Think of the way you may judge a friend’s profile that doesn’t have a lot of followers, or a post that doesn’t have a lot of engagement. It may be hard to admit, but ultimately, we all think the same thing when we see these posts; this person is unpopular. This thought comes from a human behavioral trait called “social proof.” According to social proof, we tend to judge how to behave and what to like based on how others are behaving, and what they like. You can see this in action on every social media platform.
With the growing importance of social media for businesses, account performance has become a deciding factor for whether customers want to do business with you. If your business profile has a large number of followers, it will appear to customers that your company has been around a while and knows what it’s doing. Companies with few followers and low engagement seem inexperienced and customers might decide against buying your product. Getting additional followers makes your profile look more professional and betters your chances of gaining real customers.
Getting noticed on Instagram can be one of the biggest game-changers out there to help your business take off. Gaining likes and follows helps spread awareness of your brand and reach potential customers. The popular image-sharing site boasts over 1 billion users, with over 500 million daily active users. Anyone and everyone are on Instagram, and with all of those people out there sharing and commenting on posts and pictures, you’d think gaining followers would be a piece of cake. But, like most things in life, building a well-established social media presence takes patience and determination. Even the experts say it’s hard work. According to Social Media Growth Specialist, Talia Koren, building a healthy following on any social media platform is a huge commitment, and gaining those precious likes and follows takes strategy, skill, and plenty of time.