September 15, 2016

6 ways to boost engagement on Instagram

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Target audience: Businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, Web publishers

Post by Megan Totka
ChamberofCommerce.com

MeganTotkaMany Instagrammers weren’t thrilled when Instagram shared the new algorithmic feed that arranges posts based on each user’s interaction. However, if you use Instagram as a marketing tool, you are already thinking of ways to boost your engagement on this social media platform.

Similar to how you worked to find ways to generate a Facebook following for your small business, it’s important to know just how to boost engagement on Instagram. Here are six tips you should incorporate to build more engagement and ensure your posts reach more people, given recent changes to the algorithm.

Use eye-catching images

1When users scroll through their feeds, they won’t take much time to scrutinize every post and read though the lengthy captions. Make sure your images are eye catching — it may make your audience more likely to interact. Use bold colors, large text, or high contrast.

Engage with others

2To boost engagement on Instagram — or on any platform — you need to engage with other people. This means others within your industry and your target audience, too. Like and comment on their posts. This helps you develop relationships and boosts the chances that they will engage with your content, too.

Ask questions

3Go ahead and ask a question in your caption or within the body of your post. Encourage others to answer it in the comments section. This, again, urges engagement and provides you the opportunity to begin conversations with your audience.

Respond to all comments

4If people leave comments on your posts, make sure you respond. People always appreciate a response — responding tells your audience that you are listening and able to interact with them via Instagram. You need to make it a priority to build customer trust to stand out from your competition.

Produce a consistent style

5It’s imperative that you have a consistent style through all of your posts. This is important across your blog content and social postings that will drive traffic back to your site. Use similar text and color schemes — every post doesn’t need to look just like the previous one, yet you should ensure there are common elements that link your posts. If you constantly mix up your style, your followers are clueless about what you may do next and may not even realize which posts are from you.

Find the best time and days to post

6It’s ideal to adopt a regular posting schedule, but it’s still OK to experiment with various times to see which brings the greatest amount of engagement. Look through pictures you’ve posted and see if there are significant differences between the number of comments and likes on photos you’ve posted at varying times. Alter your posting schedule to get the most engagement out of your Instagram posts as possible.

It’s important to measure your engagement over time. Keep an open mind when it comes to making changes that may help build more engagement on Instagram and possibly benefit your business. Remember that social media is always evolving, so find what works for you now and be willing to tweak things from time to time.

How do you boost your engagement on Instagram?

Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources and business news. Megan has several years of experience on the topics of small business marketing, copywriting, SEO, online conversions and social media. Megan spends much of her time establishing new relationships for ChamberofCommerce.com, publishing weekly newsletters educating small business on the importance of web presence, and contributing to a number of publications on the web. Megan can be reached at [email protected].
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