It’s an exciting time to get to know Instagram. The popular photo-sharing app is fun, simple and growing—Instagram has more than 700 million monthly users and sky-high user engagement levels.

And for marketers, it’s an especially interesting time. The company just announced that it will open up a set of business tools including new business profiles, analytics and the ability to create ads from posts directly within the app.

With such brand-friendly features on the way, it seems like marketers might be more keen than ever to get acquainted with Instagram for their business. I know we are at Buffer!

Lately, we’ve been sharing, liking and trying new ways to grow Buffer’s Instagram account, and it’s been so much fun. Since Instagram is a platform we’re keen to focus on, we thought it would be fun to research some ways to grow a following there.

Update: We recently launched one of our biggest product enhancements, Buffer for Instagram, to help you plan, track and amplify your Instagram marketing.

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Whether you’re growing your own personal account or working on behalf of a company, read on to find out the 10 best tactics (with tools and examples!) we uncovered that could help you grow a bigger, relevant audience on Instagram.

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Want to make your business stand out on Instagram? Check out our complete guide to Instagram marketing and get the playbook that drives results for Instagram’s top profiles.

Top 10 Instagram Growth Tactics

10 actionable ways to supercharge your follower growth on Instagram:

1. Post consistently (at least once a day)
2. Study and load up on quality hashtags
3. Share user generated content
4. Ask users to “tag a friend”
5. Use the right filters
6. Host a photo contest
7. Add some emojis
8. Cross-promote
9. Try video, too
10. Share the love

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 1. Post consistently (at least once a day)

Social media analytics tool Quintly analyzed over 5,000 profiles in early 2015 to learn that the average Instagram account posts once per day.

More intriguing: Accounts with the highest number of fans tend to post a bit more than that–up to 2 or 3 photos per day on average. This data might allow us to say that “more successful” accounts tend to post with a higher frequency.

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The key takeaway: Post often on Instagram. Brands that get in a regular flow with Instagram posts tend to see the best results.

Instagram is rolling out a Facebook-like algorithm based timeline and consistency feels like a key element to getting your posts seen and appearing at the top of the timeline. If your posts are shared on a regular basis and picking up good engagement, then our hunch is Instagram’s algorithm may then determine this post should appear near the top of your follower’s feeds.

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Further reading: 8 Ways to Get Your Best Instagram Marketing Results with Buffer

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2. Study and load up on quality hashtags

We’ve explored hashtags a lot on the blog, but it seems that nowhere on social media are they quite as important as on Instagram. The right hashtags can expose your image to a large and targeted audience, and Instagram users don’t seem to get hashtag fatigue in the same way they might on other networks.

In other words, hashtags could be your best bet for growing a fast following on Instagram. Instagram allows for a maximum of 30 hashtags per post, and many power users max out this ability. For example, check out how many hashtags our recent Bufferchat guest, Jeff Sieh, used on a post of his:

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A TrackMaven study discovered that interactions are highest on Instagram posts with 11+ hashtags. instagram tips, instagram statistics, instagram statsWhich hashtags should you use?

It can be a little difficult to discover the right hashtags to add to your Instagram posts and I’d love to share a few tips with you here.

One method I use a lot is to look for hashtags on similar posts to mine. Here’s how I do it in a few quick steps:

  1. Add a couple of relevant and obvious hashtags to my photo before posting it.
  2. Then I’ll click through to search those hashtags and scroll through other, similar photos that share my hashtag to see what other tags those users have added that I might add, too.
  3. Then I go back to my photo and edit it to add all the additional relevant hashtags I’ve found.

You can do this process in a more formalized way by searching and recording hashtags relevant to your brand, in a similar way you might do keyword research for a blog post. Brands are using hashtags to run unique campaigns as well—here’s a look at just a few:

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Another way to discover hashtags is to check out the top 100 hashtags from Websta here. (You can also use Websta to search relevant keywords and find popular accounts.)

3. Share user generated content

In under 3 months, we grew our Instagram account by 60%  – from 5,850 to 9,400 followers. And a large percentage of this growth was down to embracing and sharing user generated content.

The easiest way to think about user generated content is this: brands taking the best-of-the-best user content from around the web and featuring it on their own social media or other platforms while giving credit to the original creator (user).

