Instagram hides likes -Everything you need to know – why, implications & strategy

Earlier this year, it was announced that Instagram would be hiding likes, although it hasn’t reached England yet, it has been rolled out in various other countries starting in Canada.

Why you ask? 

There has been a lot of negative press around Social Media and the effects it has on mental health, the world is already very fickle and being judged by the amount of likes a post gets forces people to feel under pressure which results in less posting and less engagement which isn’t great for the app or for those using it.

Although Instagram says the reason for doing this is due to trying to stop it being a popularity contest, I personally believe, this change could also be a result of them wanting people to spend more time on the app. If people don’t feel the pressure of likes, they will post more often and spend more time on Instagram. At the end of the day, Instagram is still a business, so if the amount of users decrease, this will impact how people advertise with the app.

How does this effect influencers? 

The second reason for this change is due to influencer marketing, Influencer sponsored content is still the best-performing stuff on Instagram, I personally find this really interesting, over the years, there has been a rise in influencers, having worked with some as a client, a lot of the time, when negotiating a fee, one of the KPI’s is the ability to attract likes to a post. This change means the content shared by influencers will need to result in more tangible results, using an influencer and building a fan base is great but what about conversion rate? The removal of likes will help filter out the real influencers from those who’s influence doesn’t necessary lead to results, because if the collaboration doesn’t result in sales, how justifiable is the money spent on influencer marketing?

What does this change actually mean?

In a recent article by Mobile Marketing, the following was cited:

Under the test, people will still be able to see all photos and videos in their feeds as usual. However, only the person who posted content will be able to see their likes and view counts.

“We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get,” said Instagram on Twitter. “You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.”

What should you be doing now? 
  1. Videos

The introduction of IGTV was a massive hint as to where IG wanted the app to go to. Instagram have claimed that now popularity will be based on quality content and using video is one way you can ensure your message is heard.

2. Stories

You would have noticed engagement on stories improve over the last few months, this is because Instagram want you to be making more use of stories. You may not have even consciously noticed the urge to scroll right instead of down, I personally believe the popularity of stories is massively to do with our short attention span – another interesting observation.

3. Collaborations

Want to grow a genuine following? Find the right people to collaborate with, tap into people who share your audience and work out new and creative ways you can collaborate with them online and offline. Your strategy should never just be online, connecting with people offline is just as important for growth and helps you to get some great content.

More help please

Got any more questions about this or need some virtual support with your Instagram Strategy, send me an email on info@renuravalia.com or head over to my Instagram here for more FREE advice – @iamrenuravalia

If you are East Midlands based, the next Instagram Workshop takes place on 5th September, you can learn more here.

Blogging tips for the non creative

I have been writing blogs for the last 10 years, for myself personally and also for businesses, it’s one of my specialities alongside Social Media. I recently had a session with a law firm (Learn more here) who really made me value the importance of sharing the difference between blog posts and traditional articles. It is not something I had thought of but there is definitely a notable difference. Bearing this in mind and realising that others may face the same problem as the firm I worked with, here are a few tips to help you improve your blog post writing.

  • Keep sentences and paragraphs short
    Short Sentences will make the post easier to read. Paragraphs should also be short and sweet. The shorter the paragraph, the more likely you are to keep your readers attention. 
  • Use Imagery
    Using images to break up your content will keep your reader engaged and interested. Another tip is to number or add bullet points and subheadings – a bit like I have done here
  • Watch your word count
    A blog post is supposed to be shorter than a traditional article, try to limit your word count to 700-1000 words but make sure you include an introduction paragraph and a conclusion, so even if your audience don’t read the main body, they will get the gist of what you are trying to say.

Blog writing is supposed to be fun which means you can add a little personality to your writing. You don’t have to be an expert blogger to write blog posts, you just need to learn the basics and go for it!

3 stats that explain why every business needs to be on Instagram

I can’t lie, I am pretty much always on Instagram but if I wasn’t you would worry right? I have been coaching businesses for 9 months now and as I research brands, I still see so many businesses not using the channel to its top potential, if this sounds like you, here are 3 statistics that explain why you need to improve your relationship with Instagram.

