13 Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram: What You Need to Know

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By: | November 16, 2019 | Tags: , , , , ,
13 advantages and disadvantages of Instagram

Are you aware of the advantages and disadvantages of Instagram?

Do you use this popular social media site?

Instagram has all sorts of purposes.

This social media community is a hub for networkers, marketers, and creatives.

However, before you attempt to find like-minded users, market your content, attempt to make money, or share photos and videos, you should know the advantages and disadvantages of Instagram.

Are you ready to learn the pros and cons of using Instagram from this comprehensive guide? Let’s take a deep dive.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram

5 Advantages of Instagram

Extend Your Reach

If you’re looking for a social network, Instagram is the perfect community.

People go to share photos and videos with people in their online network. They also socialize by chatting on DMs in small groups. You don’t even need to share a photo or video to chat in a DM and connect with people in your network that way.

So many people are using Instagram that you have access to a wider audience of people you can engage with and pitch your services to. One billion people are there. What exposure!

Increasing your visibility is easy when your posts are included in the Explore Section. I watched a YouTube video made by an Instagrammer who was included in the Explore Section once. Now, she’s Instafamous!

Instagram Helps Celebrities and Fans

Celebrities are able to extend the shelf life of their fame.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram

Did you notice Kim Kardashian has 141 million followers? Even when she’s not making TV shows, Instagram gives her visibility she wouldn’t otherwise have.

In 2020, publishers expect authors to have a social media presence, agencies expect models to have active Instagram feeds, and so forth.

Also, fans are able to keep up with their favorite celebrities. For example, actress Jennifer Aniston and former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowski use Instagram. At the time of this writing, for instance, Jennifer Aniston only has 3 Instagram posts but already has 14.4 million followers. Ali Fedotowski has 770,000.

Tools Exist Which Make Succeeding on Instagram Easy

Optimization tools: Tools exist which tell you when to optimize. These tools are free. I use and recommend the WhentoPost app.

Also, there are tools that allow you to preschedule your posts so you don’t always have to be at a computer. Buffer and Hootsuite are free, popular choices. They post at optimal times when your followers are at a computer.

[Related: 17 Reasons Buffer Will Blow Your Mind]

Business Account: When you have a business account, you receive valuable Instagram insights. Use these analytics to determine a target audience and when to post. Instagram business accounts receive other valuable metrics as well. In this way, Instagram encourages business accounts and discourages personal accounts. The site gives many perks to business accounts for this reason.

Preview App: The Preview App shows you what your posts will look like in your feed before posting.

Quote Posts: Quotes are extremely popular on Instagram as well as on other social media sites. Take advantage of the popularity of quote posts with Instagram quote makers.

Unfollow apps: In order to keep the number of people you follow under the 7500 maximum capacity, you might consider unfollowing your unfollowers if you’re not genuinely interested in their content.

Recently, Instagram started sending threatening warning messages to users who use these apps to unfollow, however, you can use these apps to see who is unfollowing you if you want to manually unfollow them.

Building Engagement is Easy

Host contests or giveaways

People can enter if they comment which increases your engagement. Randomly draw from the comments section.

People can also enter if they share. Require people to use a special hashtag so you find the people who entered.

I have had successful giveaways when I worked with brands. The companies offered my readers free codes for premium accounts.

Build on people’s curiosity

Using Instagram Stories is a powerful way to boost people’s curiosity so they want to learn more about your brand.

Look:

Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram

The previous Story told Instagram users I was approached by a tea company with an offer I was unsure about accepting.

Do you see the “More” sticker? Tapping on it will enable Instagram users to go to your next Story.

You can also increase interest using the Countdown feature. Countdown is an Instagram Stories sticker.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram

Use polls. Polls are easy for Instagrammers to answer. People just click a choice which takes them no time. People like to participate since doing so is easy and quick. Also, the responses give you valuable feedback.

Use engagement groups

Engagement groups exist that allow you to get free Instagram followers. For example, there are groups on Facebook, the Telegram App, and on Instagram using the DM feature.

Advantages and disadvantages of Instagram

Follow Loops: There are also Follow Loops which are easy to find. You merely search Follow Loops in the Instagram search bar. There are follow loops for many niches as well as generic follow loops. You can even pay for a “ghost spot” so you don’t have to follow back. This is convenient if you’re at or close to the 7500 maximum capacity for how many people you can follow.

