Instagram is a popular social media choice for a lot of artists. It's also a great place for artist to reach new audience and tap into the realm of mobile users (since a large majority of online users use the internet through their phones nowadays.) It's great exposure for your art,but the best way to gain that exposure is to build a following for your Instagram account... Which a lot artists struggle with.Why? Mainly due to a lack of planning,consistency and not utilizing the right tools/strategies to grow their follower count.
With this blog post, I hope to help you,and give you the tools and strategies to help you reach 1000 followers on Instagram.
These have all been utilized and tested and are proven to help you grow your followers in no time. Now depending on how often and frequently you apply these strategies will determine how quickly you'll receive results. Your follower count won't grow over night, but some will receive results faster than others.
Getting Your First 1000 Followers On Instagram For Artist.
1) Post At Least 1-3 Pictures A Day
People with a lot of Instagram followers usually have an average of 1,000 pictures or more on their Instagram page. Although there are many ways for you to gain Instagram followers without adding that many pictures, this is the most organic way to gain followers. Make it a goal to post at least 1-3 pictures a day in help increase your follower count daily.
2) Use At Least 15 Hashtags For All Your Posts
Although Instagram allows 30 hashtags for you to post on a single picture or video, it's recommended to only use 15. You don't want your posts to be over cluttered with so many hashtags. You should always only use hashtags relevant to your art. Perfect hashtags you can use include #artoftheday #instaartist #artistoninstagram #artsy #artwork #artforsale #myart #workingartist #artshow #instaart
You should also look into trending hashtags that applies to your art and use them in your hashtag list.
3) Submit Your Art To Artist Communities On Instagram
There are many Instagram accounts that feature art, with over millions of followers wanting to see art! In order to be featured on one of these sites, most of the time they will ask you to hashtag their account's name or to tag the account on a photo you've posted. They look through the submissions and regram the ones that best fits their profile. Diyartcareer has an Instagram account that feature artists! Just type in @diyartcareer or #diyartcareer on one of your artworks you have posted on Instagram for a chance to be featured.
4) Interact With Different People On Instagram (at least 5-10 people a day)
In order to receive followers,comments and likes on Instagram, you must also give comments, likes, and follow others. Most people do return the favor if you were to comment or like one of their posts. Which could lead to a new follower. Remember to do this frequently and only comment,like and follow people you genuinely want to connect with. Don't do it for the sake of just getting followers, build relationships with people on Instagram to gain more support for your art.
5) Follow People Who Could Possibly Like Your Work
Seen an artist on Instagram with a similar style to yours? Chances are, their followers will love your artwork as well! Follow some the people that follow their work and interact with the people you've recently follow. Keep it to a minimum of following 20 people a day, and consistently do this at least twice a week.
6) Cross Promote Your Instagram Posts With Other Social Media Sites.
Have followers on other social media accounts? Instagram allows cross promotion possibilities to post your pictures on different sites while posting that picture on Instagram. You could either connect your Instagram account to different social media sites, or use a tool like iFttt.com to help create triggers depending on what you set your Instagram actions to.
7) Have a Giveaway On Instagram
Once you have a good amount of followers (500 would be ideal). A good idea to try, for you to gain more followers, is to have a giveaway. Giveaways on Instagram mainly work like this: You would normally create a contest picture that your contestants will regram on their Instagram accounts, allowing then to enter your contest. That regrammed photo should lead back to your Instagram account, which could be seen by the followers of your contest participant. Giving more exposure to your Instagram contest, and your account. This is the only suggestion you don't have to put consistent effort in. Once you reach about 500 followers host 1 contest and host more later as the year advances.
8) Be Consistent With Everything Mentioned Above (Except Number 7)
Consistency is the biggest factor of gaining 1,000 followers on Instagram. You need to apply these methods at least 3 times a week if you can't do it everyday. You also have to keep these efforts up for months, because your followers will NOT grow overnight. For faster results, you would want to apply these methods everyday or almost everyday.
Tools You Can Use
Crowdfire is a great Instagram tool you can use to help grow your Instagram following tremendously. You can even find "followers" who don't technically follow you but are engaged with your Instagram feed
Hootsuite.com if you have the Hootsuite app you can use this tool to schedule Instagram posts for free!
ifttt.com (If This Then That) is a great tool to help cross promote your Instagram posts to different social media sites.
Webstagram is great for hashtag research for art related hashtags and trending hashtags you can use.