Good news, the loop giveaway ended on June 29th, and I have the results along with some Instagram tips to help you grow your following.
Instagram Tips To Help You Grow Your Following + My First Loop Giveaway Results
1. Use relevant and popular hashtags
You either like hashtag, or you don’t. I personally love using hashtags. When I don’t use hashtags, I can get maybe 20-30 likes on a photo. When I use hashtags, I can get 50 to 100 likes (sometimes more). If you want more likes (view on your photos), then I suggest hashtags.
My photos are either my family, Scentsy related, food or something I’m reviewing. My favorite hashtags are:
#instabest #instagood #documentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #canadianblogger #mommyblogger #cutestuff #canada #livethelittlethings #blogger #vscocam #family #foodie #waxmama #review
Fun facts: Did you know there is a 30 hashtag limit on Instagram?
2. Take Pretty Pictures
You don’t need to be an expert to take nice pictures. You can start by avoiding blurry and dark photos. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve taken dark photos before (usually of my kids lol). The key is to avoid doing it all the time. Unless of course, dark and blurry is part of your “brand.” I’m currently taking an online course to help me take better photos. Will be sure to let you guys know all about it when I’m done.
Update: Now that Instagram has stories, why not get some tips on how to create eye-catching stories for your readers? Check out this useful guide HERE.
3. Engage with others (like and comment)
One of the sure ways to get followers is by liking and commenting on other pictures. You can post till you are blue in the face, but if you are not interacting with others, Instagram becomes tedious.
4. Host A Loop Giveaway
Loop giveaways are an excellent way to grow your following on Instagram.
What’s A Loop Giveaway?
From what I understand, a loop giveaway is when a few IG accounts get together (5-30), offer a prize in exchange of like and follows. My first loop giveaway cost me 10$, and the giveaway winner gets either a 100$ Amazon gift card or Paypal Cash. To win, they have to follow everyone that’s in “loop.” Simple enough, right? Last month I joined my very first Instagram loop giveaway. I wanted to share the results with you guys and at the same time give you all some Instagram tips!
As you can see from the picture below, I started the loop giveaway with 6079 and ended with 6306. That’s about 227 new followers (give or take).
How would I describe my first loop giveaway in one word? Pleasant. I believe our hostess being on top of things made it so. I ended up joining with a group of lovely ladies. I will link their Instagram for you to check them out.
@joannegreco777 Our lovely hostess.
Bonus: Join the Bodacious Bloggers Facebook group to join future Loop Giveaways!
Instagram is one of my favorite social media channels. If you guys remember, I made some blogging goals back in January. One of the goals that I made was to get 6000 followers on my Instagram account. Just a few days before my loop giveaway, I was able to reach that goal. I’m so happy about that. My next goal is 10,000. I think by implementing my tips, I will be able to achieve that goal.
A Few things to keep in mind;
- Instagram and social media channels are supposed to be fun. When it’s no longer fun, it’s ok to step away.
- You don’t need a million followers and likes. I’ve seen people with thousands of followers and little to no engagement at all. I’d rather slowly build my following with people that want to see what I post.
- Have fun!!
Hope these tips will help you grow your Instagram following. Do you have some other Instagram tips you can share with us?
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Taking pretty pictures is a must. I’ve noticed that the accounts with the loveliest photos have the most followers. People love appealing images.
Marielle Altenor says
Tes so true! Taking pretty pictures is a must! I did notice that!
How do I find loop giveaways? And how do I participate in one? I have no clue on where to start in order to participate in one. Thanks for sharing these were some awesome tips.
Marielle Altenor says
Hello, Janelle, I updated the post with the link to another Loop giveaway. Or just go here: http://lifewithjoanne.com/blogger-signup-instagram-loop/
Liz Mays says
I’ve done the giveaways on there before, but for Instagram, that’s not really the kind of follower I want so I stopped doing them. I guess it’s just a personal preference, but I agree with your overall philosophy!
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Marielle Altenor says
That’s also true. All the other tips would be great though to grow your following. Loop giveaways isn’t for everyone!
I made an Instagram account but never did anything with it. These tips should help me get going.
These are great tips, I will have to use some of them as I work to build up my Instagram following!
William Sweeney says
These are great tips for growing Instagram! I have to admit that is one of my favorite social medias to use, I love sharing photos!
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Neely Moldovan says
I agree about it being fun. The days I don’t feel its fun I need to step back.
Tammilee Tips says
I love sharing our travels on Instagram!! These are great tips, hashtags are some of my favorite ways to find new people to follow!
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These are awesome yips. Taking quality photos is very important.
