Getting the MAX from your Instagram Account with these 5 easy steps!
I absolutely love Instagram… sometimes more than any other social platform. Mostly because it is a visual content platform without all the text or “ad” looking content. It is all photos or video! Even the ads don’t look like ads. It has also been a ton of fun playing with my dogs account and I was blown away by how many other pet accounts there actually were! Even my daughter had one for all of her guinea pigs and she found those connections to be extremely helpful when we ended up with a pregnant piggie – eek (or should I say wheek) LOL She found a few breeders who helped us the entire way through the pregnancy and birth which was very helpful. OK, back to real estate on Instagram. Check out these 5 easy steps to get you started (or enhance what you already have) on Instagram! The Instagram feed moves very quickly so unlike YouTube or Pinterest, the lifetime of a post is relatively short so standing out is important.
STEP #1 : Decide whether you want a business or personal profile… here are some of the differences
Gives you data and insights
Connects to your Business Facebook Page with perks like running ads on facebook & Instagram
Easy post to Instagram & your business page straight from your IG account.
Allows you to connect to your personal Facebook account for auto posting to facebook when you post to Instagram.
Downfalls – No ads or insights.
STEP #2 : Set up your Profile, Bio with website and # / @
Write a short Bio, add some flare with a little emoji’s as well as your main #hashtag and tag a company.. like Realtor @remaxelitefl or if you have a personal and business, make sure to tag them.
Step #3: Post great images and graphics
Instagram is a visual platform like twitter is a 280 character platform… posting great images along with #hashtags for your branding, area, etc can lead to great engagement and leads. Here are some fun ways to post your visuals… Don’t forget, Instagram has some great filters to make even the ugly pictures beautiful.
Post short 30 second videos…
Posting multiple photos that you can slide thought for one post
Using Photo Layouts You can easy make a collage from multiple photos
Gain more eyeballs by utilizing the “stories” feature and even better, highlight and organize those highlights which will appear in your profile!! Check out this blog with Katie Lance on creating great stories and check out some fun tips on creating the perfect image templates for them too!
Step 4: Use #hashtags with your posts.
I keep a few lists saved on my phones “memo pad” for easy copy & pasting… Also, if I am posting to facebook from Instagram I will not add the hashtags with the original post, I go back and edit to add my #hashtags.
Here are some of the best real estate Instagram hashtags to get discovered by local residents (just be sure to swap out “YourCity” with your actual city) as well as the ones that RE/MAX peeps use:
Step 5: Add the location of your photos or business, always.
Studies have proven that tagging a location can increase engagement by up to 79%. Instagram isn’t just a social platform, it is a search engine too. People can search by their current location or landmark so be sure to include this when posting!
Here is a list of some great real estate IG accounts…
theboutiquere – I absolutely love the photos and simplicity of there account… if you do higher end listings, check this out.
katrinaandtheteam – I love the graphics and style of this team and what they are posting.
thebrokeagent – If you need a good laugh about life as a Realtor, this account is for you…
brendacamachorealtor – She has nailed her branding… she knows her target audience and goes to great lengths to reach out
laughing_realtor – If you like lighter side of real estate, you will love this account.
brendacamachorealtor – With over 135k followers, this page is one of the most popular real estate for instagram accounts…
floridaspacecoast – Tons of great local photos, events, etc with branding and showcasing our area
Here is a list of some Content Ideas for your Real Estate Instagram account:
Using fun apps on your phone to create visual and text overlays are even better for your IG posts! Here are some great ideas for posts..
Coming Soon listings
Real Estate Quick Tips
Out in the field
Neighborhood pix or even better – VIDEOS!
Let’s talk about the numbers for Instagram data…
500 Million users monthly
300 Million users daily
4.2 Billion likes per day
216,000 photos posted every minute
30% Of the total US population uses Instagram
More than half of all millennials are on Instagram every day
Now that you are ready to take your IG account to the MAX, Don’t forget to follow us!
h3socialnut – Heather Holliday
remaxelitefl – Our office
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