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Have a business? Here is why you SHOULD be excited about Instagram ( 5 Reasons )

Have a business? Here is why you SHOULD be excited about Instagram ( 5 Reasons )

#1 Instagram is increasing in popularity while Facebook is declining. Although the platform is over a decade old, it is still signing up new users each day!!šŸ“ø

#2 Instagram is popular cross demographics; people of all ages, sex, location, and interests use Instagram. Because it is a very nicheā€™ interest focused platform, there is huge potential for ANYONE – to find ā€œtheir peopleā€ on the platform.Ā šŸ‘

#3 Unlike Facebook ( a lot of people are frustrated by its closed nature ) Instagram is more open for discoverability (( granted that you have a public profile ) the algorithm also isnā€™t as tight; meaning that if you put in a solid amount of effort you can still enjoy organic growth.šŸ‘Œ

#4 Instagram is multi-media and designed for storytelling! ( The term micro-blog ) comes to mind. There are so many ways you can share information and connect with people on Instagram – beyond ā€œjust pretty picturesā€Ā šŸ™Œ

#5 Instagram Ads – Instagram Ads are a business owners dream because they allow you to reach people on Instagram who are going to love your content, and convert them into leads ( if you know what you are doing ). Ps. Instagram Ads live in your Facebook Ads manager and there are tons of options for building audiences and creating ads.

So, riddle me this WHY are you not using Instagram to market your business?

Is it because you arenā€™t sure how or have been ā€œtryingā€ but not having any success?

Maybe you might like to try my Instagram Marketing Success Challenge 5 Days of Instagram Profile Makeover Tips to help you overhaul you Instagram Marketing Strategy and improve your Instagram game.

Are you into it?
Sign up here:
https://mailchi.mp/leadbuddy.biz/instagram-challenge

Getting Started With Tailwind

Using Tailwind to Grow Your Instagram Account – Getting Started

Today I am going to show you how to get started using Tailwind for Instagram Growth! I have been experimenting with Tailwind as a tool for content networking, and audience growth. Normally, I am very careful about what type of “apps” and tools that I endorse because I do not want to advocate for something that isn’t ultimately useful. A lot of the people who follow me and read my blogs are busy mom entrepreneurs like myself – and therefore the last thing I would want to do is send anyone down a rabbit hole that just drains their time and they don’t get anything back from it.

However, this is one of the main reasons why Tailwind is so promising –
Because it is a solution for anyone who is spending A LOT of time trying to get traction with their content ( Instagram, Blogs, Videos etc. ) and have not yet had any luck.
Simply by being active on Tailwind, you can 10X – seriously – 10Xs the amount of traffic that your content gets!
It isĀ an app that focuses on mutual sharing within niche’ networks.
So the traffic that you get ( if you use this app correctly ) will be people who are legitimately interested in what the content is.
Additionally, if you know anything about SEO, Tailwind helps with “link-structuring” and “backlinking” that will boost your content’s visibility long-term.
Again, this makes it a very promising app – for anyone who is in the content networking space – I recommendĀ using it.
However, to keep things simple for today, I am going to focus on Tailwind for Instagram.

Here is what you will need:

– Access to a desktop computer or laptop ( this cannot be done on mobile )
– Pinterest account
– Instagram account

Here is how you get started!

Get Your Free Trial of Tailwind

Click >> this link << and start your Free Trial of Tailwind

Okay so naturally the first step is for you to actually SIGN UP for Tailwind. Tailwind offers a Free Trial so this isn’t going to cost you anything to do.
Initially, you want to actually sign up for Tailwind for Pinterest. Pinterest is how we are going to drive traffic to your Instagram account! Yes, Tailwind does have tools for Instagram specifically ( scheduling and posting ) but you need to use Pinterest to get the traffic boost.

So hook yourself up to Tailwind, for Pinterest – not Tailwind for Instagram for THIS tutorial.

Get the Tailwind Chrome Extension!

