As Instagram has become prime marketing and advertising real estate, more brands have been tempted to buy Instagram likes (and Views, Follows, Comments, Regrams. You name it; they’re all for sale) to compete with rivals who have large followings.
But artificially inflating your engagement numbers is not only a waste of time and money; it can also harm your business.
How? Gaming the system can actually decrease your engagement and destroy your reputation by creating a spammy presence that makes a bad impression of would-be followers and potential customers.
If you plan to buy Instagram likes to fool your audience as part of your Instagram strategy, it’s time to rethink that approach.
In this post, we’ll show you why you should NEVER BUY Instagram likes, and we suggest a few tried-and-true tactics to build your brand the authentic way, so you will NOT be tempted to BUY Instagram likes!
Why Brands Buy Instagram Likes
The reason brands buy Instagram likes is simple: engagement is the most important metric for making sure your Instagram post is seen.
Instagram uses engagement to determine what posts go at the top of users’ feeds. Popular posts are also more likely to end up in Instagram’s ‘Explore’ tab.
The Explore tab, which can be found by clicking the magnifying glass symbol on the bottom navigation menu, is a compilation of posts on different topics that you’ve liked — and posts liked by accounts you regularly interact with.
Since Explore shows users the posts that their followers like in each topic channel, and since more than 50% of Instagram accounts use Explore regularly, it’s an effective way for businesses to reach a new audience.
Long story short: if your post gets more likes, it will be seen by more people. So, many brands seeking to have their posts seen by a larger audience are buying Instagram likes to get a quick boost in engagement.
Just type “Buy Instagram likes” into Google and you’ll see dozens of services promising “real and genuine’ like” for as little as $0.01 each (usually in packages ranging from 50 to 10,000 likes or more).
When you buy Instagram likes from these services, your posts are automatically liked by the (often fake) Instagram accounts managed by the service.
They split the purchased likes across different posts so you don’t end up with one picture that has a crazy number of likes.
It can seem like the ideal solution for those short on time and marketing expertise, but the truth is buying Instagram likes is more likely to hurt your brand than help it.
Why You Should Never Buy Instagram Likes
We get it. On the surface, having a ton of likes (even if they’re bought) seems to be valuable, but it only actually works if you’ve earned them through organic tactics.
That’s because although the appearance of more engagement and popularity in the form of likes may have some short-term benefits — like impressing real users and getting some of them to follow you — fake likes could undermine future organic or paid campaigns.
Here’s how :
Reason #1 – Your Competitors (and Instagram) Can Tell When You Buy Instagram Likes
There are a few dead giveaways that your likes aren’t all real:
- If your likes-to-follower or likes-to-comments ratios are too high, it can be a sign that you buy Instagram likes, since buying likes is cheaper than buying followers or comments. The rate of engagement drops off steeply as accounts gain more followers, but even at their highest engagement rates are usually under 11%.
- If the accounts that liked your posts have profiles that show little activity in the form of posts, have few followers of their own, are missing a profile photo or haven’t been updated in ages, they may be accounts specifically created for brands who buy Instagram likes.
- If any like-buying services follow your account, it’s a dead giveaway that you buy Instagram likes, because these operations openly and widely advertise the fact that they sell likes (even right in their Instagram profile).
On top of all the negative consequences of buying Instagram likes, there’s the fact that likes may not matter as much going forward.
Instagram is rolling out an update that hides how many likes a post has. If no one can even see how many likes your post has, there’s certainly no advantage to buying fake likes!
Reason # 2 – Instagram Will Punish You
Following in the footsteps of similar crackdowns on Facebook and Twitter that purged tens of millions of fake accounts, Instagram in 2018 started removing “inauthentic” likes, followers, and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.
If you’re a repeat offender, you could have your Instagram account shadowbanned, which is when Instagram partially blocks your content so only users who follow you can see it. You might even be banned outright. An outright ban will also permanently block your username, meaning you won’t be able to recreate your account. In the most serious cases, Instagram could restrict your IP address from accessing the Instagram app and website.
Reason #3 – Fake Likes Do Not Equal Real Business
No matter how many likes your posts show, paid engagement never results in real business. Unlike real people, likes from fake followers (bots or lines of programming code) can never lead to purchases or create brand loyalty. At best, they do little more than making your brand appear to be more popular than it actually is.
