Instagram

Good evening…….Monday’s seem to be coming round much quicker! I hope you all had a great week and that this week brings you lots of love and sparkle.

So today I want to talk a little about my Instagram account. I know some of you already follow me on there, but for those of you who don’t here’s the direct link so you can head over and follow me https://www.instagram.com/littleideaswithlove/

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent more time over on Instagram and been posting direct from there over to my Facebook business page. I use Instagram lots for my stories, I love stories and I love how I’m able to tell my followers a story of what’s happening at LIWL HQ.

Now my questions tonight are……..do you have Instagram? If so are you following me? Instagrams a great way to advertise your business, now I know I’ve got many customers who also run their own business. If you comment regular on my Instagram account using your business account, it means my followers will start to see you and if they love what you do they’ll head over and follow you. It works totally different to Facebook, Instagram is more for connecting with similar businesses and finding your ideal follower. I also have a personal Instagram account, but I rarely log into it as I want many to find my business account and to connect with me through that one.

‘’Now I have many customers who often tell me they don’t know how to use Instagram, it’s simple…….follow the type of accounts you love. I follow people who have, home accounts, cleaning, meditation, crystals, I also follow a lot of my customers too. I then make sure I connect with those I follow, well I am following for a reason and that’s so my feed is filled with what they are sharing. For years I rarely did much with my Instagram, but last year I started to use it correctly and watched my followers grow. Don’t get me wrong I do lose followers, these tend to be accounts that only follow you if you follow them……big no, no I never do follow for follow, I follow the accounts I actually love and because I want to see what they are posting. I often buy from people who are on Instagram too, I’ve bought off some lovely businesses recently……I’ve actually an order arriving soon, I’ll share on my Instagram stories when it arrives.

I’ve decided to share with you my top tips for Instagram, just in case some of you aren’t sure how it all works……

Use hashtags when sharing a post, these need to be relevant to what you’re sharing, so for example say you’re sharing a post of what you’re melting from me and it’s a wax brittle then you’d use hashtags like these

#liwl

#waxbrittle

#waxaddict

#littleideaswithlove

#smellsamazing

#whatsinyourwarmer

#sherbetlemon (if that’s what you’re melting or whichever scent you’re melting)

#sweetieshop (again if this is the scent range you’re melting)

You can see what hashtags I use and you can select to follow them just like you can follow your favourite accounts, I add hashtags to each post, I now always place them in my comments, as I always share my post direct to my Facebook business page and I don’t want hashtags going on my Facebook post, so adding them after I’ve posted is perfect.
‘Now you’ve gone to share your photo and used some hashtags don’t forget to tag me in your post too, this means I’ll see you’ve done a post that you want me to see, so just use @ sign and then my business name littleideaswithlove it’ll come up as you type it on Instagram.

When commenting on a business post, always use 5 or more words, emojis don’t count and any less than 5 words Instagram don’t count it as a real comment, saying a small sentence shows other followers you’re actually interested in what that accounts just shared. Yes sometimes I may just use a couple of words on someone’s post as it may not need a sentence, but I try and always do over 5 words if I can.

‘Now if you’re accounts set to private, then it means I can’t share any posts you may tag me in, some people prefer a private account and that’s totally fine, but if you’re wanting others to see then you’ll have to have it so everyone can see your profile. Many people open a second account just to share things they want others to see and then keep their personal one private.

When looking at one of my posts, there’s a little arrow, this means you can share it to your stories, sharing to your stories means everyone who follows you will be able to see what you’ve shared of mine, tagging me in your share also means it’ll appear in my inbox and then I can reshare it to my stories too.

You might think it sounds complicated, but trust me it’s not, it’s so much fun once you get to know how to use it properly.

‘’I’m going to start having giveaways on Instagram and these won’t be shared to Facebook, I’m currently planning one as we speak and it’s going to be pretty big, I just need to make sure I word it all correctly so that it works what I’m going to ask my followers to do. I’m hoping over the next 2 weeks I’ll be ready to share what it is, it’s going to be bigger than I’ve done in a long time, but there’ll be things you’ll need to do to be in for a chance of winning and it’ll mean if your accounts set private then I won’t see the steps I’ve asked you to do.

‘I’ll be sharing more about this in my stories over the next week, so be sure to watch out for them. I will also tell people on Facebook about this giveaway, but if they want to enter they’ll need to be on Instagram.

