How To Use Instagram to Grow Your Email List

This is a guest post from Elevation Marketing.

Getting more followers seems to be the name of the game on
Instagram, but the platform is actually perfect to grow other parts
of your business, too. In fact, one of the best ways to use
Instagram to grow your business is to take your relationship with
those followers off Instagram and into their inboxes.

Even in today’s social media-heavy landscape, with your
audience. Why?

Because email gives you direct contact with potential customers.
Instead of hoping they see your post while they’re aimlessly
scrolling through social media, sending them an email guarantees
your message will land directly in their inbox.

Add to that the fact that social platforms can close up shop at
any moment (just look at what happened to Vine), and you have an
incredibly strong argument for email marketing.

But let’s loop back around to Instagram.

Even if you have tons of Instagram followers, the chances are
that some of them will miss your daily posts thanks to
the new algorithm
. If you have their email addresses, you can
send important information like new products, launches, and latest
posts straight to their inbox.

Why Instagram is a great platform for generating more subscribers

Building a following on Instagram is a high priority for many
businesses today – and for good reason.

Instagram is the most engaged social platform, beating the likes
of even socially-geared Facebook.

According to research
, around 2-7% of followers interact with
each post, putting it way ahead of Twitter, which sees less than
0.2% of followers engaging with each post. Users also spend longer
on Instagram than any other social media platform, giving you more
chance to connect and build relationships with them.

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Now that you know why Instagram should be an important part of
your list building strategy, let’s dive into a few key ways you
can use the platform to superpower your email list.

How to use Instagram to get more subscribers 1. Bring out the
competitive nature of your followers

Everyone loves a competition. When we see the chance to win
something incredible, we can’t help but put our name in the hat.
And Instagram is the perfect platform for you to host a

In fact, posts on Instagram that are related to contests
64x more comments and 3.5x more likes
than those that aren’t.
This shows you can reach more people with a competition and use
that leverage to promote your email list.

Watchmaker MVMT hosted a competition on Instagram that asked
followers to tag two friends and follow the brand for a chance to
win a watch.

You can switch up the rules in your competition by asking people
to sign up to your email list instead of asking them to follow your
account in order to help you grow your subscriber count.

Even if you don’t ask followers to sign up, the increased
engagement on your competition posts will make them more visible to
new customers who you can then guide towards your email list in
other ways.

2. Get your followers involved

User-generated content (UGC) is all the rage at the moment.
Sharing the photos, videos, and reviews of your customers is a
surefire way to boost engagement as it acts as a digital version of
word-of-mouth marketing.

Research shows that posts containing or featuring UGC have a

4.5% higher conversion rate than non-UGC posts

Not only does it boost conversion rates (that means more
subscribers on your list), it also gives you access to tons more
content that might have otherwise taken you time and money to

The simplest way to do this is to create a designated hashtag
and encourage your followers to add their photos and stories.

You can then use any UGC you’ve gathered in Instagram ads to
build your email list. Research shows that ads featuring
UGC have a 4x higher click-through rate
than those that
don’t, giving you the chance to direct people to your sign-up

Botolino Gelato, for instance, regularly shares content posted
by its users.

3. Incorporate calls-to-action

It might be obvious to you that you want your Instagram
followers to sign up to your email list, but is it obvious to

Actively asking people to take the next step and using
calls-to-action to encourage them to click, buy, or sign-up might
seem like an incredibly simple tactic, but it’s also incredibly

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In fact, using words like “sign-up,” “register,” and
“download” significantly boost conversion rates, so why not
make the most of these power phrases?

Use calls-to-action in your Instagram bio to guide followers
toward your freebie, or incorporate them in your post descriptions
to capture new followers that find your posts via hashtags or other

calls to action

Smoothie brand Green Blender put a call-to-action at the front
and center of the Instagram bio to encourage followers to download
a free ebook in return for their email addresses.

4. Use the power of stories

Instagram isn’t just a portfolio of pretty pictures anymore.
In fact, their Stories feature has proven to be a massive hit with
businesses and individuals alike.

There are more than 300 million active users of
Instagram Stories
every day, making it the perfect way to
connect with your audience in an authentic, in-the-moment way.

The interactive nature of Stories has much more scope for
conversion than regular Instagram posts because you can add text to
your images, create “swipe up” links to take followers to
designated landing pages, and create calls-to-action that literally
dance on the screen (thanks GIPHY).

instagram stories

The brand furthermore uses Instagram Stories to promote their
weekly newsletter. Users can swipe up to sign-up and receive
workout routines and recipes via email.

Wrap up

It’s really no secret that Instagram is a hot commodity at the
moment. As well as being a great platform to build your brand and
reach new audiences, it’s also the perfect place to generate more
leads and grow your email list.

Because it’s such an engaged platform with more people logging
on every day than any other platform, it is ideal for promoting
freebies, competitions, and starting conversations.

It’s easy to leverage the engaged nature of Instagram to
encourage followers to sign-up to your email list either through a
competition, via user-generated content, by incorporating choice
calls-to-action, and by tapping into the new power of Instagram

After all, while
social media and email marketing are both effective
, an integrated approach can drive revenue and
build your following far better than either channel alone.

Ryan Gould is the Vice President of Strategy and Marketing
Services at Elevation
From legacy Fortune 100 institutions to inventive
start-ups, Ryan brings extensive experience with a wide range of
B2B clients. He skillfully architects and manages the delivery of
integrated marketing programs, and believes strongly in strategy,
not just tactics, that effectively aligns sales and marketing teams
within organizations.

Ryan is known for taking complex marketing and business
challenges and developing solutions that simplify processes while
driving customer outcomes and business value. He also thrives on
guiding Elevation teams toward execution of strategies that help
companies succeed in new verticals, while staying true to core
values and brand integrity.

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