Introduction

It took me a long time to buy into the idea of joining Instagram simply because I was so hooked on Pinterest.

When I started researching social media channels I chose Pinterest because the half-life of a Pin is 3.5 months which means it takes 3.5 months for a Pin to get 50% of its engagement. In comparison, the half-life of a tweet is only 24 minutes, and the half-life of a facebook post is only 90 minutes.

When I read reviews comparing Pinterest and Instagram they sounded very similar to me. Both are visual platforms driven by beautiful photos.

I couldn't quite grasp why it would be worth my while joining Instagram and so initially I joined just as myself (@laurenjeankinghorn) just to check it out and keep in touch with family.

I looked at few profiles of Instagram influencers in my niche and some of them were gorgeous! The penny dropped and I decided to go for it.

On 3rd February this year (2017), I joined Instagram as Inspiring Mompreneurs and Happy Human Pacifier.

My first goal was to get my Inspiring Mompreneurs profile to 1000 followers so that I could become an influencer on Webfluential.

For interests, sake (and to add some colour), here's my top post so far (posted 9 April)

Click next for some Instagram Stats



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TracyIrv Premium
Great article. I am very new to all this. I have an Instagram account for personal use , just to put on my own photos. My question- where do you get these nice pics to put on your Instagram account and are they free when you are starting out?
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Tracy. A lot of my pics come from the Moms I interview or photos I take myself. Sometimes I download free images from Pixabay.
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TracyIrv Premium
Many Thanks for getting back. Can I add text to the Pixabay images, and hashtags underneath?
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laurenjean Premium
Yes Tracy. You can use them any way you like.
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TracyIrv Premium
Thanks for getting back.
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wendyg53 Premium
Very cool, and I just followed you on Instagram. :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Wendy. Glad you enjoyed. Following you back.
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Loes Premium
My phone seems to be too old to be able to connect with Instagram, halfway the sign in the process stops.
Tried to login via FB, same issue
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laurenjean Premium
Oh no, Loes. How frustrating. You can login via your pc as well. Adding pictures is a little trickier via pc but its do-able.
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Loes Premium
I have tried that, but I had a clear moment, I do have a tablet somewhere at the bottom of my drawer, I dusted it off and my daughter just placed the Instagram app on it and it works! But now I have to figure out how to get my website pictures into my gallery to be able to place more on Instagram. I have seen yours now:) Lovely, and I want to make those pictures on Canva too, to make them a bit more interesting.
So I have some work to do:)
First Canva, then uploading to the tablet and place them on Instagram. Pfewww.

update!
I managed to add one picture to Instagram, using canva and my tablet!
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laurenjean Premium
Woohooo! Well done Loes! I'll go check it out now - ooh, stunning pic! Left you a comment.
Gramblr is also a great photo uploader if you want to upload directly from Canva on your PC to Instagram. :)
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Loes Premium
Ok! I like that! Uploading directly from Canva, I am such a klutz with mobile devices
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DarleneB Premium
What terrific training!!! Thank you. I know so little about Instagram but I need to learn. Thanks to your, easy to understand, tutorial, I'm giving it a try.
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, thanks Darlene! So glad you enjoyed it so much and you're inspired to give Instagram a try. :)
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WilliamBH Premium
This is a really great training Lauren .. Cheers, William.
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laurenjean Premium
Thank you so much, William. Appreciate you stopping by and really glad you found it useful.
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XinZhang Premium
Very informative and very detailed! This will be very useful.
Sincerely,
Xin
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much Xin. Appreciate the compliment. So glad you found it useful.
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