The Top 50 Instagram Celebrities in 2015 with the Most Followers

With social media gaining more widespread popularity than ever, it’s no surprise that the biggest influences in pop culture, entertainment, and sports are the leading account holders on sites such as twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This gives society an unprecedented inside look at some of the aspects of celebrities’ lives, something that seems to be hitting it big with over half of the young adults across the country.

Here are the top 50 account holders on Instagram in 2015.

  1. Zendaya Coleman
    With 4,743,536 followers, 20 year old Zendaya Coleman is a Disney channel star, with shows such as Shake It Up and KC Undercover topping her resume. The youngest of five children, Zendaya also enjoys singing and dancing, and even has an album out. She is extremely close to and private about her family. @zendaya
  2. Wiz Khalifa
    With 4,925,089 followers, Wiz Khalifa, born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, is a hip hop singer and songwriter and has had multiple singles hit the Billboard Hot 100, with Furious 7 soundtrack hit See You Again topping the charts for 12 straight weeks. As the son of military parents, Wiz Khalifa has lived in Japan, Germany and the UK. @mistercap
  3. Nicole Polizzi
    With 4,974,720 followers, Nicole Polizzi is better known as Snooki and is famous for her role on the 2009 reality show Jersey Shore. Born in Santiago, Chile, Snooki was adopted at six months old and received her nickname in middle school. She grew up in Marlboro, New York and currently lives in Florham Park, New Jersey. @snookinic
  4. Lady Gaga
    With 5,036,907 followers, Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in Manhattan, New York in 1986 and released her first album in 2008 at the age of 22. From the beginning of her career, Lady Gaga has enjoyed immense success, and is reportedly worth over $275 million. She attended New York University and joined the LGBT movement with her Born This Way Foundation. @ladygaga
  5. Shay Mitchell
    With 5,054,715 followers, Shay Mitchell, born Shannon Ashley Mitchell on April, 10, 1987, is the oldest of two children and was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to the U.S. to act after modeling in cities all over the world. She has made appearances in commercials, four episodes of Disney’s Aaron Stone, a music video by rapper Sean Paul and stars in Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. @shaym
  6. Kris Jenner
    With 5,195, 061 followers, Kris Jenner is the widow of famous defense attorney Robert Kardashian and ex-wife of Olympian turned LGBT rights activist Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner. Kris stars on the E! network show Keeping Up With the Kardashians alongside her son Robert, and her five daughters Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie. @krisjenner
  7. Jen Selter
    With 5,194,463 followers, Jen Selter, born in 1993 in Roslyn, Long Island, New York, has a high social media presence due to #88 ranking in AskMen‘s 2014 top 99 Most Desirable Women. She has also appeared in many high profile magazines such as Vanity Fair, Elle, and Maxim. @jenselter
  8. Austin Mahone
    With 5,402,908 followers, Austin Mahone is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. Raised by a single mother, Austin is now signed to three record labels; Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records. @austinmahone
  9. Miranda Kerr
    With 5,418,430 followers, Miranda Kerr is an Australian model born in 1983. Kerr has consistently ranked on the Forbes list for highest earning models since her start in 1997 at the age of 13. She is currently a Victoria Secret’s model and was the first ever Australian model to work with Victoria Secret. @mirandakerr
  10. Lucy Hale
    With 5,486,365 followers, Lucy Hale, born Karen Lucille Hale on June, 14 1989, is best known for her role on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars and got her start on American Juniors, a spin-off of American Idol. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is named after one of her great-grandmothers. @lucyhale
  11. Ashley Benson
    With 5,519,696 followers, Ashley Benson starred on Days of Our Lives and Eastwick before landing her rold on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. Born in Anaheim, California, Benson is the middle of three daughters and enjoys singing, dancing and modeling. @itsashbenzo
  12. Cameron Dallas
    With 5,582,727 followers, Cameron Dallas, an actor who has starred in movies such as Expelled and The Outfield, got his start on the internet with a Vine about him pranking his friends and family. Born in 1994, Dallas was raised in Chino, California, is the youngest of two children and has Scottish, German and Mexican ancestry. @camerondallas
  13. David Luiz
    With 5,914,439 followers, David Luiz Moreira Marinho is a Brazilian born soccer player currently playing for English Club Chelsea after signing a three year deal on August 31, 2016 after playing for multiple international teams. Luiz plays as central defender and defensive midfielder. @davidluiz_4
  14. Shakira
    With 5,957,226 followers, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born in 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia and is the youngest of nine children. She began writing poetry at age four, and realized she loved to perform and would do so for the other students and nuns at the Catholic schools she attended as a child. She is working on her eleventh studio album and has made appearances on many shows, with some voice over work in animated films. @shakira
