Using a combination of automation and a hashtag search, you can easily get 200+ people to follow your Instagram account.
Here’s the catch: you’d have to do this Every. Single. Day.
Now. What I typically do is just keep things automated using my Sendible account that auto likes and auto follows/unfollows accounts based on pre-defined settings (hashtags, content, etc.). But if you want an extra boost to get things moving, here’s what you need to do. It’s perfect for boring days when you have nothing else better to do or are putzing around Instagram.
- Set up your Sendible account (PS – you get a free month trial and 10% off your first month when you use my discount code). After hooking up your Instagram account in services, add the service “Instagram Automation” under the yellow Apps menu. Then follow the form instructions (super easy) and choose a hashtag your account is most affiliated with and click save. Under their trial, you can have up to 5 Instagram automation settings (unless they’ve changed things without notifying me – gasp!). You’ll see grow within 24-48 hours. Be sure to select the unfollow option so you don’t mess up your Instagram account.
- Do a search for hashtags your account is most affiliated with. Find 50-70 pictures that are deserving of praise and commenting and write some genuine comments on them. You’ll find gratitude from the account owner on most occasions with a follow. Don’t just leave emoji comments or “Cool”. Genuine comments that actually help them are more than 7 words long. They’ll appreciate it. This will take you about 2 hours of time.
I recommend step 2 ONLY if you have the time to do it and are really doing a push of a product or signup. If you’re like me, a super busy person who needs 8 arms and hands just to make coffee in the morning and are surrounded by loud little people (children), then step 1 is definitely more of a long-term solution for you. But popping onto Instagram 1-2 times a month to give shout-outs is definitely recommended, and something I do when I have genuine time to do it.
Happy growing, my friends!