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Instagram Power: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers with the Power of Pictures: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers with the Power of Pictures [Kindle Edition]

Jason Miles
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Book Description

Can you do "real" marketing on Instagram?

That was the question bestselling author Jason
Miles wanted to answer. So he used his e-commerce company as a laboratory and he
began to study what other successful marketers were doing.

While some marketers haven't even
heard of Instagram there is a growing group of smart marketers using highly
successful Instagram monetization strategies to grow revenue.

If you're not using Instagram to your advantage,
this book will help you start now. Instagram is the hottest social media site
today: Two years after its launch, the number of its daily mobile users
surpassed that of Twitter. Then Facebook purchased it for a billion
dollars--and it took the world by storm.

In Instagram Power Miles provides
everything you need to start marketing on the world's most popular
photo-sharing App. You'll get it all in a quick and easy to read format. Miles
will take you from setting up an account, to implementing the ten proven monetization
strategies, to integrating Instagram with your complete marketing strategy.

Whether you're a kitchen table entrepreneur, or a corporate marketer, this book will
become one of your most trusted resources.

Editorial Reviews


"I can highly recommend Instagram Power: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers with the Power of Pictures by Jason Miles to quickly get started with this powerful tool.

This book shares success stories and easy steps to get started with the latest social media winner...Using his examples and instructions, you can use Instagram well without it taking over your life." 

The Huffington Post
Instagram: Simple Steps To Join The Mobile Revolution

"Jason G. Miles' series of books on social media have changed my strategies. His book Instagram Power assisted me in going from zero to over 1000 followers in three months."

Wharton Magazine
University Of Pennsylvania
Harnessing Youtube Marketing Power

From the Author

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An Interview With The Author:
Q. Why did you write this book?

A. At Liberty Jane Clothing we had a blast when Pinterest came out. The traffic coming to our site was awesome. That led to my work on the Pinterest Power book and the blog. So that whole time we sort of ignored Instagram. I remember talking to a small business owner about Pinterest and he said, "actually we're getting better results with Instagram" and I thought - "woah, hold on, I better not ignore Instagram anymore". So I asked him what he was doing and I was impressed. We jumped into Instagram and started documenting our marketing strategy. That work led to this book. 
Q. Who is the ideal reader for this book?

A. I write all my books for small business marketers. I try to find examples that corporate marketers can relate to as well, but my focus is supporting entrepreneurs. In this book I feature some really great marketers doing fantastic stuff on Instagram - I interviewed them and included the interviews in the book - so there is truly something for everyone. I also enjoy writing for the non-profit sector and I try to include a non-profit example or two in all my books.
Q. Is there one main secret or tip from the book you want to share?

A. The guts of this book really focus on 10 direct marketing strategies available to any marketer. That's the surprising thing - that Instagram works very well for direct marketing - meaning marketing that has a clear and compelling call-to-action. So my hope is that out of the 10 strategies we cover, there will be one or two that really click with every reader. 
Q. So what's an example of one of the 10 ways a marketer can use Instagram for direct marketing?

A. I love using the example of the "visual product launch". It's one of the 10 direct marketing strategies we dive into very deeply in the book. Most marketers will be familiar with the idea of a product launch sequence - where you begin communicating with your core audience about a new product or service - building up anticipation, intrigue, and desire. Traditionally that has been done with email campaigns, and Jeff Walker popularized the concept of the video product launch. Many companies are using Instagram to do a version of this tried and true marketing work.
Q. How does a Visual Product Launch on Instagram work?

A. Well, the short answer is - you begin taking pictures or video and releasing them on Instagram systematically at the various stages of product development. You can see how we do this on our Instagram profile at For our work we start with the activity happening in the design of a new product, then the assembly of it, then the shipping and build interest and anticipation toward the day the item is available. I've even seen BMW using this method on Instagram - lots of people are doing it. So in the book I do a really deep dive into exactly how to do it.
Q.  Isn't Instagram just for people in the 18-24 demographic? 

