Instagram’s Sixty Second Ads

How many seconds do you think it would take for you to tell your brand’s story? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? How about sixty?

For a generation who has a short attention span, it is nearly impossible for advertisers to grab the attention of millennials. In new attempt to reach a younger audience, Instagrams new 60 second advertisements are allowing brands to reach their customers in new ways.

Brand Networks, one of the initial participants in the Instagram Partner Program, found that Video ads accounted for 22.52 percent of total Instagram ads served by Brand Networks in December, up from 9.54 percent in September.

Each social network seems to be taking the challenge of reaching young minds in different approaches to video ads.Facebook lets companies run video ads that are as long as they want, but only as full- fledged videos. Youtube has it’s skippable pre-rolls. Twitter lets brands sponsor the delivery of high-quality content from other publishers. Snapchat has short interstitial video ads and sponsored clips.

So what do Instagram 60-second ads mean for marketers? In a press release, Ampush CEO, Jesse Pujji stated that Instagram is the mobile marketer’s platform of choice for a highly engaged and growing audience.

SocialCode co-founder and CEO Lauran O’Shaughnessy said in an email to Social Times: “Brands are eagerly anticipating the expansion of advertising on Instagram. The platform’s rich experience and extensive reach with younger audiences makes it a perfect environment to influence and inspire, and to offer consumers relevant opportunities to purchase products. We look forward to continuing to build on Instagram’s Ads API and to guiding our clients’ success with new capabilities as they’re introduced.”

T-Mobile and Warner Brothers were two of the first companies to try Instagram’s new 60 second advertisements.T-Mobile's 60-seconds with Drake
What are some of your favorite ads you’ve seen on Instagram? Share with us in the comments below.

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Top Influencers on Instagram

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Are you a brand that has an extremely visual product? Do you have a product that must be seen, in order to be appreciated and understood ? If yes, then Instagram is the best platform for you! More specifically, as marketers say: “Instagram is the best because a picture is worth 1000 words.”

If you are a brand that shares the above characteristics, that wants to get on Instagram to gain recognition and raise awareness, then you should stay on this page and read our blog.

We’ll give you some examples of the top influencers on Instagram and more importantly give insight on why they became some of the top influencers.

Soo…Who are they?

Before we actually mention some of the most influential people on Instagram, it’s important to note that different people have different perspectives and as a result, the top influncers may vary from person to person.

The criteria we used to help us choose our top 3 influencers are the following:

  1. The number of followers, in comparison to other influencers in their field and
  2. The level of engagement (number of likes, comments, tags) in comparison to other influencers.

Therefore our TOP 3 influencers are:

  1. Jay Alvarez

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Hold on tight don't let your hands sweat 😉

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Jay Alvarrez is just a regular 22 year old boy, who works as a model and loves to travel the world with his girlfriend. However, besides being a model, Jay has become one of the most influential people on Instagram. As of right now, Jay has over 3.7 million followers and the engagement he receives from his followers is unique. As you can see from picture above, he got 368 thousand likes and 2.6 thousand comment. The numbers speak for themselves, yet it’s important to give him credit for the originality and quality of his content as well as for the creative captions he uses to describe his pictures. The above factors, the connection and trust he has created with his audience, over time, are the main reasons that have built his profile and expanded his audience.

2. Jamie Oliver 

Jamie Oliver is a British chef who lately became a media influencer; he started his career as a chef and restaurateur and he continued by hosting TV shows. Today he is one of the most influential figures in the field of food. He currently has 4.3 million followers and the engagement level, as you can see, is significantly high. Jamie managed to bring the audience and trust he had created with his experience and expertise from the restaurant business and translate it into followers with high level of engagement. He has a very targeted group of followers that trust him and everything he shares. The fact that his content is extremely personalized and specific is another factor that contributed to his popularity.