At Buffer, we started the hashtags #BufferStories and #BufferCommunity to showcase the unique stories of our users. These hashtags have opened up a huge variety of content options from curated stories of digital nomads to social media tips from marketers. Each time we share a new UGC photo on Instagram we are sure to include these hashtags. Every once in a while we include a CTA along the lines of: “share your story using #BufferStories” to keep the campaign alive.

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Further reading: Check out our full guide to user generated content on Instagram here.

4. Ask users to “tag a friend”

I recently got a great Instagram tip from some new local friends who helped me out with marketing a non-profit food tasting event. They shared a food photo from a past event and asked their 11,000 followers to comment and tag a friend they wanted to attend with. The response was awesome, and exposed our event to a lot of people who wouldn’t have heard about it otherwise:

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I’ve seen this tactic work well for lots more than events, too.

5. Use the right filters

All those filters Instagram gives you to use aren’t just fun—choosing the right ones can actually lead to more views and engagement. Researchers from Georgia Tech and Yahoo Labs analyzed millions of photos and corresponding data on how frequently they were viewed and commented upon to determine that filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on than unfiltered ones. What kind of filter works best? After examining five different types, researchers found that the top filters to increase chances of views and comments are those that create:

  • higher exposure
  • warm temperatures
  • higher contrast

Higher exposure was the most tied to more views, and warmth had the biggest correlation with comments.  Two types of filters had negative correlations: Saturation correlated to slightly lower views, and age effects led to lower comments. Curalate has a great infographic with even more specific pointers on optimizing the look of your image for greater engagement:

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6. Host a photo contest

Instagram hashtags make it easy for to collect photos from followers around a theme, and many brands have had success and fun using this capability to host photo contests. Here’s an example of Instagram itself hosting a photo contest, asking users to recreate an iconic image and share it with the hashtag #recreatedclassic.

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Instagram has a great blog post with some tips for getting your photo contest off on the best foot, and Social Media Examiner has an awesome primer on all kinds of Instagram contests.

7. Add some emojis

Emoji are becoming a universal method of expressionInstagram reports that nearly 50 percent of all captions and comments on Instagram now have an emoji or two. I know I’m drawn to them in posts and I’ve noticed some folks are even adding to their user names for a bit of extra pop.

Anthony Thompson explains over at PostPlanner how he earned 3x Instagram growth by calling on emojis to ignite engagement in both posts and comments—smart. He uses this adorable example from Sue Zimmerman to prove his point: suezimmerman insta emoji

8. Cross-promote

Make sure your existing fans know you’re on Instagram through cross-promotion. Instagram makes it simple to share your images to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare, which could be a great tactic to get some extra exposure. You can also try embedding Instagram photos in your blog posts (see the bottom of this post for an example) or adding an Instagram feed to your Facebook page for some additional discovery. Here’s a look atBuffer’s Facebook page with an added Instagram feed:

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A Buzzsumo study of over 1 billion Facebook posts from 3 million brand pages found that images posted to Facebook via Instagram receive more engagement than natively published images:

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9. Try video, too

Instagram allows users to upload videos between 3-60 seconds in length, and when the feature was introduced, more than 5 million were shared in 24 hours. However, an April 2015 study from Locowise found that only about 10% of all posts on Instagram are videos right now, but they’re getting 18% of all comments. This shows there’s still plenty of room for you to focus on video and be one of the first!

10. Share the love

In our quest to grow our followers, it’s always helpful to remember what really matters in all of this: The friends we’ll talk to, the relationships we’ll create and the fun we’ll have.

An easy way to keep this principle central is to spend a bit of time each day just hanging out and enjoying Instagram. You might respond to comments, like photos, follow some new friends, and comment on awesome posts. If the “follow like like like” strategy above tells us anything, it’s that time spent showing and sharing the love can pay off in new followers. It also creates a better social media experience for everyone.

One last tactic: How to drive traffic from Instagram?

One of the challenges of marketing on Instagram (and possibly a part of its joy for users) is that you can’t quite add links for your viewers to click.

If you want to send your followers to a specific link, though, it seems that it’s becoming common practice to change the link in your Instagram profile and add the comment “link in bio” to a corresponding photo or video.

Wrapping it up: Anatomy of a perfect post

We’ve gone over quite a lot of tactics to remember and try! The kind folks at Made Freshly combined lots of these tips for growing a following into this fun infographic:

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Bonus: How to use Buffer to start amplifying your Instagram marketing today

With Buffer for Instagram, we’re excited to be giving you the power to manage your social media marketing from one central location, and we’re eager for you to have the tools you need to plan, track, and amplify your Instagram marketing.

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What are your Instagram experiences?

We’d love to keep the conversation going—both in the comments here and on Instagram, of course! Lots of awesome friends shared their top tips for marketing on the photo social network, and we’d love to hear yours, too! Add your thoughts below!

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Written by Courtney Seiter

Courtney writes about social media, diversity and workplace culture at Buffer. She runs Girls to the Moon on the side and pets every dog she sees.

  • Hello Courtney! All of this stuff is great and a reminder for the things that we should be doing on Instagram with some very good reminders. Great check list, but my biggest, best take-away from this post is the way Jeff Sieh broke up his post into content and hashtags.

    It’s so elegant and simple, and so effective. Why didn’t I think of this earlier and why haven’t I seen this before?

    Too many hashtags turn me off, and I think I’m a hashtag nazi in a way that I always tell all of our brands to not use too many hashtags (on Twitter) and use only the key ones on Instagram. But with this little tweak – I think I’m changing the way I think.

    It’s a signal that we’re sending to the consumer on the feed that look, it’s not worth your time to read below this line because these are simply hashtags that we’re using to stay relevant, and be seen in the right searches and circles. You’ve consumed the content, the stuff below this black line is of no interest to you so why don’t you hit the heart and continue scrolling.

    Just so good.

    • Hey Avtar! Oh wow, that’s such an interesting point! I need to ask Jeff how he gets such cool formatting, that could make a big difference in post success!

    • Jeff Sieh

      @courtneyseiter:disqus and @avtarramsingh:disqus I learned those Instagram tricks from Jenn Herman and Sue B. Zimmerman! You need to follow them if you aren’t already.

      I write my post in Evernote on desktop where I have the line breaks already saved. Make sure that it’s still in plain text in Evernote. I also have all my relevant hashtags saved there as well.

      Then I just open up Evernote on my phone and copy and paste from there and it keeps the formatting! You can also write it on notepad or notepad on your phone and get the same results. Just copy and paste. Hope that helps!

      • That’s SO handy, thanks so much Jeff! Great tip!

      • The Evernote tip is very handy – thanks @jeffsieh:disqus. I’ve looked at some of Sue’s stuff and heard her on a couple of podcasts, seemed like fairly straightforward branding and marketing stuff that needs to be done at a basic level – but nuggets like this every now and then are so useful!

      • @jeffsieh:disqus Jeff, this Evernote tip is AWESOME.

        BUT…I’ve tried it and keep having issues with formatting when I copy the evernote text (simple formatted on the Evernote App) and paste into Instagram.

        I keep getting line breaks not working right and running lines with single words and bullet pints on them all into one line.

        I’m wondering if you might have some insight or a bit more explanation as to exactly how you get this great formatting across to Instagram.

        I’m jealous!

        Many thanks.

        Ian

        • Jeff Sieh

          @ianmakeitinmusic:disqus It did take some trial and error when I first started. Don’t give up! … 🙂

          One thing you might try is copying your post into notepad or textedit and make sure you have it formatted as plain text THEN copy it into instagram. There maybe some formatting issues that may be throwing it off.

          Hope that helps!

    • Talman Madsen

      Adding to the hashtag discussion – I have been seeing a lot of people add their first comment as
      “.
      .
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      #hashtag #hastag…” Instagram truncates a long message like this and you get your 30 hashtags without even having them appear as a dominating force in your post (the key is 5 line breaks I’m told). In Instagram the comment looks like .[…] I still however like to use a couple in the post! 🙂

      • Ah, great tip there! Seems like the copy/paste trick is going to come in really handy in a lot of ways!