Optional: Once you are signed up with Tailwind you are going to want to grab the Tailwind extension for your Chrome web browser!
This will make it MUCH EASIER to share your Instagram posts to Pinterest and use Tailwind.

Create a board on Pinterest!

Login into Pinterest and create a new board specifically for your “Instagram Posts”
This is where you will “pin” the Instagram posts that you want to share virally and drive traffic with Tailwind!

Visit Your Instagram Profile ( In browser not mobile )

Then hop over to Instagram.com and load up your personal Instagram profile view.
Click the “tailwind” icon in the corner ( if you installed the extension ) and live links from your Instagram – to post on Tailwind will load up.


Select the images from Instagram that you want to schedule to be pinned.
Choose the “pinboard” you wish to post them to.
Select “schedule all” or individually “add to queue”

Now hop back over to Tailwind and go to your publisher.

You will see your Instagram posts have now been scheduled to be pinned.
Now, this is something that you want to do with all of your appropriate Instagram posts on a regular basis.
Having your Instagram posts pinned to Instagram – and share-able will allow you to get more traffic to your Instagram content over time.
Making this a regular habit will immediately make your Instagram posts “discoverable” on Pinterest.
This is easy to do, saves time and beneficial for both your Instagram and Pinterest growth.

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The benefits of pinning your Instagram posts

You might be wondering, what is the point? Here are the benefits.

– Traffic potential; by pinning your best Instagram posts you are making your Instagram content discoverable on Pinterest!
– Network; now your Instagram posts are also pin-able and can be shared and re-pinned within an online network for again, increased visibility and traffic
– Visibility; this makes your Instagram account visible outside of Instagram and now on Pinterest
– Tribes; if you choose to participate in Tailwind’s Tribes or join a Tailwind Tribe for growth this makes your Instagram a post for tribe sharing

Long-term what you should see is more organic traffic to your existing ( pre-existing ) Instagram posts – driving traffic to your profile daily and allowing people with an interest in your content to find you and follow you.

It doesn’t take any more than a few minutes to add your Instagram to Pinterest using Tailwind and you can do this “repeatedly” ( post cycling ) so that your Instagram always has a fresh presence on Pinterest!

Will you be trying this out?
If yes let me know! And if you want to join the Tailwind Tribe you are more than welcome!

Find Your Tribe On Tailwind

Tailwind Tribes! >> Try it for FreeĀ 

Okay, so I just wanted to post a quick update about Tailwind – as I announced that I was trying it out and in the process of writing an in-depth review of the app.
One feature on Tailwind that I am already just SO EXCITED about is the “Tribes” feature…
And it turns out that ANYONE can use this feature even if they have not yet signed up for Tailwind!Ā 

So why is “Tribes” such an awesome feature in this app?
Two words; engagement pods.

What is an engagement pod you ask?

Well if you have never heard of engagement pods before ( come on seriously? ) – they are an online community or group; usually hosted in Facebook Groups where everyone shares content and interacts on each other’s content in a mutual exchange of traffic and for a bump in engagement numbers ( and reach )…
The reason why engagement pods are so popular is that when you participate in them your posts on social media or if you are a blogger, on your blog – get a bump in interaction on the day that you share the link in your pod. AND because all of the platforms have algorithms that determine who gets reach and visibility ( and the algorithm tends to favor posts with a lot of traffic and interaction ) you are able to use the traffic earned from participating in your pod community, to get an increase in organic reach on the content that you post.

Should you be participating in pods?

Pods or engagement swarms ( in my opinion ) are re,ly beneficial IF

a.) You have great content. Increasing reachĀ on lousy content is just a waste of time. Because even if you increase the visibility to get new real traffic on the content – people will just bounce off NOT GOOD. So, first, you need to have share-worthy content.

b.) You have a business model that allows you to profit from this activity- this means that you either have your affiliate links in order OR a funnel in place to capture the traffic and turn people who engage with you, into potential customers –

c.) If you have the time to spare! – partaking in engagement swarms and pods can be quite time-consuming – if you don’t have the time to be an engaged member of that type of community or effort THEN you are better off not committing yourself

THAT SAID, if your ducks are in a row – you have content that you are proud of, a funnel or affiliate links in order, AND you have the time to spare.. then YES – yes you should be participating in these pods because IF you have enough people participating in this activity can give you an awesome leg up.

