I have a lot to say about Instagram and now, Instagram automation, or growth hacking. It’s a pretty fascinating topic for me as a reformed Instagram addict of over 5 years! More about that story at the video below (or click here).
In the video, I talk about my addiction to Instagram and how I was unable to detach from the app for five years! I was obsessed with constantly liking other people’s posts and checking my notifications. TL;DR: Instagram automation gave me my time back. I don’t have to spend my time looking at other people’s posts.
IG provides a devastatingly low return on time investment. Better to keep your head in your more creative, high-level projects and let a bot do the mindless engagement crap necessary to grow an account.
What is the Jarvee experiment?
From September 15 – October 15 2020, I used Jarvee, the Instagram bot I chose, to like, follow, unfollow and story-view targeted users.
I had some experience using Jarvee previously having started a successful business account for my cat. Yes, you heard that right. @fridaycute is the name of that account and I grew it to 1,500 users in 60 days of using Jarvee.
But that account was very low-risk. It was a brand new account and didn’t really matter to me if the account was blocked or banned. That YouTube video kinda blew up. I wanted to make more like it, but thought it was time to put my money where my mouth is.
I decided that I would use Jarvee on my actual wedding photography business account (@zoe.larkin) – an account that actually brings me clients. While engagement is at an all-time low and dropping all the time, it’s still an account I care about.
This account is about 7 years old and I’ve been posting consistently (almost daily) on it for over 5 years. That’s before I even had a photography business. In fact, Instagram was what made me fall in love with photography, if I’m honest.
But I digress. The aim of the experiment is simply to use my automation bot on my wedding photography account and see what happens. Good, bad, or indifferent – I am just curious to see what happens and share my experience with others.
Please check out the video if you’re interested in seeing the experiment in real time! I filmed every time something happened, and tweaked and trouble-shot my settings to ensure I was getting the best I could.
I won’t reveal the outcome of the experiment here – watch and find out whether or not it was a success and if I’d recommend you use a bot for your business!
This is the post that marked day 1 of the Jarvee experiment 😉 in case you are curious to check it out on my actual account.
Setting up your Jarvee
Jarvee is no cakewalk to set up. I wrote a blog post all about that, here.
The trick with using Instagram automation is to make your actions look as natural as possible, while doing something that is technically completely against Instagram’s terms of service. So, tread carefully.
This isn’t what people want to hear, because we want everything to be easy. But the truth is you need to be quite technically-minded to set up your Jarvee Instagram automation. It is not for everyone. And no, I don’t offer any services helping with people’s IG automation. But scroll down to see the leading Jarvee expert that I’ve partnered with.
And be sure to watch this video for the best Jarvee settings to use right now. And I use the term ‘blew up’ slightly tongue in cheek, because I’m a very new YouTuber so I really mean ‘omg someone watched it’.
If you prefer to read a blog post than watch a video, check out the post here.
The settings are perfect for 2020 which is the time I first set up my Jarvee bot. It’s likely you’ll need to be more conservative with the numbers as Instagram’s automation detection abilities become more sophisticated if you’re from the future.
If you’re here because you already watched the Jarvee Experiment video, you’ll know I used a bunch of hashtags and accounts that I targeted. These are what I trained my scraper bot to scrape.
I didn’t give these a ton of thought – I already knew a bunch of hashtags that I use all the time myself. You can simply copy and paste these for your Jarvee as the formatting should work just fine. And of course, add your own that are more targeted to what you offer and who you serve 😉
I also have an update video which is now live at this link:
Good hashtags to use for wedding photographers
#storytellingphotography, #showiteer #californiawedding, #yourockphotographers, #fearlessphotographers, #engayged, #equallywed, #apwwedding, #junebugweddings, #rocknrollbride, #offbeatbride, #apwwedding, #adventurouswedding, #belovedstories, #radlovestories, #radcouples, #emotionoverperfection, #unconventionaltogs, #oarsandbeanies, #thisisreportage, #modernwedding, #weddingforward, #authenticlovemag, #theweddinglegends, #loveandwildhearts, #documentaryweddingphotography, #documentaryweddingphotographer, #northerncaliforniawedding, #smallbusinesslove, #creativepreneur, #photopreneur, #solopreneur, #communityovercompetition, #inclusiveweddings, #rainbowwedding, #crazyloveandwildkisses, #dirtybootsandmessyhair, #littlethingstheory, #wanderingweddings, wanderingphotographers, #weddingphotojournalism #heyheyhellomay, #lookslikefilmweddings, #photobugcommunity, #justalittleloveinspo, #muchlove_ig, #wildhairandhappyhearts, #yourockphotographers, #fearlessphotographers, #loveintentionally
Accounts to follow/ target on Instagram for wedding photographers
junebugweddings, theknot, theknotlgbt, apracticalwedding, offbeatbride, rocknrollbride, bridalmusings, fearlessphotographerscom, weddingwire, stylemepretty, catalystwedco, colorpopevents, handhweddings
These accounts are somewhat random choices – better to pick some that are relevant to your style of photography and your target client. I did actually make the decision to remove the ‘followers of these target accounts’ as follow sources eventually, because they were not relevant enough. A lot of spam bots follow huge accounts, so I don’t want to go out and scrape those as targets.
More ideas for how to target Instagram users with your Jarvee bot
👉🏾 Like and comment on a certain hashtag
👉🏾 Like and comment on a certain post
👉🏾 Follow your own followers
👉🏾 Viewed your stories
👉🏾 Follow a target accounts
👉🏾 Have particular words in their bio
👉🏾 Are based in a certain location
👉🏾 Use a particular hashtag on their own posts
Hopefully that’s a good little intro to my series of Instagram/ Jarvee videos! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you would like me to make more honest videos about Instagram automation and Instagram addiction.
Psst! Guys, in recent months since this blog post was written, Jarvee has become almost unusable unless you’re an expert. For that reason, and because I lack the budget I’ve switched over to Growpad!
This is a new tool for Instagram automation that works completely differently. If you’re interested, I have a blog post about Growpad, setting it up and a full video tutorial at the link below:
Not affiliated with Jarvee
Unlike other Jarvee services, I am not affiliated with Jarvee in any way. I am not an affiliate of Jarvee.
However, I have partnered with the awesome Adi of Doctor Jarvee who is an expert in using Jarvee for effective Insta automation.
For more information what Adi can do for you, go to my original post about Jarvee settings to use!
That’s it, guys! This isn’t my usual kind of post, but more of a tangent into my insane foray with using Jarvee for Instagram automation!