5 Tips to Make Your Instagram Account Stand Out!
You know what they say about first impressions, right? This is true in life AND online. It all starts with a profile that pops. Here are five tips to make your Instagram stand out!
Generate valuable content.
It comes down to more than just having good photos (although those completely help), your Instagram tells a story. Why should people want to follow you? What is the value you’re providing? Generate your content from the answers of those questions.
Go for quality.
Take amazing photos. That might sound easier said than done, but there are simple ways to improve your photography.
Fill your Instagram grid with quality images that people want to see — which might not always be what you’d prefer to share. A thoughtful selection leads to a consistent aesthetic, which will help in attracting a core follower base
Use hashtags wisely.
Instagram will let you add up to thirty hashtags in one post, but it’s better to select the top 12 or so that are extremely relevant to your image. Hashtagging the type of photo, the device you used, where it was taken, and the app you edited with are good places to start. There’s also a third-party app, called Focalmark, that can offer hashtag suggestions you can copy and paste. (If you want the attention of us here at T+L, add #TLpicks.)
Build on engagement.
Engagement is allowing your follower base to come to know you (or at least a version of you). Consider telling a story or anecdote in the Instagram caption. You can also be witty — whatever your narrative calls for the caption is best area to express that outside of images. When you’re commenting on another account’s post that you love, share your thoughts and try to personalize it so it doesn’t come across as spam.
And remember what NOT to do.
Don’t buy followers, don’t act like a spammer, don’t regram other people’s posts. And don’t lose your own sense of style and personality on your Instagram. It’s an app to sharing your life, not to stand in for it.