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valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
I always use hashtags on Insta and am pleased with how it works for me. Regarding pictures, I agree dark and blurry isn’t generally the best, But, I don’t think every picture has to be pretty. Pretty is nice but respectfully I prefer real over pretty every time.
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Tiffany VanSickle says
I’ve been trying to be more intentional about my posts. I also did a loop giveaway and got over 500 new followers! Great tips!
Such great tips! Engagement and loop giveaways – my favs! I’m participating in my first loop giveaway this weekend! I try and engage with new followers as much as possible too!
maggie branch says
I definitely agree that using relevant hashtags is so important. It is easy to hashtag everything, but only good hashtags really grab attention of viewers.
I’ve been trying to grow my numbers for Instagram and it hasn’t been easy. I think having one of those giveaways is a good idea. I’ve been thinking of doing that too. I think I’m going to give it a try.
jeanna dorcelin says
Love these tips! I need to like and interact more. Thanks for the information!
Up Run For Life says
I need to grow my numbers. I started adding quotes and motivational stuff to my IG feed and that helped a ton.
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Pretty pics are a must! I changed my whole IG strategy, pretty pics being the number one thing, a few months ago and it really worked.
I love Instagram, but I don’t use it much as I should. I plan on working on this within the next upcoming months since I’d love to extend my following. 🙂
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Shaney Vijendranath (youbabyandi) says
Thank you for the awesome tips. I’ve been working on growing my instagram and twitter account. It’s much harder than I thought it would be.
Elizabeth O says
Instagram is all about photography so why upload crappy photos? I agree with you that the pictures must offer more than blur. Other Social Media sites might tolerate bad photos but they don’t thrive on Instagram. I’m with Liz on the loop giveaways. 🙂
Ashleigh Walls says
Valuable pictures and captions that give your followers a reason to comment with more than an emoji are important.I’m not one to recommend loop giveaways because it hurts your engagement rate. Making sure your engagement rate (likes/comments vs. how many followers you have) is important and something brands are paying more attention to.
Amber Killmon says
This is super helpful. I will be using these tips ASAP since I struggle to grow Instagram more than any other platform.
I agree with you! I think its very important to showcase pretty pictures. I am still growing my followers on instagram
tara Pittman says
I need to start using more hastags. I also need to do a giveaway
Michelle Gwynn Jones says
I really need to look into Instagram. I realize a lot of people use it, but I just can’t seem to find the time.
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Elizabeth O. says
Although twitter popularized the hashtags, instagram taught us all how to use it to our advantage and it pays off when you use the right ones too. I like these tips, they are tried and tested! It’s awesome to be able to host a giveaway as well.
Amy Jones says
This seems so useful! Thanks for the great instagram tips 🙂
Melanie Smith says
Really great tips! I was looking fr a post like this one, thank you! It is really helpful.
tp keane says
Because instagram is only for mobile devices, I’ve never really gotten into it. Looks fantastic though and well done on gaining so many followers.
Robin Rue says
Thanks for sharing your results from the first loop giveaway you did. I have been wondering if this would be good for me or not, but apparently it is!
Krystle Cook says
Thanks so much for sharing your favorite hashtags. I have a hard time with this.
Jay Simms says
Pretty and eye catching pictures are definitely a must. I have been working harder on my photography to be able to say that I have it down!
[email protected] says
Hosting a giveaway is a surefire way to grow your subscribers and followers. Love all the tips you posted in here.
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lauren happel says
Thanks for sharing these tips! I have to work on my instagram and these will really help
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Kathy Kenny Ngo says
I am working out on how to have more followers on instagram and I saw this. Maybe I should try your tips. Thanks for the advice!
Azlin Bloor says
A very interesting post full of good tips. I’ve never heard of Loop Giveaways, will have to look into it!
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These are good tips. I might like to try a Loop Giveaway some time. I don’t enter them so I’ve been hesitate to join one, but maybe now I will.
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Enricoh Alfonzo says
awesome. i’ve done all of this except the loop giveaway i would love to do one of those. coming soon lol
Instagram is one of my faves. 🙂 I am happy to read your tips. I’d like to maybe get involved in a loop giveaway one day. We’ll see… 🙂
Karlyn Cruz says
I like these tips! I will share this with my friends so our IG followers will grow in numbers.
Anna nuttall says
I never heard of IG loop giveaway before, I might look into that. xx
Nicole Escat says
I use Instagram for my business. This article is very informative and very helpful!
Lisa Rios says
I have started using Instagram aggressively only in the past few weeks & it is such a wonderful social media platform to interact with friends & family members. These are some great tips that will be so much helpful for me to get more followers & make the best use of it.
Shannon Peterson says
I’m so glad the loop giveaway works well for you! Hashtags and well lit pictures are a great strategy!
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