  15. Bruna Marquezine
    With 6,067,990 followers, Bruna Marquezine was born Bruna Reis Maia on August 4, 1995 in Duque de Caxias, Brazil and took the surname Marquezine to honor her grandmother. An actress and a model who got an early start at the age of fifteen, she is most famous for her work in telenovelas or Latin American soap operas. @brumarquezine
  16. Iggy Azalea
    With 6,106,094 followers, Iggy Azalea was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in 1990 in Sydney, Australia and moved to the U.S. where she has since experience great success in the hip hop music industry. Her stage name comes from the street where her family still lives in Australia and from a childhood pet. @thenewclassic
  17. Dan Bilzerian
    With 6,230,711 followers, Dan Bilzerian was born in Tampa, Florida in 1980 and is a professional poker player and a trust fund baby. After multiple, unsuccessful attempts to graduate from the Navy Seals Program, Bilzerian has since split his time between his online social media and working as a stunt man. @danbilzerian
  18. James Rodriguez
    With 6,338,299 followers, James David Rodriguez Rubio was born in Cucuta, Colombia and is an international soccer player playing for the team Real Madrid. Rodriguez is considered one of the best players of his generation. @jamesrodriguez10
  19. Vanessa Hudgens
    With 6,342,523 followers, Vanessa Hudgens is a 27 year old American best known for her role in Disney’s High School Musical trilogy and her ensuing romance with costar Zac Efron. Hudgens has since starred in films such as Beastly and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. @vanessahudgens
  20. Dwayne Johnson
    With 6,515,752 followers, Dwayne Johnson has come a long way since his WWE superstar days as ‘The Rock’. Born in Hayward, California, Dwayne has dual citizenship with Canada and currently lives in Southwest Ranches, Florida. He has moved on from wrestling to acting, and has starred in movies such as The Tooth Fairy and Fast Five. @therock
  21. Scott Disick
    With 6,624,602 followers, Scott Disick is most famous for his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, and his unpredictable behavior on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Disick has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Kourtney Kardashian and has three children with her. @letthelordbewithyou
  22. Justin Timberlake
    With 6,665,067 followers, Justin Timberlake was born in 1981 in Memphis, TN and got his start as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club. He rose to fame in the 90’s as a member of N’Sync before going solo and eventually transitioning into acting. He has starred in films such as Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits. @justintimberlake
  23. Drake
    With 6,897,841 followers, Aubrey Drake Graham was born in 1986 in Toronto, Canada and was introduced to the music industry at a young age; his father was a drummer who often worked with Jerry Lee Lewis. At age 15, Drake began acting then moved on to rapping which led to him signing with Young Money Records. @champagnepapi
  24. Chris Brown
    With 7, 097,222 followers, Chris Brown sang with his church as a child before signing with Jive Records at the age of 15. He has since released several albums and appeared in films; however, his professional success has been somewhat overshadowed by his assault of then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. @chrisbrownofficial
  25. Nash Grier
    With 7,099,759 followers, Nash Grier was born December, 28 1997 in Greensboro, North Carolina and is one of four children. He is best known for his online Vine videos, the app for which came out while he was still in high school. @nashgrier
  26. LeBron James
    With 8,337,336 followers, LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio in 1984 and played basketball for his high school St. Vincent-St Mary High School before being drafted into the NBA. James has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. @kingjames
  27. Niall Horan
    With 8,423,394 followers, Niall Horan was born on September 13, 1993 in Mullingar, Ireland and is best known for being a part of boy band One Direction. He is one of two children and enjoys playing guitar. @niallhoran
  28. Ellen DeGeneres
    With 8,530,546 followers, Ellen DeGeneres is an American talk show host born and has also starred in two of her own sitcoms, Ellen and The Ellen Show. She actively campaigns for LGBT rights and has lent her voice to Dory of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. @theellenshow
  29. Cara Delevingne
    With 9,227,514 followers, Cara Delevingne is an actress and model from Hammersmith, England who won awards fro the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014. She has since transitioned into acting with roles in Anna Karenina and Suicide Squad. @caradelevingne
  30. Lionel Messi
    With 9,394,496 followers, Lionel Messi is an international soccer player born in Rosario, Argentina. He began playing early in life, winning tournaments at age 15, and has played for Barcelona and Real Madrid. @leomessi
  31. Jennifer Lopez
    With 10,184,566 followers, Jennifer Lopez is a singer-songwriter and actress from Los Angeles, California who got her film debut and first Oscar nomination in the same year with the release of Selena. Since then , she has released many albums and starred in many more films such as Monster-in-Law and Maid in Manhattan. @jlo
  32. Harry Styles
