Review sites like Yelp, Google Business, and Trip Advisor are no longer the only place where customers can leave their opinions. An Instagram account with a lot of followers is kind of like a business’s Yelp profile with a lot of positive reviews. After all, people who follow your page have signed up to see your content, and therefore your products, in their news feed every day. Odds are, they think pretty highly of your business! When potential customers see a large number of followers and high engagement on your posts, the effect is the same as seeing a lot of positive reviews. Obtaining followers makes your products and services appear high-quality to consumers and serves as a way to improve your rating among your competition.
To get around this restriction, some businesses will frequently update their website link to send followers to their latest products or promotions — and then refer to that link in their Instagram captions. The problem is that Instagram’s photo feed is no longer chronological, so when a business’ post says “link in bio,” that link might not correspond to the actual link in their bio.
There’s no better way to step up your business game than to be active on Instagram. The platform is constantly making improvements, so individuals and businesses can get more out of it. Plus, there are tactics, aside from Instagram itself, to increase organization, engagement and visibility. Explore these tools and tips, and see which ones work best for you and your business.
Invite audiences to ‘find out more’ on Instagram: If you have a platform, like YouTube, for example, that’s really thriving with an engaged audience, you can use this follower-power to invite audiences to check out your Instagram feed, especially if you’re sharing something exclusive there. For example, if you are a fashion brand, you could share a preview of your new collection on YouTube and invite your viewers to check out the big reveal of the whole collection on Instagram Stories on a specific date.
While hopefully your industry isn’t that strict, the fact of the matter is new business accounts, and by association, new businesses, have a really hard time getting seen. It’s a little-known trick, but plenty of companies have already purchased Instagram followers. That’s right, restaurants, athletes, clothing brands, and even politicians have all bought followers for their accounts and have seen amazing results. By spending a small portion of your marketing budget on Instagram followers, you are pretty much doing the same thing as paying to promote a post on Instagram. The difference is, your money goes much farther when you buy followers because you are certain to receive the amount you purchase. When you boost a post, the best you can do is hope to reach a couple hundred followers, and results are not guaranteed.