Garnering Love, Not Likes: What To Do When Advertising Only On Instagram

One of the greatest and most noteworthy benefits of today’s digital advertising landscape is the variety that comes with testing and choosing which social media platforms resonate with your brand the most. While it’s always recommended to try a wide variety of platforms when first advertising on social media in order to understand which suit your brand’s unique goals and objectives, sometimes budget and time constraints can get in the way. If after evaluating your choices and deciding that Instagram is the clear winner for social advertising, be sure to keep the many pros and cons of the mobile-friendly platform in mind.

Demographics and Why They Matter

Demographically speaking, 72% of users who use Instagram are 15 to 35 years old. Keeping this in mind, it’s good to note that this younger fan-base is ideal for businesses in retail, subscription services, and music, but may not be relevant to industries seeking an older audience like businesses pertaining to auto, financial services and healthcare. 

Before you hit the “Publish” button, it’s crucial you know to whom you’re advertising. Focus on data-driven insights and pinpoint exactly who your audience is within Facebook Ads Manager using the Facebook Audience Insights tool. You may be surprised by what you find – perhaps your male-driven brand tends to skew towards a larger female audience on Instagram! Even better, it may guide your campaign strategies on social media moving forward.

Think Globally

While Instagram was founded in the US, 89% of users are found outside the United States. Global leaders of the pack include Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Businesses with a world-wide presence must keep this in mind when creating content that truly resonates with targeted users from a variety of countries.

Tips and Tricks: Things To Know About Your Ads

Think quality over quantity. When initially launching your ads on Instagram, keep it simple. A/B testing is a surefire way to better understand what users will positively react to, and what works and doesn’t work for your ad. Unsure of what to test first? We recommend experimenting with different target audiences, copy, or different variations of media.

Content may be king, but engaging visuals are the moneymakers. Users flock to Instagram for inspiration and discovery, and they expect the same when they see an ad. Just because you’re paying for placement does not mean that your quality of content can falter. Stop the scrollers in their tracks with high-quality photography or video, killer copy, and a purposeful  Call-To-Action.

Be Smart With Metrics

Sure, likes are always great to receive on Instagram, but they’re certainly not the end-all-be-all for campaign success. When running ads on the platform, keep a close eye on the metrics that truly matter, and be sure to always measure your performance in meaningful ways. If you’re running an ad with a focus on garnering leads, choose to direct your energy towards achieving a low Cost Per Lead. Likewise, if you’re running a campaign focused on brand awareness, be sure to track the number of impressions your campaign has received over time as well as monitor brand recall lift. It’s all about tracking your numbers and applying your learnings to your next campaign.

Don’t Forget About Stories

There are 400 million users watching Instagram Stories each day, with a third of the most-viewed Stories coming from businesses. If you aren’t leveraging Instagram Stories Ads, you’re missing out on an opportunity to garner additional engagement and risk falling behind your competitors.

With social ad spend projected to continue its growth year-over-year, Instagram is by far one of the easiest ways to elevate your brand’s creativity and drive your business objectives.

Let’s talk about running your next scaled social campaign on Instagram. Get in touch with us today!

Alex Serrano joined Tiger Pistol with extensive experience in social media content creation, advertising and reporting. As a Marketing Services Specialist for Tiger Pistol, she works closely with the global brand team, overseeing social strategy and reporting for a variety of clients. Outside of work, you can find Alex hiking with her dog, buying tickets to see a local show or bouldering at the local rock gym. 

Recipe for Restaurant Success - scaled social advertising

The Recipe for Restaurant Brand Success: Scaled Local Ads from Local Pages

“Where do you want to eat?”

“I don’t know, where do you want to eat?”

A common exchange to the point that 75% of people haven’t decided where to dine when they start their search. As a restaurant brand, you want your locations and franchises to be top of mind when tummies grumble.

Brand awareness ads just don’t cut the mustard when hunger hits. Local ads from local Facebook Pages, regardless of placement in the Facebook Feed, Instagram, or in Stories, resonate with local patrons. Which makes sense, as studies show diners typically visit restaurants within 2.6 miles of their home. With local ads published from local Pages, you can offer clear calls-to-action like “Get Directions,” which pull up turn-by-turn directions to your establishment, making it easy for diners to visit your restaurant over competitors.

Pro Tip: Don’t boost your posts. Instead, use direct response ads optimized for a desired conversion. Sure, having a million “Likes” on Facebook can be a good thing, but if those users are not visiting your location or ordering take out, what’s the point? Boosting posts optimizes for Likes, Shares, and Comments. Whereas direct response ads with the right call-to-action encourage users to take a desired action of your choosing, whether you’re looking to drive foot traffic to your store, prompt app installs, or direct users to online ordering, calls-to-actions can be the difference maker.

Multi-location brands that have business Pages for their individual franchises can use those Pages to further drive engagement via direct response social ads by promoting specials, events, and sign-ups for coupons offered by that specific franchise. Optimizing your copy with localized language not only resonates more with diners but running those ads off of local Pages results in a lower cost of advertising. By targeting your local Page ad campaign a few miles around the franchise’s address, you can not only beat your competitors, but also ensure you’re driving your potential diners to their nearest establishment.

Pro Tip: Don’t limit your targeting to users that “Live In” your certain area. Open the ad up to everyone in your targeted area because tourists and out-of-towners eat too!

This global-to-local approach brings enterprise strength tools into the local market. The local restaurant chain’s general manager can now easily partner with the brand to drive increased foot traffic for their establishments. It’s a true win-win for the brand, its franchises, and locations. Oh, and did I mention a lower cost of advertising and greater reach? Check out this use case. 

Challenge

A quick-service restaurant chain was continuously looking for insights and performance advice to improve social advertising campaigns. The client was running multiple brand-level campaigns off of the corporate Facebook Business Page, targeting by DMA across multiple locations.

The Solution and Benefits 

Together with the client, Tiger Pistol ran an A/B test to understand if more localized targeting and content would drive better campaign performance.

  • Local campaigns run off of location-specific Facebook Pages, leveraging insights from those individual Pages
  • Targeting was more relevant for localized campaigns; remote regions of DMA were excluded
  • Tailored campaign copy to mention the street, city or neighborhood of the specific location to increase relevance
  • Results from A/B test found that location campaigns were more cost-effective and resulted in better performance than the DMA campaigns the client had been running

Impact

  • 35% More impressions for location campaigns versus DMA campaigns
  • 30% Lower CPMs then running the same campaigns through the national brand Page.
Learn more about how you can empower your local partners with brand-approved local social advertising. Contact Tiger Pistol today!

Jarrod Hitt is a Marketing Services Manager for Tiger Pistol. He specializes in helping national brands build scaled Facebook advertising solutions with an emphasis on local activation. Jarrod holds a marketing degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog, fly-fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and practicing his photography.