3. Dwayne Johnson-The Rock  

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I'm up at 4am everyday to work extremely hard BEFORE I go into work, not because I'm bat shit crazy (well maybe a little;), but because I know my competitors are not paying that price and sacrificing to that degree – and that will alway give me the edge and anchor for an opportunity for success. You don't have to get up at 4am, but I encourage you to find the thing that gives you the edge over everyone else around you. Once you find it, let it be your anchor. Then you've just created an opportunity for yourself to succeed. And that's all we ever want to work hard and create for ourselves.. opportunity. #GainTheEdge #FindYourAnchor #ButForTheLoveOfGod #YouDoNotWantToWakeUpAt4amEveryday 🖕🏾😂

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The Rock is a very unique icon and his story is very interesting. Namely, despite the fact that he has had a great career as an actor and as a WWE fighter, he gained most of his popularity after he established himself as a fitness figure. In his Instagram profile he has 50.5 million followers and as you can see from the picture above, the engagement in the content that he shares is extremely high. He is a great example of a successful influencer that managed to use his authority from the past to become the great influential figure he is now.

In conclusion…

One thing we know: if you have a product that needs to be visually shared to gain recognition and appreciation, then INSTAGRAM is the right platform for you!!!

Taking this into consideration, as well as the examples of the top influencers on Instagram, and the reasons that put them on the top of the list, your only job is to identify which influencer would be the best fit for your brand!

P.S. Some of our previous posts could aide you in the process of identifying your perfect fit!!

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Social media strategies during London Fashion week

London Fashion Week SS16 and AW16 was all about innovation. The major fashion houses created history by using social media platforms to showcase their new collections. With more than 2.5 million impressions  generated by the #LFW, London Fashion Week made its biggest ever social media impact for spring/summer 2016.Fashion giants such as Burberry and Topshop developed innovative social media strategies to increase brand awareness and consumer engagement.

Burberry

Burberry made history by being the first brand in the world to shoot and preview a collection on Snapchat. The fashion house gave a sneak peek of their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, 24 hours before the models walked the runway.This unprecedented event granted Burberry 60,000 interactions on Twitter during London Fashion Week SS16.

Burberry continued making history in London Fashion Week AW16 by being the first brand to use Snapchat’s discover option to launch a promotional campaign.The Mr. Burberry campaign claimed to deliver over 100 million impressions. Burberry digital revolution aims to target a younger demographic. The creation of new social media tactics have allowed Burberry to make history in the digital market like no other.

Topshop

Topshop social media strategy for London Fashion Week SS16 focused on teaming up with Pinterest to create “Pinterest Palettes”. This feature scanned users’ Pinterest boards and identified common colors most frequently “pinned”. Then, it matched hues to an online Topshop calendar where prospective costumers could buy from directly. For London Fashion Week AW16, Topshop delivered its collection live on its website. Also, the fashion house partnered up with photographer Nick Knight to provide a unique experience for Topshop’s followers by delivering real time content through Twitter. Topshop social media strategy relies on staying up to date with trends while delivering immediate and relevant content.

Madame Tussauds

Not only fashion houses took advantage of social media during London Fashion Week. The museum Madame Tussauds decided to promote their new wax statues of models Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. With the use of proper hashatags and good timing, Madame Tussauds Instagram page saw an increase on social media engagement. The page reached a wider audience by linking trending personalities to their products.

Takeaways

Social media is changing the horzions of the fashion industry. Maybe your brand does not have an unlimited marketing budget to advertise its products. But thinking outside the box and delivering new social media strategist can help your brand stand out in a pool of competitors. After reviewing the success stories of Burberry, Topshop and Madame Tussauds your brand can implement some of their social media strategies to develop elite content and reach a wider audience.

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Looking at Aesthetics on Instagram

Fashion houses are not known for there diligence on social media. Therefore when a marketer finds themselves scrolling through the social media pages of a famous house like, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada they can normally point out 10 things they would change right off the bat. Fashion houses normally do not post any curated content, nor do they try and bother with hitting a special number of hashtags per post, or even how often they should post. While I am not at all advocating that you should follow in their steps I think there is a ton to be learned about the visual content posted on their social media sites, particularly on Instagram. These Fashion houses specialize in creating art, and on their different Instagram accounts you can see just how artistic their visuals are.

