Reach your next 100 followers + avoid hashtag slip-ups
There’s a lot of responsibility with growing your social media following, because people expect you to be present and engaged, yet you only have a few seconds to connect with them. To hit your next milestone, you’ll need to get out of marketing-bot mode. It sure sounds simple, but I went on for months without double-checking the hashtags I used. Then I focused on my hashtags for a month + just this week reached my next 100 followers. (then I waited until I got an additional 15 before posting this – just so I wouldn’t jinx it!!)
It feels good to reach an Instagram milestone worth a pat on the back.
Attracting new followers to your Instagram account during holiday months can be a challenge. Before it got cold out, I was at my desk, sipping my ice coffee, rolling my eyes at all the hashtag junk out there in the world. Can’t a girl just let people know she has really creative + cute gift wrap ideas that will make people smile this holiday season?? YES. With the right hashtags, she can. My spirits were up when I found an intriguing French hashtag. The French make great wines, crepes, and now, hashtags? (jackpot)
Fortunately, I realized after a split second that I don’t actually know French. Even though this shiny new hashtag was surrounded by a sea of hashtag friends I use frequently in my WINE+PINE posts, I knew I had to figure out what it meant before I blindly associated it with SipBiteGo.
Further research exposed my favorite new hashtag as someone’s last name. What a close call. All the lights seemed green. Hundreds of posts under the hashtag. All different photography styles (as if they were by different people). Thankfully I was concerned enough to check it out again before posting. Long story short, I compiled a list of well-researched hashtags to sprinkle throughout December’s posts.
You can grow your Instagram presence and gain followers without bumps in the road. Personally, I practice keeping an updated list of hashtags that are relevant for the topics of my Instagram each month. Feel free to borrow the ones that work for you.
Where can I find you on Instagram?
Got hashtags you can’t live without? Have a tip to share? I’d love to hear from you. Join the discussion in the comments + let me know your Instagram account so we can connect.