The negatives of buying Instagram likes far outweigh the positives. Your best bet is to grow your engagement organically, and we have a few tips you can follow to get more Instagram likes—the right way.
Don’t Buy Instagram Likes. Do These Things Instead.
Instead of relying on a cheap gimmick to increase your Instagram engagement, create a long-term Instagram strategy to organically build your brand in an authentic way.
Here’s how to do it.
1. Create Content with a Purpose
If you want people to stop scrolling through their Instagram feed and like your post, you need to create content they care about.
Users need to quickly see what they’re going to get out of your posts if they’re going to take the time to read it. Make the value of your post clear by tying it to a specific purpose. Is it informational? Educational? Entertaining?
Here are a few suggestions for types of posts and what they might include:
- Informational: Content that tells your audience about something they didn’t know.
- News – The latest local, national or international happenings in your field, industry or sector
- Research & Analysis – Research in a specialty field that explores a particular subject or area
- Shared Content – Interesting articles, stories other relevant content from around the Web
- Educational: Content that teaches your audience how to do something specific.
- How-to Guides – Step-by-step manuals on how to accomplish something
- Tutorials – Teaching materials in the form of a series of photos or instructional videos
- Reviews – Overviews of products or services to help with purchase decisions
- Inspirational: Content that urges and uplifts your audience, filling them with emotional spirit.
- Inspiring Imagery – Fashion, food, homes, gardens and travel photos/videos
- Personal Stories – Anecdotes about someone’s life to create feelings of empathy
- Opinions – Strong, thought-provoking perspectives on a particular topic
- Entertaining: Content that allows your audience to pass its time in an emotionally fulfilling way.
- Entertainment News – Celebrity-focused photos, stories, gossip and other content
- Mental Tests – Quizzes, trivia, and brain-teasers
- Humor – Breaking up the monotony with things that are funny
If you want users to like your posts on Instagram, you have to create content that catches their eye and appeals to their interests.
Create purposeful content so users know at a glance that they will get something out of your posts.
And if users enjoy your content, they can share it with their friends so they can ‘like’ it, too.
2. Tag People and Places
When you use the @ mentions feature to tag another user, they get a notification, which draws their attention to your post. If they engage with the post, suddenly you’ve expanded your reach (and potential for likes) to all of their followers as well as your own! This tactic is especially effective if you can tag an influencer, since they tend to have a larger following and more engagement than other types of users.
In this post, Allbirds featured and tagged user gregoryvelvet. When he commented, suddenly the post reach expanded to include his 151k followers.
This is a pretty common practice. In fact, nearly 60% of posts on Instagram tag another user.
You can also tag your location, showing other users exactly where the picture is located or where you are posting from.
Posts with location tags see 79% higher engagementthan posts without a tag.
3. Strategically Use Hashtags
Hashtags are among the best tools for organically increasing visibility and driving engagement of your Instagram posts. Use them liberally but wisely.
Although each Instagram post allows up to 30 hashtags, fewer may be better since overusing hashtags can confuse readers or appear spammy.
Rather than using general hashtags with high competition (like #travel or #MondayMotivation), it’s better to opt for more specific hashtags (think #NYCtravels or #YogaQuotesoftheDay).
Narrower hashtags have fewer posts to compete with, which means your post is more likely to be seen. Narrower hashtags are also going to reach users specifically interested in your post (they’re searching for similar content, after all).
Higher interest levels mean you have a better possibility of getting likes on your post.
Macy’s uses a good mix of extremely popular and more narrow hashtags. #activewear, for example, has over 3,570,000 posts. On the other hand, #workoutinstyle has around 82,000 posts.
Using a more focused hashtag can ensure that your content doesn’t get lost in a sea of posts, and that users seeing your post are interested in the content.
Interested users equal more likes!
4. Engage Users Daily
Remember, one of the basic rules of social media is that engagement fuels engagement.
Translation: The more you interact with other Instagram users, the more you increase your exposure and visibility.
That means you should take some time every day to engage with users.
Start by responding to every comment left on your posts.
