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Thea GasparyanThe Ultimate Guide to Running a Contest on Instagram

Running an Instagram Competition

With over 500+ million daily users and over 100+ million posts per day, Instagram has established itself as a marketing force to be reckoned with.

Running an Instagram contest is a fun and easy way to get more followers, promote your business and engage with your audience. With very minimal effort, your costumers can win cool stuff and in exchange you get to connect with your audience and promote your brand.

To help give you some direction for your next Instagram contest, we put together this ultimate guide, consider it a list of steps to think about when planning your next contest.

Instagram’s Promotion Guidelines

Understanding what’s allowed on Instagram is an important part of deciding how your want to run your contest.

You need to ensure you are following Instagram’s guidelines, that means taking time to learn the rules for Instagram contests. The last thing you want to is to have to take down your contest that you have put in time and effort to plan.

Instagram’s Promotion Guidelines

Here are a couple of important highlights:

  • Your contest must include rules, terms and eligibility requirements.
  • You have to make it clear that your contest is not sponsored by or associated with Instagram.

Instagram Promotion Guidelines

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Ahron BurstinWhere to Find Free, High-Quality Stock Images For Commercial Use

Where to Find The Best Stock Images

Stock Images are a great way to liven up your online material. However, to many people they’re synonymous with cheesy and inauthentic photos…

Cheesy Stock Images

…well maybe except this one.

A good stock image has the power to significantly improve the aesthetic appeal (and conversion rate) of your content. It can reinforce a message, help form a connection with users or even just add a bit of excitement to what is normally a bland or text-heavy page.

The power of a high quality image is something we can all agree on, after all they do say that a picture is worth 1000 words. Something else we can all agree on is that we don’t want to have to break the bank in order to get access to these pictures (which has been the case for many years *cough* iStockPhoto *cough*).

Well, we’ve got good news right here in this post. Over the last few years a large range of sites have popped up that provide free stock images for commercial use, and we’ve put together a guide that will help you find the one that’s right for you.

Plus some growth tips on putting the pictures you find to good use, so lets jump in!

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Ahron BurstinGrowing Your Fanbase on SoundCloud: The Ultimate Guide For Artists

Growing Your SoundCloud Channel

Bryson Tiller’s now-platinum album TRAPSOUL only moved 24,000 units when it came out in October 2015.

Then 2016 came, and the record went platinum with its lead single – Don’t – racking up well over 200 million YouTube views.

So what changed?

Well let you hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Here’s what helped Tiller bridge the gap and break out as an artist, in his own words:

SoundCloud definitely is key to my success, for real. I always knew that SoundCloud would be so… dope.

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Ahron BurstinThe Ultimate 2017 Instagram Idea List: 80+ Tips for Effectively Marketing Your Brand

80+ Instagram Marketing Ideas & Tips

With its 500+ million active users, Instagram is the world’s second-biggest social network. This is a remarkable achievement considering the app is exclusive to mobile phone users.

Even more remarkable than this is the vast number of brands marketing on Instagram. From socialites like Dan Bilzerian and Kim Kardashian to corporations like Mercedes and Warner Bros, just about everyone is now tapping into this network to grow their business.

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Case in point: as of 2016, 48.8% of all brands were already on Instagram. In 2017, this number is expected to reach 70.7%. Marketers are talking with their money, and they’re saying that Instagram is an essential part of the marketing mix (And a major reason for Facebook’s increased revenue!)

The question is, how can you use this growing platform as an effective marketing tool?

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Stuart McKeownGuide to All Facebook Image Sizes in 2017

Facebook Photo Sizes in 2017

Every day I see brands uploading terrible quality images to Facebook. Images that aren’t properly optimized to meet Facebook’s image sizing are a needlessly common occurrence that can tarnish an otherwise stellar Facebook page or post.

In this post we aim to give you the knowledge you need to not only post images that are appropriately sized for every Facebook image type, but also to ensure that the images you post are of the highest quality (including what size images to use in your Gleam campaigns).

Did you know that using images properly can boost your engagement on posts by up to 300%?

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