User-Generated Content (UGC), that is to say any type of content that has been created and distributed by unpaid contributors or fans, has become omnipresent on Instagram. The reason for this is simple: it allows you to build loyalty in your community, arouse more emotions in your visitors, and improve the conversion rate, all for free.
Today we're going to introduce you to ten renowned brands using User-Generated Content in their Instagram strategies. Let's get started!
It is probably one of the brands that has the most leveraged this practice. Starbucks has found powerful ambassadors in its customers. The photo of a hand holding a glass of the renowned brand has over the years become iconic.
The well-known brand of miniature action cameras is widely sharing photos and videos of users filming themselves in epic moments. The thread of the publication includes all kinds of extreme sports, from cycling down a volcano to skiing off-piste to skydiving. This reinforces the fact that the mini camera follows us everywhere and becomes a partner in our exploits.
The French classifieds website has decided to focus on real estate. Thus, we find the interiors of individuals wishing to sell or rent a home.
The L'Occitane group, which specializes in natural cosmetic products made from plants grown in Provence, highlights a photo of the region taken by a user after each broadcast of 3 photos. It thus reinforces its image as a brand rooted in an authentic terroir.
The French children's clothing and underwear brand also regularly uses user-made content on its Instagram feed. There are buyers of the brand showing their children wearing "Petit Bateau" clothes.
Also in the world of ready-to-wear, retro style brand Ellesse is showcasing its trendy customers wearing their collections. To be the next to appear on the wall of publications, tag the brand @ellesse and use the hashtag #BeBold
The company, which has 600 stores in France and specialises in the distribution of sports and leisure articles, also uses UGCs on its official account. The photos chosen are intended to inspire by highlighting adventure and surpassing oneself.
The famous estate agency network includes on its account publications from municipalities and tourist offices, such as @lahautesaone, as well as offers from the group's agencies.
The leading brand of specialised dog food has put our canine friends on display on its feed, much to the delight of their owners, who are all too proud to see them featured on the company's page.
Even international luxury hotel brands are starting to share content from their visitors. Most of them choose influencers and individuals to promote their establishments and to have relays to gain visibility. For example, the photographer is an influencer with almost 15k followers.
The American car rental company, which operates about 12,000 branches and franchisees, both nationally and internationally, regularly publishes photos of its users driving one of its vehicles.
The Austrian taurine based energy drink shares similar content with Gopro. It shows people performing in exceptional situations.
Which tool should I use to schedule and filter my UGC?
To quickly collect, analyze and schedule your Instagram account via UGC, you have two solutions:
The first is to do everything manually, spending hours each week scrolling through the brand hashtags or the "identified" feed.
The second is to use the Kurato tool if you are looking for a tool that automatically collects, analyses and suggests the posts most likely to engage your audience. Kurato is easy to use and has some very useful features such as post customisation, archiving and the ability to retrieve 100% of certain content.
If you are interested, the easiest way is to try it out 🙂. Take advantage of the 14-day trial period to see for yourself.