User-generated content is any type of material (photo, video, story, tweet, etc.) created by customers, fans, and/or users that is then featured by other accounts on their own page.
UGC is incredibly beneficial when trying to promote the authenticity and credibility of a brand. As a result, brand accounts and feature accounts benefit the most by showcasing user-generated content.
Brand accounts (accounts that post content about their business) use UGC to provide a personalized look into how the brand’s products and services are used by actual consumers
Feature accounts (accounts that post primarily about a specific niche) rely heavily on UGC due to the specificity of the account’s subject. UGC enables feature accounts to build a large following without having to take or edit any of their own content.
Showcasing your brand through the lens of your consumers helps create a feeling of accessibility to the everyday user.
Create desire by getting people excited about your brand. The people who post content about your brand are likely already some of your biggest fans. Share their content to help develop long-lasting relationships and foster a sense of loyalty with existing fans while inspiring those who are less familiar. Where are you sourcing from? #hashtags, tags, location, mentions, etc.
What sort of UGC do you want to share? What do you want your audience to associate your brand with? Think about the goals you have for your brand and how you can achieve them by sharing UGC.
One of the easiest ways for your followers to share their content with you directly is by having a unique hashtag associated with your brand. This not only makes it easy for users to share their content with you, but it also makes your job of finding quality UGC much easier.
Make a list of potential hashtags and do your research! Explore all of your options to make sure there aren’t any similar or competing hashtags. You want everyone to use your hashtag, NOT someone else’s.
Be sure to keep your hashtag short and sweet. It should be catchy, original, and relevant to your overall brand image and aesthetic. Promote your hashtag in your bio, posts, and stories to encourage followers to share the love they have for your brand.
Having a unique hashtag makes collecting UGC much easier. It not only provides you with a shortcut to all posts shared featuring that hashtag, but it also enables you to more easily narrow down the best UGC to share on your page.
Save your favorite UGC to your Instagram “saved” folder to easily keep track of the best posts. You can also search and import UGC directly in UNUM. Use UNUM to plan out and visualize which UGC posts you want to feature and how they will look on your feed, story, or even in your bio bar (web feature only). It’s essential to ensure that the user-generated content you post seamlessly aligns with your overall brand aesthetic; so make sure to design and plan your posts to maintain a cohesive flow.
Giving credit to the creator who posted initially is critical when utilizing user-generated content. It not only helps promote a sense of community and brand recognition but also lets the original account know you’re passionate about their content. This may lead to that account reposting and/or featuring your own content which can result in more discoverability, impressions, and followers.