Lego is very responsive on Instagram and it pays off, as you can see with this post. Lego’s reply got 214 likes—which is 214 likes that wouldn’t have happened if Lego didn’t engage its users!
You don’t have to wait for users to comment on your posts to engage. Go to competitors’ profiles and tap “followers” to find accounts to engage with.
Like and comment on their posts (in a genuine, meaningful way, of course), and some will start following you and engaging with your content.
The more active and responsive you are on Instagram, the more engaged users will be with your posts.
5. Share User-Generated Content (UGC)
Users love to see their content featured on your Instagram. It increases your brand authenticity and adds to social proof.
When you feature user-generated content (UGC) (with the creator’s permission, of course) you’re showing users how real people like and interact with your brand.
Real users lead to real engagement—the opposite of what happens when you buy Instagram likes.
Wayfair has a special hashtag to encourage UGC: #Wayfairathome
When users post with the hashtag, Wayfair can find their posts and feature them on the Wayfair Instagram.
Wayfair uses UGC to feature their products in real homes. With every user-generated post, the company reaches the followers of the original creator, increasing the exposure of the post and the probability for more likes.
6. Include a Call-To-Action (CTA) with Every Post
Your goal in buying likes is to increase your engagement metrics and get your post seen by more people. Why buy Instagram likes when you can just ask users to engage instead?
Invite engagement by asking or promoting your followers and target audience to take action and interact with you.
Some examples of engagement-focused CTAs include:
- Like if you agree/if this happens to you!
- Like if you tried X product, and let us know what you thought in the comments!
- Tag someone who loves _____ .
- Would you rather _____ or _____ ?
- What is your favorite _____ ?
Lush asked users to give their opinion on a new product.
Whenever someone comments because of the CTA, the post can be seen by a whole new set of users, which opens up even more potential for likes and engagement.
If your goal is having likes, of course, tailor your CTA and ask users to like your post if they tried the product, rather than only asking them to comment.
7. Host an Instagram Giveaway or Contest
As an occasional, short-term strategy, you can give away your products or services through an Instagram contest.
Giveaways are a great way to get likes, gain followers, increase comments, and maybe even attract new customers. Design the rules of the giveaway around the engagement you want (and read this post for many more Instagram Giveaway Tips&Tricks).
For example, each like on the post could be an entry, and you could offer extra entries for tagging friends or sharing the post.
To supercharge your efforts, partner with a related brand or influencer.
Find an influencer in your field and see if they will host your giveaway on their page. This will allow you to promote your Instagram giveaway to both audiences, extending its reach.
Necessaire worked with influencer gothamista on their giveaway.
To enter, users had to follow both accounts. They could get an entry for every person they tagged, and another for reposting on their page. Now the followers of both accounts will see and interact with the posts. On top of that, every time users tag each other or share the post to get entries, the reach of the post (and the potential for engagement) expands.
Include liking your page as one of the requirements for entering the giveaway and you can increase your engagement organically—without having to buy Instagram likes!
8. Incorporate Emojis
Adding emojis is a fun way to encourage likes on your post. By now, everyone is familiar with emojis. 57% of profiles use emojis, and now that users can use emojis as hashtags, emoji popularity is only going to increase.
Emojis add personality to your post and can break up long blocks of text to make it more readable. On top of that, emojis have been shown to increase engagement rates.
Lego uses the eye emojis to add a little humor to the sentence ‘take a closer look.’ Users responded well—the post quickly gained thousands of likes, and many users followed Lego’s lead and left comments using emojis.
Increase Your Instagram Engagement…No Purchase Necessary
With so many ways to grow engagement organically, there’s no reason to buy Instagram likes and risk hurting your brand.
While it may sound tempting on the surface, the truth is that if you buy Instagram likes you can cost yourself valuable business and partnerships and violate Instagram’s Terms of Service, placing you at risk of having your Instagram account shut down.
Doing things the right way requires more effort and doesn’t provide instant gratification. Not only you will see your legitimate following grow, but you will also build trust in the process.
Instead of trying to pay your way into popularity, follow the practical tips we gave you in this post and these other tested and proven Instagram marketing and advertising strategies.
For more insight into why it’s not a good idea to buy likes and followers on Instagram (and for those of you that only trust numbers), check out the experiment we ran to get at the truth behind the practice.
