How to grow your Instagram account. Get advice from expert bloggers. 8 social media tips you need to focus on now.

Are any of you tired of working hard at Instagram and not getting a lot of traction?

Instagram can be a tricky social media platform.

People and brands are constantly following and unfollowing.

Instagram isn’t seen as a big traffic driver and you have to keep on creating high quality, beautiful images – which can be challenging for many.

So, why is Instagram a meaningful social platform and how can you grow your Instagram account in an authentic way?

I am happy to share with you extremely helpful advice from some women who are killing it on Instagram.

Instagram Pros Share their Advice on:

  1. Why Instagram is an important platform.
  2. Their top tip to grow a genuine following.
  3. Their 3 recommendations to have a meaningful and successful Instagram account.

After this insightful feedback, I have a recap at the bottom of the post with the top tips you can focus on to grow your Instagram account. So make sure to check that out too!

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These 5 Instagram Experts Offer Their Top Tips to Grow Your Account:

 

Ashley Solberg – @ashleysolbergblog

Why do you feel Instagram is an Important platform?

I am a visual person, so I love that you are met with a picture first on Instagram before getting into the nitty gritty! Giving people a reason to stop their scroll and be attentive to what you have going on takes a creative eye, emotion and visual appeal.

What is your top tip to grow a genuine Instagram following?

People like the real deal. Being transparent and showing the trials we walk through in an encouraging way helps us stay relatable to our audience. As a mother, there are days full of joy and other days I don’t know what end is up, all of that is included in what we share. Engaging with my target audience with the intention of meaningful conversations and living life together has helped us continue to grow.

What are your top 3 recommendations to have a meaningful Instagram account?

1. Being authentic.

2. Provide valuable information.

3. Being uniquely you.

I love to have a meaningful Instagram account. We share our lives as a family with three kids which can be comical, full of adventure and fun.

Ashley Solberg Blog is a place where you find all things family, food and life. Ashley loves to write directly to her reader with all the in-between moments of crazy included. After three years of blogging, it’s wonderful to feel a place of community in our audience and other creatives that support and use their skills to make it all happen.

Follow Ashley @ashleysolberg on Instagram and check out her website at https://ashleysolberg.com

 

Summer Telban – @summertelban

Why do you feel Instagram is an Important platform?

I believe Instagram is one of the most useful platforms to share your story and to connect with others. People are visual beings. They’re drawn in by what they’re captured by and Instagram is a platform that helps bring visuals to life. Instagram leverages not only photos but it also elevates words, too. When two and two are put together, the potential for impacting someone in a positive way is limitless.

What is your top tip to grow a genuine Instagram following?

Always create with intention and your passion, and with that, keep your target audience in mind. You need to have patience, too! Something worth having never comes easy. The “grow quick” schemes may seem to help for a moment but in the long run, you’d be doing yourself tons more harm than good. Do you.

What are your top 3 recommendations to have a meaningful Instagram account?

My top 3 tips to having a meaningful and successful Instagram account are:

1. Be present! You can’t expect to gain excitement and trust from your followers if you’re not present. Respond to all of your comments, engage with everyone in your home feed, and just let the real you shine.

2. Make Instagram Stories a priority! Don’t just share blog posts and photos on your Stories. You’ve got to show your face and chat with your audience! Let them learn more about you and the behind-the-scenes of your work.

3. Always strive to be improving your content, both your photos and words. If you want to have a meaningful and successful Instagram, make it a priority.

Summer is the full-time blogger behind Coffee With Summer – a blog full of authentic conversations about casual style, practical travel, and affordable lifestyle for the everyday millennial woman.

Follow Summer @summertelban on Instagram and check out her website at https://www.coffeewithsummer.com

 

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Alexandra Cook – @itsnotcomplicatedrecipes

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Why do you feel Instagram is an Important platform?

Many people say that you “eat with your eyes first” – so, as a food blogger, I need to make a good first impression! Instagram allows me to share photos of my recipes – which in turn, hopefully, entices people to visit my blog or engage with my post.

What is your top tip to grow a genuine Instagram following?

Engagement is key!

Instagram is a social media platform – you need to remember to be social!

I recommend engaging with profiles within your niche especially. Leaving meaningful comments on their post gets your name out there and you can make some great friends and contacts along the way!

What are your top 3 recommendations to have a meaningful Instagram account?

1. Be consistent! Your followers want to see/hear from you. This means updating your account regularly. You don’t have to do this every day, but you also don’t want to post infrequently. You need to stay present and up-to-date!

