Hashtags make or break your Instagram campaign. Without them, your audience will not see your posts. The right tags also help shape your brand image on the platform.
The Power of the Instagram Hashtag
Hashtags are a crucial component of Instagram’s categorization system. They create the content streams that people use to find content.
Instagram hashtags are clickable, so people can see them on another person’s post, and click a tag to find your content elsewhere. Plus, users can choose to follow hashtags, giving you yet another method of discovery.
Types of Instagram Hashtags
The best Instagram posts usually contain about 11 tags that are one or more of the following types:
- Basic words that describe the service or product
- Specialty area or industry
- Event tags
- Location tags
- Day of the week themes like #MotivationMonday
- Branded hashtags specifically designed for the business
Use Hashtags Wisely
Develop a list of the hashtags that are best to use with your content. Don’t just make them up – research what is in use and double check the meaning of any hashtag before you use it.
Find tags by looking at related content and what’s trending on the platform. You can also use a hashtag generator to suggest hashtags based on the words and phrases already associated with your business.
Where to Use Hashtags
Hashtags should be used everywhere on Instagram: stories, videos, reels, captions and your bio.
Assess Hashtag Performance
The easiest way to discover which tags are working best for you is to use the Instagram Insights feature in your Business profile. The data will show you impressions and engagement.
Under the Discovery section, Instagram will tell you how many of your impressions came from hashtags, compared to the number coming from your profile or the Instagram home page.