Command App for Instagram

I briefly talked about this a couple of posts ago but I thought I would talk about it in more detailed, there are many things which are a bit like hacks and cheats to have my three week old account at over five hundred followers and I owe much of that to this app.

The app it’s self doesn’t do much, you still need to actually do things in order to grow your account however it gives you tips and tricks in how you should do that, and measures certain things and grades your account, here is my fully report, a little different than when I first spoke about this app.

Now I am trying, of course trying to get straight A’s, because who doesn’t want that. A crazy person for sure. It makes Instagram into a sort of game which makes it a lot of interesting. As you can see I am going really well in a lot of the subjects, a couple average ones and a really crap one right at the bottom, but I’ll get there.

So let’s talk about the top couple, they are similar in someways.

Now theses are things that you will probably start with F’s because everyone starts somewhere. I’m bloody average on both accounts, but as they are sort of get why. To be fair I could unfollow everyone and the bottom grade would go up, but a lot of the accounts I follow I love, or I tag them in, which I’ll go in a bit further down.

I’ll focus less on the top one, because like it mentions in tips the rest of the sections help you grow that number. I will quickly talk about ratio though, like mentioned it is not that important. However, liked I mentioned on my last post if you are following thousands of accounts and haven’t posted much, or have that many followers I will think you are a spam account and block you, no matter on the content you are posting, because ultimately I don’t want to try to build an audience with dead accounts, they are pointless and worthless. I am fine with a C+ because I follow one account to three followers, which for a small account I think is healthy.

Next we have the engagement rates, which is probably the post important thing on this list, but is not easy to keep high, the bigger you grow the more you engagement will go down.

As you can see you don’t need that many comments to have a good score, I average at around six comments a post, some posts I get none and others I get like twenty. I’ve never done anything mentioned in the tips, however most my comments are shallow, so maybe I should try that. One thing I do is like every single comment and I do my best to reply to them, this get you in that persons feed and maybe if you have posted something new they will come back and like, and maybe comment again, and thus you have yourself a devoted follower.

There is this girl that has liked everyone on of my posts, and continue to do so, so I return the favour, never spoken to her but as our accounts are similar sizes we are helping each other grow.

To me good engagement is above ten percent, which basically means that I, with 500 followers should be getting at least fifty likes on everyone of my photos. Though you can’t see this app also keeps tracks of averages like, average comment per post, average like per post, even how many followers you have gained since 12am. My average like is around 60 per post, which is fine for now but I have to make sure that grows with my account. Obviously a comment is worth more than a like. I get a tenth of comments compared to likes (so should aim for one percent of your followers to comment) however that is worth a percent in terms of engagement.

The best way to get your engagement up is being active on peoples accounts, about the same size as yours and of similar themes. Yes some people are dicks so you may comment on a hundred posts and only get three likes but those accounts might be long term fans which’s always good.

Moving on, I’ve put post frequency and photo orientation together as they are the odd ones out.

First part, I currently have a queue posting three photos a day, however some days I post a few more. I think I post far too much and I am going to slow down to twice a day. The other day I posted nine times in one day, which is far too much and I lost a couple of followers. I use an app called Bettr where, for free you can queue up to nine posts. I currently post every eight hours, 4am, 12pm and 8pm, but I might do 1am and 1pm when I move to twice a day, it means that you don’t irritate your followers by clouding up their feed with photos over and over again.

The photo orientation is a bit of a weird one, it bothers mean I have an F in this but I don’t know if I keep posting portraits that it makes much of a difference. Basically posting a portrait takes up more of the screen when you are scrolling down the feed, making people more likely to engage with your post. I’ve not noticed a difference and I tend to take more landscapes anyways so I might not notice it too much anyways.

Lastly we have the four most important things, and by following the tips from this app I have noticed my account growing.

Hashtags are important but don’t use the #likeforlike or #followforfollowas you will be spammed with spam accounts which will be nothing more than dead weight. There are so many websites that will give you tips on what hashtags to use, my favourite for travel is Hostel Girl, because she gives good hashtags and accounts that are connected to repost accounts (accounts that feature other users, if you get repost, boom you are a superstar) I actually think sixteen hashtags looks so messy, I would normally have between 11 to 16 but lately it has been a little more. Make sure all the tags are relevant.

Location is important, if I tag the tower of Pisa I might have a look who else has been there and what other accounts have done, you can pick up a few likes and sometimes follows by adding a location. However don’t add the address of your house, that is dumb.

