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2021 Instagram Updates: What Businesses and Marketers Should Know

August 27, 20215 min read

Here is our list of 2021 Instagram updates that businesses and marketers should know.

Instagram was first launched in 2010 as a photo-sharing social media app. Initially, the primary focus was photography, specifically those taken on mobile devices. Two years later, Facebook acquired the company for $1 billion in cash and stock. 

Over the years, Instagram has been leaning more towards videos that they launched in August 2020 Reels which initially came with a 15-minute time limit but doubled it after about a month.

The Sudden Shift from Photos to Videos

While Instagram introduced video posts in 2013 and subsequently added IGTV, Stories videos, Instagram Live, and Reels, company head Adam Mosseri announced last July that the platform is now focusing more on video content, including “full-screen and recommended videos in users’ feeds.”

Additionally, the social media platform has just increased Reels’ time limit to 60 seconds.

In an Instagram post, Mosseri said the social media giant is “no longer a square photo-sharing app” after their research showed that the primary reason that “people say they use the platform is to be entertained.”

TikTok: A Growing Threat

In Mosseri’s July Instagram post, he even cited TikTok and other upstarts’ rise. Meanwhile, his announcement coincided with TikTok’s decision to stretch the length of its videos from one minute to three. 

With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, video-sharing social media platforms like TikTok have started exploding in popularity. The reason? According to surveys, people were looking for entertainment channels while avoiding Facebook and other sites where content generally revolved around controversial issues.

Several surveys have also shown that the new norm is now leaning towards videos of “light topics,” a sort of escapism amidst today’s uncertainty–i.e., job insecurity, risk of contracting the disease, and economic downturn–brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Instagram Updates that Will Affect the Business Landscape

Instagram plans to “build new experiences in four areas,” namely, creators, videos, shopping, and messaging. These Instagram updates are primarily anchored to the new consumer sentiment and business landscape, many of which are the new norm’s inadvertent byproducts. 

Power Shift from Business Institutions to Individuals Across Industries

Instagram creators can now allow companies to promote their organic branded Stories and content feed. For brands, this means that partnering with influencers will enable them to use their post and turn it into an ad. 

To boost brand awareness and even generate sales, it is a no-brainer to choose an influencer who reflects the “core values” of the sponsored brands instead of randomly selecting a social media celebrity based solely on the number of followers.

Business-and-influencer marketing also works great if it involves user-generated content. For instance, a few years ago, Coca-Cola launched a “Share a Coke” campaign in which they personalized soda bottles with common names and nicknames, prompting thousands of people to share a photo of themselves holding a Coke bottle with their name on it.

Instagram Videos: Quick and Entertaining Content

2021 Instagram Updates

With the shrinking attention span of consumers, video marketing offers unique benefits–if crafted correctly. A 2020 study even found that adding product videos to landing pages increased conversion rates by up to 80%.

These are the other reasons why businesses, including small and medium enterprises or SMEs, should start focusing on video marketing: 

  • Around 54% of consumers want to see more video content. (Hubspot, 2021)

  • Recently, about 87% of video marketers reported that the medium gives them an excellent ROI, a notable increase from 33% in 2015. (Wyzowl Research, 2021)

  • Around 27% of global online users watched more than 10 hours of videos on a weekly basis, while 20.6% watched 1-2 hours of videos per week. (Statista, 2020). 

  • Forty-three percent of marketers said that videos had reduced their number of support calls. (Wyzowl, 2021)

Instagram Shopping: Shift from Offline to Online

2021 Instagram updates

The coronavirus permanently changed online shopping behaviors, according to a 2020 study released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The disruptive nature of the pandemic even prompted the researchers to urge policymakers to adopt measures that can facilitate “e-commerce adoption” among SMEs.

According to a survey involving 3,700 consumers in nine emerging and developed countries, online purchases jumped by 6 to 10 percent of points in most product categories. However, the biggest gainers were sectors from DIY, gardening, electronics, education, household products, and cosmetic and personal care.

Additionally, Instagram is one of the platforms that benefit from the accelerated shift to digital shopping, according to a recent report published by Hootsuite: 

  • More than 1 billion people use Instagram monthly. 

  • Around 81% of Instagramers use the platform to research products and services. 

  • About 130 milłion users tap on shopping posts every month. 

  • Around 50% of users have visited a website to purchase a product or service after seeing it on Instagram. 

  • An average user spends approximately 30 minutes a day on the platform.

Simply put, the new business landscape makes online presence and marketing not just a  recommendation but a necessity that failure to adapt to it will have disastrous outcomes.

