7 Best Instagram Marketing Campaigns of 2017
It’s hard to create an Instagram marketing campaign that stands out.
So how do you create a campaign that attracts followers? How do you stand out in a sea of social media content?
Pay attention to the best of Instagram marketing 2017, to get your creative juices flowing for your campaigns in the years to come. Then, use an Instagram scheduler like Sked (formerly Schedugram) to plan, create, and automatically post your content at the best times for your audience.
AirBnb did something special this year. In February, the tech giant started the #WeAccept campaign, which highlighted the need to accept people, regardless of their race, social class, gender or ethnicity. It was a good move, considering the fact that AirBnb’s customers are millennials who embrace adventures with people from around the world.
The campaign began with an inspirational video. It was followed by a series of photos featuring close-up faces of individuals and their experiences with people from different backgrounds. These photos were a stark contrast to the photos of beautiful homes—which remain a constant in the brand’s Instagram feed.
Not surprisingly, the campaign was an online hit! The posts received thousands of likes and comments. As of December 2017, its video alone has 113,000 likes and 600 comments.
How to Use Sked’s Visual Planner to Create An Attractive Instagram Grid
To create an eye-catching grid layout like Airbnb did in this campaign, try using our visual feed planner. You can use it to design stunning layouts and see exactly what they will look like as an Instagram grid before publishing them.
To plan your grid, open your Sked account, upload some images, and save them as drafts. Then, click on the ‘Planner’ option in the sidebar menu on the homepage.
Next, drag your draft posts onto the planner screen and design your grid (see below).
Once you’re happy with your grid, click on ‘Submit Changes’ and you’re done.
Adobe’s Instagram success has a lot to do with their themes. The brand posts a different theme for each month in their bio. Then, creatives post photos and illustrations that are in line with the theme.
In the spirit of looking back on 2017, Adobe’s theme for December is #Adobe_Reflections.
So far, the results have been phenomenal.
By announcing monthly themes on their Instagram bio, Adobe is able to engage with the creative community and get meaningful content.
An Instagram campaign that turns a fantasy into a reality can drive up a ton of engagement, and that’s exactly what Heinz did in their “Irresistible posts” Instagram marketing campaign.
In order to promote their brand in Brazil, the company used geolocation to target local customers. All users had to do was to look at Instagram stories around lunch time to see videos made by Chef Santi Roif from the Underdog Meat and Bears restaurant. Once online users made an upward movement on the screen, they could get the sandwiches—featured on the video—delivered right at their doorstep.
Bonus points for the Heinz products that are included in the delivery.
Heinz also sent live videos and photos of the sandwiches—as they’re being made—which made customers’ mouths water.
“We decided to turn people’s craving into reality,” Heinz Marketing Director Isabella Rizzo, explains in a statement. “Irresistible Posts innovate in the way people consume content: by eating it with Heinz.”
Turning food porn into reality is an incredibly effective way to engage with customers and spread the word about your brand. So, if you’re in the food industry, take a page out of Heinz’s book and follow their lead.
How to Tag Locations Using Sked
If you want to use location tagging to reach potential customers in your local area, make sure you’ve enabled this feature for your Sked account. To turn it on, go into your account and click on the ‘Billings/Profile Settings’ option in the sidebar menu.
Then, scroll down the list until you find ‘Enable location tagging’ and turn it on (see below).
Once that’s done, you’ll be able to tag a location every time you create a post. To try it out, simply upload an image or a video, then start typing the location you want to tag in the ‘Location’ box (see green arrow below). When the location you want pops up in the suggestions window, click on it (see blue arrow).
After that, all you have to do is queue or schedule your post to publish automatically and you’re done!
For starters, DJI is a tech company that specializes in drone technology and high-quality aerial cameras. The company’s recent success has a lot to do with their Instagram marketing strategy.
Since companies that create photography products, can showcase their products’ capabilities with a series of photos and videos, it’s a lot easier to sell the product on Instagram. This is the advantage that DJI leveraged in their compelling Instagram drone videos and photos.
For instance, the photo below featuring LA—is a shot taken via the DJI Zenmuse X7 camera. And it does a good job at proving the camera’s capabilities and highlighting its specs.
Each post on the profile is a winning sales pitch.
So, it’s no surprise that DJI’s Instagram profile is filled with jaw-dropping travel porn videos and photos.
Through a series of 15-second clips, DJI clearly establishes why drones and aerial cameras are a must-have for filmmakers and photographers.
If you’ve got videos to share with your audience, don’t forget you can schedule them to post automatically with Sked, just like you would with an image.
It’s no secret that Halloween is MAC’s time to shine. So what exactly did it do well?
For starters, the brand’s senior artists—John Stapleton and Regan Rabanal—created the #SeniorArtistsSlayHalloween Instagram Campaign to encourage artists from around the world to showcase their skills. As expected, the posts featured creepy characters, spooky looks and mythical creatures. Below are some of the posts that stood out:
Creepy Stuffed Animal by Regan Rabanal @reganrabanal
Pennywise by Alex Zandy @alexzandyy.mua
Tiffany Johnston @ttjohnston – Cosmic, Wet, Clown
Stitch Witch by Ashley Rudder @Ashley_Rudder
What’s so interesting about MAC’s Instagram marketing campaign, is that it promotes the product in an organic way. Makeup artists rock the costume department, and people love to genuinely celebrate Halloween by sharing their spooky Halloween costumes. As a result, MAC is able to get photos of creative looks and drive a ton of engagement.
6. That Feeling When Gucci: uses memes to sell wristwatches
Memes—images or animated gifs paired with clever text—are always hot in social media. Millennials love to like and share them because they’re witty or funny.
Guuci took advantage of this trend when it launched—Le Marche des Merveilles—its latest collection of watches. The brand commissioned a handful of famous Internet artists such as designer @williamcult (William Ndatila), documentarian @littlebrownmushroom (Alec Soth) and photography team @meatwreck to create a curated collection of Gucci-inspired memes.
The campaign, called—That Feeling When Gucci or #TFWGucci—illustrate what it’s like to wear high-fashion wristwatches.
Here are some photos that stood out:
The descriptions aren’t subtle—but then again, neither is the Gucci brand. By using memes to illustrate the experience of wearing Gucci, the brand both reinforces and makes fun of its status and prestige. In addition, it’s also a great way to attract millennials and get the attention of the older generation. Bonus points for consistently hitting two birds with one stone.
7. National Geographic
Last International Women’s Day Microsoft and National Geographic garnered 3.5M likes in one day! What did these brands do right?
Microsoft partnered National Geographic’s photographers to take photos of prominent female scientists and adventurers. These photos featured stories of women in STEM and the role of STEM in adventurous activities such as rock climbing.
By creating posts that encourage women to pursue the sciences and inspiring young girls to take up the field—these companies are able to create authentic posts that truly make an impact.
If you’re looking to carve out hours in your social media workflow, sign up for Sked’s 7-day trial. Our all-in-one Instagram scheduler allows you to automatically post images, carousels, Stories, videos and more. Tag locations, users and products and manage all your hashtags in one place to save 5+ hours every week.