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Navigating Bookstagram - Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - Instagram Business Tools

Hello, fellow bookstagrammers! Today I'm sharing with you yet another installment of the Navigating Bookstagram series, and it's all about using Instagram's business tools for bookstagram! But what exactly are Instagram business tools?

Instagram has been offering tools and insights for businesses to use since 2014, but more useful, updated tools only came out in the spring of 2016. By connecting a Facebook account to the Instagram page, users can now see analytics on each individual post and their posts as a whole, as well as information on the demographic of their followers. Additionally, if they add the feature, users can view insights on their Instagram stories.

Setting Up Business Tools

First, you'll need to create a Facebook account and/or page. Once you have a Facebook account, you can create a business page by clicking the down arrow at the top of the screen and "Create Page." From there, choose from the options they give you (below). What you pick will determine what category you can label your page as. This is important. Whatever category you pick will be shown on your Instagram page (when using the app), and even if you change the category later, it won't update unless you unconnect the accounts. Choose wisely. For instance, ours says "photographer." Once that is done, you may connect the two pages. 

Go to Instagram, and under "Edit Profile", click "Try Instagram Business Tools." Sign in to your Facebook account, and be sure to select the correct page to match. After that, you're all good! 

Using Instagram's Business Tools

So, what exactly can you do with Instagram's business tools? Well, you can do a lot of things...look at your page's impressions and profile views, how many times people have clicked the link in your bio... But what's helpful for bookstagramers?

Probably my favorite feature, the followers section gives you everything you need to know about your followers. You can see a graph on the ages of your followers and where they are in the world. You can check out if you (overall) gained or lost followers in the last seven days. But what I especially love is that you can plan when to post by looking at what hours of the day and even days of the week that your followers are more active! 

Another helpful tool for bookstagrammers are the insights given for posts. On individual posts, you can see the total number of engagement (comments and likes), views, and saves. You can also look at all of your posts within a certain time frame and sort them by categories such as likes, comments, and saves. This way, you can see what pictures worked and what ones didn't.

Note: You can't get insights for posts posted before you obtained Instagram business tools. 

Is it Worth it?

Of course it's worth it! For one thing, figuring out a good time to post was so much easier and simpler. Determining the success of posts in comparison to others was also easier as well. And, if it's there, you might as well use it, right? And if you don't trust me, know that a lot of bookstagrammers use it! While we may not be "businesses", we are writers, photographers, and bloggers, which are all an option as a Facebook category. And besides, it's not going to waste. It makes things just a bit easier to share our love of books with other book-lovers, and that's all we're trying to do on bookstagram anyway, right?


This Month's Popular Posts

Quotes: Audacity

As some of you may know by looking at my posts on our social media page (@readingisinevitable on Instagram), I am currently reading Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It is a beautiful book written in free verse, and follows the life of Clara Lemlich, a female Jewish immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s. (For the full summary of the book, click here.) I absolutely love books written in free verse, or any type of poetry, in fact! This book is so lovely that I have decided to dedicate a whole post to some of my favorite quotes or parts! (Note: I am only on page 294, and there are 366 pages, not including the extra content at the end of my local library's copy.)

Quotes: The Nightingale

I realized that, over a year ago, I wrote a post called "Quotes: Audacity", and that this post did really well (it's actually Reading is Inevitable's most read post!), and yet I never wrote another post of quotes from a book. I liked writing that post, too. I like sharing quotes I like from books. That's why I started doing it on our bookstagram page. So why did I never write another one of these "quote blog posts"? I don't know. But I intend to write at least another one.

And that's why I'm here today. Well, there's that, and then there's also the amazing book that is The Nightingale. If you've read some of my recent blog posts or have poked around a bit, you would know that exactly a month ago I published my book review on The Nightingale, in which I explained my love for it and why you should read it yourself. And while I actually have another post in the works on that book because it definitely deserves more than one post, t…

Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy

Title: Bud, Not Buddy
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Genre: Historical Fiction/Drama
Rating: 3 out of 5
Reviewer: Julia

When I read the first few pages of this book, I had to hold back a moan. The text in the book was much larger than I was used to. It also appeared to be too easy to read, and I was able to breeze through the first few chapters quite quickly. The plan was to read it within a week or so and then to ditch it so that I could move on to another book. I kept this attitude for the first few parts.

And then--wooop, zoop, sloop!-- it changed.

Navigating Bookstagram - Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - SFS

Hey everyone! Stressful weekend, but I still managed to get this blog post together for you. Hopefully a March 2017 Reflection will be coming up soon on Friday, one of the new changes to the posting schedule, but I have a somewhat busy week ahead of me, so we'll have to see what happens. (If you missed the details back in mid-March, then be sure to either check out the post here or visit the posting schedule page by clicking the tab above.) For now, though, it’s time to do another installment in the Navigating Bookstagram series, also know as the NBSTFSA series (I’m just kidding; no one says that). Today I will be covering shoutout-for-shoutouts. Ah: sfs’s, as they’re sometimes called. What are they? They’re exactly what they sound like: When one account shouts out another account in exchange for a shoutout from them. But what I specifically want to talk about today is entering shoutout-for-shoutout contests.

First of all, what is a shoutout-for-shoutout contest? (Warning: This i…