    With 10,181,632 followers, Harry Styles is a 22 year old singer from Worcestershire, England best known for his involvement in boy band One Direction. After the bandmates went their separate ways, Styles signed a three album solo deal with Colombia Records. @harrystyles
  33. Demi Lovato
    With 10,674,817 followers, Demetria Devonne Lovato is a 24 year old singer and actress born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She got her start on Barney and Friends before moving on to Disney’s Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. She has released several albums and did a voice over for Disney’s Frozen. @ddlovato
  34. Kevin Hart
    With 10,729,069 followers, Kevin Hart is a comedian born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania famous for his roles in Ride Along and Real Husbands of Hollywood. Hart had a variety of odd jobs before landing his first stand-up gig at Philadelphia’s Laff House. @kevinhart4real
  35. Cristiano Ronaldo
    With 11,369,298 followers, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is an international soccer player who was born in Madeira, Portugal in 1985. He has played for Real Madrid and the Portugal national team as forward and captain. @cristiano
  36. Katy Perry
    With 13,336,073 followers, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in Santa Barbara, California and released her first record under her given name Katy Hudson, which was subsequently unsuccessful. After being dropped from Colombia Records and The Island Def Jam Music Group, Katy adopted the stage name Katy Perry and signed with Capitol Records, with whom she has enjoyed enormous success. @katyperry
  37. Kourtney Kardashian
    With 13,927,702 followers, Kourtney Kardashian is the oldest of the Kardashian sisters. Other than starring on E! network’s Keeping up With the Kardashians, Kourtney owns a store with sisters Kim and Khloe, and also does another reality series, Kourtney and Khloe take Miami. @kourtneykardash
  38. Neymar Jr
    With 14,260,546 followers, Neymar da Sliva Santos Jr. is an international soccer player born in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil in 1992. He has played for Spanish club FC Barcelona and for the Brazil national team. @neymarjr
  39. Rihanna
    With 14,369,304 followers, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a 28 year old singer-songwriter from Saint Michael, Barbados who hit it big in 2005 when she signed with Def Jam Records. She is one of the youngest and best selling artists of her time, selling more than 200 million albums worldwide. @badgalriri
  40. Nicki Minaj
    With 14,542,607 followers, Onika Tanya Maraj was born December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. She was one of the first women to sign to Young Money Records and has won multiple music awards. @nickiminaj
  41. Miley Cyrus
    With 14,882,954 followers, Destiny Hope Cyrus was born Franklin, Tennessee in 1992 and changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus in 2008. Miley got her start as a country singer on Disney’s Hannah Montana before going on to pursue her music career. @mileycyrus
  42. Kylie Jenner
    With 16,890,041 followers, was born in 1997 in Los Angeles, California and is the youngest of Kris Jenners children. She has joined her siblings on E! network’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and collaborated with sister Kendall with a clothing line. @kyliejenner
  43. Khloe Kardashian
    With 19,915,613 followers, Khloe shares a store with sisters Kim and Kourtney called Dash and is married to basketball star Lamar Odom.
  44. Kendall Jenner
    With 18,176,940 followers, Kendall Jenner is the oldest daughter of Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian. Kendall became a model in 2014 and recently walked the catwalk at the Victoria Secret Fashion show in Paris. This is one of the Celebrities that may have bought Instagram Followers. @kendalljenner
  45. Taylor Swift
    With 19,610,755 followers, Taylor Swift got her start as a country music star singing about bad breakups before transitioning to the pop scene. She continues to enjoy success, with several of her songs being hit crossovers. @taylorswift
  46. Selena Gomez
    With 21,757,024 followers, Selena Gomez started her career as Alex on Disney Channel’s Witches of Waverly Place before starting a highly successful solo music career. @selenagomez
  47. Justin Bieber
    With 22,049,441 followers, Justin Bieber is a Canadian born singer famous for his unpredictable behavior in the pop music industry. He has been romantically linked to both Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner. JB is another Musician accused of purchasing followers. @justinbieber
  48. Ariana Grande
    With 23,740,354 followers, Ariana Grande-Butera found her start in musicals and Nickelodeon and has several albums out. She was born in Boca Raton, Florida on June 26, 1993 and has soared to the top of the pop charts in recent years. @arianagrande
  49. Beyoncé
    With 24,602,110 followers, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter started out as part of the 90’s girl group Destiny’s Child. She went solo in 2006 and has since sold 100’s of millions of albums. She is married to rapper Jay-Z. @beyonce
  50. Kim Kardashian-West
    With 24,868,712 followers, Kim K is the most famous of the Kardashian sisters, with perfumes and a fashion line accompanying the clothing store and E! network show she shares with her family. She is married to rapper Kanye West and has two children with him. KKardashian averages a whopping 1 Million Likes per post.

