Overview of the Product/Service/Technology
Instagram is a program that designed for social networking and photo sharing, which was launched in 10th 2010. Till April 2012, there were over 30 million registered users on instagram (Galle, 2012).
In early 2012, Facebook bought instagram for one billion dollars, which has made Instagram a hot topic. What’s more, famous B2C brands such as Starbucks and MTV dominant on Instagram currently, and 25% of the brands are posting photos on instagram at least once every week (Galle, 2012).
This service facilitates the users to take photos by the built-in camera or upload from their computers, and applying a digital filter to them, which provides professional editing that includes amending the colors from dull to glow or even altering for a more vintage effect (Dan, 2012). After the editing, it is extremely easy to share with other instagram users through various social network services (Dan, 2010).
The pleasure of using instagram is it makes the users themselves feel like artists, and the fascination of instagram for those marketers is gaining attention and interests from general customers. As Lavrusik and Cameron (2011) stated, “The posts with images can be more appealing than pure texts for social media users”. Instagram unquestionably revolutionized the mobile photo editing, and undoubtedly has huge potential for branding and outreaching (Dyer, 2012). For those marketers who want to promote their new products, take a nice snapshot, apply the professional filter to the picture and add a captivating caption, will surly tap into the audience.
The use of instagram is really simple that all the procedures can be done on their smart phone or on webinstagram, no complicated procedures are required from the users, basically just includes taking photos, editing photos, sharing photos and following other users’ photo streams. There is an age restriction however where the terms of agreements
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