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The Top 2018 Instagram Trends for Small Business

Instagram is one of the most popular social channels available to businesses today. It’s growing quickly and evolving to meet the needs of its users. So for brands that use the platform, it’s essential to keep up with what’s happening.

2018 Instagram Trends

If your business has an Instagram presence or if you’re thinking about starting one this year, here are some of the top statistics, updates and trends from 2018.

Instagram Popularity

  • Instagram had about 800 million worldwide users earlier this year. That number has since grown to over 1 billion.
  • In fact, the app has more than 1 billion downloads on Google Play alone.
  • 95 million photos and videos are uploaded to the platform daily.
  • 53 percent of those who use social media have an account on Instagram.
  • And 61 percent of Instagram users said they used Instagram more often this year than they did during the previous year.
  • It’s also especially popular with young people. 50 percent of Gen Z social media users are on Instagram.
  • And it’s popular with consumers who are willing and able to spend; 31 percent of adults on Instagram earn at least $75,000 annually.

Instagram Stories

Instagram Engagement

  • Instagram users are fairly active. The platform has more than 500 million users daily.
  • In fact, Instagram users like more than 4.2 billion posts every day.
  • Additionally, Instagram has 58 times more engagement per post than Facebook.
  • While much of that engagement is between individuals, a lot of it goes to business accounts. Half of the users on Instagram follow businesses.
  • Additionally, 70 percent of Instagram users have searched for a brand on the platform.
  • And 68 percent of Instagram users said they interact with brands regularly.
  • Research has found that posting a video at 9 p.m. leads to 34 percent more interactions than content posted at other times.

Instagram Marketing

  • There are more than 25 million business users on Instagram.
  • Those users can take advantage of several different advertising options on the platform. But many don’t. There are more than 2 million advertisers on Instagram.
  • The market for influencer marketing on Instagram is projected to grow to $2.38 billion by 2019.
  • The market for freelancers and gig workers is also increasing. Gig spending on Instagram quadrupled between 2017 and 2018.

Instagram Updates

  • This year, Instagram introduced a number of changes that could impact business users. For example, the app now alerts users when they’ve seen every post in their feed.
  • It is also adding usage statistics that could be beneficial for businesses.
  • In addition, Shopify added a new Instagram integration early this year that could benefit small ecommerce shops.
  • Finally, Instagram also introduced “Instagram Lite,” which takes up less space and is perfect for users with low end devices or spotty connections.

More Resources

It’s important to stay informed about the latest updates and trends related to Instagram. This information can help small business users make the most of the platform and effectively connect with potential customers. But it can also help to follow expert tips and tricks. If you’re interested in improving your Instagram presence toward the end of 2018 and beyond, check out these additional resources.

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How can a young founder signal or demonstrate their position as a thought leader and build their personal brand, despite their newcomer status?

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at yec.co.

1. Create a Website

Creating a website is the first step to creating your personal brand. Find out who your target audience is and design the website in a way that will be relatable to them. Then, the work starts. You’ll want to create a blog and write posts that will attract that audience to your site. Speak directly to them, and help them with new information. – Chris ChristoffMonsterInsights

2. Share Your Point of View

If you’re a young founder or entrepreneur, the best way to demonstrate your position as a thought leader is to have a point of view and share it. The more clear you are on who you are, your ideas and what you feel is your expertise, the quicker you can start making a name for yourself. Write articles, join panels, do workshops, etc. Do as much as you can to get that point of view into the market. – Sunny BonnellMotto

3. Get Face Time in Your Industry

As a young founder new to the industry, you should do everything in your power to get face time. Whether that means attending industry events, writing a blog, doing a podcast or applying for any and all speaking opportunities, getting yourself out there and visible to your audience is a great way to position yourself and build your brand. The experience alone will help you grow. – Dave NevogtHubstaff.com

4. Showcase Your Skills

The first step in demonstrating your position as a thought leader is to build confidence, which, in turn, builds trust. Start by creating content that showcases your skills. Consider writing for as many industry-related publications as you can. As you progress, you get to expand your audience while refining your skills at the same time. The idea is to get your name out there as much as possible. – Derek RobinsonTop Notch Dezigns

