1. Post a featured portfolio piece

  2. Write a caption

  3. Use today’s hashtag #JTIGC2

  4. Find your followers by looking for the hashtags of the types of people that can give you work and then:

    1. click on the first pic

    2. click on the account of that pic. IF they resonate with you move on to step 3. If not, click the back button and move on to the next pic in your hashtag search

    3. LIKE 3 of their most recent pics

    4. COMMENT on one of those pics

    5. FOLLOW that profile

    Repeat the whole process to build your followers.

Need some inspiration?

Type in the hashtag #JTIGC2 to see what others are posting to get your creative juices flowing.

Then tell me how it went in the Facebook Group.

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You can either crop it in your smartphone’s phone app or just shoot in square. I’ve been shooting in square format for years and it saves me tons of time cropping.

There are a couple of ways to do this. OPTION 1: The easiest way is to play the YouTube video while you video it off your laptop or desktop then upload that recording to Instagram. The quality won’t be that good but as I always say, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be present. OPTION 2: If you have the time you can google how to turn a YouTube video into an mp4 so you have the video as your own. Then save that video to Dropbox from your computer. Then grab your smartphone and open teh Dropbox app on your smartphone. Download the video from Dropbox on your smartphone to your photos and videos on your smartphone. From there open Instagram and choose the video from Library. Instagram only allows videos up to 59 seconds so Instagram will automatically show the first 59 seconds of the video and then crop the rest off. Hit post and you’re good to go. OPTION 3: Do everything from Option 2 but stop after you’ve uploaded the video to Dropbox. From here open iMovie or a free video cutting software on your computer. Edit the video down to max. 59 seconds and until you feel it’s perfect. Export the video from the video editing software to Dropbox. Open Dropbox on your smartphone. Download the video from Dropbox to your phone’s photos and videos. Open Instagram. Click on Library. And post your video.

+ What are some apps I can use to create video on Instagram?

There are so many! Check these out and see which ones work best for you: Audiogram, Horizon, Boomerang, Anchor Video Editor, Hyperlapse, Filmora Go, Quik, Fastory. Play around and see which oones work best for you!

+ Why is this so difficult posting to Instagram?

You know how Facebook allows you to post anything from anywhere and it looks kinda crappy? Instagram is a mobile app first. There are a few hoops to jump through. This makes the “Lemme-post-this-to-facebook-now-because-I-have-no-patience-to-edit-it-and-I-don’t-really-care-if-it-looks-good-or-not” people get frustrated and give up. Leaving the people who ARE willing to invest the 2 minutes to edit their portfolio piece to showcase something beautiful, do just that. And in turn, they look like a pro and have a gorgeous portfolio piece for all the world to see. Instagram divides the lazy spammers from the creatives who go all in. So be a creative who goes all in. It’ll be worth it in the end.

+ What do I do about the sleazy Instagrammers who like, comment, and follow you then unfollow you as soon as they get your follow? How should I handle this emotionally? Should I wait a few days then unfollow them?

Great question. Here’s my answer. Don’t overthink it. Under think it. So what if they follow you then unfollow. Who cares?! That’s their thing. Not yours. You’re on Instagram for an entirely different intention. To make whole hearted connections with your dream clients. So let them follow then unfollow you. The main thing you need to be concerned about is being true to you and your real followers.

+ Can I just post a photo of my logo or my website or something like that?

Of course! YES! By all means. No need to create a video! If you don’t have the time (or just don’t want to go there yet with video) then a picture is more than enough. Take a pic or screen shot of your logo, or your website, or open an old project and screen shot a cool aspect from that gig. then upload it to Instagram. Remember, screen shot or take a pic in square. It will save you tons of time cropping.