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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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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.

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