Top 5 Ways to Get More Followers on Instagram
For those who didn’t know, Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
The number of people who are using Instagram is growing rapidly with over 100 million monthly active users. Further,
- More than 41 million photos are being shared on Instagram every day
- More than 8,000 likes are pressed per second, and
- More than 1,100 comments are being shared per second.
With its growing popularity, business owners find Instagram a simple, free and interesting way to market their business! However, nothing grows overnight! Without proper planning, it is not easy to increase the number of followers and promote your business to the audience you intend to.
So here are a few tips to help you find more followers within a short duration of time!
1. Share images smartly
Emotions are what people connect easily and quickly over the internet. The pictures you take must be something they can relate themselves to. They should also be unique and original! If you are running a craft business, share images during different stages of its preparation. This helps establish a personal connection with your audience and they will keep checking your account for updates regularly! Also make sure you include the name of your company or website in the comments/image captions.
2. Post frequently
When there are followers, they must be kept entertained! This requires you to post frequently. But take care that you don’t post pictures too frequently, which would be considered as spamming! A few photos (3-5) per day should be sufficient. And don’t forget to follow those who follow you on Instagram! Mutual interests keep things active on Instagram.
3. Keep it interactive
Sometimes it is not sufficient to just post pictures; you should also draw the attention by adding a witty caption or posing a question to the audience. And make sure you reply to those comments promptly. This would help build a rapport with the audience and they are sure to follow continuously.
4. Use Hashtags
Hashtags are used to organize photos in Instagram. Simply put, adding a hash (#) symbol to the keyword makes it a hastag. So every time you post a pic on Instagram, make sure you add a hashtag to it. Some of the popular hashtags are: #instagood, #love, #photooftheday. You can even form your own brand hashtag (eg #coorgshoppe, #shopnix). Every time you post a pic, make sure you also include your company hashtag along with others. However, ensure that you don’t add more than 5-6 hashtags for each image; else it may be considered as spam.
5. Time it right
It is not enough to post the right picture, timing it is also as important. Average lifespan of an Instagram before it gets lost in the millions of pictures is about 3-4 hours. It is said that people mostly check Instagram in the morning and on the way home. Some have even suggested that best time to share your pics is between 5-6pm on Wednesdays!
So if you have a smart phone, then start using it to improve your business! Download and get active on Instagram today and start clicking!
Do you have some additional tips to share with us? Do let us know!