1. Consider that hashtags are part of a strategy and not the strategy itself, so good social media marketing must comply with the correct use of hashtags.
2. Do not copy and paste the same hashtags in all your publications, adapt them to each content. Each publication must have the corresponding tags, oriented to the topic. Using the same tags always limits your chances of optimizing their use and achieving the desired scope.
3. Use SEO on Instagram. Last year, the network announced the new keyword search tool. In other words, now more than ever it is vital to use SEO tools to gain reach and reach potential customers. It is recommended to use the keywords both in the copy and in the hashtags to appear above in searches.
4. Don’t focus on quantity but on quality. There is not a magic number of hashtags that ensures greater scope. Prioritize that they are related to your product, problem solution and the location of your business. Forget the quantity and focus on the quality of each label.
5. Use the right hashtags for your niche. If you use only the hashtags related to your business and your publication, the chances of reaching your buyer persona increase. On the other hand, if you use hashtags out of place, just to gain visibility, your content will get lost, without reaching your potential customers.
6. Keep specific: if you have a Japanese food business in Mexico City, avoid generic hashtags such as #food or #sushi and use #japanesefood, #japanesefoodcdmx, #sushicdmx, or #ramencdmx.
7. Trial and error. Finding the best hashtags for your niche is not a one-day task, you’ll need to test, search and measure. Don't give up on the first post where you don't see great engagement through hashtags. There are performance measuring tools for social networks, such as Metricool or Hootsuite, which allow you to know how well your hashtags performed, in order to select and discard.
8. Don't forget the location. It’s very important to locate your business geographically through hashtags. This way you will reach potential customers who could actually buy from you and not people from the other side of the world who, no matter how interested they may be, will not be able to purchase your product.