A. No. I'm a 40-something guy and lots of my friends from Facebook are signing up for Instagram all the time. The user statistics are skewed toward the younger demo, but that changes as it scales, and Instagram recently announced they were over 150 million monthly users. If you ask a teenager what they are doing on their phone, they'll usually say Instagram, Snapchat, or Pinterest - or maybe Candy Crush. Facebook is totally over for them - at least for the teens in our area in Seattle.   

Q. What's the connection between Instagram and the whole shift toward more visual content? 

A. My theory is that Social Media 1.0 (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter) were mostly about conversations - about finding people and typing something back and forth. I think people are tired of that type of interaction. It's exhausting. Pinterest and Instagram are both "conversation light" and I think that's part of the appeal. There is no expectation of speaking - so you don't have to worry about constantly checking to see if you've got a new message you need to deal with - you just share images. It's easier.
Q. What does that shift to visual content mean for marketers?

A. In some ways it means that what was old (Print Advertising) is somewhat new again. Instagram and Pinterest are both fantastic platforms for a 21st century version of print ads. These are ads that marry a beautiful or intriguing picture with short, compelling copy. There is a science and well-worn direct marketing history to it. There are lessons from the great masters of Print Advertising that need to be learned and applied to Instagram and Pinterest. Books on those topics include the work of Joe Sugarman (The Adweek Copywriting Handbook) and David Ogilvy (Ogilvy On Advertising).  
Q. Okay, last question - what's your next book about?

A. Youtube Marketing Power comes out in January 2014 and is a deep dive into how to do direct marketing on that platform. It was fun to write because Youtube was the first social network we got into when we started Liberty Jane Clothing. It's the platform we feel like we know the best - and interestingly, it's the biggest/best platform that still perplexes lots of small business marketers, and even big corporate marketers. We aren't a very big deal in Youtube, but we have over 11,000 subscribers and 2 million video views - so we've had some proven results. And of course, I interview a whole collection of awesome people doing great things in Youtube - so it was fun to write. 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help to get started on Instagram! October 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a great help in getting me started marketing my etsy business on instagram! I have to be honest I wasn't doing a good job of getting my shop out there on social media. I set up a blog...which no one read, put up a facebook page which no one paid any attention to. Did a pinterest page that I never kept up with. None of it seemed to click until I read Jason's book on Instagram! I took his advice, set up an account and started liking and following people interested in my area (my tribe as he called it) and oh my gosh, its taking off! In three weeks I have over 30 followers meeting my goal of getting ten per week. I love seeing the pics others are putting up, am working on making better pics myself to get more likes and its spilling over onto my facebook and pinterest pages now with a renewed sense of what they can do to help my marketing efforts! All I can say is if you have a small business and want to see it grow in new directions you should read this book, not just for the instagram tips but for tons of marketing info and ideas that Jason incorporates into it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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While teaching elementary school, I once remarked, "I have a video camera but I don't know how to make a movie." One of my fifth grade students, Hannah, said, "Don't worry Mrs. R, I will stay in at recess and teach you iMovie." In case you don't have a student around, I can highly recommend Instagram Power: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers with the Power of Pictures by Jason Miles to quickly get started with this powerful tool.

This book shares success stories and easy steps to get started with the latest social media winner. My husband, George, is building our brand on Instagram and with Miles' steps and coaching from a friend's eleven year old, we are making progress. Recently, we were on the plane with students studying in London who gave us more assistance on the road to social media greatness.

Do you think you don't need social media or a mobile site? Think again.

"According to analyst Mary Meeker, at the end of 2012 there were 5 billion cell phones in use globally. (Global Trends Report) The planet has 7 billion people, but many of them are children."
And really many children are also on their phones!

When I consult for social media, many people ask me: "Oh no! Do I have to learn another platform?" The answer is yes. As Miles reports: "In August 2012, Instagram passed Twitter in terms of daily active users on mobile devices." It is important to pick the social media platforms that match your audience but remember: "Recent statistics indicate that roughly 5 million Instagram images are shared every day."

One of Miles' top tips for Instagram is including captions. We took his advice and downloaded InstaCap but our friend, Dean, recommended InstaMag, which we are enjoying more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Instagram and the Power of Visual Marketing February 3, 2014
I don't understand the hype around Instagram, but I do understand that the platform is insanely popular.

