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5 Surefire Apps for Growing Your Instagram Engagement This Year

5 Surefire Apps for Growing Your Instagram Engagement This Year

Instagram is one of the leading social media networks. It is not one you can get away from. Every business needs to have some sort of presence on this network. But getting engagement is far from easy. You need to make sure that your pictures are perfect and you are taking the time to interact with others users.

This guide is going to introduce you to some of the surefire apps that will help to boost your Instagram engagement this year.

1. VSCO Cam

The VSCO Cam app is an app that allows you to take photos in clear HD and edit them on the go. Your photos will have more clarity and more vividness. The quality of your photos will impact how much engagement you get because that’s what causes people to stop scrolling through their news-feeds.

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VSCO Cam also comes with a website filled with tutorials for how to make use of the app. This will help you improve the quality of your photos like never before.

2. DSCO

There is more to Instagram than images. Video content is also growing in popularity. But what you must remember is that videos can be turned into something called GIFs. They are only seconds long and they loop over and over again. DSCO is by far the best app to create a GIF without the need for professional editing software.

And a GIF or two in your content calendar can increase engagement many times over. DSCO will walk you through the whole process of creating a GIF from capturing a video to putting it together.

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3. Instamacro

The Instamacro app is all about helping you to engage with others when you just do not have the time. It carries out all the basic, tedious tasks that must be done but require hours of dedication. Some of these tasks include:

  • Following others
  • Reciprocating follows
  • Scheduling posts
  • Liking other pictures

To get engagement you nearly always have to make the first move. This app will do it for you when you just do not have the time to be online.

And it does it without all the hassle of needing to understand complex concepts and technical terms. The complete novice can easily launch Instamacro and start improving their engagement levels on Instagram.

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4. Priime

Filters are the essence of what makes an Instagram photo different from all other Instagram photos. The last thing you want is to produce a photo only to not have it pop.

Priime comes with filters tested by leading photographers. There is also in-app purchases you can take advantage of at the same time to expand the number of available Instagram filters and get the app you deserve.

5. Slow Shutter Cam

Going beyond what people normally see on Instagram is the key to encouraging engagement. The Slow Shutter Cam app brings back the motion blur and light trail effects you can normally only get from a DSLR camera. Now you can take stunning photos your competitors are simply unable to match.

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Take note that to successfully do this you need to ensure that there is as little movement as possible. A tripod is recommended in conjunction with this app.

Conclusion – Be an Instagram Master

Engaging with others is one thing, but the real way to get ahead of the competition is to produce the content they can’t. Producing quality content that can’t be matched anywhere else is the key to success, and these apps are going to help you do that. So go ahead and give it a try to maximize your social media marketing exposure.

How will you become an Instagram master?

Featured photo credit: Pexels / Tranmautritam via pexels.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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