5 Tried and True Tips to Grow Your Instagram Followers

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Growing your brand’s Instagram is a simple chain of events. The more followers you have, the more likely you are to see engagement on your posts; the more engagement you get, the higher your chances of appearing earlier on post feeds, story feeds and the explore section. This snowball effect leads to more engagement and exposure to even more followers. It’s all in Instagram’s algorithm, which works a lot like that of search engines.

Ultimately, all of these followers you accumulate will become great leads for your products or services. But as an emerging brand, where to start? 


(Social Media) Content is King

All effective social media strategies have relevant content at the heart. Without videos, images and stories that resonate with your target audience, your account won’t gain much traction. Always start with content that’s educational, thought-provoking or just straight-up entertaining. But beyond crafting incredible content, here are five other things you can do to boost your Instagram followers. 


1. Post Consistently

Whether it's twice a week, five times a week or something in between, the more consistently you post, the better your engagement will be. Most people won’t stay engaged with an account that rarely posts. And, as mentioned above, higher engagement is key to being exposed to new followers.


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2. Use Relevant Hashtags

You’ve probably seen hashtags used the wrong way: upwards of 20 hashtags that seem popular but have nothing to do with the content that’s in the post. But when hashtags are used correctly, they can bring real value when it comes to reaching new followers. With a little research, you can identify a few that are commonly used by your target demographics and start contributing to their conversations through social media. By joining these conversations, users with related interests will be able to find your content more easily. This strategy is commonly called "hashtag mining" and we think it's #awesome! 


3. Harness User-Generated Content (UGC)

Encourage your followers to share their relevant content with you by creating a brand hashtag they can use or inviting them to tag you in their posts. This is known as user-generated content (UGC) – a successful marketing tool that can help you build connections with your current customers and attract new ones. For example, say @Maya shares a photo of herself using your product and tags your Instagram account in the post. Then, you reshare it to show your appreciation. It’s a win-win; @Maya benefits from the exposure you’ve given her, and your brand benefits from the exposure to her followers. Ideally, her followers will notice the post and consider following you as well. 


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4. Geotag Your Posts

Remember to add a location (or geotag) to your posts on Instagram. Users often search certain locations – like places they may want to travel to – and then follow accounts that have cool content from that spot. Some users may even be looking for local accounts to follow so that they can discover new local brands. Tagging your location makes sure your content can be found by these potential new followers.


5. Tag Your Partners and Friends

Instagram is all about creating community, and embracing yours can help you gain new followers as well. Tag accounts that you feature in your post (locations, restaurants, products, services and organizations). Much like with UGC, those accounts will be likely to reshare, drawing the attention of their followers.


A Side Note on Paying for Followers

There are companies out there that claim to boost your followers for you – all you have to do is pay them. Sound too good to be true? It is. Companies like this will often generate fake follower accounts that add to your followership, but won’t engage with any of your content. Plus, buying followers in this way is a violation of Instagram's terms of use, and they can suspend or even ban your account for the practice.

Remember, you’re in this for the long run. You want followers who love your content, align with your brand and bring you business. Don’t waste your time building a phony follower base.

Looking for more tips to improve your brand’s social media presence? Check out the rest of the PRIME blog for even more digital marketing insights.

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Meg Sepulveda

Social Media Manager

Meg is the Social Media Manager for PRIME. She develops outbound strategies and inbound automation for clients through email marketing, social media, and market segment analysis. With a passion for understanding the customer's journey, Meg navigates the ever-changing business landscape by looking for new and unique marketing methodologies. Meg sets her campaigns up for success through research and analysis, utilizing social media and paid advertising to deliver content with robust ROIs.