities with Instagram.

Looking for Instagram Business Tips?

One place to go to learn more about Instagram for Business is to the company’s business resources online.  In their introductory video for business they offer some tips, while the site itself goes into more depth on ways to use Instagram for the marketer and the developer alike.

Instagram for Business from Instagram on Vimeo.

Examples of Instagram Business Usage

Using their owned content, small and large businesses alike are using Instagram to share their brand stories and engage with customers.  For example, Wisconsin-based restauranteur AJBombers, with Madison and Milwaukee locations, is using Instagram in various ways as demonstrated below:

Instagram Business Tip #1 – Showcase History #TBT (Throwback Thursday hashtag)

We used Paper and ink for our menus. And the occasional chalkboard. #TBT

A photo posted by AJ Bombers (@ajbombers) on

Instagram Business Tip #2 – Capitalize on Nature to Communicate a Humorous Message

A photo posted by AJ Bombers (@ajbombers) on

Instagram Business Tip #3 – Share Business News

Business Tip #4 – Share Business Icons and Build Anticipation

It'll be time to hop up again soon! #ajbombers #brewers #feerthebeer

A photo posted by AJ Bombers (@ajbombers) on

Instagram Business Tip #5 – Have fun with holidays

Instagram Business Tip #6 – Showcase your corporate social responsibility

While not an example from AJBombers, Nostrana, a Portland, OR restaurant has used Hyperlapse a relatively new Instagram iOs technology to showcase their rotisserie chicken as seen below:

Business Tip #7 – Explore Video Including Hyperlapse Available for iOs

#hyperlapse Warp speed rotisserie chickens from @eatoregonfirst

A video posted by Nostrana Restaurant (@nostranapdx) on

Instagram Business Tip #8 – Embed Popular Instagram Images

I’ve embedded the Instagram images from AJ Bombers to demonstrate content ideas for business use of Instagram.  Doing this is fairly easy with Instagram providing a unique embed code for every image on a user’s account.  To embed the Instagram image you’ll need to get the code as indicated in the two images below:

Instagram Embed Code

Instagram Embed Code Location

Instagram Embed Code

Embed Code from Tip #6

Note: For WordPress, you can embed an instagram image using the unique page identifier.  For example, the holiday message uses the following embed code on this WordPress blog/website.

Looking for other Instagram Resources? Check out my Pinterest board

Want to learn more Instagram business tips? Join me at the Madison Web Meet-up on 3/9/15 in Madison, WI

For my Madison, WI-based blog readers you can find out more about visual content marketing during my presentation at the Madison, WI Web Meet-up on Monday, March 9th. I hope to see you there.

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