5. Answer Questions

If you want to demonstrate your knowledge and thought-leading abilities, what’s a better way than answering questions? Spending some time answering questions on question-and-answer forums will quickly establish you as an authority on any given subject. – Bryce WelkerAccounting Institute for Success

6. Write a Book

Authoring a book is a great way to position yourself as an expert. As a young first-time author, self-publishing can be a great option. There are several companies that can help you get your book ready. After that, it’s easier than you think to get your work on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website. There are few things stronger than your own book to elevate your personal brand. – Brian GreenbergTrue Blue Life Insurance

7. Dispel Misinformation

Write often, and put the full work in to truly explore a topic. Long-form writing that is insightful and teaches something valuable is useful and helps you develop an audience. Look for gaps in knowledge or for common misconceptions about your industry, and work to dispel bad information. – Jacob Samuel AlexanderKono Store

8. Be Consistent

Post consistent and well-thought-out content on websites like LinkedIn and your own blog as well. Research should be involved since you’re a young founder, but you can also share personal anecdotes to bolster your points. Encourage discussion and feedback by responding to each and every comment.  – Andrew SchrageMoney Crashers

9. Leverage Your Passion

One way to gain a foothold as a thought leader when you’re just starting out is to find something you’re truly passionate about. Focus on finding angles of your interests that really excite you, and your genuine enthusiasm will separate you from the cacophony of other voices out there. A fresh perspective is often just what people are looking for, especially when it’s combined with real passion. – Ryan D. MatznerFueled

10. Know Your Value

There’s a reason for the saying “Out with the old, in with the new.” When we refer to fresh ideas and perspectives, this is something a young founder can bring to the table. Our world is constantly changing, so anyone can be a thought leader as long as they stay up to date with current affairs and can educate others within their field by exchanging information because information is valuable. – Stephanie VermaasThis Is A Love Song LLC

11. Keep Learning and Sharing Your Knowledge

If you have the drive to learn and simplify what you’ve learned in a clear way, your personal brand will grow. The trick is to keep learning. Sign up for industry newsletters, follow thought leaders on social media and constantly be reading books and articles. – Syed BalkhiWPBeginner

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By Rieva Lesonsky

If there’s one thing that’s predictable about entrepreneurship, it’s that it’s unpredictable. In this special series, we’ll help you prepare for uncertainty, minimize risks, and protect your business.

Talking about an economic downturn right now might seem like a move only Debbie Downer would make. After all, retail sales are at record highs, unemployment is at record lows, and the United States is enjoying the second-longest economic expansion on record.

But what goes up must come down—and as every seasoned small business owner knows, being prepared for an economic downturn is always a smart move. With many economists predicting a recession will hit within the next few years, now is a good time to get ready.

Track economic indicators

Keeping an eye on key economic indicators will help you spot the warning signs of a recession so you have time to prepare. Here are some key economic indicators to watch:

The Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes monthly tables of the U.S. Economy at a Glance that are very useful.

Track your business’s Key Performance Indicators

Just as important as the overall economic picture is your business’s economic performance. The key performance indicators (KPIs) that matter most will differ depending on your industry and your business. However, for most small businesses, these are the ones you want to keep an eye on:

  • Cash flow: Do you have enough cash flow to meet your obligations?
  • Revenues: How much money is your business bringing in?
  • Profit margins: Are your profit margins healthy? Are they growing or shrinking?
  • Leverage: Are you using financing wisely to grow your business?
  • Customer retention: What share of your business comes from existing customers? If you have a lot of customer turnover, or churn, it’s a warning sign.
  • Customer acquisition cost: How much does it cost you to get each new customer?
  • Customer lifetime value: How much money can you expect to make from a customer over the span of their relationship with your business?

Prepare for future financing needs

The time to borrow money is when you don’t need it. Even if you think you will never need to tap into it, figure out several options for accessing business capital just in case. Get a business line of credit; obtain some new, low interest business credit cards; and maintain a strong relationship with your business banker. This will put you in a good position to tap into business financing when others may be running dry.

