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Smart Tactics for Getting More Followers over Instagram

Smart Tactics for Getting More Followers over Instagram

Brands are increasingly focusing on Instagram to connect with both their prospective and existing customers. With the high engagement rate of this social media platform, it is imperative for businesses to make gaining Instagram followers a priority.

You can get free followers from specialised providers, and here are also some ways to enhance your following.

1. Developing a clear-cut Instagram strategy

Do not waste your resources by aimlessly using any social network. Go for some research to find out what exactly your competitors are doing. This includes the type of content being posted, style of audience engagement and such other aspects.

After this analysis, you should decide upon the story you are going to narrate. Remember that a compelling narrative that arouses or satisfies curiosity will definitely attract more followers for Instagram.

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Also, make sure to set a goal. It can be anything from driving traffic towards your site to creating brand awareness or fuelling the goals of another promotional campaign.

2. Increasing account visibility

Although many established service providers offer free Instagram followers, it is also essential for you to do your part by making it more convenient for people to discover your account.

You can consider different ways to drive potential new followers to your Instagram account. You may announce the account to your Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest followers talking about a particular product, which will give your audience a solid reason to follow you over the platform.

Alternatively, you can paste a link to your Instagram account in your website or email signature or newsletters. Other methods include using hashtags, embedding Instagram photos within blog posts, and so on.

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3. Developing good content

You must have heard that in the online world “Content is King”, and the same applies to Instagram too. The more appealing your Instagram content, the more chances are there to increase the number of followers.

Do not post blurry or inconsistently branded photos, because that would not arouse any interest or drive people to follow you.

Apart from posting interesting content, you should also decide upon the most appropriate time for posting. For this you can evaluate the response that your photos are getting at different times in a single day, and manipulate the posting schedule accordingly.

Try to be consistent with the posting of content, although there’s no perfect frequency. Remember that the goal of posting is to make the content appear in your followers’ feed so that you get the opportunity to interact with them.

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Once the activity is visible, it gives you the chance to increase followers. If your photo captions include hashtags, people who are not following you till date can also see your posts while searching for related photos.

Ensure that your captions are interesting in order to increase engagement. Moreover, if you are going for Instagram videos, be as creative as possible.

4. Organizing contests and campaigns

Contests are a great way to grow your audience further, increase website traffic and generate sales in the long run. For entry to the contest, ask people to follow you and comment on or like your photos, as well as re-post photos or utilize a particular hashtag.

Through this process, your Instagram account will be promoted to people who are not following you currently, through any post created by a friend.

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Again, if you incorporate Instagram as part of a marketing campaign, it can also help you obtain more followers through linking the customer’s online and offline experience. The best way to do this is to conduct a teaser campaign dedicated particularly to Instagram and gradually announce a new service or product.

The best way to do this is to conduct a teaser campaign dedicated particularly to Instagram and gradually announce a new service or product.

5. Helping others in community building

True to any other social media network, Instagram relies a lot on the communities developed within. So, in order to gain new followers, be a follower first. Get involved with relevant content by commenting, liking and sharing.

There are a number of people who will definitely return your favor.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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