There's a real buzz going on as brands figure out the best ways to reach out and connect with Generation Y, and a lot of that buzz starts with photo sharing apps like Instagram.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
Just over a year ago, Facebook snapped up Instagram for a staggering $1 billion in a move that, at the time, was viewed by many as an attempt to stay relevant among mobile users. Viewed a year later, it still remains to be seen whether the investment will pay off for Facebook. But as branding and marketing agency HypeLife Brands mentioned last week, the time is now for brands to start embracing this photo sharing platform.
For Facebook, the move was a wholly strategic one, instantly allowing all mobile users to access the coveted photo app (Instagram was an Apple exclusive previously). But interestingly, its widened reach hasn’t tarnished the application’s exclusive feel and its inherent purity of expression. In speaking with Zach Russell, Brand Strategist at HypeLife Brands’ Kansas City office, he notes, “There’s nothing our clients are more curious about right now than Instagram. There’s a real buzz going on as brands figure out the best ways to reach out and connect with Generation Y, and a lot of that buzz starts with photo sharing apps like Instagram."
"I suppose that's what makes Millennial marketing so interesting," Russell continues, "the fact that one of the best ways to market to Gen Y is to make sure that you're not."
Russell points to the general mindset of Millennials with regard to Instagram’s success in sidestepping the negative view of marketing, one that’s hyper-aware and often hesitant to engage with anything that may present itself as a campaign. “Pictures capture a moment in time,” says Russell. “They expose our flaws, they tell stories, they evoke memories. In many ways, there’s nothing more authentic than a photograph. And in today’s heavily mediated world, it’s authenticity that Generation Y craves above all else.”
But Russell also points out that its the users of Instagram that have contributed to keeping the platform free of much of the advertising clutter you may find in other social networking sites. “It’s pretty remarkable, actually,” says Russell, “and refreshing. Here you’ve got millions of people who, with the exception of the usual few, come to express themselves through art and passion and experiences and, well, life."
“And for these reasons, cultivating a following on Instagram may also be the best way to develop loyalty and reach the Generation Y consumer base."
As it turns out, it’s Generation Y’s craving for connections with people they admire and believe in that makes Instagram the natural destination for brands looking to tell their unique stories. Perhaps Facebook simply saw the writing on the wall before anyone else, which wouldn’t be the first time.
To learn more about Instagram’s impact on brands or to discover tips for engaging Millennials through photos, visit HypeLife Brands online.
About HypeLife Brands
HypeLife Brands is the leading branding and marketing agency focused on helping brands engage the youth market, specifically Generation Y and Millennials. Key client industries include apparel and streetwear, musicians and recording artists, entertainment and extreme sports. Founded in 2001, the agency is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. HypeLife Brands can be found at http://www.hypelifebrands.com/.