Growth Hacking Your Instagram in 3 Steps

These are 3 lessons learned that you can apply for growth hacking instagram.

I opened my Instagram account 2 years ago around November 2014. Not exactly an early adopter right? πŸ™‚

My first instagram was this

I got one of these from the "local" brewery #HopGun

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The result was 9 likes, 0 comments.

During Winter of 2014 I went to get my first Christmas tree ever.

I was in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving and they said “Let’s get a Christmas tree”. I thought we were going to the store.

Instead we went to a field of trees.

I took this awesome picture:

List price of trees

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6 likes, 0 comments.

New Years Eve of 2014 I was in Colombia

I went to an amusement park in the coffee region and took this awesome picture:

Giant spiders transformed into bamboo "Guadua" by the local wizard #Colombian witchcraft

A photo posted by Tom Ordonez (@tomordonez) on

9 likes, 0 comments.

January 2015 I cooked some beer

This is a picture of a yeast started I made:

I made a yeast starter for today's #Packers #homebrew game #craftbeer #packersnation

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28 likes, 0 comments

January 2015 I went to Las Vegas for the CES

I took this awesome picture of the grasshopper. Although I couldn’t capture the fire.

A giant grasshopper that shoots fire in #LasVegas at #ContainerPark

A photo posted by Tom Ordonez (@tomordonez) on

12 likes, 0 comments

March 2015 I opened a beer I made and aged for 10 years

It tasted like vinegar.

75 likes, 3 comments.

At this point I didn’t have more than 100 followers.

I slept for 322 days


My next post was February 2016. About 120 followers.

I got a Belgian beer with a very interesting label. The beer turned out to be awesome.

38 likes, 0 comments

I watched Fury Road in February 2016

I snapped a picture of an awesome truck that reminded me of Fury Road.

Fury Road in #Miami #miamilife #miamistyle #miamiliving #doral #doralzuela #trucks #pimpmyride #truckporn

A photo posted by Tom Ordonez (@tomordonez) on

37 likes, 1 comment

I slept until November 6, 2016 – 150 followers

I woke up from hypersleep.

Applied magic formula…2 months later.

January 5, 2017 – 3,023 followers

89 likes, 37 comments

January 7, 2017. 110 likes, 19 comments

Growth Hacking Instagram in 3 Steps

These are 3 lessons learned that you can apply for growth hacking instagram.

1. Awesome content without audience is pointless

Unless you are using Instagram to “backup” your pictures. Posting awesome pictures without an audience is pointless.

The experience is exactly like playing a concert in front of no audience.

You might as well play the concert in your room.

To get an audience you need to…

2. Play the following game

Instagram plays like Twitter.

I follow you. You follow me.

To grow faster you need to automate this task. But keep in mind that Instagram limits the number of people you can follow to 7,500. And they might block your account if you automate too fast.

3. Use hashtags

If you use hashtags wisely you will attract a large audience.

Focus on “wisely”.

If you use hashtags that are overused or too general you will get a lot of spam.

There are ways to scrape top quality hashtags.

Bonus: 3 more ways for growth hacking your Instagram

The chances of you being a celebrity are low. If you are human you must follow some growth strategies.

  • Automating comments
  • Automating DMs
  • Qualifying followers

If you are in marketing or recruiting perhaps you would like to qualify followers.

Here is a step by step process on doing all this…

Actually I ran out of time. I gotta go. If you are interesting in more of this add your comment below.

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