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The Secrets of a Successful Instagram Photo Strategy

Social Media Strategy Network Building Content Analytics

Do you have a strategy once you get your Instagram photos online? You need a plan before posting and sharing your photos on Instagram.  Consider this to be part 2 (of 3) of my Social Media Strategy series for Instagram: Instagram Network Building (Get more followers), Instagram Content Strategy (daily posting schedule), Instagram Analytics (Coming soon!), then rinse and repeat.  Find out how to share your best pictures and how to connect Instagram to all of the top social media accounts.  Read on for the secrets of a successful Instagram photo strategy.

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My e-book on Instagram is coming soon and will be available here:http://fiverr.com/jazzyjeff99


How to Share Great Pictures for Instagram Tips

Use great captions to inspire comments and likes.  A question such as “What is your favorite holiday?” or “Guess where I am?” can promote engagement via likes, comments, and followers.

Know the power of Instagram hashtags and bookmark my regularly updated Top 100 list.  #hashtags make your images show up when a user does an Instagram photo search on a particular keyword.  Used appropriately hashtags can help people find your stuff and drive traffic.

Set up an editorial calendar and publishing schedule.  Here is a screenshot of mine.

Editorial Calendar for Instagram PeterTrapasso account

When to post/best time of day – 8 am – 7 pm Eastern time.

Don’t just promote your own stuff – give shoutouts and help others, causes, events, etc.

Post different types of photos, graphics, apps (InstaWeather, etc…), holidays, events, and themes.

Put your iPhone to use and take photos daily.  Same time each day like my morning InstaWeather posts.

Instaweather Pro app photo posted to IG

Now, would you like to know a way to expose all of your followers across networks to your great content?


Connect Instagram to all of your social media accounts for maximum coverage and distribution!

  1. Inside of Instagram you can select Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and even foursquare when posting content to your Instagram account.  I think you need to select a location to activate the foursquare button.  But when you do, Instagram images get added to your recent foursquare check-ins.  For example, I checked into Le Pichet in Seattle and was able to post the Instagram photos I took to that particular foursquare check-in.
  2.  Share your Instagram posts on Twitter.  Your Instagram image will only show up as a link on your tweet now, but it is still worth leveraging one of the largest social networks on the planet.
  3.  Post your Instagram images on Google+ using an awesome free tool called Do Share.  Do Share lets you post Instagram content now or schedule for a future time.  It’s kind of like Buffer App and both are very useful together (hint).
  4.  Manually cross post your Instagram content to your Pinterest account – even #hashtags work now and help to improve searchability.  Just use the Pinterest bookmarklet when viewing one of your photos in the Instagram web app .  Add hashtags and a link back to whatever you want.  Here is an example of one of my Golden Gate Bridge photos that I posted to my Instagram account and then pinned to Pinterest.
  5.  Don’t forget Instagram on your Facebook profile!: (https://www.facebook.com/petertrapasso/app_instapp).


Instagram is amazing and growing fast.  Facebook will likely continue to promote the service and integrate even more tightly this year.  Remember to share your best images on a regular basis.  And maximize your coverage and engagement by sharing your Instagram posts on all of your social networks.

My e-book on Instagram is coming soon and will be available here:http://fiverr.com/jazzyjeff99


How often to you post images to Instagram?  Would a content strategy like this be helpful to you?   Tell us all about it in the comments below.

About Peter Trapasso

Used by IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, GM + more! Hire me for your social media marketing needs: http://bit.ly/hiremesocial Klout 77 Social Media Strategist + Influencer 15+ years Marketing Experience. Backed 200 #crowdfunding #apps #startups #Fortune500 100 most followed on Twitter in San Francisco. Crowdfunding expert: http://bit.ly/1oNVr7Z Massive Followers: Twitter 40000, Google+ 7600, Facebook 2500, and Pinterest 3900.

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  • kirstenwrites January 9, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Thanks for the great tips on Instagram!

  • michaelqtodd January 9, 2013, 4:40 pm

    Good thoughts Peter. Hope you will tag your best 3 pics of 2012 with #EAVIG2012. Have chosen 3 winners 7 to go so still a chance

  • Wyn Davies January 9, 2013, 4:46 pm

    Excellent points for building a positive Instagram strategy! Thanks you!

  • Brian Hawkins January 9, 2013, 7:26 pm

    Awesome tips Peter but I’m still at a loss over how Instagram benefits business or blogs. Short of being a multi-site sharing tool or a hosting tool for things like contests, I can’t see how it helps. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very cool and fun, I’m just trying to understand how to leverage Instagram for business. How do we gain traffic or sales from Instagram?

    BTW, I’m following you on Instagram and I really like the way you’re merging your post with your Fiverr gigs.

    • Peter Trapasso January 19, 2013, 3:13 pm

      Hi Brian,

      Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments and questions on Instagram.

      You should check out my Instagram Secrets eBook available on my Fiverr Gigs here.:


      As far as businesses go the top 25 brands are already heavy users of Instagram for business and more join every day. You can overlay you message and call to action directly on your photos and in the caption. Think of it as a visually engaging place to advertise and get in fromt of your customers. Also, Instagram is one of the largest social networks with tens of millions or people using it every day.

  • Kevin M January 9, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Hi Peter,

    Do you know if there is a way to schedule Instagram photos?


    • Peter Trapasso January 10, 2014, 11:02 am

      Unfortunately until Instagram opens up their API to third-party developers or adds a scheduling feature themselves, no.



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