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Hashtag Strategy For Every Social Media Platform in 2024

A sharp hashtag strategy is your gateway to discoverability. Hashtags help categorize your content, connecting it to relevant communities and conversations and fostering brand exclusivity.

But if you manage multiple social media accounts across different platforms, how do you ensure your strategy is on point for each?

Worry not. In this article, I’ve gathered everything you need to know about building a stellar hashtag strategy for all platforms. Learn the rules for each major network, how many hashtags you need, and where to put them for the best results.

Let’s go!

Why you need a hashtag strategy?

Hashtags are more than just trendy symbols we may or may not have strong feelings about. I mean, I know some social media enjoyers find hashtags outdated or borderline irritating.

But that’s because creators and brands often use them wrong.

Using the right hashtags strategically can significantly improve your presence on social media. On the other hand, if you have other goals, you can use hashtags in various ways to accomplish different things. Here’s how to use hashtags depending on your end goal:

Boost engagement with your audience

Hashtags have been the ultimate engagement drivers ever since Instagram was feed-only — and they still are.

Jumping on a trending hashtag is like plugging into an ongoing conversation, ensuring your voice is heard in the bustling chat. This visibility cranks up engagement by attracting more likes, shares, and comments and helps you reel in new followers to boost your brand’s social media presence.

Although we’re moving away from #like4like and dozens of Instagram hashtags in the post caption, you can still drive relevant traffic to your content by using one of the trending hashtags.

Help your audience find you

Hashtags act like beacons for specific topics or interests, making your content discoverable to a broader audience.

A comprehensive hashtag strategy puts you on the map and helps you tap into new audiences. You can add hashtags to your captions when scheduling social media posts for any platform.

Top posts on Instagram when searching for #contentmarketingstrategy. The posts are Instagram marketing tips on SEO, content creation, and audience engagement

Some social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter allow users to follow relevant hashtags. Using specific hashtags, you can put your brand in front of the people actively searching for content related to those tags.

Build brand awareness

Consistent use of branded hashtags can establish a stronger connection with the brand. This repetitive visibility helps embed your brand into the social consciousness, making it more memorable and easily recognized.

Ubisoft's IG post showing employees with dogs wearing branded bandanas at Ubisoft Ukraine Studios.

Use a branded hashtag for:

  • Marking team-related content, as Ubisoft does with its #LifeAtUbi
  • Tracking UGC content, like ASOS does with the hashtag… well, #asos
  • Kickstarting a marketing campaign, like Apple and #ShotOniPhone or Coca-Cola and #ShareACoke

Create brand exclusivity

Besides building brand awareness, branded hashtags create an exclusive space for your campaigns and content, making it easier for followers to access all related posts in one place. This exclusivity can foster a feeling of community among users and strengthen brand loyalty.

Collage of people in various poses wearing Levi's denim clothing for #liveinlevis campaign.

It also helps them navigate your content better. For instance, the fashion brand Levi’s successfully runs the Instagram hashtag #LiveInLevis. Their customers add it to photos of themselves wearing Levi’s denim, creating a community around it.

Demonstrate support for social causes

Hashtags are pivotal in rallying support for social causes. It’s a concise yet powerful way to demonstrate what your brand stands for and join the conversation like Spotify did with #TransDayOfVisibility.

Laverne Cox in an interview, captioned about making complex issues seem simple for #TransDayOfVisibility.

The relationship between social issues and brands is a tricky territory. On one hand, customers want to buy from a brand that shares their values and views. On the other hand, some want brands to stay out of major cultural areas.

Either way, aligning your brand with social-related hashtags is a good way to emphasize your brand’s social responsibility and connect with different audiences.

Provide additional context to your posts

Add a relevant hashtag to give your social media post more context. Marking #ads and #sponsored content helps you stay transparent and fulfill the audience’s need for an honest review and the partner’s request for integration.

Rillieruth's IG post in a paid partnership with hobbii_yarn sharing hacks of how to use a yellow jacket and using hashtags like: #rillerruth #hackitjacket #sponsored and two more

This also works for a more situational context. Hashtags like #tbt (Throwback Thursday) or #latergram indicate the content is not recent, while slightly customized hashtags like #coachella2024 help separate events.

How to build an effective hashtag strategy

Whether you target Instagram or other social media platforms that use hashtags, a proper hashtag strategy is a must. Are you using too many hashtags? Too few? Too general? Too niche? Your strategy will answer these questions.

Here’s how to build a strategy that will help you use hashtags effectively on any platform.

1. Research your target audience

Understanding your target audience is the cornerstone of any successful hashtag strategy.

By researching your audience’s interests, behaviors, and social media habits, you can establish a good set of hashtags. Make a note of popular hashtags they look for (e.g., #FitnessMotivation, #Cardio, #Sport) and more niche hashtags — for instance, #YogaForRunners or #PreNatalYoga.

