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5 Popular Types of Instagram Photos That Can Get You More Likes

5 Popular Types of Instagram Photos That Can Get You More Likes

“Post some Instagram photos!”, she said – “It’ll be fun!”, she said. Truth is, Instagram IS fun, gratifying even, as long as people are liking your photos. That’s sometimes easier said than done, however. We’ve all been there, sitting pretty with a brand new Instagram account, getting less than 3 likes per post, wondering, “How on earth am I supposed to know what other people want to see?”

Never Fear.

Check out 5 of the most popular types of Instagram photos we could find.

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1. Quotivational Instagram Photos

Quotivational Instagram Photos Example

    Everyone has seen them at one point or another – these type of posts, though they seem corny at times, can be motivational and inspirational. They’re simple, easily digested, catchy and applicable. If you’re looking for a good way to quickly convey bite-sized pieces of information, this might be a good type of post to look into. Keep your message short and relatable, and the likes will come pouring in. An awesome example of an Instagram influencer making use of these posts can be found in British supermodel Cara Delevigne. Fitness and entrepreneurial Instagram accounts tend to favor these types of photos as well, spanning a wide variety of demographics – displaying it’s versatility.

    2. Organizational Instagram Photos

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    Organizational Concept Instagram Photos Example

      No one knows why, but perfectly crafted pictures of neatly arranged objects filling the screen has always been a popular tactic among many Instagram influencers. Maybe it’s the little bit of Type-A present in each of us, but the premise is simple – appeal to the human urge for order. If Herschel Supply can use the opportunity to promote the spaciousness of their line of backpacks – just imagine the possibilities you could tap into with a little clever thinking and strategic research.

      3. Seasonal Instagram Photos

      Social Media Holiday Instagram Photos Example

        One of the easiest trends to capitalize on involves posting season-themed photos around big holidays. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentines Day, etc. Everyone’s attention is already going to be fixated on the day at hand, so give them more of what they want! Instead of a picture of your dog – try a picture of your reindeer. Spice things up with some snowflake latte art. Valentines Day? Hearts. Hearts everywhere.

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        4. Text Message Screenshot Photos
        Humorous Text Message Instagram Photos Example

          Ever felt the urge to snoop on your neighbor’s text conversation? Don’t lie, we’ve all done it. Who doesn’t want a peek at forbidden knowledge!? Try capturing that addictive quality with humorous screenshots of text conversations. They don’t even have to be real conversations. One humorous account displayed texts just between a dog and his owner! Real stories are great too though – some encounters just can’t be made up. Some of the most popular Instagram accounts are comprised entirely of photos like these.

          5. User Generated Instagram Photos

          #MyCalvin Instagram Photos Example

            This one is tailored a bit more to people with a product or service and a captive audience. Getting your followers actively involved is a great way to boost sales or increase your followers. For example, when Calvin Klein ran their #MyCalvins Instagram promotion, they encouraged their users to capture appealing moments by promising a chance at being shared from Calvin Klein’s main account. Not only did this become wildly popular, it sparked viral sharing.

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            Create Your Own Ideas

            If you’re looking to create your own type of idea, or are just looking to put a new spin on one of the classics above, you’re going to want to look to popular Instagram influencers who have inspired and amazed countless others. Take what they’ve done and build off it. Create something using tried-and-true principles, but put your own twist on it. Post Instagram photos that uniquely represent you. Always remember that the real reason people are following you – is you.

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            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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