Excuse the lack of blog posts over the past few days! An impromptu trip to London and around 5000 essays due in this week means taking pictures of myself isn't at the top of my to do list - although Instagramming is definitely up there. I've noticed that my follower count has increased so much in the past week (thank you!), and a lot of people have been asking me what I've doing differently. So alas, here it is..
post often, but not too often
The hardest thing about Instagram is knowing when your best time to post is, and how often you should post per day. My favourite thing to use at the moment is Iconosquare (previously called Statigram) because it gives me a run-down of everything I need to know. I've learnt that - for me - twice a day, morning and afternoon is best, but make sure you check it out for yourselves.
use popular tags
There's a fine line between tagging too much and just enough, so whenever you're tagging a picture try not to tag the most obvious things and instead go for something that you know is trending. I'm a big fan of the old flat lay, so whenever I take a snap from above I make sure to tag it with #flatlay #flatlaythenation and #fromabove. If the post includes brands or people be sure to tag them in the photo to make sure they see it too!
socialise with others
Social media - it pretty much says it on the tin. Don't be one of those people that trawl profiles with 's4s' comments. Instead, be one of those people that actually have something to say about someone's pictures. It might not get you a following straight away, but it'll definitely give your Instagram credibility!
use unique photos
For the past week or so I've only been using photos that have been specifically for Instagram. So basically, I'm not recycling things that people will have already seen on the blog! They'll have all the more reason to follow you knowing that you post different things each time.
have a theme
Okay, so this is more of a personal thing that works for me, but I've found that taking pictures in a similar style means people know what they're going to get from you. For example, people aren't going to come to my Instagram for fitspo inspiration or selfies (akwaaaaard) - they're going to come for pictures of shoes and daily outfits!
And of course, here's a shameless plugs: follow me on Instagram!
iPad Mini (in love with this case)