What do you think? Did you give in to the temptation of buying Instagram likes? How was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Thierry B says
ok a question still need to be answered, pple are using bots not because of the result, but because it takes “time” to create a genuine result, bots can work when you sleeps.
Can you tell us how many people and how many time it takes to do it the right way to calculate the ROI?
Evelyn Acosta says
Have been working with various IG accounts for almost 3 years marketing and I can second your experiment, but let’s not deny that the practice of buying Instagram followers can also be considered a “growth hack” for most marketers.
Not looking for engagement I recently did a similar experiment with [xxx] and all I find attractive is their automatic likes function which seems to be attracting more real users to like our images. So I don’t know if its best buying followers or a certain amount of likes per upload and see how it goes.
Matilda R says
It’s about perception. The number of followers is something that many people look at when sizing up an account to follow and it’s a common metric that brands use to measure their own Instagram efforts.
If you’re thinking about buying Instagram followers, it might be because you’re looking for a quick thousand followers to get the ball rolling, hoping that will encourage real people to check out your brand. Quality over quantity is a nice sentiment, but the reality is, many people judge an Instagram account by its numbers.
I read an article written by Max Chafkin, a Bloomberg reporter, where he claimed he had boosted his account with thousands of real followers. The case study is published at Bloomberg and you can find it Googling “Confessions Of An Instagram Influencer”
SEO Company UK says
I agree with Matilda – times have changed and quality over quantity has to be the focus in 2018!
Times have definitely changed! & so has Instagram’s algorithm. Instagram now penalizes people for buying fake followers.
I know this because I bought fake followers in 2015 and since the algorithm shifted I get next to NO engagement. For anybody reading this there is hope. You just need to remove the fake followers.
They are easy to identify, Just look through your followers and find those who have no profile picture, posts, etc. IT does get time consuming when you have purchase many ghost followers (think 1k+)
If you don’t want to do it yourself try some of the apps available to automate it. I have 170k followers so I simply didn’t have the time to tackle this feat on my own. IT’s working though, engagement has been up! The key seems to be to remove fake followers if you have ever purchased them. Instagram knows
Thanks for sharing this analyse. As a 2nd step, it could be interesting to dig this way :
Option 1 : set your bot only to like targeted posts (not follow). This way, you can imagine that people who follow you in return are more interested in your brand (as they don’t “follow back”).
Option 2 : if option 1 gets résults, try to compare only humain versus only humain + option 1
What do you think ?
What about leveraging an intern, employee or company to leverage the bot not just put it on autopilot? Seems like a mix of human and technology here would work better than one or the other.
Andrew Tate says
Hi Christina! Thanks for your question. With the service we used, we could only control parameters for the bot. Once it was up and running, we were hands off! If there was a more customizable bot, it might be possible to use the bot as tool rather than as a human replacement, and the results may have been different.
George Jabley says
This is interesting to see. So what you can’t afford to hire someone and you don’t also have the time
An interesting and useful experiment. Especially correlating with actual sales.
One of the potential points of failure you noted was “It unfollows too quickly. If someone doesn’t check their Instagram every day, they would have missed the bot following and unfollowing them.”
I fully agree and think this time frame is too short. Is there any way you could change the time frame between following and unfollowing? Perhaps a week or more between follow and unfollow?
Seems like some of the Bot issues could be more a matter of how the Bot behaves or is configured, and not a matter of it being a Bot.
Overall, 111 new Followers over 4 weeks isn’t all that great.
Would be interested in seeing this done with a different service other than Boostgram to see how the specific Bot service and settings affects the results.
Gabriel Mangabeira says
AWESOME POST Andrew!!!! Thank you so much for this!!!
I have tested with BOTs before and found some confusing results, I guess I was overlapping the bots and manual work.
There are a few bots where you can filter down and try to find real “humans” to follow and interact with.
For ex: Only follow users with more than 500 followers, more than 20 pictures posted, with description and profile picture. That helped a little bit. Maybe you can test that on another experiment.
Other than that, the human way combined with bots might bring some interesting results.
Again, congrats on the article and I am sharing this everywhere!
