how to grow your Instagram followers

Today is the day that you are going to start growing your Instagram followers with simple to do things that will not cost you any money in paid ads what so ever. Organic Instagram growth is the best thing you can do for your account. Now if you think it will happen overnight I can assure you that it won’t. It will take a whole bunch of consistency and effort.

The Instagram community is full of people waiting to see you and your brand. With Instagram having over 1 billion active users your perfect customer/client is bound to be on Instagram. Growing your followers on Instagram is a process and I will dive deep into the key things that have helped me grow my Instagram account.

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Growing your Instagram followers organically is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Okay well maybe not that easy.

I want to just say briefly that success does not happen overnight with any social media platform but with time you can truly create an amazing profile and have massive amounts of followers. Now lets get into the good stuff and start growing your Instagram Followers.

#1 Determine How Much Time You Can Devote To Instagram

This is the first thing that I do when I am starting out a strategy for a new platform that I am wanting to start on. You will need to devote time to a new platform as well as learning.

Ask yourself the following questions…..

  1. How much time daily can you spend on Instagram?
  2. How much time can you devote to learning on Instagram?
  3. How many posts are you going to do daily on Instagram?

The most important thing for this platform is showing up consistently and on time. Your followers will begin to learn what times you post so make sure to keep it around the same time. I am a huge fan of automation and I use Social Report for all my social media scheduling. You can grab a Free 30 Day Trial Here.

#2 Making Sure Your Instagram Profile Is Optimized

Welcome to the Instagram Profile! This is the first place people will land on when they click your username/photo. You want to make sure you are using your profile to its fullest potential.

There are 4 main parts to your Instagram profile:

  • Username
  • Profile Photo
  • Instagram Bio
  • Website URL

*Note – you will only have a spot for a website URL if your Instagram account is a business account. I highly suggest if you are using your account for your business that you switch it over.**

Make sure that you have all areas of your profile filled out for maximum potential. I like to stick with my brand name across all platforms that I am marketing my businesses on.

#3 Create Your Style For Your Instagram Feed

Instagram is a visual platform, therefor you want your photos to be looking in tip top shape. With all of the technology and our smart phones there is no reason not to create amazing images and graphics. I mean most smart phones now a days have over 10 megapixel cameras in them, so NO EXCUSES to be seeing poor quality photos in Instagram.

Some of my favorite apps for editing photos are:

Take a look at some examples I pulled from Instagram, you can see the 3 different style on the photo I created. In order to grow your Instagram following you really want your visitors to love your content. Having great aesthetics on your Instagram account can truly help this.

#4 Using Hashtags

As a result you will definitely want to be using these bad boys in your Instagram marketing because they can grow your reach dramatically. Think of hashtags as keywords, they can group posts together and when someone clicks on a hashtag your content may show up on the first page or second. I will be writing a blog post soon that will go over Instagram hashtag strategies.

Currently right now you are allowed to use 30 hashtags per post. If you are going to use 30 hashtags make sure to niche down on the hashtags and use less than 500K posts for that hashtag.

TIP – sometimes it is better to not use over saturated hashtags. Try using more niched down hashtags.

#5 Tell Your Story Through Visuals 

Remember that Instagram is a visual social media platform, but sometimes people do not know or understand the story behind the photo, quote or video. Explain to your audience and share your experience.

Think about all the people that you follow, what do you like to see and read? Know where and what your perfect audience wants, also make sure to know their pain points. Knowing how you can solve a problem for them will help you in your business marketing.

#6 Tag Brands and Use Geo Tags When You Can

So you just went out to grab a cup of your favorite coffee or went out for lunch… Take a nice photo and tag the business and or brand. This gives you a wider audience and also gives recognition to the brand or business. It is like a win win situation. This can help your exposure as well as help your local business/brands exposure.

If your business is specifically for a location I highly recommend that you tag your Geo Location on your Instagram profile. if you are working worldwide or your business/services can service people all over the world, I would recommend that you tag the location that the photo was taken.

#7 Engaging and Replying To Comments

Instagram is a Social Media Platform, so……. you are going to have to take some time each and every day to engage with others. Think of it like Facebook. Set yourself a schedule for engaging on others content. I like to engage with people in my feed and also I will look up hashtags where my perfect audience is hanging out and engage on posts that way.

Replying to comments when someone comments on one of your posts. Now this is a NO BRAINER and you really should be taking the time to comment back to someone that has commented on your content, and this goes for any platform

Now you have some amazing tips to start rocking your Instagram

Okay, now you have the amazing tips and tricks that I use to grow my Instagram account, now you just need to take massive action and start! The only way to start growing your Instagram followers is my creating a plan and sticking to it.

Do not forget to grab the free Instagram quotes so you have some amazing images to get started with your style. If you have any questions please drop a comment below and I would love to answer them.

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