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5 Instagram Tips to Increase Followers

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We’re going to talk about 5 tips to increase your reach on Instagram.

But before I get started, I would like to give you a little bit of perspective on 6 of the top social media channels/apps:

social media statistics

Instagram is growing by leaps and bounds. And if you’re not jumping on board, you are missing a BIG piece of the social media pie!

Instagram has over 600 million active users. The population of the United States is HALF that number! YOU, as a business owner, have to play where your customers play!

Whether you like it or not, Instagram is quickly becoming a powerhouse that is here to stay. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, and has been integrating new features ever since. Just in the last few months, they’ve released new features almost weekly. And here’s a tip, by the way: make sure you’re updating apps in your app settings. Because you won’t see those new features unless you are constantly “updating” apps in your settings.

My own personal Instagram stats:

So I became obsessed with Instagram towards the end of 2016. It’s an easy platform to use and I had gotten a few really good business leads, so I wanted to dive into the potentials I was seeing. I challenged myself on February 15th to get 1,000 new followers in one month. And I did. So I wanted to see if I could do that 3 months in a row. And I did. I went from 4,000 followers in February, to over 7,000 today; 2 and a half months later.

So how did I do it? A lot of hard work! I refuse to conform and get spam followers. I want actual, live people. And not just people, but people relevant to my content marketing plans. So I WORK HARD at it. Plain and simple. I have many strategies I’ve used to grow my Instagram following, but I’m going to share 5 simple ones with you today.

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melissafietsam

#1: Check in

When you go to a store or restaurant, check in to your location. Snap a fun picture and tag the location/business. Locations can be parks, amusement parks, restaurants, museums, trails, stores, shopping centers, states, airports, literally anywhere.

When you get home, or the next day even, use the search bar for the location you tagged. Search under hashtags and “check ins”. Follow all the people who checked in at the same place. They will see your picture, and follow you back; theoretically speaking. You’ll gain new followers. REAL PEOPLE with similar interests.

TIP: Now I only follow women, moms, people who relate to my business. 

#2: Ask your customers to follow you:

I went to my customer group and asked everyone to follow me so I could follow them back. Give them the exact link to your Instagram account.

Now…go follow all of their friends who look like they would be your target market. Again, real people that you have someone in common with. RIght? So again, a portion of them will follow you back and you’ll gain new followers.

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melissafietsam

See how I did that…sneaky, hunh?

TIP: Only follow 20-30 people at a time. Instagram will block you for following too many people at once. When I first started, I got blocked for like 24 hours for following too many at once! I never got blocked after that, sticking to 20-30 people at a time.

#3: Use Cleaner for Instagram:

Here’s what it looks like:

cleaner app for Instagram

So you’re following all these new people, but some aren’t going to follow you back. And the goal is to gain more followers. So every few days, you open this app, select “non-followers”. It scans your Instagram for anyone who is not following you back. Then you select “delete non-followers” and it deletes them 200 at a time FOR YOU! Like BAM! KACHOW! See ya later alligator!

TIP: you want to keep your FOLLOWS (who you are following) significantly lower than the number of people that are following YOU. Unlike Twitter, where it’s a “follow for follow” platform, Instagram doesn’t like you to be following more people than who you’re being followed BY. For example: I have over 7,000 following me, I’m only following 3,000 of those people myself.

#4: Engage with your audience:

You can’t just do all this work and not engage and build relationships. So make it a point to sit down once a day and scroll through your Instagram feed and ENGAGE.

Someone posts a picture of dinner they made, comment, then maybe even send them a personal message about the recipe. Someone posts a picture of a park, ask them “where was that, it looks awesome!”. Someone posts a picture of their boys, I would say, “oh my goodness. I have 4 boys, I can totally relate. May the force be with you. LOL!”.

Get it? It’s called C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N. One day you’ll probably read about it in a museum, but for now…you must practice it. LOL!

#5: Use Hashtags:

On Instagram, hashtags is the name of the game! Hashtags connect two people with similar interests. So, I hashtag #coffee and someone else hashtags #coffee…we can find each other! And live happily ever after swimming in rivers of mocha and lattes! But seriously…HASHTAG.

