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Instagram - A Picture of the Social Photo Sharing Site

instagramSince being acquired by Facebook in 2012, Instagram, a free online photo sharing and social network platform has provided small business owners seeking ways to engage and grow their base a new outlet to pursue. So what is Instagram? Instagram allows members users to upload, edit and share photos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr. On Instagram, you are allowed to follow photo streams created by other users, be followed back by those same users, and locate friends by name or who have connected to you on other social networks. It is as much of a social site as it is a photo sharing app (which is available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store).

Some ridiculous numbers…

Just so you get an idea how popular Instagram is becoming within a few short years (founded in 2010), allow me to share 7 eye-popping stats:

  1. Instagram has 100 million monthly active users. (Instagram)
  2. 40 million photos are posted per day. (Instagram)
  3. 28 percent of U.S. Internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 use Instagram. (Pew)
  4. 98 percent of Instagram photos posted by top brands are now shared to Facebook. (Simply Measured)
  5. 59 percent of Interbrand's top 100 brands are on Instagram. (SimplyMeasured)
  6. There are 8,500 likes per second on Instagram. (Instagram)
  7. 1,000 comments are made per second. (Instagram)

How businesses are using Instagram

Small business is finding that connecting with their customers on a visceral level is most effective with a tool like Instagram. Knowning that what is interesting to the brand and to the core target customer are where they must be. Clever business will use Instagram as a window into their world. By sharing, small business owners put a face on their business, and begin to enhance relationships with customers.

Private Picassos, a children's art studio in New York City, uses Instagram to record their student's work, and this has resulted in parents commenting and sharing the photos, thus increasing their business. “I don't do any paid advertising, so it's a way to encourage your client to do the marketing for you,” director Valeen Parubchenko says.