Protect your business with insurance

You can’t insure your business against a recession, but you can shield what you’ve built from the risks that threaten entrepreneurs in any economy. Make sure you have sufficient commercial property insurance, general liability insurance, and business income insurance to protect your business from theft, fire, lawsuits, and other unforeseen circumstances. You can get all three coverages by purchasing a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) from The Hartford.

Depending on your business, you may also need workers’ compensation insurance, commercial auto insurance, and other special endorsements. Talking to an insurance agent can help you determine the best type of coverage for your company at the best price.

You can’t prevent an economic downturn—but with the help of The Hartford, you can be prepared for all the twists and turns life throws your way.

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About the Author

rieva lesonskyRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at rieva@smallbizdaily.com, follow her on Google+ and Twitter.com/Rieva, and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

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Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at yec.co.

1. Create a Website

Creating a website is the first step to creating your personal brand. Find out who your target audience is and design the website in a way that will be relatable to them. Then, the work starts. You’ll want to create a blog and write posts that will attract that audience to your site. Speak directly to them, and help them with new information. – Chris ChristoffMonsterInsights

2. Share Your Point of View

If you’re a young founder or entrepreneur, the best way to demonstrate your position as a thought leader is to have a point of view and share it. The more clear you are on who you are, your ideas and what you feel is your expertise, the quicker you can start making a name for yourself. Write articles, join panels, do workshops, etc. Do as much as you can to get that point of view into the market. – Sunny BonnellMotto

3. Get Face Time in Your Industry

As a young founder new to the industry, you should do everything in your power to get face time. Whether that means attending industry events, writing a blog, doing a podcast or applying for any and all speaking opportunities, getting yourself out there and visible to your audience is a great way to position yourself and build your brand. The experience alone will help you grow. – Dave NevogtHubstaff.com

4. Showcase Your Skills

The first step in demonstrating your position as a thought leader is to build confidence, which, in turn, builds trust. Start by creating content that showcases your skills. Consider writing for as many industry-related publications as you can. As you progress, you get to expand your audience while refining your skills at the same time. The idea is to get your name out there as much as possible. – Derek RobinsonTop Notch Dezigns

5. Answer Questions

If you want to demonstrate your knowledge and thought-leading abilities, what’s a better way than answering questions? Spending some time answering questions on question-and-answer forums will quickly establish you as an authority on any given subject. – Bryce WelkerAccounting Institute for Success

6. Write a Book

Authoring a book is a great way to position yourself as an expert. As a young first-time author, self-publishing can be a great option. There are several companies that can help you get your book ready. After that, it’s easier than you think to get your work on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website. There are few things stronger than your own book to elevate your personal brand. – Brian GreenbergTrue Blue Life Insurance

7. Dispel Misinformation

Write often, and put the full work in to truly explore a topic. Long-form writing that is insightful and teaches something valuable is useful and helps you develop an audience. Look for gaps in knowledge or for common misconceptions about your industry, and work to dispel bad information. – Jacob Samuel AlexanderKono Store

8. Be Consistent

Post consistent and well-thought-out content on websites like LinkedIn and your own blog as well. Research should be involved since you’re a young founder, but you can also share personal anecdotes to bolster your points. Encourage discussion and feedback by responding to each and every comment.  – Andrew SchrageMoney Crashers

9. Leverage Your Passion

One way to gain a foothold as a thought leader when you’re just starting out is to find something you’re truly passionate about. Focus on finding angles of your interests that really excite you, and your genuine enthusiasm will separate you from the cacophony of other voices out there. A fresh perspective is often just what people are looking for, especially when it’s combined with real passion. – Ryan D. MatznerFueled

10. Know Your Value

There’s a reason for the saying “Out with the old, in with the new.” When we refer to fresh ideas and perspectives, this is something a young founder can bring to the table. Our world is constantly changing, so anyone can be a thought leader as long as they stay up to date with current affairs and can educate others within their field by exchanging information because information is valuable. – Stephanie VermaasThis Is A Love Song LLC

11. Keep Learning and Sharing Your Knowledge

If you have the drive to learn and simplify what you’ve learned in a clear way, your personal brand will grow. The trick is to keep learning. Sign up for industry newsletters, follow thought leaders on social media and constantly be reading books and articles. – Syed BalkhiWPBeginner

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How can a young founder signal or demonstrate their position as a thought leader and build their personal brand, despite their newcomer status?