Instagram Direct Message for Business

With more than 375 million active monthly users, Instagram’s messaging service is a goldmine for marketers who want to reach their audience in the most personalized way possible and boost their sales and brand awareness. 

Brands can send a single direct message or a group message to their list of followers or send a video or photo from their Instagram feed to an individual or a group of followers. The goal here is to target the right audience at the right time in a personalized way so that they feel they’re part of an “exclusive group.”

The most notable feature of Instagram Direct is the deeper level of personalization, which is the key to an excellent buying experience that leads to more “impulse buy,” improved customer loyalty, greater revenue, and fewer returns.

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Nemi Despuez

Hi, I’m Nemi. I’m passionate about language learning, subsistence farming, a minimalist lifestyle, and gory Japanese anime.

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2021 Instagram Updates: What Businesses and Marketers Should Know

August 27, 20215 min read

Here is our list of 2021 Instagram updates that businesses and marketers should know.

Instagram was first launched in 2010 as a photo-sharing social media app. Initially, the primary focus was photography, specifically those taken on mobile devices. Two years later, Facebook acquired the company for $1 billion in cash and stock. 

Over the years, Instagram has been leaning more towards videos that they launched in August 2020 Reels which initially came with a 15-minute time limit but doubled it after about a month.

The Sudden Shift from Photos to Videos

While Instagram introduced video posts in 2013 and subsequently added IGTV, Stories videos, Instagram Live, and Reels, company head Adam Mosseri announced last July that the platform is now focusing more on video content, including “full-screen and recommended videos in users’ feeds.”

Additionally, the social media platform has just increased Reels’ time limit to 60 seconds.

In an Instagram post, Mosseri said the social media giant is “no longer a square photo-sharing app” after their research showed that the primary reason that “people say they use the platform is to be entertained.”

TikTok: A Growing Threat

In Mosseri’s July Instagram post, he even cited TikTok and other upstarts’ rise. Meanwhile, his announcement coincided with TikTok’s decision to stretch the length of its videos from one minute to three. 

With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, video-sharing social media platforms like TikTok have started exploding in popularity. The reason? According to surveys, people were looking for entertainment channels while avoiding Facebook and other sites where content generally revolved around controversial issues.

Several surveys have also shown that the new norm is now leaning towards videos of “light topics,” a sort of escapism amidst today’s uncertainty–i.e., job insecurity, risk of contracting the disease, and economic downturn–brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Instagram Updates that Will Affect the Business Landscape

Instagram plans to “build new experiences in four areas,” namely, creators, videos, shopping, and messaging. These Instagram updates are primarily anchored to the new consumer sentiment and business landscape, many of which are the new norm’s inadvertent byproducts. 

Power Shift from Business Institutions to Individuals Across Industries

Instagram creators can now allow companies to promote their organic branded Stories and content feed. For brands, this means that partnering with influencers will enable them to use their post and turn it into an ad. 

To boost brand awareness and even generate sales, it is a no-brainer to choose an influencer who reflects the “core values” of the sponsored brands instead of randomly selecting a social media celebrity based solely on the number of followers.

Business-and-influencer marketing also works great if it involves user-generated content. For instance, a few years ago, Coca-Cola launched a “Share a Coke” campaign in which they personalized soda bottles with common names and nicknames, prompting thousands of people to share a photo of themselves holding a Coke bottle with their name on it.

Instagram Videos: Quick and Entertaining Content

2021 Instagram Updates

With the shrinking attention span of consumers, video marketing offers unique benefits–if crafted correctly. A 2020 study even found that adding product videos to landing pages increased conversion rates by up to 80%.

These are the other reasons why businesses, including small and medium enterprises or SMEs, should start focusing on video marketing: 

  • Around 54% of consumers want to see more video content. (Hubspot, 2021)

  • Recently, about 87% of video marketers reported that the medium gives them an excellent ROI, a notable increase from 33% in 2015. (Wyzowl Research, 2021)

  • Around 27% of global online users watched more than 10 hours of videos on a weekly basis, while 20.6% watched 1-2 hours of videos per week. (Statista, 2020). 

  • Forty-three percent of marketers said that videos had reduced their number of support calls. (Wyzowl, 2021)

Instagram Shopping: Shift from Offline to Online

2021 Instagram updates

The coronavirus permanently changed online shopping behaviors, according to a 2020 study released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The disruptive nature of the pandemic even prompted the researchers to urge policymakers to adopt measures that can facilitate “e-commerce adoption” among SMEs.

