Why I Quit Instagram


Why I Quit Instagram

Last week I unpublished my businesses Instagram Account.

I started the account in April 2016 and in the time between then, and now I had amassed 3,296 followers. However, there was something that just did not feel right.

As a marketing consultant who spends a good many hours a week marketing on behalf of other Small Businesses, my own businesses marketing can sometimes be a little neglected. I am certainly active with my marketing as, after all, this is what I espouse and champion with not only my clients but also my tribe. Marketing is an essential ingredient when it comes to growing a business.

However, just like most Small Business owners, I have very limited time to attend to my marketing channels.

I’m lucky that I know what I’m doing so I can get my own marketing done pretty efficiently. This though does not mean that I have time to waste on ineffective channels that don’t work for my business. So when I identify a dud. I’m out.

Disclaimer: I have quit my business Instagram profile; however I still have a personal Instagram profile and an Instagram account for my podcast. These accounts are going just fine.

The reasons I quit this account:

Before I list my reasons, I will preface these with the fact that I didn’t make this decision overnight. I studied my business account as well as a whole host of other accounts to try and ascertain if there was something I was missing before I quit. There wasn’t.

  • Reason 1: The engagement on my posts was so unbelievably low.

To make sure that it wasn’t just dud content or bad timing that was causing this disturbingly low figure, I shared the posts out via my Facebook page as well. The same posts were going great guns on Facebook.

The content on this Instagram page used to get awesome engagement. But that all changed last year when changes were made to the platform that affected organic reach levels. P.S. I did also check to see if my page had been shadow banned – it hadn’t.

  • Reason 2: I’m not convinced my ideal client uses Instagram in the way I need them to.

When I say, ‘ideal client’, I’m referring to the target persona that I have identified as being a perfect fit for my business and who will, at some point, part with their cash to engage me for their services.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved getting likes and comments from people, everyone does. But does this shift the business needle in the right direction?

  • Reason 3: I provide a professional service, so I don’t have a lot of awesome imagery to share.

And I’m not a Graphic Designer either. And I’m not willing to pay one to create gorgeous content for people to just like. People are on Instagram to look at beautiful and inspiring imagery; this is just not something I could deliver easily.

I love reposting other people’s awesome and beautifully crafted content. But that’s not a page that reflects my business, that’s a page that curates’ stuff from other people’s businesses.

  • Reason 4: It just felt like vanity metrics to me.

For a lot of reasons, I just did not feel like I was making a change with my Instagram page. I felt I was contributing content for the sake of contributing content. The likes just felt like validation as opposed to momentum.

My other social media pages (Facebook and LinkedIn) are where I feel that my business creates real impact. It is on those pages that I feel I can add real value.

So the learning from this revelation?

If you notice that one of your marketing activities is not performing, it’s time to review its relevance and priority in your marketing plan and budget.

While I was not paying any money to promote my content out via Instagram, it was taking a lot of time to create the prolific amount of engaging content that Instagram accounts require to thrive.

These days, time is almost more valuable than money, and it’s not something that any of us can afford to waste.

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  • Karin Sebelin

    Dear Jane,

    I am bit astonished, that you give up your Instagram business account.

    You state:

    “Reason 3: I provide a professional service, so I don’t have a lot of awesome imagery to share. People are on Instagram to look at beautiful and inspiring imagery; this is just not something I could deliver easily.”

    I would say, it is not always about sharing awesome imagery, it is about presenting our brand in the way we are.

    And presenting our brand means showing how we really are, not playing a role, or trying to impress.

    Instagram, in my opinion, is a must have for presenting our brand.

    Best regards

    Karin Sebelin

    • Jane Emily Hillsdon

      Hi Karin
      Thanks for your comment. I agree with you, Instagram can be a really effective social media platform for some businesses and brands.
      After 2 years of carefully measuring my Instagram activity against my business’s marketing objectives, I could see that the channel wasn’t helping me achieve them. For this reason, I made the decision to stop spending time and effort there and to instead focus this time and effort on the social media channels that I am having great success with; LinkedIn and Facebook. These channels provide me with terrific reach and engagement from my target audience. Most importantly they convert to business opportunities.
      The decision to close my Instagram account was not because I don’t think Instagram works, it was because it didn’t work for my business.

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