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  • InstagramA How-To Guide

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    What is Instagram?Instagram describes itself as the following:

    Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. Were building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends lives through pictures as the happen.

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    Founders

    Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Founders of Instagram.

    Kevin Systrom (CEO, Co-Founder)

    Graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering

    Before Instagram, worked with the startup Odeoas an intern (later became Twitter), worked for 2 years at Google

    Mike Krieger (Technical Lead, Co-Founder) Graduated from Stanford University with an MS in

    Symbolic Systems Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil Before Instagram, he worked at Meebo (engineer

    & user experience designer), interned with Microsoft

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    The IdeaKevin & Mike always thought that you needed a bulky camera and years of art school to take great photos. However, as camera phones got better and better they decided to challenge that assumption by solving three problems:

    1. Mobile pictures come out mediocre - so they fixed that with filters that make your photos look professional!

    2. Its a pain to share your photo on each platform-with Instagram you can share to all of your favorite platforms with one click. (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare)

    3. Uploading pictures can take forever, so Instagram works to be fast & efficient.

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    Timeline

    Oct. 6, 2010

    Instagram Launches

    Dec. 12, 2010

    1 million users

    Apr. 3, 2012

    Launches on Android

    Apr. 9, 2012

    Bought by Facebook

    Feb. 26, 2013

    100 million users

    June 20, 2013

    Instagram Video

    Oct. 24, 2013

    Sponsored Photos &

    Videos

    Dec. 12, 2013

    Instagram Direct

    (a few key points from visual timeline by menford.com)

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    Our ResearchWe examined 3 popular Instagram accounts

    (one private, one non-profit, and one for-profit) to discover their best practices.

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    Posts: 3,011 Followers: 2.9 mil. Following: 18

    Humans of New York City, one story at a time.

    Humans of New York is a blog that has over 8 million followers on social media and was begun by Brandon Stanton in 2010. The Instagram account

    features snippets of everyday New York people and their stories.

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    1. Decide what you will be known for.

    Best Practices

    "What's the most romantic thing he's ever done for you?" "You don't talk about those things!"

    The key here is to focus on one main concept and be excellent at it. For Stanton, thats people and their stories.

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    2. Create a strong sense of communityand encourage interaction.

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    Humans of New York is so strong that the community interacts together daily through the posts. Most photos have an average of 1,000 to 5,000 comments each!

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    3. Take quality professional photos that tell a story.

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    4. Be consistent with your posting schedule.

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    Brandon of Humans of New York posts 2 to 3 times a day. His audience knows to expect new content from him everyday.

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    5. Be an inspiration.

    Best Practices

    Through one simple photo of a student and then his principal, $700,000 was collected for a group of school kids, as well as a scholarship fund!

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    Posts: 1,293 Followers: 245 K. Following: 1,899

    Were bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world.

    Charity: Water is a non-profit organization, a group of passionate and determined creative problem-solvers who want to make a difference. Their

    mission is to provide clean water to people in the developing world.

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    1. Use quality content that is compelling.

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    2. Post at least once a day so your followers remember you!

    3. Consistently give a call to action in your captions.

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    4. Interact with your supporters and feature them in your content.

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    4. Interact with supporters (contd.)

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    Charity Water does this by regularly showing those who support them, such as Jennifer, who turns coffee sacks into tote bags to raise money for clean water.

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    5. Use hashtags and events to develop relevant content that trends.

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    Best Practices6. Take and use professional photos from the field.

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    7. Make strategic partnerships and use contests & giveaways.

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    Posts: 1,598 Followers: 4.7 mil. Following: 347

    Official GoPro Instagram. We make the Worlds Most Versatile Camera.Wear it. Mount it. Love it.

    From incredibly versatile, powerful cameras, to mounts and accessories for nearly any activity, to the GoPro App and softwareGoPro makes it easier

    than ever to capture and share your world like never before.

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    1. Showcase the lifestyle of your brand.

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    Best Practices2. Make use of widely known, popular hashtag trends in an authentic way.

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    3. Show real people engaging with your product/brand.

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    Best Practices4. Use video creatively to show things no one has seen before.

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    The Three Keys1. High quality, professional photos.

    2. A clear brand message/story.

    3. Engagement with followers.

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