 

Acne Studios the Aesthetic Champion

I could spend hours scrolling through Acne Studios Instagram because it is so visually enticing. Acne Studios only post their owned content, but a lot of that content is posted exclusively to Instagram and cannot be found anywhere on there own site. The posted video above has so much attention to detail. The music is very progressive with classical notes that seem to compliment the very avant garde fashion in a very classic iconic hotel setting with new contemporary vibes. Scrolling through is incredible to see how the photos go so well with each other and seamlessly transition from photo to photo. They used this donkey as their model for new handbags, which really provokes a lot of thought into the abstract, and the traditional use of handbags. The artistic direction here is unparalleled and may not appeal to everyone, but it definitely creates a fan base that is extremely attentive.

 

Maison Margiela and Technicalities

Margiela is also an aesthetic king of fashion, however on their Instagram they focus more on the nuanced aspects of their garments. For example in this picture that announces there new clothing line to only get to see some streaks of color on a strip of fabric. This allows you to see some of beauty behind their work before you even see it translated into a wearable piece of clothing. They also have quite a few videos like this one showing the care taken in creating their garments. The emphasis on craftsmanship shows their impeccable skill and following in similar footsteps can give your brand added credibility, and will gain you fans. People who appreciate clothes like to see the care and craftsmanship of how they were made, it makes the clothes you own from them even more unique.

 

Stone Island Aestheticism on a Budget

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Stone Island is a smaller brand that really doesn’t have a budget to compare to other high fashion brands. Therefore they have a problem, they have to create content that looks just as good as their competitors, but without money to spend on locations, photographers, and props. The result, a very clean-cut minimalist Instagram that does not lack in good aesthetics. The all white backdrop is very clean and highlights their unique clothes that all have somewhat of a color pop to them. The content flows altogether extremely well, and it is easy to get lost in it before you realize what you’re doing. I think Stone Island did an excellent job in creating an extremely visually pleasing Instagram. It looks to be cost efficient all while competing with top fashion houses.

 

3 takeaways

Reach out passed your normal crowd with your artistic direction. The attention to detail and creative thought behind Acne Studios Instagram reaches well beyond their normal fashion fan base.

Show off your expertise and craftsmanship. Letting people in on some of your technical skilled processes increases your credibility and builds a deeper fan base.

Focusing on the aesthetics of your blog does not have to come at a hefty price. You do not need expensive photoshoots and designers to create a very visually pleasing Instagram. Following simple themes and backdrops can do wonders for the look of your blog.

 

 

 

How to leverage your visual content

The fashion and beauty industry heavily relies on visual content. The increasing presence of fashion houses and beauty influencers on social media have contributed to the shift towards visual content on social media channels.With a large amount of content being published on social media platforms, users are experiencing “content shock”. Therefore, businesses need to implement new tactics to capture users’ attention and ultimately develop great consumer engagement.

The fashion and beauty industry is an incredibly competitive market. With new products and services launching constantly your social media strategy should focus on increasing your business’s social media presence with the use of crisp and creative images/graphics. According to marketer Jeff Bullas, content with images gets 94% more views than content without images. If you want to reach a wider audience and increase engagement, visual content is essential to your posts and campaign.

So how can your visual content standout in a sea of images?

Brainstorm

Brainstorming ideas should always be your first steam this will help increase creativity in your posts. Think of new ways in which your brand’s personality can stand out in a single image. Kate Spade’s visual content strategy on social media, relies on showcasing the brand’s trendiness and glamour by posting pictures with crisp accents and bright lighting.

Your images should incorporate elements that will help your products standout. Natural lighting can help your image appear crisp and clean, which will grab your follower’s attention. Also, using a model showcasing the product will increase your post’s visibility and engagement.

