So I broke my long silence on LinkedIn with a win in this insightful article on how I leveraged AI for Instagram Growth in my AI-Driven Instagram success story.
In this article, I will share how I had remarkable success on social media through the use of AI; delving into the challenges I faced, the strategic use of AI in fashion design, and how I adapted my content strategy for Instagram using data and analytics.
This led to an astonishing growth of 5,000 followers in less than 8 weeks, a reach of almost a million people, and an outstanding increase in engagement.
The article not only highlights my journey to reconnecting with fashion but also illustrates the potential of AI in revolutionizing the fashion industry, making it a compelling read for fashion professionals, digital marketers, and tech enthusiasts.
So let's dive into the topic which actually stemmed from a personal pain-point and then evolved with the transformative power of AI!
The Challenge: Reconnecting with Fashion
We all knew how the world was transformed by Covid and our fashion and dress choices were no different. As the world shifted indoors, so did our wardrobe priorities. Comfort suddenly took precedence, with work-from-home attire blending seamlessly into everyday wear. This became more of a reality as a new mum as I craved simplicity and functionality. For me, this was a pair of jeans, a simple top, and my pair of Skechers!
As time went on, I knew my wardrobe choices had to change. With having more meetings, interviews, training, and trying to network more, I felt a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out my clothing choices and keep up with the trends. I pretty much had only jeans and t-shirts which bothered me.
I had always seen fashion as more than mere items of clothing. I always saw it as a powerful tool of self-expression and for personal and business success. So I looked to technology to help me articulate my thoughts into powerful visuals that I could leverage.
AI became my ally in this endeavor. It wasn't about letting technology take the reins but rather using it to augment and refine my creative vision.
I also figured out that there were lots of other people out there who probably also needed the help so I started a different blog and social media accounts on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook and posted my work there anonymously.
The Social Media Dilemma
I am very active on Instagram and Facebook. That's pretty much where most of my audience lives. Over time, however, I noticed that my Instagram following had stagnated at 34,200 followers. With Instagram's ever-changing algorithms, I knew I had to do something about it.
A meeting with my social media manager on the stagnation and low engagement led me to reveal my project to her. She thought it was a brilliant idea and suggested we adapt this to give our audience fresh content. I was a bit reluctant because our posts were predominantly fashion business-related but thought it couldn't hurt.
We leveraged AI for Instagram growth, analyzing the current fashion trends specific to our target market, understand what resonated with audiences, and infuse these insights into unique, eye-catching designs. Each collection designed using AI was not just a set of garments but a narrative about the future of fashion, rich with our history, fabrics, and embroidery - and one where data meets design.
Strategizing for Social Media Success
Understanding the nuances of Instagram was crucial. We wanted maximum engagement so we delved deep into our Instagram analytics to identify the best posting schedules with peak engagement times.
Content quality was paramount so we also researched the best Instagram hashtags to identify what our current audience was consuming. AI helped us analyze current trends, understand what resonated with our audience, and translate these insights into eye-catching designs.
We worked tirelessly on prompt generation and refined our prompts endlessly to curate the best looks based on our research and the data we had.
Fashion pieces that were not just visually stunning but also deeply connected with the current fashion sentiment and our roots. Each Instagram post was a story of its own, showcasing how AI can bring a fresh twist to fashion design.
Timing played a crucial role. The holiday season was coming and we knew people would need new wardrobe ideas for Christmas and the New Year so we scheduled the first post to drop on December 1st, 2023.
Leveraging Instagram analytics, we posted when my audience was most active, ensuring maximum visibility. But it wasn’t just about posting at the right time; it was about creating a narrative that my followers could relate to and engage with. We didn't delve deep into storytelling. We chose short captions that were more about eliciting comments from the audience and how they saw themselves transformed in those looks.
Our looks were inclusive, exciting, and fresh and as the first post hit, we waited, hoped, and prayed that all our hard work would come to fruition.
The Astounding Results!
Nothing prepared us for the transformation we experienced! The results were incredible. More than the numbers, it was the conversations, the shared stories, and the sense of community that truly marked this journey’s success.
As more posts, we kept analyzing and testing carousels, reels, stories, and types of clothing. I ensured I responded to every message and comment that was posted. We gave them permission to try out these styles with their seamstresses and tag us on the finished results!
Our audience started telling us what they wanted to see more of. A follower asked for 'boubou' styles and on December 19, 2023, we obliged and posted her request! And this particular post skyrocketed our followers and engagements.
Unlocking New Opportunities and Hidden Gems
In less than 8 weeks, our new subscriber count has soared by 5,000+ and a reach of almost a million! This excludes the Facebook Page analytics or my personal Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok handles. Our AI for Instagram growth experiment was a huge success.
I constantly wake up to my phones buzzing with comments and inquiries. People ask us to create looks that address their specific needs. When we do, we tag them to let them know we granted their request.
Now what we didn't expect was the influx of new business we hadn't even thought of.
- Individuals requesting for the clothes from different countries,
- Emerging designers in various geographical locations across the globe seeking fashion collections for their brands,
- Fashion brands seeking strategy and growth advisory services,
- A Fashion Production company inviting me to participate in September's New York Fashion Week,
- Chinese factories reaching out to assist with producing our designs and so much more.
More than just amassing followers, our goal was to cultivate a community. Reflecting on this experience, I’ve learned that embracing technology, particularly AI, can be a game-changer in the fashion industry. It’s not about losing the human touch; it’s about enhancing it with insights that only data can provide.
This journey has been incredibly personal and professionally fulfilling. It’s a testament to how innovation, when aligned with personal growth and understanding your audience, can create magic.
I'm currently embarking on the exciting journey of bringing these AI-inspired designs into reality. Initially, this endeavor was sparked by a desire to break free from my usual jeans-and-tops routine. Now, it's blossoming into a creative pursuit to redefine my style and that of others just like me, in addition to showcasing the unique potential of these designs.
I recently discovered Pietra and I think it's a game-changer for fashion brands. They also use AI to bring creative visions to life so it's a win-win really. Wish I had found them sooner but who knows, if I cannot meet the high volumes of the Chinese companies, I can, at least, start small on their platform.
This transformative experience has reinforced my belief in the synergy between technology and creativity. In addition to AI for Instagram growth, I have now begun to delve deeper into Generative AI and Prompt Engineering and how it can be used in operations, content generation, analytics and so much more and I am loving it so far.
I’m excited about the future and eager to collaborate with fashion brands and professionals looking to explore the potential of AI in fashion. If my journey resonates with you, let’s connect and explore how we can revolutionize fashion together.
This post first appeared on my LinkedIn handle here.
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Hi there! My name is Temi.
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Temi Williams ‧ Your AI Fashion & Business Consultant