Instagram is one of the hottest social media outlets going right now. Not only is Instagram easy to use, but you also don’t need to compose a whole lot of written content; people are using Instagram to see pictures and as a cam model, that’s really your calling card.
If you’re new to Instagram (check out this platform’s profile), or you haven’t thought about using the social media site to further your cam career, it’s time you started thinking about it!
Before you jump onto Instagram and start flooding it with your pictures, consider these 9 tips that will help you to make the best out of your Instagram experience and increase your followers and engagement, thus increasing your chances of making big bucks in your cam modeling career.
9 Tips for Using Instagram as a Webcam Model
Here are some of the most important tips and tricks that you need to know if you’re camming and working that IG angle or DMing on the gram. Take this advice seriously and take action accordingly!
#1: Post Good Photos
Instagram is completely photo-based so you want to make sure you’re only posting good photos. As a cam girl, you and your body are your money-makers, so you should be pretty adept at making sure you are always looking good on-screen. Become the selfie queen and take as many pictures as it takes to get the “right” shot.
You should also consider using photo-editing apps to enhance what you’ve already got going on. Now, I’m not saying you should edit yourself from looking like a troll into looking like Beyonce, because that is only going to upset anyone who decides to follow you in the cam world. What I am saying is there are excellent apps for improving your photo lighting, clarity, contrast, brightness, as well as providing interesting filters and collage capabilities. Just don’t overdo it.
The best tidbit of advice I can offer on posting good photos is to make sure they’re clear, high-quality, colorful, realistic, and interesting. More interest=more followers.
#2: Post at the Right Time
Before you post your amazing looking photos to Instagram, you want to consider when they’re most likely going to be seen. The majority of Instagram users check in the morning, in the evening, and on the way home from work. According to the stat-gathering company, Simply Measured, the best time to post on the old ‘Gram is on a Wednesday between 5-6:00 PM.
For someone promoting their brand, which you’re doing as a cam model, the worst time to post is overnight. See, Instagram posts only have about a four-hour life before they are buried in a followers feed. Consider when your followers are most likely to be on Instagram and make your posts accordingly.
#3: Use Appropriate Hashtags…But Use Them Sparingly
Have you ever looked at someone’s post and seen that they have what seems like hundreds of hashtags? It’s annoying and half the time those hashtags don’t even match up with what that person posted.
Hashtags definitely improve the visibility of your photos and can help you to get new followers who may not know anything about you. To ensure that you’re using the right hashtags for what you’re promoting, give Google a little search. You can also consider using the most popular tags, which include: #tbt (Throwback Thursday), #cammodels, #camgirl, and #followme.
I would recommend that you avoid the hashtag paragraph at the end of your photo and stick with 1-3 relevant hashtags per photo to avoid pics that look cluttered.
#4: Post Often
If you want to keep your regular followers interested, and the new ones curious, you have got to post new content on a regular basis. Too many cam models start an account, blast it with pictures and content, then let it fall off.
This doesn’t mean you have to blast out 100 photos a day. In fact, posting once a day, or once every other day is enough to keep everyone happy and avoid losing followers who get bored waiting on you. If you don’t keep your posts on Instagram to a fairly regular basis, don’t be surprised when you lose followers.
#5: Interact with Your Followers
The biggest mistake you can make as a cam girl using Instagram is to ignore your followers. By not responding to your most loyal followers is a surefire way to drive them away. You want them to feel valued, not ignored and underappreciated.
Make sure to respond to their comments and go to their account to “like” a few of their pics. If you want to figure out who are your biggest followers, you can use an app like Iconosquare to track comments and see which users are interacting with you the most.
#6: Contact Your Followers on DM (Direct Messaging)
Something that goes hand-in-hand with interaction is using direct messaging (DM’s and same goes for Snapchat). You want to keep your account going with pictures as much as you can, but sometimes you want to save something for those followers who are your most loyal. This is where you want to utilize the DM’s to send those users something a little more special; something you’re not planning on sharing with the general public.
#7: Host a Contest
One of the best ways to encourage engagement is to host an Instagram contest for your followers. Not only will that get them excited, you can set rules that will help increase your following, such as having them tag a set number of friends to make their entry valid. Just make sure you make good on that contest and award the winner their prize, whatever that might be.
#8: Never Buy Instagram Followers
Buying Instagram followers has received a lot of attention lately and while some people think it is a good idea, I’m not one of them. You see, you can get a nice chunk of followers for a decent price, but most of those supposed followers are inactive accounts. If your account shows that you have over 20,000 followers, but you have almost no follower interaction, it’s a sign to real users that your account is cheesy, possibly fake, and not worth checking out.
To be successful on Instagram, you want to stick with real followers and not give in to the temptation to bump up your numbers, so they look good on paper.
#9: Use Shoutouts
It’s just basic math: the more followers you can reach out to, the better for your brand. Shoutouts are another way to increase that following. Shoutouts are basically two users agreeing to give the other person a shoutout on their own account. This is a way to market yourself and get promoted to followers who may not be familiar with you.
The method of using shoutouts can definitely increase your follower count by thousands, so give it a try.
Conclusion: Instagram is a Great Tool for Web Cam Models
As a webcam model, a lot of your work will be in promoting yourself. Many models think that staying on their chosen camming platform will be enough to get them the money they want to make, but that just isn’t true. Any woman who wants to be truly successful in the cam world needs to work on cross-promotion to get themselves out there in the world.
Social media has exploded in the past few years and it remains one of the best ways to drive up interest in what you’re selling, which is essentially yourself. If you want a way to do it quickly, easily, and with a site that has tons of users, Instagram is the way to go.