10 Tips To Get More Instagram Followers
Instagram has become every artists favorite social media network. By using this social platform people can be able to transmit their talent and art through images and that is fabulous. But even if you have some social media marketing expertise you can easily get discouraged if you only count with a handful of followers.
While many brands and businesses have solely focused on Facebook and LinkedIn for their social media marketing, Instagram has proven to be one of the hidden keys to online social media success.
If you have recently started to use Instagram and started posting photos, you’re off to a good start, but that’s only half way of the trip. You need to quickly start gaining more followers if you want to have success in your social media marketing.
On this post we will write about 10 proven ways to increase your Instagram followers and getting them to interact with your posts and engage with your brand, business, services, etc… You’ll notice that many of the tips below are focused on increasing engagement (likes and comments), and here’s why: lasting engagement naturally leads to real loyal followers.
1. Make sure your profile bio is complete.
One of the first things a user is going to look at will be your profile description. Do not leave this area empty; Try to include relevant keywords and hashtags without being spammy and a link back to your site. This is a great way to introduce yourself and start getting engagement.
- Use a photo of a real person if possible. People on Instagram like to connect with real “People”. Use a clear, professional headshot. Avoid using a logo unless you’re promoting a brand.
If your profile’s content is not beautiful, funny, interesting, inspiring, and/or useful, don’t count on earning a single new follower.
2. Use calls to action in your photo captions.
Get your followers engaged by asking them to take further action (e.g., “Let me know what you think in the comments”).
3. Use Geotagging.
Geo-tagging has great benefits especially if you’re a local business. When you geotag your photos, others who post photos in your region will see your images on the location’s page. This is a great way to catch the attention of local users and attract them to your local business.
4. Connect your Instagram and Facebook accounts.
This is a great tip shared by Neil Patel on his post about “The Science Of Instagram” .
When you connect your two accounts to each other, your Facebook friends will notice it and start following you on Instagram as well. Based on the data from my own account, 3% of your Facebook friends will start following you on Instagram. If you happen to post a status update on Facebook asking people to follow you on Instagram, that number can increase to just under 5%.
5. Be consistent and post daily.
Be consistent on your postings and your followers count will grow organically. According to Union Metrics, there is no relationship between the amount of images posted and the engagement received….at least not a negative one. Don’t be afraid to post often. While you might expect that businesses that post many times a day receive lower overall engagement, research suggests this isn’t the case.
6. Use popular #Hashtags in all your posts.
Hashtags are seen as the ultimate way to get more eyeballs on your post and just like on Twitter and other social platforms, Instagram users prefer certain hashtags over others. If you use these tags within your images, they are more likely to be discovered by other users. According to websta.me these are the top 20 hashtags used on Instagram:
Using the correct #hashtags in your photos/videos can expose your content to a larger and targeted audience, and the best of all is that Instagram users don’t seem to get hashtag fatigue in the same way they might on other networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
7. Interact with your followers.
Your followers are everything in social media; Interact and engage with them. If they ask you a question about your brand, products, services, business, or anything else of relevance – answer them! The more you like, comment on, or share others’ posts, the more you will get in return.
8. Know when to post.
There’s a quite a few tools to help you with knowing when your followers are online. According to Later.com, a service that lets users manage and schedule Instagram posts, ran an analysis of over 61,000 posts to determine the when photos received the most “likes” and comments.
Check out the charts from the original source to see more details on the best days and times to post.
9. Promote your Instagram everywhere you can.
Another good way to get more Instagram followers is by promoting your Instagram account to your email subscribers. Periodically share an image in your newsletter and link it up to your Instagram account. You can also promote your Instagram @username on your physical marketing materials: signs, car decals, product sheets, business cards, etc..
10. Run a contest or event.
Running a contest on Instagram can easily help you attract new followers to your brand’s page as well as help your current followers feel rewarded — especially if your contest requires participants to tag a friend in the comments of your images. Some other ideas for Instagram contests can include:
- “Like” to win contests—participants enter by liking your photos
- Commenting contests—participants have to comment to enter
- “Choose your own adventure” contests—participants follow through a series of your photos (or both yours and a partner’s) to find the winning post
Checkout Wishpond and learn how to How to Create a Successful Instagram Contest in 5 Steps
Remember that having a large number of followers is useless if you don’t take the time to really engage and interact. You should really, really concentrate on engaging and nothing else. All the tips, tricks and strategies in the world can’t compete with really engaging on the platform. Be intentional about liking other people’s photos, and leaving thoughtful comments. Regularly find new people within your niche or business ideas to follow, and engage with them by responding to comments and questions and liking their photos.
Note: If you follow these tips you should not feel tempted to buy Instagram followers.
Please take a minute and share with us your best tips to increase your Instagram followers leaving your @username for more exposure in the comments below.
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