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Instagram Algorithm Hacks For 2022

The Complete Guide to the New Instagram Algorithm and How to Hack It for Maximum Engagement

The Instagram Algorithm

Instagram’s recent change of algorithm has caused many issues and controversies, especially in regards to the “Insta-spam” epidemic. The new algorithm change, which reduces the exposure of posts that are not a great fit for a user’s interests, has led to users complaining about their feeds being filled with less-interesting content and complicated stories. In response to these complaints, Instagram has made some changes with the algorithm that have resulted in less posts being seen by users.

What is Engagement and Why Does Instagram Care?

Instagram is a social media platform that is all about sharing photos and videos with friends. The more people engage with your content, the more likely you are to show up in their feed.

So what does Instagram care about? They care about your engagement rate. This means that if you post a photo or video and the number of likes or comments you get is high, then you are more likely to show up in someone’s feed. It’s also important to note that this doesn’t mean that if you post a photo and it doesn’t get many likes, then it won’t show up in someone’s feed.

The more time people spend on Instagram, the more ads they are exposed to. This creates a cycle where people are exposed to more ads and then spend more time on the app. The engagement rate is what Instagram cares about because it is one of the most important metrics for the company.

Instagram has been experimenting with different algorithms in order to increase user engagement and make it harder for people to use third party apps to make their posts look bigger. Engagement is important for Instagram because it’s a key metric that determines the ranking of posts on the platform. In order to keep users engaged and coming back to the app, Instagram has been testing a number of different features to see what works best.

The company has been testing features like asking users to turn off push notifications, changing the algorithm and showing more posts from friends and family.

How Can I Improve My Content Strategy For 2022?

The content strategy for 2022 is about quality and engagement. Content marketers need to focus on creating outstanding content that will increase their followers, likes, shares and comments. They also need to make sure that the content is engaging enough to keep their readers on the platform for a long time. The content strategies for 2022 will be different than what we have been accustomed to in the past few years because of the rapid change in technology and social media algorithms. .The use of video is going to be massive and so is the use of chatbots. The content that will be delivered will not just be from one source, but from all sources. Video content on social media has become a massive trend. in the past few years, with Facebook and Instagram alone generating billions in views a day.

Content strategy 2022 – Quality and Engagement In content strategy for 2022 an emphasis has been put on quality because it is more engaging and will attract better audiences. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram were originally design to be teeming with engagement which meant that people who engaged with the content being posted would be more likely to see advertisements. Today, social media platforms are doing the opposite by focusing on not just engagement but also on quality.

What Does This Mean For You as an Influencer or Brand Owner that Wants To Grow Their Following On IG in 2023?

If your idea is to build a brand on Instagram in 2019, when we look at what the future holds, it’s important to consider that brands and influencers need to plan for growth. One way is through building a community of people who share the same values. This can be done by interacting with the community, joining affiliate programs, email lists, and engagement groups.

How to Hack Your Way to Higher Engagement with These 15 Hacks for 2022

The more followers you have, the more engaged people you can reach. And the higher your engagement rates are, the better your chances of getting those coveted organic followers.

Engagement is the key to success on social media. It’s what drives the growth of your followers and your reach. But it’s not always easy to get. Never pay for followers or to promote posts. They decrease your engagement because they don’t interact with your content. 

But how do you get more followers without paying for them? There are many ways to “hack” your way to higher engagement on social media. Here are 15 hacks that you can use in 2022 to increase your engagement and reach.

1. Use Reels (See our blog on using reels)

2. Improve the quality of your content – This can be accomplished by using a program like InVideo. InVideo contains hundreds of premade video templates for you to use. It’s easy, affordable, and will give you professional results. 
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3. Listen to experts – Influencers in social media often offer their knowledge for free. One of my favorite accounts for knowledge is Derek Videll  of Social Bamboo. He has a robust Instagram page and YouTube Channel. One of the greatest assets is his willingness to help, no matter where you are in your journey. Derek has been our inspiration and source of knowledge since the beginning of  our journey. He has helped us to grow into this amazing group.

3. Use relevant hashtags – Search for other accounts in your industry and look at what hashtags they use. Always use relevant hashtags to your industry, niche, or specialty. Search the hashtags you use in the Instagram search button to see every post that has used that hashtag. Keeping track of the post count in the hashtags you use will enable you to use hashtags that fit with your post and have a good mix of big, medium, and smaller hashtags. If you are in a small niche, you may not find a large hashtag cloud, but if you broaden your interest a little, like #DIY, #Craft, if you are in that sub-niche.

4. Engage with other influencers by liking, commenting, and sharing their content – This will make you show higher in their feed and gives you a greater chance at being noticed. You can join our new project CreativeResinMarketplace to connect with Resin Artists across the world.