 Isolate you product

Images that showcase your product can increase your brand’s reach. Images are attention grabbing elements. Kate Spade uses neutral backgrounds for their bright products, increasing the visibility of their merchandise. By doing so, the products are able to stand out and look highly appealing to consumers. Creative and crips images are far more likely to generate sales.

Graphics

Increase your brand’s visibility by including text in your images. Enhanced images help get your message across a lot quicker, these are more likely to be shared by your audience. Platforms such as Twitter, where the life span of a tweet is 18 minutes, decrease the chances of your content being seen. Therefore, including captivating images with a short message will increase your content’s opportunity to be seen and shared.

Another form of including text in your images is posting promotional material. Post that include discount or sales have a high number impressions and engagement.

The most important thing when it comes to graphics is being creative. The examples above show the vast amount of creativity Kate Spade has been showcasing in simple but crisp images, which successfully grab follower’s attention. Also, note the consistency the brand maintains among the different platforms. Both of the examples represent the brand’s personality and style by maintaining simple and bright images with accent colors.

 Sneak Peeks

Let your audience feel special by giving them exclusive previews of your new product or services. Sneak peeks can come in the form of behind the scenes material. Behind the scenes images presents many opportunities to build your brand’s buzz and it can also help humanize your brand.

Events

You can also increase your brand’s awareness and consumer engagement by including images on posts that showcase events such as: store openings, product launches, fashion shows etc. Kate Spade does a great job including images of events they have hosted and linking them to other social media channels. Linking images to other channels will help increase your brand’s visibility on social media.

Partner with influencers

Increase your reach and brand awareness by partnering up with fashion influencers. Influencers can be part of your visual content strategy by providing new ways of showcasing your products.

Repost content

Take a look at your social media analytics. If you have a post that has an increasing amount of shares and views, promote it again. You can also pick one key element of that post and reconfigure it into a new one.

Achieving popularity through visual content is crucial in order to stand out from your competitors. It is important to use original content and cross promote throughout all your social media channels. These will help you increase overall traffic and encourage engagement. Becoming a strong fashion and beauty social media page is challenging and time consuming but if you follow these few steps your brand is taking a step in the right direction.

If you are starting a new visual content strategy you can use a free visual content tool such as: Canva to develop graphics. This is a good starting tool that will help you leverage your visual content.

 

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I __influence__ in #mycalvins

When Calvin Klein launched their 2014 marketing campaign #mycalvins, their main focus was to reacher a younger demographic for their iconic labeled cotton underwear. How did they do this? By using big influencers, across a wide range of industries, as well as, reposting content from followers using the provided hashtag via the platform of Instagram.

What did they do?

Calvin Klein pretty much owes all of their success to their hashtag “#mycalvins“. It’s hard to measure the reaction that the world would have had if they did not base their entire campaign around the use of a “fill-in-the-blank” phrase to understand what exactly people do in their Calvins.

By using influencers, this brand was able to attain access to millions of followers through various social media platforms and gain the trust and awareness that comes with each post. Of course, there is strategy behind who a company chooses to, in a sense, to be the face of their brand. In other words, an influencer can really make or break a campaign.

Dan Shewan’s blog post The 8 Rules of Influencer Marketing: How to Find Influencers (& Become One Yourself)dives deeper into what it takes to be an influencer and the rules that companies should take under advisement when they are conducting their influencer search. Therefore, after reading his tips and tricks, it’s obvious that Calvin Klein’s marketing department spent days huddled around a conference table finding the perfect candidates for their campaign.

Kicking off the campaign

A majority of the population might have been somewhat annoyed when they saw another ad debut featuring Justin Bieber. However, as a marketer you’ve got to hand it to him in that he knows how to influence people. With a whopping 1.7 million likes and 200+ thousands comments (either good or bad), he really got the world talking with one simple post. Justin was chosen to be displayed in a variety of ads that Calvin Klein covered billboards, magazine pages, and posters with. They added their hashtag #mycalvins and their logo and called it a wrap.

