Raise your hand if you want a better Instagram. I mean, yes please, right? You could go out and learn how to be an amazing photographer. But if you’re like me, you lack those skills. Luckily, these apps and sites are here to save the day. This is what I use to make awesome pictures and graphics, and to track and plan my feed. Start using these and you’re on your way to a better Instagram!
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12 Tools For a Better Instagram
Iconosquare is the ultimate Instagram analytics tool. It tracks basically everything (except followers, which it recently stopped doing because of Instagram policies. Boo). But it does track your follower counts, how much you post, your engagement rate, the best time for you to post…all that good stuff. It’s super useful and I use it pretty much every day.
Planoly allows you to plan and schedule your posts ahead of time (it also has some analytics, but I use Iconosquare for that). You can insert photos into your planned feed to see how they’ll look with your already posted photos. It’s pretty neat, and makes for a much more cohesive feed, especially if you’re like me and need to actually see that kind of thing on the screen before you can visualize it.
I’m a little obsessed with Word Swag. It allows you to put quotes into pretty fonts and onto pretty backgrounds. It’s just really fun. You can use your own quotes, or ones that it’ll suggest for you, and you can use your own photos or a choice of stock photos that it has. Love it.
A Color Story
A Color Story is my favorite photo editing app. The filters are just awesome, you can create some really funky looks and add lots of color and light, which is my thing on Insta. Or you can not make everything hot pink and bright and make actually good photos. But I like the crazy filters the best. Seriously, though, use it.
Oh, Canva. I’ve written about Canva before. I use Canva for all my graphics and I love it. It’s SO easy to use, it’s saved my life many a time. I truly don’t know what I’d do without it. Cheers to Canva.
VSCO is another photo editing and filtering app. It’s very popular, and has some really good filters. I use it more for editing and leave the filters to A Color Story, personally, but lots of people use it for everything.
Afterlight is yet another app, similar to VSCO. I mention all these because small changes can really make a whole different photo. So you might like the filters in VSCO but the clarity feature in Afterlight (that’s what I love in Afterlight). I frequently use two or three apps on one photo before I post.
Ok, one more editing app. Facetune is awesome because it can fix tiny little details like making your cat’s eyes brighter (or cooler things than that). I use it for the little stuff.
Layout is an app to make those collages that you always see. There are about 1000 apps that do this, and they all pretty much do the same thing. But, I like Layout because it’s the official app from Instagram.
Quik is Go Pro’s super cool video editing app. You can put photos and videos together really easily, add music and transitions and you have yourself a nice little video montage. It’s not made to make 2 hour movies, but for a 60 second Instagram video, I love it.
Boomerang makes those likee 4 second videos you see of like an ocean wave going in and out or a kid waving. That’s all it does. 4 second videos that go back and forth and back and forth. But if you need that in your life (like I do), then Boomerang is where it’s at. Also an official Instagram app.
Finally, we’ve got Over. Over is kind of like Word Swag, but it also has a built in library of tons of cool quotes and words on funky backgrounds. So if you don’t feel like coming up with your own brilliant quote, go for Over.
So, these are tools you can use for a better Instagram. I know my feed has gotten way better (and I’ve gotten way more followers) since I started using this stuff. Try it and let me know how it goes!
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