  1. Instagram keeps growing and growing…

    In June 2018, Instagram reported to have over 1 billion monthly active users. This grew from 800 million in September, 2017 – Business.instagram.com

  2. Consumers are buying…

    72% of Instagram users say they have purchased a product they saw on the app – Jan 2019 – Website hosting rating

  3. It’s influencers preferred channel..

    78% of  Influencers prefer Instagram for Brand Collaboration – Emarketer

Got some questions about your business and how you can use Instagram to grow it? Get in touch on info@renuravalia.com

3 Questions you should be asking yourself when creating content

The days have gone on Instagram when you can post a photo, put a short description, a few hashtags and see your engagement flurry, well unless you are a big brand with thousands of followers.

Apart from things like timing which is of course an important thing to think about and using certain # to help target your audience.  You need to be thinking about what you are posting and ways in which you can be adding value to your audience if you want to see positive growth.

There are 3 questions I believe you should be asking yourself when you are about to post an image but firstly, I think the process of sharing an image should start by putting yourself in your customers position, would you like this post?

– Are your posts adding value 

– Are your posts sharing your personal opinion 

– Are you solving problems for your customer 

Still need some help with content creation? Need some inspiration and yo understand how to create a clear strategy with some good exmaples? Get in touch on info@renuravalia.com and let’s have a chat!

 

 

 

Free Social Media Apps I love!

There are a few apps I absolutely love to use on a regular basis, these really help me to create my Social Media posts and also help me to organise my feed, below are three of them that I believe are 100% worth downloading and playing around with.

  1. Planoly Absolutely love Planoly, this app allows you to plan, manage and schedule your Instagram posts. I use the free version which allows you a limited amount of uploads each month and 1 user but as I grow, I would 100% pay for this app. It is brilliant! Alternative app: Later
  2. Adobe Spark – My second favourite app and great if you are in the service industry like me. I use this to create my own image content which allows me to keep my content unique and fun. Alternative app: Canva
  3. Moldiv – Moldiv is another firm fav! For my business, I choose not to do collages but if you are a brand that sells multi products, moldiv is really handy photo editor app and something I used when I worked for my last employer.

3 Social Media Content Ideas

When I conduct a session one of the things I always focus on is content ideas, I constantly  find people getting stuck with what to post and my job is to be the fly on the wall and give them some inspiration, I often use themes to base content plans around as I feel this helps give some clear direction.

Here are 3 examples of things you could be posting from my own Instagram account. Follow me here for lots more content inspiration and social media tips –  https://www.instagram.com/thoughtsmarketinglifestyle/ 

  1. ABOUT YOURSELF – whether your a brand or an individual, this is something that helps people to learn more about you!
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  2. MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES – who doesn’t love a bit of motivation
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  3. EVENTS – If you are attending relevant events then what better place to show case them then on your Social Media 

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Social Media Masterclass November

This masterclass is aimed at businesses and entrepreneurs who are responsible for marketing and are looking to take advantage of online marketing to drive  their business forward. The sessions are small and intimate aimed at adding maximum value to each attendee.

MASTERCLASS CONTENT

This masterclass is aimed at going back to the basics, the 2.5 hour session will focus on the following:

  • Tips on how to grow your business on Facebook & Instagram
  • Content Inspiration
  • Social Media Best Practice (Facebook & Instagram)
  • Content Planning – Time saving tips
  • Any other challenges you have with your individual businesses – to be identified in advance.
  • Q & A session


BUSINESS NETWORKING

These sessions aren’t just an opportunity to learn but also a chance to interact with other businesses and make new relationships, so bring your business cards.


YOUR ACTION PLAN

The masterclass gives you the chance to understand the social media channels better and the foundations to craft your own action plan for your business that is focused on your objectives.


TO SUMMARISE

In this masterclass we will be looking at your brand, the tools that you could be taking advantage of and how best to present your brand online in order for you to raise your profile and attract new clients.


TESTIMONIALS

Still not sure if this is for you? Check out testimonials from previous workshops here.


NEXT WORKSHOP

Date: Wednesday 21st November
Time: 6-8:30pm
Cost: £55 pp (If you book by 16th November) £65 after
Location: Clarendon Park, Leicester


RESERVE YOUR PLACE 

To enquire about cost or if you have any further questions, please feel free to email me on info@renuravalia.com or contact me via the contact page here