Instagram is a platform on which every business should be active. It’s a great platform to connect with your target audience, by leveraging great tools like hashtags and Instagram’s suggested users and content.
If you have a large following on Instagram, you have the same effect as having a huge mailing list. This is why many businesses and brands spend a lot of money on optimizing their Instagram profile.
Today I want to talk about growth hacking. Which is basically another term for ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’
Let’s look at an example here. You have just started a fitness blog. You post motivational quotes, fitness and nutrition tips, and workout videos. There’s great commercial potential in having a huge fitness following.
You could get sponsored by fitness brands (protein, fitness gear, supplements) and there’s a lot of money to be made once you have thousands of followers. However, you don’t have thousands of followers; you have 100 followers.
Now imagine a potential new follower visiting your Instagram profile. They would be way more likely to follow you if you already have a large following. Because this gives your page an authority look.
This is the exact reason why people buy Instagram followers. It doesn’t matter whether these followers are interested in your profile or not; it’s just about raising the number.
Recently I found out about BuyIGViews.com, and they offer these kinds of services. Of course, there are many providers out there, but these guys take it a step further.
Not only do you get followers to your account, but you will also get automatic Instagram likes on posts (photos/videos) you upload as well. Plus, all the followers are real accounts, so Instagram has no way of deleting them.
So I went ahead and purchased the ‘Medium Viral Package.’ This comes with 1,000 Real Followers and 250 likes on the next 30 posts I upload for $40. Sounds promising. At the order form, I’m also able to specify how I want the followers to be delivered: Instantly or gradually.
I choose for gradually, 25 followers per day until the 1,000 in total have been sent.
I purchase the package via PayPal and get an order confirmation right after. Within 5 minutes the first batch of followers starts dripping in, and I must say that I’m impressed.
These are real people following me! Sure, they’re not interested in my content and only follow me because I just paid $40, but it looked great.
I didn’t have high expectations, which probably helped – but I’m genuinely impressed by the outcome.
Now, this type of marketing is not really my thing, so I’ll leave it with just testing it out. I’m curious what you think about this type of marketing? Let me know!