Use tools like Instagram Explore, audience insights, or third-party hashtag analytics platforms to identify your most popular hashtags.

2. Find relevant hashtags

To zero in on the most relevant hashtags for your posts, keep tabs on what’s buzzing in your niche. Pay attention to specific hashtags your competitors and relevant influencers are using. This is a good source of information, especially if you want to check on a very niche hashtag.

Also, don’t forget to peek at trending hashtags. Jumping into a hot topic can boost your visibility big time, so make sure to act on top hashtags that align with your social media strategy.

Instagram Explore or third-party apps can help you track these trends. It’s all about staying connected and relevant, so your content keeps popping up where it counts!

3. Start using hashtags from your research

Now that you have a solid list of hashtags and relevant keywords, it’s time to put them to work.

Mix and match popular hashtags your audience loves with those directly related to your brand. This strategy helps you cast a wider net while ensuring your posts resonate with the right crowd and get your brand on the radar.

Integrating popular and niche hashtags tailored to your audience’s preferences increases your chances of engagement. It helps your content reach users who are most likely to appreciate and interact with it.

Think of it as bridging the gap between being seen and being relevant.

A screenshot of Planable's Twitter feed view, showing two posts with comments about adding hashtags.

Content collaboration in Planable’s feed view.

4. Analyze the performance of your posts

It’s vital to track your hashtags’ performance to identify which ones truly resonate with your audience.

Look for patterns in your analytics — do your top posts frequently include the same hashtags? If so, these tags are likely your top hashtags. Prioritize those in future posts to increase engagement. Add a few new hashtags every now and then to test them alongside the successful ones.

Regular analysis helps you spot which hashtags consistently perform well, allowing you to refine your strategy and focus on what works best. You can leverage hashtag-specific social media analytics tools to automate this analysis.

A screenshot of the social media analytics dashboard in Planable showing top performing posts.

Top performing posts in Planable’s analytics dashboard.

Hashtag strategy for different social media platforms

Hashtags work differently on every social media network, mostly due to different algorithms and ways to categorize content. While Instagram relies on hashtags heavily, LinkedIn doesn’t differentiate keywords and hashtags much.

Thus, to ensure you take the most out of hashtag mechanics, your hashtag strategy should differ, too, depending on what platform you’re aiming for. Let’s give each major social media platform a more detailed look:

Instagram hashtag strategy

When it comes to an effective Instagram hashtag strategy, hashtagging is less about hitting a magic number and more about finding the sweet spot.

Instagram lets you go wild with up to 30 hashtags but recommends creators keep it cool with only 3 to 5 hashtags per post — enough to get you noticed without spamming your post caption.

Instagram post with a Canva app screenshot featuring 'Element Collections' tip for a 'Book Week' design, with user comments and likes.

However, some research shows that you can use 10 or even up to 20 hashtags on Instagram and still be okay. I’d say more hashtags are better than no hashtags — after all, it is the ultimate key to discoverability on the platform.

Ultimately, it all comes down to testing how many hashtags work in your particular case.

Here are a couple of hashtag tips for your Instagram marketing strategy:

  • Mix and match broad and niche hashtags to hit your audience but still be discoverable. Don’t bet on generic and oversaturated hashtags like #ExplorePage or #InstaBest, though.
  • Hashtags work on Instagram Stories, too. You can add one hashtag through a sticker or multiple ones through the text tool.
  • If you choose to go with 5+ Instagram hashtags, put them in the first comment instead of the post caption. You can schedule the first comment together with your Instagram posts through Planable.

Facebook hashtag strategy

The approach to Facebook hashtags differs slightly. Facebook doesn’t rely on hashtags as much as Instagram or Twitter do, so using multiple hashtags looks more spammy — it’s just not the modus operandi for this platform.

Planable's Facebook post announcement for a new Notifications Center aimed at efficient content management with #inboxzero hashtag.

The optimal number of hashtags for Facebook posts is 1-2. Using too many hashtags can actually decrease engagement on Facebook, and no one wants that.

Here are the Facebook hashtag basics:

  • Integrate hashtags naturally into sentences instead of adding them at the end of the post, as you would on Instagram.
  • Facebook’s hashtag suggestions show the search volume of each hashtag. Use this data to choose the best hashtags for your post.

Hashtags on Instagram surely play a more significant role than on Facebook, but you can still leverage a few hashtags when scheduling your next Facebook post with Planable, wink-wink.

Twitter hashtag strategy

On Twitter, where hashtags were actually born, less is definitely more. Twitter uses hashtags to help people follow trending topics and navigate the platform, so over-tagged posts are often sent to spam immediately.

Coachella 2024 live music festival highlighted in Twitter trending hashtags.

The optimal number of hashtags to use is 1-2 per Tweet — just enough to sort your content into one of the interests’ buckets.