Social media has grown exponentially in recent years, with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook taking the lead.

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Soundcloud the Funded Startup for Musicians

It is not uncommon for some of the best business ideas to be birth out of an individual’s need for something that they desire themselves. In some cases, this may be sharing information online with others in the same industry. Just like the beginning of SoundCloud, this business was established by a Swedish Sounder designer and a Swedish artist who made it possible for musicians to share their music on the same platform with one another. With Ljung and Wahlforss as the heads of this organization, August 2007 was not only the beginning of this practical way to connect musician’s with one another, but a method to get their fans involved too.

Financial Support

Even though this company is relatively young, it has made great strides in growth since it announced in May 2010 that it had one million users worldwide. Financially, this organization has also received an insurmountable amount of support from their investors since it raised as much as 10 million US dollars by the year 2011. Some of the most notable are listed as follows:

  1. Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures
  2. Union Square Ventures
  3. Ashton Ktcher
  4. Guy Oseary’s

Multi-Purpose Platform for Musicians and their Fans

soundcloud-for-musiciansThough musicians collaborative efforts were part of the initial start-up, its purposes have evolved overtime. With the fans on board all over the globe, the number of tracks available have also reached an awesome amount. For instance, the company is now reporting that there are 135 million tracks that has been sponsored by some of the biggest names in the industry. You can listen to a few of the Top 10 Tracks on YouTube  here.

Newbies and old timers alike can provide their users with ways to stream their audio and videos on this platform that it is easy to use. To make the listeners’ pleasure much easier and less complicated, the company has come out with a wide range of useful features that can assist with these massive amounts. From giving the users a catalog to choose their genre of music to giving them access to the latest and most popular sounds, SoundCloud listens to their customers feedback and suggestions.

Outreach Target Audience is a Global Consideration

Reaching an audience of approximately 180 million users a month, SoundCloud’s CEO has provided some keys to its overall success. Starting with targeting a niche that can be focused on with a global commitment to reach large audiences on the very first day of the launch. This is because this niche idea had the potential to reach a diverse audience that ranged from capturing the attention and commitment of semi-professional musical artists to those who entertain the White House. Additionally, by using social media forums to get the word out, this market approach was a win win for all involved.

Diverse Funding

dj-musicFunding this type of collaborative effort is not always as simple as most people may think. However, when the business idea is sound and has a lot of potential, the funding options that’s made available can be astronomical. Meaning the funding can come from a wide range of resources online via a global audience that has money to spend on new great and useful ideas. That being said, it is important for people who are interested in its funding and how its growing to understand the why’s, whos and the when. For instance, to fund this kind of organization, the leaders and their staff have been able to raise the money that is needed to keep thing running efficiently online and off. Some of the top providers of these types of funding includes SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Pro since these are the tools that is needed to obtain finances from subscriptions of the site. Also, to gain access to live streaming and the like, it is important that people have mobile apps. These subscriptions give the company a significant part of the monetization resources that they need to keep things up and running smoothly at all times.

Privately Owned

SoundCloud is privately owned so it is now being supported by its stockholders. Also, by employing around 300 employees, its operations can be supported by a wide range of different services. For instance, if a fan or a musician wants access to these services, they can purchase a monthly Subscription that will give them what they will need.

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Soundclouds income strategy


sc-balloonsSoundCloud was originally founded in Sweden, Stockholm although its first establishment was in 2007 in Berlin by a sound designer and an artist from Sweden. They originally aimed at the SoundCloud to be only musicians’ platform to exchange the recordings of their music tracks. However, SoundCloud transformed into a platform that musicians can now share their recordings and music tracks with their fans. Inception of SoundCloud challenged formerly music distribution Myspace as SoundCloud allowed more interactions of the musicians with their fans. Now that artists can communicate directly with their Followers, this enables the Talented individual to be able to get more Plays on each of their Track. With the addition of the Top 50 list, Performers can gain more exposure organically.

