MusicPromoToday — 3 Tricks to Getting an Artist Verified on Instagram (Even If You’re Not Famous — Yet)
From Team MusicPromoToday to every band and solo artist out there —a big hello! Let’s discuss how to up your credibility factor by getting yourself verified on Instagram. Whenever we hear the word “verified” we immediately think of celebrities and famous brands. For most of independent bands and artists, getting this blue stamp of approval is considered nearly impossible. Well, read below to find out tricks towards getting verified on Instagram even if you are not (yet) InstaFamous.
First, what does it mean to be Instagram verified?
Instagram verified simply means that your account is legitimate. It tells the world that you are who you say you are, and offers instant credibility.
Instagram first created verification to reassure users that they are following the right person and not a fake or impersonated account. This is particularly important for celebrities or personalities whose identity can be usurped.
At MusicPromoToday, we know that every artist craves the blue check mark, here are 3 easy steps that will help you get that blue tick.
1- Don’t Let Instagram Be Your Everything
What this means is that you need to start up on a different platform, gain your followers and then come to Instagram as a public figure or a brand. At first, share your skills, work or ideas in general on a different platform. This includes: Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. You want people to recognize you outside of Instagram, because if you build your following there, it is unlikely that someone with a similar name could be mistaken for you. If you don’t have thousands of followers, and your account is not the main place your brand lives, verification would be a good way Instagram can help people find you.
2- Suggest You’re at Risk of Being Impersonated
Nothing screams “GIVE ME THAT BLUE TICK” like a good old message sent to Instagram, saying: “I’m at risk of getting impersonated.” Let’s just say you’ve built your online presence on a different platform, and now you want to include Instagram as an additional way for people to follow you and get in touch with you. In this case you would want to become verified, in order to keep your original identity intact.
Your verified badge sets you apart as the one-and-only you. It builds trust in your followers by letting them know that they’re not following a random impersonator. There has been many incidents where celebrities have been impersonated by random people, which has led to catastrophic outcomes. The New York Times recently posted an article, where they spilled all the juicy details about some of the most horrific incidents that have happened because of this phenomena. In the article, they mention that “Australian authorities charged a 42-year-old man with more than 900 child sex offenses for impersonating Justin Bieber on Facebook and other sites to solicit nude photos from minors.”
Musicians and public figures in general, are always targeted by predators. There’s a big difference between creating a fan account, where you post about your favorite celebrity vs. pretending to be them, and persuade people into doing stuff that they probably wouldn’t have done otherwise.
This is exactly why Instagram will most likely work with you on avoiding any sort of scam or fraud. I mean, they’ve said it themselves:
“Accounts representing well-known figures and brands are verified because they have a high likelihood of being impersonated.” Quote by Instagram
3- Stay Active on Your Account
Instagram doesn’t have a shop where they sell random verifications. You need to earn that yourself by staying active on your account. Why would you get verified, if you don’t even use the platform? Here are some tips on how to stay active:
- Stock up on great photos: Instagram is all about aesthetics. You need to appeal your existing audience, in order to gain new ones. Just make sure you’re giving your followers what they want. Their support is what’s going to help you in building a reliable brand, and in return show them that you really care.
- Engage with your followers: Engagement is key on social platforms. You need to interact with your followers by replying or liking their comments. This will motivate them to keep in touch with you and your brand, in the long run.
Just look at Jennifer Lawrence being the sweetheart that she is, and interacting with her fans online. Even if it’s undercover!
At this point, Instagram has created a new method where you can actually apply for a verification with your business account. All you have to do is go to your settings -> Find and click on “Request Verification.”
- > Enter your full name (your personal name).
Notice the disclaimer: “Submitting a request for verification does not guarantee that your account will be verified.”
-Upload a photo of your ID. This could be any one of:
- Driver’s license (with name and D.O.B)
- Passport (with name and D.O.B)
- National ID Card (with name and D.O.B)
And voila! Now, you’ll just have to wait and see if Instagram approves of your request, or not. But don’t get it twisted! You can’t just ignore all that’s mentioned above and go straight to the requesting process. You have to show instagram that you’re credible and active on their platform, before even attempting at requesting a verification.
There’s a lot of work and effort that goes into getting verified on Instagram, the above is just a start.
There’s millions out there, just like you, trying to make their way to the verification stage, so be patient. Proving your validity doesn’t come easy in life or on Instagram, but if you are determined, that blue stamp of approval is possible. And hey, if all else fails you can simply transform your page into a grumpy cat profile, and let that validation come to you! If you’re still having trouble submitting for verification, get in touch with us, MusicPromoToday is a step away from getting you verified.