Monday, 21 November 2016

7 Instagram tips to get you started on Instagram.


I am no expert on Instagram but over the past few months, I have come to enjoy it very much, it has by far become my favourite social media platform. Since I mostly blog about food I find that Instagram is a really nice platform to share my food photos which are very visual and it also helps me to engage with other foodies too.

Here are a few things that that have worked for me when I started my account so I am sharing them in this post. There is no right or wrong, these are some ideas that I find worked well for me.

Create a user name:
  • If you are a  blogger it is a good idea to have same or similar user name on all social media that is same as blog so that it creates an identity that links to all your platforms. 
  • Make sure you set your profile to Public.
Writing a Bio:
  • Keep the bio interesting, precise and to the point that tells the follower what your account is about.
  • Include your blog url and email address for people to be able to easily contact you.
Take good pictures:
  • Don't be tempted to post a blurred photo that are out of focus. Instagram is very visual, try and make your photos eye catching and beautiful.
  • Try not to post a mix of genres in a random fashion, attempt to post at least three pictures that follow on from one another or can connect in some way.
Optimise hashtags:
  • Use hashtags that are specific to your post and add them at the end of your post, they provide a way for others to find your photos under a specific theme or topic. 
  • Never add hashtags in between your post description as it makes it look spammy. 
  • Take advantage of trending hashtags and if they are relevant to your post use them.
Posting:
  • Post regularly preferably have a set time pattern but do not spam. 
  • Write a description to go with your image, a good description, location etc helps the reader know what your content is about .
  • Some times to create more interaction ask a question , this will encourage  followers to interact with a reply.
Interact:
  • Follow and interact with other users that have similar content to yours.  
  • Visit your favourite accounts, interact with other users and like and leave meaningful comments on their posts.
Common Courtesy:
  • Check your posts and if people leave comments take the time to reply, thank and engage with them
The most important thing to remember is to create a Vibe and keep it regular. This can be achieved through using a set colour palette, choosing a set theme ie travel, food, crafts  and being consistent with your posts. Once you have set up your instagram page be it for personal use or to promote your blog or brand its important to maintain it.You can even get advise and help from sites such as Vibbi which is a one stop shop for all instagram marketing.

Is there any other things that I should be doing to grow my instagram account and get more engagement?? I would love to hear your tips, do share them in the comments below.

*This post is in collaboration with Vibbi.

30 comments:

  1. Great post! I am pretty rubbish with Instagram so I definitely need to take some of this on board such as regular posting and interaction! I love Instagram's that have a good theme.

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  2. Great tips there - I love Instagram! It's my favourite social media platform, but like most people I prefer the days when my timeline was in plain old chronological order!

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  3. Some great tips! I really need to work on my instagram more. I always try to post good quality photos, but I'm useless at posting regularly!

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  4. Great tips here, I love Instagram it's my favourite social media site x

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  5. Amazing tips, I've only just got back to my main IG account and I quite missed my followers! I need to be more active on there now xo

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  6. Some great tips here - I don't get any blog traffic from Instagram but it is rather addictive.

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  7. This is a great post - I have to admit I'm not that great when it comes to instagram I really need to work on it.

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  8. Thanks for sharing, great tips! I go through phases of using it! xx

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  9. Great tips instagram is the social media account I struggle with.

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  10. thank you for the reminder! I really do need to get better with my #hashtags

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  11. Very helpful tips, I have only started getting used to how Instagram works

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  12. Some great tips! It took me a while to get the hang of insta, but now I'm a total convert!

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  13. I am loving these tips because I have been getting hooked on Instagram tips. I am using hashtags

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  14. amazing tips! i go through phases with instagram now because of the algorithm and that does take a toll on likes etc

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  15. We're awful at Instagram so these tips are really useful for us! We're not regular enough and that's our problem! ;) xx

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  16. Instagram is my favourite platform and for good reason. It has everything you could want in an app.

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  17. This is such a helpful post! I really love instagram and getting creative with it.

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  18. Lots of great tips here. I think that having good quality photos is so important.

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  19. Interacting and optimizing hashtags are things I need to get into the habit of doing more x

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  20. Great post. Instagram has been a steep learning curve for me and I've learnt most of these things the hard way - you have some great tips here!

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  21. Great tips!I remember when I first started it took me a while to get my head around hashtags.

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  22. Great tips and interaction is always the one tip I give to people too x

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  23. Some great ideas. I'm pretty rubbish with instagram partly because of time but I have started trying to post better photos which means less images but better quality ... but they do tend to be random!

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  24. I love Instagram, its definitely one of my favourite tips as a blogger and as a user xxx

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  25. Great tips, these. I struggle with picking hashtags - there are so many out there it's hard to decide which ones to use sometimes.

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  26. This is a great post! Very good for newbies on Insta :)

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  27. Great tips! I like to make sure my grid flows well, so if I have a pop of colour in one photo, it's nice to have something of a similar hue in the next image :)

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  28. I adore IG, but I'm super particular about it - I only put my very best pics up on there, and if doesn't look exactly the way I want it to, I'll delete it! x PS: I'm @JaxFortyNorth if you want to check it out! ;) x

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  29. Very good tips. I tend to not follow back people especially for those reasons - no biography or bag pictures.

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  30. Very good tips. I tend to not follow back people with missing bio or bad pictures. And giving back to the community that supports you is vital!

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