Instagram initially adopted square photos as a way to distinguish itself from other image platforms, but in an announcement this week, they’ve said it would finally enable full-size landscape and portrait photos. Some brands are already starting to experiment with the new format and changing the way they look at mobile photography. So this week, it’s all about Instagram.
Instagram is updating its Android and iOS apps to enable native support for full-size landscape and portrait photos and video inside the app. They’ll run alongside the traditional square photos, which will remain the default for photos shared on Instagram.
“Brands were quick to post wide and vertical images, experimenting with the new format freedom. Taco brand Ortega, tequila maker Don Julio, Mountain Dew and Ruby Tuesday were just some of the Instagram marketers trying it out.”
“Call it the ‘Instagram Effect’ – that filtered, shadowed, sharpened, brightened, tilted, faded, structured, saturated way of seeing life through a lens. It’s changed the way people portray themselves and see others. And it’s having the same impact on brands.”
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“The mobile web is first and foremost a visual medium because mobile devices are ideal for creating and consuming visual content. Instagram’s rates of user engagement are nearly 50 times higher than those of Twitter. … The next step: turning our appetite for visual content into actually buying stuff.”
“Brands are newer to Instagram than they are to other social channels, such as Facebook and Twitter. We see that the conversation is more authentic because brands are interacting with followers from a lifestyle promotion perspective rather than a product promotion perspective.”
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