Instagram Hacks & Third Party Tools

8 Nov

On the 6th day of Movember, the votes are in and “The Question Mark” has won in the polls. I’ll be craving it out tomorrow, but today I’m reviewing Instagram hacks that work.

I’ve barely dipped my toe into the world of Instagram, which has been on the internets since 2010. I’m on a mission to use as many Instagram hacks as necessary to grow my audience to over 10,000 followers. The original post was Movember 8th, 2018, but there will be updates periodically that showcase results from the products.

The first product I’m testing out is Kicksta, which helps brands and influencers grow on Instagram by providing them with a tool that connects them with real followers. This quick video explains how simple the platform is:

I’ll be using this product throughout the month of #Movember. The goal is to accelerate the growth of my audience from a modest 184 followers (and I’m following 160).

My video is quick view of the platform, but Alex (we’re on a nickname basis) explains what the product actually does in much better detail in this video:

So what are Instagram follower worth? Merely thousands of dollars once you get into the six figure followers realm. According to Forbes, “An Instagram user with 100,000 followers can command $5,000 for a post made in partnership with a company or brand.”

100,000 followers would be pretty cool, but I’m a modest guy, I just want to hit 10,000 followers. That’s the magic number where micro-influencer status kicks in and brands start reaching out to you for sponsorship opportunities.

Kicksta is absolutely worth a try at $49/month for the service. Use this link and the code BFSAVE for a buy one month, get one free.

Later in the month, I’ll update this post with the results of my Instagram followers. Please donate to my Movember campaign. I would love to shout your name in my next video.
Update December 2, 2018

My first month of actively posting and using Kicksta has done pretty nicely. In less than 30 days, I raise my 184 followers up to 497, an increase of 313.

It doesn’t seem that cool, but if you factor in a learning curve for the product and that I didn’t post every single day (27 posts total), I’d say this was pretty great boost for doing very minimal work

The first lesson I learned was honing in on proper targets. Kicksta preaches that you should find Instagram accounts with between 10,000 and 500,000 followers AND to stay away from big name brands and celebrities. Kicksta also suggests to find niche influencers that are related to your style…yeah, I didn’t do this for the first 2 weeks #FAIL. So I adjusted and switched my 10 targets to these:
This made a huge difference in my followers increasing by the day. Let’s see what the ext month brings if I have a moderate amount of posts and I’ll keep this same lineup.
Kicksta’s metrics include a Performance tab that shows the engagement of all the groups. The more people that start following you from these groups, the higher the score will be. In Movember, I focused on some facial hair influencers. @Sexymustaches turned out to be a gold mine where I had hundreds of gay men that are into mustaches start following and liking my posts. I even had some flattering DM…and some graphic ones. I’m not into that scene, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers so I’m happy to glad they are enjoying my Instagram company.
Update February 4th, 2019
Since December 1st, I’ve posted 17 times in 60 days, including this post of my Movember daily mustache journey. I expected more traction on this video, but sometimes if you try too hard, people seem to care less. Lesson learned to keep things simple and more content is a better strategy.
As for followers, 345 gained, bringing my total to 842. I still am only following 182 people, so that metric plays no part in popularity. However, posting regularly definitely plays a role in the gaining followers game.
I am digging the consistent growth that this tool is bringing in, even with my limited amount of posting and effort. I’ve decided to upgrade my Kicksta account next month to increase my users targets from 10 to 40 and see what type of increase I can create. This next month I’m going to focus on kids and Boston Terrier lovers.

Update May 4th, 2019

I tested out the Pro plan and I’m up +976 Followers in the last 3 months. That’s an average of 300+ new followers every month that are engaging with me on Instagram. My biggest engagement post was on 3/28/19 which was MLB opening day. 600 views, 150 likes, 12% engagement. All these stats Kicksta provides for me on the dashboard, which I love to see!

For my next update, I’ll be testing out Fuelgram for a free trial and I might even invest money into some of the paid features. Stay tuned for that update.

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