Instagram is a mobile photo sharing social network which lets you take a photo and share it with all of your friends and followers. From product shots to pet pics – Instagram has it all! In this blog post, we’ll go over how to create an Instagram account and share tips on how to grow your followers.
1 – Create an Instagram account
To create your Instagram account, go to the app store on your device, click on the search bar, and type in “Instagram.” Scroll until you find the app, select it, and click “Install.”
Create an account by clicking the “sign up” button at the bottom of the home screen and enter your email, username, password, phone number (optional), and upload a photo (also optional) to create your account. You may also customize your personal information in the about section as well, including a personal website. This is great place to add a link to your Zazzle store. Don’t forget to include your Associate ID so you can earn referrals.
Follow friends: You can choose to import contacts and find friends from your contact list, Facebook account, Twitter, or simply search for names and usernames. Following people allows you to see their post in your newsfeed. You will be able to add friends and other designers to your account even after you have created your account.
2 – Review the Instagram feed tabs
Scroll through your feed. Tap the house icon on the bottom left of the tool bar. From within this tab you will be able to see all of the most recent post by the users you are following.
Discovery tab. This tab (magnifying glass) allows you to search for users and hashtags, go to the discovery tab and type into the search bar at the top.
View your news and updates. Anytime someone likes one of your photos, comments on one of your photos, follows you, or tags you in a photo, you will be notified in this tab. This icon with the heart will be located on the third tab over.
3 – Take a photo
Take a new photo for Instagram. If you don’t have a photo you want to post from your photo album, you can take a new photo and upload it directly to Instagram by using the camera icon in the center to snap a photo. Click “next” to move onto the next screen.
Upload a photo from your photo albums. Already have a photo in your album you would love to use? You can add this image by clicking the gallery tab while in the camera option. Scroll through your library until you find the photo you would like to add, and then tap it to select it. Click “next” to move onto the next screen. You can also upload a video if you prefer.
4 – Edit and apply a filter to your photo
Instagram provides multiple filters at your disposal to edit your photos. Click on the squares at the bottom to select from the choices that appear. You can only select a single filter, and to test these options simply tap each filter icon and you will see a preview of your altered image. If you feel you don’t like any of the filters the far left tile will always revert your image back to its original form. Click “next” when you are finished.
5 – Caption, tag & share your photo
Add information to your image. Enter a brief description of your photo in the box titled “Write a caption.” Here you will be able to add a description and hashtags to provide a searchable query. Using the @ symbol and/or a hashtag are both great ways to communicate to and include brands in your captions.
Tag your photo! If you upload a photo of you and your friends – tag your friends. If you upload a photo of a product – tag the brand! In situ photos are particularly popular with brands. Take a look at the Zazzle Inspiration Gallery for ideas.
Share your photo outside of Instagram. Simply click on an icon to share your photo on any additional social networks.
Click done to complete the process and post your photo. Now your photo will be in your feed and also the feed of other users. It will also be posted to the other social media networks you selected.
6 – Like and comment on other people’s photos
Whether you are scrolling through your news feed or viewing images in the popular tab, you can show your interest by liking or commenting on them. To like a photo, you can either press the heart shaped button just under the photo, or simply double tap the image. To comment on a photo, click the small comment bubble icon and type your comment when the keyboard appears.
7 – Review your profile
To see a history of your uploaded photos as well as a complete list of who you’re following and who your followers are, you can visit your profile tab on the far right tab. Take note of what type of posts get the most likes and comments. Get to know your followers by liking, commenting and sharing with them directly. Most of all – have fun with it!
I’d like to give a shout-out to Gustavo Carlos – Account Coordinator extraordinaire and Instagram enthusiast – for his help with writing up this blog post.