Instagram is a really freaking amazing social media platform. The potential for growth is limitless, but it takes time. If you are reading this post and looking for over night success, stop now. I do not want to waste your time.
I will never EVER promise you that you will quadruple your following or double your likes in 30 days! Unless you are starting at zero, but let's save that talk for another day.
If someone is promising you instant results, they are up fudge creek without a Popsicle stick.
What I can do is give you 10 badass tips that you can use to grown and cultivate your Instagram account. What makes my tips badass? I've seen them work and I've used them to help people grow their own accounts. They are actionable tips that work...aka badass.
Interact- I think this is the number one thing you can do to grow your account. You have to show love to get love. It's a circle. Embrace the circle of love.
Be Consistent- What's the best way to be a great employee? To actually show up everyday you are suppose to. The same thing works for Instagram. You need to consistently be present. Stay in people's minds and show them why they should follow you. You are trying to build connections here.
Hashtags- Use them, love them, never let them go. If you need more hashtag inspiration you can check out last week's post on hashtags.
Be A Person- The reason anyone uses any social media platform is to be social. If your profile pic on Instagram is a logo, consider changing it. No one wants to be friends with a logo. They want a real person connected to that account. You are a badass, don't be afraid to show your badass face.
Stop Photo Dumping- This is where you upload a bunch of photos at once. It's annoying. No one likes it. You will lose followers. Enough said.
Follow- Don't be afraid to follow people back or find new people to follow. There's no magical number here. If you like what someone is throwing down, then give them a follow.
Take A Pretty Picture- If you are using Instagram for business, your pics need to look good. It's the truth. I'm NOT saying that you need to have every photo taken by a photographer. You do NOT need to spend hours on Photoshop. Just take a pleasant picture and then use those nifty little editing options Instagram gives you. Badass move right there, for sure!
Be Positive- Negative Nancy will not help you grow anything. Being mean or just not really giving a hoot will show. Be positive with your posts and your interactions.
Share Your Knowledge- Because well sharing is caring. If you want to grow, you have to let people in. How will anyone know you are a badass you are if you just keep everything to yourself. Give people a reason to keep coming back. Open up a little a let people know what's happening in that amazing brain.
Don't give up- It takes time to grow. You have to trust the process and trust the timing. No one is ever an overnight success. It took them years of planning and building to get to where they are today. Show up everyday. Your results will pay off.