Push Notifications: Finally, you increase your engagement by responding to commenters and keeping the dialogue following. Push Notifications tell you when people comment so it’s easy to respond promptly.

Make Money on Instagram

Are you wondering, “How to monetize Instagram?” There are many ways to monetize Instagram.

Swipe Up: For example, if you have over 10,000 followers, you can use the “Swipe Up” feature so Instagrammers can go straight to your content, products, or services.

Sign up for agencies: There are agencies like Valued Voice and Activate that match brands with Instagrammers. Signing up for these agencies is free.

People ask how many followers you need to make money. Brands look for a 7% engagement rate. Use the engagement rate calculator to see your current engagement percentage.

Marketers love Instagram which has become a marketer’s playground. The new shoppable feature means no redirect to cart or checkout.

Creative Stories showcase your services, testimonials, and the answers to your frequently asked questions. Keep the Stories archived in your Highlights area of your profile so long after you post your Stories, people can see them.

Marketers use Instagram to sell products and services. They do this through the use of Instagram Stories. The Swipe Up feature takes consumers to where they can purchase.

Content marketers can also sponsor content or promotions.

Marketers sponsor contests and giveaways on Instagram to add to the hype, the buzz. Sometimes the winner is chosen from people who share the content.

Local business people can sponsor posts as well. For example, restaurant owners pay to sponsor promotions seen by people living in the vicinity of the restaurant.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram

If you want to pay to promote, click the up arrow.

8 Disadvantages of Instagram

Large Number of Unfollows

People unfollow often. The reason seems to mystify users. Remember: Instagram is unlike other social media sites since you can only follow 7500 people. On Twitter, there are limits for fledging accounts. However, once you grow, you can follow more people. Not so on Instagram.

The number of unfollows is jaw-dropping. There is no evidence that the people who follow you during a Follow Loop or a reciprocal Follow Thread continue to follow you.

Instagram Disadvantages FAQ

Why do people unfollow on Instagram?

Instagram users are mostly millennials. They get bored if you don’t produce new content at a pace that satisfies them. Also, people can only follow 7500. To follow new people who follow them, they have to unfollow older accounts.

Getting New Followers Is Difficult

Getting in the Explore Section, which increases your visibility, is difficult. In fact, I’ve been active on Instagram for two years and, to my knowledge, my posts have never been included in the Explore Section.

Also, you can’t follow people who follow you since you can only follow up to 7500 people. If you only follow people who follow you, you’ll never have more than 7500 followers.

Instagram is Controversial

Instagram may give up likes. The powers-that-be are concerned that people are clicking “like” to support the admin of the account and not actually reading the content.

Instagram’s experiments with getting rid of likes have been met with criticism. People are angry since they see likes as a form of approval and engagement.

Also, Instagram is owned by Facebook. Facebook has suffered two years of scandals due to political decisions and data breaches. Since Facebook owns Instagram, people may view Instagram as being guilty by association.

Algorithms are Biased

Algorithms give advantages to video. This gives Instagram an edge in search engines. When people spend extra time at a site watching videos, the website’s bounce rate improves helping them in Search Engine Results Pages.

Also, the algorithms give an advantage to people who pay to promote. After all, Instagram is a business and businesses need money to continue and thrive.

Instagram Discourages Website Traffic

Instagram discourages traffic by not allowing a live link in your caption. You must tell people in your caption that the live link to your website content is in your bio.

Also, Instagram won’t let you have a live link in your Stories if you have under 10,000 followers.

Instagram Saps Time

Instagram is addicting. Like any other social media site, people waste a great deal of time on Instagram. They scroll through their feed and the Explore section. Pretty soon, they don’t know where the time went.

Instagram features that take more time may be discouraged. Millenials, the majority of Instagram users, like to do things quickly. Today, people are in a rush. Yet, Instagram Stories gives a clue that there are more Stories to come and the exact number of Stories to come and users may not want to wait around.

Let’s look at the Countdown Story again.

Advantages and disadvantages of Instagram

Can you tell there are 3 lines at the top of the Story? This shows people looking at Story 1 that there are 2 more Stories to come. Today, people like quick solutions.

