If you have an Instagram account, you have a powerful research tool in your hands. Not only is Instagram great for posting pictures, funny captions, and connecting with others in the Upstate, it’s also great for finding new places and making new friends. Tagging businesses, using your locations, and of course, following your favorite local accounts are all ways to use Instagram to make every day on social media exciting. Let’s go explore 5 Ways to Insta-Greenville.
Disclaimer: Many of these tools work for public accounts, not for private. If you want your account and your content to be located by other people, feel free to make it public. If Instagram is just for fun for you, you can still use all of these tools, but your information won’t be searchable.
The Right Place at the Right Time
It’s all about the location. When you choose your location for an Instagram, that immediately plugs you in with all of the other people who have located themselves at that specific place. Not only is this a great way to find out who else in the community goes to your favorite places, it’s also awesome to see what kinds of photos and captures other people take to give you your ultimate inspiration.
Photo: Furman University
Tag, You’re It!
When you tag local businesses in your Instagram posts (if your account is public), you can virtually interact with them and their customers. They receive a notification if you tag them, and they even receive a direct message if you tag them in your Instagram stories. These small businesses appreciate your input! It’s great publicity for them and for you.
Hashtags, Sharps, Pounds…
Hashtags: that first comment on your Instagram with the five dots to hide them and the up to thirty hashtags of your choosing. We have some great local ones that will connect you with other Instagrammers in Greenville, but other than that, they are up to you! Are you a photographer, blogger, or writer? There are hashtags that will put you in the forefront of those communities also. Not only will hashtags push you towards like-minded people who love what you love, they will also connect you with people in other areas who also feel the same way.
Photo: The Village Grind
Follow the Locals
If you want to be in the know, you should definitely be following the Greenville accounts that are connected to the city and its publicity. This way, you get to see local content by locals, for locals, and for people who want to come to Greenville and have the authentic experience. These accounts are always posting and always searching for new people to feature and follow.
Photo: Stone Academy Mural Project
Interact, Interact, Interact!
All of the above tools are great, but the easiest way to make Instagram friends and gain followers is to interact. Love a local business? Comment on their feed, and tag them in photos! Want to connect with a local blogger? Direct message them and set up a meeting! People who love Instagram love virtual connections, but they also love meeting and exploring in reality. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t share. If you want to share with them, don’t be shy.
Photo: Düsseldorf, Germany