Andrew Tate says
Hi Gabriel! So glad to hear you enjoyed the article. You make a good point – it would be interesting to see how different bots perform with different parameters! But even with more customization, the best bots still won’t be able to hand-pick profiles like humans can. Maybe bots that you can mix with “the human way” will appear soon!
These results are expected as you guys nailed it with “people can tell when they are interacting with a bot”.
That said, I’m really curious to know what businesses that Instagram tends to build success with. In my business, the engagement that I have seen from those who are doing it more than others isn’t translating into sales.
In order to make this a valid experiment though, wouldn’t you have to follow users of the same accounts in the auto-method that you also followed in the manual method? Otherwise you’re looking at two different sent of audiences, this might explain the different results – I don’t think H&M has the same aesthetic as your Not Your Girl account, thus follow back and engagement rates would naturally be lower?
Andrew Tate says
Hi Yanick! Thanks for the insightful comment. You’re right to point out that targeting can play a huge role in who follows you back or not! We did go through H&M/H&M-esque stores to find followers while “human following.” Hope this clears things up!
Anton Stetner says
As usual there are no short cuts to success and you have to be real to get actual results. Plus this is was an interesting experiment that I would love to see done again with a mix of tech and human element. Lastly, a follow up to this a few months later it would interesting to investigate the lasting or lack of lasting results from automated follower growth. The sample time was so short it was hard to judge that.
shirley whyte says
Interesting experiment tend to agree ref mix of human & bots.. apart from bootsgram what other bots would the group recommend for test?
I work for a company that once paid for 50,000 Instagram followers with essentially no negative repercussions. The followers we got were all real people (I don’t know where this idea of “fake accounts” came from), they were all targeted toward our niche, and they were a great stepping stone for us to achieve the 250,000+ likes we now have 2 years later. Just do your research, and don’t use the followers for the sole purpose of showing more likes and you should be fine.
Akash Kandari says
What if we do both, bot as well as real way? Will it give us more returns in terms of followers and engagements??
Al Imran says
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WHOA, I know a lot of people who use bots for personal accounts and like you point out, the same number of people end up liking their posts even though there’s 10 times the followers. So much vanity! Ugh! Still, social proof…I still think it LOOKS better to have followers, but the complete lack of sales from the bot method makes me think maybe LOOKING good doesn’t really mean anything at all. Great post!
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I think it’s fine thing to do. I used services from zen-promo and I can’t say it’s bad. They helped me to find my first followers and this is important in the beginning of your pat there.
I see many people disparaging purchasing instagram likes and followers, but honestly, my decision to purchase them was definitely the correct one. It has lead to much greater organic growth for my instagram account then before the purchase, which I guess is a result of more people wanting to follow my instagram due to the increased number of likes and followers. Buying them can also really help you out if you have an instagram for your own business, as it can make you look more popular and legitimate, drawing more customers in to buy from you. Buying instagram followers and likes in the year 2017 is honestly a must if you want your instagram to become more popular. I usually use BlazingSocialMedia.com to purchase my instagram likes and followers because they have very cheap prices, the likes and followers are high quality, and they have never dropped from my instagram unlike those from other providers. You can really use any provider though.
Great article, I’ve nowhere else seen a similar article, where people really try out the bot method. Thanks!
I have had a lot of people follow me only to unfollow in a couple of days so I downloaded ‘followers assistant.’ Now I unfollow those companies/people as soon as they unfollow me and make a point of commenting on one of their posts that I unfollowed and that I suspect they use bots and are not obtaining followers the organic way but a fraudulent way in order to make it look like they are more popular than they really are. I delight in it.
Most of the times people know they are buying fake followers but they still do. At the end of the day atleast numbers is all that matters. More followers means more popularity, that’s what younger generation seems to be chasing now a days.
Automation works. There’s much better tools out there for much cheaper than what you used. They’re just hard to find. I’m averaging 70-100 followers net PER DAY with mine. And I use options in the program that allow me specify, “has the target user posted anything with these words in it?” “has the target user posted within the past X days?” does the target user a certain number of followers? Followings? Follower to following ratio?” etc, etc. Just about the only thing I can’t do that I wish I could with it, is to target followers based off their recent activity as far as liking or commenting(I can use it as a target audience, I.e. Follow people who have liked or commented on posts by X page within the past X days), but I can’t use it as a requirement to follow(I.e. Having liked or commented on any photo in the past X days), but then again I don’t even know if that’s obtainable with the current API.
