How To Increase Your Instagram Engagement

I'm currently trying to grow on Instagram, and sometimes it gets frustrating. I wanted to share a few things I've learned to help y...

I'm currently trying to grow on Instagram, and sometimes it gets frustrating. I wanted to share a few things I've learned to help you increase your Instagram followers, likes, etc. 
How to gain instagram followers
It seems like it can take a long time to gain a large following, and that's because it typically does. It takes time, effort and hard work.
Many people don't think that gaining followers on Instagram is difficult, but it is. You don't really realize it until you work on it. It takes dedication and thought. So, here are a few quick tips!
  • Cross-promote. This one should be obvious. I'm sure Instagram isn't the only social media platform you're using, so why not promote it on your other social media platforms?
  • Use hashtags. Hashtags make it easier for people to find you. If someone searches a hashtag and you've used it on your picture, you'll show up in their results. It's quite a simple explanation of why you should use them, but it can really help you to be seen by more people.
  • Be consistent. Consistency can be difficult; especially on Instagram. It takes a lot of time and effort to take an eye-catching picture. It can take editing, filters, 100 different selfies and a lot of time to get one picture to post on your feed, but if you aren't consistent you will be forgotten.
  • Take good quality pictures. Surprisingly, this is something I need to work on. My pictures aren't always the best; in fact, the majority of them are taken in my car. I have yet to find a spot around my apartment with good lighting and a plain background, and that's something I really need to work on. Distracting backgrounds or poor picture quality will cost you.
  • Engage with others. Another obvious tip; like and comment on other pictures. Search one of the hashtags(or a few!) that you're using, and like and comment on the pictures that catch your eye. You'll find some return the favor, and some will even follow you.
  • Post at the best times. This can change on the daily, but try to figure out what times are the  best for engagement. For me, it's 8 PM EST, or after midnight. 
  • Captions! Even if it's just a short phrase, always caption your pictures. Not doing any captions makes it appear that you don't care.
  • Share your Instagram posts on social media. This is something you should be doing but may not be. Whenever you post on Instagram, share it across your other social media accounts.
Those are the tips that I have for you! I hope this is helpful for you.

What tips do you have for growing your Instagram account?

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