Thursday, June 11, 2015

How To Get Engaged Followers on Instagram




On Instagram, while a higher follower number may look nice, it doesn't mean much without the engagement. Engagement comes in the form of likes, comments, and re-grams for the most part. The engagement is the community and it's what makes Instagram so fulfilling and fun.

Bloggers, you can love it or hate it, but you're very judged by brands and sales agencies on Instagram – they are always looking for the latest blogger to push their product forward to a new audience! Brands and agencies will look for engagement, as engaged users are more prone to actually buy. 

Don't buy followers. Don't. Trust me when I say, we always know when followers are purchased and this tends to make me, the user, not want to follow that account – and it definitely has an impact on what brands and agencies are thinking (it has a great negative effect). The easiest way to spot if an account had bought followers is a very high follower count with very little engagement. For example, a follower could of 15K with an average 50 likes per photo? C'mon…

Aim for prime quality photos. Even if it means that you post a not-so-instant Instagram after you photographed your post with your DSLR. And this is hard for me to accept, as fast photography is something I enjoy and love for it's easy convenience. But a high quality photo will always win at the end of the day – look at one of the most successful Instagrammers (@SongofStyle, @ChiaraFerragni for example) – their photos are all top quality and it shows in the results. Again, for brands and agencies, the consistently great quality photos mean that their products will be shown at a gorgeous and professional level. This is something that will definitely pay off in the long run.

Hashtaging is still very well and alive, and while a post may look 'nicer' without a hashtag's presence, don't underestimate the power of them! One of Instagram's latest features provides the ability to see how many photos are connected to the same hashtag you're to use. This will greatly help you find the best hashtags for you; meaning hashtags that have a high enough reach to draw people to your account via a photo.

Finally, my words of wisdom to you are: be active. It's putting yourself out there that attracts people to you in the first place! If you don't like other user's photos, how will people see your account to like yours? Same applies for commenting and even following. I'm not saying to go out and spam people with likes, comments, and follows. But if there's an account that you really like, or you find an amazing picture – don't be shy! Let them know you like what you see. And most of the time, yes – MOST of the time, they will reply to you on the same level (likes for likes, comments for comments, etc.). Instagram is not the place to be shy, and you can be rewarded with some successful collaboration deals.

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63 comments:

  1. Agree with every little bit of this. I don't post very often but I'm trying to increase that for sure :) If I look at my first couple of pics and now, I can see a huge difference so that's definitely good! Followed you Instagram xx

    Pam Scalfi♥

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  2. great post

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  3. I absolutely agree with you that buying followers is not a great idea because having too many followers without engagement doesn't make sense. I can easily guess not only on Instagram, but also onTwitter and other social media, when somebody had bought the followers. Thanks for sharing this post xx

    Nina
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    1. Yep, sad but true! I'm not too active on instagram therefore I've got over 1000 followers but it's ok for me! And if I've got time I'm commenting and repost or follow too! So I don't even need to "buy" followers! Nevertheless I've got most of the time about 70 likes on a picture but I can live with that too! ;-)) I'm not focussed...!

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  4. Such a great article, thanks for sharing! I absolutely agree with you, don't buy followers! It looks both bad and unprofessional. Please check out my Instagram if you want :) @cherryblossomstreet
    xx Elle

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  5. Intersting article! I did actually not connect my instagram with my blog at all and I do not post anything about my blog on instagram. Yet I am not that much concerned about what brands will say about my blog or instagram or whatever ;) But I guess for those who actually want to make money with their blogs this is an important topic!
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    Larissa

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  6. Great tips! And I agree with you, buy followers is such unprofessional thing, and it has so much fun see your account growing by your work!
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  7. Great tips.. and most of the time.. it's sooo obvious! 1000 followers, 30 likes. Or 10.000 followers, 1000 likes.. and 1 comment. It just makes one look really desperate! :)

    Or people who go around all the blogs and just post "great pics".. and that's it.

    Anyhoo.. like I said, great tips. Put effort in the pictures/posts and treat others like you'd like to be treated. :)

    Geekette in High Heels

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  8. Loving all of these tips! Every time someone asked me how to grow their Instagram I always tell them to be super active too! It's huge!

