The First Instagram Ad Was A Huge Success

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Performance data of Instagram’s first ad, which was paid for by Michael Kors, is starting to trickle in, and it’s looking good. Social media analytics firm Nitrogram found that within the first 18 hours of posting, the ad generated:

  • 218,000 likes (370% more than the brand’s average).
  • 4.4 million impressions.
  • 33,000 new followers (16 times more than the brand’s average)

It’s worth mentioning that 20% of comments on the paid post were negative, while 1% expressed a clear intent to purchase the item in the advertisement.

We don’t know what Michael Kors’ marketing goals were for the ad, but if it included cultivating a following that it can share products and marketing materials with, then the ad certainly accomplished that. (Nitrogram)

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