What NOT To Do On Instagram

Do you have a pet peeve? *Come on, I know you do!*

While I have some personal pet peeves, I also have professional ones, too. *I know, diva much?*

Let me explain….

From a professional standpoint, I hate to see business owners waste their time or money on strategies and tactics that do more harm than good in the long run. This is especially true when there are simple and proven strategies that work.

If you find yourself longing for growth, I have to deal it to you straight: Growth comes on the back of work. 

>>Anything that promises quick success is not success that is sustainable.<<

Here are some of my biggest business pet peeves that I wish business owners would stop doing on social media.

What Not To Do

Spend Money On Shout Outs

I know it can be tempting to think that if someone could shout your name from the tallest tower that all your marketing woes would be solved. But that simply isn’t the case.

On average, a post will reach 13% of an account’s following and the average rate of engagement is 2-4%. With that in mind, let’s do some quick math…

If the account you’ve paid for a shout out has 25,000 followers, the post about you may reach 3250 people. Of those 3250 people, only 500 to 1,000 of those followers will likely engage. But people have become increasingly leery of sponsored content, and that engagement ratio will drop further for content that blatantly endorses or promotes a product.

Of those people who do engage, nothing guarantees they will click into your profile, follow, engage, or purchase from you.

Instead, focus on the quality of your followers rather than the quantity.

When you know who it is you serve and how you add value to their life, it becomes so simple to speak to them in a way that resonates so much more than a shout out ever will.

Use Engagement Bots

Arguably the most damaging on the list: paying for bots to engage with or follow your account. Using bots has the most long term consequences.

In order to understand why this is such a problem, you need to first understand how the algorithm works. Any time you post, the platform will serve up your content to those it thinks are most likely to engage. 

If you pay for bot engagement, your posts will be served up to the bots who engage with your content and not to real people who might benefit from your product or service. 

And if that wasn’t bad enough, if you ever stop paying for the service, your reach and engagement will tank, because the platform will be serving up content almost exclusively to bots who no longer engage. That indicates to the algorithm that your content is not worth pushing to any other accounts.

Ignore Comments On Your Posts

If someone approached you at the store and offered up a nice compliment, would you stare back and say nothing?

If a stranger passing on the street complimented your outfit, would you not smile and reply with a thank you?

So please, friend, if someone takes the time to type out a comment, react to a story, or send a DM on social media, give them the courtesy of a response.

There is no better way to make a person feel unimportant than to ignore them. And that will certainly not lead to a person who knows, likes, and trusts you enough to hand over their credit card information.

Sell All The Time

Last, but certainly not least, remember that the original purpose of social media was to be social.

Although many people and companies are on social media to share what they do, the consumer still craves that social connection.

If you are only promoting what you do, you’ll miss the opportunity to serve and draw people in who not only support you, but become raving fans.

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