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Normally, you would have to pay to get +500 comments and +250 likes on an Instagram post, right? Well, today I’m going to show you how to boost a post on Instagram for free.

Recently, I tried to promote an Instagram post. However, as you can see, it wasn’t approved because there are 0 promotion clicks. In other words, all of the engagement on this post is 100% organic.

How to Boost a Post on Instagram for Free: Campaign Results

Here’s what’s really interesting, as well as why you should start using Instagram DM automation tools for your own Instagram account: Of the +6,000 people reached, 69% were people who did not follow me

To put that into perspective, my average reach outside of my follower base has been roughly 10% per post.

Additionally, the post generated: 

  • 700% increase in reach outside of my own followers.
  • Nearly 100 bookmarks.
  • 25X my normal post reach. 
  • Well above my average new follower count (in the thousands) for the month.

And don’t forget about the more than 500 comments and 250 plus likes that I’ve already mentioned.

How did this happen? What changed?

I attribute these results 100% to InstaChamp automated messaging tools and their ability to favorably trigger Instagram’s algorithm via organic engagement. 

Which brings me to the underlying topic of this article. That is, the “what” that is making it possible to boost a post on Instagram for free. 

Here’s our agenda:

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How to Boost a Post on Instagram for Free 

Here’s the Instagram carousel post I’ve been referring to:

In InstaChamp, there’s a tool called the Comment Auto-Responder. InstaChamp Comment Auto-Responders allow you to send private automated messages to people who comment on your posts using a specific keyword, such as AUTODM.

As you can see on the final slide of the carousel, the Comment Auto-Responder is triggered by users completing my carousel post’s CTA: “Type AUTODM into the comments for instant access…” 

I include the CTA both on the final slide of my carousel, as well as in the post’s caption.

This is a completely new way to attach a call-to-action to a post, which in turn has the effect of boosting the post significantly.

What we find is that if you ask for a simple engagement, you typically get 3 to 5 times more engagement.

Now, let’s get to how you can put the world’s first Instagram-approved direct messaging and engagement tools to work for your own brand!

How the Comment Auto-Responder Boosts the Reach of Instagram Posts

Coming back to that 69% number. That’s the percentage of people my post reached that did not already follow me.

Remember, my normal posts only get maybe a third of this kind of traction and around 10% of the engagement are from people who do not follow me.

When your post reaches more people outside of your followers than it does within your own follower base, your post has reached albino unicorn level status.

Instagram rewards posts with high-levels of engagement. That’s why the Comment Auto-Responder is so ingenious because every time someone comments on the post, Instagram’s algorithm is triggered favorably. 

In return, my post gets shown to more people. Furthermore, with every new comment, the amount of people outside of my own followers my post is shown to on Instagram increases. 

In other words, engagement is the key to successfully growing your follower count on Instagram. To get new followers, you need to reach new people. And to reach new people, you need to get engagement on your content.

Without the InstaChamp Comment Auto-Responder, none of this would have been possible.

So, if you want to know how to boost a post on Instagram for free, InstaChamp by MobileMonkey is your answer.

Here’s the really good news: The InstaChamp Comment Auto-Responder is just one of three tools in InstaChamp you can tie to your post’s call-to-action.

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Why InstaChamp CTAs Fundamentally Change Instagram Marketing

These new auto DM tools are truly special because they solve a critical problem for businesses on Instagram. That problem is the complete absence of reasonable CTAs to ask people to fulfill on Instagram.

Prior to InstaChamp, the funnel on Instagram was broken. You’re just hoping that someone will click on the link in your bio. 

InstaChamp fundamentally changes CTAs on Instagram, forever. So much so, we’ve given them a name: InstaChamp CTAs

The 3 InstaChamp CTAs

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 3 InstaChamp CTAs: Comments, Mentions, and Send a DM. 

InstaChamp CTA #1: Comments

Example CTA = “Comment on my post using the word TRAINING to join my next free live training course.”

Example InstaChamp Auto-Responder:

how to boost a post on Instagram: auto-reply tools

InstaChamp CTA #2: Mentions 

Example CTA = “Mention me in your Instagram Story to receive an entry into the contest and a free sticker.

Example InstaChamp Auto-Reply:

InstaChamp CTA #3. Send a DM

Example CTA = “Send me a DM to see if I have any specials going on”

Example InstaChamp Auto-Reply: 

How to boost a post on Instagram for free: Send me a DM

How InstaChamp CTAs change Instagram marketing forever

Prior to InstaChamp CTAs, there wasn’t an easy way to ask for additional engagement on Instagram. Most people don’t even have a call-to-action on their posts. 

With MobileMonkey and new DM automation, it’s so easy to get that extra fulfillment because of the instant gratification that users receive by doing so. 

Want this ebook? Get it immediately by commenting “ebook” on my post. It’s that simple. 

So now, there’s no excuse for marketers. You should be using automation to provide bonus materials, by asking the user for just a little bit of engagement.

The great thing is that no matter how great your engagement already is, this will make it better. OR, if your engagement is crappy, this will make it less crappy.

I’ve never really had a super active Instagram, but when I do post and use InstaChamp CTAs, I get at least 3 times more engagement and sometimes, like in this post, 25 times more engagement.

What’s the significance here? The significance is that creators and brands need to fundamentally change their thought process when creating their Instagram content. 

It needs to be modified in such a way that you give away some or most of the value in your content, but save some to be fulfilled, such as bonus materials, based on how you want people to engage. That could be post comments, mentions of your brand, or starting more 1-on-1 conversations in your DM inbox.

When you do that, the rewards are astronomical. Mainly because you end up showing up in front of all these people you never would have before. 

How to Boost a Post on Instagram for Free: Important Next Steps

Want to get started with InstaChamp and new Instagram DM automation tools?

Learn how to:

Instagram accounts that use MoibileMonkey’s Instagram marketing tools, will generate automated activity and interactions which are perceived as entirely organic. And because you’re able to generate organic engagement at scale, this translates into a huge increase in genuine followers.

Best of all, with MobileMonkey, you’ll be working with 100% Instagram-approved engagement tools.

The proof is in the numbers. 75% of consumers also prefer to engage with brands using private messaging channels vs traditional channels.

✅ Get early access to Instagram messaging tools for free!

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Are you looking for an edge on Instagram? Influencers, artists, brands and D2C businesses, you may qualify to be the first to use tools that generate elite engagement via Instagram DMs.

Get Early Access
  • Create your first chatbot today after you sign-up for MobileMonkey.
  • Talk and learn about chatbots with other enthusiasts. Join MobileMonkey Island, our Facebook group of 40K marketers and entrepreneurs who are ready to support you.
  • Advance your marketing performance with Chatbot University, a free chatbot tutorial and training area for chat marketers.

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Neil Patel’s Favorite Instagram Tool: How to Get More Instagram Story Mentions https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/neil-patel-favorite-instagram-tool https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/neil-patel-favorite-instagram-tool#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2021 22:18:33 +0000 https://mobilemonkey.com/?p=1025237 Wouldn’t it be great if you could get hundreds, if not thousands of Instagram followers to get you to mention …

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could get hundreds, if not thousands of Instagram followers to get you to mention you in their Instagram Story? Well, Neil Patel’s favorite Instagram tool makes that easier than ever.

Getting shares and mentions on Instagram isn’t easy. That’s why this new tool immediately caught the attention of Neil Patel. Neil has a large and engaged audience on Instagram with +250,000 followers.

However, until recently, Neil had no way to keep up with and capitalize on all of the times he’s mentioned in his followers Instagram Stories.

Enter MobileMonkey’s new product, InstaChamp. More specifically, InstaChamp’s Instagram Story Mentions tool.

Here’s the short version of how it works: When someone shares your post or tags you in their Instagram story post, this tool will automatically send that person a DM.

Let’s have Neil Patel show you exactly how he’s using the Instagram Story Mentions tool by MobileMonkey and explain why it’s already working magic on his Instagram!

Neil Patel’s Favorite Instagram Tool

About the Instagram Story Mentions Tool by MobileMonkey

InstaChamp by MobileMonkey allows you to scale direct messaging on Instagram. The Instagram Story Mentions tool is focused on capitalizing on mentions and how to get more shares on Instagram.

As Neil says, “In essence, what I’m doing is I’m responding to people. But if I responded to them manually, that’s a lot of work.”

Now, you don’t have to copy Neil Patel’s message because that’s 100% customizable. So, what you send is up to you, but a simple ‘thank you’ note plus an exclusive offer is a great example to get started.

As you saw in the video, Neil Patel’s Instagram account uses an auto DM that says: 

“Hey, I just want to say thanks for mentioning me in your story. I really appreciate it. Hope all is well with you.”

Simple, right? 

You can use your own imagination, however, let’s get you started with some ideas for how to use Instagram Story Mentions on your own Instagram account.

Here are a few ideas to get the wheels spinning:

  • Get more content shares: Use it as an incentive to share your content and create more UGC (user-generated content). For example, make the CTA on your posts to share it in return for an instant reward, like access to exclusive content.
  • Promotional offers: Reward people for sharing by sending a link to your latest promotional offer(s). Whether that’s a discount, coupon, or another marketing campaign, it’s a great idea.
  • Promote your most important campaigns: Have a big event or new product launch coming up? Make sure your most valuable followers on Instagram know about it.

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Story Mentions can be a powerful tool for admired individuals and companies on Instagram to build closer connections with their fans. 

It’s hard for the average business to convince even their most loyal followers to create content for them. 

Story Mentions make getting more shares of your content so much easier. Not to mention, they’re super effective. 

Here are just a few reasons why: 

  • Incentivizes word-of-mouth, the most powerful form of brand advocacy.
  • Gives people a reason to mention your brand and create UGC.
  • Encourages future engagement with your content.

To that last point above, Neil says in his video, “What I found is the people who mentioned you in one story are much more likely to mention you in future stories.”

Knowing how to incentivize and reward your customers for engaging with or sharing your content on Instagram can turn a loyal follower base into your biggest revenue generator.  

Neil Patel’s Favorite Instagram Tool: Important Next Steps

Ask yourself, “What am I doing to capitalize on each and every share of my content or mention of your brand on Instagram?” 

Automating replies to Instagram Story mentions efficiently increases your engagement and brand loyalty while simultaneously driving traffic to your marketing funnels with the ability to add a link to your auto-reply messages.

Test out the Instagram Story Mentions tool for yourself by tagging @kim_larry in your next Instagram Story. All you have to do is make sure to mention Larry’s Instagram handle. We have one set up on @mobilemonkey as well if you’d like to try that instead.

Then, when you publish the Story, you’ll instantly receive a direct message notification.Make sure to do this from a mobile device as these tools are in beta and do not yet work on desktop.

Instagram accounts that use MoibileMonkey’s Instagram marketing tools, will generate automated activity and interactions which are perceived as entirely organic. And because you’re able to generate organic engagement at scale, this translates into a huge increase in genuine followers.

Best of all, with MobileMonkey, you’ll be working with 100% Instagram-approved engagement tools.

The proof is in the numbers. 75% of consumers also prefer to engage with brands using private messaging channels vs traditional channels.

✅ Get early access to Instagram messaging tools for free!

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Are you looking for an edge on Instagram? Influencers, artists, brands and D2C businesses, you may qualify to be the first to use tools that generate elite engagement via Instagram DMs.

Get Early Access
  • Create your first chatbot today after you sign-up for MobileMonkey.
  • Talk and learn about chatbots with other enthusiasts. Join MobileMonkey Island, our Facebook group of 40K marketers and entrepreneurs who are ready to support you.
  • Advance your marketing performance with Chatbot University, a free chatbot tutorial and training area for chat marketers.

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Meet InstaChamp! Official Instagram Growth Tools Have Arrived! https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/instachamp-instagram-growth-tools https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/instachamp-instagram-growth-tools#respond Wed, 02 Jun 2021 16:33:01 +0000 https://mobilemonkey.com/?p=1024969 It’s finally here. The hottest Instagram growth tools to hit the market in years have arrived.  Introducing InstaChamp by MobileMonkey: …

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It’s finally here. The hottest Instagram growth tools to hit the market in years have arrived. 

Introducing InstaChamp by MobileMonkey: The world’s first official tools for messaging at scale on Instagram!

InstaChamp by MobileMonkey: Officail Instagram Growth Tools

InstaChamp huh? Oh yeah, you better believe it, InstaChamp. 

We’re excited, you’re excited, everyone’s excited. Totally agreed. 

So, let’s start with the short version… 

What is InstaChamp?

InstaChamp by MobileMonkey is a suite of Instagram DM (direct message) automation tools.

Built for brands to provide customer service and interactions at scale, InstaChamp makes it possible for creators, influencers, and coaches to scale organic engagement and accelerate follower growth on Instagram.

What makes InstaChamp so official? It’s powered by the Facebook Messenger API, which enables new capabilities for businesses to handle messaging at scale on Instagram.

“We are thrilled that MobileMonkey is launching InstaChamp messaging tools for Instagram. The Messenger API for Instagram will now enable all businesses to connect with customers on their preferred messaging channel, while integrating existing tools and data to drive business outcomes. By integrating the Messenger API for Instagram, businesses and developers can effectively scale messaging workflows to better own the customer experience and build more authentic relationships.”

Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, VP of Platform Partnerships at Messenger

What can you do with InstaChamp? 

What can you do with new Instagram growth tools from MobileMonkey?

Here’s the short list:

✔ Respond to a virtually infinite number of direct messages per day.

✔ Instantly reply to comments on your posts.

✔ Automatically send a ‘thank you’ to everyone that mentions you in their Instagram Story.

✔ Create a Welcome Message for everyone that sends you a DM for the first time.

✔ DM inbox management tools, such as chat filters to help you identify your most important conversations on Instagram.

✔ Add multiple users to the same Instagram account.

And more.

InstaChamp: Official Instagram Growth Tool Examples

Lastly, 100% Instagram-approved engagement and automated messaging tools are albino unicorn level rare.

Many other software developers have created bots for Instagram that cheat the system and don’t last long on the platform because they shouldn’t.

InstaChamp, on the other hand, accelerates organic engagement with your brand and your content, allowing you to scale messaging beyond anything Instagram has seen to date. 

So, now that we know our collective excitement is justified, let’s get into the details.

InstaChamp Rollout Schedule

The rollout of InstaChamp starts June 2nd, 2021.

Over the coming weeks, Instagram accounts will be granted permissions to leverage InstaChamp based on their number of followers. 

Here’s the schedule:

  • June 2nd: Accounts with 10K to 100K followers.
  • Early July: Accounts with 10K to 1K followers on Instagram.
  • Early August: InstaChamp will be available to all of the general public.

What should you do if your account eligibility is in the future?

Already a MobileMonkey user? Connect your Instagram account to MobileMonkey and we will notify you when your account is eligible.

Not a MobileMonkey user? Sign up for InstaChamp today and connect your Instagram account; MobileMonkey will notify you as soon as the Messenger API access becomes available to you.

Believe us when we say we wish we could give you all full access, yesterday!

