Instagram Direct Launches; Will You Use it as a Prospecting Tool?

Posted on December 12, 2013

Today Instagram Direct launched; now you can send images directly to one person.

How will we use that in business? I suppose we can use it to pitch editors and retailers since you can send it to folks who are not following you. I could see the potential for abuse there and the possibility for those key influencers to get turned off or leave Instagram altogether.

But for those you have an existing relationship with you could use it to give them instant access to new designs, events, insider tips and tricks and even some jokes. It could build a relationship more now that you can directly communicate more.

We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

Here’s the news from Insagram’s blog announcement:

There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people—an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.

From how you capture photos and videos to the way you start conversations through likes and comments, we built Instagram Direct to feel natural to the Instagram experience you already know. When you open Instagram, you’ll now see a new icon in the top right corner of your home feed. Tap it to open your inbox where you’ll see photos and videos that people have sent to you. To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens. At the top of the share screen, you’ll see the option to share with your followers (“Followers”) or to send to specific people (“Direct”). To send using Direct, tap the names of the people you want to send your photo or video to, write your caption, tap “send” and you’re done.

After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds.

Photos and videos that you receive from people you follow will appear immediately. If someone you’re not following sends you a photo or video on Instagram, it will go to your requests so you can decide if you want to view it.

To learn more about Instagram Direct, check out help.instagram.com.

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