Tldr; they work. They work well. Just the vast majority of automation programs are junk.
Hi. I believe I have to agree with you! Which automation are you using? Which settings do you use? I also seriously would like to compare accounts followers with mine, because it is annoying when re-following those who are already following you. Look forward to hear form you! Cheers.
I think the bots are highly effective if used correctly and mixed with a human interaction. Bots are brilliant for small brands who don’t have the budget to hire someone to do the job manually. There are a number of companies providing this service and its really just about finding the right one that enables the user/brand to tailor every action the bot will conduct.
-Automated DM’s to new followers (great way to direct people to your website).
Target relatable accounts – H&M is too large of an account. A better choice will be a niche blogger with a following of up to 200K, their audience is concentrated and loyal – they will get far better results!
Hashtags – again not too broad – narrow it down.
That would be my advice. I have spent the past year researching bots and influencer marketing and have also used these services for two businesses and a charity. Personally, I have seen great results, it just takes a bit of practice. It doesn’t happen overnight but it certainly saves time and money!
I’ve tried a few bots, some differ from each other, with much more advanced targeting. The best one I found to work well was http://www.socialenvy.co
Thanks for this blog, it was a great insight. I believe you cannot beat manual, however like previously said, if the bot is setup correctly, it can be effective. The team at Social Envy do it all for you, and they have great experience.
Truly awesome tips, I have been experimenting with different ways on growing my Instagram and am sure this list covers most of it.
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I strongly dislike people using bots and prefer organic method of gaining followers.
I can tell a bot based on several factors and I NEVER follow back just some random follow. I get followers who have never liked a single image I’ve posted. A REAL person doesn’t follow without ever taking the time to see if s/he likes the content being posted, therefore if I get a follower without ever liking my picture — I ignore it. Another way is they like exactly one picture to make you think they are human and then like you — they have several thousand followers or mid-3-digit followers, but they only follow less than 1/8 of the amount of people they have following them (unless they are a celebrity of some type)…
Here’s my question to them — why should I follow you? Most of these accounts have nothing I’m even remotely interested in, so if I wouldn’t organically follow him/her and s/he is just going to delete me…why would I waste my feed with clutter? When I do follow someone because s/he did indeed fool me…and then s/he deletes me 1 to 3 days later…I Block that account….I don’t need that FAKE numbers…I want true organic followers who actually have an interest in what I post, and that I have a potential interest in their posts.
Do not waste my time with Bots and I won’t waste yours with following and then blocking when your bot deletes me. I work hard supporting my followers I would not bot them, and yes I have a lot to keep track of (over 700 which might not be much to some people, but I’m okay with that) so sometimes I’m a bit behind, but prefer real to fake.
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Tiago Amaro says
Hey, social media newbie here. Thank you very much for this post, as it shows great insights for people who are just starting their business and are tempted to buy likes, shared, etc.
I’ve always tried to make marketing the less “shady” way possible, and grow organically. It seems it’s hard work, but you showed the numbers are so much better when human curated, that’s completely worth it.
Thank you for your experiment and the numbers! 🙏
Awesome article over again! I am looking forward for your next post:
Steven Male says
Definitely, agree that you can’t buy your way to success but what about using Instagram followers as a boost to start the process? As Gary Vee says, you can’t fake genuine interaction, but it can help start the growth of genuine interaction.
Nice experiment. I partly agree with your conclusion that buying bot followers is not working.
Yes, indeed they do not engage with you at all. However, many people only follow someone when they have a substantial amount of followers already. Don’t ask me why, but this is just how it goes.
So using sites like social-aid or any similar site to give your account(s) a bit more ‘credibility’ is not even a bad idea.
Just my 2 cents,
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The problem that I see is its incredibly time consuming, to gain followers, and who has the time? I have an account and have followed 700, left likes and gave thoughtful comments, have about 125 followers, at this rate I will be following 2000 with possible 500 following, looks like I’m desperate. Buying bots seems like cheating, but, following others, with the response rate I’m getting the ratios make my store look bad. I cant spend hundreds of thousands on marketing campaign.