SoundCloud is artist-centered and therefore any revenue raised from it is for the growth of the artists. SoundCloud has a feature that allows different tiers to earn revenue at different levels and amounts. This allows each one with an account to subscribe for the tier they prefer.


soundcloud-ipod_2Originally SoundCloud earned revenue through investments made in the company as it was a starting business. SoundCloud also make money through partnerships with companies that distribute music which they hold their copyright for collection of advertising revenue and royalties and are available on SoundCloud.

SoundCloud also makes money through offering payable subscriptions for SoundCloud members intending to promote their music through uploads in the SoundCloud platform. The subscriptions are;
  1. Pro subscription.
    Pro-tier costs $6 monthly but with a higher limit of upload content 6 hours. This tier has additional features whereby the artist is in control of the comments and statistics of their tracks.
  2. Pro Unlimited subscription.This tier just as the name suggests has no upload content limit and costs $15 monthly. Pro Unlimited has advanced features such as, the artist gets to know their popular cities and states by allowing artists to track their songs have been played how often in such places, the artist can as well tell who is playing their tracks at a given point in time and who downloads it and artist can know which social media is mostly engaged in their uploads.
However, SoundCloud has a free option for those willing to promote their music through uploads and also free for anyone who wants to share and listen to the music on SoundCloud.
Another revenue stream Soundcloud has launched is called Soundcloud Go. Through a subscription service you’re able to listen to over 135 Million Tracks offline and Ad Free.
SC has built one of the best solutions for Artists to connect with their Fans directly.

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Our Top 9 Social Media Engagement Predictions for 2017

social media engagementSocial media engagement trends change so quickly if you’re just trying to keep up you’re already behind!

If you want to be a social media maven, you’ve got to do more than just copy what the trendsetters are doing. You’ve got to anticipate what trends are on the horizon.

This is because the social media landscape is competitive. The average engagement for a Facebook post is only between 0.5 and 0.99%.

If you want to get more attention for your posts, you’re going to have to stay on the cutting edge.

So what will 2017 look like when it comes to social media engagement? Read on to find what experts think the upcoming year will have in store.

1. Forward-Thinking Marketers Will Get Snapping

Snapchat is only getting more popular. Marketers are taking notice.

In 2017, more marketers will begin using Snapchat as a new platform for social media engagement with their customers.

The ones who stand apart from the crowd will be those who can use the app in engaging, creative ways that really tell a story to their viewers.

2. A Crowded Content Environment Means Social Media Engagement Must Be Valuable

There are so many content producers on social media that it can be hard to get your message heard through all of the clutter. This problem is made worse by bots and content amalgamators.

This is why social media sites such as Facebook have been developing algorithms to cut through this clutter. They will streamline the social media experience for users.

If you’re putting out great content, this will be good news for you. Plus, the more engagement you get, the more likely your content will be pulled above the rest of the rabble.

Do your engagement numbers need more of a boost? Getting more retweets or more Facebook post likes can spread your content further under these algorithms.

3. Users Will Expect A Full Experience

Part of making your content stand out and earning more social media engagement will be creating a full user experience.

You will have to provide useful, valuable content that will make users actively want to go to your page.

One increasingly popular way that brands are experimenting with this is by humanizing themselves. Showing a bit of personality on social media humanizes your brand.

This can be done by publishing interesting photos or statuses that aren’t specifically advertising, or responding to users with less formal language. Just be careful not to stray too far and look unprofessional!

4. Communities Will Get More Niche

Users will begin to seek out more and more content that is specialized to their interests.

This means finding and filling a very specific niche could become a valuable strategy for social media engagement. If you appeal to specific interests instead of trying to make everyone happy, you can build a loyal, engaged following.

5. Experimental Media Will Drive Social Media Engagement

There is something to be said for the power of novelty. New technologies will drive engagement, partially just because they are new and interesting.

Some of the hottest tech trends to drive social media engagement have been on the horizon for a while now and are just becoming useful.

The frontrunners? Virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-degree video and images.

People will be willing to engage with and share your content if you make good use of one of these new tech trends. They’ve got high potential to go viral.

The downside of these new forms of media is that not everyone will be able to view them, especially virtual reality. Still, the potential shareability will more than make up for any audience reduction.

6. Businesses Will Go On Platform Diets

One of the past trends in social media engagement has been to try to be on every new platform. The theory was that you would be able to engage with users no matter what sites they were on. This way, you could always have your messaging at the top of their minds.

However, with so many different platforms available, many marketers are realizing that it is just not possible to build a strong presence on so many platforms at once. It takes far too much time, effort, and budget and often leads to sub-par results.

Instead, in 2017 marketers will begin to reduce the number of platforms that they are engaging with users on. They will focus in on building social media engagement on the platforms that are most important to them.

