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Three Instagram Misconceptions

8/11/15

Business, Tech-Talk Tuesday

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Today’s Tech-Talk Tuesday post is a special one because it’s a collaboration with The Rising Tide Society’s kickoff of Tuesdays Together and the global conversation about Instagram! Krista, Caitlin, and I have been hard at work on a secret project that we will be announcing in a few days to help all of you rock the platform by gathering a group of creatives together to support + learn together!

Today’s post is also fun because I had the chance to put together a little Video Blog to talk with you all face to face and share the three biggest misconceptions that so many small business owners have about marketing on the platform! This is my very first attempt at recording myself for Youtube so go easy on me! Haha! A giant thank you goes out to Lee Morton of Clickspark who coached me through video, audio, and editing last week in preparation for a fun personal project I’ll also be unveiling on my birthday!

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Three Misconceptions Small Business Owners Have About Instagram:

First and foremost, you all know that I’m obsessed with social media strategy. Over the past few months, I’ve worked hard to grow my following, make strong connections online, and book clients by sharing my work and heart on Instagram. Along the way, I’ve stumbled so many times with frustrations, doubts, and that giant comparison monster. Sometimes it can feel like an uphill battle and if you’re struggling to get your feet off the ground, just know that you’re not alone!


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Misconception #1: You need a ton of followers in order for Instagram to be an effective marketing tool.
Cultivating a strong following has less to do with the quantity of followers that you have and more to do with the quality of the community that you’re building. I’d rather have five followers that are incredibly invested in the brand and who actively like + comment than a thousand followers who are disinterested and inactive on the platform.

Instagram can be incredibly effective even with a small audience. Hashtags increase your reach significantly and are just as effective whether you have a small following or a large one! Tips for Mastering Hashtags >>

Misconception #2: You cannot mix your personal and professional life on Instagram.
I absolutely love getting to know the people behind the brands that I follow on Instagram. Seeing little snippets of their lives makes me feel like I’m a part of their journey and can lead to an increase in loyalty + enthusiasm for that business as a whole.

As with anything, balance and professionalism are the key when integrating personal and professional images on Instagram. I know that my clients love getting to see the photographer behind the images and many of them say that they feel as if they know me when we meet for the first time. It’s also an amazing way to let your personality shine through and continue to attract clients and followers who are the right fit!

Now, if you’re the type of person who loves to overshare when it comes to the personal aspects of your life – it may be better to have a private account for your personal images and share a few of those moments on your professional account from time to time! Determining whether to have one or two accounts is a personal decision and I’ve seen entrepreneurs have success both ways!

Misconception #3: Perfection is the name of the game.
This is a big one. I fall victim to this lie all of the time and have to consistently remind myself that authenticity is better than perfection. (Even in filming this week’s video I wanted to re-film it a thousand times over and fix all of the mistakes… but sometimes those little quirks are the genuine secret-sauce that truly makes it!)

Remember to be yourself. Be authentic. Share your heart, your triumphs, your struggles, and the lessons learned. Let your audience into your life and your business. Don’t fall into the traps of comparison. Don’t overanalyze every little detail. Don’t stress about followers to the point of exhaustion. Have fun with it. Share what makes you & your clients happy. And the rest will fall into place!

PS – Krista has another awesome post about Instagram on her blog today! »

 

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  1. […] PS – Natalie has another awesome post about Instagram on her blog today! » […]

  2. Laura says:

    Great tips Natalie!

  3. Great tips Natalie. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Emily says:

    Helpful tips for sure! Totally agree about mixing personal and professional life. I think it just makes us real. 🙂

  5. Carly Fuller says:

    Great tips for using instagram effectively!

  6. Brea says:

    This is awesome! So very helpful. I need to get better at keeping up with instagram.

  7. Lauren Swann says:

    Such good tips, Nat!! I love these!!

  8. Marisa says:

    Great job, Natalie! You are amazing at social media and Instagram. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Amy Lynn says:

    Great tips! Some misconceptions I struggle with myself for sure! Mostly the comparison thing… And I loved the video! Very well done 🙂

  10. Super helpful and insightful tips! I’ve been putting off Instagram for way too long. Thank you for sharing!!

  11. Mario Colli says:

    Thank you Natalie. This post is so useful 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing this with us 🙂

  12. Lindsay Hite says:

    Great tips, thanks so much for sharing Natalie! And Happy belated birthday 🙂

  13. Found this on Pinterest. Thank you! I love that you said quantity is not the most important. I find myself looking at that number a lot. I’m going to focus more on connecting with the followers I have. 🙂

  14. You did a GREAT job for your first video! Also the tips were validating and encouraging. Thank you for sharing them…Dear Handmade Life pinned this and this post was how I started my day this morning. Stay Awesome!

  15. I just found your blog on pinterest and I’ll definitely be following along! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  16. Sara Mitchell says:

    these are great tips! thank you so much for sharing. I had the misconception of needing two accounts for my personal and business. A lot of my other business’ in my niche only post business photos so I thought that is what I needed to do in the beginning. Now, two years later I am looking at moving into my personal account full time and rebranding under my name. My industry, memory keeping, is so personal that I think it’s silly to have the two accounts.

  17. […] PS – Natalie has another awesome post about Instagram on her blog today! » […]

  18. Lori says:

    Thanks for the tios. I feel your pain about being a perfectionist it can really be a handicap! ! I have tried I think maybe too hard to make my feed professional but after reading your post I think I will mix it up a bit. Sounds like fun!

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