Dave Johnson says
I think the point is to use any kind of follower boost to bolster organic growth campaigns. It’s called the bandwagon effect, like when mcdonalds puts the 90 billion served on their sign. The follower account gives the impression you are popular, and people are lemmings. I bought ‘real’ instagram followers from sociaboost and saw my organic follower gains go up almost immediately.
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Eadlyn Schreave says
Wow. Such an informative and eye-opener article you have. Keep posting! I’ll be waiting for your new experiment!
Joie M Gahum says
This experiment is very helpful. I firmly believe that it is not about how many followers or audience you have, what should matter is if they are genuinely interested with what you offer. Conversions are most likely generated from a genuine, organic following, something a bot may not offer. This is the reason why I use Hashatory, a hashtag suggesting tool, instead of a bot to help me build my brand and following on Instagram. Do you have experience in using something similar to this in the past?
A great read! I have been considering buying followers myself until decided to grow organicly
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“Fake It Until You Make It” There is nothing quite so off-putting to the potential customer/client like an unpopular profile. It just looks a little suspicious. If your product/service/brand is so good then why are you having little followers on social media? If your feed is so witty, then why has no one else realized?
We purchased 50k followers 3yrs back when starting out and we’re currently the strongest influencer in our industry with about 4million+ followers presently.
The simple truth is “99% of potential customers/clients never want to be first to the party.” People will turn up once the party starts to fill out a little bit.
Thanks for sharing this!
Before launching my little Instagram project (@designgeo for anyone interested), I ran similar experiments on growing a niche business. It confirms everything you’ve written here. Instagram actually shadowbans people who automate or try to “cheat” Instagram. I actually tried an Instagram agency a few weeks ago and saw stellar results, since they do everything manually. They’re called https://upleap.com (might be useful for anyone running ads at the same time)!
Either way, thanks for the insights. Your post about 7 brands doing Instagram right is great as well.
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Definitely, agree that you can’t buy your way to success but what do you think about buying Instagram followers as a boost to start the process? You can’t fake genuine interaction, but you can help start the growth of genuine interaction.
I used to buy Instagram followers and it killed my engagement, i had literally thousands of fake followers and very low number of comments and likes on my publications, a total waste of time and money. Since then i have started working with this company (Social24) and building my profile slowly but steadily with great results.
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I’m of the same opinion that with Instagram becoming one of the top new sales platforms for e-commerce, the temptation to buy followers has never been stronger.
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Bots are good for small brands who don’t have the budget to hire someone to do the job manually.
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Nishant Chandravanshi says
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Buy Buying followers or likes or view is for only brand purpose, if you are having good number of followers you can built the trust among people. I always recommend to use Instagram influence marketing to get reach and followers. Instagram ads are costly now days.
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Leon Turner says
2019 and it’s still relevant – nice article! 🙂 Tip 1 is timeless though and something too many Instagram users forget – people will only follow you if you have good content. I use withwings to manage my growth so I can focus on the content – so far it’s been a winning formula. 🙂
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Tod Rud says
Great article! Surely buying likes and followers on Instagram gives you a quick raise up but it doesn’t guarantee you a quality audience. As stronger are your efforts to make good marketing or brand campaign as more presence and credibility you’ll build for your brand.
Thank you for the tips, they’re so useful!
Christian Nellums says
I see this more like a moral thing, and actually, this should be present in a lot of things, the lack of moral question may be the reason why so many things don’t work as should be.
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Great post, and the fact is; it’s all true. There are too many fake accounts on Instagram these days, and it’s really hurting the reputation of influencers in general. I believe that Instagram should do another sweep of bot-accounts, and really take this issue seriously.
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Sourav Basak says
While there are plenty of theories about how to get likes on Instagram, a lot of the time it is a matter of trial and error. The most popular one is the use of hashtags. By using hashtags, you can draw attention to your post by highlighting specific parts of the content it addresses or by directing people as to the general idea of the post. Another strategy that is often promoted is the use of locations for posts. By adding a location to your post, you are able to focus in on people in your immediate area. This should be enough to get you more local fans and should be useful if you are looking to make a name for yourself in the area you are based in. Both methods are ways that can get you the attention of people who may not have heard of you but share common interests.
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