5. Create contests and giveaways with prizes that align with your brand’s values. Give away freebies to incentivize followers to engage with you and share content: We’re having a HUGE giveaway! Ends 10/9/22.

6. Post on Instagram stories at different times than usual – Test the timing of your stories to figure out when the best time to post is. A spreadsheet can be highly valuable for tracking your posts progress. The insights tool in Instagram will give you amazing data about who your followers are, what times they are on, age range, etc. If you do not have access to the insights tool, you may need to switch to a business account.

7. Create a call to action in your bio – Creating a call to action, like asking them to go to your website, LinkTr.ee, or shop, will increase traffic to your sales channels.

8. Use location tags for local events and businesses (especially during the holidays) – Adding your hometown and/or state will get your post shown to more local accounts.

9. Use an engaging headline – Sometimes all it takes to get a follower is a catchy headline that resonates with them. Figure out what your audience wants to see and capitalize on that information.

10. Post once a day and make sure that every post is adding value to their feed – People don’t want to see your kids if they follow you for your art. Keep your personal and professional accounts separate so the algorithm can figure out what you are doing and who to show your content to. 

11. Ask questions in posts, or ask for opinions or advice from followers – This lets them know that you value their opinion, and gets them to interact with your post.

12. Provide your followers with a way to subscribe to your blog, email, newsletter, or other channels. This can be achieved with a LinkTr.ee or landing page.

13. Join an engagement group. An engagement group likes, comments, shares, and saves each others posts. This is organized though Instagram chats and works well when all members participate. You can contact us if you are interested in the engagement group.

14. Connect with manufacturers of products you use – Manufacturers usually provide a card with an email to contact them. One way to approach a manufacturer is to find errors in their listings and offer to fix them for them. Amazing things can come from interactions such as these. Take the concept one step further and you could create a side-business just fixing Amazon listings. There are many companies that can use help with their grammar,. Make contact and ask if they want help. What do you have to lose?

15. Only follow people who you want to interact with in your feed. Otherwise you will waste time scrolling through posts that you don’t really care about. That hurts their engagement and reach because Instagram thinks it’s not interesting. Once a few people do that, the algorithm stops pushing it to the top of peoples feeds. You are not helping someone by giving them a follow and not interacting with their posts, you’re hurting their account. A healthy account should get at least 10% of their follower count on every post. If you have 1000 followers, you should get 100 views. If you have 777, you should get at least 77 views on each. 

What can you do if your account is not performing?

First, look at the followers you have. Are they in your niche? Same thing with who you are following. Are you helping their account with engagement? If not, help them out by letting go. Sometimes you have to pull the weeds from your account. Just like a garden. Weeds can strangle your plants. Bad accounts can strangle yours. And paying for followers is the worst thing you can do.

Once you feel good about your account, look at your content. Compare your content to the reels page. If you think you can’t do reels like that, look for reels that have a sticker that says “Use Template”. Play around with trending audio and effects. 

Have you ever wondered if there was a place to see all of the available effects? You can! Instagram has an official account that lists all of the available effects. The link to Instagram’s official account is:
https://www.instagram.com/instagram

There is also an official Instagram account for businesses:
https://www.instagram.com/instagramforbusiness/

Both of these accounts are packed with amazing information directly from the source. Use the knowledge that they give you to make your posts soar!

And if all else fails, but you refuse to quit, message us for help. We’re always here to help!

 

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Complete Guide To Silicone Molds

The Complete Guide to Silicone Mold Making and How You Can Use It For Your Own Projects

Introduction: What is Silicone Mold Making?

Silicone molds are used by companies and artists in a variety of industries to produce products that are made from various materials.

Silicone molds are used in the production of many different products, such as epoxy resin, candle making, toys, and automotive parts. They can be made of different types of silicone depending on the application.

There are two main types of silicone molds: positive and negative. A positive mold is one that has a cavity which will be filled with liquid silicone to create the final product. A negative mold is one that has a shape that will be filled with liquid silicone to create the final product.

Types of Silicone for Mold Making

Tin Cured and Platinum Cured

The main difference between tin-cure and platinum-cure silicone mold making rubbers is in the metal used to catalyze or cure the base silicone. Tin-cure rubber relies on traces of tin, while platinum-cure rubbers are based solely on platinum. As a result, tin-cure silicone rubbers usually cost less than platinum-cure ones.

Performance Differences between the 2 silicone types:

INHIBITORS

Mold-making rubbers can be inhibited from curing by contaminants on surfaces. If you’re using a modeling clay that contains sulfur (typically older types), the rubber may become sensitive and easily damaged. Platinum-cure silicone rubbers have a critical sensitivity to sulfur. If they are exposed to it, they will not cure at all. Tin cure silicones can cure over models containing sulfur as long as the surface is thoroughly sealed with an acrylic spray.