InstaChamp: Official Instagram Growth & DM Automation Tools

Today we’re going to cover everything you need to know about InstaChamp and how to get started using the world’s first official tools for messaging automation on Instagram.

So, let’s dive into the details as we highlight the tools and use cases made possible by new Instagram growth tools:

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#1. Instagram Growth Tools: Comment Auto-Responders

Instagram comment auto-responders allow you to send private automated messages to people who comment on your posts.

The message is sent to the commenter immediately after the comment is published.  

To trigger a comment auto-responder, users need to comment on a post using a specific keyword. For example, below you’ll see an Instagram post with a CTA (call-to-action) to comment with the word SATURN to enter into an Instagram giveaway. 

Instagram Growth Tools: Comment Auto-Responder by MobileMonkey

Comment auto-responders are extremely powerful and viral in nature because comments equal engagement. More engagement triggers Instagram’s algorithm, which results in more impressions of your post. 

Prior to the launch of this tool, we already have an all-star example of virality from MobileMonkey Founder, Larry Kim. 

Larry has a large social media presence with millions of followers across the major social networks. His most successful Instagram post, by far, uses a comment auto-responder.

Here’s Larry’s post, which received over 400 comments in less than 3 weeks!

If you swipe or click through the carousel, you’ll see that the CTA (call-to-action) in the captions and the last slide of the carousel is to: 

“Type “AUTODM” in the comments section below to get instant access to all 15 Instagram auto DM use cases.”

Clearly, one of the best use cases for comment auto-responders is to tease your content and then ask for a comment for access to the full article, infographic, white paper, etc.

There are multiple challenges faced by Instagram marketers addressed with this one solution: 

  • Lack of locations where you can place clickable links. 
  • Variety of effective CTAs marketers can place in their content.
  • Getting people to comment and engage with your posts.

Think about it, where can you place links on Instagram? Most marketers ‘go-to’ call to action is, “Click my bio link for more information.”

However, you can always include a clickable link in a DM. Therefore, by sending a DM to users when they comment on your post, not only do you have an easy CTA for followers to complete, but you also have an opportunity to share a link and drive traffic to your site.

Additionally, the more comments you get on your post, the more visibility your posts will receive.

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#2. Instagram Growth Tools: InstaChamp Story Mentions

The Instagram Story Mentions tool immediately caught the attention of brands with large, engaged audiences on Instagram. 

Although Story Mentions are great for companies of all sizes, you’ll soon realize why the big influencers and ecommerce brands are already in love with this new solution.

Here’s how it works: When someone shares your post or tags you in their Instagram story post, this tool will automatically send that person a DM. 

What you send is up to you, but a simple ‘thank you’ note plus an exclusive offer is a great examples, for starters.

Instagram Growth Tools: Story Mentions by MobileMonkey

Now let’s see a real-life example of the Instagram Story Mentions tool in action!

Below you’ll find another carousel post from @kim_larry. However, in this example the call-to-action is very different from the CTA Larry used to trigger the comment auto-responder. 

This time around, Larry’s trying to encourage his followers to create UGC (user-generated-content) and brand advocacy via word-of-mouth marketing. 

So, to encourage more shares and mentions, Larry’s CTA now is:

“In your next Instagram Story, mention @kim_larry to instantly receive a private DM with instructions on how to set up the Instagram Story Mentions tool for your own account!”

The most obvious use case here is to thank people for mentioning you in their Instagram story.

However, other opportunities quickly come to mind when you start thinking about it. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Get more content shares: Use it as an incentive to share your content and create more UGC (user-generated content). For example, make the CTA on your posts to share it in return for an instant reward, like access to exclusive content.
  • Promotional offers: Reward people for sharing by sending a link to your latest promotional offer(s). Whether that’s a discount, coupon, or other marketing campaign, it’s a great idea.
  • Promote your most important campaigns: Have a big event or new product launch coming up? Make sure your most valuable followers on Instagram know about it.

Story Mentions can be a powerful tool for admired individuals and companies on Instagram to build closer connections with their fans. 

It’s hard for the average business to convince even their most loyal followers to create content for them. 

Story Mentions is making that much easier, and they’re effective for a few key reasons: 

  • Incentivizes word-of-mouth, the most powerful form of brand advocacy.
  • Encourages future engagement with your content.
  • Gives people a reason to mention your brand and create UGC.

#3. Instagram Growth Tools: Automatic Replies to Direct Messages

It’s nearly impossible for accounts with thousands or even millions of followers to keep up with the volume of incoming messages.

Auto-replies to incoming DMs is going to change that forever.

Take what’s commonly referred to as a welcome message or greeting message, for example. A welcome message is an automated response to someone who sends you a DM for the very first time.

Instagram Growth Tools: Auto-reply to Direct Messages

Ever read a “choose your own adventure” book?

If you take a closer look at the bottom of the chat conversation above, you’ll notice multiple options for the user to choose from, which come in the form of buttons. 

InstaChamp allows you to use multiple buttons at once, which allow for multiple user journeys one could take. Naturally, depending on which button is selected, a different follow-up message is triggered.

Buttons are quick and easy for the user to navigate their way to the information they’re most interested in.

At the end of each path a prospect or customer chooses, you can add a CTA, such as a link to your most relevant landing page.

Instagram Growth Tools: Link to your website in Instagram DMs

With InstaChamp DM Replies, it’s incredibly easy to nurture people down your funnel, capture email addresses, phone numbers, and other important contact information.

Test it out for yourself on the MobileMonkey Instagram page by clicking the Message button, then say ”Hello”.

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#4 Instagram Growth Tools: Filter Instagram DMs & Find Your Most Important Messages

InstaChamp isn’t the only Instagram tool making a big splash as the Messenger API rolls out Instagram support.

MobileMonkey’s OmniChat® messaging platform is now boasting some sweet Instagram DM upgrades.

Check it out: Connect your Instagram account to MobileMonkey and turn the MobileMonkey inbox into a trackable, searchable, collaborative central hub for all your Instagram communications. 

From MobileMonkey’s inbox, you have many tools at your disposal: 

  • See everyone that has interacted with your InstaChamp tools over time.
  • Review all chat dialogues and live agent conversations.
  • Build rich-data customer profiles over time to provide great support and offer the right deals at the right time.  
Instagram growth tools: Inbox Management Solutions

And for those with super high message volume, MobileMonkey makes sorting through your conversations and data easy with multiple custom filters.

For example, let’s say you’re using MobileMonkey to qualify leads and one of the questions you ask is budget related.

Use the MobileMonkey inbox filters to identify all of the budgets within a certain range, or even trigger live human agents to jump-in and take over a conversation with real-time alerts, lead routing, and notification tools.

Instagram inbox management tools: Filter your DM direct messages

#5 Instagram Growth Tools: Add Multiple Users to Your Instagram Inbox

For the influencers, creators, and brands out there with a large volume of incoming messages per day, you’ve likely had your fair share of frustrations with Instagram’s inbox management features. 

Even if you hire multiple VAs (virtual assistants) to manage your inbox, they end up tripping over one another, logging each other out, and are only able to reply to so many messages per day. 

Here comes MobileMonkey multi-user support to the rescue! 

Take full control over your Instagram inbox with multi-user inbox management solutions.

MobileMonkey allows you to scale message volume and even increase your send limits per day.

With MobileMonkey, you can transform the Instagram DM inbox into a suite of customer support chat tools, which you can use to:

  • Answer complicated questions.
  • Build data-rich user profiles.
  • Alert live chat agents with notifications of hot leads.

It’s simple to add multiple users to your Instagram inbox to handle even the largest message volumes.

add multiple users to your Instagram account

How to filter Instagram conversations and surface opportunities in the MobileMonkey inbox

And for those with super high message volume, who wish to conduct customer support via Instagram messaging, you can filter conversations by status, live agent assignments, and more, in the MobileMonkey inbox.

Here’s an example of how to filter conversations by status, such as:

  • Follow Up
  • Pending
  • Resolved
Instagram DM filters

Then, here’s an example of how to assign a conversation to another live agent.

Instagram direct message filters

People turn to Instagram to stay in touch with the people, products, and services they admire.

Be there for your audience 24/7 and launch an answering service to sell, support, and engage your audience with efficiency and authenticity!

Getting Started with InstaChamp: Official Instagram Growth Tools

Hopefully, by now you’ve had a few lightbulbs go off and you’re starting to think of some possibilities for InstaChamp messaging campaigns for your own brand.

InstaChamp is rolling out now and it’s here to deliver:

  • More engagement with your Instagram content.
  • The ability to manage and reply to nearly any direct message that lands in your inbox.
  • Provide 24/7 support to your followers and customers on Instagram.
  • Conduct dozens or even thousands of conversations that otherwise never would have taken place. 

For those of you with a constant overflow of incoming messages on Instagram, there’s a lot to  look forward to. Too many brands and influencers never get a chance to thank their followers or capitalize on all of the organic engagement their brands generate.

As for the SMBs and micro-influencers looking for Instagram growth tools that don’t overinflate your follower count with fake profiles or risk having your account suspended or banned, InstaChamp the answer to accelerate your growth organically.

Instagram’s decision to unleash solutions that scale organic engagement and manage even the fullest of inboxes will fundamentally change how marketing, sales, and customer support professionals use the platform.

We truly believe that InstaChamp’s automated messaging features are going to fundamentally change how businesses use Instagram.

MobileMonkey is excited to deliver InstaChamp to users everywhere and proud to be the world’s first official tools for scaling messaging engagement on Instagram!

✅ Get started by signing-up for InstaChamp today!

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Are you looking for an edge on Instagram? Influencers, artists, brands and D2C businesses, you may qualify to be the first to use tools that generate elite engagement via Instagram DMs.

Get Early Access
  • Create your first chatbot today after you sign-up for MobileMonkey.
  • Talk and learn about chatbots with other enthusiasts. Join MobileMonkey Island, our Facebook group of 40K marketers and entrepreneurs who are ready to support you.
  • Advance your marketing performance with Chatbot University, a free chatbot tutorial and training area for chat marketers.

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Trying to find the best apps for Instagram is hard.

That’s because there are thousands of apps out there that aim to make your Insta life easier. So how do you know which one to pick?

To save you time on your app-hunting endeavor, we’ve compiled a list of thirty apps for Instagram that can save you time and boost your ROI. 

We’ve sorted them by category, so you can find the best app for your current Instagram struggles as quickly as possible. 

That said, Instagram is a many-headed beast, so you might want to bookmark this post. That way, when you realize you need a scheduling app as well as a photo-editing app, you’ll know exactly where to find one.

Oh, and one more thing: We’ve also marked the operating system (Desktop, iOS, and/or Android) for each app in the heading. Nothing’s more frustrating than finding the perfect app, only to realize it’s not supported on your device.

So, let’s get started! What type of app do you need?

I’m trying to…

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Instagram Apps for Growing Your Audience

1. Auto-reply to comments with MobileMonkey: Mobile & Desktop

Direct Messages (DMs) are one of the primary ways Instagram measures engagement. That means that when you DM your followers — and they DM you back — Instagram recognizes your content as valuable. 

And that means you get a boost in the algorithm.

To take advantage of this, MobileMonkey can DM your followers as soon as they comment on one of your posts. 

First, offer a valuable freebie or discount to followers who comment on your post using a specific word. MobileMonkey’s Instagram Comment Bot then follows up with a DM that sends followers right into your marketing funnel.

MobileMonkey’s Instagram Comment Bot gif

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2. Target trending topics with HashtagsForLikes: Desktop

Screenshot of HashtagsForLikes app home

Figuring out how to grow your audience with trending hashtags can be a headache. Where do you even start?

HashtagsForLikes is a research tool that can analyze your profile and suggest relevant hashtags. You can also use it to analyze hashtags that you want to target.

With clients like Oberlo, Social Media Explorer, and Neil Patel, HashtagsForLikes can promise that its analytical tools really do work.

HashtagsForLikes offers a Regular tier for $19/week, and a Pro tier for $25/week.

3. Plan your Feed with Crowdfire: Desktop

Crowdfire app home

Crowdfire is a web application that describes itself as “the only social media manager you’ll ever need.”

While we’re still several decades away (at least) from a full AI-takeover, Crowdfire does offer an impressive number of tools. It can help you schedule your Instagram feed, discover content based on your interests, and publish your own blog content to your social media.

(Want to learn more ways to pre-schedule your Instagram feed? Check out our scheduling tools roundup.)

Crowdfire also offers in-depth social media analytics that you can use to improve your marketing and increase your ROI.

Best of all, you can use Crowdfire for free. Its paid versions start at $7.48/month (billed annually).

4. Get to know your followers with Iconosquare: Desktop

Iconosquare app home

Iconosquare is another analytics tool that helps you dive deep into your follower data. That way, you can make data-driven decisions and serve your customers just the way they want.

This tool also offers multi-profile management from one dashboard, a post scheduler, and performance reports. 

You can get started with Iconosquare’s 14-day free trial. After that, its paid plans start at $49/month (billed annually).

5. Instantly answer DMs with with MobileMonkey’s auto-reply bot: Mobile & Desktop

MobileMonkey auto-reply bot

When your followers take time to message you, you’d better make sure you message them back — and fast! 

The thing is, Instagram’s inbox is pretty outdated, and it can take hours to answer all messages that pile up.

You can solve this problem in one go with MobileMonkey’s auto-reply bot. As soon as a follower shoots you a DM, our software answers for you. 

To try it for yourself, head over to our Instagram profile, click “Message,” and say hi! (Mobile devices only.)

Instagram Apps for Editing Your Photos

6. Create custom graphics with Canva: Desktop, iOS, Android

Canva app home

Canva is one of the most popular graphics-creation apps out there, and for good reason. It hosts thousands of free templates, and you can use it for just about anything.

Canva’s Instagram tools

You can upload photos of your own, or access free royalty-free images. Then, you can add text and graphics to really make your photos pop.

With Canva’s free version, you have access to thousands of templates, icons, and images. Using its paid version, you get access to 75+ million premium stock photos, videos, audios, and graphics.

The paid version, Canva Pro, also lets you download designs with a transparent background, and you can resize as many designs as you want. It costs $9.99/month (billed annually).

All versions are available on desktop, iOS, and Android

7. Brush up your look with VSCO: Desktop, iOS, Android

VSCO app home

VSCO is an extremely popular photo editing app that helps you get your photos Insta-ready with just a few clicks.

You can use this app to adjust color, contrast, and saturation, and you can use the Grain and Fade tools to give your feed a more vintage look. 10 presets are available for free, and VSCO Membership users get access to over 200 more. 

You can use this app entirely for free, make in-app purchases, or you can get the membership for $19.99/year.

VSCO is available on desktop, iOS and Android

8. Get professional with Adobe Lightroom: iOS, Android

Adobe Lightroom on the App Store

If you know anything about Adobe products, you probably don’t expect an Adobe photo editing app to be cheap.

Surprisingly, you’d be wrong! Adobe Lightroom does offer in-app purchases, but you can take advantage of its powerful filters and sliders without spending a cent.

