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5 Tips to get more Instagram Followers

March 16, 2016

 

Hi there! 

Something that all of us want, but seems to be so hard to achieve! More Instagram Followers more engagement – and in the case of my sweet fellow bloggers: more influence and collabs. In the past three months I have been experimenting with Instagram and was able to grow my Instagram Followers from 10K to more than 27K! In this blogpost I am sharing the absolute musts which you need for a succesfull Instagram with consistent growth and engagement. 

1. Fix your IG FeedPeople want to follow you on Instagram if they like your pictures and if your feed is cool. So let’s start with that! First of all, here is an article about 11 Instagram Stars Spilling their Secrets on creating the best photos. Secondly, It’s easy on the eye if the photos you post are cohesive and connected to each other in some way, you can achieve this in several ways: 

  • Always use the same filter
  • Edit your pictures in a way that they get similar lighting & contrast
  • Try to stick with a color palette (as you might have noticed, mine is dominantly white & blue)
  • Balance out the type of pictures you post, don’t post too much of the same things in a row.
  • Post a neutral picture such as a B&W Quote or a mainly white picture every now and then to make your overall feed more easy on the eye.
  • Stand out: give your Instagram a theme and its own identity, like these 7 IG Accounts

2. Use the right Hashtags: If you want to be found by the right people on Instagram, make sure that your hashtags are relevant to the picture which you are sharing. In theory they are pretty much search words, so think well about what type of hashtags fit with your IG and your picture for the most relevant engagement. You should definitely try to see which hashtags work best for you, so go ahead and experiment! Important note: make sure not to use too much hashtags all too often, this might come over as spammy. The Nectar Collective shared some of their favorite hashtags to use to get more engagement and shoutouts, a great place to get started!

Instagram Followers

3. Regular EngagementThis is kind of a ‘no-brainer’: the more you engage, the more engagement you get in return. Of course not everyone has time (or internet) to be on IG all day long, but at least try to keep your engagement consistent. Like and comment on some pictures every day for 30 minutes, post a new picture at least once a day, and search for new interesting IGers once a week to keep your inspirations flowing and network growing. Good ideas for smart engagement:

  • Check out the IGers who are similar to you and like some of the pictures of their followers. If they like them, they might like you as well!
  • Go to the IG of hotspots where you regularly hang out (or where your target group probably goes to) and engage with some of their followers. It shows you have something in common and people will be more keen to follow you.
  • If you get a shoutout from another IGer, make sure to engage with the people that like or comment on that shoutout. They already liked you, so the step to following will be easier!

4. Tag the right PeopleIf you tag other IG’ers in your pictures it means that your picture will be shown in their tagged pictures, which means: more visibility! Also it will allow you to – hopefully – catch the attention from the IG’er you are tagging: a cool brand, a shoutout page, maybe even a celebrity, or just a friend! No matter what: more visibility = more engagement, and that’s what we are going for. Just like with the hashtags, make sure not to ‘overdo’ it since people will experience it as spammy. Keep the tags relevant to the picture you are posting and keep it balanced.

5. Show PersonalityMake jokes, tell people what you’re up to, share your thoughts, and more! In the end, people want to follow you for one of the following reasons:

  • They personally know you and want to stay in touch
  • They like your pictures and captions; which means they want to know the person behind those pictures too
  • They feel like they can identify with you and feel a connection

Either way, for all of those reasons you need to show your personality! There are 1000’s of people with pretty pictures on IG, who are you? Don’t be afraid to share your mind, you will be surprised to see how many people agree with you, laugh with you, or even cry with you. Don’t all of us like to feel a connection, even if it’s with someone who seems to be a stranger?

BOOM! There you go guys: your class on Instagram Followers 101, was there anything new you didn’t know before? Do you have any tips of your own? Share it with the community! For the brands out there: I recently started offering social media marketing and branding services, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any help! 

Lots of Love,

Lynn

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How to Organize Yourself

March 3, 2016

Hi there lovelies!

As promised, the month March will be fully dedicated to improving your skills! I decided to get started with one of the most important problems in daily life: organization and time-management. Having a hard time to organize yourself? Creative freelancers often have tons of projects going on and it’s hard to organize… there are so many things you have to keep in mind! Some months ago I realized I needed to find a way to get my sh*t together and started to experiment with different ways of making a schedule, till I found the perfect solution which I have been working with ever since!

What I love about my method is that it does not only create a clear overview of my tasks and appointments, but it also creates space for long-term project thinking AND free time.

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10 Ways to spot a Burnout and 11 Ways to handle it

February 24, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq11vt7kvv4

Hey everyone,

As you might have noticed, the fashion week season is in full blossom, yet I am hanging around in my comfy home in sunny Barcelona. In case you might wonder why: for the past few weeks – or even months –  I’ve been under a lot of pressure and I decided to take it easy this season. I’ve been doing some research and I came to the conclusion that I’m on the edge of a burnout due to an overload of expectations, workload, pressure and perfectionism.

“But you’ve been doing great! What happened?” Exactly, I’ve been doing more than great all these weeks. In fact, I’ve been doing SO great that my current workload is around 75 hours a week, not counting the other hours I spend thinking about work on the side (I’m not even joking, I’ve been keeping track of my hours). It would be lovely to already earn enough money to hire people to take on a part of that workload, but as long as I’m not there yet, I’m on my own. And since I want my work to be top quality, I will not stop working until it’s perfect. Competition is though, can you blame me?

I was doubting whether I should write about this, or even let anyone know that I might have issues since the world of social media is supposed to be perfect. I neither wanted to give the idea that I’m trying to get compliments or attention with this: I simply figured that since my blog is supposed to be about me helping people with my personal experiences, it would be hypocrite of me to leave out the negative things. And who knows, maybe I can actually help someone by talking about my own experience. Especially in the world of creative freelancers I am sure there are more of you out there that are on the edge of a burnout, since we never seem to be able to stop working. So this one is for you: let’s get better together! In the video I talk about everything you need to know, but in case you want to read more details, check out the text below:  Continue Reading