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Episode 028: Grow Your Instagram Following With Jessica Holmes

In episode 028, we talk with Jessica Holmes about how she’s found success connecting with her audience online both at her food blog and through Instagram.

We cover information about finding your brand and your voice, be consistent and how to make the most of IG stories!

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Guest Details

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Bio Jessica Holmes started Sweetest Menu in 2014. Inspired by her travels, Sweetest Menu is a food blog specializing in American-inspired desserts – with a little Australian flair. Jessica loves to create original sweet recipes (that actually work) and then capture them using bright and colourful photography. Her all-time favourite part of blogging is connecting with fellow bakers and dessert lovers from all over the world.

More on the ‘gram

Join Sophia DeSantis as she talks about having an authentic voice on social media platforms like Instagram in episode 014.

Takeaways

  • To build a following on Instagram you need to show up. Post consistent and daily so your audience will know that you are reliable and interested.
  • Check your business analytics to determine what is a good time for engagement.
  • Instagram rewards accounts for consistency. 
  • It’s ok to repost old content on your account. Its important to post daily but you don’t need to use fresh content everyday. 
  • Instagram is just an extension of your brand. You can extend yourself a little there, you have some flexibility to take it to the next level.
  • Think of Instagram as a whole, not as individual posts.
  • When writing captions and communicating online, think about it like you’re speaking to a friend. You want it to come across very natural.
  • You have to interact with your audience. This builds connection. So respond to all comments. Go back to a posts a few days later to check on it. Respond to comments. Be sure to thank people, etc.  
  • Instagram stories: this is a great way to invite people into your personal space. It helps to get insight too – ask good questions and show them another side to you, apart from the business side. 
  • Hashtags are great. A few describe the post and then she uses a few generic ones and her own blog name. You should do hashtags for each post. IG recommends between 5-30 hashtags. 
  • The number of followers you have isn’t as important as people showing up, saying they’ve made your recipe and are engaging with you.

Transcript

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Megan
Megan

Megan started her food blog Pip and Ebby in 2010 and food blogging has been her full-time career since 2013. Her passion for blogging has grown into an intense desire to help fellow food bloggers find the information, insight, and community they need in order to find success.

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