5 huge reasons why your downtown needs to be using Instagram
It’s no secret that engagement on Facebook-owned Instagram is huge. Every week I hear folks moaning about the declining engagement and reach on Facebook. Conversely, the same people say the opposite is happening on Instagram, the platform that is without question the rocket ship of social media today vs every other platform.
Businesses and downtowns are always wondering: what’s the best platform? Well, it’s hard to argue against Facebook. But just being exclusively on Facebook today is often a failed strategy. Many businesses struggle with where to be, besides Facebook.
Today, if you see shoppers in your downtown photographing things with their phones, there’s a very very good chance they are using Instagram to spread a visual of something they have just discovered.
Here are some key stats worth knowing about Instagram:
1. Engagement is massive
Instagram has 600 million + users, and 400 million+ daily users. That is massive!
Takeaway: Instagram has absolutely pulverized Snapchat and it’s no longer even close
100 million+ posts are added each day
Takeaway: It’s an active channel!
4.2 billion Likes per day
Takeaway: You’ll see lots of Likes. Most businesses do! BTW, how many Likes are getting lately on Facebook?
Instagram’s engagement rate is 10X higher than Facebook, 54X higher than Pinterest, and 84X higher than Twitter
Takeaway: This precisely illustrates why folks love Instagram!
Posts with location tags perform 79% higher than posts without
Takeaway: Folks search their communities on Instagram way more than they do on other platforms
Images with faces get 38% more Likes
Takeaway: Your business has faces!
Top brands post an average of 4.9 times per week
Takeaway: Posting more regularly is easy when the platform is ridiculously easy to use
2. User base
33% of Internet users use Instagram
Takeaway: Do we really need to elaborate on the takeaway from this fact? Nope. Didn’t think so
Average user spends 25 minutes per day on Instagram
Takeaway: We’re hooked on looking at it
More than 60% of Instagram users log in at least once per day
Takeaway: When we the last time you logged into LinkedIn? Daily log in is a huge fact about why Instagram has huge engagement
90% of Instagram users are aged 35 and under
Takeaway: From teens to twentysomethings to thirtysomethings, Instagram has become THE place to be
3. Wow growth
The average Instagram account grows by 16% per month
Takeaway: Hey, congrats on those two new page Likes on Facebook over the past three months! #sarcasm
In the U.S. alone, Instagram is growing at a rate 5X faster than any other social network
Takeaway: Why Instagram is a rocket ship
4. Why Instagram is so popular and engaging
It’s completely visual, and that is huge because the human brain processes images 60,000 X faster than text
Takeaway: Everyone likes looking at photos
93% of all human communication is visual
Takeaway: Hey, but you can keep writing those 300-word Facebook posts if you insist!
90% of all information sent to the brain is visual
Takeaway: See above
Humans remember 80% of what they see, and only 20% of what they read, and 10% of what they hear
Takeaway: You have a much higher probability of being remembered
5. Brands are flocking to Instagram
50% of most major brands use Instagram, with that predicted to rise to 71% in 2018. Clearly, brands are seeing Instagram as a prime platform because consumers see brands’ visuals and then often take actions such as searching, shopping, sharing with a friend, or clicking to a website
Takeaway: Please please please…. get on the rising curve now rather than being a late adopter (again)
Gregg McLachlan is recognized as a leading trainer, marketing rethinker and rural social media strategist who works with small businesses and organizations who want to elevate their branding. His newest conference and workshop talk, 2017 Is Sooooo Yesterday, helps audience understand how social media is evolving and how to stay ahead and be effective. He’s also the co-founder of Your Town Rising, a new initiative with Leslie Fournier of Streets Alive Productions, to bring placemaking, cultural tourism, social media strategy and marketing to towns that are rising up and revitalizing. Contact Gregg at email@example.com