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at yec.co.

1. Create a Website

Creating a website is the first step to creating your personal brand. Find out who your target audience is and design the website in a way that will be relatable to them. Then, the work starts. You’ll want to create a blog and write posts that will attract that audience to your site. Speak directly to them, and help them with new information. – Chris ChristoffMonsterInsights

2. Share Your Point of View

If you’re a young founder or entrepreneur, the best way to demonstrate your position as a thought leader is to have a point of view and share it. The more clear you are on who you are, your ideas and what you feel is your expertise, the quicker you can start making a name for yourself. Write articles, join panels, do workshops, etc. Do as much as you can to get that point of view into the market. – Sunny BonnellMotto

3. Get Face Time in Your Industry

As a young founder new to the industry, you should do everything in your power to get face time. Whether that means attending industry events, writing a blog, doing a podcast or applying for any and all speaking opportunities, getting yourself out there and visible to your audience is a great way to position yourself and build your brand. The experience alone will help you grow. – Dave NevogtHubstaff.com

4. Showcase Your Skills

The first step in demonstrating your position as a thought leader is to build confidence, which, in turn, builds trust. Start by creating content that showcases your skills. Consider writing for as many industry-related publications as you can. As you progress, you get to expand your audience while refining your skills at the same time. The idea is to get your name out there as much as possible. – Derek RobinsonTop Notch Dezigns

5. Answer Questions

If you want to demonstrate your knowledge and thought-leading abilities, what’s a better way than answering questions? Spending some time answering questions on question-and-answer forums will quickly establish you as an authority on any given subject. – Bryce WelkerAccounting Institute for Success

6. Write a Book

Authoring a book is a great way to position yourself as an expert. As a young first-time author, self-publishing can be a great option. There are several companies that can help you get your book ready. After that, it’s easier than you think to get your work on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website. There are few things stronger than your own book to elevate your personal brand. – Brian GreenbergTrue Blue Life Insurance

7. Dispel Misinformation

Write often, and put the full work in to truly explore a topic. Long-form writing that is insightful and teaches something valuable is useful and helps you develop an audience. Look for gaps in knowledge or for common misconceptions about your industry, and work to dispel bad information. – Jacob Samuel AlexanderKono Store

8. Be Consistent

Post consistent and well-thought-out content on websites like LinkedIn and your own blog as well. Research should be involved since you’re a young founder, but you can also share personal anecdotes to bolster your points. Encourage discussion and feedback by responding to each and every comment.  – Andrew SchrageMoney Crashers

9. Leverage Your Passion

One way to gain a foothold as a thought leader when you’re just starting out is to find something you’re truly passionate about. Focus on finding angles of your interests that really excite you, and your genuine enthusiasm will separate you from the cacophony of other voices out there. A fresh perspective is often just what people are looking for, especially when it’s combined with real passion. – Ryan D. MatznerFueled

10. Know Your Value

There’s a reason for the saying “Out with the old, in with the new.” When we refer to fresh ideas and perspectives, this is something a young founder can bring to the table. Our world is constantly changing, so anyone can be a thought leader as long as they stay up to date with current affairs and can educate others within their field by exchanging information because information is valuable. – Stephanie VermaasThis Is A Love Song LLC

11. Keep Learning and Sharing Your Knowledge

If you have the drive to learn and simplify what you’ve learned in a clear way, your personal brand will grow. The trick is to keep learning. Sign up for industry newsletters, follow thought leaders on social media and constantly be reading books and articles. – Syed BalkhiWPBeginner

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Of course, I believe that you should start a blog for all the right reasons. My reasons are not to own material possessions or to show off. I don’t need a big house or expensive car. And definitely don’t want expensive clothes. I’d like to buy more time to spend with family and loved ones. To enjoy life’s best experiences with them, and be financially secure to take care of them during rough times. People come before money, and maybe one day I can take a year off like you did.
Again, thank you so much and you’re a true inspiration.