25 Instagram Content Ideas that every Small Business will Need

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In this digital era, launching your business on social media is a must-do. And, for most small businesses, Instagram is the social media platform to build a brand, promote products, and get leads.

The answer to how a business can grow through Instagram is to create good content. But how exactly do you create good content? What type of content works best on Instagram?

If these are your concerns as a small business owner, this blog is for you.

We have compiled a list of content ideas along with examples that work best on Instagram for  businesses. With this list, you will find out how to create engaging content for your audience, promote your products, and bring in more customers.

 

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25 Instagram Content Ideas to Grow your Small Business

1. Take followers behind the scene

People love behind-the-scene content because it makes them feel related to you. You business seems more transparent and trust-worthy. Also, you do not need to put in a lot of effort to “polish” the post; it can be in raw format.

Shoot a small video on your product photography session, when you make a product, packaging scenes, or anything related to your business.

2. An inspirational quote

Occasionally sharing something inspiring related to the niche of your business. Create a quote template with your brand fonts and colours. For this, you can use a simple graphic design tool like Canva. Don’t forget to include your handle or website’s URL at the bottom because posts like this gets shared often.

In the above post, Messycorner inspires people to be kind. And, it creates positive associations between your audience and your brand, which is always a good.

3. Repost user generated content of your product

Find posts by your customers with your product and re-share them to your feed. This is an excellent way to show your followers that your brand engages with the community, which is very important. Also, it’s very useful if you have very little products on your store. Re-posting such content encourages more user-generated content, which leads to word-of-mouth marketing.

 

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For example, PlanetBox features many of their customers’ posts like the one below to show their lunch box product filled with different kinds of delicacies. Though they only sell one single product, they never run out of Instagram content ideas because they can re-share their customers’ unique content!

4. Post about your best-selling product

With all the fun content you post, do not forget to talk about your products! After all, your ultimate aim is to get sales through Instagram. Posting about what your small business offers can be done in a non-salesy way. Artloom does this well by showcasing their gorgeous planners and its features.

 

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Plan your Instagram content with a proportionate mix of informative, entertaining, and sales post. This way, your followers are more likely to become customers.

5. Discount sales and coupons

A proven and tested marketing technique, offering discount sales is sure to bring you more sales. But, be sure to do it at the right time. Festive seasons are the best times to put up sales offers. Make an eye-catching post tempting your followers to make a purchase before the sale end.

Pro tip: Put a countdown in your post like “offer ends in 3 days”. This creates a sense of urgency which will push your followers to check out the offer. Also, remind them about the discount sale occassionally through your stories.

6. Giveaway post 

In case you don’t know, a giveaway is a kind of lucky draw contest where you ask your followers to tag people in the comments and then you pick a winner randomly. It’s a simple technique to increase your reach and gain more potential customers. Put up a tempting giveaway post with one of your products every once in a while.

 

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Make sure you mention the rules clearly and when the contest ends. The example above does it right.

7. Tips and tricks — a helpful post

Create a post which solves a problem of your target audience. Make sure that it’s related to the products or services you offer. For this, you can create a carousel post on tips to do something, a tutorial video, or even do an IGTV video.

 

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Some brands like Ugaoo make suck posts a regular part of their content marketing. It’s the best way to gain the trust of your audience and establish your brand as an authority.

Pro tip: Ask your audience what problems they face or what kind of content they want to see from you. For this, you can use your stories. You will get a lot of content ideas.

8. A relatable meme

Nowadays, memes are more than just a funny piece of content — they’re a powerful content marketing tool. Posting memes on your feed as a business will make your audience feel connected to your brand. Because, who can resist a good meme? Memes are the kind of posts that get a lot of re-shares. So make sure you mention your brand name in the post.

 

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Make sure that the meme is related to your niche or business in some way, and not a random one. June shop does this well in this post.

9. A trending reel 

Going with the trend and posting trending content is a quick way to gain more followers. Remember, do this only if the trend is related to your niche. Or else, you may not get quality leads, even if your reach shoots high. You can use a trending reel music in the video or do a challenge.

Chapterone does this well by creating a relatable video with a trending music in the background.

