In this crazy world of Social Media Influencers, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hype and discouraged when you aren’t growing your following as quickly as you had once hoped.
When I first started my new Instagram account, I used a couple of strategies to go from 0 to 1,000 ORGANIC Instagram followers in just 28 days.
But between 2,500 to 6,000 followers, things were quite slow for a while!
It was a constant game of users following me only to unfollow later (whether look for a follow back or to grow their following list from mine, who knows). Whether or not this is related to my profile no longer showing up as new after one month, I’m unsure, but I do know that I was able to get over the slump fairly quickly!
Using the strategies below, I managed to rapidly increase my followers from about 6,000 to over 15,000 followers in under a year!
Excited? Thought you would be, so let’s dive right in!
1. Join a Follow Loop
You’ve probably seen a couple of these images posted during your time on Instagram. So, I’ll give you the skinny!
Basically, there are “Follow Friday Loops”, “Weekend Follow Loops”, or others with a similar cutesy name that moms and lifestyle bloggers participate in by either posting the affiliated image for that week’s loop or by simply following and responding to others who have posted the same image on their profile.
Users are instructed to follow the loop hosts, tap on the loops hashtag, follow the hashtag, and follow everyone who has posted the affiliated image.
Upon completion, users are to post an emoji (i.e. the sunflower emoji) or the words “done” or “followed” to let those they have followed know that they have done so in order to guarantee a follow back.
Do keep in mind though, that you should wait AT LEAST 24 hours before sending someone a Direct Message to inform them that they have not yet followed you back!
If you are interested in co-hosting a follow loop, simply contact the host listed in the caption and ask for details.
Most of these ladies are very friendly and are thrilled to help other moms, bloggers, etc grow their following. Speaking from experience, the Instagram Moms and Mommy Bloggers communities are both very wonderful, supportive, and welcoming of other users. Just remember to always be respectful and follow the rules outlined in the caption.
Follow for Follow Groups and Loops are also available through Facebook and can be found by simply searching a combination of the words “Instagram” and “Follow” to display relevant results.
2. Participate in a Loop Giveaway
That image packed with great mom swag, fitness goodies, or a $500 Target gift card. You’ve probably seen at least one of these giveaways! And I’m here to tell you that they are NOT top secret nor is that first line in the caption necessarily true; you know the one, “I’ve teamed up with some of my favourite accounts to do a gift one lucky follower a mega prize pack”.
I only found this out by actually messaging another Instagram user who was kind enough to tell me about a loop giveaway account she partnered with.
However, there are a TON of options as far as actual hosts go but personally, @lcbgiveaways is my favourite host at the moment.
Keep in mind that legitimate giveaway accounts ALWAYS provide proof of winners receiving their prizes!
If you are looking to discover more giveaway host accounts, simply search your favourite Instagram users “following” lists for “loop” or “giveaway” and I guarantee, you’ll probably find one or two of these there 😉 If you work with alternative hosts accounts, be sure to ask for proof that winners are receiving their winnings.
Now, keep in mind in order to participate in the giveaway, there is a cost. Generally the price is between $15-$50 US per giveaway, depending on the prize being awarded.
My personal favourite prizes are the ones that feature Hunter Boots and Strollers! In my experience, I’ve found that these have the BEST new follower turn out. On average, I’ve gained between 500-1,200 followers per giveaway.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that there are a couple of different styles of giveaways. The first is the traditional loop: users participate by liking a photo on the Instagram account they are already following’s page and then click the username listed in the caption to continue repeating the process; like, follow, like, follow, until they return to the original user’s Instagram page.
The other typical of giveaway is the 30 second giveaway. Each user posts the giveaway photo on their page and followers are instructed to go to the main host’s page where they like that same photo and follow everyone that account is following.
Due to the simplicity, this style of giveaway also appears to be favoured by many hosts these days. However, I’m personally a fan of the traditional loop as followers get to have a look at your feed while completing the loop rather than just generically clicking follow on your account. Hence, it’s also CRUCIAL to post high quality content after posting a giveaway on your page!
Buyer beware though, after the giveaway ends, you may or may not experience a large loss in your follower count. Upon the giveaway’s completion, hosts and co-hosts MUST announce the winner on the original image HOWEVER, within a day or so, I’ve found that most users will delete that image or at least de-tag other users from the post in order to break the loop (in hopes that followers don’t unfollow them immediately after the giveaway has wrapped).
There is no guarantee that users continue to follow you after the giveaway ends as it is not mandatory at this point. In my personal experience though, after an incredible outcome of 1,200+ new followers, I only lost about 150 the first week after the giveaway ended!
Not bad at all!
I’ve found that a lot of these new followers have also ended up being repeat customers on the next giveaway 🙂 They know that you host them, so many will wait in anticipation of the next one.
Been stuck with the same number of followers for a while now? Give the above suggestions a try and let me know how it went!
Wishing you incredible success in growing your personal brand or business Instagram account!
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