Hi friends! Before you leave because you are NOT A BLOGGER and think this is not for you, the links I will pop in below will bring anyone with an Instagram account a greater presence, more followers and if you monetize, you will also get some tips for that as well.
I have a FB Group called “Blogging School.” I am not the teacher or guru. We are a group of bloggers who want to learn together, share what we learn and post resources for things we find books, courses, or posts that shine more light onto subjects.
Each month we have one strong focus along with our goals and networking. This month is Instagram. I selected this focus because it is one of the most popular social medias for all people not just bloggers and it is the one that I have the most to learn about.
So I have done some research and found what I believe are some very informative articles on managing your Instgram account.
BTW, I wrote this post as I read these articles. I implemented one idea and gained more than 150 followers in less than 4 hours!
Finding Instagram Followers
This article is by Social Sprout. How To Build A Massive Instagram Following – without buying them. If you are unfamiliar with Social Sprout, they are a venture backed company started 7 years ago and now have over 19,000 Brands using them. They are for brands, however, they also have a blog which is FREE and their practices will bring you insight and techniques to use to promote your own brand.
What did you take away from this one?
So this article (actually one part of 3 I believe) is from a fellow blogger who started out on Instagram and in less than one year she is at 50k followers.
I love her blog, btw, but was not able to find any place to subscribe or follow her there…I found that interesting. Considering her savviness in Instagram, I wonder if this is intentional.
So definitely check out 25 Ways to Grow Your Instagram Account Quickly and Organically.
Creating Instagram Content that Matters
This article is from Photoslurp which is also a brand promoting company. They offer a great service for businesses to get your content published with one click. They offer tips on their blog which does not require a membership. I found How to Create Winning Instagram Content to be relevant and filled with really substantial information I could put to use for my IG account.
This article is from Business 2 Community and brings 10 quick, easy and creative ideas that any Instagram account holder can find useful and implement. 10 Tips for Creating Killer Instagram Content is a quick read and worth every moment.
Engage Your Instagram Followers
This also is a Social Sprout article on creating a PHOTO CONTEST to engage your followers. Again, while this is for brands who have advertising budgets and products to give away, think about your blog and what kind of reward you could give.
Learn best practices for using a Photo Contest to engage your followers.
If you have a shop, you can certainly offer something from your shop which is great advertising for your shop. Perhaps you really don’t have an e-book or product, and you don’t want to purchase a gift card, consider simply doing a printable that is personalized for the winner.
What ideas would you have about running a contest? Have you ever run a giveaway or contest before?
This article is from Social Media Examiner which I explore in more detail in Managing Your Instagram Account below.
True to their name, Social Media Examiner brings the pros and the cons to several ideas they present to bring a contest to your Instagram account. If you want to engage your followers, this offers plenty of tactics for success.
Managing Your Instagram Account
Tailwind originally started out as a Pinterest Scheduler, but last year they also added Instagram Plus which allows you to create content for Instagram that is not just a photo from your phone. It also provides sheduling boxes based on best times to post and though you still need to use your phone to actually post, you get a reminder that it is time to post it.
This has been my best social media investment over the past year. To find out more, click on the Smart Phone
Tailwind is a HUGE TIMESAVER for getting your social media work done in one spot and in one block of time. Also, you are able to have an icon available on any photo anywhere on the internet that allows you to schedule that as a Pin. They provide tutorials, analytics and so much more.
If you are not familiar with Social Media Examiner, you need to be. They hold an annual conference and it is attended by thousands. Their blog and Podcast are supreme resources for anyone wanting to increase their presence in social media.
This article is very current info on Facebook’s new Inbox and how you are able to manage comments, notifications from Instagram from your Facebook account. I believe you will find it extremely helpful.
Monetizing Your Instagram Account
This article also from Photoslurp is a great tutorial on using Instagram Stories and Zoom. It also details ways to monetize your IG account. Very informative for someone who is not IG savvy like me.
Are you using Stories and Zoom? Do you monetize your IG account? If so, I would love to hear how you are doing it.
How To Grow and Monetize Your Instagram Account is an overall good resource for just setting up and building your Instagram account, but it also gets into the money making aspect and this writer has built over 28 accounts and has over 13 million followers so this info comes from a true believer in the platform.
Make Instagram Work for You
There is so much information out there, that you could literally devote one year to studying one aspect of Social Media. From profiles, to hashtags, to branding and more that I did not touch on here, there is a vast amount of resources on the subject.
This little taste of focus for me has really got me inspired to get more Social on Instagram and see if I can make it work for me.
How about you? Did you check out the articles, bookmark them for later? I would love to know your insights and experiences as well.
Speaking of Instagram, I would love for you to Follow me!
Also, I have created a fantastic Pinterest Board on Instagram. I would love for you to follow me there as well!
If you need more resources for blogging, I have many on my Keys to Blogging Page.
Are you wondering how I gained so many followers in such a short time? I started by following one of the accounts shown above then I followed the suggested followers in that group. I then moved on to search areas I have an interest in and looked for a Brand to follow first, then followed the suggested accounts. It took me probably 30 minutes of time and for me a newbie at this I nearly doubled my followers in that small amount of time.
Thank you for engaging with me today. Looking forward to our next encounter.