Instagram is one of the top social media apps in the market. With over 800 million active users and over 95 million photos and videos uploaded on Instagram every single day, it’s a tough gig trying to stand out of the crowd. Have no fear, we’ve got some quick and simple tips to help pimp up your brand’s Instagram feed.

 

Instagram Tip #1: Understand the Algorithm

Unfortunately, Instagram tends to keep the details about its algorithm pretty close to its chest, making it that much tougher to figure out exactly how you can maximise your reach and engagement. However one thing we all know for sure is that chronological ordering is out and Instagram users can no longer see posts in their feed based on date.

The following elements can help boost your post visibility on Instagram;

  • Time of Post
  • Engagement
  • Profile Searches
  • Relationships
  • Relevancy
  • Hashtags

Instagram Marketing Tip #2: Create Your Posts on Desktop

We all know that back in 2010, Instagram was built for mobile phones. While this is how users engage with Instagram, creating images and editing photos on your computer is much faster and of higher quality. An example of this is our client, RIDDIK whose Instagram feed consists of bright high-res imagery incorporating the colours of its logo – all thanks to our super talented design team (Our Creative Director will love this mention!).

 

Instagram Marketing Tip #3: Schedule Your Content

In agency land, one thing we thing we love for sure is time-efficiency! By using a scheduling tool for your Instagram account, you can create content months in advance with the ability to preview your Instagram feed before it goes live. Plus, we love that it automatically publishes its content at an exact time, with the perfect caption and image. Not to mention, you also get plenty of reporting functions allowing you to track your reach, engagement and impressions.

 

Instagram Marketing Tip #4: Take Advantage of User-Generated Content

Sharing content that your fans are posting on social media is an effective method to repurpose existing content on the platform, as well as engage your audience. Don’t forget to give them credit or at least a shout-out for using their image.

Instagram Marketing Tip #5: Add Locations to Your Posts

Don’t forget to add the geotag or location to your posts!  By doing so, it can improve your search optimisation and geo-targeting. Users who are looking at posts from that specific area will see your post pop-up.

 

Instagram Tip #6: Think about your Instagram Captions

Instagram is predominantly a visual platform, however captions are a key way for users to find out more information about the company and engage with your page. It’s important to keep the caption short, clever and relatable. Most importantly ensure the language fits with the overall tone of the brand.

Instagram Tip #7: Ensure Your Hashtags are relatable to the Brand

Hashtags are a great way to connect with a range of users from different audiences to engage with your account. However, seeing the hashtags in the caption can be distracting for viewers, so make sure you keep it between 5-10 hashtags per post. 

 

Instagram Tip #8: Create content pillars

Before creating an Instagram account, it’s important to establish what you want to achieve from the account. A content strategy plan should include objectives, the desired look and feel of the brand, tone of voice, key content pillars and messaging. Applying content themes that tie into your social media objectives, allows you to engage with different sections of your audience who may have different interests, without alienating anyone.

Instagram Tip #9: Make your feed look the part

Be sure that your account is visually pleasing. Cohesive themes, colours and filter choices are important to ensure the overall content theme flows and the social feeds are recognisable from platform to platform. 

By following these few tips, you are sure to stick out from the crowd and increase the engagement rate on your page. Or alternatively, you can speak to us and we will do it for you ;).

This blog was inspired by an article by Clare Acheson