SHRINKAGE

A major difference between these two systems is the shrinkage of cured rubber over a period of time – short term vs. long term. The long-term shrinkage is typically measured in percentages of the original thickness, but it can also be given as a percentage of the amount for which the rubber has been stretched. In short term tests, shrinkage was found to be only about 10% after two years; this would mean that at two years, a given sample of rubber would be 50% thinner Tin-cure silicone rubber molds generally exhibit higher shrinkage over time depending on the type of mold rubber being used, material being cast into the rubber mold, mold configuration, and other variables.

Mold Release Agents for Silicone Molds

Silicone-to-silicone applications such as making two-part molds or casting silicone into silicone are possible, but require a release agent. This release agent cannot contain a significant amount of silicone oil. Here are some release options:

  • Mann Ease Release™ 200 is formulated specifically for releasing silicone rubber from silicone and other surfaces. Applied as a light mist coat, it will not interfere with surface detail.

  • A mixture of 2 parts isopropyl alcohol and 1 part dish soap can be used in some cases to release silicone from silicone.

  • Petroleum jelly can be used to release silicone from silicone, but it should be thinned with mineral spirits so that it can be applied in a thin layer with minimal visible brush strokes.

If you’re trying a new silicone recipe and want to be sure that your release agent will work, we recommend testing it at a smaller scale.

Silicone Mold Design Process

Silicone mold design process is a process of making a rubber mold from an object.

The first step is to create the silicone mold design. This can be done by using a CAD program or by using an object that you already have available.

Next, you need to create the silicone mold container. This should be a little bigger than the object to be cast. A simple method is to use foam board to create the container. For added ease of releasing the final product, you can coat the inner surfaces with Tyvek (available at the post office as waterproof mailing envelopes. Use hot glue to assemble your box.

Next, you will need to place your object to be cast into your container. You will need to lift it off the bottom of the container. In my example, I used hot glue sticks to lift the object off the bottom of the container. These will also be my pour holes to fill the mold.

Pour the silicone over the object in your container. Wait 24 hours, and remove from the container.

Removing the Object From the Mold

Once the silicone has cured, and the mold removed from the container, you will need to remove the object from the center of the mold. There are many great YouTube videos dealing with this topic. Here’s one that shows how to remove your object effectively. 

Once removed, you are ready to cast your piece using your new mold! Mix Puduo Resin and pour into the mold. Wait 10 hours and enjoy your custom piece.

Conclusion & Resources

Creating a mold is not as hard as it sounds. All it takes is a vision and a little work. As a beginner in mold creation, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to create the mold. I used Translucent Platinum RTV-2 Liquid Silicone Rubber. Available HERE.

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5 Tricks to Make Your Reels Perform in 2022



Let’s face it, unless you have the knowledge, it’s really hard to start an account and get noticed on Instagram. We have been in the space for close to 3 years and have seen change after change roll out. Keeping on top of the trends is vital for businesses in today’s economy to flourish. 

Here’s 5 tricks to make your reels trend on Instagram:

  1. Use templates. If you haven’t stumbled upon templates, you are missing out on an easy way to use the success of others to your advantage. To take advantage of this feature, click the reels icon in the bottom center of your feed. This will take you to Reels. Look for Reels that say “Use Template”. This will enable you to use the timing for the video clips to match the timing of a viral video. Fun fact: Once you get the hang of creating trending Reels, Instagram will turn your Reels into Templates for others to use. Using multiple short clips is usually the secret.
    2. Use trending audio. Trending audio can be found the same way as templates. You can use any audio track that you see anyone else use by clicking on the name of the audio track, then save it to your account. The audio track will show up as saved audio. By matching trending templates with trending audio, your Reels will have a greater chance of going viral.

    3. Use relevant hashtags to your market. There are many hashtag apps. These can be handy when starting out. A great way to learn about the hashtags that work in your niche is by watching trending Reels in your niche and seeing what hashtags they are using. Over time, you will understand which hashtags to use on your posts.

    4. Be consistent. If you are going to post once daily, post once daily. If it’s twice daily, make sure it’s twice per day. Consistency is very important. Be sure to check which times your followers are on and either post at that time, or use a scheduler to post. 

    5. Make quality content that your followers want to see. Many things go into this statement. Clean video lens, good lighting, close-up shots, and a well defined message all contribute to whether someone moves on or watches your Reel. Phones today can record and edit quality videos. But sometimes you need a little bit more power or versatility. That’s where a powerful desktop app can really make you shine. We use InVideo to create our longer form videos, or videos which require complex editing. We have a special discount offer from InVideo for new subscribers. Save 35% off from now until September 7th with code: LabourDay35!
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    Use these suggestions and tools every day and you will see results. @Sacred7Senses has been using these techniques to great effect. See what she’s creating here:
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