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3 Best Instagram Tools that You Should Start Using Immediately

3 Best Instagram Tools that You Should Start Using Immediately

Marketing is very important for any product or business. It is important to reach out to the customer and the only way to engage people is by getting them to spend time in your business or product. So social platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are important for marketers.

A study found that Instagram users are more likely to comment, like or share brand’s post which is 58 times and 120 times more than Facebook and Twitter respectively. This indicates that users are shifting to Instagram from Twitter and Facebook.

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Such data shows that Instagram is the best platform for marketing of brands and in reaching the audiences. So, if you are not marketing on Instagram, you might be missing out on new customers. The reason behind such high engagement of users is that people crave to visually share the reactions, stories and experiences and Instagram provide the suitable platform for them. Visual storytelling is not that easy as one needs to come up with a great representation of the product.

There are some third party Instagram tools which help small and medium size business to market the brand and business. Here are some:

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1. Instaplus.io

Instaplus is one of the most efficient automation services of Instagram available online. It lets you automatically like, comment, unfollow and follow on Instagram. It has cloud-based promotion tools which let you increase your Instagram followers. It works entirely in the cloud so no downloads are required. It has deep custom filters which allow to target users and helps in avoiding inactive users, shop accounts and bots with just a few clicks. There are number of features such as:

  • No downloads
    Since software works in the cloud environment no download is required.
  • Grow your followers. Fast!
    The feature of automatic follow, comment, like and unfollow users in the account helps a lot. Though one can also follow and like at same time.
  • Target your audience
    It helps to target audience by means of hashtag, geolocation, custom user list, or pick out the followers who are following specific account.
  • Filter your audience
    It lets you to filters the target based on skip bots or specific keywords, inactive users and shop accounts. The other ways to filter is by posts, number of followers, keywords etc!
  • Leave custom comments
    One can define their own list of custom comments from which InstaPlus will pull message from.
  • Online Instagram parser
    It helps to track stats of your competitors when required.
  • Simple Interface
    It has very simple and easy to navigate interface thus it starts promoting literally in minutes.

In addition to above mentioned features it also helps to schedule tasks to run. It is simple fast and easy interface. And it lets you operate 5 accounts at the price of one and have 24*7 support with option for live chat in case of any issue.

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2. Buffer.com

Buffer is a new way to sharing and interacting on Social Media. Buffer lets you automate timing of social media posts through scheduling features. It is a sophisticated interface which has options for several social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. One can add updates to their Buffer queue and it will be posted automatically at the scheduled time. To use it, one can sign in using any social platform account, or can create dedicated Buffer account if you wish. It is like magic box one can use at anytime to fill their accounts with great LinkedIn updates, Facebook stories or Tweets.

One just has to drop them in and need not to worry about when it gets posted, that will be taken care by Buffer. So in spite of you picking date and time for each post, it will be pre-set already. No doubt, one can still adjust them. One can add to their queue from anywhere they are reading. Thus Buffer will make sure to put it in front of your followers and friends so they can see it. Below are some features of Buffer:

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  • 10 Social Profiles
    One can easily share content to all their Instagram photos, Facebook pages, Twitter profiles, Linkedin accounts and Facebook profiles.
  • 100 Posts
    It lets you to add as many as up to 100 tweets and posts to respective buffers.
  • 1 Member Team
    This is perfect for small business where your colleague can help to manage your Buffer profiles.

There are number of other features such as Business and agency plans, high security with two step login, Custom Scheduling, multiple social networks etc. It also offers extensions for browser such as Safari, Chrome and Firefox which lets us to share content from any Web page. It adds small icon to browser which allows one to share a link through Buffer. It also suggests text which can go along with link and gives option of posting link then or add it to your Buffer. Only drawback it has is that it can’t tell when tweets or post are time sensitive.

3. Superimpose

Superimpose is a photo editing tool which brings fresh ideas on the table. Using this tool, one can basically get to create their own scene from scratch to finish with all kinds of wacky effects. One can create a complete work of art or simply cut copy and paste any type of wacky thing in your photo.

It is very simple to use and need to start by selecting the background image as scenery for a new image. Then choose foreground image and then begin to mask out areas that are not required in final product. There are number of masks which can be used to get the right appearance and effect. The other tools can be used to modify the image. The image can be cropped; cut, rotate, move and resize. The smooth tool lets you to blend images seamlessly and soften edges. One can adjust the contrast, exposure and color as well as. It comes with classy user Interface design and lot of photo editing possibilities. Everything is easy, but if you get stuck you can refer the instructions on Help page. Thus it helps to engage people on the platform and attract the masses.

Similarly, there are a number of tools available on internet which can be used to target the audience and increase the popularity of your business.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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