The astounding popularity of Petstagrams is reasonably explained: as some studies have shown, seeing pictures of “cute” animals can make you less stressed and more productive. If you’re head over heels about your pet and you want to show it to the world, learn how to make an Instagram account for your buddy and try your chance at becoming #instafamous!
Whether you use Instagram or a Facebook account, many other pet owners would love to follow your pet influencer. All you need to do is help them fall in love with your pet’s personality. You should also take the time to discover your target audience to help your cute puppy (or whatever animal you have) to become pet famous!
This post will cover how you can make an Instagram account for your pet as well as marketing tips to help your favorite creature become famous on Instagram.
How to Make a Pet Instagram
The first thing you need to do when making an Instagram account for your pet is to create a second account. Creating an account for your pet is actually pretty easy since you can affiliate other accounts to your original Instagram profile. Check these steps to learn how:
Log into the Instagram app, go to your profile by clicking your profile picture on the bottom menu.
At your profile, click your name on the upper-left corner of the screen.
Click “Log In or Create New Account” on the floating menu. This will allow you to create a new account so that your hedgehog can become a pet influencer.
Choose a Username for your new account. Check the next section for tips on picking the perfect username!
How to Set Up Your Pet’s Instagram Profile
Now that you created your pet’s account, it’s time to give it a name, face, and character. Most pet owners adore their pets and love to talk about their favorite things about them. Here’s your chance!
From the bio to your first posts, setting up a nice and appealing pet’s profile will help you get more audience.
1. Choose a Username for your Pet
The handle/username is the name people will always see next to your Instagram posts. Picking a unique username is a way of setting your profile apart and staying on people’s minds! Here are a few tips:
2. Write a Bio for Your Pet’s Instagram
Instagram bios are the little body of text that is shown under your profile’s name whenever someone opens your profile. Currently, Insta’s bios can be up to 150 characters long, and they are usually made of a short description of the profile, possibly including links, emojis, and hashtags.
Writing your bio shouldn’t be too tricky, and you can always make adjustments and changes down the road. You can start by writing down your pet’s breed or species (if it’s not already in your profile name), complementing it with things they like to do or bits of their personality.
If you feel comfortable, you can link your personal profile as the owner or add the place you live in. If you’re unsure, visit your favorite pet profiles to get some inspiration!
3. Pick a Profile Picture
If you’re creating a Petstagram for your little friend, chances are you already have half your phone’s memory worth of pictures of them! If that’s the case, pick a clear, well-lit picture of your pet to be your profile picture. You can change your profile picture as much as you want, so don’t sweat about it. In case you still don’t have the perfect photo, grab your camera and read the next section for tips on taking good pictures!
4. Post Your First Pictures
You made it this far! Now it’s time to post your first pictures and your profile is ready to go! A nice way to start your pet’s Insta journey is by posting a picture along with a brief introduction about your pet, their interests, and quirks. Now is also the time to choose how you’ll engage with other accounts and experiment with hashtags.
The most important thing now is to start, as you’ll get the hang of things with time. Don’t expect much engagement in your early posts as your profile should grow over time.
Tips to Taking Pictures of Your Pet
Here are a few tips you can try when you take pictures of your pet:
Note: You don’t need an expensive camera to take great pictures of your pet! Explore your phone or camera’s settings and discover how to make the best out of it.
How to Grow Your Pet’s Instagram Following
As you post more pictures, your profile tends to slowly grow. However, by using Instagram features in your favor, you can maximize your reach on the platform and gain more followers organically and faster!
Check it out:
The number one rule on growing an Instagram profile is posting, posting, posting. If people can’t see you, they won’t remember you, right? Having a consistent posting schedule helps you get past Insta’s algorithm and reach new followers. However, posting too much can drop your posts’ relevance.
The sweet spot is anywhere from a couple of days a week to three times a day, along with the occasional stories. If you have trouble managing your posting schedule, consider using a content calendar! You can find endless templates online and pick what suits you better.
The trick with all Instagram accounts is to post consistently, but not overwhelm your followers will a lot of fun photos and information. This should get you the most engagement.
Reels is a fairly new feature on Instagram that allows you to create short videos. Much similar to TikTok videos, reels are displayed to users who might have an interest in your content, possibly reaching hundreds or thousands of viewers, even if you have a small profile! Watch other pets reels for inspiration, jump on video challenges or start your own funny video trend for a chance to go viral!
Follow accounts similar to yours and engage with them, liking and commenting on their posts. Eventually, your profile will be noticed by other users!. Alternatively, you can take part in picture challenges, collabs, and follow-back chains.
Hashtags are another way your profile will be transmitted to new accounts, so make sure to make consistent and smart use of them! Avoid hashtags that are too populated (such as #cute or #pet) and go for slightly more specific ones. You will be able to see our list of best pet hashtags below.
How to Engage with Other Accounts as Your Pet
There are many ways and languages you can use to engage with your followers. Ultimately, there are no rules for that and you should find what works best for you and your profile. Test out some options and choose what you’re most comfortable with:
The best way to go with hashtags is to use less populated hashtags and stick with more specific or relatable ones. Here are some tips and examples:
Some Great Insta Pet Profiles to Inspire You!
The following are a few Instagram profiles that may inspire you when creating your own: