How to Boost Your Email Engagement With the Help of Instagram

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How to Boost Your Email Engagement With the Help of Instagram

Social elements are important to build any successful email marketing campaign. But one thing I’ve noticed is most marketers don’t know how much social can be integrated into their marketing emails.
And I’m not the only one. Research by Curalate
found that social opportunities are vastly underutilized:

Marketers use Facebook content in their marketing emails about 53% of the time, and Twitter 14% of the time.
Instagram content is used less than 3% of the time, which is amazing, considering that engagement rates for Instagram are 15 times higher than Facebook and 20 times higher than Twitter.
Read on to get some inspiration on how to use Instagram to boost your email engagement.

Incorporate Your Instagram Feed

The simplest way to encourage engagement with Instagram is by integrating your feed into your marketing emails.
Here’s an example from Nickelodeon: 

Including the feed enhances the email with more visual elements related to an ongoing event.
Their call-to-action also invites people to join the conversation on Twitter. My only recommendation is to encourage engagement on all social platforms.
And incorporating your Instagram feed into your marketing emails isn’t all about encouraging social engagement. It can help drive other valuable actions.
For example, say you run a restaurant and have an Instagram feed full of your delicious dishes. You could send out a bland marketing email with a coupon and list of menu items. Or incorporate your Instagram feed that shows your latest tasty creations to encourage subscribers to act on the offer.

Segment with Your Hashtags

Integrating your Instagram feed into your emails also gives you extra opportunities for segmentation.
For example, travel company Porto Luna knows that people want to visit the region for two main reasons:
  • A beach holiday
  • Hiking in the mountains
Their Instagram account has a big bank of great photos for each activity with their own hashtags.
They were able to segment their Instagram feed to correspond to the right email segments as well:

The first email shows the live Instagram feed, and the second one shows the feed filtered for #MyBeachHoliday.

Encourage Hashtag Engagement

Create branded hashtags and encourage Instagram followers to engage with them. This strategy is good for social media marketing overall, and makes it easy to incorporate user generated content (USG) into your email marketing strategy as well.
Here’s an example of MeUndies incorporating USG into their email marketing with their branded hashtag #meundiesfam: 
Let your customers know to share photos of themselves using your product on Instagram. Here are some tips to help you encourage engagement with your branded hashtags overall:
  • Have signage in your stores with your branded hashtags
  • Include your hashtag in your Instagram bio
  • Post social messages telling your audience to use your hashtag to be featured

Create a Contest or Challenge

Creating a photo contest or challenge on Instagram will help you collect a lot of user generated content on a specific topic.
Create a unique branded hashtag, offer a prize for best photo, and set a time limit. With a contest campaign, you’ll take it beyond just soliciting photos of customers using your products.
Here’s an example from Canva creating a seasonal photo contest:

Just remember if you do want to run a contest on Instagram, you need to follow the platform rules. For every post about your contest, you need to include:
  • How to enter
  • Contest time frame
  • Entrant requirements and restrictions
  • Any other special conditions
  • A disclaimer stating Instagram has no affiliation with your contest
Get more information about contest requirements from Instagram’s Promotion Guidelines.

The Takeaway

More than 200 billion emails are sent and received every day, and 57% of them are marketing content.
If you want your brand to stand out among the rest, you need to get creative. Instagram is an underutilized social email element with a lot of potential impact.
Start using Instagram to boost your email engagement today by signing up for a free trial of Sendlane™.
Know any great Instagram email marketing examples we missed? Tell us in the comments!
If  you found this post interesting and helpful, chance are your friends will too! Please like and Share this post to help us get this great info out to the many email marketers out there who need it! 🙂

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