Should You Switch From a Business Account to a Personal One on Instagram for Better Engagement?

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Should You Switch From a Business Account to a Personal One on Instagram

 

If you’ve spent any time on Twitter lately, you may have noticed that people seem to be talking about one thing in particular: should you switch from a business account to a personal one on Instagram for better engagement? It’s like one of those urban social media myths, started by one person who probably tried it and had a bit of success. I’ve seen it mentioned a whole bunch of times now, from different bloggers and businesses, so I figured it was time for me to share my own experiences with you, from when I made the switch to see whether or not it made a difference.

 

Backstory:

 

I own a couple of Instagram accounts (this one: ukwordgirl & my vaping persona: bestecig), and I also run/manage business accounts, too. I tried the business-to-personal Instagram switch on 5 different accounts, one of which had a following of fewer than 1,000 followers, one with a following of fewer than 500 followers, and three with a larger following β€” over 2,000 followers, 5,000 followers, etc.

 

Here’s what happened when I decided to switch from a business account to a personal one on Instagram …

 

EXACTLY the same thing happened with all five accounts that I tried this experiment on, and I also tried the experiment more than once on two accounts. I switched from business to personal for a few weeks, then switched back to business, and then repeated the process all over again, a few more weeks down the line.

 

❌ My Insta-posts DID NOT receive more engagement. In fact, they went entirely the other way. Each time I switched from a business account to a personal one, the number of β€˜likes’ decreased, as did the number of comments. Impressions were also down.

πŸ”» On one account (with fewer than 500 followers), I went from getting 40-60 likes per post, to just 20-30.

πŸ”» On an account with 2,000+ followers, the likes dropped from around 100-150 to around 50-100.

🚫 The comments were few and far between … zero in most cases.

πŸ”» Follower count consistently went down.

⛔️ All in all, the entire experiment was depressing. I wouldn’t recommend it.

 

There is a good side, though.

 

Silver linings and all that. When I switched back to a business Instagram account, everything shot right up again immediately. I went from getting 20 likes on one picture (< 500 followers) as a personal account, to getting over 70 on the next as a business one. That was more than the average 40-60 I’d been getting BEFORE the switch took place. The same thing happened with almost all of the Instagram accounts that I switched, but there was one account that actually took a couple of weeks to get back up to the likes it got beforehand, increasing by just a couple of likes with each new post.

 

In conclusion …

 

Should you switch from a business Instagram account to a personal one for better engagement? Nope. Not in my opinion, anyway. I got a boost for the first few posts after I switched BACK to business, but actually changing to and then using a personal Insta-account did not benefit me or the other accounts I tried the experiment with, in any way. It all went a bit downhill when they were personal accounts, seeing a decrease in engagement and followers.

 

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A few points:

 

The only thing I changed was the account-type. Post-styles were the same throughout the experiment, as were the collection of hashtags I used. I also posted at similar times/dates.

I have seen a couple of bloggers say that their Insta-posts saw an increase in engagement after switching to a personal account. Sadly, I’ve seen more cases where the account-type-switch has had no effect at all or a similar effect to what I describe above.

*If you’ve got a blog and you’ve written about this, please let me know. I’d love to throw a link to your experiences right here!

 

Further resources + reading:

I use Hootsuite for Instagram post scheduling.

 

I also found these blogs/blog posts super handy:

*links will take you to external blogs/websites.




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2 Thoughts to “Should You Switch From a Business Account to a Personal One on Instagram for Better Engagement?”

  1. What a great experiment. I started my account as a business account so I can’t really comment on the subject. My likes dropped right down a while back. Not sure why that is, but I seem to get more comments in the last couple of months. Instagram is corrupt and a strange platform. I don’t have time to sit liking hundreds of images to get the return engagement so that could also be something to do with it!

    Samantha x

    https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    1. ukwordgirl

      I’m right there with you! I’m actually tapping up a few blog posts on this. There were more experiments. I took the “BEST” Instagram-growth tips recommended by all the professionals and tried to do everything they said …

      Absolute disaster. I have more than one website + clients, so UKWordGirl isn’t my full-time/only ‘thing’ but I found it absolutely impossible to do it all.

      ‘Like’ 50 images, follow 10 new accounts, [unique + relevant] comment on 25 posts MINIMUM … daily, and on top of the 2 posts I’m meant to share, that are ‘on theme’ and with the wittiest caption in the world.

      I managed only two days and couldn’t do it all.

      I’ve grown small business Instagram accounts for a few years now, and it’s never been as tough as it has in the last 6 months to a year. I’ve virtually given up on it. It used to frustrate me so much, but now I just laugh. (You’ve gotta really, haven’t you?)

      Let me know if you learn any magic Insta tips 🀣

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