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How to Set Up an Instagram Account for your Business

More than one billion people use Instagram every month, and roughly 90% of them follow at least one business. This means  that, in 2021, using Instagram for business is a no-brainer.

In just over 10 years Instagram has grown from a photo-sharing app to a hub of business activity. Brands can run fundraisers in Instagram Live broadcasts, open shops from their profiles and let people book reservations from their accounts. Updates of new business tools, features and tips in the app have become pretty much routine.

Learning how to set up Instagram for business is easy, especially if you’re already using Facebook. From a business standpoint, Instagram is simpler and less time-consuming than other sites.

You can use visual micro-stories to find out what entertains your audience and quickly grow a following. Take these steps to create a profile and start promoting your business on Instagram.

1. Download the app

If you’ve never used Instagram, start by downloading the app. Instagram is available for smartphones, tablets, and computers through the Apple iOS, Google Play, and Windows app stores.

The app is geared toward mobile devices, and you’ll probably use a smartphone or tablet for most of your posting activity.

You can visit the Instagram website or use the app on a desktop computer if those options work better for you. However, some mobile features are not available or require special plug-ins to work for desktops and regular web browsers.

So, for the purposes of this guide, let’s focus on using the mobile app.

2. Create an account

Launch the app, and create an account in one of two ways:

  • Option 1: Sign up with your email address or phone number, and then enter a username.
  • Option 2: If you have a Facebook account, you can log in with the same information and link the accounts.

Already have an account? Just sign in, and go straight to your profile page.

3. Connect to Facebook

By default, you begin with a personal profile. To use Instagram for business, you have to connect your account to a Facebook business page. Click the profile icon at the bottom right of the screen.

At the top right corner of the page, open the settings menu. It appears as a vertical ellipsis in Android or a gear in iOS.

On the next page, scroll down until you see “Switch to business profile.” Click through the promo slideshow until you get a prompt to connect to Facebook. Select “Choose a page,” and set the page to “public.” Click “OK.”

Next, Instagram asks for permission to manage your Facebook pages. Look through the list of Facebook business pages you’ve already created. Select the right page, and click “Next.”

Only an admin on the account can complete this step. You won’t see the page if you’re just an authorized user.

4. Complete the profile setup

To finish your profile, enter an email, phone number, and address for your business. You have to fill in at least one of these contact fields to proceed. Some information will be auto-filled if it already appears on your Facebook page.

Click “Done,” and go to your profile. A new graph icon should appear at the top of the Instagram app. This is your Insights page, where you can keep track of promotions and engagement stats.

At any time, you can go back to the profile page and switch back to a personal account.

5. Create a new business page

If you haven’t already created a Facebook business page, you can do this at the same time. When you get the option to choose a page, select “Create one” at the bottom of the screen.

Set a title for your page, and choose the category that best describes your business. Some options include:

  • Books and magazines
  • Brands and products
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Event sources
  • Local businesses
  • Websites and blogs

Pick a subcategory to help people find your page in searches. For example, if you used “local businesses” as a subcategory, you have options, such as bar, home improvement, or arts and entertainment. Click “Next.”

6. Edit your profile

Go back to your profile page, and click “Edit your profile.” Here, you can add a photo, bio, and website link. If you switched from a personal account, consider changing the photo, name, and username to reflect your business. Using your brand’s logo and business name makes it easier for customers to find you on Instagram. You can make a logo in minutes if you don’t have a design yet.

The bio is an opportunity to put some branded language, links or hashtags in your profile. Check out how office supplier Staples uses the company bio for branding and promotion:

Together we make the workplace work. Shop our feed: like2b.uy/staples

Make a brief statement about what your business does or how you help customers. Keep in mind, you’re free to use a more casual tone on Instagram, even if your business is conservative.

From time to time, many brands change their bio to display fun announcements on the main page.

7. Invite contacts to follow you

Take advantage of any work you’ve done to build contacts online. In the settings menu, use the “Invite Facebook friends” option to send a notification to your entire Facebook network.

You can use the “Invite friends” option to access other networks, such as Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Yahoo! contacts. The more followers you have, the more it gives your business social media credibility.

8. Fill your gallery

Start adding photos to your gallery. The best thing about Instagram is your ability to reinvent old photos by adding filters. Users love the authenticity of the platform, so you don’t need pro skills to tell great stories.

Click the cross-shaped “Add” button to open a gallery from your phone. You can select the drop-down arrow at the top of the screen to get photos from other sources, such as Google Drive.

Once you know how to use Instagram for business, you can create Stories to drive engagement. Instagram stories are short photo or video collections that disappear after 24 hours. This simple feature is an effective way to share a funny, educational or heartwarming moment with your followers.

Even better, you have unlimited ways to be creative with storytelling. Show a product coming to life in your “food lab.” Offer a 10-second tutorial on cleaning the gutters. Make your audience laugh with funny filters on staff photos.

Instagram may seem intimidating at first, but the short, visual posts make it easy to learn fast and connect frequently with little effort.

References:

https://www.freelogoservices.com/blog/2018/02/20/how-to-set-up-an-instagram-account-for-your-business/

https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-instagram-for-business/

How to Use The Facebook Ads Manager

If you’re ready to start with Facebook Ads management, let’s look at the steps you can take to get started.

Create Your Campaign

The first step to Facebook ad management is creating your campaign.

Before we dive into the steps for creating an ad, it’s important to note that Facebook offers two methods for creating them:

  • Guided creation: With guided creation, you have a step-by-step wizard that walks you through the steps on how to create your ad. This option is best for people that aren’t familiar with Facebook’s Ads Manager or creating ad campaigns.
  • Quick creation: Quick creation allows you to set up your campaign, ad set, and ad elements as you wish. This option is best for advanced advertisers and seasoned marketers that know Facebook well or have experience creating ads on other platforms.

Now that you know the two different options for creating ads let’s take a look at how you can start composing your ad.

  1. Select your objective: Your objective is what you want to achieve with your campaign. You can aim to increase traffic, increase leads, earn conversions, and more. Your objectives should always align with your overall campaign goals.
  2. Select your target audience: Your target audience is users that are most interested in your products or services. Facebook audiences allow you to get very specific with your targeting, so you can set custom perimeters and reach the right people at the right time.
  3. Upload your ad creative: You can create numerous types of ads on Facebook, including photos, videos, carousel ads, and more. You’ll want to upload these visuals, which are typically photos or videos, to your Facebook Ads Manager account.
  4. Write your ad copy: Once you upload your creative, you’ll add your ad’s text. Make sure your ad copy provides relevant information to users that inform them about your product or service.
  5. Set your bid amount: After you have your ad set up, you’ll set your bid amount. Your bid amount will depend upon your budget and ad placement.
  6. Finalize your ad details: This involves reviewing your ad to ensure the copy, placement, and bid details are correct.

If you’re looking to take on Facebook ad management on your own, following these steps will help you get set up with your ad.

Monitor your campaign

Once your campaign is up and running, you can start monitoring your ad’s performance. You can review different aspects of your campaign, including your:

  • Budget
  • Audience
  • Placement
  • Creative

When you’re reviewing your campaign, you can look at real-time reporting to see how your ads are performing. You can monitor your campaign to spot trends with your ads and identify areas of improvement.

If you fail to monitor your ads, your campaign is a waste of time. However, when you keep an eye on your campaigns, you’ll be able to determine areas that might need to be updated for greater success.

Monitoring your ads ensures that you always have the most successful ad campaign possible.

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