If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that hashtags can be confusing. How many should you use? Where should you put them? What ones are the best for your business? If you’ve asked yourself these questions and more, you are not alone! With all of the changes that Instagram has experienced over the years, hashtags and their importance have been a constant.
Did you know that a post with at least one hashtag averages 12% more engagement than posts that use no hashtags? Using the right hashtags on your post is one of the best ways to be discovered by a new audience and to reach those who you are targeting. It will help to push your content in front of new eyes and can elevate your engagement levels.
Finding the right hashtags to use is one of the most important steps when it comes to Instagram. Using hashtags that are not related to your business or your content will not attract the right audience and ultimately, the right customers. When putting together a set of hashtags to use, always keep in mind who you are trying to target. For example, if you are a vegan skincare business, hashtagging an image of your product with #love will be much less effective than using #veganskincare.
It’s always a great idea to check out your competition to see what hashtags they are using. This is one of the best ways to find relevant hashtags. Try to keep your hashtags as specific as possible, without using too many that are tagged by millions of other accounts. Research your audience and find out what they are searching for and what hashtags they’re using. Also using the drop down menu and searching for ‘related hashtags’ can help you find many relevant tags.
As we said before, keep your hashtags specific to your niche. When it comes to using hashtags effectively, you want to ensure your content is reaching the right people. Have a mix of more generic hashtags and more specific ones and avoid any that are too gimmicky or ‘spammy’. Developing your own hashtag is also a great way to set yourself and your business apart and encourages your community to use the hashtag themselves (yay for more engagement!). It’s also great to include ones that are funny and creative! If your business has a physical location, including hashtags relevant to that is a great way to reach your local community.
Don’t use the exact same hashtags over and over again, try to switch them up. We recommend having a few different sets of 30 on hand and making them relevant to the different products/services you sell. Posting them in the comments or in the caption doesn’t make a difference to your post’s engagement, but having them tucked away in the comments looks much neater!
Keep an eye on how your hashtags are performing by using your Instagram analytics tool. You will be able to see how many profiles your post reached from hashtags alone. This will allow you to know what hashtags are performing well and can help you to decide what ones to continue using in the future.
Hashtags are still just as important to your Instagram strategy as ever. It’s all about knowing what ones to use and how to use them. Once you nail your hashtags, you will be well on your way to a winning social media strategy!