How to grow your Instagram account?
Are you frustrated with the Instagram algorithm and are desperate to grow your Instagram account or just increase Instagram traffic for your business or personal account?
You’ve read and followed all the usual tips, post daily, post twice daily, post three times daily! You’ve posted constant stories, used polls, engaged with your audience and created a community and still hardly gained any growth!
Well, welcome to the latest Instagram algorithm! As they push the creators and businesses towards purchasing advertising by limiting organic reach you may well be incredibly frustrated with the time you’re spending on the platform for small gains, particularly if you can see the easy gains on Tik Tok. Post consistently there and with the right content and call to actions you can gain thousands of followers daily.
As a result you may have been drawn to influencers selling their course guides on how they’ve personally grown and made a living out of Instagram. Our advice, don’t buy them, there’s so much free information out there and a lot of influencers we know will share that information, not charge for something they know is not likely to produce the same results for your accounts. In the same manner think of filters Instagram influencers sell, not going to be a short cut to success for any of you!
Don’t go chasing your dreams based upon Instagram!
Don’t ever go just wildly, chasing your dreams, on the basis of the “success” stories you see on Instagram, in particular the travel dream – look what Covid has done to that in 2020! Yes, you’ll get the odd free stay or meal but is it really worth all that effort? Hotels and travel companies want their blood and rightfully so! Press trips are no picnic,they’re hard work and are far from a holiday!
So using travel as an example niche look to work with the hotels or tour operators. If you are looking to increase your followers and grow them organically and in a way where they will buy from you if you affiliate with them all parties gain. If it is just a free stay, well it might be we worth £500 but that’s it, no non-recurring revenue streams and you may well have had to pay for the flight and all associated costs!
The travel dream is the easiest to buy into and therefore sell. After all, how nice does it sound to be a digital nomad, working from your laptop from one beautiful island in a 5 star resort after another, The reality is generally far from this!
Our advice would always be to not rely upon one revenue stream. This is fairly simply business logic demonstrated even more with Coivd 19 destroying economies and livelihoods.
Work across all social media channels
Don’t only be looking at Instagram to grow your Instagram account. All social media channels are potential traffic opportunities. So build that website, link it with ads – be it google ads or normal publisher routes – look into drop shipping but don’t rely upon it, create that Instagram shop and multiple social media channels through youtube, twitter, Pinterest, Tik Tok – all of these can drive the best organic traffic to where you want it and all are potentially purchases of your products – the World changes quickly, look at the rise of Tik Tok, so move with the channels and what content your potential followers are enjoying. This of course all takes time but there’s no short cut unless you’re a celebrity and have the right contacts or are willing to spend a lot of money.
The first rules of how to increase your Instagram followers
Firstly cover the basics if you’re looking to grow your Instagram account. Instagram wants you online so it can sell more ads, cynical but true. So do the basics, spend time using all their features, reels as been a big focus recently, use their filters, stories, post videos, photos and reels. Look to build a community and engage with your followers, keep them interested and be genuine.
Don’t look to immediately sell to your followers, how many times have you actually purchased a 20% discount code from an Instagram influencer, particularly one who’s quite frankly shuffling it down your face?!
The rise of the micro influencer and influencer has been one of the most fascinating trends of the last 5 years. Take a step back and you’re looking at an awful lot of already successful people who get super excited about a freebie or discount code they’ve been given and then pass that on. Very clever blanket marketing from the companies behind it but for the creators is it really worth spending all that time building a profile and a community just to sell out for a few freebies? This can also highly annoy your good and loyal followers. Look at some of the biggest pages on Instagram and look at how their views or likes drop when they try and hit you with a poorly placed ad.
So content is king, create the right content, create the right story and people will want to join your journey or community. Stick to your niche so the algorithm knows where to place you. Keep doing that and you will grow organically, and organic Instagram followers are the ones you want, the genuine ones interested in what you post, not the bots following and unfollowing or some random dude who’s already following 8,000 other people where your content is going to be lost. Be different and be consistent in your posting stories and engagement.
All of this of course takes time and though you should always be doing it, no matter the size of your following for those looking to take a shortcut here are some Instagram hacks for growing your Instagram followers.
