Square Appointments opens to direct bookings through Instagram and Google

Square announced that it will integrate Appointments with Instagram and Google, allowing merchants to gain new custom without relying on a website.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Instagram launches walkie-talkie voice messaging

You’d think Facebook would be faster at copying itself. Five years after Facebook Messenger took a cue from WhatsApp and Voxer to launch voice messaging, and four months after TechCrunch reported Instagram was testing its own walkie-talkie feature, voice messaging is rolling out globally on Instagram Direct today. Users can hold down the microphone button […]

Instagram Story Ads – Leveraging Their Power For Your Brand

Instagram Story Ads is an exciting advertising option for thousands of brands and companies who want to capture a large audience. These vertical, full-screen ads have emerged as an alternative to news feed ads and are much more exciting for the advertisers. The immersive experience of these ads makes them different than any other form […]

Instagram now lets you share Stories to a Close Friends list

No one wants to post silly, racy or vulnerable Stories if they’re worried their boss, parents and distant acquaintances are watching. So to get people sharing more, and more authentically, Instagram will let you share to fewer people. Today after 17 months of testing, Instagram is globally launching Close Friends on iOS and Android over […]

Instagram now lets you send Stories only to ‘close friends’

Instagram users now have more control over who sees their Stories — all of their followers, or a list of “close friends.”Read More Social – VentureBeat

Instagram is rolling out alternative text descriptions for visually impaired users

Instagram is adding the alternative text descriptions that Facebook and Twitter have already had for a couple of years for visually-impaired users.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Instagram kills off fake followers, threatens accounts that keep using apps to get them

Instagram is fighting back against automated apps people use to leave spammy comments or follow then unfollow others in hopes of growing their audience. Today Instagram is removing from people’s accounts who use these apps inauthentic follows, Likes and comments that violate its policies; sending them a warning to change their password to cut ties […]

Instagram will start removing fake likes, follows, and comments generated by apps

Instagram is taking aim at apps that generate fake likes or comments in order to make certain accounts and posts appear more popular than they actually are.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Instagram strips out fake ‘likes’ tied to 3rd-party apps

Unilever CMO Keith Weed, who has been a longtime advocate for more transparency in advertising on digital platforms, said he is encouraged by the steps Instagram is taking to curb abuse. The post Instagram strips out fake ‘likes’ tied to 3rd-party apps appeared first on Marketing Land. Please visit Marketing Land for the full article. […]

Selling on Instagram: 5 Steps to Make Money and Move Units

Instagram hit one billion monthly users—almost an eighth of the world’s population—in June. It is a wildly popular platform, and its growth trajectory is showing no signs of plateauing. Unfortunately for advertisers, the same can be said about the amount of money businesses are currently spending to promote their products and services in the name […]