Instagram can be a bit of a mystery for business owners. As a commenter on one of my recent articles wrote, This article will walk you through my top 3 tips for using Instagram to do just that. Don’t forget to leave your best tips in the comment section below! If you’re not a celebrity, it’s very hard to be famous on Instagram”. While this may be true, I’m betting you’re not looking to get famous; rather, you want to build a solid presence on the platform in order to engage and connect with your target market.
1. Hashtags need to be Part:
Apart from your image, your hashtags are the most important element of your post. While captions help you tell the story behind your image, hashtags allow you to get your image seen by those outside your current sphere of followers. When users search for relevant industry related hashtags, you want your posts to show up. If not, there’s a good chance your competitors’ posts will……..increasing their influence and helping them grow their followers.
There are three Main Startegy
- Use Popular Hastags like (e.g., #love, #tbt, etc.)
- Use less popular hashtags yet highly-relevant hashtags.
- Use hashtags commonly thought to attract new followers. (#followme, #follow4follow)
2. Be part of the Instagram community
There are many ways to build and/or be part of a community on Instagram. Using hashtags (see #1 above) allows you to connect with users you may never otherwise have met. Liking and commenting on other people’s photos gets you engaged with the greater community (and often helps you grow your own followers as people reciprocate). Participating in Instagram campaigns intended to further a worthy cause can help you contribute to a greater good (#movember is a great example of a cause perfectly suited for a visual-centric platform like Instagram). Sharing images and videos from events can help your followers feel like they’re in on the action, and are a real part of your community.
3. Use Instagram ads to extend the reach of your posts
Instagram now allows all businesses to advertise on the platform. Up until a few months ago, only big brands could access this feature. Keep in mind that you currently need a Facebook account to create an Instagram ads can only be created in Facebook ad creation or Power Editor. Test out ads for your own business to extend the reach of your organic posts.