Here at SwipeClock, we not only provide tools and software so that our partners can grow their accounting, consulting, and other businesses, but we also provide marketing tools to help them do it. Most of our partners provide business services and software to small businesses and are also small businesses themselves. This is part of an ongoing series regarding marketing as one of the tools we provide to our partners.

SwipeClock just got featured on Forbes here with an educational marketing article on how to use Hashtags, but we didn’t spill all the beans! Read on for the rest of the scoop on how to maximize your social media success using hashtags!

Hashtags have gone from non-existent to important in just a few short years. They are a valuable search tool on nearly every social media platform. Recently LinkedIn and Pinterest have added functionality with hashtags.

Things to Keep in Mind when Using Hashtags

Twitter: 2 hashtags is the optimal number for the maximum engagement. Tweets with more than 2 hashtags drop in engagement by 17%. In fact, tweets with 1 or 2 hashtags are 55% more likely to be retweeted than tweets without hashtags.

Instagram: Instagram posts with 11 or more hashtags have the highest interactions with 79% interaction. Instagram has banned posts due to inappropriate content and one way to avoid this is to avoid banned or broken hashtags.  

Facebook: Posts with hashtags on Facebook actually perform worse than those without hashtags. This is likely due to the newness of hashtags. Here at SwipeClock, we use hashtags to enhance searchability, but limit our hashtags to no more than 2 at the end of the post.

Make sure that you use hashtags at the end of your posts. Using #hashtags in the #middle of the #sentence is truly #annoying.

Tools for Maximizing Hashtag Use

1. is a great tool for seeing similar hashtags and the popularity of those hashtags on Twitter.                                                      

2. Trendsmap is a great tool to show hashtag use in a geographical area. Simply click and enlarge the area you are targeting and hashtags will show up larger and smaller, depending on the current popularity of the hashtag. This tool only shows the most popular tags so you can choose if you want a massively popular hashtag or a smaller popular one. It is also current so it’s a good idea to regularly check for changes in popularity.

3. RiteTag organizes tags visually, making it easy to review similar hashtags. It also shows you if the tags are good, great, or overused.

4. Tagboard allows you to see how your hashtag is used across multiple networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and more.

Hashtags are a great way to start a conversation around your brand, company, or product. Creating individual hashtags can be a great way to ask a question and start a conversation. Just make sure that you check your new hashtag for previous use or meanings.

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Written by Annemaria Duran. Last updated on Jan 3, 2017.