At Frenzr, we often get asked the Do's and Don'ts of Instagram whether in business or simply for a personal account. So I've decided to break it down to you in this quick blog post on the few golden rules!
1. Don't post bad quality photos
Quality over quantity, hold on tight and don't rush into posting simply because you're excited. Make the time to take a great picture, edit it, write your caption & then post. No one will feel like following you if your pictures aren't worthy of it!
2. Let your content age
It's important to let your content ''age'' aka gain some traction on likes. Instagram's algorithm averages out your % of interactions and that's how it will either push forward or back your content (remember that they changed their algorithm about 3 months ago - now not everyone sees your posts).
3. Never buy followers
It's probably the decision you'll regret the most in the long term. Why? Because now your account looks horrible with 4000 followers but 20 likes on your photos. It doesn't add up and people will know, therefore, you will lose credibility.
4. Always use hashtags (niche hashtags)
Use the hashtags as much as you can, don't be shy. If you're looking to grow your account, your goal is to always be in the TOP recommended posts per hashtag. How can you achieve that? Read on number 6 & 7 but focus on smaller tags with an average of 50 000 to 200 000 posts. That way, you'll have a better chance to get to the top.
5. Always tag a location
Another way to get found is by location. Think about the time you were searching for a breakfast spot and you clicked into the Location of Emily's post to browse in depth, then you followed the person because #1 He lives in your city #2 Posts about things that interest you & #3 You found him through a relatable to you way!
6. Always answer to your comments
It will boost your interaction levels and as mentioned before that will bring your picture to the top 9 suggested posts per hashtags.
7. Interactions, interactions, interactions
Not only in your comments but with ALL the hashtags you tag your picture with. Interact before posting & after posting + 1 additional time during the day, the increase you'll see will be significant. WHY? Because you're telling Instagram that not only you post with the given hashtags but you're also an active member of the communities (which is exactly what the tags represent).
Now whats your next step? Put some time & effort, it's truly worth it especially if you're a small business owner and you're looking to expand your digital presence.