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  10. Great tips! Yea, I hate seeing people who've lead into the path of buying followers, such a shame!


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  11. I love instagram!
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  12. Great tips and I have to agree: Don't buy followers, don't buy likes..every person with good IQ can find out it is bought.. =)

    Michael
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  13. I don't have insta account now, because I don't want to open it and be inactive and I don't see how I can be engaged if I don't have the time...It's a dilemma for me!

    your article is very well written and your tips for using instagram are right on! engagement is important and quality over quantity is always a way to go!!!!


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    1. Thanks! Oh, I'd love you to get on Instagram though. Start slow and small. It's a great platform to build up. xx

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  14. I love Instagram and it's so true when you have better quality pictures you do get better results with engagement
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  15. I completely agree with everything you wrote in this post, it's full of great tips! :) I looove Instagram, it's by far my favourite social network and will go and follow you right now, here's my account @smilesnapsparkle if you wish to say hi as well :)

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  16. Thanks for the tips! You are so right about everything. Quality is very important but I believe that since there's a lot of competition it's hard to get new followers. You have to be either an amazing photographer or be very original! I also find it really hard to get "real followers" meaning people who actually like what I post. Because whenever I post something new I always lose a couple followers :(
    I've tried hashtags too but I've also read that too many hashtags make your posts look spammy so I've cut down on that.

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  17. Great post! It's really hard to get new followers....Eszter

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  18. Great post! I am trying to get more involved with Instagram because I know it's important to brands, but it's not my favorite tbh!

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  19. I love insta filters XD Yet I post not often

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  20. Good tips!! And totally agree :)
    thank you!
    xx

    Eli

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  21. Good post and I agree with most of what you say. xoxoxo

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  22. Great post.
    xoxo
    Christy

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  23. great post! thank you for sharing these very helpful tips! :)

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  24. Really helpful post! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  25. great suggestions and ideas!! :D thanks for sharing! :D

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  27. This is such great advice! I think commenting on others posts and engaging is defs the key. I am finding it quite difficult to get engaged followers so this really helped

    Rachel xx
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    1. I'm sorry it's been difficult, but glad this post helped! What's your instagram handle? Can't seem to find you :( xx

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  28. I actually agree with everything you wrote! Very nice tips :)

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  29. Great tips! I completely agree :)

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  30. Fantastic post and have a happy weekend.

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  31. Great tips!! Mainly being active.. Something I need to do a bit more methinks xx

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  32. Helpful post, quality of pictures is so important :)

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  33. This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. This is the first post I have ever read from you, and I fell in love. I love your writing style. I also gave you a follow on instagram! X

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  35. True! Really informational post, thanks for sharing! :)

    Have a great weekend
    xxx
    Bianca

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  36. I really love this post and how you elaborate on the importance of engagement!! So important, thanks for the lovely read :)

    xx
    Cassandra of TheFrillish.com

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  37. 100% agree with all your points in this post! I've never understood why some will buy followers, I mean seriously, do you think the brands are stupid?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  38. Great post. Lots of great tips. :)

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  39. Love all the tips! Thank you for your comment on
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  40. Love these tips, MERCI! On my French blog: "how to straighten your hair and eat Strawberries Tagada at the same time"

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  41. Great post. I have been trying to create more engagement too, I find this really important. Have a nice weekend :)

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  42. Wow very cool, great post. Thanks for the tips!
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  43. great tips! thanks for sharing :)

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  44. Nice tips.. I'm not so regular at instagram but this helps!

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  45. i've been trying to make my instagram look nicer lately, this was helpful!

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  46. Completely agree with this. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  47. I agree with this,
    It's nice to engage with your followers.
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  48. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing this:)

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  49. Great tips dear!! Never really understand people that buy they followers!!

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  50. Amazing post dear!!
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  51. So many great tips! Thanks for sharing this Arden!

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  52. There's so many people who buy followers and only get 3 likes on a picture. It deceives brands that are interested and puts the rest of us out of our hard work :(

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  53. Great post! Thank you for your tips and advice! Find them very helpful!

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