One of the top reviewers on the Apple Store even says that this app replaces a professional DSLR camera 90% of the time. If your brand relies on posting professional, top-quality photos to your feed, this is one app you should definitely check out. 

Adobe Lightroom is available for iOS and Android.

9. Preserve your portraits with Square Sized: iOS

Square Sized app screenshots

Instagram photos have to be square. So what do you do when you’ve snapped the perfect portrait, but cropping it down to a square totally botches the picture?

Square Sized lets you place a customizable background behind rectangular photos. No more tearing out your hair over awkward cropping — now, you can turn any image into a square without ruining it.

Square Sized is iOS only. It’s free with in-app purchases.

10. Edit for free with Snapseed: Desktop, iOS, Android

Snapseed app screenshots

If you’re looking for a 100% free photo editor, Snapseed is one of the most popular options. It’s Google’s answer to VSCO and Adobe Lightroom. 

Out of over 1.3 million reviews, it’s snagged a solid 4.5 star rating on Google Play. The reviews are less stellar over on the Apple Store, so this may be a better option for you Android users out there. 

That said, if you’re looking for a free and simple photo editor, Snapseed is a strong option no matter who you are.

It’s available for free on both desktop, iOS and Android

Apps for Editing Videos for Instagram (Stories, Reels, and IGTV)

11. Edit on the go with InShot: iOS, Android

InShot app home

InShot is a video-editing app designed so you can edit whenever you want, wherever you are. 

Of course, this means its features won’t be as in-depth as a fancier video editing app. Even so, InShot can do a lot

You can use it to edit, of course, but you can also add filters, effects, free music, voiceovers, sound effects, and more.

InShot is free on iOS and Android. It contains ads and in-app purchases. 

12. Tap into artificial intelligence with Magisto: Desktop, iOS, Android

Magisto app home

Maybe the AI revolution is closer than we think. 

Magisto is a video editor for Instagram that uses AI to find the emotional high points in your videos and images. Then, it combines them to create impactful videos that catch your followers’ eyes…and win their hearts.

Along with a robot video editing crew, Magisto offers you full integration with iStock by Getty Images and the Instagram Partner program.

Magisto offers three pricing tiers based on what you need. The lowest tier, Premium, starts at $4.99/month (billed annually).

It’s available on desktop, iOS, and Android

13. Go vintage with 8mm: iOS

8mm app home

Are you a black-and-white film fanatic? If you want to bring a vintage feel to your Instagram Stories and IGTV, look no further than 8mm.

This app is designed for iPad, but it works well on iPhone as well. It’s made to emulate old-school film techniques, with film flicker, old-timey filters, and lens effects.

And if you’re wondering if it can be used in a professional space…Malik Bendjelloul used 8mm for some scenes in his Oscar-winning film “Searching for Sugar Man.” So yes.

8mm is $3.99, and offers in-app purchases. Unfortunately, it’s only available for iOS

14. Create time-lapse masterpieces with Hyperlapse: iOS

Hyperlapse app screenshots.

Hyperlapse is one of Instagram’s own tools for creating stunning video content. With it, you can create eye-catching time lapse videos with just your iPhone.

The Hyperlapse app stabilizes your footage, so you don’t need a tripod or an expensive camera. You can speed up your video to 12x speed, which means you can post hour-long events like sunrises and sunsets — in just a few seconds.

Hyperlapse is an iOS-only app. It’s free on the App Store.

15. Up your GIF game with Burstio: iOS

Burstio screenshots

Everyone loves sharing GIFs (as long as you never say that word out loud). There are multiple apps out there to help you create these shortest-of-short-form videos, but Burstio is one of the few that lets you create GIFs…without actually ever recording a video.

If you use burst photos a lot, this app is for you. Burstio searches your Photos folder for burst photos that it can turn into videos or animations. 

You can adjust the framerate, resolution, and playback direction (forwards or backwards). Then, you can export your new video or GIF to your Photo Library for easy sharing.

This iOS-only app is $0.99 on the App Store. As of the writing of this article, it’s only available on iPhone. 

Instagram Apps for creating Stories that pop

16. Show off your brand with Over: Desktop, iOS, Android

Over app home

For a Story app that really lets you say who you are, check out Over. As its name suggests, Over lets you overlay text and graphics on your Instagram Story images. 

This means you can easily create a branded Instagram presence that stays consistent across your Stories, Feed, and even your ads. 

Over also gives you access to templates, graphics, font collections, and it integrates with stock photography via Unsplash, Pixabay, and Google Images. 

You can use Over on desktop, iOS, or Android

All three options have a free version. The Pro tier, which gives you access to unlimited templates, images, and graphics, is $69.99/year (which works out to $5.83/month). 

17. Tell beautiful Stories with Unfold: iOS, Android

Unfold app screenshots

Unfold is here to help you put the storytelling back into your Instagram Stories. It hosts over 200 templates, filters, effects, and fonts, and you can export the Stories you make with it to other platforms.

This tool also helps you visually plan your Instagram feed, and you can use it to create a Bio Site for that precious link in your bio.

You can use Unfold for free, and if you like it, you can upgrade to Unfold+ for $2.99 monthly or $19.99 yearly.

Unfold is available for iOS and Android

18. Explore new frames with Storyluxe: iOS

Storyluxe app screenshots

Storyluxe is another frames-and-filters app to help you show off your Stories just the way you want. 

And if you like their bespoke vibes, it’ll be a long time before you’ll need a replacement app. Storyluxe has over 700 frames and filters to choose from, including film frames, backdrops, and designer fonts.

Storyluxe app Instagram feed

You can check out their Instagram to see their frames in action. Sadly, at the time of writing, this tool is only available for iPhone users.

To try it out yourself, you can download the app for free on iOS. It offers in-app purchases. 

19. Edit all-in-one Stories with CutStory: iOS

CutStory app screenshots

CutStory is a tool that lets you record or upload videos of any length. Then, you can trim them down to 15 seconds.

On top of that, you can add layouts, stencils, masks, stickers, text, and music. It’s a great app for creating Story videos that you want to shoot, edit, and export all in one go. 

CutStory is designed for iPad, but you can use it on iPhone as well. It’s free on the App Store, though it offers in-app purchases. 

As of the writing of this article, CutStory is only available for iOS.

20. Send a message with MobileMonkey Story Mentions: Desktop

MobileMonkey Story Mentions Tool

One of the most rewarding ways to interact with your Instagram following is to inspire UGC — User-Generated Content. 

Not only does UGC give you a boost in the algorithm, but it also shows you how much your customers enjoy your product!

To inspire more UGC, MobileMonkey’s Story Mentions feature sends an automatic thank-you message to anyone who mentions you in their own Instagram Story. You can also use this feature to link to your website or send a discount!

Here’s what your Instagram Story Auto Reply to Mentions could look like:

MobileMonkey’s Auto-Reply to Mentions Tool example

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Instagram Apps for eye-catching typography

21. Look cool with Cool Fonts: iOS, Android

Cool Fonts app screenshots

Want cool fonts for your bio, captions, and Stories? There’s an app for that.

Cool Fonts integrates with your keyboard, so you can type in whichever cool font you want. Well, most of them, anyway. This app is free, but it does include in-app purchases.

That said, it might be worth it for the g̴̳͍̔̐̄l̵͔͊̇̌i̷̹̐̂̎t̵̘͆̎̓c̵͓̰̕h̷̡̨̳̒ ̷̦̎t̵̜̉͝͝ȅ̸̲͉̌̐x̴̥̑t̷̨͉̖͆̈̈́ alone. 

Cool Fonts is available for free on iOS and Android

22. Get your collage on with AppForType: iOS, Android

AppForType screenshots.

AppForType is a photo editor and textography app that’s designed to help you put together awesome collages. 

You can also use it to design awesome text-based posts for your Instagram Feed or Stories. 

This app is free, though it offers in-app purchases. If you decide you’re a fan, you can also join AppForType PRO for $2.99 monthly or $15.99 annually.

AppForType is available for iOS and Android

23. Create graphics and videos with Adobe Spark Post: Desktop, iOS

Adobe Spark Post screenshots

If you’re looking to create consistent graphics that work well on Instagram, your website, and even on print flyers, you should check out Adobe Spark Post. 

This app was designed to help busy marketers design and animate professional graphics on the go. You can use their web application, or you can download it on your iPhone and iPad.

If you’re looking to go a step further, Adobe Spark Post’s first paid plan starts at $9.99/month. You can also join the Teams tier for $19.99/month, which gives you full access to everything the app offers along with 24/7 support. 

Adobe Spark Post is available on desktop and iOS. It’s free, though it offers in-app purchases.

24. Design in seconds with Typorama: iOS

Typorama screenshot

Out of time to design eye-catching textography? Typorama has you covered with another AI solution. 

Simply pick a background, type in your copy, and Typorama transforms it to a stunning typographic design. It’s built out with over 50 typographic designs that randomly generate whenever you use the app, and you’re able to customize them with 3D distortion, color graduation, and shadow manipulation.

It also has hundreds of pre-installed quotes, so if you can’t think of anything to write, you don’t have to.

As of the writing of this post, Typorama is only available for iOS. It’s free, though it offers in-app purchases. 

25. Create beautiful infographics with Piktochart: Desktop

Piktochart home

Everyone loves a good infographic, but they can be very time-consuming to make. 

To solve this problem, Piktochart hosts customizable, drag-and-drop infographic templates that you can fill out and post in just a few minutes. 

And since one of their many clients is Disney (you know, that Disney), it’s been proven that this app can get fantastic results.

You can use Piktochart for free, or you can get more file options, watermark removal, upload fonts, and more with the Pro and Team plans. Pro starts at $24.17/month (billed yearly).

Apps to schedule and design your Instagram Feed

26. Go classic with Layout from Instagram: iOS, Android

Layout screenshots

Layout is Instagram’s native app for creating photo collages. With Layout, you can mix and match photos from your camera roll — or, you can use the built-in Photo Booth to build a brand-new collage directly within the app.

Layout is free for both iOS and Android, making this a go-to app for Instagram users everywhere. 

27. Schedule your posts with SocialBee: Desktop

SocialBee home

If your ideal Instagram tool is something that can plan your feed, schedule your posts, shorten your URLs, and more, you should check out SocialBee.

SocialBee lets you create content categories for your posts, so you can make sure you’re publishing a good mix of content. It can schedule your posts for a specific time, pause and bulk edit categories, and recycle your top performing content…to name a few of its features.

SocialBee is a web-based application, and though it’s not free, it has three different plans:

Bootstrap: $19/month

Accelerate: $39/month

Pro: $79/month

Every plan starts with a 14-day free trial, so if you’d like to try this one out, you can do so with minimal risk. 

28. Get artsy with A Design Kit: iOS

A Design Kit screenshots

Ever wish Instagram just came with a design kit? Well, the folks over at A Color Story made one just for you art-lovers out there.

With A Design Kit on your side, you can add stickers and fonts — but you can also play with designs and brushes! The brushes are an especially unique touch, as you can use them to draw as if your photos were your sketchbook. 

And if community is your thing, A Design Kit also hosts a weekly newsletter with photo inspiration. If you like the app, you can join the #adesignkit community on Instagram and maybe even get your posts featured!

A Design Kit is currently only available for iOS. It’s free, and offers in-app purchases. 

29. Organize your life with Plann: Desktop

Plann home

Plann is another Instagram scheduling tool, but what sets this one apart is its integration with other useful apps.

So, if you’re trying to grow on LinkedIn and Facebook as well as Instagram, and you’d like to use Canva to create your social posts, Plann could be a great all-in-one solution for you. 

But where Plann really stands out is in its grid planner — a tool that lets you plan out your Feed ahead of time. This way, you can make sure your images flow well together, and that everything stays on brand.

You can use Plann for free, although you’ll only be able to schedule on Instagram. The paid plans start at $7/month (when billed yearly). They include Facebook and Instagram integrations, and you also get Plann team members to help you with your marketing.

30. Make a splash with Grid & Square Maker: Android

Grid & Square Maker screenshots

Most of the time, you want your Instagram Feed to host a variety of content. But what if you’ve got a huge product release coming up, and you really want to get people’s attention?

With Grid & Square maker, you can split any photo into nine smaller squares to fill up your Instagram feed. When people discover your content and click over to your profile, your new product will be the first thing they see.

You can also use this tool to convert ordinary images into panoramas, which is another way to make your feed pop.

Currently, Grid & Square Maker is only available for Android. It’s free, and offers in-app purchases. 

What’s next?

If any of the tools on this list have helped you grow your Instagram following, let us know in the comments! Also, if there’s anything you think we should know about, we’d love to hear from you.

To learn about 18 more tools you can use to grow your following on Instagram, check out everything MobileMonkey can do! 

Our features range from chatbot software to omnichannel marketing. And, we’re an official Instagram partner, so our tools integrate smoothly with Instagram’s interface.

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How to Use Instagram’s NEW Instagram Influencer Marketplace to Grow Your Business – Plus 15 to Ways Launch Profitable Creator-Brand Partnerships https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/influencer-marketplace https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/influencer-marketplace#respond Tue, 01 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000 https://mobilemonkey.com/?p=1025135 Breaking news! Instagram is launching a “branded content marketplace” — aka, its very own influencer marketplace. It’s a smart move, …

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Breaking news! Instagram is launching a “branded content marketplace” — aka, its very own influencer marketplace.

It’s a smart move, since Instagram is a major player when it comes to influencer marketing. 87% of its users say influencers have inspired them to make a purchase, and 70% of shopping enthusiasts turn to Instagram to discover their next purchase. 

Brands report Instagram influencer marketing ROI is over 5X: $5.20 for every $1 spent on influencer marketing on Instagram.

Likewise, influencers can expect increasing return on their services; Zuckerberg’s goal is for Instagram’s new marketplace to create a “creator middle class,” where small creators can monetize faster!

So, whether you’re a brand looking to expand your reach or an influencer looking to snag some great sponsorships, this development is great news.

The upcoming Instagram influencer marketplace is still in the works, but brands and creators can still launch great brand-partner relationships today! 

While we’re keeping an eye out to see where this mega-successful platform goes next, here are 15 ways to launch a profitable brand-partner relationship…for influencers and brands alike. 

We’ve broken establishing a profitable influencer partnership down into overarching steps:

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What is an influencer marketplace?

Influencer marketplaces are online filtering tools that help brands and influencers connect with each other. 

That’s because there are millions of influencers out there, and screening them one by one would take…well, forever. No one has that sort of time.

And for you influencers, influencer marketplaces are a simple way to connect with brands who are already looking for someone just like you. 

You don’t have to hope a brand wants to sponsor you…every brand on the platform is looking for a great-fit influencer, and if you play your cards right, that could very well be you.

So, what’s the best way to take advantage of these platforms?

Well, it all starts with your positioning.

Influencer Marketplace Success Step 1: Set a foundation

1. Write down your goals

Knowing your goals is the #1 step you should take before you make any important decisions.

For brands: What do you want to accomplish with your influencer marketing strategy? How big of a following do you want your influencers to have? How soon do you want to lock down this partnership, and how long do you want it to last?

