What is an Instagram Loop and How Does it Work?
Have you heard of an Instagram Loop? Don’t worry, we’re about to explain exactly what this trend is.
An Instagram Loop giveaway is a growth strategy which bloggers and businesses have come up with to beat the Instagram algorithm and gain new followers. Much like the Instagram Pod, which we discussed in this blog, it involves finding a group of similar sized businesses and bloggers to work with as a team.
It works well for those looking to increase brand awareness and gain new followers, as you can team up with others that have a similar target audience to you.
How does it work exactly?
- A Loop giveaway usually consists of 5-10 businesses or bloggers that pool together to offer one big goody bag or pool of prizes.
- One engaging image is created by the organiser to advertise the giveaway, which shows all of the prizes. The idea is that each of the participants posts the image, and tags in the next business in the image.
- This list of who tags who, and in what order is predetermined so that entrants follow the competition around in a loop.
For example: All Businesses involved in the Instagram Loop post the competition photo at 10am GMT on a Saturday. In the photo:
- Business 1 tags Business 2
- Business 2 tags Business 3
- Business 3 tags Business 4
- Business 4 tags Business 5
- Business 5 tags Business 1
This information (with Business names and @usernames) is sent around prior to the launch of the giveaway, along with the agreed caption and hashtags.
- It’s important that everyone posts at the exact same time otherwise you will have a break in the loop. Remember people might be in different time zones, so make sure everyone in clear on the time otherwise it’s frustrating for entrants who can’t follow the loop.
- The caption area of each photo is used to explain the competition to entrants. The caption should explain what the competition prize is, how long the entrants have to enter, and how they enter.
- Typically in an Instagram Loop giveaway the entrants are asked in the caption of each photo to enter the competition by following each of the businesses tagged in the images and completing the loop back around to the beginning. Usually, entrants are also asked to ‘like’ each of the images in the loop too to further boost engagement and reach.
- At the end of the competition length, which is usually a few days to give people a chance to promote
Want to look for examples? Just search for #loopgiveaway on Instagram.
What to consider?
It’s good to think about the other businesses you run the Loop giveaway with. Are their followers the right fit for your business? Is the prize that you have all pooled together appealing for your target audience? The idea with an Instagram Loop giveaway is that you can grow your followers and entice those new followers to become customers.
Is there a theme or holiday you can link your Instagram Loop giveaway with? Mother’s Day, May Bank Holidays or Summer are good ideas, to give the campaign more relevance and make the prizes less random. The prizes should be unique to each business to make them even more exclusive. For example, a best-selling or limited-edition product.
The goal is to maintain the new followers you acquire long term, not have them unfollow you right after the giveaway has ended. It is advised to break the loop and to detag the businesses from your images so that it is more difficult for entrants to go through and unfollow if they have not won.
You may also want to consider running a promotion such as free delivery or 20% soon after the giveaway so that you can lure your new followers into becoming customers. If this is not relevant then you must consider how you can maintain their new followers, so make sure you keep posting great content!
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