5 ways to organic grow Instagram engagement!
Growing your Instagram can be a difficult task. It can take a really long time, a lot of work and you may never see the results that you’re trying to get. I’ve personally grown my page to 18,500 in just one short year. You can read about that here though. I wanted to give away a few of my secrets, so pay attention closely!
What is engagement?
Engagement in my own view is when someone reaches out to you, likes your photos, tags you, comments on your photos etc. It’s basically just gaining attention from people. Personally, if I’m reading a book and I find a page super intriguing and post it, I look forward to hearing what others have to say about it, or ask me what book it is. I also really enjoy it when I’m traveling and I post where I am and someone reaches out to me and tells me they are from the area. This happens quite often! Organic engagement is just having people follow you, and who are usually genuinely interested in what you have to say! This is from a guys perspective, from a womens perspective it may be a bit different dealing with different situations and followers.
1. Be consistent!
What I mean by being consistent is that when you’re posting make sure to do it consistently. If you decide you want to post 2 times a week, do so. But don’t miss weeks, and don’t give up. There are times I get really busy and can’t always keep up and those are the times I notice the lowest amount of growth. When I’m consistently posting often, I see much higher results.
2. Post QUALITY
Don’t post selfies in a dirty mirror with a toilet in the background. It’s 2018, the quality of the camera on the phones these days is absolutely ridiculous. I am a photographer and own a Sony A7ii and sometimes I find myself using my phone to take pictures because it’s so easy to use and it’s so dang good! When you’re going to take a picture of something, think about the background, think about the way you look and the other people in the photo look. Don’t be selfish, a quality picture isn’t hard to get. If you’re struggling to capture a good photo of yourself, just stop and try again later or the next day. If you’re traveling and want to get a picture of a different subject, take a couple of minutes to snap a quality picture. Not just for Instagram, but because photos last forever…make it count! However, don’t waste your whole day just trying to get a picture. Sometimes it’s best just to let it go and get a different one later.
3. Stay ACTIVE, everywhere!
This is extremely extremely important. When I’m in “growth” mode, I make sure to keep my stories active, my posts active, my messages active and lastly my comments active. On my stories I’ll post my day to day things that are pretty irrelevant but just to give my followers a taste of my life. Maybe a clip while I’m cooking up a delicious breakfast, or maybe a quick picture from my walk. Some other things I’ll post are sunsets, sunrises, inspiring quotes, books I’m reading, cool things I see when I’m out and about… just ‘whatever things’. Then, when I post a picture onto my feed, I’ll also post it on my story and ask my followers to check it out.
Staying active on your posts just means to be consistent posting onto your feed. I recommend at least 3-5 times a week. Be careful though, it also depends on the industry and the view you’re trying to obtain. If you’re a model, posting 5 pictures in a day may be a bad idea, but if you’re an entrepreneur who mentors people… it might really be beneficial to post more than one picture in a day.
Make sure you’re keeping your messages active. If you see someone you want to connect with, reach out to them. If someone messages you, do your best to respond or atleast like their message. You don’t want to be hard to reach especially if you’re just starting out!
Keeping your comments active just simply means, comment on your friends pictures, or people you are inspired by, or local people you follow that you might find has a real cool page. Commenting on other pictures will make them wonder who you are, or simply just think of you. Of course, you’ll want them to think of you to check out your page and maybe shoot you a follow or like.
4. Be unique!
Just be yourself. Too many people on Instagram are trying to be the next Jay Alvarrez, don’t get me wrong he seems like a cool guy… but why not just be yourself. Be the original *insert your name here*. Sure, find inspiration from others, but don’t copy their page with the same stuff because that won’t get you very far. Be personalable to you, pave your own unique creativity. People will find a lot more value in you if you’re original.
5. Add value
Don’t spam everyones feed with useless junk. If you want to send a picture of yourself, add something in the bio, or add value from your story. What I mean by adding value is simply just giving the people a reason to check back on you. Don’t fill captions with insecurities, fill your captions with positive vibes and happy words. When people message you asking you questions, maybe help answer them instead of ignoring them… They will be a much more loyal ‘fan’ and engage with you more.
Don’t take social media too serious. Don’t grow your page and fill it with insecurities and negative vibes. Instagram is supposed to be an uplifting community. Don’t spend all of your time trying to capture the perfect photo all the time, and spend time living in the present moment enjoying the moment itsself. Sure, photos are cool, and posting on IG is cool and as a 21 year old I love seeing people like and comment on my stuff… but theres so much more to life. So enjoy Instagram in doses, and while you try to better your IG, also try to better your “real world” life.
Peace & Love