When working with influencers, it’s super important to ask them to share post insights with you. That’s because you want to be able to track how much web traffic your partner can drive, as well as how many sales they’re making for you.

Ask your influencer partners to share post insights with you.

A simple way to do this is to give your partner a specific promo code. Then, track the sales that this promo code brings in. If your influencer is the only person using this code, you’ll know right away how effective their campaign is.

You can also use a UTM tracking parameter on a website URL that attributes website traffic to your influencer partner. InstaChamp makes it possible to automatically send URLs in Instagram DMs – it’s game-changing for driving traffic from Instagram to landing pages and offers.

For influencers: What are you looking for in a brand deal? Do you want to seek out enough brand deals to support you full time? If so, what does that look like? How much money would you need to make from each deal to make a full-time income?

Influencer marketplaces can and do filter out people based on your needs…but in order to find the perfect match, you have to know what you want. 

Then, you can use the software available to find it fast. 

2. Figure out your budget

For brands, knowing your budget will help you figure out exactly what type of influencer you’re looking for.

Naturally, brands influencers with a larger audience will charge more to promote your product or service. If you’re looking to maximize your brand exposure, outline your budget so you don’t go overboard.

And keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better. Mega-popular influencers can’t always connect deeply with their huge fanbase, while smaller influencers have the advantage of curating a tight-knit community.

#paid, a popular influencer marketplace, provides the following suggested rate sheet for Instagram influencers based on follower count:

Suggested rates for Instagram influencers

Remember that fans may trust a smaller influencer more than a super popular one. It’s the difference between a friend recommending you a product, and seeing that same product on TV.

You’ll also want to take into account the price of the influencer platform you choose. For influencers, platforms may be free to join, but they may take a cut of your earnings. Check the terms of service and compare platform fees, usage rights, and features. 

Meanwhile, for creators: influencer marketplaces can range from cheap to pricey — but remember that you get what you pay for. That’s because more expensive platforms often come with live assistance and expert help, while cheaper options may require you to work on your own.

And for both brands and influencers — if you want to make more sales or set higher rates, check out MobileMonkey’s Instagram engagement tools to help you grow your audience!

Our platform can automate your approach to comments and direct messages. That way, you can save time, increase your ROI, and grow your following all at once.

3. Define your niche

As always, the riches are in the niches.

You’ll save hours in your brand-partnership search if you take the time upfront to decide what niche you want to target.

As a brand, you likely already have an established niche for your products and services.

If you’re an up and coming influencer, you’ll want to make extra sure that you’re marketing yourself the way you want to be seen. Are you a fashion influencer? A lifestyle blogger? A tech guru?

This step is crucial, because leaning hard into one niche will make it easier for brands to find you…and vice versa. 

Influencer Marketplace Success Step 2: Narrow down your search

4. Know your influencer tier

In general, influencers are sorted into four tiers.

Nano: 10,000 followers or less

Micro: 10,000 – 100,000 followers

Macro: 100,000 – 1 million followers

Mega: 1 million+ followers

For influencers, knowing what tier you’re at will help you figure out how brands perceive you. It’ll also help you negotiate sponsorship deals. 

Even if you’re still a micro or even a nano-influencer, you can still provide real value to brands by genuinely recommending their products to your community.

Hubspot reports that engagement on a piece of content peaks at around 1,000 followers, which means that even very small influencers can have a positive impact on a brand’s ROI. 

For brands: All of the above applies to you, too. By establishing your budget and determining your goals, you can use influencer marketplaces to search only for influencers with the reach that you want.

5. Search for experts in your field

This is especially important for brands that offer technical products and services. 

If you’re able to connect with an influencer who’s an expert in your field, it will be a lot easier for them to explain your products or services to your audience. 

They’re also a lot more likely to get hype about it, which is always a good thing.

For example, a lifestyle blogger might not really understand how impressive the specs are on a tech brand’s newest gaming laptop. Meanwhile, a YouTube gamer might not really see the appeal in all-in-one tanning lotion sunscreen.

You get the idea. Search for like-minded creators, and you’ll see much better results with your product placements.

6. Find the best social media platform to showcase your product

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important! 

Not all social media platforms are created equal, and influencers will have different effects across different social media accounts.

A YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers isn’t the same as an Instagram influencer with 1 million+ followers. And, it’s important to think about what social media channels will showcase your product or service the best. 

If you’re selling physical products, for example, Instagram could be a great place to show them off. But, if you’re selling a less-visible service, it might be easier for an influencer to explain what you’re offering via YouTube.

Also, remember to research where your target audience hangs out. You probably don’t want to target TikTok if your main customer base is over sixty. 

Influencer Marketplace Success Step 3: Check each other out

7. Brands: vet your influencers!

Influencer marketplaces make it way easier to screen out unqualified influencers, but your work doesn’t stop there.

While online tools do make it easier to find out who’s using fake followers, you’ll also want to look at audience demographics, see how they’ve handled brand deals in the past, and — most importantly — confirm that they actually want to work with you!

(People can smell insincerity. You’ll get best results from influencers who actually like your product!)

Tools like Hypeauditor can help you out with this. You can search an influencer’s social media handle, and the site analyzes their following for you. 

HypeAuditor’s free analysis of a business owner’s profile.

For example, HypeAuditor makes it easy to see an influencer’s follower count, the percent of people who engage with their content, their location, and their contact info. Given that tracking down emails alone can be a daunting task, this tool is a huge time saver.

8. Influencers: vet your brands and platforms!

With brands vetting influencers left and right, it’s only fair that they should also get a turn in the hot seat.

When brands reach out to you, make sure you actually like their product and that your brand values align. Also check that you have similar audiences, so your followers don’t feel like you’re pushing a product on them that they don’t want.

Before you sign anything, make sure you and the brand are on the same page about timelines, rates, and deliverables. 

You’ll also want to check how much control the brand wants over the sponsorship — some brands will want you to stick to a script, while others are okay with you doing pretty much anything (as long as it’s positive, of course).

It’s also important to read the fine print in any given influencer marketplace’s Terms and Conditions to decide if you’re okay with their pricing, platform fees, and usage rights policies.

9. Put yourself in each other’s shoes

In an ideal world, brands and influencers would always be perfectly aligned. 

Brands would search for the best-fit partner with an audience who will love their product. Influencers would be over the moon to partner with the creators of their favorite brands.

The reality is that most people are self-focused. Brands try to figure out how to get as much exposure as possible, and influencers are trying to snag enough brand deals to make ends meet. Both of your brand ideals, personality, and goals can get lost along the way.

So, whether you’re a brand or an influencer, put yourself in each other’s shoes. Talk to each other to figure out exactly what you each want from this partnership! And don’t assume you know everything about a brand or influencer before you’ve spoken with them in-depth.

Influencer Marketplace Success Step 4: Research everything you can

10. Explore influencer marketplaces

Now that you’ve figured out your goals, budget, audience, and reach, it’s time to look for an influencer marketplace that can connect you with the right people as fast as possible. 

Consider the factors that you need the most help with. Is your team expert at vetting influencers, and you just need a complete database? Or do you want expert help to walk you through the partnership process?

Knowing exactly who you want to find is key here. If you already know your target demographic, level of influencer, and budget, look for an influencer marketplace that lets you filter influencers by these factors.

In-depth research is the most important thing you can do before committing to an influencer marketplace. Because of this, the rest of our tips are devoted to exploring research tools and examining a few popular marketplaces to get you started.

11. Analyze influencer marketplace ratings with G2

G2 influencer marketplace reviews.

The software review website G2 lets you sort influencer marketing platforms by market segments, star rating, languages supported, and pricing options. 

Off the bat, you’ll see marketplace entry level prices and descriptions. Then, when you click on an influencer marketplace review, you’ll see a site overview as well as links to community discussion about the marketplace. 

You’ll also see site screenshots, downloads, and customer reviews. And if that weren’t enough, the right sidebar also shows you features, top industries represented, user ratings, and comparisons.

When it comes down to it, if you have a question about an influencer marketplace, G2 likely has the answer. This is a site that belongs on your bookmarks bar.

12. Read in-depth influencer marketplace reviews on Influencer Marketing Hub

Influencer Marketing Hub reviews.

Influencer Marketing Hub calls itself the leading social media resource for brands, and it’s easy to see why. 

This platform hosts overviews of the top influencer marketing agencies across a variety of social channels. When you click “View,” you’ll learn what each influencer marketplace does, which platforms it specializes in, and what services it offers.

You can also find out where each marketplace’s physical offices are, which brands it has worked with, and where it’s been featured.

The only thing missing from Influencer Marketing Hub is customer reviews. By using this website together with G2, you can quickly get a comprehensive overview of the top marketplaces out there.

Influencer Marketplace Success Step 5: Jumpstart your search with these 3 marketplaces

Now that you’ve got a solid plan, it’s time to look at a few influencer marketplaces that can get your next brand-partner relationship off the ground. 

13. Brybe

Brybe influencer marketplace

Brybe is one of the only influencer marketplaces to let brands do package deals with influencers.

Influencers can set up these deals, called “brybes,” and offer ready-made services, like this:

Brybe package deal image

This makes it easy for brands to see what they’re getting. It makes communication as simple as a few clicks. 

And influencers aren’t the only ones taking the lead on Brybe. Brands can also post requests for promotions, receive offers from multiple influencers, and select the best deals. 

It’s also available in app form for Android (iOS coming soon).

Major brands: TripAdvisor, Jeep, Adobe, Adidas, Samsung

Made for: Lower to mid-level brands, creators, and influencers

Reviews: Brybe is a newer platform, so it doesn’t yet have reviews on G2 and Influencer Marketing Hub. However, reviews from professional blogs and press releases are mostly positive.

“It’s a great way to start a friction-free relationship.”

Neil Schaffer, Marketing Guru

Pros: 

  • Brybe is one of the few influencer marketplaces to speak directly to influencers as well as brands
  • One of the only package-deal influencer marketplaces available
  • A smaller platform makes it easier for low to mid-level brands and influencers to find each other
  • It’s free to sign up

Cons: 

  • Since Brybe is a newer platform, it’s hard to find verified reviews

14. Influencity

Influencity influencer marketplace

Influencity is one of those marketplaces that you’ll see pop up a lot in marketplace roundups.

That’s because it hosts over 60 features to help brands and influencers connect. With this tool, you can:

  • Find influencers
  • Analyze influencers
  • Organize your search
  • Forecast your results
  • Manage your marketing campaigns
  • Measure your results

Over 70 million influencers use the platform, which means brands can find influencers anywhere in the world. It hosts detailed demographics tools, as well.

Influencity is a paid tool, with plans starting at $48/month. Each of its tiers starts with a 7-day free trial so you can get a feel for the place.

Major brands: Dentsu, Samsung, WPP, Kellogs, OMG

Made for: SMBs and Enterprise

Reviews: Influencity has 57 reviews on G2 and a 4.6 out of 5 star rating.

“This tool generates relevant profiles to help you identify exactly who you should reach. This makes outreach so much easier when you know who to choose.”

Laura Goicoechea, Influence Manager for Isobar

Pros:

  • Huge outreach — 70 million influencers available to you
  • An extremely wide array of tools
  • A track record of success with major brands
  • Pricing tiers make it accessible to businesses of multiple different levels

Cons:

  • Website doesn’t speak to influencers at all
  • It’s hard to find verified reviews of what it looks like to be an influencer found through Influencity

15. #paid

#paid influencer marketplace

#paid approaches influencer marketing from a new angle: content creation.

This influencer (or shall we say creator?) marketplace aims to be the all-in-one solution to brand partnerships. The site matches your creative brief with ideal creators. Meanwhile, creators are also able to pitch their campaign concepts to you.

This way, #paid turns away from the ideas that influencer marketing is a simple transaction. It’s a creative process, and influencers and brands are in it together.

Because of this, the #paid platform offers tools like: 

  • A #paid-specific inbox, so you can communicate with creators
  • A Support Manager who’s a real person
  • Built-in post previews
  • Campaign scheduling (and reminders)

#paid also provides campaign insights. 

And for creators, #paid promises a culture of authentic collaboration, where you only work with brands you’re actually excited about. 

For brands, #paid is one of the pricier tools out there, starting at $269/month (when paid annually). Creators can sign up for free.

Major brands: Uber Eats, Nestle, Visa, Canon, H&M

Made for: SMBs, Agencies, Enterprise, Direct-To-Consumer Brands

Reviews: #paid has 122 reviews on G2 and a 4.7 out of 5 star rating

“#paid respects my style and actually makes an effort to find campaigns that are a perfect match for me.”

Abhishek D., @abhishekdekate 

Pros: 

  • A huge user base with mostly positive reviews
  • Creator reviews and testimonials on #paid’s site and G2 are enthusiastic
  • Built-in inbox, post preview, and scheduler makes collaboration easy
  • Multiple reviews on G2 call #paid the best platform available

Cons:

  • It’s not clear what #paid’s payment processing fees are for creators
  • #paid’s high upfront price could make it difficult for small businesses to access (although multiple small businesses have left 5-star reviews on G2)

Should you use an influencer marketplace?

Influencer marketplaces aren’t the only way for brands to get in touch with creators (and vice versa), but they take a lot of the guesswork out of the process. 

With these 15 tips at your disposal, you’re now equipped to get into the weeds and kickstart a fantastic brand-partner relationship. Set your foundation, decide on your angle, do your research…and don’t forget to have some fun along the way. 

Whether you’re an influencer searching for brand deals, or a business hunting for the perfect partnership, our new Instagram tools can help you grow your audience through Instagram DM automation. Get InstaChamp free or check out the link below.

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“Hey T-Pain, did you get my DM? It’s Rhianna.” How MobileMonkey is Solving T-Pain’s Instagram DM Problems https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/t-pain-instagram-dm-problems https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/t-pain-instagram-dm-problems#respond Mon, 24 May 2021 16:01:13 +0000 https://mobilemonkey.com/?p=1024378 T-Pain had a problem on Instagram that needed solving. So, using his celebrity, T-Pain got in touch with the one …

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T-Pain had a problem on Instagram that needed solving. So, using his celebrity, T-Pain got in touch with the one person who could lend the largest helping hand to his Instagram DM problems, Mark Zuckerberg.

The reason why T-Pain contacted Mark Zuckerberg? Someone important was trying to get a message through to him, but couldn’t. 

That “important” person was Rhianna.

Rhianna

Yes, the singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman – that Rhianna.

What Instagram DM problems was T-Pain having? Well, there were two main issues:

  1. Rhianna was trying to get through to T-Pain via Instagram DM (direct message), but those messages weren’t seen and went unanswered.
  2. T-Pain wants more functionality to come to the Instagram DM inbox, so he can filter through and find his most important conversations.

The full interaction takes place in the following video: Skip to 25 min 30 sec in the video to see how Mark Zuckerberg explained to T-Pain that MobileMonkey can help him with his DM troubles:

As you’ll see in the video, T-Pain is finding it difficult, “Keeping everybody in mind” when he gets so many DMs every day. And since Instagram DMs are the way that, “Any celebrity gets in contact with any other celebrity that doesn’t have their phone number”, according to T-Pain, the lack of functionality in the Instagram DM inbox has become an issue for him.