Moving Forward

Calvin Klein gained a vast amount of attention after the launch of their campaign, but what came next in terms of their marketing strategy would set record highs with number of likes, comments, and reposting.

This company encouraged celebrities to set the tone by filling in the blank of what they do in their Calvins and posting a corresponding image. They then encouraged the public to get involved and do the same. Pretty soon, Instagram was full of in-home selfies featuring your “average Jo” in their Calvin Klein products. This idea not only added allowed the celebrities to be seen in a relatable light, but it inspired a global phenomenon for everyone to get involved.

Below Kendall Jenner and Kendrick Lamar are seen in their Calvins:

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💤 @calvinklein #ad

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What does this mean?

It’s obvious that the influencers involved in this campaign had a huge impact on its success. However, at the end of the day consumers like to see other consumers using said products in order to create realness. This isn’t meant to undermine the effect that influencers can play, they certainly get the ball rolling for brand awareness, but it is ultimately up to the people to keep the momentum going.

Below are two accounts that have chosen to participate in the campaign as well:

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Sundays in #mycalvins ✌🏼

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What can you take away from this?

In sum, influencers are HUGE. They can generate product knowledge and awareness in seconds, if posted to the right audience. What we can learn from Calvin Klein is that picking exactly who to be our brand influencers is important. You want someone that represents the same persona and values that your campaign is trying to promote. Also you need to keep in mind that the number of followers, aka the number of people that will be exposed to the content that is posted, is vital as well. However, for smaller companies that may not be true depending on the variables.

Lastly, if you can create a marketing campaign that gets the influencer and influencee involved, you are golden, and this is just what the “I _____ in #mycalvins” set out to do.


Obviously, every marketing campaign is different and there are pros and cons to each. Feel free to leave us comments on your opinions towards Calvin Klein’s most recent movement.

What Marketers Can Learn from Beyonce’s Ivy Park Launch

If you’ve been on social media recently, you know that Queen Bey is back. While the entire internet is buzzing about her new visual album, the pop star also recently made another successful venture into the fashion world with her new ‘athleisure’ line Ivy Park. Sold in stores such as Topshop and Nordstrom, the line features chic and understated clothing that can be worn on and off the field. Sources say that Beyonce was instrumental in every aspect of developing the line, including it’s marketing efforts. And as usual, she slayed at it. Here are four takeaways for social media marketers looking to promote a new fashion line.

1 Leverage video


Beyonce released an edgy promotional video for the new line that immediately got fans and news outlets talking. She then continued to release 15 second clips until the release, building excitement and showing more and more of the brand. The video also did an excellent job of capturing the brand image and style, letting potential customers know what to expect from Ivy Park. Videos and visuals are the perfect way to introduce new fashion items and demonstrate the voice, look, and feel of your brand.

2. Use a recognizable name

The video and all promotional materials surrounding Ivy Park heavily featured Beyonce herself. As a style icon and role model to many women, having her name and image so closely linked to the brand gave it instant credibility. While you may not be able to get Beyonce as the face of your brand, using a well-known influencer can attract a wider audience to your brand and strengthen your brand image through association with an influencer who embodies those characteristics and values.

3. Build buzz early

Seven days to go. Arriving 14 April 2016 #IVYPARK

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Mashable noted that Ivy Park had already received unprecedented levels of engagement on Instagram much before the line was launched and even before fans had even seen any of the pieces. By releasing the video early and building a strong social media following, Ivy Park had people engaged with the brand before they had even bought from it. If you’re launching a new line or product, your marketing efforts should start long before the product hits shelves.

4. Build a launch website

The website for Ivy Park was also released months in advance and featured essential details about the brand and exclusive content. The website was also used to collect emails. While social media promotions are an essential to marketing your brand, it’s important to have your own channels for content as well. It allows you to develop leads through email collection, boosts your ranking in search engines, and drives traffic to your domain.


While successfully leveraged by Ivy Park, these four practices are not unique to the brand. They’re hallmarks of any good content marketing campaign. By applying these, you can create the same amount of excitement about your new product or line.

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