15 Hacks to Get More Instagram Followers

15 Hacks to Get More Instagram Followers

Discover how easy it is to increase the number of your Instagram followers.

As of June 2018, Instagram has 1 billion active users per month. That’s obviously a lot, and many companies are quite salivating over the prospect of marketing and advertising to that many people. If you can increase your Instagram followers, you can then foster a stronger community for your brand, boost the number of views on your blog and website, and increase your sales.

But how do you get more Instagram followers in the first place? You can start with these 13 effective ways. They’re super easy, but they’re sure to work!

1. Start with Liking Other People’s Pictures in Your Niche

You need to get your name out there, and this starts with liking other people’s photos. Each night finds some accounts in your niche and like at least 5 photos. You can check hashtags and check out the profiles of the followers of the most famous Instagram accounts in your niche.You can also send a real (non-fake) comment and you can give them a follow. This ought to let other Instagram users discover your account.

2. Ask Your Followers in Other Social Platforms to Follow You in Instagram

If you’re using Instagram, chances are that you’re also using other social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Don’t assume that they’re following you on Instagram too. So when you post on Facebook or put out a quick tweet, you can sometimes just encourage your followers on those platforms to follow you on Instagram too.

3. Link to Your Instagram Account on Other Platforms

It does help to have your followers on other social networking platforms to follow you on Instagram if you make it easier for them to do so. So don’t forget to put in your Instagram username in the profile section of your other social accounts. You can also just include a handy link to your Instagram account as well. That ought to work.

4. Create a Theme for Your Instagram

With the first 3 tips, you should have a fair number of people checking out your Instagram account. So your account must be good enough to hold their attention. It helps if you set up your account with a nice theme. You should have an interesting bio section as well as a neatly organized page of photos linked to a particular subject matter. Your theme should, of course, be related to your business, so that your company can grow and profit with the growth of your Instagram account followers.

5. Be More Sociable

You’ve already learned about posting genuine comments for the photos on other accounts, so that these people may notice your own account. At some point, they may visit your account and post comments on your own photos as well. When that happens, try to respond to the comments you receive. Be more sociable and authentic, instead of just posting “Thanks” for their comments. This fosters a more engaging relationship

6. Don’t Forget Your Hashtags

Lots of Instagram leaders have long known that using hashtags is one of the surest ways to gain followers. You can use up to 30 of them in your photo description, so get to it. It does help when the hashtags you choose are actually relevant to your niche, and they get a lot of interest every day. Most users tend to search photos based on the hashtags, so they’re crucial in getting your photos discovered. With lots of hashtags, you get lots of opportunities to attract attention, and you can get more likes. This can rank your photos even higher.

7. Come Up with a Unique Hashtag

While a popular hashtag is always great, a unique hashtag has its own benefits. It should have a specific purpose, and then you can ask other people to use it. This helps you build your community. Also, you can repost the photos using that unique hashtag while giving proper credit, and that means you can easily get new content for your Instagram account.

8. Brand Your Images with Your Account Username

It’s great if your followers repost your images, but it will help you a lot of these photos also feature your account username somewhere in the small text. This can entice others who see the photos to check out your account when they really like your photo.

9. Suggest Actions for Your Followers to Generate Engagements

If it’s not clear yet, when you’re in social media you should make clear what you would like your followers to do. So ask them to “like” your photo if they appreciate it. You can also ask your followers to tag a friend.

One technique for holiday goers on Instagram is to post where they are currently, and then they ask their Instagram followers to tag a specific friend that they would like to share their vacation with if they’re where you are. This can elicit lots of comments, and the tagged friends can come in and become followers on your account.

10. Geotag Your Photos

This again helps when you’re posting photos of exotic locations in your travels. Geotag those photos, and the people who use the same geotag can then see your photos. They may follow you if they have something in common with you or your location. They may have been there too, or they may be planning an upcoming visit.

11. Keep Posting What Your Followers Like Most

You need to tweak your content so that you mostly post photos they like. You can find out which of these photos are simply checking which ones have generated the most comments, likes, and tagging of friends.

12. Partner Up with Influencers in Your Niche

You can reach out to a well-known Instagram account and work together on contests and giveaways with your followers. You can also just post a photo from each other’s account so that the followers of one can learn about the other.

