In this blog, we take you through the steps to creating your Instagram Business profile, and talk you through some of the additional features to help you get started.
First, start by creating an Instagram profile for your church.
If you already have a profile, you can skip this bit and move straight on to upgrading it to a business profile.
Next, upgrade your profile to a business profile.
Go to your Instagram profile by clicking on your profile image in the circle at the bottom right of your screen.
From your profile, click on the three lines on the top right of your screen to open a menu.
Scroll down to the bottom of this menu and click on ‘Settings’.
From this new menu select ‘Switch to business account’, which will be in blue.
Follow the steps to switch your account to a business profile and link your Church’s Facebook page.
Select your business category. As a church, you can select ‘Religious Organisation’.
Provide contact details such as an email address or phone number for people to contact you.
Now your business profile is set up you will be able to access a few additional features:
From your profile, click on the three lines on the top right of your screen.
This will open a page with three tabs:
Activity tab: An overview of your profile including interactions - Profile visits, link clicks, clicks to contact; and Discovery - how many people are seeing your content in Reach and Impressions (see below for what these terms mean).
Content tab: From here you can view Insights on your Posts, Stories, and Promotions (your paid adverts). On each post you can find out how many people were reached, number of likes or comments received, and how many times a post was shared or saved.
Audience tab: Find out more about your followers, including how many have followed this week, the areas they live, their age and the times they are online.
With your business profile you can create an advert, either from the Instagram app, or through your Facebook Ad manager. Find out how to create an Instagram advert here.
You will only be able to see insights on your posts from the date you upgraded to the business profile so bear this in mind when looking at your Insights for the first time.
In the Insights tab there a few different expressions, but what do they mean?
Reach: The number of individuals who have seen a post
Impressions: The number of times a post was seen in the feed (this could be multiple times for one person)
Engagement: Number of likes, comments and clicks on a post
Followers: The number of people who follow you
Website clicks: The number of times someone clicked on the link in your profile
Contact clicks: The number of times someone clicked on your contact button
Now you've set up your profile, learn more about using Instagram in our Labs Learning blogs.
Church Digital Champion