How to be Successful on Instagram: How I Generate 700-1000 Followers Every Week

By in Social media marketing Feb 2, 2018

So, you are wanting to know how to be successful on Instagram. Well, whilst there are over 800 million monthly active accounts, being successful on Instagram is still possible.

You will be required to put in a lot of work and effort, but the outcome is worth it.

Doing so will help your account stand out and gain a targeted following. For the last few weeks, I’ve been gaining over 700 new followers every few days.

This is down to several strategies which I’ll be explaining in this article. The best thing of all, these can be applied to both personal and business accounts.

Are you ready to find out how to be successful on Instagram?

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1. Create the Perfect Bio

Before anything, you first need to make sure your Instagram bio is attractive. It needs to be able to tell your audience who you are, what you do and includes a clear call-to-action.

This is mandatory for being successful on Instagram. Your targeted audience won’t follow you if they aren’t interested in what you have to offer and being able to tell them that within a few words is important.

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Check out the below examples to get inspiration for your Instagram bio to help you become successful on Instagram.

MyProtein Instagram Bio
MyProtein Instagram Bio

As you can see from the above screenshot, MyProtein explain who they are, how you can get involved and lastly giving them some sort of value by entering their competition to win their products for free. Clear, attractive and informative.

Creation Agency Instagram Bio
Creation Agency Instagram Bio

Creation Agency’s Instagram bio consists of what the agency does, who they are, what they have to offer on the platform by following and also a few links for extra information. The last link takes you directly to the latest blog post.

GarethGoesPlaces Instagram Bio
GarethGoesPlaces Instagram Bio

My Instagram profile bio consists of who I am, what I do, where I’m going next and a clear call-to-action to follow on Facebook.

Straight away you will be able to identify what type of content I would likely post. This is exactly what you need to do so your targeted audience have an actual reason to follow you.

For more detailed tips on how to create the perfect Instagram bio, check out this article.

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2. Produce Interesting Content

Now you have got a quality Instagram bio sorted for your account, it’s time to think about your content plan.

If you create low-quality boring content that just really sucks and isn’t attractive, too many words and not interesting to your audience, don’t expect to be successful on Instagram.

This platform is all about content, and not just any content. It’s about sharing high-quality interesting content.

In order to succeed, you need to plan out your content strategy and create eye-catching media – whether that’s images or videos. It’s not that hard to create super engaging content on Instagram

There are lots of tools available on the web and app stores that will help you create striking content. When I’m not using Photoshop, I’ll tend to use tools like Canva, Adobe Spark Post, Typorama or other tools on the web.

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3. Post regularly

Posting regularly is one of the ingredients on how to be successful on Instagram. This requires you to be very active. Ideally, you should be posting a least once a day.

If you can post more than that, 2-3 times a day will get you the most reach and engagement, especially to grow your account.

Whilst it can be a pain to post several times a day, Schedugram comes in handy for this and automates your posting.

Just set-up your content queue and add the Instagram content. I would also recommend identifying the best time to post on Instagram.

How to be successful on Instagram
How to be successful on Instagram – Post Regularly

This also applies to Instagram Stories. You should be utilising that feature mostly every-day or when you have the chance to show off interesting content.

You could also make use of Instagram stories by promoting your latest content, telling your audience you have uploaded a new post.

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4. Identify Top Hashtags

Throughout my time managing various Instagram accounts I’ve come across a lot of businesses making silly little mistakes on Instagram that really affects their chance of growth and being successful on the platform.

These little mistakes can be anything from using no hashtags to a bunch of random non-related hashtags to even no caption!

When sharing content on Instagram, it’s vital you utilise Instagram hashtags. The reason being you will maximise your chances of reach, engagement and potential growth.

For all content I share on the platform, I make sure to use up all 30 hashtags – this gives me maximum exposure.

I also make sure to do regular in-depth keyword research to find the best hashtags that will give me the chance of being featured in the top nine posts.

Instagram hashtag keyword research is very important. If you get it right and manage to rack up a lot of engagement within a short period of posting, you may even hit the explore page.

If I were you, I would start doing Instagram hashtag research and add them to your favourite notes app for future reference and the ability to copy and paste them – I tend to use Evernote of this.

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5. Utilise Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories can be used in various ways. It’s a brilliant feature that should be utilised regularly. Especially when your account surpasses 10,000 followers which enables you to start adding hyperlinks within your stories.

This is a fantastic way to drive more traffic and generate more business from Instagram.