13. Use Paid Posting in Top Niche Accounts

Of course, for the really big guns, you can’t work with them for free. You may have to pay for them to post a photo for you in their Instagram accounts. These people tend to ask people to email them if they have “business inquiries”, and they generally mean paid to post.

Check out these 13 tips and discover why they’re so effective. They’re actually easy, but with these, you can grow your Instagram followers from a handful to a teeming horde!

14. Don’t oversell your product or service

A visual comparison is: when you date someone, you need to generate interest in the other person before ‘converting’. Same happens in social media: Customers might take a while to trust your brand in order to end up converting. For this reason, generate great engaging content and be strategic on how often you post what we call ‘aggressive call to action posts.

15. Track your performance and pivot to your best engaging practices

Instagram gives you basic reports, but growth hackers have tools to get even more out of it. Get an expert (e.g. Go Global Agency) to help you extract valuable reports from your account. Measure results and pivot if necessary. There are many variables that can be measured: engagement, audience demographics, best performing hashtags, etc.

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How to Find Motivated Job Applicants

How to Find Motivated Job Applicants

We all have to admit that some job applicants aren’t properly motivated. Perhaps they’re unemployed and they just want any job. Maybe they’re dilettantes who just like to do the job because they’re bored with their life. Sometimes it’s all about the money.

Companies want properly motivated applicants because those are the ones who generally do their best. What’s more, they tend to stay on and they don’t leave the company in a lurch.

So if you’re sifting through job candidates, here are some tips that can help you find the applicants with the proper motivation:

Ask the Right Questions

You can ask a question that shed light on why the applicants are interested in the job. So you can ask for reasons why they love the job, or about when they realized that they wanted a job like the one you’re offering. Ask about what accomplishments they’ve achieved that gave them the best feeling of satisfaction and achievement. Let them tell you about times they’ve worked beyond their job description just to help out. All these questions can give you a clearer idea of what motivates the applicant.

Focus on the Body Language (Not Just on the Spoken Words)

Sometimes a person’s body language and facial expressions can tell you more about what they’re really feeling instead of the words they use. Those who are interested in the job and the industry often lean in towards you. They smile and exhibit obvious signs of interest. In some cases, you may even notice a definite sparkle in their eyes that demonstrates their undeniable motivation and interest.

Signs of disinterest include closed arms over the chest. You may even find some applicants with their eyes glazing over.

You should also pay attention to the tone of the voice as well. It’s easy enough to notice when a person is bored or is passionate about the industry. The tone of the voice can demonstrate clearly the applicant’s level of excitement for the job and the industry.

“What Will You Do on the First Day?”

This is a key question to ask in an interview for 2 reasons. If they have a ready answer, then they may have already imagined themselves working at your company. That shows they want the job. In addition, if they have plans for what to do then it shows that they have initiative and can act without being told what to do.

A person who doesn’t have a ready answer to this question may have questionable motivations. It’s better for the applicant if they already have an inkling of what the first day will be like.

In the end, it’s true that an applicant’s qualifications, skills, and knowledge do affect their eligibility for the job. But it’s also true that their motivations matter. Their motivations ensure that they will work hard to do the job even if no one’s looking over their shoulder. If they’re not motivated, then their skills and knowledge won’t really matter. After all, it’s not as if they care!

Josh Stomel
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Josh Stomel
Founded Neohire in 2007, a top-tier recruiting agency based in Santa Monica, CA. Neohire offers its clients a variety of flexible recruiting solutions to help you scale your business with the highest quality talent available. We are always actively recruiting professionals from the internet space.

Recap of StartEngine’s Third Crypto Conference in LA

Recap of StartEngine's Third Crypto Conference in LA

This year’s StartEngine Summit held on October 19th at the Fairmont Hotel was very nicely attended with over a 1,000 people.  Those in attendance featured groups from both traditional crypto and the ICO world as well as the emerging red-hot security token exchange universe.

This year’s hot topic was all about security tokens, which is considered the next big thing in the crypto space. The arrival of security tokens and the regulated exchanges where trades will be made was evident with the keynote speaker Chris Cox, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who discussed paving the way for these exchanges within the regulatory framework.

