Get More Comments on Instagram Pictures
1. Ask For Comments in the Caption.
Calls to action have always had a positive effect on social media updates. Dan Zarrella found that tweets with the words ‘Please ReTweet’ and ‘Please RT’ got more retweets than those that didn’t have them.
He also found that Facebook posts that contained the word ‘Like’ got more likes than those without the word. And those with the word comment got more comments than those without. Therefore, if you want to see similar results on Instagram you can add a caption like ‘Please comment’ or ‘Leave a comment’. If you prefer not to ask for comments directly, you can just ask questions instead.
2. Post-High-Quality Content.
In this case, I mean both technically and creatively high quality. On a technical level, you need to make sure the camera you’re using takes good images, your focus and lighting are on point, and you’re using the right dimensions for an image to display properly. A lot of people claim a phone camera is enough, but I tend to think it barely suffices. A decent DSLR will go a long way.
On a creative level, you want to keep an eye on framing and use of color, avoid the basic over-used filters, and think about the story that your image is going to tell. Photography is an art for a reason, and you need to either practice that art or hire someone who does.
3. Use Hashtags.
What separates Instagram from other social media platforms is the unique way the platform allows users to employ hashtags. Instagram is the first platform that made full use of hashtags. You should pay close attention to using them in the right way.
Follow the trending hashtags on a daily basis, which will give you an idea about how to shape your own tags and make your content more visible. If the tags you used are viral, more people will see your content, and your chances of boosting the comments will increase significantly.
Be smart about using tags and never use more than two words in the same tag – separate each word with a tag for maximum reach.
4. Make Your Post too Cute Not to Comment on.
This is a program of user-generated content (UGC). It works at getting comments because it engages the cuteness overload reflex, which is to gush about how stinkin’ cute something it (AKA comment).
A lot of the comments are people sharing the post with friends by @mentioning them. Many of these are likely friends with young children who might become customers for Buzz Bear Studio, who sell these onesies.
5. Respond to Comments.
As previously mentioned, when people leave a comment, it takes a bit of effort. They need to think and come up with a good answer and then spend a little time typing it.
So, you should appreciate their effort by responding positively. Thank them for their comment and provide answers if they too ask questions. If you respond to comments, it will encourage them to leave more in the future. This will only strengthen your relationship with your followers. If you don’t have the time to respond to all of them. Respond to a few at least.
6. Ask Questions with Text Overlay.
If you want your questions to trigger a stronger response, you should add them as overlay text to your Instagram post image instead of just writing it in the caption.
Instagram is all about visuals. People mainly use it to look at beautiful images. This social network is designed to drive more attention towards the images in the posts too. Look at the above post from Summer for example. The image occupies most of the space while the caption occupies only a fraction.
Hence, if you want even more people to read the question and respond with comments, you should add it to the image itself. You can expand on this question and write a longer version of it in the caption.
7. Post videos.
Time spent viewing videos on Instagram increased 40% in 2016, and now, users can post videos up to one minute in length. Post this engaging content to get followers to stop scrolling through their busy Instagram feeds and watch your video – and make sure it’s intriguing. Your audience wants more video content – especially on social media – so if you share something compelling and ask viewers to comment on it in the caption, they’ll most likely do it.