Tagging people kinda links onto hashtags, I think it does help but make sure if you are spamming accounts that they are already getting tagged loads. I tend to tag Dame traveller in everything I post, travel wise. While I tag @music, Instagram music account in all concert posts, I also tag the band and location, as sometimes location will repost. Though I take shitting concert photos. I tend to tag brands because people do look down tags of brands and sometimes you get followers out of this, it can seem pointless but by tagging travelling accounts I’ve found a slow and steady increase of followers.

Captions, depending on the account can be irrelevant or useful. I tend to put tags in the caption so mine is inflated, I don’t tend to write more than a couple of lines otherwise, however some people write loads and get massive followers out of it. It depends on you as a person, personally hashtags should be on the comments, but I don’t do that.

Read the tips, read my post and I hope it helps, but one for sure this app is awesome and I am not being paid to say that.

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The Art of a Good CV

Now I am not an expect, I have spent months and months sending my CV out and the only jobs I have managed to get are ones that I can talk myself into, the ones where a CV is irrelevant. However, recently I did a few things and rather than a straight rejection, or not bothered to get back to me I have a number of phone interviews lined up, and one face to face interview. Cover letters are the bane of my life, so I try and look for jobs that don’t need them, I have a great cover letter which is for admin jobs, but in the field I actually want to go in it, it’s just a blank space.

So what are my tips, I only changed a few things and it seems to have worked rather well. The first might seem pointless but I actually understand why it might help. Often people put the dates of the jobs before the company and your roles, now that’s fine but it makes it harder for people who read the CV to actually scan for the important information. Now the way I have my ordered is the company name goes first, this does depend on your experience though. For example this is how mine looks.

Sky Vision, Parthenon • Assistant • September 2013

Before I had job first, then the date and lastly the company, by having it this way you can see who they worked for, what they did and when. It makes it easier for those looking at CV’s to see if you have experience in the relevant field, dates are pretty irrelevant unless you have massive gaps.

Another thing I changed is rather than saying what I did in my role, I did what I achieved. I mean honestly when someone told me that, I was like what? It still tells you what I did, but rather than saying I tidied up dresses, it says I have a great eye for detail. This is what I wrote for the summary for my job in retail.

In retail your customer service skills greatly improve due to the nature of the job, which includes greeting and assisting customers, while equally giving advice and answering queries. This particular store had many outfits over five hundred pounds, so it’s absolutely crucial to have a good eye for detail. Personal appearance and the ability to run around on my feet all day is highly regarded. Equally, being friendly, engaging and having confidence is an absolute must when dealing with people from all walks of life.

My first draft was very different, I am not going to lie I spent hours looking at other people’s CV’s to get that written down. Writing does not come to ease with me. So I am saying what I learnt at this job, rather than what I did, I think that’s the best way of putting it. I am currently trying to cut my work experience description down, because frankly at the moment it is a little too long, my Cv is just over two pages, and really you should try and aim for less than two.

Another thing I changed was the order of my experience, making the most current things at the top. I also got rid of anything that I couldn’t explained. I removed my work experience for a local oprea company and moved it into a volunteer and interest section. People may not look at that section but it shows that you do have interests outside of work and that you contribute to society in other ways.

Before I changed my CV I started with a personal statement, and then have a list of technically and other skills below it, let’s just say it looked very messy. I still have both the sections but my CV now looks like this.

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Below the Personal statement section is a list of skills. As you can see from the personal statement it’s not really a personal statement. I feel like the cover letter often does what a personal statement can do. Mine just quickly talks about my love of media, that i studied and some of the key companies I have worked for and how the experience helped. At the top you can see I have a number of links to this blog, my youtube, my instagram and my linkedin, all which show that I am tech savvy. I have blacked out my email, mobile number and I did have my address on the CV. I however always add that I am willing to relocate to london if needs to be, even though I live closer to Bristol.

After my work experience I have my education listed, and all qualifications that I have, it is only a little section and I haven’t gone it to detail about what I have done. Like the work experience I have listed school, qualification and then years. I never had my school name because well I had been informed that due to the school I had been to their was a certain about of people who would reject me base on the school, I am privately educated you see, and not everyone likes us. I then have the volunteer and interest section that I mentioned above. Before saying references on request, but make sure that you have at least two work references and two personal references before sending the CV out. I use two of my mums best friends as personal references because they have known me my whole life, if you want any suggestions, often young people struggle with the personal ones because our friends are all new and we haven’t known them long.

This might help, this might not, but it helped for me and now I’m passing on what I learnt.