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Brands are putting ‘Instagram content’ on their own sites
More and more brands are using “likable” content outside of Instagram, such as e-commerce sites, subscription boxes, and more. For instance, after men’s subscription company, Bespoke Post, repurposed six images from Instagram on its “Downpour”-themed box, it saw an increase in purchase rates for the boxes by nearly 20%. The Collected Group, the parent company of various fashion brands, is also incorporating a “fan reel” Instagram feed on its website and featuring brand-curated posts by influencers and other customers. A spokesperson from The Collected Group explained, “We’ve realized how important it is to take a 360-degree approach to marketing. And if influencers are creating beautiful content, we’ll happily take that and run with it. Why not?”
What do consumers want when they visit a brands website? In addition to discovering new products, shoppers want to see how real people use said products. While professional content featuring models can be aspirational, repurposing influencer content on a website provides shoppers with a customer testimonial and how-to manual wrapped in one beautifully crafted piece of content. Simone Delfino, The Collected Group’s senior director of global brand communications, says influencer content “brings Instagram into our world and brings more visibility to how real users — not just studio models — are wearing and styling our clothes.”
A study found that when brands feature Instagram content on their website, consumers spend 250 percent longer on the site. And consumers who view the content convert at a 140 percent higher rate than shoppers who don’t. And as an added bonus, influencer content comes at an affordable price. Both Bespoke Post and The Collected Group only pay influencers in free product. Even the brands that choose to compensate influencers monetarily can source high volumes of content at a fraction of the cost of professional photoshoots, giving them the ability to invest that budget in different channels. By leveraging influencer content and cutting down on producing content in-house, Bespoke Post was able to spend 15% more on advertising in June.
Inside Our TikTok strategy
Chipotle is kicking off its second TikTok “challenge” that enables users to dance for free guacamole under the hashtag #GuacDance. Earlier this spring, Chipotle was the first restaurant to partner with TikTok in the U.S. by launching its first “challenge” campaign under the hashtag #ChipotleLidFlip, leading to the brand’s highest digital sales day. Stephanie Purdue, Chipotle’s VP of Brand Marketing, said, “our digital sales have grown significantly — we’re up 99% versus last year — and they now represent about 18% of our sales. Half of our customer base is Gen-Z and millennial, so it’s important for us to show up where they are. We really like being in unexpected and uncluttered spaces, and we felt like TikTok was one of them.” As the company increases its digital spend, it is also working with more influencers.
Chipotle has historically focused its marketing efforts on local restaurants rather than national campaigns. By increasing its digital budget and partnering with TikTok, Chipotle aims to spread brand awareness on a larger scale and become a “more convenient brand that allows for more personalization”.
The number one rule to personalization is understanding your audience. Brands risk missing their target audience if they don’t speak to each of their audiences in a way and on a channel that they will understand. Chipotle knows that more than half of its customers are under the age of 26, and it knows that young consumers live on social media. Instagram and YouTube are heavily used by young audiences, but often times the content on these platforms is produced and staged, not to mention these platforms can be saturated with sponsored content. Chipotle got ahead of its competitors by dialing into the new platform being used by its target audience.
Chipotle senior digital manager, Candice Beck, said the company wanted to incorporate more “relatable” content into their marketing strategy and young consumers love TikTok for its authenticity. TikTok is a newer platform with less active users than some of its competitors, yet fast adopters have seen high returns by investing in the video sharing app. We’re interested to see more brands test new strategies on the app.