7. Employee Advocacy Will Continue to Grow

Are your employees active brand representatives? If not, they should be!

Having employees use social media on behalf of their employer is becoming more and more popular because it is so useful. In fact, the number of brands tapping into their employees’ social networks has grown 191% since 2015.

When your employees use social media on behalf of your brand, you can often get even more valuable engagement. This is because other users already trust their friend’s (your employee’s) opinions. So when they’re saying positive things about your brand, their networks will listen up.

8. Users Will Expect Faster Engagement

Did you know that 65% of Twitter users expect a brand to respond to them in two hours or less?

Those are some seriously high expectations, and they will likely only become more extreme in 2017.

This means that if you want to build your social media success, you will need to actively engage with your user base.

The upside is that if you meet these expectations, you will be more likely to build a strong, loyal following.

9. Mobile First Will Keep Growing in Importance

It may sound like old news at this point, but even after years of stressing the growing importance of mobile it is worth saying again.

People are using their smartphones more and more as their main tools for engaging with social media. If you’re not producing content to display well on mobile, people will find someone who is.

So make sure you’re always aiming for mobile first if you want to keep your followers engaged in 2017.

Keeping Your Content Trending

So, now you know what the social media landscape will look like in 2017, you can make sure to stay one step ahead of the competition.

If you want a bit of help building your engagement rates and making sure you stay at the forefront, reach out to us.

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Top 5 Websites to order Autopilot Instagram Likes

If you need a jump start on building the reputation of your Instagram profile, one of the first and most important things to take care of is to have a regular likes flow. However, with so many websites coming up and claiming to be the ”best” in availing instant Instagram likes, it may be difficult to know how to find the real deal. Check out our list of top 5 websites. If you’re more of a Do It Yourself type of person you can get more Tips and Tricks from Instagram themself.


hypezWe chose to list Hypez as the first company on our list due to their incredible turnaround time. Regardless of what your order is, you will get the desired amount of likes in less than 10 minutes. This is of great importance because we all want our orders to be delivered immediately and not wait a whole day or an entire week.

If the quality of profiles is what matters to you, it might be an issue. Most of them do not look too realistic. On the other hand, every single like counts. Hypez also offers a reliable customer support that will answer your questions in a swift manner.

You can order the following packages of Instagram Options from Hypez:

  1. 100 likes / $1.49
  2. 500 likes / $3.99
  3. 2.500 likes / $15
  4. 5.000 likes / $25.99
  5. 10.000 likes / 39.99

Automatic Viral

automatic-viralAutomatic Viral offers an interesting concept with monthly plans ideal to give the much-needed head start to your Instagram profile. Each time you upload a picture or a video, the system will detect it in less than a minute and start delivering likes. You can adjust the speed of the oncoming likes, and to make things more realistic, the number of likes will differ 5-10% for every upload. Oh, and, if you upload a video, they will send you the same amount of views, completely free.

Overall, they are a reliable company and their system works. However, due to it being a bit pricey, it is intended for those who are serious about their Presence.

Automatic Viral offers these packages:

  1. 100 likes per post / 4 posts per day – $17/month
  2. 250 likes per post / 4 posts per day – $24/month
  3. 750 likes per post / 4 posts per day – $55/month
  4. 1000 likes per post / 4 posts per day – $75/month
  5. 1500 likes per post / 4 posts per day – $99/month

Automatic Liker

Automatic LikerTheir likes are mainly from USA and Canada and seem to come from quite realistic profiles. Once you make a payment, each new post will be discovered and taken care of in a couple of minutes. However, plan activation takes at most 48 hours, which can be a long time. On top of that, they represent a costly option, although they will do a good job.

All Automatic-Liker plans are for an unlimited number of photos. You can also choose a custom amount of the desired likes on their website. Here are some recommended packages:

  1. 50 likes per photo – $22.50/month
  2. 200 likes per photo – $90/month
  3. 500 likes per photo – $225/month
  4. 2500 likes per photo – $1.125/month


buzzoidBuzzoid is similar with Hypez not only regarding packages available but in some other things, too. They also deliver your order instantly and in a swift manner. It can even happen that they over-deliver, especially with bigger orders. However, if it is important where do the likes come from, you should know they come from rather generic profiles. Compared to Hypez, they also lack good customer support.

