The Ultimate Instagram Cheat Sheet: Gain Followers and Increase Engagement!

Instagram marketing can be easy, especially when you have access to this Instagram cheat sheet. No, you don't need to buy followers or likes to build your engagement. You can build a large and organic Instagram following by simply using the right tools to perform the right tasks.

Yes, it requires engagement, and yes it will require some prep work by you. However, these advanced Instagram strategies make it a lot easier for you to build up your brand.

If you haven't already, I recommend that you read my two latest Instagram articles as well:

These two posts will help you establish a solid profile and online presence, which is necessary in building a successful brand on Instagram.


Without third-party software helping us out, liking and commenting on hundreds of photos throughout the day would be impossible.  However, I found just the tool to target your ideal audience in half the time. It's called Hootsuite

Most people think of Hootsuite as a way to schedule posts on popular platforms.  However, I use it to engage. It has an outstanding hashtag and location feature that allows you to target and engage with multiple users at once.  The speed in which you can do this is incredible.  The best part? You are exposing yourself to tons of people while providing REAL engagement. It's like an auto-liker, except its really you doing the work and it's free (always an added bonus).

As you can see in the image above, I have multiple streams of hashtags available to comment. I also simultaneously keep tabs on my own.  This way I can answer every AUTHENTIC comment. This is a surefire way to grow your engagement fast. 


You probably weren't expecting to hear about Tailwind as a cheat for Instagram, were you? The well-known Pinterest scheduler has made a name for itself in the Instagram world lately.  How? By helping you plan out and post your photos for the best times. It also includes a hashtag generator and in-depth analytic tools to help you quickly decide which hashtags are best for your audience. It will then notify you when to post while providing you with the caption and hashtags you pre-planned. This makes implementation easy.  If you are also into Pinterest, Tailwind has an optimized auto scheduler, as well as an incredible new feature called Tailwind Tribes.  You can get a free trial by clicking my link below. 


Combin is an Instagram management app.  It lets you manage your audience (and your prospective audience) with ease! If you've read anything on this site about Instagram, you know that I'm a huge advocate of engagement.  Nobody can follow you if they don't know you exist.  With hashtags becoming more difficult to rank for, there are really only 2 main ways to get noticed: cross-promoting and ENGAGING. By liking and commenting, you pop up in people's notifications and with a niche specific, high-quality profile, you can gain a lot of followers FAST. 

Combin lets you engage with your audience FAST.  It's made ONLY for Instagram, and it shows. You can mass like and comment on posts you are actually interested in. You select the users and posts that you want to interact with, and Combin will do the work for you throughout the day.  The best part? It's entirely authentic!

A few other features include:

  • Monitoring who follows and unfollows you
  • Targeting your competitor's audience
  • Engaging with your own audience
  • Monitoring your posts
 Above is an example of how to manage hashtags on the Combin platform

Above is an example of how to manage hashtags on the Combin platform



Do you ever wonder how people share each other's post's on Instagram? I did. At least until somebody showed me the Repost App.  This nifty app allows you to share other people's photos while simultaneously giving credit to the original author.  Just check out the image below.

 Instagram tool called "repost". 

As you can see in the post above, I reposted @nebraskamuskiegirl's image.  This isn't native to the Instagram app, so I had to do it with Repost.  This is the most efficient way to share and promote each other's content! The best part? Repost is free to use.

Cross-promoting is a perfect way to build excitement and help boost each other's accounts. 



Nothing beats engagement.  Engagement brings eyes to your profile and to your post. It helps people relate to you and therefore gives you authority behind your brand. It also helps you rank higher in the algorithm. However, running a successful Instagram account takes tremendous time.  Therefore, make sure to use these tools to save time, increase engagement, and grow your following. You'll be Insta-Famous in no time. 

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 4 Instagram tools that will blow up your Instagram account! From reposting to management to followers! Instagram tools and tips right at your fingertips. #instagram #socialmedia #marketing