Social media is one of the most effective ways we have been able to connect ourselves to people from parts of the world that are foreign to us. From our homes, we can see the thoughts, daily lives, and cultures of every corner of the globe. Social media has sparked the interests, of billions in the food, gaming, photography, fashion and travel industries. With apps like Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat we can show people what it’s like to be who we are, wherever we are. However, in order to do that we need followers.
Generating followers can be just as challenging as writing an essay. There are so many components that require us to be vigilant and consistent. It has gotten to the point that there’s a science to generating a following for social media. Did you know that traveling is a fantastic way to generate a bigger social media presence?
So, here are 3 ways. You can:
1. Use Hashtags
That’s right! The use of the hash mark (#) has been the best way people can keep track of your adventures. With the ability to click on words behind the hash mark, people are instantly connected to you. People looking for specific content like #travel, #blog, or #studyabroad can get connected to your page and follow your journey. People search hashtags just to find cool pages to follow. The more visible you are, the more likely people will follow who you are, what you’re doing and where you are going! How cool is that?
2. Share Your Platform
A great way to generate more views and follows is by sharing your social media platform. As you begin to make new friends, while traveling abroad, realize that you all can be assets to each other. Each person you meet that has social media has a following that is not yours and vice versa. Allow them to document their journey through your platform. If you have a blog, make them a guest blogger. If you have Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, let them take over your live video stream for the day, so people can see a day in the life through them. This is, without a doubt one of the ways their followers get to know you and your followers will get to know them.
3. Take Great Photos
If you have a GoPro or DSLR capable camera, make sure you utilize what you have to show the world your awesome photos. Great photos will attract anyone interested in what you’re displaying to the world. However, not everyone can afford these high-tech, high-quality cameras and that’s totally okay! Both Apple and Samsung have done an amazing job of providing high-quality cameras on their cellular and tablet devices. There are also numerous apps that you can download to help increase the quality of your photos, add filters, etc. Using great photos captures your audience by enticing their senses. With the right photographs, people will flock to your page(s). Remember, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so use them to gain more followers!