How to grow your Instagram followers using the mother/slave method
Also known as the mother child or fan page method this growth strategy has been around for many years and can produce solid and sometimes explosive follower growth and potentially the best way to grow your Instagram account in 2021.
So, how does it work? Think of a number of Instagram accounts driving traffic to your main account. You could have 10, 50, 100 or a 1,000 child accounts working on your main “mother” accounts behalf by carrying out all the normal actions, liking, following, direct messaging, mentioning and consequently driving organic traffic and therefore new followers to your main account.
We’ve no doubt that you’ve seen various direct messages from strange looking accounts mentioning another account they suggest you can go and see! There are good ways of doing this and some bad ones, like the one just mentioned using basic child accounts with no profile pictures or even photos and then poor messages, basically spam accounts.
However get it right and it can really work although it is very expensive and requires proxies, VPNs, and scrapper accounts. If none of this makes much sense to you feel free to contact us here or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss this strategy with you to see if it is a viable growth strategy.
So, how much does the mother child growth method cost? Simply put the more child accounts the greater the cost. We’d only recommend this growth hack if you have high quality content. And remember it’s a longer-term game and you’ll still need to work hard at keeping the followers engaged and interested. They are real followers and like any real follower you’ll need to offer value to retain them! Post less or post poor content and in this competitive market the followers will drop.
How to get targeted Instagram followers
We’ve all had those dudes from faraway lands follow us and a billion others, haven’t we? Nice for the stats, after all it is another follower, but genuinely useless in terms of being an engaged follower or a potential buying customer.
So as with any marketing campaign you really want to drive targeted followers to your account. What do we mean by targeted followers? Simply put, the best ones! Followers that will be interested in your content or your products, those that will engage with you, real, genuine followers.
Essentially, we can build a custom growth campaign that attracts your target audience based upon filters such as country, gender, interests etc Again this is not a cheap method but can be very effective and often quick. We can deliver you 100% real, target and engaged followers starting from 500 followers all the way upto 50,000 followers.
Again if you’re interested reach out to us here or at email@example.com and we can run through the way it works and the available options.
Are Engagement groups a good method for gaining Instagram followers?
So, can you grow your followers using Engagement groups? Firstly lets explore what engagement groups or engagement pods are. Usually found on telegram these can be large groups of Instagram users that, in exchange for liking a number of posts, receive the same amount of likes back. You’ll also find the same system in Instagram direct messages between, usually, a limited amount of users.
These are still effective in terms of increasing the reach of your posts but perhaps less so in the actual case of increasing your followers as essentially their like for like operations. You like x amount of posts and then you’ll receive the same amount of likes back.
You’ll see lots and lots of micro influencers using this method. What does that mean? Well, it’s not the most genuine, as you’re simply blitzing and liking a list of posts not particularly reading the captions or engaging with the audience.
The other problem is that you may end up liking posts from many different niches which throws the algorithm some more and moves you away from the community you’ll spending all that time building.
We can link you to hundreds of niche-oriented Instagram engagement groups so please feel free to reach out to us.
Using Giveaways to grow your Instagram account
Are Instagam giveaways good for growing Instagram followers? Giveaways have always been a way of gaining followers. From businesses offering something in exchange, eg a free product or a competition in return for you following them or sharing the post they work to free general giveways as a reward to their followers.
However, there will always be a drop off from followers at the end of the giveaway. The primary reason they are there is to “gain that prize” However if your content is good enough you should retain the majority of them depending upon your content.
However, also bear in mind the type of giveaway you join. If you join one that is outside your niche then you’ll gain a lot of the “wrong” followers who won’t be interested in your content and so the drop off at the end of the giveaway will be higher.
So if you’re confident in your business, profile or products and offer great content – we’ll reiterate content remains king – giveaways are an easy way to grow an account in a quick a manner. Again, if you’re interested in this method we can link you with many giveaways in many different niches. Again the cost of this can dramatically alter depending upon the type of giveaway you want to joinContact us @firstname.lastname@example.org and we can explore the right giveways for you.