It's pretty clear that anyone in publishing needs to move toward a world that is more visually driven and strategically tagged.
Last week my 10-year-old daughter told me that her friend's mother is not following her on Instagram. She asked me how many followers I had on Instagram and why she couldn't find me.
Up until this week I didn't have Instagram. But now I do, and, I have to say it poses a very interesting question: is a picture really worth 1,000 words?
Within seconds of using Instagram, 140-character commentary about where I am or what I am doing was replaced by a tagged photo. Sentences on Facebook, setting the stage for what I am doing, were replaced in an instant. This led me to wonder if we really even need words anymore.
I asked my 10-year-old what is so great about Instagram. I was informed that it is a great way to see what others are doing at the same location, or around the same topic as she is interested in. She explained that the tags are the strategic part. She told me to "choose my tags carefully" and then to make sure that I comment in a way that could be viewed as a tag.
When you consider the impact that Instagram is having on the younger generation, it seems pretty clear that anyone in publishing needs to move toward a world that is more visually driven and strategically tagged. How do we do that? Ask a 10-year-old.
Here are five things my 10-year-old taught me about content publishing through Instagram (that could also be helpful for the rest of us).
Instagram's appeal to the younger demographic may just be a fad, but it does make you stop and think for a bit and sharpen your pencil to employ best practices.
Want to see how I view the world? Follow me @jeannieymullen on Instagram.
Jeanniey Mullen is the vice president of marketing at NOOK by Barnes and Noble, focused on business growth and customer acquisition.
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