Reading Instagram Power didn't change my mind about prioritizing Instagram for business, but it did offer new insight into how a company might use the platform for brand-building and, ultimately, sales. The book takes a good look at how Instagram compares to other popular social media platforms and walks the reader through some strategies for using photography to bond with your customers and prospects. For example, Miles identifies 12 emotions that a good photograph might trigger in your audience: love, desire, desire to belong, desire to collect, curiosity, storytelling, greed (bargains), urgency, instant gratification, exclusivity, ownership (engagement), and justification (of a purchase).

The strength of Instagram Power is less about Instagram and more about the power of visual marketing. As the social Web becomes increasingly attuned to visual imagery, it has become more and more important that businesses understand how to use visuals to communicate and tell our stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, but buy in print! January 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Synopsis: Mr. Miles, in a very important "Just the facts, ma'am" approach, introduces even the most novice of social media users to the power of Instagram in an organization's (big or small) marketing plan.

My rating: Easily a 5 star business book

My opinion: I consider this book to be an excellent intro to Instagram for novice social media users.

The author has laid out this book beautifully including marketing plan development, hashtag applications, downloading photos, etc. in a concise format with easily laid out terms/instructions that allows for easy absorption by even the most novice of professionals. I absolutely loved the power tips with what and what not to do, including case studies. This book is an incredibly short read (180pp) and is more meant as an instructional manual.

I will be purchasing this book with plenty of additional note taking to be done.

Source: Review for McGraw Hill Professional

Would I recommend? : Already have to a number of business contacts and clients. This book is a must for your business library, as well as a must purchase for any organization, profit or non-profit, engaging in social media.

Furthermore, I will be reviewing the author's books on Pinterest and You-tube.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Full of useful tips and info to really get you started on Instagram. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
Required reading for marketers looking to harness the power of Instagram for brand building as an integral part of a complete marketing strategy.
Published 1 month ago by Mivo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book! Many strategy and technology for Instagram! Very usefull!
Published 3 months ago by Anastasia B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Very informative
Great book! Very informative!
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars It takes one mediocre tip and rewords it a million times throughout...
This book is repetitive. It takes one mediocre tip and rewords it a million times throughout the book to make it seem like a new concept. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Value
Working day in and day out with some of the most successful brands using Instagram in the world, I was not expecting to get as much out of Jason's book as I did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Excellent book. Easy to read and understand. Lots of great tips and it has definitely given me a clear understanding of how Instagram works and why I should be using it to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Dellatore
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I believe that this could be a really good starting point for beginners. That's not my case; yet, I learned a few things that I'll be using in my business.
Published 6 months ago by Superstar
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Good book. Very good. With many cases and practice advices. Good step by sted guide to create powerfool account in Instagram.
Published 7 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot afford NOT to read this book
When I first picked up this book, I did not know what to fully expect. I initially just wanted a self-help book to get me familiar with Instagram. Read more
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More About the Author

Jason is the bestselling author of numerous business books including a collection of popular social media books published with McGraw Hill Professional and available in stores worldwide.

He regularly partners with premiere online groups and sites including the American Marketing Association, IBM, Social Media Examiner, Profnet, Marketingprofs, and similar industry leaders. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Wharton Magazine (of the University of Pennsylvania Business School), and other premiere publications.

He Is the CEO of Liberty Jane Clothing - a design driven publisher in the sewing and craft space. He and his wife boostrapped their small business to success using social media and today they lead a growing team and a vibrant online community.

Before LJC Jason spent 20 years in non-profit leadership, most the time as a fundraiser and marketer. As a way to give back he teaches online marketing at Northwest University, (as an Adjunct Professor), where he previously served as Senior Vice President. He also serves as CEO of Sew Powerful a 501C3 Charity established to combat extreme poverty through sewing and tailoring training.

With the goal of finding and sharing 5-star marketing strategies in a simple way - Jason loves to collect and write about proven sales and marketing strategies that are time tested in the real world of competitive marketing. He documents step-by-step strategies that YOU can use.

Get free resources from the author at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mrjasonmiles


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