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7 Tips on How to Grow on Instagram in 2019

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Getting your shots seen on Instagram by a wider audience is going to take time, effort, and talent. With the right Lemuro iPhone camera lens in your kit, there’s no reason you won’t be able to take some stunning snaps. 

Got an iPhone lens? Want to show the world the fantastic shots you’ve been taking? Here are seven brilliant, tried-and-tested ways to get seen on Instagram and fast.

1. Keep Your Look Uniform

Believe it or not, keeping a cohesive look to your feed is probably the most important tip. That’s why it’s number one on our list. You’re going to need to think about how your shots look when all lined up in a grid. This isn’t something you can tweak easily – it’s something you’ll need to work on

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  • Choose similar styles of pictures. Taking photos of wide landscapes? Only fill your feed with them.
  • Take photos in similar shades or colors. Taking dark shots? Don’t interrupt them with light pieces thrown here and there.
  • Pick a grid layout that shows off your photos the way you want. If you’re going to intersperse different types of shots, you could go for a tiled effect.

There’s a lot more we could go into here, but the message is simple. Think creatively about how you’re laying out your photos, and stick to a cohesive pattern.

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We highly recommend Preview App to plan your feed ahead of time and maintain a cohesive look.

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2. Focus on Quality Over Quantity

Mediocrity is going to lose you followers, and quickly. Don’t ever post shots for the sake of it. Each photo should have something to say and should be visually striking. Otherwise, people are just going to swipe past.

Focus on breath-taking natural imagery. Don’t be afraid to hunt for bolder, braver colors. You’re going to need to get people smashing that ‘like’ even if they’ve found you by accident. Use a smartphone camera lens kit which puts your shots ahead of the pack.

3. Use Hashtags to Improve Engagement

Using hashtags is essential when it comes to reaching the right people. That’s what they’re there for. You’re going to need to hunt down the best tags for your shots; otherwise, you could end up drifting away. You could be using the best iPhone lens out there and still not getting any views.

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Stay away from using generic hashtags. Go niche. Check what’s trending, and see what’s niche to your shots and your audience. We recommend using an app like Focalmark,which can help you narrow down the right phrases.

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Avoid cramming your posts full of hashtags. You can list up to 30, but doing so is going to make a real mess. It’s ugly.

4. Find Your Niche (and Stick To It)

Sure, you might be interested in a few different things, but people love niche Insta accounts. You might like taking travel photos or shots of your culinary creations. That’s great!  But try and pick one that you are passionate about and one you can stick with.

Establishing yourself in your niche means you’re going to have to become an authority. That means using all of the above points in focus. Beautiful shots, a clear focus on feed design, distinctive branding – it all helps. Use a Lemuro macro lens to get the most out of your phone camera.

5. Get More Analytics with Instagram for Business

This is a great hack which we recommend to all Insta users.  You might not be taking pictures commercially, but Instagram for Business will give you a more in-depth insight into what’s driving people to see you.

If you don’t know your target audience, it’s time to upgrade to a business account. Don’t worry – it’s free!  You can use analytics to see the type of users who are engaging with you the most — filter based on location, age, gender, and more.

6. Interact with Your Audience

Engaging and networking with other users seriously matters.  To set yourself apart from faceless accounts and robots, you’re going to need to get in there and explore your community.  You might only have to do this for a few minutes a day.

Search for similar posts and accounts to your own.  Leave comments.  Leave reactions.  Follow people and encourage them to follow back.

Respond to people who follow you!  This is crucial – reaching out to people helps to put you on the right radars. Don’t ever think about holding back on people if you want to be a success.

7. Post at the Right Time

This tip can be a bit tricky at times.  However, once you’ve got Instagram business analytics up and running, you’ll be able to see who’s engaging with you, and when.  No matter your phone camera lens, you’re going to need to be smart about when to post.

You could ‘warm up’ with your community by engaging with them when they are online, or around when you are likely to be posting content.

BONUS: Post Stories!

Why aren’t you making use of the ‘stories’ feature?  Sure, it won’t do much – if anything – to your engagement algorithm, but they push you to the front of the pack.

Stories let you jump the queue in your followers’ feeds.  You’re prioritizing your content, first.  Also, it’s an excellent way to keep your feed personal and ‘human.’

Ultimately, this works similarly to Facebook.  You need to get people to spend as much time as possible, engaging with your content.