5 Instagram Hacks You Wished You Knew Sooner

One of my favorite things about technology and apps is learning about hidden features.  It makes me feel like I have insider information. Today, I am going to share with you my 5 Instagram hacks you wished you knew sooner.  These hacks will help you level-up your IG game, gain you and your business extra exposure, and make you look like an Instagram Rockstar!  Soon people will be asking you “Hey, how did you do that???”

 

Ready for some IG hacking?

 

HACK #1:  Get Notified When Your Favorite Instagram Accounts Post Content

Now that Instagram shows you posts based on an algorithm, it is quite possible that you will miss posts some posts from your favorite accounts.  Great news, there is a way to work around this by getting notified each time your favorite content creator posts content. Here’s how:

  • Open Instagram
  • Navigate to your favorite Instagrammer (try Lora_Shipman – she posts amazing content lol)
  • When you get to their profile page look for the … in the upper right corner, tap on the …
  • A menu pops up
  • From here, choose “Turn On Post Notifications”
  • Now you will get notifications each time the account posts content
  • You can use this same process for the Instagram Stories feature

 

Hack #2:  Quick Replies (business accounts only)

Do you ever get the same questions over and over on Instagram?  Or maybe, you have done an Instagram story and it has generated a lot of questions.  Typing the same answer over and over again can be draining. Good news! There is an easy way to respond to each question that comes in.  It’s through Quick Replies. Here’s how it works:

  • Open Instagram
  • Navigate to your profile
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines on the top right of your profile
  • From the menu that appears, select the settings option at the bottom of the menu
  • Scroll through the next menu you are taken to, to the “Business Settings” area
  • Tap on the option “Quick Replies”
  • Tap the “+” symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the screen you are taken to
  • Create a shortcut name or “nickname” you can remember that will populate your quick reply
    • For Example.  Let’s say I wanted to create a quick reply to those people who inquired about my latest eBook
    • I might create a shortcut called “eBook”
  • After you have created a shortcut/nickname, now it is time to craft your quick reply
  • In the message section below, type out the response that will correlate with your shortcut/nickname
  • Click save
  • Now your quick reply is set up and ready to go
  • To use your quick reply, navigate to your home screen
  • Open your Instagram DM feature by clicking on the airplane in the upper right corner
  • Tap on the person you want to respond to
  • In the space provided, type your shortcut/nickname word (do not hit the spacebar after you type your shortcut word)
  • To the right of the word you will see a blue speech bubble with 3 dots in it
  • Tap on that and the quick reply message your created will auto-populate
  • Tap send and you are all done!

 

Hack #3:  Maximize Exposure Using The Name Field

Many people don’t realize that the name field in your Instagram bio is searchable. Here’s how to edit yours to make help you get more exposure:

  • Navigate to your profile page
  • Tap on Edit Profile
  • In the “Name” section of your profile include your name and a term that your target audience would use to
    • Example:  My “Name” on my bio looks like:  “Lora Shipman-Social Media Guru”

 

Hack #4:  Tagging Other Accounts In Your Bio

This hack comes in really helpful if you manage multiple Instagram accounts for your brand.  By putting the @ sign in front of the other usernames you manager, they become clickable, prompting visitors to click on the other accounts.

 

Hack #5:  Hashtags In Stories

Always include 1 hashtag in your Instagram story by using the hashtag sticker feature.  Doing so will get extra eyeballs on your message/content that you would have never gotten before.  Here are instructions on how to access the hashtag sticker:

  • After creating your story, click on the sticker icon in the upper right corner of your story screen
  • Choose the #Hashtag Sticker
  • Type in the word or phrase you want to use as a hashtag
  • Position the sticker to where you want it on your story
  • Pinch or stretch the sticker with two fingers to size it appropriately
  • BONUS TIP:  Once you have your hashtag sized and positioned properly, tap it to change the color of the sticker – keep tapping until you find the color combination that best fits your story

 

Which hack will you try first?  Do you have a favorite hack that I didn’t mention here?  If so, let me know about it in the comment section.

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