He then goes on to add, he’s asking in regards to people that he doesn’t follow that are trying to get in contact with him, and that he wishes there were more filter options in the Instagram DM inbox, and that it’s impossible to reply to everyone important who messages him.

What T-Pain is really getting at here, is he wants to make sure he’s not missing important messages, and he wishes there was a way to at least get a response to every important message that lands in his Instagram DM inbox.

Since he didn’t follow Rhianna, the messages sent to his DM inbox were getting lost in his folders.

As you’ll see in the video, Mark Zuckerberg says that he agrees, any time someone like Rhianna is sending you a DM or even mentioning you on Instagram, that message should go straight to the top of your DM inbox. 

The other issue T-Pain alludes to is the lack of ability to filter through your DMs and find the most important messages. This makes a lot of sense, especially for those with thousands or even millions of messages coming in every week.

So, what’s the solution to T-Pain’s Instagram DM problems? Mark Zuckerberg had answers, which we’re about to cover.

In this article, we’re going to show you how MobileMonkey is solving T-Pain’s Instgaram DM problems with the following solutions:

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What if T-Pain could have automatically replied to Rhianna, even though he didn’t follower her on Instagram? Well, he could have. As Mark Zuckerberg explains…

One of the most important Instagram DMs is called a Welcome or Greeting Message. Welcome Messages are used to respond to Instagram users who send a direct message to your page’s inbox.

To set up an automatic greeting message, use MobileMonkey’s Instagram Page Welcomer tool.

Here’s an example of a welcome message one client is using on their Instagram page:

auto-reply to Instagram direct messages

At the bottom of the welcome message, there’s a menu of options for the user to choose from. Each option leads the user down a different path in order to direct the user to the best possible landing page.

Using a chat menu is great because Instagram users who send your page a DM can ‘choose their own journey’ by selecting from multiple topics that pique their interest. Then, at the end of each chat menu option, add a link to send Instagram traffic to your website.

The next image is a good example of the dialogue that could follow when the user chooses the “🔥 Personal Training” option:

link to your website in Instagram DMs

As you can see, the choice triggers a response with a link to sign-up for a free training webinar.

In T-Pain’s case, he could have added an option, such as “Contact Me”, in order to provide an alternative method to get in touch with him faster.

With the Instagram Page Welcomer from MobileMonkey, it’s incredibly easy to nurture people down your funnel, capture email addresses, phone numbers, and other important contact information. Test it out for yourself on the MobileMonkey Instagram page by clicking the Message button, then say ”Hello”.

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How To Filter Your Instagram DMs And Find Your Most Important Messages

T-Pain claims he checks his Instagram DMs every day, but doesn’t have enough time to find all the most important messages. So, what did he ask Mark Zuckerberg for? More filters for the Instagram DM inbox.

What T-Pain didn’t know, is that these filters already exist!

The MobileMonkey inbox is your central hub for all your Instagram communications. 

From the inbox, you have many tools at your disposal: 

  • See everyone that has interacted with your Instagram bot over time.
  • Review all chatbot dialogues and live agent conversations.
  • Build rich-data customer profiles over time to provide great support and offer the right deals at the right time.  
Instagram Auto DM Tools: Instagram DM inbox management

And for those with super high message volume, MobileMonkey makes sorting through your conversations and data easy with multiple custom filters.

For example, let’s say you’re using MobileMonkey to qualify leads and one of the questions you ask is budget related.

Use the MobileMonkey inbox filters to identify all of the budgets within a certain range, or even trigger live agents to jump-in and take over a chatbot conversation with real-time alerts, lead routing, and notification tools.

Instagram Auto DM Tools: filter your Instagram conversations

Add Multiple Users to Your Instagram Inbox

For the influencers, creators, and brands out there with a large volume of incoming messages per day, you’ve likely had your fair share of frustrations with Instagram’s inbox management options.

Even if you hire multiple VAs (virtual assistants) to manage your inbox, they end up tripping over one another, logging each other out, and are only able to reply to so many messages each day. 

Here comes MobileMonkey to the rescue! 

Take full control over the Instagram inbox with multi-user inbox management solutions.

MobileMonkey allows you to scale message volume and even increase your send limits per day. Yes, you read that correctly. 

With MobileMonkey, you can transform the Instagram DM inbox into a suite of customer support chat tools, which you can use to:

  • Answer complicated questions
  • Build data-rich user profiles, and
  • Alert live chat agents with notifications of hot leads.

It’s simple to add multiple users to your Instagram inbox to handle even the largest message volumes.

add multiple users to your Instagram inbox

How to filter conversations and find opportunities to sell in the MobileMonkey Inbox

And for those with super high message volume, who wish to conduct customer support via the Instagram DM inbox, you can even filter conversations by status or live agent assignments.

Here’s an example of how to filter conversations by status, such as:

  • Follow Up
  • Pending
  • Resolved
multi-user Instagram inbox management tools

And here’s an example of how to assign a conversation to another live agent.

Instagram auto DM tools to filter conversations

People turn to Instagram to stay in touch with people, products, and service providers they love. 

Don’t run into the same Instagram DM problems T-Pain had. And don’t miss DMs from people like Rhianna.

Be there for your audience 24/7 and launch an answering service to sell, support, and engage your fans with max efficiency and authenticity!

Solving Instagram DM Problems: Important Next Steps

Instagram accounts that use MoibileMonkey’s Instagram marketing tools, will generate automated activity and interactions which are perceived as entirely organic. And because you’re able to generate organic engagement at scale, this translates into a huge increase in genuine followers.

Best of all, with MobileMonkey, you’ll be working with 100% Instagram-approved engagement tools.

The proof is in the numbers. 75% of consumers also prefer to engage with brands using private messaging channels vs traditional channels.

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How to Use SMS Text Surveys to Learn What Your Customers Want & How to Build an SMS Survey in 5 Easy Steps https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/text-survey https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/text-survey#respond Sat, 22 May 2021 16:40:00 +0000 https://mobilemonkey.com/?p=1024357 If you didn’t already know, sending an SMS text survey is one of the most undervalued ways to get customer …

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If you didn’t already know, sending an SMS text survey is one of the most undervalued ways to get customer feedback. 

That’s because only 39% of businesses use some form of text messaging to communicate with their customers, even though 75% of millennials say they’d rather text with a business than email or call them.

Your audience is ready to give you valuable feedback on your business. If you don’t take advantage of that, you’re wasting a huge amount of easy-to-gather information.

The problem is that most businesses don’t have the tools or the know-how to build a text survey that gets accurate feedback about their products or services. 

But worry not! In this post, we’ll cover:

Let’s get started.

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What’s the best way to send a survey?

The best way to send a survey depends on your target demographic and the type of survey you want to send.

If you’re looking to send out long, wordy surveys to customers who don’t own a mobile device or who aren’t usually plugged in, text surveys may not be for you.

But, if you want to send a series of short, focused questions to a demographic that’s usually on their mobile phones (like millennials and even Gen X), text messages are your best bet.

And that’s great, because text surveys are by far the easiest and fastest way to reach people in real time!

Here’s how it works. You advertise a special mobile keyword. Your customers text a survey-tool specific number to receive a series of short questions. Their answers are automatically recorded into your user database, so you can reference them at any time.

Surveying customers is an age-old strategy, but there are several reasons why SMS texting is the best way to get feedback.

Text messages are:

  1. Friendly. Over 75% of consumers feel comfortable with opt-in SMS texts from brands
  2. Desirable. 64% of consumers want business to text them more often. 
  3. Convenient. Text messages have a 90% open rate. For comparison, the average open rate for email marketing is only 20%.
  4. Engaging. Text messages have a 209% higher response rate than phone, email, or Facebook.
  5. Effective. 83% of millennials open SMS messages within 90 seconds of receiving them.

For a full breakdown of text messaging statistics, look no further

But in the meantime, let’s move on to how you can use text message surveys for your own business.

Can you do a poll with a text survey?

Yes! Polls are just one of the many forms of SMS surveys available to you. 

The main difference between a text survey and a poll via text is that text surveys usually involve multiple open-ended questions, while polls are simple multiple-choice questions. 

In other words, text survey answers are more in-depth, but they require a good deal of analysis. Meanwhile, the feedback you get from polls is immediate.

Plus, polls can tell you your Net Promoter Score, which is a fancy way of saying you’ll know who’s recommending you to friends, who’s neutral, and who is actively warning people away from you. (Hopefully no one!)

When you’re writing the questions for or poll, you can opt for a more general multiple-choice poll, or you can let your customers weigh in on company decisions by letting them text to vote.

A multiple choice poll for a hat-making company might look something like this:

What color would you love to see in our new bowler hat collection?

1. Red

2. Blue

3. Green

4. Black

5. Something else

[Text RED, BLUE, GREEN, BLACK, or OTHER]

Meanwhile, text to vote polls are almost the same as multiple-choice polls…except that what your customers pick has a direct impact on your company’s next steps.

For example:

Vote to pick the next hat we add to our throwback collection!

1. Top hat

2. Propeller hat

3. Fedora

[Text TOP, PROPELLER, or FEDORA]

While multiple-choice polls give you great insights on what your customers want, letting customers text to vote is a hands-on way to get them involved with your brand. It’s a sure way to boost customer satisfaction.

Now, let’s talk about how to build out a text survey that gets you crucial feedback from your customers.

How do I send a survey through text?

Sending a text message survey requires forethought and careful planning, but with the right tools, it can be quite simple.

The truth is, you can design any text survey campaign in five steps:

How to build a text survey in 5 steps.

Let’s get even more detailed.

Step 1: Choose your audience and send time 

As always, narrowing down your audience is a crucial first step. 

Texting a specific subset of your audience increases the chance that they’ll respond. It also decreases the chance that they’ll block you or mark you as spam.

Equally important is when you text your audience. Take time zones into account when you schedule your text surveys…you don’t want to blow up anyone’s phone in the middle of the night!

Alt. MobileMonkey’s Chat Blaster scheduling tool.

To make sure you’re texting your customers at the right time, our SMS Blaster tool lets you schedule your text survey for whenever you want.

But when is the right time? Analyze your existing customer data from social media and email marketing to get a good idea of when your customers are most active. And don’t be afraid to experiment with your text messaging campaigns to see what time gets the best results!

Step 2: Design your text survey questions and responses

The next step to sending a text survey is to figure out what kind of survey you want to send.

Do you want to ask for feedback about your product? Are you following up on a customer service interaction? Are you asking permission to send customers a survey link to leave you a Google review?

Whatever your plan is, make sure you write it down. This is so everyone involved in creating the survey can stay on the same page.

Next, write down your survey questions. Keep in mind, you don’t want to ask too many questions. If you do, your customers might get bored and leave the survey unfinished. 

It’s also important to keep your questions short, since blasting your customers with a huge wall of text is a great way to scare them off — permanently.

Write down one to three important questions. Use as few words as possible. At this point, you’re finally ready to use an SMS text messaging tool to send your survey to your customers.

Step 3: Create a survey with MobileMonkey’s SMS tools

You’ll need powerful, easy-to-use software to pull all this off. MobileMonkey’s SMS tools help you design surveys, schedule your texts, send surveys based on triggers, and track results.

For a full list of what our SMS tools can do, check out this article here

To get started, hop over to our account creation portal and get set up. We recommend you open this in a new tab, so you can follow along with this article as you create your sequence. 

Now that your survey’s ready to go, it’s time to decide when to send it out. 

Step 4: Turn on your survey trigger, or blast your audience with your survey

When it comes to sending out your survey, you have two options.

Option 1: You can establish a survey trigger. 

A survey trigger automatically sends your survey to everyone in your contact list who completes a certain action.

For example: Imagine your customer finishes a support conversation. Five minutes later, they receive your survey.

With the support conversation fresh in their mind, your customer will be a perfect fit for the survey questions you designed.

Option 2: You can send your text survey out as an SMS blast.

Choose a subset of your contacts list (or everyone on your contacts list, if it makes sense) to receive a text asking them to answer a few questions.

If you choose this route, it’s a good idea to offer your customers something in return…say, a discount code for completing the survey. 

You can use this method to find out what people want to see next from your product line, collect feedback from a promotion or an event, etc. 

As they say, the limit is your imagination! 😊

Step 5: Analyze your survey responses

This is why you built your text survey in the first place, so don’t leave this out!

No matter what kind of text survey you build, make sure to analyze and react to your customers’ responses. 

If a vote overwhelmingly favors one potential new product over another, go with what your customers want! If a lot of your customers tell you that your website is hard to use, start talking with your web designer about what you can fix up.

The great thing about surveys is that they benefit both the customer and the business. 

That’s because text surveys give the business an in-depth view of your customers’ opinions, which helps you refine your business strategy and give your customers what they want. 

And at the same time, text surveys show your customers that their opinions have a real impact on your business. Everyone likes to be listened to, and surveys are a direct way to do just that.

Ready to build a text survey of your own? Sign up free to MobileMonkey and try our Pro SMS features!

The feedback you get from your customers will be well worth the work.

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Before I get to my secrets on how to get more user-generated content on Instagram, I want to introduce you to a brand new tool for Instagram and to fully understand why it works so well.

We’ve all heard that acquiring a new customer can be as much as 25x more expensive than keeping the customers you already have. Yet, most businesses spend the majority of their effort on finding new customers. 

It’s time to flip that!

Knowing how to incentivize and reward your customers for engaging with or sharing your content on Instagram can turn a loyal follower base into your biggest revenue generator.  

And with the right tools and information, you can:

  • See who your best Instagram followers are.
  • Test different incentives to share your content and mention your brand.
  • And encourage followers to create UGC that highlights your products more often.

So, just as it’s important to keep your already paying customers happy, the same principle applies to how to get more user-generated content on Instagram. 

Now, ask yourself, “What are you doing to capitalize on each and every share of your content or mention of your brand on Instagram?” 

If you’re not doing anything, you’re definitely not alone. Most people don’t even know how to see who tagged your brand in a post on Instagram, let alone have campaigns in place to engage with the followers that do.

Today, I’m going to share with you a new tool that’s virtually guaranteed to skyrocket the amount of UGC you’re currently getting on Instagram. Not only that, but this tool also automatically engages with the people that mention you in Instagram Stories.

Let’s start by introducing you to that tool right now.

It just happens to be top marketer Neil Patel’s favorite Instagram tool, too!

Incentivize More User Generated Content with Automated Replies to Instagram Story Mentions

The “Instagram Story Mentions” tool, by MobileMonkey, is an excellent new tool for brands, influencers, and creators on Instagram.

Here’s how it works: If someone mentions your Instagram handle (e.g. @kim_larry) post as an Instagram Story, or if someone tags you in their Instagram Story, this tool will automatically send that person a direct message.

Take the Instagram carousel post below for example. If you scroll through it, you’ll see that the topic is the same tool we’re currently discussing. 