      • Sounds like a plan! Another thing our team internally was talking about was using the hashtags in the comments. That way, you can put in all the hashtags in the world that you want there and future comments will hide that comment from people – therefore you get the search results and the traffic, and no real estate is used up. 🙂

      • Rachel Daley

        Interesting! That’s awesome because then your hashtags don’t distract from your caption or comments. But I’ve found that using 30 hashtags doesn’t really help thaaaat much. (correct me if I’m wrong). The key is finding hashtags that your audience uses/searches. If you find 6-9 solid hashtags that are really targetted for them, then you won’t need 30 🙂

    • Natasha

      I agree with you, Avtar! I’m also not a fan of a huge amount of hashtags and I like how Jeff Sieh separated them in the example above!

      Any ideas on how to do that? I just tried to mock up a line like his so I can add my hashtags below and couldn’t figure out!

      • Hey Natasha! Jeff mentioned that he writes his captions in Evernote and then copy/pastes them. I think you could use the notes app on your phone, too!

        • Natasha

          Well, that’s a great idea! Thanks for the tip, @courtneyseiter:disqus! Love the Evernote app.

      • Rachel Daley

        Hey Natasha,
        You can’t create line spaces directly in Instagram if you end the last sentence with punctuation or an emoji. Sometimes I use these guys ___________ to separate lines, but yeah like @courtneyseiter:disqus and @jeffsieh:disqus said, if you copy and paste from something like Evernote, the formatting should stay the same! (I copy and paste from my emails and that works too!)

        • Natasha

          Thanks, Rachel!

    • Elizabeth

      While I create a post I put all the hashtags after my content, but before publishing I cut all the hashtags (except sometimes 1 or 2) then paste them in the comment below immediately. Is there any difference to hashtags posted in comments as opposed to the post content? I haven’t noticed any. Except my posts have a simpler appearance, also when an image is hovered over in my IG widget on my blog, it’s also less cluttered (no hashtags, just info). Any thoughts appreciated.

  • Jeff Sieh

    @courtneyseiter:disqus thanks for including my Instagram post! I’m finding that I’m able to connect with Influencers on Instagram easier than many other networks. I think it’s because I’m not “lost in the noise” like you can be on others.

    • I was excited to; thanks for being an awesome example and adding even more value in the comments!

    • Rachel Daley

      Totally agree Jeff! I think it also has to do with the simplicity of the platform – great photos with the right strategies = killer engagement and FAST audience growth!

    • Ben Miller

      I agree with you Jeff. Anyway this is a great guide for people who are just starting with IG, I also did the same and got enormous results. Instagram has far better post reach that Facebook and Twitter. Regarding IG monetization, I’m using Instagram Pocket Rocket.. awesome and easy method to grow Instagram account and earn from it. I’m using it about 10 days, earned good so far (about $500). Anyways great article.

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  • Ben Boykin

    Courtney, another great tip is to create a custom location, located just underneath the username, in which to create a call to action. As a part of an ecommerce marketing team which sells worldwide, we seem to find greater value in going this route.

    • Great one, Jim! So y’all have seen more success from that route even though it’s not a live link? Or maybe you’ve figured out a way around that?

  • Great guide to growing your following. I wrote off Instagram for a long time. Once I got into it recently, I’ve found it easy to quickly build a good sized following using many of the points made here.

    Thanks Courtney for this great post. I’ll certainly point others towards it.

    • Awesome, Ben, glad to hear that! Any tips you’ve found especially handy that you’d want to share?

      • Check for related hashtags to further the reach of your posts. You may tag something as #food but #foodporn is another very popular tag you could use to help get your posts seen by even more people. Tools like Iconosquare can help find these related hashtags.

        Many see great success by finding a niche and defining a style for themselves. All of their posts have a very common look and feel to them that gives them a bit of a signature look. While this certainly isn’t required, it is something many like and follow for.

        It’s still early in the game for Instagram so test and see what works best for you. Iconosquare offers some great analytics to show you how you’re doing. It gives breakdowns of which filters get the best engagement for you, days of the week and times you’re posting most often, your most common hashtags and Instagram’s most common and tons more.

        I’d love to see Buffer do things like share a look where the employees like to work from, how they personalize their laptops (and Kindles), employee pets, and tons more. Match the favorite activity to the employee? Really a great spot to give an intimate view into how a company works and has fun.

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  • Rachel Daley

    Thanks so much for including our Anatomy of the Perfect Instagram Post infographic! Some really great tips curated here! EPICCCC

    • Rachel, thanks so much for all your great tips and the awesome infographic!

