[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” font_size=”24″]Are you looking to learn about getting more Instagram followers?
You may have taken the time to set up your Instagram account correctly as a lead generating machine, but you may not be getting many followers.
And as you know getting followers is the whole point to having an Instagram account… that and getting leads to market to.
That’s why I want to share some of my tips for getting more Instagram followers.
Getting More Instagram Followers
Tip #1: Make Content People Want to Share
When you create content that people want to share, and they do, you extend the reach of your Instagram account. Having some content designed specifically to be shared is part of a good strategy of getting more Instagram followers.
Now it won’t always work… it will be hit or miss, but it’s well worth the effort.
You should also take the time to brand your content by putting your website address or twitter handle somewhere on the image (I prefer to not make it too obvious, but there are different approaches to doing this).
Tip #2: Use Hashtags
Using hashtags can make a huge difference in getting more Instagram followers. Just like in any other social media (and also for keywords in SEO) people use certain hashtags more frequently than others. If you pick the right hashtags for your photos, then you are more likely to reach a bigger audience.
Here are the most current top 20 hashtags on Instagram (per Webstagram):
1. #love 932,581,857 posts
2. #instagood 493,403,717 posts
3. #photooftheday 358,637,041 posts
4. #tbt 348,739,926 posts
5. #cute 339,343,134 posts
6. #me 331,475,739 posts
7. #beautiful 326,315,516 posts
8. #happy 321,689,559 posts
9. #followme 320,106,207 posts
10. #follow 313,980,215 posts
11. #fashion 278,305,647 posts
12. #selfie 274,668,938 posts
13. #picoftheday 271,900,644 posts
14. #like4like 253,157,651 posts
15. #tagsforlikes 249,919,964 posts
16. #girl 245,444,723 posts
17. #friends 236,132,926 posts
18. #instadaily 235,426,413 posts
19. #summer 232,214,602 posts
20. #fun 224,142,738 posts
I am sure that when you look over this list you are probably thinking that none of these apply to your brand or the niche you are targeting.
Its also important to use the CORRECT hashtag when you are working on getting more Instagram followers to be engaged with your content. You can use these popular hashtags, but this won’t create a long-term engaged following you need to grow your customer base.
To find relevant hashtags, I love to use IconoSquare. It will help you find different hashtags related to your particular niche.
For example, I did a search on the hashtag #hiking and came up with the following top 15 hashtags:
#hiking 11,232,675 photos
#hikingtrail 131,991 photos
#hikingadventures 408,406 photos
#hikingwithdogs 110,764 photos
#hikingday 29,155 photos
#hikingtrails 57,850 photos
#hikingbuddy 24,200 photos
#hikingdog 24,570 photos
#hikingboots 17,034 photos
#hikingworldwide 25,045 photos
#hikingtrip 32,223 photos
#hikingadventure 24,695 photos
#hikingbuddies 17,905 photos
#hikinglife 22,613 photos
#hikingshoes 13,158 photos
You should try to use as many as ten or even twelve hashtags on some of your posts. Instagram is presently a lot more forgiving when using a lot of hashtags, unlike Twitter that you should aim to use a maximum of three.
Tip #3: Ask Questions
A great strategy to getting more Instagram followers is to ask questions. This is a great strategy for any social media platform.
When you get people to comment on your Instagram posts it helps get others to interact and like a photo. The more interaction, the more likely that others will jump in on wanting to like, comment and even share the post.
The buzz and excitement will also help encourage visitors to check out other posts you have.
Final Thoughts On Getting More Instagram Followers
Follow these three tips for getting more Instagram followers and you will start seeing better results.
Have questions? Then we would be happy to answer them.