Then, on the final slide, there’s a call to action that none of you have probably ever seen on Instagram:

Test out the Instagram Story Mentions tool for yourself by tagging @kim_larry in your next Instagram Story. All you have to do is make sure to mention Larry’s Instagram handle. We have one set up on @mobilemonkey as well if you’d like to try that instead.

Then, when you publish the Story, you’ll instantly receive a direct message notification. Make sure to do this from a mobile device as these tools are in beta and do not yet work on desktop.

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How to get more user generated content on Instagram with the Instagram Story Mentions tool

Exactly what to use the Story Mentions tool for is limited mostly by your imagination. However, the most obvious use case is to thank people that mention you in their Instagram stories. 

The phrase that keeps coming to mind for me when thinking about this tool and the other new DM automation tools, for that matter, is “instant gratification.”

Within moments of posting a Story that mentions your brand, your most engaged followers and fans are satisfied and encouraged to engage with your content even more in the future.

All you need to do is create a message that you’d like to send to anyone who tags or mentions your Instagram handle in their Instagram story. Then, flip this tool on (also in MobileMonkey) and you’re ready to surprise, as well as delight your most engaged followers!

Instagram Story Mentions Tool by MobileMonkey

The best opportunities I see here for marketing professionals, other than a ‘thank you for sharing’ note:

  • Encourage more UGC from your biggest fans: Use it as an incentive to mention you or your brand. For example, make the CTA on your posts to create UGC in return for an instant reward. That’s guaranteed to result in more UCG than your average post, and your followers and fans are going to love whatever you surprise them with immediately after they hit the share button.
  • Promotional offers: Reward people for sharing your brand by sending a link to your latest promotional offer(s). Whether that’s a discount, coupon, or other marketing campaign, it’s a great idea.
  • Promote your most important campaigns: Have a big event or new product launch coming up? Make sure your most valuable followers on Instagram know about it.

Story Mentions can be a powerful tool both for admired individuals and companies, as well as small businesses on Instagram to build closer connections with their fans. 

Don’t you think your posts would get more engagement if your CTA was, “Mention @kim_larry in your next Instagram Story to instantly receive a 10% discount” versus the completely played out, “Learn more by clicking the link in my bio”? I know I do.

Now, let’s get to work on improving your Instagram Story game with how to set up Instagram Story Mention auto-reply tools on Instagram step-by-step.

How to Set Up Auto-Replies to Instagram Story Mentions Step-By-Step

Automating replies to Instagram Story mentions efficiently increases your engagement and brand loyalty while simultaneously driving traffic to your marketing funnels with the ability to add a link to your auto-reply messages.

Step #1: Create your official Instagram Automation Tools account and sign in

If you’re not yet signed up for Instagram automated messages, the time to do so is now.

✅ Get early access to Instagram automated messages by MobileMonkey.

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Step #2: Connect your Instagram account to MobileMonkey

Once you’ve logged in to the MobileMonkey dashboard, you will see an overview that includes metrics of all your messaging channels.

The account pictured here is already connected, but you would click the button under Instagram in the far right square.

Step 2: Connect MobileMonkey

Step 3: Use the chatbot builder to create your automated reply to Story mentions

Click on the “Chatbot” dropdown menu inside the MobileMonkey platform. 

Step 3: Chatbot Builder

Next, click “Chat Starters” and “Instagram Story Mentions Tool.”

how to get more user generated content on Instagram: Instagram Story Mentions tool

And finally, click the “Create Instagram Story Mention” button to start the Instagram chatbot dialogue wizard.

how to get more user generated content on Instagram: MobileMonkey

Scroll down from the above screen until you reach the drag-and-drop widgets in the Instagram chatbot builder. Add new widgets by selecting the +Add widget button.

get more Instagram UGC

From here, you can expand the +Add widget menu for more customization options for your Instagram Story Mentions Auto-Reply dialogue, including lead capture forms, multiple-choice questions, integrations with Zapier, and more.

chatbot builder

Tag @kim_larry in your own Instagram Story to see a live example of how the Instagram Story Mentions auto-responder works!

In review: What is the Instagram Auto-Reply feature? With new official Instagram automation tools, you can instantly send a custom automated DM reply or thank you to every Instagram mention of your business or brand.

The Instagram Story Mentions tool is by far the best tool on Instagram regarding how to get more UGC on Instagram. Get your hands on this new, 100% Instagram-approved engagement tool!

✅ Get early access to Instagram automated messages by MobileMonkey.

Why Marketers Should Be Using Automatic Replies to Instagram Story Mentions

Beyond the instant gratification received by your fans for sharing, individual influencers and creators, as well as companies on Instagram, can now instantly send exclusive offers to their most engaged followers, drive traffic to landing pages, encourage additional sharing of their content, and more.

Instagram, the visual-forward platform wasn’t designed initially with direct messaging to scale in mind. Fortunately, the powers that be have taken notice. 

“Private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest-growing areas of online communication.”  

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook

The increased demand and focus on messaging resulted in Instagram DM and Messenger merging during a significant Instagram API update in October 2020. Soon after, in February of 2021, the official Instagram automation tools were released in partnership with MobileMonkey, the popular omni-channel messaging automation platform.

Instagram Stories continue to drive the most engagement for businesses and brands in 2021, and one-third of the most viewed IG Stories come directly from business accounts (Instagram).

New Instagram automation features inherently enable new avenues and tools for social media marketers. I’ll cover some of these hidden gems, such as new ways to share a link via Instagram Story.

How to Get More User Generated Content on Instagram: Important Next Steps

Instagram accounts that use MoibileMonkey’s Instagram marketing tools, will generate automated activity and interactions which are perceived as entirely organic. And because you’re able to generate organic engagement at scale, this translates into a huge increase in genuine followers.

Best of all, with MobileMonkey, you’ll be working with 100% Instagram-approved engagement tools.

The proof is in the numbers. 75% of consumers also prefer to engage with brands using private messaging channels vs traditional channels.

✅ Get early access to Instagram messaging tools.

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If you’re a growth marketer, like me, and always testing the limits of what you can and cannot do on Instagram, you’re in the right place. Or if you just received a notice that says, “Instagram account disabled for violating terms…”, you’re also in the right place. This article is going to fully explain how to avoid having your Instagram account suspended, as well as how to recover a banned Instagram account.

In its infancy (if you can call 300 million monthly active users 2 years from launch a company’s infancy), Instagram was wide open for growth hackers to use Instagram bots that could ‘like’ and comment on an infinite number of posts, as well as follow an unlimited amount of targeted accounts.

Using unapproved tools to artificially grow your presence on the platform will quickly get your Instagram account suspended or banned in 2021.

So, here’s the good news: Not only are you about to learn the do’s and don’ts of Instagram, but you’re also going to learn about brand new, 100% Instagram-approved tools that can scale your marketing and sales efforts without violating Facebook’s policies.

7 Ways to Protect your Instagram Account from Being Banned

The best way to avoid being banned, blocked, or suspended from Instagram is to know all of the things not to do on Instagram. Our agenda for the day is to cover the best ways to protect your Instagram account from being banned or disabled.

7 Best Ways to Protect your Instagram Account from Being Banned:

  1. Only use official Instagram tools or trusted third-party software.
  2. Make sure you have a connection to Instagram.
  3. Don’t mass copy and paste the same comment on posts.
  4. Do not use mass follow and like bots – it’s not worth it!
  5. Don’t share content that violates Instagram policy.
  6. Do not grow your Instagram account artificially.
  7. Everything you need to know about bots and automated tools for Instagram.

Then, for those of you already in trouble and you need to get your Instagram account back, I’ve got 5 actions you can take, immediately.

Okay, let’s get straight to it! Here are the best ways to make sure you never have your Instagram account suspended, and what to do if your Instagram account is blocked, disabled, or banned.

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#1. Only Use Official Instagram Tools

The marketing software you choose to use on Instagram can get you into trouble, fast. 

When looking into marketing software solutions for Instagram, look for language, badges, quotes, or anything clearly stating that the tools are authorized for use by Instagram (or Facebook). To clarify, this isn’t always 100% necessary, of course.

For example, MobileMonkey is a premier Instagram partner designing official tools for messaging automation on Instagram. And as a long-time Facebook solutions partner and fastest-growing Instagram messaging solutions provider, MobileMonkey has built the first live Instagram chatbot that’s 100% Instagram-approved. 

It’s no secret, using bots is guaranteed to get your Instsagram account disabled sooner rather than later. And after the first time your Instagram account is disabled, a second terms of use violation could easily result in Instagram banning your account permanently.

Knowing how important this is to serious influencers, creators, and marketers, we even pushed the following quote from Facebook’s VP of Platform Partnerships up to the top of our Instagram tools landing page, immediately below the fold.

We are thrilled that MobileMonkey is launching messaging tools for Instagram. Businesses and people are messaging with each other more than ever, and Instagram is an important channel to connect with customers and build relationships. Messenger API support for Instagram means businesses and developers can now manage their customer communications on Instagram at scale.

Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, VP of Platform Partnerships at Facebook Messenger

If you’re not sure if a particular software solution is safe to use on Instagram, you can always browse different options or verify the authenticity in Facebook’s partner directory.

#2. Know Somebody (or somebody that knows somebody)

Facebook has over 58,000 employees, as of 2021. So, you’d think it would be easy to get help from Facebook customer service, right? 

Unfortunately, when you get blocked, banned, suspended, disabled, or even if your Facebook Ads or Instagram Ads are declined, getting a clear explanation from Facebook is almost impossible. That is, unless you know somebody, or have a close connection.

If you don’t already know someone at Facebook that you can rely on to bypass the stressful process to recover a disabled or banned Instagram account, I highly recommend scouring your LinkedIn and asking around for a connection at Facebook/Instagram.

As for knowing someone that has connections at Facebook and is willing to reach out on your behalf, congrats! You just met someone, right now. 📱🐵

As an official Instagram messaging solutions provider and partner of Facebook, MobileMonkey is happy to reach out to our connections on our clients’ behalf. That is, as long as you’re not asking us to support deliberately immoral behavior.  

Remember, even if you do know someone at Facebook, that doesn’t give you free rein to scrape profiles and bot followers. I’ve done both, I’ll admit it. However, I only would recommend testing the limits if you know what those limits are.

So, if you’re going to push the limits on Instagram, do yourself a huge favor and take these steps: 

  • Make connections that can get your account back up and running quickly when you push too far. And, even better…
  • When building your MarTech stack, be sure to work with at least one trusted partner of Instagram (such as MobileMonkey) that have reliable software, as well as business relationships with Facebook, which can really come in handy if you need someone to reach out to Facebook on your behalf. 

This is good. Now you know someone!

And knowing is half the battle.

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#3. Don’t Copy & Paste the Same Comment On Posts

Mix it up! If you’re going to try pulling all the levers of the Instagram algorithm, don’t get lazy. Instagram will absolutely notice repeated comments. Again, Instagram is not a fan of bots, and mass comment bots are no exception.

So, if you think you can get away with commenting the same thing over and over on posts of the top Instagram accounts in your target market, simply because it’s you and not a bot doing it, think again. Instagram will consider you a bot if you cross a certain threshold within a short period of time.

Additionally, do not spam-comment. Spammy comments are way at the top of Instagram’s No-No List. You’ve all seen it, and yes, it’s as ridiculous as it looks and sounds.

No, I didn’t actually post that comment. But as hard as it is to believe, some people do. 😂

While spam-liking (hitting the like button on a lot of posts in a short period of time) is used as a way to draw attention, it isn’t harmful to any party involved. On the other hand, Instagram is pretty strict with how many comments you leave on posts in a short time frame.

Now, did you know that there are Instagram comment bots that actually work? Not only do they work, but they’re also a tool that’s 100% Instagram-approved. Furthermore, this tool doesn’t involve commenting on the posts of other profiles. This involves getting comments on your posts, which is even better, right?

Behold the Instagram comment auto-responder from MobileMonkey!

Instagram comment auto-responders allow you to automatically reply to the comments on your Instagram posts with an engaging chat dialogue. The above GIF is an example of a comment auto-responder that’s triggered by commenting “INSTATOOLS”. Totally safe, won’t get your Instagram account suspended, and it works!

Check out this article to learn more about Instagram comment auto-responders and how our Founder, Larry Kim, was able to get more than 350 comments on a single post!

#4. Don’t Mass Follow and Like with Bots on Instagram

In the early days of Instagram, growth marketers and wannabe influencers used Instagram follow, like, and comment bots without consequence.

What is an Instagram follower bot? Well, it’s almost exactly what it sounds like. An Instagram follower bot will find targeted Instagram accounts that use particular keywords in their profiles and automatically follow them, as well as like and comment on their posts from a designated Instagram account.

In return, the hope was that you could grow your own Instagram follower base by receiving a follow-back from a small percentage of the accounts your Instagram follower bot follows.

However, that trend has changed dramatically for a few reasons. First and foremost, this strategy doesn’t work well anymore. People have caught-on to the tactic and it’s much harder, in general, to earn followers in 2021 than it was just a few years ago. 

Ultimately, finding a cheap or free Instagram bot is the same as making the mistake of buying Instagram followers. The result is an inflated follower count with little to no engagement and a long list of noticeably fake followers. 

The main reason why the Instagram follow and like bot trend has come to a standstill, however, is because those that bot followers often get their Instagram account suspended and destroy their online reputation. 

For years now, Instagram has pushed back on accounts that try to game the system with fake followers and artificial growth. Furthermore, this type of behavior violates Instagram’s terms of use, and accounts that cheat their way to growth, commonly get suspended, blocked, or banned completely. 
On the other hand, accounts with organic Instagram growth have been rewarded by the platform’s algorithm with increased content visibility and engagement.

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#5. Don’t Share Content that Violates Instagram’s Terms of Service

This particular way to protect your Instagram account from being banned should go without saying. However, are you fully aware of the content that you can and cannot share on Instagram? 

Here’s the short, and rather obvious, list of images or videos you should refrain from posting on Instagram:

  • Naked bodies.
  • Sexual content. 
  • Violence.
  • Someone else’s private or confidential information without permission.
  • Share only photos and videos that you’ve taken or have the right to share.
  • Credible threats or hate speech.
  • Targets private individuals to degrade or shame them.
  • Blackmail or harassment.
  • Content that encourages violence.

The only non-obvious content that you need to either be careful posting or refrain from posting entirely, are “get rich quick” schemes, as well as solicitation of crypto-currency opportunities. Instagram isn’t game for shady pyramid schemes or bogus offers to make lots of money overnight.

Additionally, you can have your Instagram account suspended if you repeatedly contact other users for commercial purposes without their consent. So, if you’re trying to sell your hustle online, Instagram will require you to get creative.

Basically, use your best judgment when it comes to the content you share on Instagram. Check your WWJD bracelet, and you should be fine.

#6. Do Not Grow Your Presence on Instagram Artificially

Instagram is all about organic growth and engagement. So, cheating the system with sketchy tools to get ahead is by far the most common way to get your Instagram account suspended, blocked, disabled, or banned.

Instagram’s Terms of Use are pretty clear as to what you can and cannot do on the platform. 