This is especially a good idea IF you do not have a budget for paid advertising for your business, but you do have content to share. As this is one technique that anyone can use to increase their organic visibility reach on sales funnels, blogs, videos and social media posts. ( Works for all )

Why are TRIBES by Tailwind so exciting???

Okay – so now that you know what an engagement pod is – I have to tell you a hard FRANK truth if you want to be part of one. Very often these things are disorganized clusterfucks. And unless the person in charge of it is extremely consistent and organized they can very quickly become a mess and fall apart. As someone who has tried to launch engagement pods of my own AND who has been in many ( that have died over time ) myself – this is the truth. And… in my many daydreams, I have hoped that somebody tech savvy would come up with an application that served as a solution.

Enter Tribes by Tailwind.

This is freak’n AMAZING. So Tailwind has a feature built into called “Tribes” within tribes a person can join communities ( that suite their niche ) and post links to their content ( to be engaged with and pinned ) – and then EASILY reciprocate within their tribe community by pinning and engaging on other members posts. FINALLY, engagement sharing is made easy.

PLUS this isn’t just a great way to get your content out there.
If you are looking to build your own following and connect with more people it is also a FANTASTIC way to serve your audience –
Honestly – if that doesn’t sound wonderful enough, you can also USE THIS FEATURE FREE without having to sign up for Tailwind – I know, I am salivating.

Okay – so if you are hearing about this for the first time and you have some content that you want to boost – and some time to spend; then >> click here << and give it a FREE trial.

This is something I KNOW I will be using to boost my Instagram content – and as I play with it, I will write up some more tutorials and reviews so that everyone can benefit!

I have started my own Tribe on Tailwind click the link below to request to become a member of my Tailwind Tribe!Ā 

Editing Your Instagram Photos With Fotor

Fotor A MOBILE and In-browser Photo Editing Application Possible Alternative to Canva?

I often get asked about alternative options to Canva…
My first recommendation is to get the Adobe Suite that includes Photoshop and the unlocked ad-free version of Photoshop Express …Ā 
I cannot help myself, I am Adobe girl through and through –

However, I can appreciate that NOT EVERYONE is going to feel the same way – ( OR ) wish to install an extension application onto their computer that is going to cost them $21 for occasional photo-editing.
Therefore, I am always on the lookout for alternative options for photo editing for Instagram that are easy to use, inexpensive, and have enough unique options so that you can make your images look branded and one of a kind.

The one photo editing option that MOST people already know about is Canva. I have a few issues with Canva; but this isn’t the place where I am going to air them.

Instead, I would like to introduce a new-ish photo editing application option Fotor.

Fotor came to myĀ attention whilst I was looking for some different photo editors to recommend to go along with my freebie: 102 Royalty Free Images for Your Instagram.

I started to play around with it to see what I thought of it ( keeping it in mind as an alternative to Canva ) and I was surprisingly happy with how seamless it was and how well it worked.

After my first initial “try out” I wanted to see what the PRO features were like. So, I took advantage of Foto’s Invite a friend program and “invited” a few people to get access to the unlocked version for a few days.

Here are some of my thoughts!

– Can be accessed anywhere via mobile or desktop!
– Connects to your social media you can load images to / or from Instagram, Facebook etc.
– Mac or PC friendly / also Android or iOS
–Ā ā€˜Fotor for Messengerā€™ unique feature for integration with Facebook Messenger ( so cool! )
– Community aspect with Foto, Foto competitions for Photographers ( a nice touch/incentive to use it )
– “One-tap” photo enhancer automatically improves quality issues with any images…
– Compatibility with RAW image files

What Else?

