Folksy Ltd

Promoting on Instagram?

(ElizabethGaultJewellery) #1

Just wondering who else uses Instagram? Any good advice for building up a following? Are there any particularly effective hashtags anyone has discovered?

I’ve just started using Instagram for promotion but finding it slow going!

I’m @tartantree

Lizzie x

(Susan Bonnar) #2

I get good sales on Instagram (more than on Folksy!) but I don’t actively promote. I have connected with people and do show work in progresses and often people will message asking for me to make something for them that’s similar. Not sure if that helps, I know that some shops just market as on FB/Twitter but I have to say I don’t follow any of them but tend to connect with people that have a mixture of life and work. x @TartanTree

(Roz) #3

My problem with instagram is that you can only upload photos from a mobile device, not a laptop and as the camera on my current phone is broken I am stuck until I can get a new one!

(ElizabethGaultJewellery) #4

Thanks Susan. I’ll bear that in mind and try and include more ‘lifestyle’ type stuff as well as just products. x

(ElizabethGaultJewellery) #5

I had that problem for a while too but now I’ve got a snazzy smartphone I try and make use of it. smile: x

(Amberlilly) #6

I use I.G. and have had a few sales, but I do follow things I like, such as, dogs, garden nature etc. I put a mix on too, mainly my dogs and my shop. I don’t follow back everyone, the high numbered ones just unfollow you, all pretty pointless, bit like FB, so it must interest me. Most of them are UK based where possible and I have engaged with some lovely people too. Definitely worth a shot i would say.

(Susannah Ayre) #7

I’ve had Instagram for a lot longer than I’ve been selling for. So my Instagram is just me really. I don’t post on a daily basis- sometimes I don’t post anything all week. But I use it to follow people I like & the things i’m interested in. As well as posting random photos of things I’ve been doing- as well as things I’ve been making. I do use hashtags and I have built up an organic following - I don’t do the whole ‘follow for follow’ thing. And if someone follows me who looks like a scammer I just block them. (As in someone who has thousands of followers but have only ever put one photo up!)
I have gotten sales from it- which has directed people to my Folksy or Etsy shop. So I find it pretty good!!
It’s also got a lot of local interest. I also follow local businesses and things, as well as just friends.
It’s my favourite way to social network to be honest. Easy, convenient and quite fun really.

(ElizabethGaultJewellery) #8

Yep, I’ve been on Instagram with a personal account for a while but because I have pictures of my kids on there I decided to make it private and have a separate one for business and that’s the one I really want to build up now. just struggling to find the best hashtags to use for maximum exposure and getting a balance of product shots and more lifestyle stuff… x

(Stitchingarainbow) #9

if you are desperate there are programs you can install on your laptop that would allow you to post on instagram, try google it.

(Amberlilly) #10

Didn’t realise that? Must do a search then.