For digital marketing purposes, the most relevant Terms Of Use to pay attention to, directly from Instagram, are as follows: 

“Help us stay spam-free by not artificially collecting likes, followers, or shares, posting repetitive comments or content, or repeatedly contacting people for commercial purposes without their consent. Don’t offer money or giveaways of money in exchange for likes, followers, comments or other engagement. Don’t post content that engages in, promotes, encourages, facilitates, or admits to the offering, solicitation or trade of fake and misleading user reviews or ratings.”

Paints a pretty clear picture, doesn’t it? Simply put, Instagram doesn’t want anyone cheating the system, while others fight their way to Instagram super-fame through genuine, organic engagement.

It’s safe to say that the majority of tools that facilitate automated actions on Instagram are best to refrain from using. In recent years, many once-thriving software companies have been served Cease & Desist orders by Facebook. In fact, I was on the executive team of a Silicon Valley startup, not too long ago, that received one of those orders. 

Not the greatest day I’ve ever had, but oh well. Sometimes when you play with fire, you get burned.

All that being said, people still try to cheat to get ahead on Instagram every day. However, it simply doesn’t work anymore, and if you’re careless, you’re almost certain to be banned from Instagram, permanently.

However, there is one Instagram bot that’s perfectly safe to use. 

#7. Chatbot Automation Tools for Instagram: What You Need to Know

The majority of chatbots and marketing automation tools built for Instagram are extremely low quality, don’t perform actions that increase engagement with your content, and are flat-out dangerous to use. That is if you care about growing a legitimate Instagram presence.

However, in 2021, Instagram hand selected trusted partners, such as MobileMonkey, to be the official chatbot solutions for Instagram.

So, next we’re going to cover the good and the bad when it comes to marketing automation on Instagram.

The Bad: Do Not Use These Bots on Instagram 

I’m about to list out a number of Instagram bots and chatbots built for Instagram. Many of them have become popular, however, I wouldn’t recommend using them. 

The reason for their popularity is solely due to the lack of marketing automation tools still standing after Instagram’s crackdown on fake follower and like bots.

Yet, some of these tools still work. Sadly, however, by the time many of you read this, most of the tools on this list will no longer be available, due to permanent ban from Instagram.

Here’s what to look out for when choosing chatbots and automation tools for Instagram:

  • Not approved by Instagram, listed as a trusted service provider, or partner.
  • Bots disguised as content schedulers on their website. 
  • Features commonly disappear because they’re no longer allowed.
  • Campaigns can only run for limited periods of time.
  • Don’t have a website.
  • Constantly change their brand name.
  • Hacked together solutions that regularly break.
  • Open source projects.
  • Campaigns result in mostly fake followers. 

These tools aren’t worth your time, are poorly managed, and constantly lose functionality because Instagram eventually catches up with their tricks and puts an end to it. 

  1. Direct Heroes
  2. AiGrow
  3. MaherGram
  4. IIGAssistant
  5. Instamber
  6. Pandro
  7. Social Sensei
  8. Combin
  9. BigBangram
  10. DM Magic
  11. Instavast
  12. IG:dm
  13. KENJI
  14. Ingramer
  15. Instazood
  16. iDirect

Even when these tools do work, they don’t benefit your account long term. 

The results from using bots likes the ones above are as follows: 

  • Majority of your followers are embarrassingly fake.
  • Inflated follower count with little engagement, which makes it impossible to get visibility on your posts.
  • Only useful for a short period of time because your Instagram account will get suspended.
  • Instagram users are smart, and will quickly realize you’re a phony.
  • People are sick of follower bots and will humiliate accounts with many fake followers or report them to Instagram.

This isn’t the way you want to grow your presence on Instagram if you’re a serious business or trying to build actual influence.

If you don’t want to have your Instagram account suspended and you’re serious about growing a legitimate follower base on Instagram, avoid these tools, period.

The Good: Bots that are safe to use on Instagram

So, are there any Instagram bots that are safe to use? Yes!

In fact, none of the above should discourage you from your quest to find the best bot for Instagram

And if you’re asking yourself, “Are there any Instagram bots that work?” You’re in luck, because there’s a happy medium between artificial and organic methods to get more followers on Instagram

MobileMonkey is a chatbot platform that’s 100% approved by Instagram. At a high level, the platform’s main benefits include:  

  • Ability to start a chat dialogue from numerous engagement touchpoints.
  • Instant replies to comments on posts.
  • Automated messages sent to people who mention you in their Instagram Story.
  • Multi-user inbox management solutions and auto-reply tools for messages sent to your DM (direct message) inbox.
  • Hyper-acceleration of organic engagement on Instagram.
bots that are safe to use on Instagram and won't get your Instagram account suspended

MobileMonkey is what you’re looking for because it’s going to get you the kind of followers that you actually want, without getting your Instagram account suspended.. 

The #1 goal on Instagram is to get followers that are going to engage with and share your content.

MobileMonkey gives you the ability to scale organic engagement, which means you still need to earn that engagement. 

However, instead of cheating the system and getting banned on Instagram in the process, MobileMonkey is the first tool for Instagram that hyper-accelerates genuine engagement, which is exactly how Instagram intended accounts to grow on the platform. 

Essentially, you get all the benefits of automation tools for Instagram and none of the drawbacks of growing your presence on Instagram artificially.

Instagram Banned my Account! How to Get Unbanned from Instagram

Okay, we know what to avoid if you don’t want to have your Instagram account suspended. But what if your account already is suspended by Instagram?

Here’s what to do if you’ve recently had an, “Uh oh, Instagram blocked my account!” moment… 

How to know if Instagram banned you

Many people who actually do get banned from Instagram don’t know whether or not they actually were banned. 

So, before completely freaking out, here’s how to know if Instagram banned you: 

The easiest way to tell if you’ve been banned is if you get a notification that says, “You’re Temporarily Blocked It looks like you were misusing this feature by going too fast. You’ve been temporarily blocked from using it. We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake.”

But let’s say you missed, discarded, or did not receive a message like the one above.

In that case, another way to know you’ve been blocked on Instagram, is if you’re unable to perform certain actions such as adding new images, liking a post, following an account, or commenting on a post.

How to Recover a Banned Instagram Account: 5 Actions You Can Take

Need to know how to get your banned Instagram account back, how long does Instagram ban your account, or even if it’s possible to get banned from Instagram permanently? This next bit is for you.

Most offenders of Instagram’s Terms of Service receive a temporary ban. The degree of your violation will determine how long your temporary ban will last. However, once you’ve received a temporary ban, be careful!

If you continue to mass follow, unfollow, spam, copy and paste comments, etc. after you recover your temporarily banned account, you risk permanent removal from Instagram. I strongly advise never taking the same actions that got you banned in the first place. However, if you’re going to attempt a “smarter” version of what you were doing wrong, put at least a few months in between the moment of your first ban and the moment you attempt your growth hacking strategy again.

Ultimately, if you’re using the best Instagram marketing tools and focus on organic Instagram growth, you’ll never need to worry about having your Instagram account suspended.

If you do however find yourself in a sticky situation, you’re in luck!

What to do when you get banned from Instagram

The first step to get your banned Instagram account back, is to answer the question: “Why did Instagram ban me?”

Then, I suggest taking each of the following five actions, one-by-one, when attempting to recover a disabled Instagram account. So if option #1 doesn’t work, move onto option #2 and so on. 

Option #1: Report your disabled account to Instagram

When you try to log in, you’ll see a message telling you that your account has been disabled. If this message still appears, click the “Tell Us” or the “Learn More” button.

Run through the prompts in the app, but keep in mind that to recover your Instagram account you have to pass the appeal process. The only way that will happen, is if it was disabled by mistake. So, saying you’re sorry for breaking the rules and promising to never do it again isn’t going to cut it.

Another place you can submit appeals is this official contact page. Simply fill in the required fields and click “Send” to have your case reviewed. However, avoid apologizing because this implies you were at fault. You may be asked to send in a selfie as verification at some point in the process.

You can repeat the appeal process as often as you like until you get a more lenient moderator. Yes, you might just have to catch someone on a good day. Assuming you haven’t intentionally broken any major rules, it shouldn’t take more than a few days to get a response. Be persistent and eventually you will recover your Instagram account.

Option #2: Suspend all Instagram activities for a few days

If you’re ability to post has been disabled, but you can still browse through Instagram, the best option is to just do nothing.

So, if you can manage to not have your account active for a few days, do it. You should end all actions for at least two days. That means no likes, comments, follos or unfollows. Of course, you can continue browsing on Instagram.

If this is for personal use, and not business use, I promise, you can do this. Go read a book, take a walk, and pet your dog because he’s a good boy!

Then, on the 3rd day, attempt going about your normal activities and remember to avoid anything that would make you look like a bot. You should like and comment on only a few photos each day for the next 3 or more weeks.

Even if you just got your business account back from a scary temporary ban, I would emplore you to take it easy for at least a few weeks.

Option #3: Link Instagram with other social networks

It would help you to link your Instagram account with your other social media accounts. By doing so, your account will immediately gain credibility. Plus it’s good for SEO and need to have cross-channel marketing tools, such as social media, working together to sell more online anyways.

To link your Instagram with other social networks, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and Security.
  3. Then select Linked accounts.
  4. Link all of your social media accounts.

Simple, right?

Option #4: Edit your Bio

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a strong Instagram bio. This might help your account and it will definitely save you from any further trouble.

However, if your account is currently disabled, make sure to edit your bio just once and then wait for things to settle. Making multiple edits in a short time frame will actually work against you.

Learn how to write a business bio for Instagram. I guarantee it will pay dividends and help to get your Instagram account back.

Option #5: Clean up your Instagram account and then reinstall it

As a last resort, if you’re unable to recover your Instagram account, you’ll need to clean all your previous Instagram data and uninstall the app. If you get to this point, wait a few days after you uninstall, then re-install the app and wait a couple of days to see if your account is unbanned from Instagram.

When you do succesfully recover your account, now you have everything you need to ensure having your Instagram account suspended never happens again.

Instagram Account Suspended: Important Next Steps

Instagram accounts that use MoibileMonkey’s Instagram marketing tools, will generate automated activity and interactions which are perceived as entirely organic. And because you’re able to generate organic engagement at scale, this translates into a huge increase in genuine followers.

Best of all, with MobileMonkey, you’ll be working with 100% Instagram-approved engagement tools.

The proof is in the numbers. 75% of consumers also prefer to engage with brands using private messaging channels vs traditional channels.

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If you’re looking to Topgrowth Instagram tools to grow your Instagram following, you’re not alone.

The Instagram algorithm is complex, and with over 1 billion active users present on the app, it’s hard for new businesses and influencers to get noticed. 

Tools like Topgrowth promise a quick and easy way to get followers and likes at the start of your Instagram presence. They offer to sell you large numbers of followers and likes, delivered right away, or over a short period of time. 

The idea is that after you have an established following, organic followers will show up on their own. 

But will they? How does Topgrowth work to grow your Instagram audience and reach, anyway?

In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about top-growth on Instagram, including: 

Let’s kick it off.

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What is the Instagram algorithm? 

The Instagram algorithm is a complex series of signals that the Instagram app uses to figure out what each user wants to see.

It’s based on hundreds of factors, so explaining it in detail would take…a while. 

(Instagram officially breaks it down in their article “Constrained Exploration System.” Between you and me, that title makes me want to break down.)

In a nutshell, Instagram looks at the accounts you follow, ranks them based on how often you engage with those accounts, and then uses your past activity to show you the best posts. 

An image showing what Instagram uses to determine its algorithm.

Source: Instagram itself

So if you want people to notice you, all you have to do is produce good content and get likes and follows, right?

Well yes, but actually no.

Getting Instagram famous is a snowball effect. If you commit to posting regularly, and if you interact with your existing followers, you’ll slowly gain followers and likes over time.

And if you believe your business success is riding on getting a ton of followers right now, it’s easy to see why Topgrowth Instagram tools look like a good alternative to waiting around forever.

The problem is that the Instagram algorithm is VERY complex. It doesn’t just favor accounts with large amounts of followers and likes. 

Instead, it takes an in-depth look at follower activity to determine what to show people. It’s very important to Instagram that your followers are real, and that they know you. 

More than that, the number of followers you have isn’t even the #1 factor that Instagram uses to boost you in the algorithm!

So what gives? What is Instagram looking for?

What behavior does the Instagram algorithm reward?

When Instagram tries to figure out whose content to prioritize, it looks to its “Big 3.”

These factors are:

  1. Interest
  2. Timeliness
  3. Relationship
An image of Instagram’s Big 3: Interest, Timeliness, Relationship.

Source: TechCrunch

“Interest” means that Instagram will use users’ past behavior to predict what they want to see next. 

“Timeliness” means that Instagram will show you more recent posts, as opposed to older posts.

“Relationship” is the kicker here. The more often you and another user interact, the more often you’ll see their posts in your feeds.

This includes follows and likes — but it also includes comments, DMs (direct messages), and tags.

When it comes down to it, follows and likes are the low-hanging fruit of Instagram. Organic comments and DMs are what you actually need to get a boost within the algorithm.

But organic outreach is hard to do, which is why buying followers through tools like Topgrowth is so common. If it doesn’t work, then what’s the strategy behind these tools?

What is the strategy behind Topgrowth Instagram tools?

The strategy behind tools like Topgrowth is simple: although follows and likes aren’t the main thing Instagram looks for when it ranks content, they do factor in.

Here’s the thing, though: Buying followers is easy. Getting organic engagement is hard.

That said, you should be very careful when engaging with bots that promise instant followers and likes. 

Instagram prioritizes real content, so if it figures out that you’re buying followers or using bots to like massive amounts of photos in short amounts of time, it can shadow-ban your account.

“Shadow-ban” means that your content won’t show up for anyone who isn’t already following you. Yikes.

So, if you’re looking to speed up your Instagram growth without risking getting shadow-banned, here are 30 tools you can use.

30 Topgrowth-like tools to help you win in the Instagram algorithm in 2021

We’ve broken down these tools by category. Check it out:

The pros and cons of Topgrowth (and what you can use instead)

1. Topgrowth

Topgrowth homepage screenshot

Topgrowth is an Instagram growth tool that sells followers and likes. It promises its users 100% real and organic followers, although the site doesn’t make it clear how Topgrowth does this.

We don’t recommend buying followers, although we do see the appeal. That’s because Instagram is getting more and more savvy to bot activity, and buying followers can put you at risk of being shadow-banned.

If the Instagram algorithm recognizing shutting you down isn’t bad enough, real users are also savvy to bot activity.

There are several signs that indicate someone has bought followers: 

  • Someone who follows over 1,500 people 
  • An account that has millions of followers, but hardly any posts and/or likes
  • Spammy and/or irrelevant comments on the user’s posts

All of these are hallmarks of fake followers, and if you’re using a tool like Topgrowth, there’s really no way to keep these signs from showing up.

Brands especially do not like it if they suspect an influencer is using fake followers. After all, brands pay influencers to expose their product to real people. 

According to a report from Backlinko, fake followers cost brands around $1.3 billion in 2019. That’s a lot of money. 

