3 Steps to Grow Your Instagram Following

3 Steps to Grow Your Instagram Following

Does it seem like for every new follower on Instagram you have 10 people unfollowing?

I wish I could tell you it’s not you, it’s me, but in reality, with Instagram’s current algorithm, it takes a lot to be seen nowadays. BUT… There are ways to make it happen! And you CAN find people who would love to hear about your business and its mission. Today, I want to share with you 3 SIMPLE TIPs that will help you be seen more on Instagram.

Step 1: Use Keywords in the Name Field.

Instead of repeating your Business’s name, which is most likely already your username (@orgname), choose some keywords to describe what you offer, where you are based, and who you help. This is one of the only “Searchable” sections of your profile so by utilizing keywords such as “Sydney Hair Stylist” or “Byron Bay Wedding Coordinator”, you will have an edge amongst the competition. Because when people search for hashtags with those keywords, GUESS WHO POPS UP?!?!

Step 2: Use ALL 30 Hashtags

Yes! DO THIS! I am telling you, so many people worry that they clutter their posts but there are ways around it! By not using all 30, you are losing out on searchability potential. Think of hashtags as the SEO of Instagram. You want to make sure that you are using hashtags that are relevant to your target market. Stay away from hashtags that are overly popular like #coffee with nearly 80 Million posts. Yours will get lost super fast, unfortunately. Look for ones with 20K to 100K if possible. One way is to make your hashtags less cluttered is to post them in your first comment. I have done tons of research on this and so far there is no evidence to say it has a negative effect on your account.

Step 3: ENGAGE for more ENGAGEMENT

You’ve got to give in order to get with Instagram. Go through hashtags relevant to your target market. Try to think about these questions: What other businesses might they support? What sorts of restaurants do they go to? Where are they based? The answers will help you focus in on exactly where your IDEAL FOLLOWERS who are hiding on Instagram. It is much easier for you to go find them and comment on their photo than it is for them to find you if they have never heard of you before. For example: If you’re targeting runners for your organization’s next 5k, search #GoldCoastRunner and various other forms of that. Then, go out and engage with them! Be sure to leave authentic (NON-SPAMMY) comments on their photos. They will check you out!

So, in a nutshell for those who scrolled straight to the bottom:

  1. Add Keywords to your Name Field to increase searchability.
  2. Use 30 Hashtags specific to your target follower
  3. ENGAGE authentically with people you wish would buy your product/services!

P.S. If you have a business or tech question on your mind that you’d like me to answer? Leave a comment below! Most likely, someone else has that question too!

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5 Steps to Create the Perfect Instagram Bio

5 Steps to Create the Perfect Instagram Bio

Crafting an Instagram bio can be quite aqonizing. This is your one shot to grab someone, engage them, and get them to click that coveted “Follow” button.

What do you say? What do people actually care about seeing in this little box that’s supposed to convey so much?

A great bio should showcase the personality and uniqueness of the business while prompting the consumer to take an action. Here are the components of a great bio section:

1 | A clear photo – whether this is of you or your logo, this should accurately convey the business

Instagram is all about imagery. While the image in that little bubble in the bio section seems small, it can convey a lot. When looking at the profile, if the image appears blurry or grainy, then that will reflect poorly on your brand. Whereas, if you place a strategically selected image or even just a clean shot of your logo, it will speak to viewers.


2 | Name as a subhead – utilizing the name space to showcase your tagline or 2 to 3 main keywords will help your account show up in more searches

By utilizing the namespace to insert keywords around your business’ purpose and products, your page will be able to appear in more searches. It’s good to use words here that captivate and don’t come off as just keyword stuffing – shoving certain words in as much as possible to appear more. Make this choice wisely and based in purpose and strategy.


3 | Two main messages – your bio should communicate your business’ purpose or meaning and how a call to action

It’s best to craft this in a notes app on your phone and then copy and paste it so that you can break up the lines well visually. There should be two pieces of information – Your purpose and a CTA. Are you offering a freebie? Do you want them to email you for something? Maybe check out your new blog post? Have your CTA clear and easy to follow through on, which brings me to my next point:


4 | A link – providing a link with a Call to Action

This is a must! The most frustrating thing Instagramtagram sometimes is that they only allow you ONE link. There’s this really great app, LinkTree, that allows you to create buttons for other links. Utilizing a platform like this lets you provide more options for your audience. Do you have a few main products your pushing? How about a freebie AND a service you want people to check out? Want your contact page always linked? LinkTree provides these options and makes it so easy. On top of that, you can see how many times the button was clicked!


5 | Contact – your viewer needs to easily know how to contact you when they come into contact with your page

When an account is moved over from personal to business, new buttons appear and a location can even be added. By easily adding a form of contact, a potential client or partnership is able to quickly and easily reach out to you to inquire about anything they may be interested in. Also, by adding a location, it can help with search results. This is mostly beneficial if your business is associated with a particular location or you have a brick and mortar store. This is less applicable if you have a service-based business that is mostly done online.

Bonus: Story highlights – this is more of a bonus, but once you’ve moved into curating beautiful stories, it’s great to add those highlights

Nowadays it seems everyone is all about the stories, especially when you have really strong ones! Instagram offers a feature to add highlights to the bio section in little circles. If you post around certain themes this can be really great. For example, if you have some great shots of product, that can be one highlight circle.

Are you ready to step up your Instagram Bio game?


An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Instagram Marketing with the Creator of Plann

Episode 02: Instagram Marketing to Find Your Ideal Clients with the Creator of Plann

An Interview with Christy Laurence


Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Christy, the Wonder Woman behind the app Plann, about the importance of Instagram Marketing. Plann is an app that completely revolutionizes the way you create and schedule content. In our chat, we discuss everything from the importance of utilizing the right hashtags to the need for understanding you brands story before attempting to do so with photos.



This app is everything you need to achieve InstaGreatness and it’s now a part of my daily Insta routine. Christy is such a beautiful human and she truly cares about every person who uses the app. She is constantly updating it to keep up with the latest trends and Instagram features including the new release of Story Planning!!!

Take a listen to our chat to hear more about the incredible features as well as Christy’s tips for your own Instagram success.

Show Notes:

Connect with Christy:

Hang out with her on Instagram @plannthat

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Visit plannthat.com

Hey Everyone! My name is Katee Blizzard and I am the owner and lead strategist behind Social Greatness. I have a passion for helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs achieve the success they deserve through strategic planning, social media management, and impact-driven outreach. I’m a firm believer in you get what you give and I know that together we will leave a great impact on this world.