Posted on January 29, 2020

MusicPromoToday Lists Steps On How To Make Your Music Video Go Viral On Instagram

By Shawn Spence
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In 2019, Instagram had reached one billion monthly active users, and the numbers are constantly growing. The app is the most engaged network after Facebook, and 71% of the billion monthly active users are under the age of 35 which gives a huge amount of potential fans for every musician. 

The competition out there is rough tho! Undoubtedly, Instagram has a huge influencer base and influence on one’s career. Artists use Instagram in many ways, as their little diary, as a platform to communicate with fans, and as a marketing tool. 

“For artists, this is a real creative space where they can reach a community super effectively by expressing their visual voice in the rawest possible way,” says Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, Instagram’s head of music partnerships. “They don’t need to rely on all the old-school forms of communication like radio advertisements. When they want to announce that they’re going on a world tour and tickets are available, a lot of them announce it first on Instagram.”

The truth is that Instagram’s users are more music-oriented than the general population. According to Nielsen study, they spend 30% more time listening to music each week and are twice as likely to pay for a streaming service.

Moreover, FastCompany.com claims that about 350 million Instagram users worldwide, follow 10 or more verified musicians! It gives a huge potential for each artist and band to find their niche and promote their music.  

Promoting Your Music Video On Instagram 

Based on music marketing experiences, MusicPromoToday’s team listed 5 easy ways to make your music video go viral on Instagram. 

1- Make a Countdown 

When you are about to drop a new hot visual or bars, it’s recommended to hype up your fans about it and make your audience excited! Prepare catchy visuals or so called mock-ups – both for feed and story use. Start promoting your music video at least 10-14 days before releasing it. 

Taylor Swift was teasing her fans for 2 weeks before she dropped her “You Need to Calm Down” video. She was sharing close-up shots, with a mysterious description. Be like Taylor, and play with your fans. Don’t forget to set up in your Instagram Story a Countdown feature as well! 

2- GO Live on Instagram 

Instagram Live enables users to stream live videos to their followers through their Instagram stories. It’s great for building engagement, connecting directly with fans, sharing news, and making a buzz about your new releases. 

According to the New York Magazine and Livestream.com research, 80% of audiences would rather watch a live stream than read a blog post, moreover, 82% of audiences would rather watch a live stream than see a social media post. These stats are a large hint that you must implement Instagram Live to create hype around your new release! Looking for a shortcut? Fill out this form.

3- Targeted & Creative Instagram Ads 

Instead of waiting for your fans to discover them, reach out to them with sponsored ads. Use the Business Manager platform on Facebook and promote your music video with highly targeted ads. Plan who your audience is, and narrow down the your target reach as much as possible to properly target your ideal fanbase. To be super creative, use your music video – prepare two separate versions – one for Instagram stories and another for you feed. Use a call to action or a GIF Instagram offers to have them Swipe Up and click your YouTube link. If you don’t have the swipe up option, let us guide you.

As simple as it sounds, as efficient it is!

4- Instagram Story Filter

Have you ever used any Instagram Story Filter? Of course, you have! There are thousands of awesome filters – created to have fun, increase awareness on important topics, and… promote musicians. Not many know, but you can actually upload your own filter that can be used by millions of users worldwide. Get a bit creative and design a filter that is connected to your music video, and can make a buzz around it. 

5- Instagram Influencers Marketing 

In 2019, influencer marketing grew from an ancillary marketing tactic to a 5-10 billion dollar industry! According to BigCommerce.com, it’s predicted that nearly two-thirds of marketers will increase their spending on influencer marketing this year. If you want to promote something Instagram, influencers are one of the best solutions. 

Pick up influencers who are related to your music, and who are followed by your targeted audience. Ask them to share your music video in their feed, or use your filter or use Music Feature to add your music as a background of their story. 

Wrap Up

Instagram is an excellent tool to promote your music video! Making it going viral can be tough but for sure is possible with a well-planned and detailed strategy. If you could use some extra help in deciding how to promote your new release across all social media platforms, or simply don’t know where to start with marketing your music – let us help you with that.

MusicPromoToday is a leading music and PR agency in North America, and we are obsessed with breaking talents. Check out our website, and schedule a call with our team members! 



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