This particular Story is the third of my Stories on this day. You can see that the third line isn’t complete. Once it’s complete, the Story will disappear and after 24 hours won’t return.

My attempts to generate interest in my blog party, this particular Story, may never get seen. Instagram is tipping my hand.

By telling people I have two more Stories coming, people may leave or go onto someone else’s Story.

Were you aware of this Instagram secret? Do you agree that this is a disadvantage?

Instagram Has Rules

These rules may be hard to follow and cause you annoyance trying to comply with them.

Instagram sends you threatening warnings. Recently, Instagram started sending threatening warning messages to users who use apps to unfollow. Actually, Instagram sends you warning notices for any action you take too often.

There is a limit on the number of people you can follow each hour. In fact, you can only follow 160 people per hour.

There is a limit on the number of people you can unfollow each hour. For example, you can only unfollow 30 people per hour.

Instagram Stories only allow 15 seconds for a video. This is solved by using the Splice app which divides your video into 15-second segments or IGTV.

Pressure on Content Creators

Instagram users seem hungry. They ARE hungry, but the disadvantage is they put pressure on the content creators that post on Instagram to continually produce photos, videos, and Stories to feed them what they’re hungry for.

Instagram users are mostly millennials. They will get bored if you don’t give them frequent stimulation. It’s like a fix.

Instagram is currently trendy, hot, on the rise. There’s a feverish dynamic. If you don’t give Instagram users their “fix,” they’ll get bored and unfollow you.

Wrapping Up: Advantages and Disadvantages of Instagram

Clearly, Instagram is a social, financial, and creative hub and has benefits for Instagram users in all those areas. However, those benefits don’t come without a price.

That cost may be in terms of time if you don’t get a strong return on your time invested (ROI) or in terms of money if you pay to join a follow loop just to find people who participated in the loop eventually unfollow you.

Do not draw the wrong conclusion. Although 8 disadvantages outweigh 5 advantages, you may feel the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and are worth the negative aspects of using Instagram.

Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of Instagram, only you can weigh the pros and cons to determine whether using Instagram is right for you and your brand.

Readers, please share so others know the advantages and disadvantages of Instagram before using the site.

In closing, do you believe Instagram has more advantages or disadvantages? Why? Are there any advantages or disadvantages you can add? I look forward to your views in the comment section.

  1. Angelina | at 9:30 am

    Well instagram has really some good privacy edges! like Removing messages, Snaps, from Dm’s But i like the most is option of private account. so that followers can only look at your stuff. Nice article, full of valuable information. Hats off

  2. Fred | at 6:50 pm

    Dear Janice
    This is Fred and I want to comment on your showing me how to use your blog and respond to it and I’m dictating now which is absolutely fantastic.

    • Janice Wald | at 1:09 pm

      Hi Fred,
      Thank you for commenting on my advantages and disadvantages of Instagram article.
      Thank you as well for signing up for my blog.
      I am glad you are able to dictate your comments. I do appreciate them.
      I look forward to connecting with you further.
      Janice

  3. Kate | at 7:54 am

    Hi Janice

    Thank you! Amazing article. The only thing that i would add is a more in-depth section about account managing tools. As a promoter who fouces on Instagram the most, I think finding the best tools for optimizing your work is the main thing you should do. For all the people out there that are only starting to promote their business, product, blog, anything really I would personaly recomend Iconosquare and Hootsuite. They come pretty costly, but they are definetely worth investing in, as they offer quite a wide variety of useful features such as account optimization, content management, analytics, etc. If you are not ready to use your budget just yet, you can use Squarelovin, which is a free alternative. I am currently using InfluX as my main management tool as it seems like the best option for me personaly. But it’s quite subjective, so I suggest to anyone who is searching for an ideal service to try few of them before making a final choice.

    Hope that helps. Cheers!

  4. Jeangam Kahmei | at 11:26 pm

    Hey Janice,

    Yes, I use this social media site and I love it.

    The reason why I love using Instagram is that it is easy to use, very engaging,
    Features and creative. There are lots of advantages than disadvantages on Instagram.

    They seem to have strict rules, once I uploaded a meme on my Instagram stories, They penalized my account for 24 hours without a warning. I might have gone against their rules unknowingly. Fortunately, they gave me back my account after a day.

    I appreciate you for mentioning all their pros and cons.

    Regards,
    Jeangam Kahmei

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