Okay, so I made a few images with Fotor to see how it functioned. Here is what I ended up with. ( Less than 3 minutes spent on each )

and here are a few more thoughts:

– SUPER EASY… you need ZERO design experience to use this, my kid could do it

– Good for basic graphics creation; flyers, blog titles, Pinterest posts, social media ads etc.

– Good for image fixing, remove red-eye, blemishes

– Advanced photo manipulating “photo-shopping” … you can make yourself skinnier, add make-up etc.

– Stickers, frames, and fonts – nice variety

– Not limited in options – millions to choose from

– Saving and downloading images is fast and easy

– The speed of editing GREAT – seamless really ( no waiting to load )

Honestly, I was surprised by how it was to use and I can see tons of potential in this for anyone who needs to make graphics or edit photos for any reason. I am happy with how the images I made turned out, and I am even MORE satisfied with the fact it required like ZERO effort to figure this application out having never used it before.

In my opinion, this mobile image editor is not an alternative to Canva, but is in fact SUPERIOR to Canva, even though it is just brand new and some features are still in development. If you are looking for a way to edit your photos without having photoshop I would recommend the paid version ( $3.99 per month ) of Fotor.Ā 

Fotor has everything an Instagrammer needs to create great images to post on their feed. Not sure? Give it a test run yourself.

Oh, and feel free to use some of these Royalty Free Stock Images for Instagram.

Make $5 Unlimited Times With Your Instagram and Honey Extension

Make $5 Unlimited Times With Your Instagram and Honey Extension

Do You Like Free Money? Who Doesn’t?

First things first if you aren’t already using the Honey Chrome extension to save money when you shop online you are cray-cray. I started using this Chrome extension when it started being recommended by all of my favorite YouTubers about a year ago, and I love it so much! So here is what Honey does.

Honey is a FREE browser extension that searches the web for promo codes before you check out in order to save you money on your purchases.
Seriously. If you aren’t using it, you are quite literally paying more than you have to for the majority of your online purchases.
And if you are like me ( before I installed Honey ) you already Google promo codes to save money when you are shopping online.
This application basically does that for you.
So you get to be lazy.
And still get a great deal.

If you don’t read any further, just do one thing for me.
Install Honey RIGHT MEOW! Like seriously. Click here and add it to your Google Chrome Browser.
Not using Google Chrome. Get it here. Then get honey. And start using it when you shop.

Alright –
Now, if you read myĀ How to Get Free Food Using Instagram blog post then you probably know what is coming up next.
Right now – I am going to tell you how to get FREE MONEY using Honey. Oh, my, freak’nĀ god!

So now this saint of an app is not just saving you money – it is giving you money.
Here is what you do.

Step 1: Sign up for and Install Honey.
Step 2: Get your refer a friend code.
Step 3: Paste your refer a friend code to your Instagram profile website URL.
Step 4: Write something like this as your Instagram bio “Save money when you shop with Honey! Click below for a FREE browser extension”
Step 5: Wait, because your friends need to Install Honey and then use it for the first time then YOU get $5.

And you can do this unlimited times.
And like with my FREE food hack, you can drive traffic to the link by posting … like normal on your personal Instagram and just including “Want to save money when you shop online? Check out the link in my profile” in the captions of all of your posts.
Plus if you want to be especially hardcore, whenever someone “follows you” give ’em the referralĀ link in a DM, say something like “Hey thanks for following me, here’s an amazing money saving app for you!”

Seriously, the payback is especially worth it, IF you are using Instagram a lot already AND you don’t have anything else to promote.
As your following grows so will the amount of payback you get from Honey. Easiest $5 dollars you will ever make.

Again – this is a great example of an easy way to get started monetizing your efforts on Instagram. And if your long-term goal is to become influential on Instagram then THIS is something you are going to want to take advantage of!

