I am writing a lot about Instagram these days. As a matter of fact, whether we like it or not, Instagram is the most popular and sought after social media. Brands look at your Instagram first so you better up your Instagram game if you want to stand out. The thing is, lately, it is very aspirational feeds that are getting attention and growing. Now, the problem is that traveling a lot requires a lot of money that most of us don’t have. As for creating amazing photos by editing a bunch together, well, you got to have those skills, and again, not so many of us have them.
So… I have done my research and come up with a solution.
And just so you know and can breath, NO, you do not need to travel the earth nor develop crazy photoshop skills. I’ve got five apps that will help you up your Instagram game!
First one first. If you type into Google “How to grow on Instagram”, timing is one of the first advice you get. You need to experiment, post at different times of the day, check out when your followers are most active to see when you’d get the best engagement. Remember, the higher the engagement, the higher you rank in hashtags, the higher your chances to show in the explore feed and thus to get more followers. So I tried this app called WhenToPost, which gives me the three best times of the day (or night) to post at for each day of the week. This app really helped me find the best times to post. I could clearly see a difference in engagement when posting at a time the app suggested or posting any other time. The app is free to download and gives you access to your three best times. You can make in-app purchase if you want more details on your Instagram timing.
Not that I follow a theme or anything (although now sort of), but I like to have a preview of what my feed will look like. Just so that the photos and their respective colors go well together. I know that a few apps out there offer the option to plan your feed in advance but none offers scheduling for free. Planoly does. What I love about Planoly is that it has a lot of features. You can create a hashtag directory in there. When scheduling, you can just select the hashtag list you want (that you’d have created before). You can geo tag locations and tag brands in the app in advance of posting. Furthermore, best of the best, you can schedule posts for both your feed and stories! The app is free to download and you can upload 30 posts a month for free. If you go above, you’d need to pay a monthly fee of £7.99. If you post once a day, I guess I can stay on the free plan. I use it with WhenToPost as my best time to post very often are early morning UK time which is middle of the night US time. The app also offers some stats of your most performing posts of the week, month or year. Planoly has made my life much easier!
Editing on Photoshop takes a lot of time. Whether you try to blur out the background, change the color of an outfit or just change the lighting. It does help to change photos and make them great. As far as the colors and lighting are concerned, you can use some other apps like Snapseed. But if you just want to add some interesting details to your photos, you can just use Adobe Sketch. I have used it quite a lot lately and it is really easy to use. I am still experimenting with the app but, if you follow me on my new Instagram, you can see that I’ve been doodling star contours, brushing over photos, adding lines and shapes. You can see what did here and there for examples. It is super simple but sometimes it is a very small thing that can change a photo and make it stand out.
This is my absolute favorite editing app at the moment. PicsArt is further advanced than any of the other apps I have used in the past. It allows you to do a lot of things. A lot of features are for free, while others come with a fee. So far, I have mostly used the app to add details to photos such as flowers, butterflies other small things. Within the app, you can change the size of a photo, add effects, embellish, edit and add stickers. It is the sticker function I use most. The app lets you the option to cut or remove some bits of new images or stickers to help incorporate them in the original photo. You can see examples of the first photos I edited with PicsArt here and there. As I now know how to use the app better, my edits are bolder. You’ll see this on my Instagram feed in the coming days. It’s been quite fun playing around with the app and create imagery that is a bit more creative that what I used to do.
I think everybody knows Unfold by now. It is not so much for your feed, much more for your stories. The app is free to download and many templates are free to use. If you want fancier templates, you can buy them for £1.99, which will give you limitless use. You can download the templates again if you change phone. The app remembers you buying previously. Although stories are meant to be more spontaneous and raw, I think using Unfold makes them look really nice. My fav templates to use are JN1 and RP1.
What applications do you use for Instagram? How did you up your Instagram game? Are you trying to do things differently on Instagram? Have you heard of or used any of those apps?
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