I use this really cool app for every single picture. You type in a word and it generates 30 hashtags to go with it! So I type in coffee and it pulls up #coffeetime, #morning, and so forth. I select the ones I want, hit COPY, and paste them into a comment on my photo on Instagram. BOOM! Like 2 seconds flat. Here’s what the app looks like:

hashtag generator app

So there you go! That’s just a few simple ways I’ve grown my Instagram following by 3,000 in just a few short months! So if I get 1,000 new followers a month…I’ll take it! Because Instagram is on the fast track to become a social media force to be reckoned with. And I want me and my business to be a part of it! How about you?

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!! https://www.instagram.com/melissafietsam

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Have an Instagood Day!

Melissa Fietsam

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What’s this LinkTree for Instagram all About?

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So there’s a cool new website that allows you to make a “link tree” for your instagram account! It’s actually called Linktree.

My friend Te’Amo Blakely just casually mentioned it last night and I was like HOLY COW! This is awesome!

What is Linktree?

It’s a website that provides you with a unique URL to list in your Instagram profile. When they click on it, they will be led to your linktree site with multiple links available for them to click on! How wicked cool is THAT?!

Want to check out my Linktree?

If you would like to check out my Linktree to see what you can do with yours, click here to follow me: FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM

And simply click the link in my profile to check it out!

How much does it cost?

That’s the best part! It’s FREE! WHOOP WHOOP!

How do you set up Linktree?

1. Go to LINKTREE

2. When you link your Instagram account, you’ll be led to a page like this to “add buttons” and links.

3. Then click on the SETTINGS button and you can choose your color scheme.

It was the easiest thing to do! There’s no tricks or crazy hoops to jump through.

You can even pick the colors for your page:

Way to go Linktree! You know we love to customize everything! And it looks like you’ll be able to personalize that even more soon!

So what links/buttons should you create?

  1. Your facebook business page
  2. Your closed customer group
  3. Your shopping site
  4. Pinterest account
  5. Twitter account
  6. I linked one to a Google Survey
  7. I linked one to a NOTE on my Facebook business page
  8. You could have one link to customer specials each month
  9. Link to your blog
  10. Link to your opportunity event
  11. A specific YouTube video

The possibilities are quite endless! So what do YOU think you could link to? Who’s ready to check out this new tool called Linktree?

I will say that I’m going to continue to watch this. I have been using a Google Survey as my link with lots of information loaded on it, and I really like it. I haven’t decided which one I will stick with.

Melissa Fietsam @directlysocial

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Instagram and Facebook are Amazing Together!

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I love all the new integrations happening on Instagram and Facebook!

And one thing that is AMAZING, and everyone needs to know about it, is that you can reply to a comment, post a comment, or trash a comment on your Instagram account, right from your Facebook BUSINESS PAGE!

Check this out!

  1. Click on your INBOX on your Facebook Business Page
  2. Then Click on the Instagram icon
  3. Now you can reply, comment, or trash comments all from your Facebook “back office”.

This is kind of amazing on so many levels. If you’re not utilizing your inbox for your Facebook business page, I’m going to guess you’re missing notifications!

Let me show you WHY I love using the inbox tab on my Business Facebook Page!

Answering people on posts!

For instance, I’m running 6 Facebook parties right now. Instead of clicking on every single party and checking every single post, I go to my inbox and I can see EVERY post and EVERY comment. But the cool thing, I can ANSWER them all right from my inbox. So I’m not chasing posts and scrolling and trying to go through a million pages.

This helps me:

  1. Save time
  2. Not MISS notifications
  3. Work my business like a #GirlBoss

WOOHOO!

Check it out and work your business SMARTER not HARDER!

This is just one more reason you should be hosting your Facebook parties on your Facebook business page. I firmly believe this is where they need to be in order to run your business efficiently.

  1. You can check all party posts and comments in one place
  2. Your events are public, so your hostess AND guests can share the posts
  3. YOU can share the posts via Twitter
  4. It is ALL searchable content on the web, which gives you more exposure for your business and brand
  5. You can easily find all your past events and post in them occasionally

I challenge you today to RETHINK how you’re hosting your Facebook parties!