2. Be patient and do not get despondent. These things take time. It is better to grow at a slower pace and grow a genuine and engaging audience than it is to have a higher follower account and no engagement! It is easier said than done, but I recommend not focusing on the follower count. Focus on delivering great content, and success will eventually follow.

3. Be authentic. You need to be you. Your followers will pick up on this if your authenticity is lacking. You want to build trust!

It’s Not Complicated Recipes is a food blog that features simple and delicious recipes designed to inspire you in the kitchen! It is run by Alexandra, who lives in South Australia.

Follow Alexandra @itsnotcomplicatedrecipes on Instagram and check out her website at https://itsnotcomplicatedrecipes.com

 

Teresa @mommaluvzblog

Why do you feel Instagram is an Important platform?

It connects me with like-minded moms that enjoy the same things I do! Instagram is definitely the platform where fans interact with me the most. I love doing IG stories each day and I get a lot of feedback from fans that they like seeing more of that real life side of our lifestyle.

What is your top tip to grow a genuine Instagram following?

Keep creating great content that is genuine and your fans will come. If you’re looking to grow it’s important to try to post consistently, use hashtags, and engage regularly. Instagram does require effort if you really want to grow, just like anything else.

What are your top 3 recommendations to have a meaningful Instagram account?

1. Let your guard down a bit. Share things that people can connect or relate too. Sometimes that means digging deep and letting fans see more of your “real life”. Like I mentioned above I do this mostly through my stories.

2. Keep working on your photography! The reality is that Instagram is a visual platform. Make people want to double tap and engage with you. Taking a great photo doesn’t mean you have to use expensive equipment. There are many great apps you can use to tweak a photo and help plan your feed to look cohesive.

3. Have some fun! Offer a Giveaway, Partner with a brand you love, Post a candid shot! Keep things fun and interesting.

Teresa is a Canadian Lifestyle Blogger. You can usually find her exploring outdoors with her two kids, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. She’ll always be sharing all things parenting, recipes, travel, fashion and whatever else us mom’s get up to.

Follow Teresa @mommaluvzblog on Instagram and check out her website at http://www.mommaluvz.com

 

Kayla Butler – @the_ivorymix

Why do you feel Instagram is an Important platform?

More and more, Instagram has proven itself to be a powerhouse for brand-building because of the seemingly elusive nature of the Instagram algorithm. Newcomers think it’s magic but there are not tricks. Engagement = Success. Which makes Instagram an important place for building report with an engaged community. If you can get your community to engage with you on Instagram, you’ll be seen as an authority figure to your audience and within your industry.

What is your top tip to grow a genuine Instagram following?

I mentioned it already, but in order to grow a genuine Instagram following, you have to be a genuinely engaged person. Those who engage with you more will see and respond to your content more, and thus the cycle begins.

What are your top 3 recommendations to have a meaningful Instagram account?

1. Post frequently (stories too).

2. Always be adding value.

3. Be present and respond to all comments.

Kayla is the Owner and Creative Director of Ivory Mix – a styled stock photography and visual marketing education website. Instagram is where Kayla shares her more humorous side with her audience, while also dropping fun quick tips to simplify the marketing strategies of highly creative (also complex and introverted) entrepreneurs.

Follow Kayla @the_ivorymix on Instagram and check out her website at https://ivorymix.com

 

Here’s what we’ve learned to grow your Instagram:

  1. Be authentic. Be you. Show your true self. If you want to maintain a genuine following this is how. Don’t be shy about getting a little more personal. This is what your audience/followers are connecting with.
  2. Provide value. If you are able to share great advice, tips and solutions this is fantastic. Your audience will be even more connected if you can inspire them as well. Get your followers thinking!
  3. Be present. Show up! Respond to comments, ask your followers questions and engage daily.
  4. Focus on Instagram Stories. Get chatting so your audience can see the real you.
  5. Always improve. See what your audience is resonating with and improve those skills. This relates to the quality of your images and the words you share.
  6. Be relatable. Think of your followers when you are sharing a post. Be relatable to them and let them see your true self. Everything does not have to be staged and life is not perfect.
  7. Work on your photography. This is key! Instagram is a visual platform and people are interacting with imagery that gets them inspired.
  8. Have fun! Don’t take yourself too seriously. Think of new and interesting ways to engage your audience. Make sure you have fun and your followers do too.

I hope these fantastic tips from some of my favourite Instagrammers has given you some new strategies to grow your account.

Comment below with what you love about Instagram and also what you are most challenged with.

 

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