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Want to Buy Instagram Followers? Here’s What Happens When You Do

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Everyone buys Instagram followers, it seems like.

In August 2019, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance ran a long list of famous people through an Instagram audit, and it turns out that everyone from Ellen to Taylor to Ariana has an outrageous percentage of fake Instagram followers—49% fake, 46%, and 46%, respectively.

Granted, Ms. Swift is probably not buying those Instagram followers. There are plenty of bots who follow big name users to attract other (hopefully real) users—and make themselves look more legitimate (a 0 follower count is your #1 red flag). Instagram also usually suggests big names to new users, as it doesn’t yet know much about new users’ preferences.

But that doesn’t faze smaller brands or newer influencers like (spoiler alert) Caroline Calloway, who recently admitted to buying tens of thousands of followers back when she was just starting out. (Reader, I gasped.)

The idea that you must have a certain number of followers to be taken seriously—especially as you get your brand up and running—has been floating around for years. Vanity metrics are all about appearances, after all.

And we know how much work it takes to get real Instagram followers. Shortcuts can be tempting.

But we wanted to test this particular shortcut out for ourselves.

So I bought some Instagram followers for my niece, Rosie, who is a burgeoning dog influencer. (Ok, ok, I admit: this is actually just an account where I stalk my friend’s dog.)

Read full article at Hootsuite HERE @ https://blog.hootsuite.com/buy-instagram-followers-experiment/?utm_campaign=cust_selfserve-alwayson-engagement-glo-en—-engagement_prog31_nov19_buy_instagram_followers%E2%80%94q4_2019&utm_source=nurture&utm_medium=email&utm_content=&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTm1aallUSXlNbUUwTVdFNCIsInQiOiJRdEFtenBaMmk4VUd6WDRPUmg0WHd4VTBIbTd4dDlpd0lmWlNLZm5RcVpHZXdOYUZ2Sld3SWVaXC9xUlV0QUtmSkR4WlRDV1MxdlFiNXV4dStzcDJTWHFlUTFiOXBQeHV2c0Q2WFFUbyt0d2Z0NDhSaGs2N3lQSkJIZmwwR1RXdXYifQ%3D%3D

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How to Use LinkedIn Video to Acquire More Customers

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Want to generate more leads with LinkedIn? Wondering how LinkedIn video can help?

In this article, you’ll learn how to create LinkedIn videos that improve your customer acquisition efforts.

Why Businesses Should Consider LinkedIn for Customer Acquisition

Customer acquisition is no longer what it used to be. According to HubSpot’s research, 81% of consumers trust the advice of family and friends over that from businesses. People are becoming less responsive to traditional advertising and marketing, making it even more challenging for businesses to gain new customers.

That’s where having a robust social media presence on a platform like LinkedIn is advantageous. LinkedIn boasts more than 610 million users with 90 million senior-level influencers and 63 million members who are decision-makers in their organizations. It’s a platform where B2Bs can reach their target audience, generate leads, and ultimately acquire customers.

With a visitor-to-lead conversion rate of 2.74%, LinkedIn beats all other social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. In fact, LinkedIn is 277% more effective in lead generation than both platforms. Investing in appropriately targeted marketing throughout the buyer’s journey can improve acquisition on LinkedIn.

While images and text have their own merits, recent trends demonstrate that videos rule the roost on social media. On LinkedIn, videos are shared more often than any other type of content. And on average, people spend 3x times longer watching LinkedIn video ads than static ads.

So if you’re not using LinkedIn video for your marketing, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to drive lead generation. Here’s how to get started creating LinkedIn video to improve your customer acquisition efforts.

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Instagram Launches IGTV Series Tools: What Marketers Need to Know (podcast)

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How to Analyze Your Facebook Ad Performance: 9 Ways

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Are your Facebook ads working for you? Wondering which metrics you should be tracking?

In this article, you’ll discover nine ways to analyze and assess the performance of your Instagram and Facebook ad campaigns.

#1: Assess Awareness

When you’re running social media ad campaigns, it’s interesting to see how many people are viewing your content. You can measure this by looking at two key performance indicators (KPIs):

  • Reach: The number of people who saw your content. For example, if your Instagram ad was shown to 100 Instagram users, your reach would be 100.
  • Impressions: The number of times people saw your content, even if the same person saw the ad multiple times. If your ad was shown to 100 people who each viewed it twice, you’d have 200 impressions.

The importance of these metrics varies depending on your campaign type and goals. A campaign optimized for link clicks, for instance, won’t necessarily need to measure awareness but one optimized for awareness would.

One thing to always review is the ratio of impressions to reach. If the reach is 1,000 and your content received 10,000 impressions, each person within your audience group saw your ad about 10 times on average.

Showing the same ad to people multiple times might cause ad fatigue or annoy your audience, leading them to click Hide Ad and mark the ad as repetitive. In turn, your ad’s relevance score will decrease, leading to a higher CPC and CPM.

In a nutshell, your entire campaign will become much more expensive because the algorithm thinks your ad isn’t relevant, and you should therefore pay more to reach that audience.

#2: Evaluate Engagement

Engagement relates to any metric that reveals a person has interacted with your post, such as:

  • Likes
  • Shares
  • Comments
  • Clicks

The importance of these metrics will vary depending on the campaign type.

For example, a campaign optimized for conversions should focus more on monetary metrics but a campaign optimized for reach would prioritize these engagement KPIs. Why? Because likes and shares can increase the organic reach of the ad post.

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