Another topic that’s trending as well are stable coins, which is a cryptocurrency designed to minimize the price volatility, were discussed as these are security tokens that should be traded only on regulated security token exchanges since they collateralize assets, including US Dollars or other currencies. In simple terms, stable coins seek to be the ideal bridge connecting the blockchain to tangible assets.

LA Startups - StartEngine Summit 2018
LA Startups – StartEngine Summit 2018

In talking to those in attendance, everyone felt that there were still more regulatory frameworks has a long way to go before security tokens can go mainstream, which further highlighted the complexities that are associated with regulated security token exchanges, including their need to have a regulated custodian that is also SEC approved to custody security tokens.

A few institutional investors that we chatted with, indicated that further discussions around the benefits of a tokenized economy require a bit more market maturity and more discussions are required, where security token exchanges like brX Exchange will play a vital role in the transformation of global assets on the blockchain.

Overall, the attendee sentiment was that security token exchanges are quite challenging in how they are structured, and they need to be dealt with in a compliant manner as the risk of running afoul with the securities and exchange commission or any other regulatory body are extremely high and can really slow the progress of the company for non-compliance, in addition to the reputational risk the project will endure.

It is still pretty early in the security token exchange world and the most appropriate blockchain still has to emerge that would be the defacto standard. However, there are several blockchains that are battling to be the leading contender, including Stellar, EOS, ADA, etc.

StartEngine Summit: Tokenizing the World
LA Startups – StartEngine Summit: Tokenizing the World

This leads to other topics, which assets are the most suitable for tokenization and how can investors can put capital in them. From real estate to private assets, several global asset classes are the prime target and we heard from the conference that investors are getting involved at record pace especially since the traditional ICO market has for the most part disappeared.

StartEngine’s Tokenizing The World was a great catalyst for conference month events in LA such as Crypto Invest Summit that took place on Oct 22 – 24, 2018. It was great to see familiar faces and new ones as well. For all crypto aficionados that have come to evolve with space, it was also a breath of fresh air to see market maturity in the space with professional money coming into space.


Contributed by Eli Ansari, Co-founder & CEO, brX Exchange
Eli is the Head of Blockchain Investment Banking and Managing Director at Boustead Securities (FINRA member and SEC Registered Broker-Dealer)advising Blockchain companies on strategizing and executing Security Token Offerings. Eliis also a Managing Partner at Boustead Capital Partners, an institutional digital asset management firm focus on investments in blockchain tech, digital currency, tokens, and crypto assets.

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Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by Former JPL Mechanical Engineers

Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by LA Mechanical Engineers from JPL

Many savvy smartphones, tablet, and laptop users utilize a virtual private network (VPN) to surf anonymously, stay protected from malware, and avoid censorship, among others. But why stop there? There’s a new gadget that can provide these useful services, as well as allow individuals and organizations secure and remote access to their home and office networks.

The izzbie ONE is an all-in-one VPN device that offers a personal cloud, online security, and a private local area network. This means that as you access your private network at home or in the office, your online activities will be protected without encryption.  

Plus, there’s no need to go through third-party providers, such as Apple and Dropbox. These providers can encrypt files and messages but keep in mind that these can still be hacked in theory.

With izzbie ONE, you can also access geo-restricted websites and their contents, as is the case with the strict censorship laws in China. Basically, it’s a useful tool for accessing the Internet without your location determining the content you can see.  

You will then be able to enjoy complete privacy and safety online. No wonder that it’s a device gaining more acceptance among digital nomads, the entrepreneurs running their own businesses on the road.

The izzbie ONE is a small black box device with plug-and-play features. Just plug it into your router using an Ethernet connection, go to your computer’s control panel, and add the internal IP addresses of the items that will be connected.

These can be your network attached storage (NAS), IP cameras, video game devices, and wireless printers. You can connect as many local networks as you want, too. You can, for example, print a paper from your laptop while in a hotel to your printer at home.

You may also build a virtual mesh network with multiple locations provided these are all connected to izzbie ONE. Think of it as being in all or any of these locations without physically being there.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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Editor-In-Chief
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

john@lastartups.com