Make the Most Out of Instagram's So-Called Vanity Features
This marketing expert reveals two of the most effective ways to attract more followers on your business's Instagram account.
The following excerpt is from Kim Walsh Phillips's book Ultimate Guide to Instagram for Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound or click here to buy it directly from us and SAVE 60% on this book when you use code SOCIAL2021 through 5/27/21.
Although there's no magic potion or spell you can use to instantly get new followers on Instagram, as someone who has experimented and grown her account herself, I know firsthand the good, the bad and the ugly. And I'm spilling all of the beans. Even the pintos.
Here are two effective ways you can attract more followers:
This is one of those little ninja tricks for creating a pattern interrupt in your post. A pattern interrupt is a technique to interrupt what your audience is doing -- a behavior or situation. Behavioral psychology and neuro-linguistic programming use this technique to interrupt and change thought patterns and behaviors. It is meant to make your post stand out in a crowded Instagram thread.
You can use emojis to bring attention to your call to action, such as when you ask them to share the post with others or to comment, or simply to bring visual attention to your photo description. I have found this easiest to do by using an emoji search site. I copy the image into my notes when I write the full caption, and then copy it on my phone for the post itself. One of my favorites at the time of this writing is www.Emojipedia.org. Emojis are broken down into categories:
Smileys and People
Animals and Nature
Food and Drink
Travel and Places
According to Emojipedia, the most popular emojis are:
Face with Tears of Joy
Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes
Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes
Face Throwing a Kiss
Face with Rolling Eyes
I have not had enough results to say whether it helps, but it does make the posts more visually interesting. I use them most of the time, so I give this one a thumbs-up.
I noticed a distinct difference in engagement with certain Instagram filters. Turns out those filters aren't just vanity -- they can dramatically change your results with engagement.
Researchers from Georgia Tech and Yahoo Labs analyzed millions of photos and corresponding data on viewing and commenting frequency to determine that filtered photos are 21 percent more likely to be viewed and 45 percent more likely to be commented on than unfiltered ones.
What kind of filter works best? After examining five different types, researchers found the top filters to increase chances of views and comments are those that create:
- higher exposure
- warm temperatures
- higher contrast
Higher exposure filters were 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. So filter it up, Jedi.
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