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Musicians: 7 Best Practices for Instagram Hashtags You Need to Know

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Hashtags are much more relevant on Instagram than other social media sites like Facebook, so if you’re actively using Instagram to connect with your fans, it really pays to understand the best practices and hone your hashtag strategy.

Unlike most other social platforms where hashtags serve as a sort of conversation method, Instagram users regularly use hashtags to find new people to follow and images to like. Instagram’s Explore page also bases its results on the hashtags you use and engage with most often. In short, hashtags on Instagram equal discovery.

So, to help you power-drive your growth on Instagram, I’ve rounded up a few hashtag best practices.

Keep Calm & Instagram On: A Guide to Surviving the New Feed

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.


If you’re an Instagram user, you’ve likely seen brands and influencers alike posting pleas for you to turn on post notifications before Instagram updates its feed. And if you’ve heeded them all, you’re probably about ready to delete Instagram from your phone altogether. If the Instagram algorithm apocalypse has you worried (or numb from all the buzzing in your pocket), read on. It’s not as bad as you might think – we promise.

4 Ways for Artists to Take Advantage of Instagram's New 60-Second Videos

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Instagram, one of the major players in the big business of social media, recently announced its plan to allow users to record 60-second videos. This is a huge transition from the previous 15-second limitation, and it creates a plethora of new opportunities for those who want to make the most out of a minute, which at first may feel like an eternity due to the substantial jump in time difference.

The update has already begun rolling out for certain influential users, but in the coming months, 60-second videos will be available for all, and it's important to be ready for the day when the update arrives. Here are four ways you can take advantage of Instagram’s new longer video option as an artist.

The Essential Guide to Instagram for Bands

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A version of this article originally appeared on Soundfly.


I know what you’re thinking. Another social media account to stay on top of? Will I ever have time to actually play music instead of just posting about it? Instagram has climbed the ranks of relevant social media tools for artists simply by being a vehicle for videos and photos, which statistically have the most hits and reach over text posts on Facebook and Twitter. So here's my guide to quick and easy Instagram account management for bands.

25 Ways to Get More Fans for Your Band Using Instagram

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This article originally appeared on the Bandzoogle blog.


Your fans have the attention span of a goldfish (less, actually!). So every time you engage with them, you need to hit 'em with a one-two knockout punch. The best way to do that is through consistent visual content. We process visuals 60,000 times faster than text, and since graphics evoke emotion, this connects you to your fans more quickly (if you have the right images).

The king of images and videos right now is Instagram. In a previous post we hit you with four tips to make your band's Instagram more engaging. Since then, Instagram has exploded, so here are 25 more ways to make your Instagram (IG) account work for you: