Subject. Instagram is one of the most promising social platforms for business promotion. It enables to publish and consume visual content that is perceived faster than text by users, and, therefore, to use promotional tools as a solution to problems faced by small businesses. Objectives. The study aims at comprehensive research on improving the use of Instagram promotion tools as a way to solve small business problems, and formulation of recommendations. Methods. The study rests on methods of logical analysis, induction and deduction, comparison and generalization. Results. I consider the features and benefits of using Instagram, the role of this social networking service from a commercial standpoint. The paper presents recommendations that can be used by small businesses for their promotion. Furthermore, it shows how to support the social network in the context of the pandemic, which provoked a crisis of small and medium-sized businesses. Conclusions. The offered recommendations can be considered by small businesses as a practical application, which will eventually increase the efficiency of their activities.
Keywords: SMM promotion, social media marketing social networks, Instagram, content
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