  • We use video often to showcase our products. Over easter this year we did a 15 second video showing our 8 kg chocolate easter eggs. we sold 2 of them @ $550 each from instagram. We posted a great photo of our strawberry balsamic truffles and that day had 6 people from instagram come into our store and bought them. We are getting constant new followers, sales and great interaction from @perfectionchocolates on instagram. We love to collaborate with other instagrammers. @courtneyseiter:disqus Thanks

    • Wow, what a cool case study on video, John! Way to get in there early and congrats on your success!

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  • Love this post Courtney! I am getting a client setup on Instagram today! THANKS for the timely post with very valuable tips to get us going to the right foot. 🙂

    • Happy to help out a bit; I’ve been learning a ton myself!

  • @courtneyseiter:disqus I would add crowdfire to the list: https://crowdfireapp.com/ And also iconosquare: http://iconosquare.com/

    Iconosquare lets you browse instagram and makes it much easier and quicker to like photos and leave comments, since you can use a keyboard and mouse. It also provides stats, and even shows you the best times to post based on your audience.

    Crowdfire lets you grow your userbase by allowing you to follow people quicker. You can even easily see followers for a brand or person whose audience you think will also like your stuff. You can then follow them, engage with them etc.

    It has a lot of other features, too many to talk about in a comment 😀

    Regarding hashtags, I started off by adding popular hashtags, but what I found was that while it does increase likes, they never felt genuine, and while I got likes, it didn’t increase my follower count or long term engagement. I think a lot of people just go around mass liking photos tagged with popular hashtags.

    It’s also easy to get discouraged when trying to grow your instagram account. One think I think people tend to miss, is that when you see accounts (non celebrity) with thousands and thousands of followers, their accounts typically were featured by instagram as a suggested user, or featured in their blog etc. That is the number one fastest way to grow your follower base. Obviously it’s up to someone from instagram finding your account and liking your content enough to feature you.

    Another thing I’d suggest, this is something I need to work on as well, is pick a theme for your account. If you look at popular accounts they either have a single theme, or their photo style is consistent.

    This means that for example, if I love HDR photography, and an account only posts HDR photos, I might be more likely to follow them, because I know exactly what to expect.

    Hope this helps 🙂
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    • Great tips, Abdul; thanks so much for taking the time to share this awesome info!

  • BrowsingItaly

    Hi Courtney, fantastic post on Instagram tips! I have so much fun on Instagram and if I may add my 2 cents, in addition to following and liking accounts, initiate conversations by commenting on other posts and replying to comments on yours, like you would for other social media networks.

    Another tip is to create your own hashtag. If you can come up with a relevant and fun hashtag that gains traction, it will could help build a following and a nice community.

    One last tip is that you could also partially schedule a post for Instagram. I hope Buffer would soon come out a similar feature so I can just use one tool for all my scheduling hint hint 😉 Latergramme is a free tool where you can schedule a post adding comments, tags, etc. At the time scheduled, you are sent a push notification and would still have to post manually to your account.

    Hope this helps 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the tips; I’d love to have Buffer for Instagram also! Maybe one day 🙂

  • Wow. Amazing post. I never use filters while uploading photos. But after reading this will surely use this. Thanks for great tips. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing the experience with us, we will try to use some of these.

  • ronellsmith

    I’ve only recently started playing around with the platform, but two huge benefits of using Instagram jump out at me immediately, especially for marketers:

    1. It gets them thinking more about visuals, which pulls them away from thinking text-only (e.g., blogs) and can provide a huge boost to their marketing.

    2. It trains brands to go where there prospects/customers are, where they can then see whose sharing what, making it possible for them to mimic others’ success.

    RS

  • Great post. I’m digging Instagram, too! I’ve found that color can play a big part in tying your whole profile together. I’ve got a lot of comments on my use of orange.

    • Oh wow, really interesting finding, Rob! Will have to try that!

  • THE HIVE PUBLICITY

    Really good tips ! I’ve been using some of them for a while on @thehivepublicity and I’ll start applying some of others that you suggest.

    There’s something I’ve learnt about SMM, more specifically IG, is that trial and error is crucial. We must try different strategies until we find the one that suites better for our brand and target market.

    Cheers !

    Luis Cristofori

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    Thanks!
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