How do you manage your Instagram Followers?

Instagram Followers

You have decided to use Instagram to grow your business, you have created your account, now what?

You need to build your Instagram Followers and then manage them.

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There is an answer to help you grow your Instagram Followers.

There is an app call Crowdfire that allows you to grow your followers and manage them once you have them.

After all you don’t want a bunch of followers who don’t take any actions, never like or comment on your photos.

What can you do with Crowdfire?

You can use Crowdfire to help you manage your Instagram account to do the following:

  • Build your following by finding relevant users to follow using the “Copy Followers” feature.  This feature, is worth it in it’s own right.  If I can find people interested in the niche I want to market too then I have a much greater chance of success.
  • Manage your account by finding inactive users and your unfollowers.
  • Manage and monitor your recent followers and unfollowers.
  • Understand your relationship to another Instagram account using FriendCheck allows you to easily check your connection to any other Instagram user.

In this example I check my relationship with a good friend of mine Nicole Hanchi, not surprising we follow each other.

 

 

Instagram Followers

 

To learn more watch the video about Crowdfire

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Now Crowdfire is Free and works with Twitter and Instagram.  You can upgrade to get more features through the paid for service.

Over to You

I hope you found this useful and can use the tool to grow your Instagram Followers.  By growing your following in the right way will allow you to grow engagement and hence your business.

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To your success

 

5 Big Mistakes on Instagram

This5 Big Mistakes on Instagram

This article gives you 5 Big Mistakes on Instagram that are often made.

Instagram achieves one of the highest engagements rates of all the social media channels but these are some of the things you really shouldn’t do.

Of course this assumes you want to market on Instagram and are not just using to post photo’s of the dog.

Mistakes on Instagram

This list of Mistakes on Instagram is not exhaustive but I do consider them to be the BIG ones.  So read on.

Lets start at the beginning.

Use a Meaningful Username

If you are serious about marketing using Instagram you need a username that is meaning full like your name or your business name if you can get it.  You want it to be easy to find.  Always a good suggestion is to use your Twitter username.  Mine is slightly different as I could get the same username.

My twitter handle is @andrewrlockhart

and my Instagram username is @andyrlockhart

Don’t Set your account to private

On Instagram you can set your account to be private.  If you are going to market on Instagram your account must be public or else nobody is going to see your stuff!

Post Photos One After AnotherThis5 Big Mistakes on Instagram

I have heard one school of thought that says you shouldn’t post more than once a day.  That is simply not true.

When you post you need to leave time for your photo or video to be seen and interacted with.  If you want more engagement you need to leave at least an hour or so between posts.

Ignoring Your Followers Comments

You ignore your followers comments at your peril.

You ignore the comments you are ignoring your business.

As people comment on your posts you need to respond and grow the dialogue.  This is all about building the know like and trust factor.

When you do respond make sure you use @theirusername in the comment so they see you have responded in their notifications.

This will definitely help grow your engagement.

Buying Followers

Just like any social media channel, buying followers is a disaster.  You will get comments on your photo’s of people offering you followers for a price.  Don’t go there!

Spend your time building a following of people who will be interested in what you have to say.  Then you will get people who will Like and Comment on your photos.

Which leads to building that all important relationship.

Over to you

I hope you found this article on 5 Big Mistakes on Instagram useful and make sure you don’t ignore them.

Please don’t buy followers!

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Please leave a comment below and share on social media so other can benefit.

Review of the Instagram Layout App

Instagram Layout App

I started using the Instagram Layout App recently and thought it was a great simple to use App.  It is great to build those collage style photos and allows you to do it in seconds.

Instagram Layout App

Below is how the App looks on your phone, well on an iPhone anyway.  I used my kids trip to the beach yesterday as the example for this post.

Instagram Layout App

To use the Instagram Layout App you simply select the photos you want to use or take new ones as the App has access to the camera as well.  You can put your collage together in seconds.

Instagram Layout App

 

I picked 4 from the trip to the beach.  Watch the video below you can see how easy it is to pick different formats and drag the pictures around.  Once you have the collage the way you want it to look you can still play around with the mirror and flipping functions that layout provides.

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Over To you – What do you think of the Instagram Layout App

I short post but I hope you found value in it.

Let me know what you think?

Have you used the Instagram Layout App?  Or do you prefer one of the many other Apps out there?

Leave a comment and let me know.

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Instagram Tips – Create a Call for Action

Instagram tips

This is going to be the first in a series of Articles giving you Instagram Tips.

As you know with Instagram people look at the pictures and scroll through them quickly.

What does this mean?

With the 5 second attention span all that good work in writing the copy on your post could be lost.

Instagram Tips – Create a Call for Action

Did you know you can use the location field within Instagram to place a call for Action?

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How to Create a Call for Action

The beauty of using the location field in the Instagram App is it sits above your photo so as people scroll through their Instagram feed they will see you call for action.

In this short video I show you how to use the Location field in Instagram for a Call for Action.

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Over to You

DInstagram Tips - Call For ACtiono you use Instagram for your business?

If you do what techniques are you using?

How are they working?

Do you have any great comments.

Leave me a comment and let me know.

I hope you found this Tip useful and if you did please share on your social media channels.

 

PS Apologies for the barking Dog on the video, he was being a bit of a manic this morning

 

There is NO Plan B

There is No Plan B

I was recently talking to a friend about people having a Plan B.  You are always hearing about having your Plan B.  In fact I think every Network Marketing company talks about having a Plan B.

He pointed out something to me

There is NO Plan B

There is no Plan B if you expect to reach your potential and become an elite player, living an extraordinary life. Plan B is a Backup Plan putting you in perpetual Backup Mode.
You won’t push through the obstacles and challenges when you know you have a Backup Plan. You will never be “All In”, fully committed to The Plan. To fly at your potential altitude, you must scrap all references to Plan B.
Jim Gardner

This really bought something home to me, if you truly want to succeed you need to have your goal in mind and go for it.

Now your goal doesn’t have to be restricted to just one thing.  Your goals and hence your Plan is a mixture of personal and professional goals.

If you have a Plan B or what you are calling a Plan B, see how you can weave that Plan B into your Plan A and create your Master Plan.

Malcolm Gladwell said you need to spend 10,000 hours studying your trade to become an expert,  regardless of your chosen profession.  In his book he gives plenty of examples.  The point being if you are working on something as a “Plan B” and are focusing very little energy on it you will never become an expert.

Work from home opportunities are always sold as “Plan B” when really they are just another part of your Master Plan.  You can learn new skills, earn while you learn and as you become successful you can adapt your Master Plan and maybe your Work from Home Opportunity becomes your primary income.

The reason it is a Plan B is it is another source of income, ideally you don’t want to be dependent on one source of income, if that goes away you have a problem.  Having multiple sources of income is always a good idea, just like when you invest your money you spread it across different investments to reduce the risk of a problem if one investment goes bad.

If you are looking for a way to achieve Multiple Streams of Income as part of your Master Plan you should check out Networking Superstars.

How ever your Master Plan unfolds remember to make sure it is balanced between your work and personal life.  Make sure you spend enough time with the others who are important in your life, your spouse, the kids, the extended family or the dog as examples.

I hope you have enjoyed this article, what are your thoughts on a Plan A v Plan B, leave me a comment.  If you enjoyed the article please share it on your Social Media channels.