Growing your Instagram followers with Facebook ads
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One of the most frequent questions I get from artists is “how can I grow my Instagram followers with Facebook ads?”.
I’ve covered how to super easily and affordable gain Facebook followers here, but nowadays most artists care more about Instagram than Facebook pages.
The reason I haven’t covered it yet is because there isn’t a direct campaign objective to grow Instagram followers. Despite that, I have several methods you can follow. Here’s a summary:
Boosting on Instagram
Retargeting traffic campaigns
Cold traffic campaigns
Generally I don’t recommend people spend money to grow on social media as the main goal. Personally I let it happen naturally as a side effect of running Spotify campaigns or something else. However there are valid reasons to grow on socials too.
Lets talk about the first option, the one you should try first…
Boosting on Instagram
This is the only time I ever recommend using the Boost button on Instagram. For some reason Instagram allows you to run a ‘profile visits’ objective when boosting, and this feature was never added to full Facebook Ads Manager.
This gives you a Call-To-Action button that says ‘Visit Profile’ directly on your ad.
First, select your video on Instagram and click that boost button!
Now choose the ‘More profile visits’ goal.
Some people see great results with Automatic targeting. If you have a couple thousand Instagram followers that have been grown organically and are relatively engaged, consider trying it.
Otherwise create your own audience. Here I would stick with a safe country like the USA, UK, CA, AU, NZ, DE etc. This type of campaign can be quite volatile, all traffic campaigns are. So stick with the safest country possible.
Additionally i’d define your age range decently tight, and use as accurate artists as you can find.
Lastly pick your budget and duration. I’d recommend something like $5/day for 7 days.
Let it run, look at your Instagram analytics as it goes and try to quantify what impact it has on your total follower count.
To avoid this newsletter becoming a mile long, i’m going to summarize the next two methods. Reply to this email and let me know if you want more content on these topics!
Retargeting Traffic Campaigns
Traffic campaigns are very hit or miss, but one way to make them useful is use them while retargeting people that have already engaged with you in some way.
In the Audiences area inside of Facebook Ads you can make Custom Audiences of people who have interacted with your social media pages in any way, watched certain lengths of videos, or converted on a Spotify campaign and a whole lot more.
Here’s the approach to the campaign:
Create your retargeting audiences. Choose something with high-intent like 50% Video Views or Instagram profile visitors.
Create a traffic objective campaign with link clicks as the goal
Add the custom audience into the ad set level of the campaign.
Stick to safer countries
Use IG Feed, Explore, Stories and Reels
Use the Learn More Call-To-Action on the ad and use your Instagram page as the destination
As with all of these campaigns, use awesome video content in your ads. The video is crucial for any ad campaign.
Cold Traffic Campaigns
This is functionally the same as the previous campaign type. However instead of using a custom retargeting audience you’re going to use a cold audience.
This can be incredibly risky due to the unreliability of traffic campaigns.
To mitigate that risk consider using more localized markets like your state, or multiple cities you want to grow in. Doing that can increase the chances of this working.
Make sure you try each of these methods in isolation so you can track which methods work the best. As with any ad make sure your video content is great. For this one also make sure your Instagram page is great.
Have a good profile picture
Have your bio setup
Have your link in bio setup
Keep something in your IG stories at all times
If your Instagram looks boring no amount of ads will improve it.
Also prior to doing any Instagram growth strategies with ads you should have an organic content strategy. If you aren’t posting organic content you should ask yourself why you even want these followers in the first place.
Followers that you never post content for may as well not even follow you.
In case you don’t know, I have a podcast! Currently there are 41 episodes and it has about 20,000 downloads.
I made a new YouTube video covering massive recent changes to the iOS14 setup for Facebook ads.
Recently i’ve been posting some pretty detailed threads on Twitter, here’s one!
Triggering Spotify's Discover Weekly and other algorithmic playlists is the ultimate goal when promoting a song.
But it isn't the only goal.
— Andrew Southworth (@southwortha)
Jun 8, 2023
Here are some music industry news highlights from the past week.
DistroKid is facing a potential class-action lawsuit over takedown requests
There is a new investment ETF to offer a convenient solution for investors looking for exposure in the global music industry
The EU is asking tech giants to label AI-generated content
Spotify cuts 200 jobs as it restructures its podcast division
Quote of the Week
Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.
If you aren’t familiar with Lana Del Rey, she has 51 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Now we just have to figure out what she did and how to do it!
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