You should also create polls on Instagram stories to find out specific information about your followers, for example, what type of content they prefer.

Using this feature to announce a new post is also a great strategy, as a result, you will see an increase in engagement much faster.

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6. Take Advantage of Instagram Highlights

Taking advantage of Instagram’s recent update which includes the ability to display story highlights on your profile, is the perfect strategy for increasing website traffic.

You might consider creating a few highlights to promote and encourage your audience to follow you on other social networks.

You may decide to create a few product highlights including a hyperlink to directly buy the product or service. Use your creative mind to find interesting unique ways to increase traffic, engagement and follower growth – all of which will help you become successful on Instagram.

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7. Cross Promote with Friends and Influencers

Cross promoting can be a huge success if done right. Make use of your other social accounts to help grow your Instagram.

Share your Instagram updates on your Facebook or Twitter, consider even showcasing your Instagram uploads on your website – ASOS do a great job of this to promote their clothing. You can also automate your Instagram uploads directly to your Twitter by using tools like IFTTT.

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Depending on how big your account is, you should consider connecting with large accounts and Instagram influencers, ask them if they would be willing to collaborate.

However, if your account is nowhere near the same size nor the engagement ratio, then you should really consider providing value before you drop that ask.

I’ve done this plenty of times and it has really helped with follower growth and engagement. This strategy can also be done via Instagram Stories and is quite effective.

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8. Go Live on Instagram

Instagram Live can bring in a lot of engagement and new followers, especially if you provide value and share it across your social channels.

If you promote it before-hand using hashtags in your story and posts you’ll most likely gather a few new interested followers wanting to see what you have to offer.

Instagram Livestreams are great for driving traffic too if your Instagram Live has racked up a lot of viewers, considering dropping in a few call-to-actions such as telling them to click the link in your bio for exclusive content.

Your Instagram Live should be interesting to your audience and that can be achieved by sharing what happens behind-the-scenes.

You could also do weekly or monthly question and answer streams, these are great for your audience to get to know you more and for you to find out what your audience likes to know about you, giving you more ideas for content.

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9. Engage with Your Followers and Targeted Audience

Ultimately, being successful on Instagram also comes down to how you engage with your followers.

If you show that you are an actual human behind that profile picture and actively reply to your audience’s comments and direct messages regularly they will be more likely to engage with your content and recommend you to their friends, family and followers.

This also applies to engaging with your followers content.

Leaving a few likes, comments and following back your audience will help build positive healthy relationships encouraging engagement and trust. This can be very effective when engaging with targeted audiences. I’ve found this one of the best ways to grow my accounts.

When I’ve identified targeted accounts or competitors that have a large following, I’ll visit their followers and engage with their content providing it’s suitable.

This is very effective as they will receive a notification each time I engage with their account. For the best results, I would highly recommend spacing out your interactions.

For example, I tend to like a few of their pictures, then 10 minutes later I’ll leave a comment, 20 minutes after that I’ll possibly follow them.

This will give them three notifications all at different times, of which they would probably want to find out who I am. You will have a better chance of them checking out your profile.

If they do and they like what they see, they may engage with the content on my account and potentially drop a follow. That’s how great relationships with a targeted audience are then built.

However, I wouldn’t just stop there.

You should continually engage with them whenever you see their posts in your feed.

This will keep them engaging back with your content unless they already do. The more “human-like” your account is, the more engagement and interaction you may receive.

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Over to you

So now you know how to be successful on Instagram, you just need to action the above tips and try out different types of content and hashtags. Never be afraid to experiment with your marketing.

Here is a quick recap of what you need to be doing:

  • Create the perfect bio.
  • Produce interesting content.
  • Post regularly.
  • Identify top hashtags and use them effectively.
  • Utilise Instagram Stories as much as possible.
  • Take advantage of Instagram Highlights.
  • Cross promote friends and influencers, the bigger the account, the return is usually much better.
  • Go Live on Instagram with interesting topics/stories and include call-to-actions.
  • Engage with your followers and targeted audience on a regular basis to build a healthy relationship.

I would love to know your top tips and strategies for growing your Instagram account. Feel free to share them in the comments below.

If you have any questions feel free to tweet me or drop a comment below. I’d love to know what how you get on!

Gareth O’Sullivan is a versatile digital marketer with experience on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and many more. Gareth also writes various blog posts like this one. You can follow and stay connected with Gareth on his social media profiles.