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Hello ladies and gentlemen (who love Instagram I suppose),

Welcome to the first November post on the blog. Before I go on into the topic, I would like to thank you for constantly reading and engaging with my blog. It’s been a nice journey since a year now and it continues to be so because of youJ  Today, we’re talking about the one social giant: Instagram. Ever wondered why the pictures don’t get the results you’re after? I have experienced with the platform for a while now, so let’s see what you can do to get the return you deserve.

Really briefly put: Instagram is a visual platform, so all your posts have to look different and have something cool about them. I’ll explore what works from a ‘like’ grabbing perspective and give you some good examples of what you can do to step up your game.

Tip 1: Your eye for design needs to be present in all shots

Let’s say you post about healthy food recipes. The soup you just cooked might be looking great, but that is not going to get you popular if you don’t take the extra step and turn your kitchen into a photo shoot location. Or, let’s say you’re a fashion blogger (like me) and want to show some accessories – you need to get creative and turn your bed into your like grabbing location. Have some props ready: in Autumn you can have little pumpkins, nuts or even leaves you picked up to make your flat lays a wonder. I guarantee they’ll grab attention! I know that these little small details can cost you time and sometimes even money as some of these need to be purchased, but if you really want it, you have to play the game.

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Tip 2: Location is the true king

They say that content is king. I say location is the true king. Sometimes, I mean most of the times, in the first second, even before they’ve even read your caption, the audience will make a quick unconscious decision: to like or to scroll further. You might have written the most inspiring copy, but if the picture will not do the trick, your engagement might be low. We won’t let that happen because that’s where we get smart. It’s that second you have to grab their attention… without screaming ‘I try too hard’. So, choose your pictures’ location wisely. After you’ve exhausted all the cute brunch places in your city, think about the story you want to tell with your outfits. For a dreamy outfit choose a flower wall, for a Steet style vibe go take pictures on busy traffic streets or supermarkets, you get my drift. Make sure your location is extremely Instagramable. Take my supermarket picture example below: my location is interesting; the composition is dynamic, and the outfit is Insta worthy too. You might say ‘Andrada, but this is shallow, what if my content is spot on?’ I’ve got only one answer: the location needs to match too. After all, vanity is shallow too, but advertising industry is built on it; and Instagram serves as an advertising tool for your business. So, you have to fearlessly compete with others to make your account stand out, tell a compelling story, bag those extra likes and start new collaborations. Every little effort helps in building that big brand of that you’re dreaming about. You can do this!

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 Tip 3: Constantly engage with other users

Whilst your content and pictures rule the Gram, you have to remember that you’re part of a community. It’s not the time or place to become self-obsessed. It’s the other users who interact with your page that will make you truly popular. Ask yourself these questions: am I commenting on other people’s profile constantly? Am I receiving a positive response at my posts and Instagram Stories? Are users also commenting on my pictures? Try to work out an answer to these and work as much as you can to gain engagement from your audience. It’s the only way to grow. Posting your pictures shouldn’t be the only activity you engage in on Instagram. Get social and you’ll grow your page!

Are you feeling inspired to grow your page and put a little more effort into the shots you’re taking? Let me know what tricks you have to grow your page –  I would love to see them all! 💋

I’m wearing the Delphine Convergence Skirt in Grey.

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

 

 

Social Media can be both a fun community to be part of, but also a pain sometimes. I feel that there is a lot of negativity going on at the moment or boasting for getting compliments. Feeling the same thing? Let’s see exactly why you SHOULDN’T care about it and how you can still enjoy social media in 2018!

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How to enjoy social media in 2018

Don’t be influenced by negativity

As I said, there is a lot of negativity going on on social, especially on Twitter. It’s a common fact that people use Twitter to complain about their lives or brands that have miserably failed in their eyes. When I first read these types of tweets I roll my eyes. Then, I understand why people do it. They need compassion and want others to ‘suffer’ with them – at least they’re not the only ones. They want everyone to hate Mondays, to blame KFC for their advertising techniques and people to tell them that it’s OK to have a bad day, that it’s OK to procrastinate and to do nothing with their lives.  Well, it’s NOT OK to expect others to join your boat and clap while you walk for nothing. Instead of making people change and progress, this negativity has opposite effects.

I’ll call Twitter the Yes Man of all social channels because this is what they made out of it. It’s negative, but don’t let it affect you. Be the one example to change the Twitter game. While others complain, you wish them a good day. While others hate Mondays, post a picture of your morning coffee with an empowering message (if you’re genuine). It’s about being yourself in a place where the trend is super negative. Don’t feel you need to follow the vibe to fit in. You’ll find your niche audience who will listen to you and be happy to receive your tweets everyday. You will feel happier too!

Be confident

You have to be confident about yourself and about the content you post out there. Everyone is unique and has something cool about themselves. Find your thing and do just that!

Be unique

Take inspiration from the people you admire but do not copy someone else’s style or pictures as social media is not about everyone having the same content, but about expressing your personality to create an audience for yourself / meet people alike. It’s easy to enjoy something that comes natural to you. Feeling under pressure to look or act in a certain way is not healthy and for sure not the point of social media. Be yourself and you will feel better about everything you do.

It’s not about the number of followers / likes     

Accept the fact that people unfollow on Instagram; it’s a fact and people keep on wondering why. Users can unfollow because they want to boost their profile (don’t ask me why) or they don’t find the posts they get on their newsfeed useful for them. That’s fine because you will have a genuine audience in the end of the day. Don’t get obsessed about the number of followers you’ve got on social. Interacting will other users, although it takes a lot of time will pay off. It’s also fun! I have met a couple of new bloggers on Twitter in just one hour in the evening 🙂 And yeah – that disengagement thingy you get on Instagram now? Everyone is dealing with it now because of Instagram’s algorithms; we can only support each other by commenting on pictures and being more active.

Enjoy your growth journey

Have you ever looked back at your accounts and noticed a great improvement in your content since you first started? It human nature to evolve on every level and it’s amazing when things like these happen. Seeing your growth has to make you happy, so enjoy it! It’s a journey that you signed up for (see what I did there?) and it will make you discover yourself.

Liked this article? Tweet it now, so together we can get rid of negativity! 🙂 I would be so grateful!

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Until next time,

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