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small business instagram marketing advice?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by tinyboxer, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. tinyboxer

    tinyboxer Newbie

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    hey guys (and girls :))
    i'm new here, i've been following and reading for quite some time.
    i have a small business of fashion handbags (i'm the designer, its not an import or affiliate business).
    my main objective is to sell my stuff via my online store.

    i opened my instagram account recently, and created great and relevant content to be posted every 2-3 days. currently have 195 followers and 5-15 likes per post.
    i've read about 'regular' instagram marketing and i'm using relevant hashtags, but it seems that most of the other methods are very repetitive and time consuming.
    so i thought i'd try automating them.

    i've tried instagress, massplanner and a tiny bit of monsterSocial.
    i liked, commented and followed users that use certain hashtags or followed certain relevant profiles.
    it worked not that badly, but i looked at the logs and it got many errors (guess instagram recognize it).
    so my question here is this - what are some good setting to get started with?
    and if you have a favorite bot, i'd love to hear about it and what exactly made it your favorite :)

    my favorite at the moment is massplanner as it has a very clear log + you can really refine the people you're targeting.
    a minus it has is that i just got really a lot of errors - but i'm not sure if its because my setting were wrong or the program itself isnt very good...
    anybody know it? had good results with it? or got those error messages also?

    something else i've concidered is hiring someone on VA sites, and let them do the like, comment, follow.
    do you that can work better? i dont mind paying a bit more, but it's very important to me to get real followers that are truly insterested in my products.
    i've tried it for like an hour and got banned from following :(

    i also checked some shoutout options, and those are my conclusions:
    you can either get someone legit, with true engagment, and its gonna cost $250-600+, and probably get great followers for about $0.5-1 each.
    or you can get those cheap ones, and... i dont know why people are doing it :)
    i checked some sites that sell cheap shoutouts, and all the account are really trash, with obviously bought followers and no engagment.
    what are your thoughts about it?
    should i try the 250$ ones? or the cheap ones? what can i expect?

    i wanna read some more about getting my post to 'trending', and try to comment to really large relevant accounts, so their followers might get curious and click my profile :)
    also wanna check out the ad options, but that's for later :)

    in conclusion (and thanks for reading this far!)
    i'd love to hear your opinions about how should i enlarge my account (and make millions selling my products :) )
    i'm looking to direct traffic to my ecommerce site, and willing to pay a bit more for truely interested followers.
    i very much prefer doing the marketing stuff automatically and devote my time and effort to creating great content, and great new products to sell.

    thanks so much!

    p.s.
    i'm not really keen about someone googling my studio's name and getting to this post,
    so if you wanna check out my profile it's studioplanzzz ***just replace the last 'zzz' with 'd' ***
     
  2. Thenub

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    Okay, first off get rid of that nasty bitly link. Nobody's going to click that.
    Invest in a nice domain, something related to your name.

    I've been looking at your feed and had a hard time finding what you're even promoting.. You definitely need better images.
     
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    08kx250f Registered Member

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    When I look at your feed I don't see handbags. Yes, I see pictures of handbags but what I am saying is that your attention doesn't seem to be handbags in your post.
     
  4. prisonsoap

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    Bit.ly is fine. It's more about CTA and content, then about link appearance. You need to use bit.ly, prettylittlelink or some kind of google link in order to track instagram traffic.
     
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    It's definitely not fine, if you want to keep getting small amounts of traffic, go for it.
    If you want better and bigger traffic, better get yourself a real domain.
    That alone will help OP a lot, and better quality posts.
    Ask anyone :)
     
  6. tinyboxer

    tinyboxer Newbie

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    i cant seem to be able to comment on my own thread... why??
    (i've deleted all my reply to try and post this)
     
  7. tinyboxer

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    trying again (part 1):


    I thought about instagram as an online magazine for my followers, so I tried to build a world of content that speaks in the same 'language' as my products, but is broader then just handbags. Do you think i should focus on handbags only? or even only my handbags?
     
  8. WorkForIt

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    I have a decent following on IG. Send me your info and I'll give you a shout out for free.
     
  9. tinyboxer

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    oh, that's really nice of you :)
    i'm in the fashion / accessories business if that matters to you,

    my profile is studioplanzzz ***just replace the last 'zzz' with 'd' ***

    thanks in advance :)