According to a survey involving 3,700 consumers in nine emerging and developed countries, online purchases jumped by 6 to 10 percent of points in most product categories. However, the biggest gainers were sectors from DIY, gardening, electronics, education, household products, and cosmetic and personal care.

Additionally, Instagram is one of the platforms that benefit from the accelerated shift to digital shopping, according to a recent report published by Hootsuite: 

  • More than 1 billion people use Instagram monthly. 

  • Around 81% of Instagramers use the platform to research products and services. 

  • About 130 milłion users tap on shopping posts every month. 

  • Around 50% of users have visited a website to purchase a product or service after seeing it on Instagram. 

  • An average user spends approximately 30 minutes a day on the platform.

Simply put, the new business landscape makes online presence and marketing not just a  recommendation but a necessity that failure to adapt to it will have disastrous outcomes.

Instagram Direct Message for Business

With more than 375 million active monthly users, Instagram’s messaging service is a goldmine for marketers who want to reach their audience in the most personalized way possible and boost their sales and brand awareness. 

Brands can send a single direct message or a group message to their list of followers or send a video or photo from their Instagram feed to an individual or a group of followers. The goal here is to target the right audience at the right time in a personalized way so that they feel they’re part of an “exclusive group.”

The most notable feature of Instagram Direct is the deeper level of personalization, which is the key to an excellent buying experience that leads to more “impulse buy,” improved customer loyalty, greater revenue, and fewer returns.

blog author image

Nemi Despuez

Hi, I’m Nemi. I’m passionate about language learning, subsistence farming, a minimalist lifestyle, and gory Japanese anime.

Back to Blog

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Our team has been curated through the years for individual skills, personalities, and capabilities. Our clients put their trust in us to help them grow. We are here to do just that.

Growing Businesses Since 2008

We have helped hundreds of businesses just like yours. Working for or along-side of business owner, managers, staff, or even board of directors, LOJO is ready to be an asset to your business.

Our team has been curated through the years for individual skills, personalities, and capabilities. Our clients put their trust in us to help them grow. We are here to do just that.

Matthew Rogers, President

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After spending several months reviewing multiple proposals from several different companies we engaged LOJO to develop a new website that represents our company effectively. We worked initially with Stephen Platte who helped create the scope of the project. Stephen was knowledgeable and always followed up with me on time and as promised.

He "closed the deal" for LOJO with his professionalism, service orientation and easy going approach. Once we signed the contract we were introduced to Jay Kelly who would be the creative lead for LOJO. This was the most challenging part of the project for my company, as there was no shortage of ideas from our side. Jay managed the project flawlessly, and once we had all agreed to the design, Jay introduced us to Eric.

Eric Lay is one of the founders of LOJO. Eric took the design we had developed and brought it to life. We delivered content as quickly as he requested it. Eric kept the project on task and we responded by exceeding every deadline for content. In turn, once provided, literally not a day went by that Eric didn't add the content and take the next step. In just a few weeks we launched our new website. Eric is a pleasure to work with.

His positive attitude and consultative approach really enhanced the experience and made a big difference for us in the outcome of our project. We would welcome you to visit our website to take a look at the quality work of LOJO. We are very pleased with LOJO and look forward to working with them in the future as we pursue an aggressive SEO strategy."

After spending several months reviewing multiple proposals from several different companies we engaged LOJO to develop a new website that represents our company effectively. We worked initially with Stephen Platte who helped create the scope of the project. Stephen was knowledgeable and always followed up with me on time and as promised.

He "closed the deal" for LOJO with his professionalism, service orientation and easy going approach. Once we signed the contract we were introduced to Jay Kelly who would be the creative lead for LOJO. This was the most challenging part of the project for my company, as there was no shortage of ideas from our side. Jay managed the project flawlessly, and once we had all agreed to the design, Jay introduced us to Eric.

Eric Lay is one of the founders of LOJO. Eric took the design we had developed and brought it to life. We delivered content as quickly as he requested it. Eric kept the project on task and we responded by exceeding every deadline for content. In turn, once provided, literally not a day went by that Eric didn't add the content and take the next step. In just a few weeks we launched our new website. Eric is a pleasure to work with.

His positive attitude and consultative approach really enhanced the experience and made a big difference for us in the outcome of our project. We would welcome you to visit our website to take a look at the quality work of LOJO. We are very pleased with LOJO and look forward to working with them in the future as we pursue an aggressive SEO strategy."

Matthew Rogers, President

iProspect Check

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