5 Strategies to Get More Instagram Followers
Whatever your goals are for Instagram, whether lofty (Drive web traffic! Get to 1 million in engagement by EOY!) or rudimentary (Start a brand account and post at least weekly! Start an influencer program!), you benefit from increasing your follower count.
Increasing your follower count leads to big downstream impact, like increased audience engagement, awareness, and web conversions. Here are five tried-and-true strategies you can use to get more Instagram followers.
1. Use Instagram Stories
Publishing Instagram Stories content regularly keeps your brand top-of-feed for users who already follow you.
But it also increases the likelihood that you’ll be discovered by soon-to-be-followers in Instagram’s Discover feature, and that your content will be recommended to friends of users who already follow you.
For more tips on how to put together Instagram Stories content that attracts and retains an audience, check out this blog post.
2. Highlight Events + Partnerships
On Instagram, the more people you connect to, mention, and are mentioned by, the wider your net of awareness (ahem, followers) becomes. Is your brand active in any events and/or partnerships? Do you have customers who would highlight you (or would like to be highlighted by you) if you supplied the content?
Use Instagram to show the personality and authenticity behind your brand, events, and partnerships. Instagram is all heart and personal connection, so don’t just promote your event and/or partnership in a straightforward manner, i.e., “Come to our X event at X time because X will be speaking!”
Instead, tell a story that will spark interest, and ask your partners and event co-hosts to spotlight/mention your brand in the same vein whenever possible.
This is an effective way to increase brand awareness and followers in an audience with a likely interest overlap.
3. Tag Away
The more people and brands you tag in posts, the more likely they are to follow you back, and the more likely it is that your content will be featured in the Discover tab for people who follow those brands.
We’re not promoting spam tactics—don’t tag a brand or user simply to get their attention when the content is irrelevant—but if you have an opportunity to tag users, use it.
4. Use the Right Hashtags
Expand your Instagram follower base by using the right hashtags to attract the right people. You can do this by:
- Learning which topics and hashtags are trending with your target audience. Do this both on Instagram and across other social networks and forums. This is where a listening solution comes in.
For more guidance on building out a robust Instagram hashtag strategy, check out this Social Media Today blog post we contributed.
5. Build an Influencer Program
Who are the influencers within Instagram’s niche communities? How can you identify influencers with audiences that would be interested in your brand and content, and want to follow you?
You don’t have to spend endless hours scouring Instagram and clicking through on hashtags to find out. Instead, you can use tools like Simply Measured Listening to track social media conversations and find the influencers who are already talking about your brand and/or relevant hashtags across multiple platforms.
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I’m the Head of Marketing Communications here at Simply Measured, where I'm responsible for our content program, social media marketing, PR, and comarketing ventures. I love yoga, The X-Files, peaty scotch, hiking, and poetry. If I were a social media channel, I’d want to be Instagram, but I think I’m Twitter.