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Using Instagram For Business

It’s safe to say we all get frustrated with Instagram , the algorithms , the likes the views it’s very easy to look at those influences getting 100s and 1000s of view and feel like you are failing at this stage we can all feel unmotivated and deflated But what we need to look at is what we are actually using our Instagram for what is it you are wanting to achieve ?

Generally as a small business or individual offering an in person service our main goal is to attract clients ….Right ????

Looking closer you may find in actual fact your Instagram is doing exactly what it needs to do for you or maybe with a few twerks it can be?!?

So let’s look at how we can optimise Instagram to work for you and your small business .

As a Nail technician / beauty therapist we are primarily looking to attract New clients , generally these clients will come from our local area so it is important to target these people.

This can be achieved by using hash tag groups.

Hash tags are the tool you use to help people find your post.

By using Hashtags relative to your local area and hash tags relevant to the service you are offering you will guide those looking for your service to you

For example as a Norwich based nail tech here are a few relevant localised hash tags I would use

💡TIP: Think of the words you would use as a user looking for your service on Instagram and use those.

If you are looking to teach wider audiences maybe get your posts picked up from industry publications also include some hash tags relevant to that as a nail tech here are some. Tag the brand colours and products that you use.

💡TIP: These hashtags are much more general and are used much more frequently so your chances of being found by them is less but you can add upto 30 hashtags so use a mix of these and your localised ones.

Here is an example of a post with hash tags.

Interact with other Businesses local to you.

This is a great way to help other local people find you if you are eating or visiting somewhere local pop it in your story and tag them , you know yourself you love people to share your business and are quite likely to share the tagged story to your story other businesses will do this too again showing your account to your local audience, this will help build a relationship with other local people who may well recommend you in the future too.

Take quality photographs to showcase your work at its best

✨ practice hand positions

✨Use good lighting

✨Crop ,Edit your pictures

✨Take videos you can use or create reels

✨Show what you can do

Take multiple photos so you will have more images to share, finding content if you are not seeing many clients initially can be difficult

So make the most of what you do have from one client visit you can get all this content

✨A before and after pic you can use in your stories.

✨A before and after video you can create a reel with.

✨Multiple images of your finished result from a few different angles or hand positions.

This sounds a lot but actually takes minimal time at the appointment , but remember to maybe schedule in an extra 5 min if you feel you need this.

Also whilst looking for content do not be afraid to show your face, personalise your account and let people get to know you.

✨Take a look through some reels save trending sounds in a video ideas file look for ones you think you feel confident to try and just give it a go. Many now have a use template option which is great for photos and videos of your work.

✨ Show a little day in your life at work video , do a salon tour, Speak and get your voice on there too.

💡TIP: Showing quality work will get peoples attention, letting them familiarise themselves with you makes you more personable, interact with your followers.

✨Always reply to comments , words work better then emojis so go for 4/5 word comment when you can.

✨Spend a little time each day liking and commenting on others posts on grid and in stories, Instagram likes to see you being interactive.

✨Make your posts interactive ask questions, ask for shares and likes.

Use your stories

✨Ask questions

✨Introduce yourself

✨It’s a great place to let your followers get to know you.

✨Play a game. (Spot the emojis a good one but there are plenty of templates on Canva)

I hope these tips assist in optimising your Instagram to be an asset for your business please remember it is not all about those numbers it’s about the interaction. I don’t have a massive Instagram following but I do have an Instagram that consistently brings me clients I would say around 85% of my new clients come from Instagram so it’s a valuable asset if you use it correctly.

Final Tips

💡Always remember to be you!!! If using pictures from stock to advertise make sure it is of work you can replicate.

💡 Tag other artists if you share their work

💡Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, and don’t overthink it look at your Instagram as a portfolio and advertisement for your work unless you are aiming to be a creator or influencer you don’t need thousands of followers and likes 👍 to be successful.

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