I’ve been using Instagram for a few months now (yes, to some, I’m late to the party) and I’m starting to uncover the tips and tricks. Much like other social media platforms, you can find, follow, like and comment. But it has some unique elements that make it stand apart.
If you’re not familiar with using Instagram, this is a great post to get started. Once you’ve used it, you might benefit from these takeaways.
Yes, now your food, pets and kids photos look far better than any cell phone pic. But your Instagram followers are often the same people as your Twitter and Facebook friends, so blasting your latest masterpiece on multiple social media networks is redundant and can irk your peeps. Especially if you take lots of pics. Keep your photos on Instagram or just share them on one other network.
Like and comment on other friend’s pictures. It can deepen relationships with your Instagram friends, and get more folks liking, following and commenting on your photos too. All social networks thrive on the people that use them, so keep active. I tend to do this right after I’ve published a photo since I’m already logged on. Another option is to add it to your Flipboard. That app displays the pictures in a beautiful magazine format so it’s pleasant and easy to scroll, view and engage.
Enough of the Same ‘Ol
Instagram tells the stories of our lives through filtered photos. But oftentimes you see the same types of pictures (my dog and I are guilty of it too). This application offers the creative foundation for unique imagery so consider the opportunity and take it. The story of your life can be both creative and unique. It’s not all about dogs, food and kids. Perhaps you have a niche you can hone in on. These brands do.
What tips do you have for bettering the Instragram experience? What types of photos do you take and why? Share your thoughts (or links to photos) here and find me on Instragram at amandanelson13.