Here are the available packages:

  1. 100 likes / $2.97
  2. 500 likes / $6.99
  3. 2500 likes / $29.99
  4. 5000 likes / $39.99
  5. 10000 likes / $69.99

Audience Gain

audience-gainAudience Gain brags that it promotes your Instagram photos to real users around the world. It works like this – you make a payment, and they place your photo in real ads on their partners’ websites, leading to Instagram users liking your photo because they WANT to like it. Of course, at least a part of that must be a scheme perfected by Audience Gain. Despite that, this might be the most valuable option available, although not the cheapest.

It takes them approximately 2-3 days to deliver what you ordered, which makes you believe the system even more. Their customer support is very reliable.

Here are the packages available at Audience Gain:

  1. 500 likes / $7
  2. 1000 likes / $10
  3. 2000 likes / $15
  4. 5000 likes / $30
  5. 10000 likes / $55
  6. 20000 likes / $100

Rising through the Instagram social ladder is a long a tedious task, but with some focus and luck you can build a popular IG page. All the sites mentioned here can help you kick start your page by adding engagement to each and every post on Autopilot.

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How to Bookmark Instagram Photo and Video posts.


Everything you needed to know about saving Instagram posts.

You would agree that Instagram is one of the most effective and efficient social media platforms. This is because it has gained and sustained increasing popularity, especially among younger audiences. Just like other platforms, Instagram continually introduces new features, and this is why it has been able to sustain its popularity. Also, such features are introduced to allow for a better experience while using the network.
The latest addition to its list of features which occurred about a month ago (December 2016) enables users to bookmark images and videos they want. This feature is open to all iOS and Android users. The fact that it is now possible to save pictures on Instagram has significant advantages especially for marketers using this platform. This feature just like others makes the network a lot more attractive and efficient too.

About Instagram bookmarks

instagram-bookmarkThe update is quite simple. With the Instagram bookmark, any user can bookmark any existing post on the network for future purposes. When that is done, instead of such posts disappearing into the news feed, they will be saved into a new special page on the user’s Instagram account. This new page can be tagged “saved.”
One great thing about bookmarking is that it is not a public activity. This means that only the user can see that a picture, video or post has been bookmarked. This goes a long way to account for privacy for the users. Also, only users can gain access to the secure page where the bookmarked posts are stored. This feature will allow you to quickly revisit any interesting or bookmarked post in the future without having to search for it in your news feed. This will go a long way to improving your experience on the network.

Benefits of Bookmarking

For users, this feature will improve your general experience with the network. It would mean a lot more to marketers as it will form a crucial part in building a better presence on Instagram. There are a lot of ways to accomplish this, but let’s state a few.
Keeping track of social media influencers: Saving pictures on Instagram will allow you to capture influential moments that you can take advantage of when the need arises. For instance, when you bookmark an image that was posted by an influencer, you can engage with it to take advantage of the influencers crowd. Bookmarked posts will also gain more and get more views over time as people watch the video over and over again.
Create and enhance your content calendar: For maximum engagement, marketers would need to post more than once a day on Instagram. Hence, finding relevant information daily may soon become a hassle. Bookmarking will allow you to accumulate and find relevant content easily.
Build a long lasting brand presence: Since your audience will be able to bookmark your posts, you would have a longer lasting brand presence. Do not underestimate this because it would have a longer lasting impact than the otherwise short life span of your regular Instagram posts.
IG has taken a page out of Pinterests playbook by copying their saving feature. You can read more about the similarities of Pinterest and Instagrams latest features by visiting here:


Instagram bookmarks also have long-term benefits and are not just a ‘cool’ new feature. This is an indication that Instagram is willing to innovative to stay relevant to its users. This is of course through its parent company, Facebook. In a nutshell, being able to save pictures on Instagram is more than just a new exciting feature for users but also a potentially useful tool for marketers. So if you want to invest your resources in long lasting media that can reliably reach your audience even in years to come, Instagram bookmarking is the latest product in this light. To learn more about building a brand presence on the Instagram network, contact us.

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These Instagram Marketing Tips Will Help You Sell More

If you’re not on Instagram, then it might be time to rethink your marketing strategy. Instagram marketing is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to reach new customers and expand your brand awareness into new niches and with new customers. These 6 Instagram marketing tips make it easy.

1. Instagram marketing tips 101: it’s all about the algorithm

It’s no secret that Instagram uses an algorithm, and that understanding that algorithm is critical to generating new business through the platform.

What is not well known is how the algorithm actually works.

Obviously, the nitty gritty details of how Facebook ranks profiles and pictures on Instagram remains a closely guarded proprietary secret.

However, one that that is well understood by Instagram marketing pros is that Instagram is all about proportional engagement.

Proportional engagement is a method that social media sites like Instagram use to work out how popular a post is.

