Instagram is THE fastest growing social media platform with over 300 million active users and growing. Read that number again: 300 million and growing. CONVERSATION is king on Instagram. If you remember nothing else from this article, the single most important tip I can give you is this: Engage with people, get to know them and spend more time doing this. Converse. Think about the person at a party or in a group who won’t stop talking. They ramble and ramble and ramble and it’s all me me me. How long do you stick around and listen to them? The same holds true on Instagram: Be vocal but be reciprocal. Want to become an Instagram rock star? Keep reading.
One of the greatest things you can do to help your account and grow it is to align with a rock star. A rock star on Instagram is anyone with a larger following whose account you admire. Do not be a stalker: Honestly, do you want someone pestering you asking to “follow back?” That is a turn off for me right away. Instead, take a genuine interest, talk to the person, follow them, like their photos, shout them out, etc.
One of my favorite Instagrammers is MJ_the_Beagle. He is a Beagle from France with over 72 thousand followers. We have become online pals through Instagram. MJ was kind enough to do a video for Fidose of Reality that we are sharing below.
Here are some time-tested tips that have worked for us with our own dog, Dexter, and our Fidose of Reality account on Instagram, followed by MJ’s video.
1. Follow people who you would like to follow you
2. Get to know people and engage with them if you want them to follow back
3. Use caution when connecting your Instagram account: Seeing the same photo in five places can backfire
• Ask for followers
• Pay for followers: They will get deleted
• Post too much
• Put 50 hashtags on one single photo
• Post crummy, dark photos
• Be an island: Even rock stars do meet and greets and have fan clubs!
Hashtags: Proceed With Caution
Don’t go crazy with hashtags:
•Things changed in March of this year
•Instagram orders images from the time that you posted the original image, not when you applied that hashtag.
• Get it right the first time
• Be more thoughtful at the time of posting to Instagram.
•Some of my best photos have silly hashtags
Finally, be sure to track what is working and what isn’t: Here’s how:
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* When to post photos – best times
•Most engaged followers
•Dozens of stats about your account
•Can use on a Desktop of Laptop/tablet
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