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10 Simple Ways To Increase Your Influence On Instagram

10 Simple Ways To Increase Your Influence On Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular photo- and video-sharing social networks, with almost 300 million daily active users and 500 million monthly active users (as of the end of June 2016). Celebrities, athletes, business people, and normal people from all walks of life have taken to Instagram to share photos and videos with their fans and admirers.

A platform as big as Instagram provides opportunities just as big for marketing and promoting things. There are thousands of accounts on Instagram that are promoting and marketing something to huge numbers of followers. But, how do they manage to get thousands and millions of followers? Well, they understand a few simple things that need to be done on Instagram besides posting photos and videos.

If you want your account to get noticed by more people and get some of that big celeb-like fan follow, to grow your influence on Instagram, here are some tips to do just that.

1. Know your trade.

This is the first of all the rules in any kind of trade. It can’t be stressed enough: you’ve just got to know what it is that you actually intend to do. “Know your niche.” Know what your niche is on Instagram. Pick that topic and know your potential audiences who you want to influence and really stick to the topic, period. You won’t get anywhere on Instagram if you don’t know who you want to influence in the first place and how.

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Merely posting your selfies and your meals isn’t going to interest anyone out there unless you are a celebrity. So it is important that you understand what your selling point is on Instagram, hone in on it, and then set on to harness the power of Instagram.

2. Create content that is double-tap worthy.

This should be obvious, since it is what Instagram is all about: awesome photos and videos that people would like and likely share. That is how your influence starts to grow on Instagram — with share-worthy content.

Great photography is always appreciated on Instagram and other social media alike. Make use of Instagram’s filters and editing tools to the fullest. Researchers have found that filtered photos on Instagram are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on than unfiltered photos.

3. Share user-generated content.

One smart strategy that Instagram stars with marketing agendas are embracing is to share user-generated content. They are scouring the web for the best user content related to their niche and are featuring this content on their accounts.

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And that seems to be working well for them — after all, everybody likes to be in the spotlight. By giving people the spotlight, they are getting them excited about their brands. Really a win-win strategy.

4. Post consistently.

Social media influence isn’t built solely with a “good enough” account and posting high-quality photographs. It’s not enough if you want a large number of followers. It requires daily attention and interaction, and over time, your influence increases (if you put enough time and effort into building influence).

Brands that post regularly tend to have more successful accounts on Instagram. It is important that you give your followers something to notice you — your posts are what make you noteworthy on Instagram. So  post consistently (at least once a day) to let your followers know that you are someone worthy of their attention.

5. Get savvy with hashtags.

Hashtags on Instagram are your best bets to funnel viewers into your account. If you don’t know how they work, it’s time you started studying them because crafting the right hashtags could make a big difference to your account’s visibility on Instagram. Searching content of interest on Instagram by hashtags is similar to a keyword search for a blog post. Adding relevant hashtags to your photos lets your posts be visible to the users interested in your niche.

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A maximum of thirty hashtags are allowed per post on Instagram and many successful accounts max out this ability to lure viewers over to their accounts. Load up on good hashtags to target your audience.

6. Encourage followers to participate.

Social media is big in the first place because of people’s participation. They want to be involved. And it is to your benefit if you let them be involved. That grows your community.

Ask your audience for feedback. Host a photo contest and give out rewards. People follow your brand on social media to take advantage of whatever you have to offer them. Ask questions in your captions. Ask your followers to tag their friends and repost your photos. That helps you grow your network and influence.

7. Engage in conversations.

Engage in conversations with your followers to get to know them better and understand what type of content they are interested in. Comment on the posts of big influencers in your community and collaborate with them if you find the opportunity. Mention each other in posts like you would share links on blog posts.

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“To lead, you must first learn to follow.” That is true indeed. Follow back your followers and engage with them by taking the time to comment and reply to comments. This is a great way to be noticed within your community and boost your influence. There are shortcuts to growing Instagram influence like buying views, but to reap long-term rewards, you want to build step by step.

8. Use collaborative social media to cross promote.

Cross promotion is a great way to get some extra exposure. Instagram allows you to share your photos to other platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. It also lets you embed Instagram photos in your blog posts.

 9. Pay attention to trends.

In social media, where things keep evolving, trends come and go frequently. It is important you keep up with the trends to stay ahead. The hashtag is a trend that is still prevalent on Instagram. Sponsored posts are more likely to be noticed by a large number of Instagram users.

Keeping up with changes to the platform and new trends will definitely help you grow your presence on the social network.

10. Make use of Instagram analytics tools.

There are free tools available that help you measure your social network influence. Make use of these tools to keep track of your Instagram presence and understand where you need to improve.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

Why Typing Fast Matters?

Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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For Beginners

1. Speed Typing Online

    What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

    The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

    2. Typing Trainer

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      is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

      Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

      The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

      3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

        There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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        Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

        The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

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          If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

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            Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

            The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

            Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

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              Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

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              7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                8. Daily Quote Typing

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                  Bottom Line

                  At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                  By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

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