The New Instagram Algorithm For UGC

The new Instagram update prioritizes original content, which is GREAT news for LoudCrowd users! From brand ambassador programs to finding micro and nano-influencers already posting about your brand, you are already ahead of the game!

Regarding repurposed content, HubSpot suggests:
“If your entire feed is made up of re-posted content from your customers, [pay attention to] the ratio of UGC to original content…consider creating original branded content with quotes or short videos from your customers and advocates.”

This makes your brand ambassador programs more important. Make sure you’re reviewing best practices for ambassador programs, including creative suggestions, instagram collaboration and social rewards.

Instagram Updates Timeline Feed Options

Instagram is looking to give users more control over their experience within the app. And whatever the experience, the motivation is to give creators more control over how they can make money through the platform. It’s also Instagram’s answer to the growing popularity of TikTok. In their own words, Instagram is “no longer a photo-sharing app” and they will double down on Reels in the coming year. The new Instagram timeline feed views are as described:

Home: the current way you look at your Instagram feed
Favorites: a new list where you can only see content from your favorites
Following: a throwback to the chronological view of your feed

Whichever feed your target consumer chooses, Instagram is focused more on their revenue gains. What does this mean for brands? It means user-generated content (UGC) is the ONLY way to leverage the social network without paying an exorbitant amount on ads and grow your brand community.

If you haven’t already, check out our UGC measurement free trial to see how much FREE UGC your brand is getting and strategize how to grow revenue and Instagram ambassadors by engaging your customers.

Instagram Stories now in LoudCrowd!

It’s our pleasure to announce another MAJOR feature designed to help you get more UGC: Instagram Stories for Ambassador Programs.

Instagram Stories

With this new feature, you will now be able to capture and SAVE Stories from your brand ambassadors. This will allow you to reward Instagram ambassadors for creating stories and to feature brand ambassadors outside of the 24-hour window.

With great power comes great responsibility, and Facebook is very protective over an individual’s Stories. For someone to be eligible to share stories with the brand, they need to complete a new sign-up process, going through a Facebook Authentication.

For someone to complete this process, they must have a Facebook Business Account connected to their Instagram account.  The sign-up process has been carefully developed to coach someone through how to set that up (if necessary), or allow someone to sign-up for “Feed Only” if they don’t want to do a Facebook Authentication. 

Once someone has signed up for Stories, the platform will display their Stories in each tab, and allow you to easily filter to find Stories. They can be identified by the Stories emblem.

Setting up Stories for your Brand Ambassador Program
Reach out to your Client Strategist to set up Instagram Stories for your Ambassadors!

Instagram analytics, discovery, and social media tool updates

May 2021 – New Instagram Insights for Reels & Live Video [link]

TL;DR Instagram has rolled out an incredible suite of metrics for creators and businesses to leverage in measuring the success of their Instagram accounts.

The limitations: this is the simplest form of Instagram analytics. The measure true success, you’ll need access to how user-generated content is performing.

The coolest metric: peak concurrent viewers. These are your loyal brand fans – and a good place to find brand ambassadors. Reach out and make sure they are also posting and tagging your brand!

Reels metrics: 

  • Plays
  • Accounts reached
  • Likes
  • Comments
  • Saves
  • Shares

Live videos metrics:

  • Accounts reached
  • Peak concurrent viewers
  • Comments
  • Shares

Instagram is also rolling out new preset time frame options to let creators and businesses view beyond 7 or 30 day periods.

Need more? Instagram just posted an in-depth look at how they rank feeds, stories, reels, and explore (product discovery). Read more: Shedding More Light on How Instagram Works

Instagram Adds Native, In-App Affiliate Tool

June 2021– New Ways for Creators to Make a Living

TL;DR Instagram introduces new features to make it easier for Instagram creators to sell to customers and better attribute purchases.

The limitations: by putting the affiliate tools in the hands of the influencer, brands may have less control (READ: no direct control) over who endorses their product. Not many details on approvals yet.

From Instagram: “When people come across an affiliate post from a creator featuring a tagged product, they will see “eligible for commission” at the top of the post, so it’s clear that their purchases help support that creator.”

Adding this concept to your marketing strategy? Read: Instagram as a Product Discovery Tool

Full Instagram announcement here.

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