Melissa Fietsam

3 Mistakes You Should Never Make on Social Media

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Sharing responsibly on social media is not an option, it’s a MUST. And unless you want someone to eventually take legal action against you, you better know the rules!

You are setting an example for your team, your friends, and everyone around you.

So what are the 3 biggest mistakes people are making on Social Media?

Pinterest:

You cannot take someone else’s graphic and change the link to direct people to YOUR website instead of THEIRS. If someone took the time out of their day (and the money out of their pocket) to create a graphic of their product, YOU have no right to that picture.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to take that really awesome graphic and change the link. Let me repeat that…YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE LINK on someone else’s graphic!

Pinterest is a place for ORIGINAL content. Not a place to claim someone else’s original content for your own. Did you know it’s actually illegal?! If I post a picture of my product on Pinterest, it is legally my “intellectual property”. And you are bound by Pinterest to adhere to that rule.

Now, I will say, if you are a direct sales consultant, many companies allow you to take HOME OFFICE graphics and change the links to yours. But this does NOT apply to other people’s graphics you happen to like.

You have 2 options:

OPTION#1:

REPIN IT: Sure, you can repin it. But why would you want to? Why would you want to have a really cool graphic that leads your customers to someone else’s site? My opinion…don’t do it.

OPTION#2:

Create your own: Save the graphic to a secret board and then recreate the same idea with your own product. And BAM! Now YOU have a great graphic to share on Pinterest!

SIDE BAR:

We all have product in our closet. Take that product out once a week and work on one room in your house, or one “theme”. 20 minutes is all it takes to stage some product and take some pictures with your phone. It’s really that easy. And then make sure you watermark so no one WANTS to take your picture to begin with! A watermark is as simple as putting your name and business information as “text” onto the graphic. This can easily be done on Canva or even apps on your phone like Word Swag.

Are you THAT girl?

The one that has a million posts from other people and maybe even changed their links?

Want to know where to start?

Honestly, you need to go delete those boards if you have no original posts in there. Just START OVER!

If you have a bunch of pins from other people and didn’t change the link: you’re leading your customers to other people’s pages and that is NOT what you want to do. You don’t want to lead people away from your website to someone else’s website to order.

If you have a bunch of pins and illegally changed the link to direct them to your site: delete every single one of them. And then recreate your own. And brand your images before you upload them.


Instagram:

Now let’s talk about Instagram. You are not permitted to take someone else’s graphic and: take a snapshot, crop it, and share it. UNLESS you tag them and give them credit for the photo.

You actually have to tag their Instagram account so people are linked back to the original creator of the photo.

People take time on their social media posts. It is NOT okay to take their post and claim it as your own.

You have 2 options:

OPTION #1:

Crop and tag: Snap a picture of the post, crop it, repost, and add “Photo Credit @TheirNameGoesHere”.

You actually have to tag their Instagram account so people are linked back to the original creator of the photo.

OPTION#2:

Use a reposting app: Use an app like “Repost” where you copy the link to their post, paste it into the app, and then it tags them in the photo for you.


Twitter:

And last but not least, let’s talk Twitter. Again, you cannot take someone’s post and make it your own. Twitter makes it very easy to share someone else’s content. And it’s actually a “high five” and pat on the back when you do.

You have 3 options:

OPTION #1:

Retweet: You can retweet their original post and it will show up on your timeline, giving credit to the original author or creator.

OPTION#2:

You can share something and TAG that person’s Twitter handle (@theirtwitteraccount)

OPTION#3:

You can copy a URL directly from the post you want to share and link them back to the original creator’s content. This is mostly for websites and blogs, things of that nature.


Really, the moral of the story is to create your own content. Taking someone else’s content does nothing for your business in the long run. You have to learn how to be creative and get your own posts out there!

UPDATE TO A QUESTION: If the original creator of the photo gives you PERMISSION to share that photo, then yes, you can share it. But you also need to make sure THEY are the original creator of that photo-and not just sharing it from someone else in the first place!

You have to research.

Find someone who inspires you and learn how to do it yourself!

Happy Sharing,

Melissa Fietsam

Instagram Save Feature

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I love the new Instagram save feature!

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If you’re scrolling through your Instagram and find something AWESOME…you just tap this save “ribbon” and you cna go back and see it in a “folder” of saved posts.

