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Published on September 2nd, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Call Me Ace Makes His Author Debut & Shares Brand Development Strategies in Get Verified on Instagram with Under 5,000 Followers

Call Me Ace, a Billboard-charting hip hop artist and creative tech entrepreneur, releases his first book titled Get Verified on Instagram with Under 5,000 Followers. The self-published book includes 5 chapters that debunks Instagram verification myths about the 10,000 follower count minimum, maintaining a verified badge, and sourcing brand validation once verified. The book is exclusively available for purchase as an ebook (with limited paperback copies) along with Ace’s “Been Legit” merchandise  collection at .

According to Ace, “In this book, I share 7 tried-and-true recommendations to increase your chances of getting IG verified. No frills. No smoke and mirrors. I also break down the entire verification process, things to watch out for, and other digital brand development strategies that are applicable even outside of Instagram.” The book also references Later, HypeAuditor, Influencer Marketing Hub, Social Blade and Chartmetic as tools Ace uses to manage his Instagram growth, automation, and insights.

The book contributes to the growing momentum and impact of Call Me Ace’s brand, which is most recently illustrated in his latest interview on CNBC, a feature commercial with Insider Studios for the Ford Mach-e and the release of his sophomore album Out of Office .

To describe his inspiration behind the book, Call Me Ace says “As a creative tech entrepreneur and music artist, I know social media–especially Instagram–is a powerful tool to market my brand. Over the past few years, I’ve often been asked about my brand marketing tactics so I decided to write a book about the practical tips that I actually used to not only get verified, but also build a brand that’s self-fulfilling and that authentically resonates with my target audience. I want small business owners, creatives and micro influencers to know they can do the same thing.”

Chapter Titles

Chapter 1 – Verification Myths & Facts

Chapter 2 – Instagram’s Verification Badge: Explained

Chapter 3 – 7 Ways to Increase Chances of Getting IG Verified with Under 5,000 Followers

Chapter 4 – “Okay I’m Ready to Apply…Now What?”

Chapter 5 – Final Words from the Author

About Call Me Ace

Call Me Ace is an independent hip hop artist, millennial professional, creative tech entrepreneur, author and disruptor who challenges the status quo. In 2019, Call Me Ace released his debut album, Airplane Mode, which debuted #3 on the iTunes Top 40 US Hip-Hop Album Chart as well as #50 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales chart. In February 2020, Ace’s second EP, Working From Home, earned 1,000,000+ Spotify streams and media recognition from,, Chartmetric,, Authority Magazine, NPR’s KALW Radio & more. In June 2020, Call Me Ace released Working From Home: Extended and used the EP’s pre-orders as well as Google’s gift-matching program to raise $10,000+ for Faith In Action’s Live Free campaign to end social injustice. The EP and fundraising campaign received recognition from, Urban Magazine, FOX Soul, Columbia College Today, and more. His song “No Assistance” got a placement in the official NBA 2K21 next-gen video game and earned him a Top 10 semi-finalist spot in BET ’s AmpliFIND contest. In February 2021, Ace released his second album Out Of Office , which was released with high praise, including #9 in the “February 2021 Top Rap Projects” list by B.A.R.S. 1st Listen, and leading Ace to be on Symphonic’s “20 Black Artists Who Are On the Rise in 2021” list. Determined to use his music and professional knowledge as a gateway to connect with disenfranchised communities, Call Me Ace encourages his supporters to live a rich life, not just a life full of riches. To find out more visit,

About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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