10. Online store walkthrough 

Do you have your own online store for your business? Then show it off on your Instagram feed. You can screen record a video and post it as a reel. This is a good way to let your followers know that you have an eCommerce website.

 

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11. Game challenge

Engage your audience with fun games related to your niche or business. You are free to come up with creative ways to do so. But, make sure its related to your niche and your audience interests.

 

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Make sure the activity is related to your audience interests. For example, Ugaoo posted a fun word search game about gardening activities.

12. Customer testimonial

Let your followers know that your customers love you — in their own words. Most brands choose to post customer reviews on their stories only, but it is good to make it part of your feed.

Pro tip: Take screenshots of what your customer said through DMs and use that in your post.

13. A social cause you care about

Does your brand help any social causes? If yes, make sure you include this on your Instagram feed. Consumers always love a brand that stands for a cause. So, show your audience how your business does its part.

 

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Phool.co, an incense brand, employs women from marginalised sections of the society. They talk about this in their post, letting their audience know how they do meaningful employment.

14. Introduce the founder

Let your followers see the face behind the brand. Share your story — where you come from, your passions, how you run your business, etc. Because, this is an Instagram content idea that will make your audience feel more connected, make sure you have at least one such post in your feed.

15. Show your product in use — video

Shoot a scenario where your product is in use. Plan this post as a pitch for your product and a value-giving post at the same time – a sweet spot between the two.

Kidtsack creates videos on how the products in their toys store allows children to be creative. Such videos are value-oriented and promote their products at the same time.

16. Feature employees

Give the spotlight to the people behind the business. Introduce your employees and what they do. If you are the only person behind the business, you can do a video on yourself too!

17. Festive post

Instead of simply wishing them on the festive day, post content on the preceding weeks of the festival. Feature your product, create eye-catching content, and share them on your feed. For almost all businesses, festive seasons bring in more sales. So, make full use of this opportunity.

 

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Pro tip: Research on your target audience and find out festivals that they celebrate. There are many festivals Indians celebrate. So, make sure you don’t miss out on the ones important to your potential customers.

18. A map marking your customers’ states/cities

This is a very specific Instagram content idea. Create a graphic of the states or cities you’ve sent orders. This is a kind of testimonial to your business. You audience finds your brand trus-worth because of all the different locations of your customers.

19. Post on FAQs

Your audience might have a lot of questions in mind when buying from an online business. So, it’s your duty to give them a smooth shopping experience by clearing their doubts. Note down questions you often get in DMs and do an FAQs post.

 

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Here’s a good example of an FAQs post. You could also do a carousel post.

20. Story behind your business

Why keep the interesting story behind your business to yourself? Talk about it in your post and let your audience know! Also talk about how passionate you are and what your future plans are.

21. Physical shop tour

Does your business have a physical shop? Create a video showing your store. If you don’t have. a shop, you can also do a warehouse tour, or a simple behind-the-scene content.

Chapterone bookstores regularly take their followers for a book shop tour.

22. New product releases 

With all the fun content, don’t forget to talk about your products often! Do you have a new set of products in your stock? If yes, announce this to your audience with a post.

23. Informative post

Give a helpful tip related to your niche. Such posts solve a problem of your followers. Thus, your Instagram handle will have the reputation of being a value-oriented page if you post such content regularly.

Carousel posts are the best are best for informative posts.

24. Milestones in your business

Include your followers in your business journey by celebrating milestones with them. Such posts can be an anniversary post, your 100th order, getting your own online store, hiring a new employee, or anything that marks a special occasion for your business.

Pro tip: You can organise a giveaway or similar contests to celebrate your milestones with your followers. Make sure you convey how much you care about them!

25. Process video

Do you sell products that you make on your own? Show your followers a time lapse of how you make them. People love such posts because of the transparency it offers.

A simple behind the scenes video of you doing the work would be great. Whispering flames shows how they make candles in a short video.

26. As for advice from followers

Interact with your followers by asking their opinions or advice regarding your business or content. They may have a lot to say. So, you can do this occasionally. Because It keeps your brand connected to your customers, such posts are important elements of your Instagram content.

Growing your business on Instagram is an important job for online business owners. So, here are some more resources to help you with it:

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