I’ll probably chat again about Instagram on my next blog, as I’ll tell you more about my giveaway too. So be sure to watch out for it all so you don’t miss out.

‘Right I’m off, if you’ve got a question about what I’ve chatted about this evening, please leave a comment and I’ll hopefully be able to answer you.

Stay safe, you’re all doing amazing during this Covid-19 lockdown and hopefully we’ll start to get back to normality very soon.

‘’Love

Rachel…….x

34 replies
    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Honestly try it Kate, it’s so lovely and a much calmer place too. It’s helped me over the last few weeks using it more for posting to my Facebook page too. I follow some lovely accounts too. Looking forward to seeing you over there. Love Rachel……x

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  1. Gemma
    Gemma says:

    Hope you’ve had a lovely week, can’t believe it’s Monday again already! Doesn’t seem 5 mins since I read last weeks blog. I love using Instagram and will definitely take some of your great tips on board. Lots of love

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww thank Gemma, I’m so happy you love reading my blogs, I do enjoy writing them. Maybe one day I’ll write even more. Have a sparkly night, love Rachel….x

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  2. Kate Plummer
    Kate Plummer says:

    Ooh some fab tips there thankyou! I don’t use Instagram as much as I do Facebook, but I really should start using it more. I love seeing your bright and sparkly photos on there though xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Kate, it’s a great way to be seen and you too can get your business to be seen too. It’s so different to Facebook and I love looking at all the different accounts too. Thank you for popping by. Love Rachel……xx

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  3. Maria Wall
    Maria Wall says:

    I have a personal Instagram account that I hardly ever use. I do follow a lot of businesses though. Another great blog thanks Rachel xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      You should use it more Maria, I love it and I love finding new accounts. I follow a lot of home accounts and cleaning accounts, I love watching their stories. Love Rachel……x

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  4. Denise
    Denise says:

    Great tips! I normally use Instagram to send photos to my brother who is in Australia but will definitely look at using it for more than just that. Great blog xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      That’s lovely you’re able to connect with him. I hope he’s safe and thank you for commenting this evening. Love Rachel…..x

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  5. S.N
    S.N says:

    Lovely read sadly I’m one of those who’s not on instagram I can just about handle the other social platform which I follow you on

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It’s not for everyone, but I love using it and I’m able to get my products seen by so many different people. Xx

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  6. Sarah Foulds
    Sarah Foulds says:

    Such an informative post thank you.I dont use Instagram but I feel after your tips I need to give it a try x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww Annie, you’ve made me smile I love you’ve seen my blog from me sharing on Instagram. I hope you’ve had a sparkly day and I miss you loads. Love Rachel……x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      It’s such a lovely platform to use, I really enjoy being in there as well as Facebook. Love Rachel…x

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  7. Susanne Greenwood
    Susanne Greenwood says:

    Hi I set up an Instagram account when I got my Jack Russell pup…goodness nearly 3 years ago now to share her adventures and so I have a record of her life. I like it more than Facebook these days and have followed businesses that interest me and have bought from a number of them, plus of course everyone that has a JRT. We follow you of course under her name, rileesunshine. Like you I don’t follow just to be followed.

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  8. Rachael
    Rachael says:

    Hopefully one day I may attempt instagram but the thought just confuses me haha. Facebook is enough for me haha x x

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  9. Sue
    Sue says:

    My daughter set me up an Instagram account and surprise surprise old dinasaur that I am get flummoxed will give it another bash x

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  10. mrsjlmod
    mrsjlmod says:

    A lot of my bodybuilding friends have Instagram accounts. I can only just keep up with Facebook. Fab blog again lovely lady xxx

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  11. Gemma
    Gemma says:

    I love to look at the pretty wax pics on Instagram, although I don’t really post anymore – except the odd wax. Great platform to get yourself known in though. I’ll try to be a bit more active on there : )

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  12. Tonya Hinley
    Tonya Hinley says:

    Thank you for the heads up on your giveaway hun, am excited to see what it is.
    Also thank you for explaining how to use insta, as all I do really is look at others pages. Not knowing how it really works, just post a pic and scroll through.

    I will be sure to use the # you have given in this blog and to tag you, so to say, in any posts I put up of you products.

    Look forward to you next blog, untill then take care. Xx

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