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Find Out How Influential Your Instagram Account Is

Find Out How Influential Your Instagram Account Is

How To Find Out If You Have Reached Influencer Status On Instagram…

Have you been working hard to build your Instagram following? Do you ever wonder if your account is “influential” enough to get sponsored a post or get approved for affiliate marketing opportunities?
I recently came across a website called HypeAuditor and I decided to try it out and run a report on my own Instagram. In today’s blog, I am going to talk a bit about Hypeauditor, how it works, and if you should trust it.

What is HypeAuditor all about?

Okay, so HypeAuditor claims to be the answer to the question on everyone’s mind, how REAL is this Instagrammer’s following? … Admit it, you’ve at some point looked at somebody’s Instagram accounts and been skeptical of whether or not their following is “legit”?

If you are an avid Instagrammer, then you yourself may also be wondering; how many of these people who follow are “real”?

HypeAuditor provides you with a response to both these questions as you can run reports on ANY Instagram account that you want, not just your own.

Because of this HypeAuditor is also a tool that business owners who are looking for influencers to promote their products can use to determine the potential influencers legitimacy…

It is an in-browser application that provides a report determining the quality, reach and authenticity of any Instagram account.

What is in the report?

Alright, so if you run an Instagram Hype Audit ( you can get a FREE ONE by clicking here ) you’ll get the following Information:

1.) Your global Influencer ranking ( over all of Instagram according to HypeAuditor )
2.) Your national influencer ranking ( over your country of origin )
3.) Your ranking “by category” – this is based on the assumed niche of your Instagram account again, according to HypeAuditor
4.) An estimate of how many of your followers are “real” or active Instagram accounts ran by real human persons
5.) An average of “authentic engagement” – this is supposedly how much “real” engagement on average each of your posts
6.) An audience quality score – this is an overall ranking of your audience quality
7.) A breakdown of who your followers are and where they are from – with the language being a factor in determining audience quality
8.) Your “reach” – the average amount of people who see your per post
9.) Follower quality percentage – the percentage of your following that is engaged by your content
10.) Your average number of comments + your average number of likes…
11.) Other stuff like Niche percentages, advertising / sponsored post performances, brand tagging

How accurate is this report…really?

My honest review of HypeAuditor is that it is pretty accurate, actually.

In fact, based on my own assessment of my personal Instagram and the numbers that I have seen and the engagement I experience on my account I would say that it is reasonably reliable. Plus if you have your Instagram Account switched over to a business account and look at the reach and engagement rate directly from Instagram, it matches up – great to see.

However, there are two small issues with HypeAuditor:

The global influencer ranking and your national influencer where you rank worldwide or nationally is based only on who has submitted their account to be accessed by HypeAuditor.

Also some data that is included in the report, such as your niche percentagesĀ  ( I would be curious to know what they said other people’s niches was; mine came in as Beauty & Fashion, Business,Ā Restaurants, Food & Grocery ) there is no information on HOW these conclusions are drawn, but I would assume it is based on your hashtags and keywords on your profile – again, not sure of the accuracy.

Everything else seems pretty legit and if you are trusting HypeAuditors assessment of your account what I would be MOST concerned with is …

– The number of real followers
– The number of active followers
– Rate of engagement
– Reach per post
– Comments and responses
– Audience authenticity ( language + responses )

These areas are the most important because they speak to the Instagrammers overall authenticity and potential to have influence with their audience to make sales for anyone who sponsors them.

Since the report on these areas appears to be accurate enough business owners who are looking for Instagram Influencers to work with could potentially use HypeAuditor to determine if the followers on the account are real and if the Instagram influencer is a safe bet.

And anyone who is working on their Instagram, and who wants to know “where they stand” could probably trust this assessment as a good indicator of where they stand.

What did your HypeAuditor report say?

If you do happen to get a report on your own Instagram account and if you don’t like what you see; don’t fret.
You can always work to improve your follower authenticity, authentic engagement and reach and then run the report again in a couple of months. For this reason, HypeAuditor is an excellent resource for anyone who is ready to take Instagram seriously and who wants to potentially make money from their account.

 

>> Get a FREE HypeAuditor Report <<
Use click this link you will get 3 FREE report credits!!!