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TikTok or Instagram: Which platform is best for your content?

Find out whether TikTok or Instagram is the way to go in your content creation journey

Tiktok or instagram

In today’s digital age, Influencers have become a powerful force in the world of social media. They wield the ability to captivate audiences, promote products, and even shape trends.

As an aspiring or established Influencer, one of the most critical decisions you’ll face is selecting the right platform for your content creation. Among the multitude of options, it can be difficult to know which application to start your content creation journey on.

YouTube or Instagram? TikTok or Instagram? Since the latter stand out as two of the most popular choices, we’ll delve into the key features of each to help you decide which platform aligns best with your type of content.

Content Format

TikTok or Instagram, the content formats on both apps are similar.

TikTok is all about short-form, highly engaging videos to create entertaining, snappy content. TikTok now also offers a photo feature and a stories feature that rivals Instagram. This feature is utilized by many content creators to share ‘Day in my Life‘ stories and more.

Just like TikTok, Instagram offers various content formats, including photos, videos, Stories, Live, and Reels. With the recent updates by Meta, Instagram accounts can be linked to Threads accounts, helping with interactions.

Engagement and Interaction

TikTok fosters interactive engagement through trends, duets, and challenges, enabling influencers to connect with their audience in creative ways while emphasizing that very same short-form video content form that TikTok is known for. You can send direct messages to other users, and reply to comments with videos, but the app does not foster as much networking the way Instagram does.

Instagram encourages interaction through likes, comments, and direct messages. It’s a platform where you can build a more personal connection with your followers. Additionally, sharing content on Instagram stories means there’s a better chance to be mentioned or to mention other Influencers, which helps when networking.

Discoverability and Content Longevity

TikTok’s algorithm is renowned for its ability to make content go viral quickly. It offers excellent discoverability and can catapult you to stardom overnight. However, content on TikTok often has a shorter shelf life due to its fast-paced nature. Virality can be fleeting, but it can also lead to rapid growth. This also means having to stay on top of trends.

Read more: Booming TikTok Trends September 2023

Instagram’s algorithm has evolved over the years, emphasizing engagement and relevance. While discoverability has improved, it might be slightly harder to gain visibility or become an overnight sensation compared to TikTok. Instagram content has a longer lifespan, especially in the form of evergreen posts and Stories highlights. It allows for more sustainable growth over time.

According to social media Influencer Twinkle, just one video going viral on TikTok helped her reach 450,000 video views per month.

Audience Demographics and Type of Content

Known for its youthful user base, TikTok primarily attracts Gen Z and younger millennials. While older people do use the application, and often go viral, they don’t make up a majority of users. This is also why most of the content shared on TikTok is informal, fun, and light.

While Instagram appeals to a broader age range, it has a substantial user base of millennials and older adults. If your content targets a more diverse age group, Instagram is the way to go. Additionally, Instagram is best for when you want your brand or content to be of a more sophisticated nature. Creating polished, professional-looking content is most likely to work on Instagram.

For instance, the TikTok below by Sydney Everhart went viral just yesterday and now has over 1.4 million views. Her TikTok is full of recent trends, engaging content such as ‘Get Ready With Me’ videos, and is geared towards younger people. In comparison, her Instagram is focused on pictures and promotions.

@sydneyrenayeverhart #GRWM ♬ original sound – Sydney Everhart

Influencer Culture

TikTok’s Creator Fund and brand partnerships offer opportunities for monetization. However, it may be more challenging to secure lucrative deals when compared to Instagram.

Instagram is a hub for influencer marketing, where creators can collaborate with brands for sponsored content, affiliate marketing, and other partnership opportunities. Most marketers chose Instagram as the app for promotions. This also means the application provides a wide range of monetization options, including sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, and selling products directly through the platform.

So, TikTok or Instagram?

Ultimately, the choice between TikTok or Instagram depends on your content style, target audience, and long-term goals. If you want your content to have a more polished, and professional look, while emphasizing pictures and longer captions, then Instagram is the better choice, especially if you want to collaborate with brands in the future and build on a long-term brand.

In the fight between TikTok or Instagram, TikTok has some strong suits. The application’s user base is younger and more diverse and is most suitable for users who want to make humorous and viral content.

Some Influencers even find success by maintaining a presence on both platforms, avoiding the TikTok or Instagram debate. The key is to understand your strengths and align them with the platform that suits you best. Remember, the digital landscape is dynamic, and trends can change rapidly. Stay adaptable, experiment, and most importantly, stay authentic to your brand. Whichever platform you choose, your authenticity and dedication to your audience will be your greatest assets in the world of influencer content creation.

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