So what the heck would you use it for?

I’ve saved ideas for products from other consultants

I can duplicate for my own use. So let’s say someone had a cute bag set up in a way I hadn’t seen it used for. I can save it, then go back and take my product and make the same picture for my customers.

I’ve seen business ideas that I love

I’ve seen quotes, or cool ideas for giveaways , or cool ways people were promoting themselves. I can hit that save button on Instagram so I don’t lose it and forget about it! When I have time, I can always go back to it.

I’ve also see ads of crap I don’t need to buy

Right? More and more ads are popping up on Instagram and I personally love them cause they’re QUICK! So whether it’s a video or static ad, I can save it for that one week after payday when I actually have money. Yeah, you know what I mean. I got paid, I’m rich for a week…and then BAM! I’m broke for 3 weeks. But IMA GO BUY IT WHEN I’M RICH FOR A WEEK

And here is where you find your saved photos on your main profile

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So there it is. New save feature on Instagram! LOVE IT!

Melissa Fietsam

 

Instagram Hashtags for each Day of the Week for your Direct Sales Business

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Instagram is all about hashtags!

If you’re not using hashtags, people really don’t have a way to FIND what you’re posting.

And it’s great to have a theme each day. Why? Because that’s what everyone else is doing! And the idea of Instagram and Hashtags is to find people who have similar interests.

So I did a little research and found the best hashtags for each DAY. Put them in your “notes” in your phone so you can easily copy/paste and follow some of these daily themes!

The name of the game is to be FOUND. For you and your business. So here you go! Happy hashtagging!

hashtags for each day of the week

Sunday:

#sundayfunday #weekend #familytime #funday #morning #love #sunday #friends #winter #happy #family #ceolife #ceoofme #laptoplife #cozysunday #enjoy #chill #instagood #chillout #cinchlove

Monday:

#monday #mondayfunday #mondaymotivation #mondays #mondymorning #goodmorning #mondaymood #mondayfun #mondayface  #MotivationMonday #instagood #mondaymemories #motivationalmonday #business #success #leadership #ceolife #laptoplife #cincshare #cinchlove

Tuesday:

#traveltuesday #tuesday #transformationtuesday #tuesdaymorning #goodmorning #tuesdaynight #tuesdayvibes #tuesdaytip #tuesdaymood   #TipTuesday #tuesdaytreat #instagood #trendytuesday #topictuesday #business #success #leadership #cincshare #cinchlove #tuesdayfeeling

Wednesday:

#wednesday #WineWednesday #waybackwednesday #humpday #wbw #wednesdaywisdom #wisdomwednesday #directsales #CEO #CEOLife #laptoplife #instagood #wednesdaythoughts #beyourownboss #business #success #leadership

Thursday:

#Thursday #throwbackthursday #tbt #throwback #goodmorning #ceolife #almosttheweekend #throwbackthursdays #CEOLife #laptoplife #cinchlove #cinchshare #funday #fun #bosslady #directsales #letsdothis #beyourownboss #thursdate #thirtsythursday #thankfulthursday #instagood #thursdaythoughts

Friday:

#TGIF #fridayfun #party #fridaymood #hangout #goodmorning #weekendvibes #friday #happyfriday #fridaynight #fridaynightlights #weekendtrip #weekender #ceo #ceolife #cinchlove #cinchshare #fridaymotivation #directsales #fun #followfriday #FF #FBF #flashbackfriday #instagood

Saturday:

#Saturday #weekendwarrior #weekend #familytime #funday #morning #love #friends #winter #happy #family #ceolife #ceoofme #laptoplife #cozysaturday #enjoy #chill #instagood #chillout #cinchlove #funsaturday

Happy Hashtagging!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
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Direct Sales and Social Media Tips on Instagram

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I’ve started a new Instagram page for Direct Sales Social Media tips!

Each week, I’ll be hosting 60 second tips and tricks to boost your social media skills and knowledge! It’s what I LOVE and what I enjoy sharing! So come over and have some fun with me!

Click the link or graphic below and CLICK ON FOLLOW:

https://www.instagram.com/directsalesbymelissa/?hl=en

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Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

www.buymybags.com

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