Lots of people use Instagram. Some do it right some are just plain lost. There is no right or wrong way to use Instagram, but there are mistakes that cause people to miss out on some of the benefits of using it. There are multiple reasons people post on Instagram: there are those who post simply to have fun, there are some who post to share with friends, then there are those who post to promote themselves, their work or their business.
Posting is the most basic part of using any social media platform. There are a few ways you can make sure your posts do what you want them to do. If you are in it for fun or to share with friends, post and your done. If you are trying to promote something then here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of every post.
First you need to have a good quality picture. It also needs to be something that will catch your followers attention. Make sure the picture you choose has something to do with what you are trying to promote. That is pretty obvious.
Your caption needs to link your image to what you are promoting. It will also help you get traffic from Instagram to your post to your website, or business. To create a good caption, write a sentence that tells a story about where the image is from or what the image is. Your also going to want to add hashtags, and tag any other accounts related to the image.
A good way to loose a following is to post more than three times a day. If you drown your followers feed they will eventually get bored and make the green button blue again. So stick to keeping posts more than two hours apart and no more than four posts a day.
Hashtags are the best way to get followers and people to see your posts and eventually you or your business. The best way I have found to use hashtags to gain a following is to find a hashtag related to your post that has around fifteen thousand posts on it and start posting to that hashtag every other day. This will mean you pretty much dominate the hashtag. This helps you get followers because people who are interested in that hashtag will search it, when they search it they find your post, when they find your post they find you, and since your posts are related to something they are interested they will follow you. Once they follow you they will see all of your posts and become interested in you or your business and want to find out more that is where your profile comes in.
Your profile is what people see and what links your Instagram posts to your website. You need to have your profile picture something that will catch peoples eye. Pictures of you, something related to your posts or a logo work well.
How do you link to your website? With your bio. Your bio should contain a description of you or your business, and a link to your website. Having a link in your bio is the only way you can link your profile to a website.
When it comes to weather or not you should make your profile private or public, make it public nobody likes it when you don’t know what an account is posting about before they follow them.
Another way you can gain followers is to follow people that have similar posts as you or businesses that are related to yours. And when people follow you follow them back if they have interests similar to you or your business they are the ones that can turn into friends or customers.
Most people know that Instagram can sell its users photos to generate their own revenue. But wait have you ever read the new terms and conditions. Instagram cannot sell your pictures to earn money but now you have your chance to get rewarded for your photos. Snap my ad is the new app that allows you to sign into your instagram account and choose what photos you want to share. The next step is to search brands to interact with and get rewarded for your photos. The prizes include gift cards and magazine subscriptions. The brands get rewarded with the right to use your photos in ads. If you want to give this app a shot you better own an IOS device because the app is only available on the app store. The app is not available on the google play store, yet. So I have no way to try it out. But if you try it let me know how your experience with the app goes. Here is the link to download http://www.snapmyad.com/
Personally I thought that Instagram videos would not be able to compete with Vine. I could not be more wrong. Instagram’s videos are longer and you can delete segments. After more than a month of using the new service I have not looked at my vine account, so I would say that it is better, for me at least. Weather or not you prefer short or shorter videos that is up to you. We will see how vine and instagram evolve and change. Vine has improve their android app. Now that I am looking at the app after all these weeks, it is really starting to look like the instagram app. But Instagram has one thing that vine seems to be having trouble with. It is the fact that on instagram I have actually met people and communicated with them, on vine the only vines I see are by people I already know. So only time will tell what new changes these two video sharing apps will go through.
All social media connects you with people of a similar interest. How do they do it? Most social media services use hashtags (#) to connect you with people of similar interests. To do this you just have to search a hashtag and see who is posting to it. Twitter started the hashtag era when they started using hashtags to connect people. Ever since then all social media provides hashtags and hashtag search. Accept for Facebook. But today that changed. Today Facebook started using hashtags. will this help Facebook recover? I don’t think so. I have had good experiences using hashtags. On instagram I have met over thirty people that I now talk to very often. So in my opinion hashtags are a good change for facebook but it won’t help them out of the hole they are in.
Hashtags also help you find information on any social media service. If you could not tag a subject into your content there is no way for other people to find it. If people cannot find your content they cannot read it, if they cannot read it your information is just sitting, accomplishing nothing. As soon as you add a hashtag it will be much easier for millions of people to find your work. And use the information you provide to improve their knowledge on the subject that you wrote about.
Lots of companies now use hashtags so that people can share images of their product in photo contests. So basically what is happening is that they are creating a gallery of pictures, most of them being of their product. So if someone sees that hashtag on one of their friends’s pictures they will click the link and find all of that company’s products. So that company just got free advertising by creating a hashtag and hosting a contest on social media this is how social media can be beneficial to any company, big or small, looking to sell more product or service.
A lot of people wonder what is the best time to post things on social media. The answer to that question is yet another question: what are you posting? If you are just posting to share something with friends or something you thought was cool it really doesn’t matter what time you post it. Just post it before you forget. But if it is content that you need to get traffic on, that is a different story. The busiest time of day is during the work hours. Admit it, you feel the urge to check your feed every so often while you are supposed to be working. You should get the most traffic between the hours of 11 and 5. So in other words avoid posting things in the early mornings and late evenings if you want more people to see it.
There are a few reasons why the social app Vine did so much better than Cinemagram. Some of the reasons are obvious while others are not. One of the major reasons why it was not as good is the fact that it was not visually pleasing. Orange is not a social media color. When I see red it is usually on warning signs and I typically avoid those. Another thing against it is the lack of audio in the videos. I have been reading through some of the recent comments for the app and it looks like they cut the video max length to six seconds in an attempt to imitate Vine. Another thing Vine has going for it is the fact that it is linked to a successful social media site and not some company trying to get recognized in all of the social media chaos. I have also heard that the video quality is not as good as vine but I have been having some quality issues with vine myself. whenever the light changes it takes too long for the camera to adjust. In summary I believe that vine is the better app and that Cinemagram will never be one of the greats. If I had to choose an app that would dominate the short clip area it would have to be vine or a Google version of it. If Google were to do a “Youtube lite” ,where videos were short, it would very popular.