Having more real followers on your Instagram (and other social media!) means you have a bigger platform: more people who see your posts every day, share your updates with your friends, who engage with you – and ultimately, more people who turn into leads and customers for your business.

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks right now and not just for regular users, but also for businesses: because so many people follow and interact with businesses on Instagram, it’s become a must-be place for businesses of all types.

But that also means more competition…so, what do you need to do in order to grow your account organically, but quickly?

In this blog post, discover the easiest and quickest way to get real Instagram followers.

Before you start thinking of growing your followers, do this:

You can’t grow your followers (or at least, not with real, targeted followers) if you don’t have a clear and consistent strategy.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Set objectives: what do you want to achieve from Instagram? This will help you come up with awesome content that helps you reach your objectives!
  • Plan your daily schedule: how often are you planning to post updates on your account? Ideally, you should post something up every day – better yet, several times a day. The more you post, the more people will have a reason to follow you, engage with and click on your links
  • Plan your updates: planning your updates ahead of time can actually be a time saver; but even more than that, planning and creating your updates in time lets you strategize and think of your objectives. Plus, it ensures you always have content ready to post, every day
  • Monitor your performance: once you’re active on Instagram, it’s important to monitor your performance so that you can constantly change things up – and improve them. Learn what works, understand why some things don’t work and it will help you keep improving your strategy and your posts, videos and Stories
  • Engage, engage, engage: the first step in getting followers and Instagram (and keep them engaged and interested) is to post quality content, consistently. But that’s not enough – you also need to constantly engage in order to keep growing your audience. Not to mention, the more you engage with people, the bigger the chance you’ll get more people to click on your links, become leads and even become customers.

Here’s why engagement is so important when it comes to Instagram growth: when you engage with people who are already following you, you get them to engage with you in return – and that increases the chances that they’ll click on your links.

When you engage with people who you aren’t yet connected with, that means you increase the chances of them viewing your profile, checking out your posts, your bio link – and even follow you back.

However, you want to make sure that you’re engaging with people who are part of your target audience: people who would want to buy from you.

Now, I want to show you an easy way to automate engagement; and therefore, leave more time for creating beautiful and engaging posts for your account.

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How to get real Instagram followers with Kicksta

In order to get real results from this strategy – i.e. engaging with relevant users, regularly – you need to do it consistently and quite often; ideally, every day.

And that takes up time – especially if you have to also search for relevant users by hand.

One way to significantly simplify the process – and I do mean significantly! – is to use a growth tool like Kicksta.

Basically, Kicksta aims to help brands and influencers who use Instagram, find and connect with relevant, targeted users. All you need to do to set it up is to provide them with a list of similar accounts that have followers that you’d like to connect with and attract to your account; then, Kicksta will start engaging these users by liking one or two of their photos, thus increasing the chances that they’ll check out your profile, check out some of your content and hopefully, follow your account. And that’s what I really love about it – it’s all organic and at the end of the day, it’s up to the people you interact with whether they want to follow you or not. You’re not getting fake followers (that ultimately can’t do anything for your business) but rather followers who checked out your profile and genuinely liked what they saw.

Back to Kicksta though, here’s how it works, exactly.

Because it’s all super easy: the main thing you need to do is add target accounts to your list – the more, the merrier.

You can add up to 40 different “targets” – i.e. accounts whose followers you want to attract to your account – to start with and afterwards, you can change them depending on your overall results:

How to get real Instagram followers

So, what kind of accounts should you be targeting?

Usually, the easiest route is to target any direct competitors; chances are, they’ll have the same target audience as you do so their followers could be ideal leads – not all their followers, but some of them.

That said, you’re not limited to direct competitors necessarily; another route you can take is to target social influencers who have a similar audience to yours – for example, if you sell women’s clothing, then a fashion influencer who promotes products that are similar to yours would be a great account to target.

It’s also a good idea to check how engaged that account is before you target it; ideally, you want to target someone who has highly engaged followers. After all, if their audience isn’t engaged and active on Instagram, there’s no point in trying to get them to follow you – there’s no point in getting followers just for the sake of having them. Ideally, you want followers that are active, engaged and most of all, likely to want to buy from your business.

Before you add any account as your target, you can use the free Instagram Engagement Calculator from Kicksta to see exactly how engaged that user is:

How to get real Instagram followers

If they have a good enough engagement rate, then it’s worth setting them as targets. If their engagement is lacking – well, there are sure to be many other accounts that you can use as your targets.

Once you’ve got a list of accounts you want to target, head over to your Kicksta dashboard, click on Targets and then start adding them to your list:

How to get real Instagram followers

You can add up to 40 targets at once and easily manage them from the Targets tab.

Here, you’ll be able to see all of your targets listed out, together with some handy options and stats:

How to get real Instagram followers

You can turn each target On and Off as needed, or completely remove them from your target list. And most importantly, you can see how they’re performing – if a target was depleted, you’ll see a red exclamation mark so that you can remove them from your list. Furthermore, you can see how they performed – in my case, the first one I tried didn’t have the best performance (as per Kicksta), and yet I still got 17 new followers in less than 48 hours!

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There are a couple more interesting features here worth mentioning; one of the things you can do is that you can choose to target women or men only – which is very useful if your target audience is formed by a specific gender.

Furthermore, you can also get suggestions from Kicksta; you just need to pick a category that best fits your account and their AI technology will recommend accounts/targets that previously worked well in that niche:

How to get real Instagram followers

Once you’ve found your category (and there is a plethora of options, you’re sure to find one that works for your business), the tool will recommend accounts that you can add with one click:

How to get real Instagram followers

Plus, you can also click on them to be taken to their Instagram profiles and see whether you also think their account works for you.

Once all of these targets are set up, all you need to do is check in regularly to see how each is performing and change things up as needed: once one of your targets is depleted you can remove and add a new one, if you have any targets that have a poor performance then you should look for alternatives and so on.

You can also “blacklist” any accounts, location tags and even hashtags – this is so you can further control who you’re interacting with and make sure that you’re A, not interacting with someone you don’t want to and B, avoiding spammy tags and locations that aren’t relevant to your business:

How to get real Instagram followers

As you might’ve noticed in the screenshots I’ve shared throughout this article, there are a few other tabs available as well.

One of them is Analytics – this is where you can see exactly how your followers evolved over time, including daily stats: how many followers you had each day, as well as how many people you are following.

How to get real Instagram followers

The posts section is quite useful as well – an extension of the analytics, basically, it lists all of your Instagram posts, together with some handy stats about them: likes, comments and engagement rates for each post. As I mentioned earlier, it’s great practice to post new content as much as possible as that will massively increase your chances of getting people to follow you.

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Conclusion

I am absolutely loving this tool – in less than a week of using it (and I’m still experimenting with all kinds of different targets!), I’ve already amassed dozens of new followers on my Instagram account. It’s super easy to set up – all you really need to do is add all the accounts you want to target and then simply keep an eye on them and change them as needed – and once that’s done, all you have left to do is, well…sit back and watch your follower numbers grow!

Have you tried Kicksta yet? What else are you doing to grow your Instagram followers? Let me know in the comments section below and please do share if you enjoyed the post 🙂

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