Here are some tips on Twitter hashtags:

  • Keep an eye on trending topics in the Explore tab to jump on a relevant hashtag while it’s popular and highly discoverable.
  • If you’re using Twitter for digital marketing, use a good mix of specific campaign hashtags and popular hashtags to ensure you get noticed.

(By the way, Twitter is X now — rebranding can happen to the best of us. Hashtags are still core mechanics on the platform, though.)

So, next time you schedule tweets, be sure to add at least one relevant hashtag!

TikTok hashtag strategy

TikTok hashtags work more similarly to those on Instagram and Twitter. TikTok uses words and keyphrases with a hashtag symbol in front of them, such as #TikTokTrends, to help you boost your visibility and enter specific categories (like #GameTok, #BookTok, or #SkincareTips).

Screenshots of TikTok videos under trending hashtags for lifestyle, music, and entertainment categories.

There are no specific hashtag limits, but 3-5 per post is the sweet spot. This way, you still have enough space for an engaging caption when scheduling TikToks.

Here are a couple of TikTok hashtag strategy tips:

  • TikTok thrives on trending tags, so keep an eye on the Discover page — this is where you catch those rising hashtag stars early.
  • Try dividing your hashtags into groups to cover all the bases: one showing who your video is for (#HomeCooks, #BusyParents), one for what your video is about (#QuickRecipe, #MealPrep), and one on what pain point it solves (#OnePotRecipe, #HighProtein).

Pinterest hashtag strategy

Pinterest hashtags are somewhat optional. The platform can categorize your content based on keywords in the description and title. However, hashtags still make it easier for users to discover your pins.

Pinterest post of a laptop and iced coffee on a wooden tray, captioned "Work in marketing aesthetics".

While Pinterest allows up to 20 hashtags, using 3 to 8 relevant hashtags per pin seems optimal. Pay special attention to tagging related topics when you schedule pins.

Here’s how to fine-tune your Pinterest hashtag use:

  • Put your hashtags in the pin’s description, not the title — the title should be descriptive and catchy, and hashtags might make it look a little spammy.
  • Pinterest shows you the search volume for each hashtag when you start typing it in the description. Use it to balance popular and niche hashtags.

LinkedIn hashtag strategy

Hashtags on LinkedIn are a bit of a mixed bag. Once seen as a golden ticket to boost your content’s reach, they’re now more about smart categorization and enhancing discoverability. Algorithm changes, surprise-surprise.

Despite a shift in their direct impact on reach, sticking to 3 to 5 hashtags remains your best bet, according to recent studies and LinkedIn’s own advice.

MY.GAMES job advertisement on LinkedIn for 'Tacticool' mobile game, seeking designers and a community manager.

Here are a couple of LinkedIn hashtag tips based on the 2024 algorithm research:

  • Use hashtags to connect your posts to broader conversations. A hashtag like #SocialSelling not only categorizes your content but also links it to related topics like #Sales.
  • Place your hashtags thoughtfully. Whether at the end of your post or within the text, ensure they’re relevant and not overly used to avoid the spammy look.

In the grand scheme, while hashtags on LinkedIn might not skyrocket your post’s visibility as they once might have, they still play a crucial role in how your content is discovered and categorized. Schedule your next LinkedIn post using one of the popular hashtags your audience follows.

YouTube hashtag strategy

YouTube is all about SEO, and hashtags play an essential role in it — if not for actual users, then for the algorithm.

YouTube hashtags help the platform better understand what your video is about and recommend it to a more specific audience. So, when you publish or schedule YouTube videos, make sure to add your top hashtags relevant to your topic for the sake of your organic traffic.

Screenshot of a Semrush tutorial video on optimizing content for on-page SEO presented by Brian Dean.

The golden rule of YouTube hashtags is 3-5 tags per video. There’s no limit, but if you add more than 60, YouTube will ignore all of your hashtags. All. Of. Them.

Here are two tips for your TouTube hashtag strategy:

  • Monitor YouTube’s hashtag suggestions — they show relevant trending tags and search volume for each.
  • YouTube prominently displays the first three hashtags above the video title. Choose these three carefully, as they will be the most visible to your audience.

Rock hashtags for stellar social media marketing!

Hashtags help you boost your discoverability on social media and allow your followers to navigate around your content better.

Some platforms, like Instagram, are more hashtag-driven, while others, like Facebook, are less inclined to use them — but either way, a solid hashtag strategy that considers the peculiarities of each network will amplify your social media results.

And if you’re looking for a way to automate and ease content management on each of your networks, try Planable. Scheduling content (with relevant hashtags, of course) has never been easier. Grab 50 free posts today and start creating!

Kseniia Volodina

Kseniia Volodina

Content marketer with a background in journalism; digital nomad, and tech geek. In love with blogs, storytelling, strategies, and old-school Instagram. If it can be written, I probably wrote it.

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