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5 Ways to Get More Instagram Followers
Instagram is the same way. On Instagram, images look beautiful, can build your brand and create relationships but there needs to be an audience there to see your images
Start following people. Follow the brands and people you love. Try to target brands and people that produce content that excites you and attracts your ideal target market. Instagram has started suggesting users and brands based on people you follow and the things you like. Give the suggested users a shot.
The best way to get followers is to engage with your people. Liking pictures and commenting on posts is the number one way to create relationships with your future fans. Ask about where the photo was taken or for more information – people want to talk about their pics so it is an easy way to start a conversation.
Using hashtags is the best way to get focused search results leading directly to your posts. Hashtags categorize posts around that topic. Popular hashtags like #love, #smile #food and #amazing get used a lot but I recommend using hashtags that are very targeted toward your brand and what you do because you want to use hashtags that won’t get buried under new posts in an hour. You can also create your own hashtag! Encourage your fans to use your special hashtag whenever they’re using your product or in your store or your restaurant taking pictures. A great hashtag can be an inexpensive and brilliant trick for branding and gaining followers.
Keep the conversation going. When someone comments on your picture… RESPOND. Thank them. Start a conversation. Get the ball rolling. Other people will join in and before you know it, you’re having a party with your fans! People remember good conversations and you’re in charge of keeping the talk moving.
5. TAKE GOOD PICTURES
This seems like a no-brainer, but I’m sure you have seen poor photos in your Instagram feed! Take a look at the pictures that you like that elicit a genuine reaction and follow their lead. People tend to respond well to the usual suspects: beautifully plated food, nicely designed spaces, puppies, kittens and smiling babies but not every post can have those things, so try to focus on compelling content that will make someone stop mid-scroll and like your photo. Pay attention to lighting and don’t be afraid to have fun. Instagram also has a suite of filters that can make any picture look professionally. If you’re not sure which filter to use, you can always live a little and go without one!
Did you know that you can connect your Instagram account with your Facebook account so that every time you post on Instagram it will post on Facebook as well? This way, you’re getting an extra set of eyes on your Instagram page and connecting fans that may have missed your post!
Give some or all of these tips a try and tell us what you think on Facebook and follow us on Instagram! (we follow back)
Contributed by our Team Member, Katrina
In the U.S., April 15th is a date known by most and dreaded by many. If you are like a lot of business owners and entrepreneurs filing taxes can certainly be anxiety-producing. This is why organization and record-keeping is so important for a successful filing session. Whether you’re doing your taxes yourself or getting assistance from a professional, an invoicing system is key. Fortunately, there are many different applications and programs that can help prevent you from going through a stressful filing – even some that are free!
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A Perfect Stock Photo Solution
Over time, I have bookmarked many different stock photo websites- some free, some paid. More often than not, the selection for free images... well, stinks. And by the time I realize my hopes of a
Evernote’s Scannable app moves paper forward. Scan contracts, receipts, business cards, and any paper that comes your way. Scannable allows users to automatically capture high-quality scans anywhere – scan fast and save time, then share or save instantly. Scannable is free to download and use. For more info, visit https://evernote.com/products/scannable/
Do you briefly review your email often and try to mentally take note of information that you need to calendar or want to follow? Do events pass that you wanted to remember, but forgot to write down? Do you send emails but forget to watch for a timely response?
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The Virtual Watercooler – Connecting in a Virtual Office Space
Technology has made it very easy for us to work globally, which has a great number of advantages but sometimes we’re left feeling disconnected. Workers in the Virtual Workspace sometimes miss the connections that come with working in an office where there are co-workers in the office next door or several cubicles of co-workers.