If you want to scrape Instagram followers then this scraping script, called “Instagram Follower Collector” does exactly what it says it will do, i.e it will do the hard job of going through a list of Instagram profiles you’re interested in and extracting all their followers.
You’ll want to be a little careful with Instagram.
They are notoriously zealous of people like you and me scraping their data so I’d advise that you absolutely use proxies and, better still, use throw-away Instagram accounts that have been ideally warmed up.
What Can I Expect From This Hack?
You can expect to be able to extract up to 9,000 followers per Instagram account per launch!
To do this we turn to our trusty growth hacking and SEO friend, called: Phantombuster.
The setup is incredibly simple and anyone can do it – but remember – you need to set proxies and try to use throw-away accounts for this purpose, i.e. leave your money account alone.
The scraper (or “phantom” as it is called) will do the following:
- Profile URLUsername
- Full Name
- Profile Picture
- and their privacy settings
What Benefit Does This Bring?
Well, if you want to increase the number of followers on your Instagram account then needless for me to say but you will therefore extend your reach and your audience, and then it ought to organically grow so hacks like this become less and less.
Furthermore, you may be able to identify the real players in your niche and those that carry the most influence.
The people you scrape are of course following your competitor, so therefore why can’t they also follow you?
This hack will help you gain more real, targeted, human active followers on Instagram.
But this growth hack in my opinion also does a ton more than that.
Think about it.
If you have the list of followers of your competitor’s accounts then you can reverse engineer their email addresses and reach out to them through a drip email marketing outreach.
Also – you can use their emails as “look-a-like” audiences, indeed if that feature even still exists in Facebook in years to come.
It might take further hacks and processes to get their email addresses, but it is totally possible and it is something within the realm of a qualified and able-minded Virtual Assistant.
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