Last week Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, announced that it was developing its advertising platform. Instagram has over 300 million users. Facebook has reached over 1.44 billion users. Facebook and, now Instagram, are constantly working to improve the user experience and make enhancements to have their users, essentially, never want to leave the social media worlds they help create.
With the ever-increasing push for high quality content coupled with great imagery and videos, this is an opportunity for nonprofits. We know that a picture is worth a thousand words and what is being rolled out now can be a game-changer for nonprofits that use Instagram instagram followers .
Previously, when individuals on Instagram saw something that was of interest to them, for example, a product or service they liked (because of a great visual), they would take a screen shot of it. This was the best they could do and then hopefully remember to research it or buy it later.
Instagram is now adding the following buttons to posts: “Shop Now”, “Install Now”, “Learn More” and “Sign Up”. If you take a look at the pictures of what the sponsored ads will look like, you can see the buttons are nonintrusive and the look is seamless. This is meant to not impact the user experience.
Let’s say that one of your nonprofit followers on Instagram sees a great picture related to your mission and there is a “Learn More” button, they will be then taken to your site. If you’re really good at fundraising, you could send them to your donate page, which has even more reason now to be thoroughly engaging.
Perhaps you’re looking to get more individuals involved in your team event to help raise awareness for cancer or some other disease. Imagine the possibilities now that Instagram allows you to seamlessly add a “Sign Up” button, which features a great image above it! What if you’re doing a fundraiser and you have great visuals you post on Instagram as sponsored ads during the course of your campaign? You can tell quite a compelling story, raise more money and even gain more followers if you plan and market it well.