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Report: Sponsored Posts on Instagram Get More Likes

One of the first Instagram ads via Michael Kors
One of the first Instagram ads via Michael Kors

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Despite 800 or so vitriol-slinging comments on Michael Kor's first Instagram ad, Curalate, a social media branding company, tried to quantify the positive takeaways in the early stages of Instagram ads. They found that sponsored images received way more "likes" than organic images on each of the five brands' feeds:

Also, each brand gained a large number of new followers. Michael Kors, for example, snagged an average of 54,000 followers in the 18 hours following each one of the company's ads.
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