Tools like Topgrowth do try to get you real followers, but with 95 million bot accounts on Instagram, buying 100% real followers is never a guarantee. And brands want to know that their sponsorships are in good (real) hands.

Suffice it to say, if you’re an Instagram creator trying to get brand sponsorships, accidentally buying fake followers could really, really hurt you.

2. MobileMonkey

MobileMonkey homepage screenshot

The thing is, it’s not like people hate bots. People hate bots that pretend to be humans.

Instead of selling fake followers and likes, MobileMonkey uses chatbot software to engage with the real followers you already have. 

When you use MobileMonkey’s Instagram tools, your followers know they’re engaging with bots — for a purpose. Our bots allow your followers to get instant information from your brand without driving your real-life social media manager insane. Plus, they’re pretty cool to play with.

You don’t need a huge following to get started…having even a handful of devoted followers is enough. 

And remember how Instagram looks to comments and DMs to figure out if your account is getting real engagement or not? 

MobileMonkey’s Instagram tools increase the number of quality comments and DMs on your account…and boost you within the algorithm.

For example, you can set up a Comment Guard to automatically DM anyone who comments on your post with a pre-set keyword. It’ll look something like this:

A gif showing off MobileMonkey’s Comment Guard feature.

You can also encourage your followers to direct message you for a special freebie or discount. When they do, MobileMonkey’s Auto-Reply Bot directs them right into your marketing funnel.

A demonstration of MobileMonkey’s Auto-Reply Bot.

To try it out for yourself, hop over to our Instagram profile, click “Message,” and say hi! (Mobile devices only.)

If you’re interested in trying out our limited Instagram beta tools, apply here.

Tools similar to Topgrowth 

3. Mr. Insta

Mr. Insta homepage screenshot

Like Topgrowth, Mr. Insta offers a guaranteed number of followers based on how much you pay.

All your new followers are Mr. Insta users, who are also growing their following using the follow4follow method. (This means you follow back everyone who follows you.)

The problem with the follow4follow method is that it’s not based on actual interest. Instagram and other social media platforms are savvy to this, so it can stunt your growth in the long run.

That said, Mr. Insta does have a free option, so if you’re looking for followers fast, it could be worth a try. 

4. SocialCaptain 

SocialCaptain homepage screenshot

SocialCaptain promises real engagement on your Instagram account, although its site doesn’t make it clear how this happens.

You can enter the number of likes, followers, and views that you want, and SocialCaptain charges you based on that.

It looks like one follower costs $0.01. Sounds like a deal, although it does make you wonder how SocialCaptain gets people to follow you for only 1 cent each. 

5. Bigbangram 

Bigbangram homepage screenshot

Bigbangram is a six-in-one tool. It can:

  1. Automatically like, follow, comment, and watch Instagram Stories
  2. Unfollow users to keep your account looking quality
  3. Auto-DM users (although the website doesn’t make it clear how)
  4. Generate good hashtags to use
  5. Generate new fonts
  6. Schedule your Instagram posts.

It’s difficult to find pricing on the Bigbangram site, but SaaSworthy reports that it starts at $1.00.

More auto-like and auto-follow tools

Some Instagram bots sell you their automatic like-and-follow methods rather than guaranteeing, say, 100 real followers. Most products similar to Topgrowth Instagram tools fall under this category.

This is slightly more trustworthy, since organic growth tools can never honestly promise a set number of followers. Followers are people, after all, not poker chips. 

That said, be aware that Instagram users are getting more and more savvy to what like-and-follow bot activity looks like, which can hurt your reputation.

(Bots tend to leave likes too quickly and comments too late. If your photos are insta-liked or if you get vague comments on weeks-old posts, that’s probably a bot.)

6. SocialMeep 

SocialMeep homepage screenshot

SocialMeep promises fast, organic growth by using bots to interact with accounts that have a high likelihood of following you back. 

Like Mr. Insta, it has a free plan. Unlike Topgrowth, it doesn’t promise a specific number of followers per purchase, since its methods are rooted in organic growth.

SocialMeep’s Basic Plan starts at $49/month.

7. Combin 

Combin homepage screenshot

On Combin, you can pick a demographic to target. Combin’s bot software then interacts with accounts that fit this group, which can get you noticed by people in your target market.

This tool also helps you manage your newfound audience, unfollow accounts that don’t follow you back, and schedule your posts and Stories.

The Starter tier is free, while the Personal tier is $15/month.

8. Instamber

Instamber homepage screenshot

Instamber is another tool that grows your Instagram following with the follow-unfollow, auto-like, and auto-comment methods.

This tool also offers bots for Twitter and TikTok as well as Instagram.

Instamber prices its tools based on what you want to do. Its Instagram bot is currently listed at $15/month.

9. AiGrow 

AiGrow homepage screenshot

AiGrow also lets you target and engage with your target market. Like Combin, it also offers management and scheduling tools.

What’s interesting about AiGrow is that it also has a feature to auto-DM your followers a coupon code after they share one of your posts. The webpage about this feature seems to be broken, but rewarding your followers for engaging with your account is not a bad strategy.

In fact, MobileMonkey’s Instagram Story Auto Reply to Mentions lets you thank your followers for the mention. Then, you can offer them a reward.

The difference is that MobileMonkey’s tools let your followers opt-in before receiving any promo messages. Also, you can use our tools to craft a larger chatbot marketing funnel instead of simply sending a promo code and hoping for the best. 

MobileMonkey’s auto-reply to mentions tool.

If you’re looking for auto-DMs only, AiGrow’s DM Starter service starts at $29/month. 

But, if you’re looking for human assistance, they also offer a Pro-Managed service starting at $199/month.

10. Instazood

Instazood homepage screenshot

Instazood is another service that offers auto-likes, follows, and engagement. Like many of these tools, it has an Instagram scheduler as well.

Instazood also lets you send an automated welcome message to new followers. While this isn’t a bad strategy, it can come off as pushy if your followers aren’t expecting it. Also, Instazood only lets you input one or two pre-set messages.

With MobileMonkey’s Instagram Automated Welcome Message, your account only messages followers after they message you first. 

Also, you can build out an entire conversation instead of just one message. 

Instazood’s Instagram bot starts at $11.99/month.

11. MaherGram

MaherGram homepage screenshot

MaherGram offers auto-likes, auto-following, and Instagram post scheduling. It allows you to like and follow specific hashtags, places, and people to curate your feed.

It also offers an auto-repost feature. This means it takes posts from other Instagram accounts and posts them to your own. 

Be careful with this, as many Instagram communities (especially the art community) see reposting as theft. This can seriously damage your online reputation.

MaherGram’s Basic tier starts at $39/month. 

12. Jarvee 

Jarvee homepage screenshot

Jarvee advertises itself as a full social media team…made entirely of robots. It takes care of your post schedule, follows, follow-backs, unfollows, and likes.

Like MaherGram, Jarvee has an auto-repost function. As we’ve already mentioned, be careful with this to protect your online reputation.

Jarvee’s Starter tier is $29.95/month. 

13. InstaCaptain 

InstaCaptain homepage screenshot

InstaCaptain lets you specify a niche for it to target with auto-likes and auto-follows. It boasts technology that gets around Instagram’s bot activity filters.

See, Instagram isn’t a huge fan of bot activity, so it blocks abnormal amounts of activity coming from desktop computers. InstaCaptain gets around this by working directly from the mobile app.

Any tool that depends on dodging rules will only work until Instagram catches up to them, so be aware that tools like InstaCaptain may not be a long term solution.

InstaCaptain’s Lite Pack starts at $22.99/month.

14. Ektora

Ektora homepage screenshot

Ektora interacts with thousands of Instagram accounts every day to increase your following. 

Unlike many auto-like and auto-follow tools, it has an impressive number of big-name users. This includes companies like Medium and Slack. 

For this reason, Ektora’s services cost $99/month. You can add more profiles to your plan for an extra $29/month.

15. Kenji 

Kenji homepage screenshot

With Kenji, you show the bot what types of profiles you want to follow. Then, it follows and likes similar accounts to boost your engagement. 

Kenji uses machine learning to predict who is likely to follow you, based on similar interests. Like Ektora, it boasts several big-name users, including Huffpost and Social Media Explorer.

Kenji’s Simple plan starts at $49/month.

16. SocialBuddy 

SocialBuddy homepage screenshot

SocialBuddy helps you interact with your target audience. Their bots engage with accounts similar to yours, get the attention of influencers in your niche, target your competitors’ followers, and more.

SocialBuddy’s monthly pricing plan starts at $99/month.

17. Firing Table 

Firing Table homepage screenshot

Like many of its competitors, Firing Table offers to get you real followers by engaging with targeted users. However, their site doesn’t make it clear how they do this.

Firing Table charger per week instead of per month. Their lowest tier starts at $29.95/week. 

18. Kicksta 

Kicksta homepage screenshot]

Kicksta is one of the most well-known AI tools for growing your Instagram account. 

Unlike its competitors, Kicksta does not follow/unfollow accounts or leave auto comments. Instead, it focuses on liking accounts within your target audience.

Kicksta and MobileMonkey are some of the only tools on this list to officially partner with Instagram. That means when you use these services, you don’t run the risk of violating Instagram’s Terms of Service.

If you’re looking for AI to grow your following, Kicksta isn’t a bad place to start. After that, though, you’ll want a tool to keep up high levels of engagement with your followers. MobileMonkey can help with that.

Kicksta’s Standard Plan starts at $49/month. Their Premium Plan is currently listed at $99/month. 

Instagram management services

The truth is that the Instagram algorithm (and real Instagram users) are getting better and better at recognizing bot activity.

So, some services offer you real human assistance to grow your account instead! 

19. Growthoid

Growthoid homepage screenshot

Growthoid gets its users organic growth by assigning you a dedicated account manager. You can pick what types of accounts you want to target, and Growthoid’s team engages with them for you.

Since you’re hiring real actual humans here, expect to pay accordingly. Still, Growthoid costs less than some of the bot tools on this list.

As of writing this post, Growthoid’s Standard Plan is listed at $49/month. Its Premium plan, which includes customer support and advanced targeting, is currently listed at $99/month.

20. Social Flight 

Social Flight homepage screenshot

Social Flight offers a personal Social Media Manager to grow your Instagram. You also get a dedicated U.S. based account manager. 

By using this tool, you get a team of social media marketers that engages with your target audience for you.

Their Instagram services start at $99/month. 

21. Ampfluence

Ampfluence homepage screenshot

Ampfluence is a 100% human-powered Instagram growth service. They offer professional consultation, audience targeting, and growth. 

This tool doesn’t use any bots or automation to grow your following. They’re a professional Instagram consulting agency, and their rates reflect that.

The lowest pricing tier at Ampfluence is $249/month.

Tools to manage your account, help you create better content, and refine your Instagram strategy

The truth is, liking and following other people’s accounts can only get you so far. 

True Instagram growth comes from creating valuable content — lots of it. 

These tools help you figure out what content to make, how to make it better, and how to get your content noticed…without resorting to spammy tactics. 

22. Hashtagsforlikes 

Hashtagsforlikes homepage screenshot

Hashtagsforlikes does what it says on the tin. By helping you find the perfect hashtags to target, this tool inspires you to create relevant content that your ideal audience is already searching for!

You can also target your audience, measure results, and boost your engagement rate.

Hashtagsforlikes starts at $19/week. 

23. Invideo

Invideo homepage screenshot

If you want to create eye-catching Instagram ads, Invideo is the tool for you. 

It has thousands of flexible video templates you can use! This includes Instagram ad templates, but it also has options for YouTube and Facebook.

Invideo’s subscription plan starts at $15/month.

24. trendHERO

trendHERO homepage screenshot

Partnering with Instagram influencers is a highly effective way to get your brand noticed. But how do you know who to partner with?

trendHERO simplifies the search for the perfect influencer by analyzing accounts for quality.

(And surprise! One of the red flags they look for is fake followers. That’s another reason to be wary of accounts that promise to get you a certain number of followers within a few days.)

trendHERO has a Free plan with a few basic functions. Its paid plans start at $15.99/month.

25. Ninja Outreach

Ninja Outreach homepage screenshot

Like trendHERO, Ninja Outreach helps you connect with influencers who would be a great fit for your brand. It filters through influencers’ analytics to find someone who shares your target audience! 

Then, Ninja Outreach puts you in touch with these influencers by helping you find their profiles and emails.

Ninja Outreach’s services start at $189/month.

26. Social Blade 

Social Blade homepage screenshot

Social Blade tracks user statistics for YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, and Twitter.

You can use Social Blade’s tools to look up anyone, including yourself, so it has multiple benefits. Use it to analyze your own audience, look up competitors, or figure out if an influencer is a good fit for your brand. 

Social Blade is free to use, but they also offer premium membership tiers. 

Pricing ranges from the Bronze tier at $3.99/month, all the way to the Platinum tier, which costs $99.99/month. 

27. Crello

Crello homepage screenshot

Crello is a graphics creation tool. It has templates for Instagram posts, videos, and Stories, meaning you’ll never upload an awkwardly-formatted picture again.

Crello’s Starter plan is free, but you can upgrade to the Pro plan for $7.99/month. 

28. HypeAuditor 

HypeAuditor homepage screenshot

HypeAuditor is an in-depth analytical platform to help you get fraud-free influencer marketing.

If you’re looking for a tool that can thoroughly vet and measure influencers, HypeAuditor’s got the power you need.

(And if you are an influencer, know that brands are using tools like HypeAuditor to determine the quality of your following!)

HypeAuditor’s services start at $299/month.

29. Iconosquare

Iconosquare homepage screenshot

Iconosquare is an analytics tool for Instagram that helps you figure out what’s already working for you. That way, you can refine your strategy and provide even more high quality content in the future.

And as we all know, consistent quality content equals growth. 

Iconosquare offers a 14-day free trial. After that, its paid plans start at $49/month.

30. Crowdfire

Crowdfire homepage screenshot

Crowdfire takes a unique approach to Instagram social media management. It helps you discover articles and images that will catch the eye of your target audience.

That means you can turn to Crowdfire to find ideas about what to post. It takes some of the pressure off content creation. And it lets you pre-schedule posts as well!

You can try Crowdfire out with its free plan. After that, paid plans start at $7.48/month.

What is the best way to grow my Instagram account?

The single best way to grow your Instagram account is good content, plain and simple.

Creating good content is hard, so it’s easy to see why sites that sell followers have a strong appeal. 

That said, buying followers puts you in an awkward position. At best, these people hardly know who you are. At worst, they’re actually bot accounts, and they’ll badly hurt your online reputation.

Automation is a great time-saver so you can focus on creating that awesome content. Just make sure that the automation you use is focused on giving your followers a great brand experience — not spamming people or pretending to be human.

And of course, after you start building your following, you need to make sure you’re handling day-to-day engagement like comments and direct messages. 

Rather than doing all that yourself (or hiring a ton of VAs), MobileMonkey can help you get comments, answer direct messages, and guide your followers into your marketing funnels.

Since our Instagram-approved engagement tools are now in beta, now is a great time to check them out!

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