The idea is that engagement isn’t measured as a total of how many likes or follows or comments a particular post gets, but rather is measured as a proportion of everyone who saw it.

For example, imagine that an account has 200 followers, and a post gets 10 likes and 2 comments. Now imagine another account that has 2,000 followers and every post gets 10 likes and 2 comments. Proportional engagement would mean that the 200-follower account would rank better than the 2,000-follower account.


Because a higher percentage of people who saw the 200-follower post engaged with it compared to the 2,000-follower post. Imagine every follower on each account saw the post. 5% liked the 200-follower post, compared to 0.5% on the 2,000-follower post.

This is why Instagram is such a potent social media platform, especially for small businesses – the proportional control means that feeds are dominated by what’s more engaging based on likes and comments rather than being dominated by the biggest players with the deepest pockets.

2. Generate good content

Now that we’re clear that truly any business can leverage the Instagram platform, it’s time to get down to making a profitable feed. The most important Instagram marketing tip?

Generate good content.

If you’re looking for organic followers, and it’s all about engagement, you need to actually produce something that people want to engage with.

Need some inspiration? Buzzfeed’s Tasty account @buzzfeedtasty is one of the most successful Instagram accounts right now, part of a huge profit generation machine.

What makes it so successful?

Sure, there’s a lot of data behind the videos and analytics based on what people like and what they don’t, which allow continued optimization that’s probably beyond most businesses.

But that’s not the fundamental cause for Buzzfeed’s success.

The root cause is a lot simpler: their videos are really fun to watch.

Your account needs to do the same thing – be worth looking at and watching:

  • Incorporate video into your content generation
  • Stick to the Golden Ratio when you’re shooting photos
  • Plan your shots – think through what story you want to tell

3. Track your links

Marketing is all about data. That’s the crux of the whole game.

That’s why it’s so important for you to track your links in Instagram. Most other social media networks (looking at you Facebook) have pretty robust built-in analytics. But unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t have quite the same depth.

Our Instagram marketing tip?

Get a link tracking program and track your post links. See what drives the most click through and activity., Hootsuite, even Google URL shortener will all work – use whatever one you’re most comfortable with.

4. Interact with your followers

The best engagement is a conversation with your followers. And since you’re the product owner, it’s up to you to start it.

To get things moving, you need to think of your Instagram marketing like a first date.

First, you open the door with a prompt or question in your post caption. Questions are nice and easy, but sometimes a funny quip will actually go further towards driving the engagement that you’re looking for.

Second, stay on top of responding to questions and comments as they roll in. If you can, try and respond to every single comment. Even if it’s just a small ‘thanks for the support!’ sort of response, it still demonstrates that you’re engaged with your audience base.

By instigating the conversation and working to keep it going, you’re far more likely to drive a conversation forward than if you wait for people to comment on their own.

Of course, likes and follows help too.

5. Be authentic

Of course, if you are planning on going to do the Instagram marketing tip of interacting with your followers you need to be absolutely 100% authentic.

Users can smell insincerity ten miles off.

You do NOT want to be the one who they’re sniffing.

Fortunately, being authentic isn’t hard – you really just need to be your brand. If your brand has a strong voice, then write and post in that voice.

For example, the Starbuck’s brand would probably never swear in an Instagram post – it wouldn’t reflect their brand identity and voice at all.

But that might be just right for your brand. Before you start investing heavily into Instagram, make sure you’re clear on what you want your business to do and how you want your business to interact with the world in Instagram. Being clear up front will save you a world of headaches down the line.

6. Drive conversions with your bio link

Instagram gets used by a lot of big companies to simply drive brand awareness – it’s valuable just to get their product in front of eyeballs. But for anyone who isn’t Coca-Cola sized, then your marketing needs to achieve a better ROI.

You can use the link in your bio to:

  • Drive Instagram browsers to a specific landing page
  • Promote a specific promotion (e.g. send people to the sale section of your e-commerce website)
  • Drive attention and traffic to a specific product (e.g. ‘we just launched a new range of pottery bowls Link in our bio)

The point is that by strategically using your bio link, you can direct Instagram traffic to a particular place, creating a better and more tailored experience for your audience.

Just don’t forget to track it.

Wrap up

Instagram can be a huge boon for your product or service and can help you reach new customers and expand into new arenas, not to mention build your brand and brand awareness among loyalists and new business alike. With these 6 Instagram marketing tips, you’re sure to be off to a good start.

Want more Instagram marketing tips? Be sure to check out our post on 6 Creative Campaigns To Start Today!

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