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10 Great Instagram Tools Every Business Should Know

10 Great Instagram Tools Every Business Should Know

Instagram is a highly popular photo sharing website which is increasing in popularity every month. With over 300 million monthly active users and over 55 million photos being shared every day, Instagram should be a vital part of your social media marketing strategy.

That’s not all. The number of people who join Instagram increases with every passing day, and soon, Instagram will become a core part of the world’s social media life. Instagram has a huge audience that you can tap into, and is relatively easy to generate interest on.

Luckily, it’s quick and easy to make Instagram a roaring success for your business. There are plenty of tools out there which automate the process of scheduling updates and make chores like editing images and making images “Instagram-friendly,” a simple task.

This guide will take a look at the ten best tools which will enhance your Instagram activity and make Instagram a seamless part of your social media marketing strategy.

All tools mentioned below are free, unless otherwise stated in some cases.

1. Latergramme

Latergramme allows you to schedule your Instagram posts by giving you phone notifications. All you have to do is upload your desired image through the web or your phone, and then schedule when you want to post the image. Once your scheduled time comes, you will get an instant notification to your phone, which provides a link to posting the image to Instagram.

This is very useful because it gives you instant notifications and takes away the hassle of trying to remember when to post and what the image was. It makes the job of remembering what to post on Instagram very seamless and surprisingly easy.

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    2. Onlypult

    Onlypult allows you to edit your Instagram images and schedule them to be posted on your business’ Instagram account. It doesn’t just give you a notification to upload the image; it uploads the image to Instagram automatically, at the scheduled time.

    Onlypultgives you a variety of options to edit your image including adding captions, applying filters, cropping, rotating, changing brightness/darkness and much more. Once you’ve edited the image, you can schedule it to be uploaded to Instagram for whenever you want.

    If by accident, you happen to schedule the wrong image to be uploaded or want to elongate the scheduled time for when the image will be uploaded, you can very easily and quickly delete the scheduled upload

    Instapult really strives to make business for Instagram as easy as possible, and it has really struck me as the kind of tool that is always innovating and being innovated. It’s easy to use interface and simple steps makes it a joy to use Instagram for your business.

    It’s free to sign up, and you also get a 7 day free trial. After that, it costs $12 a month.

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      3. Iconosquare

      This tool enhances your Instagram experience by curating all images from your feed into a mash up which makes it quick to comment, like and share other Instagram posts. You can also get statistics such as most popular content and number of followers. These statistics give you valuable insights into Instagram marketing such as what works, and what doesn’t—and what makes your followers the most engaged.

      Iconosquare also has a wealth of other tools which are sure to enhance your Instagram efforts, such as giving you a full platform to organize and host an Instagram contest.

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        4. Canva 

        Canva is a graphic design tool which allows you to create designs for social media, either using images or not. One of the features on Canva gives you the option to create Instagram sized designs which have the optimial size for Instagram sharing. You will also find dozens of fresh Instagram design templates which you can use to quickly make an Instagram design. To change the design, you use the icons, text (in a variety of fonts and colours) and symbols which all make the design more unique and appealing.

        Once your design is ready, you can download it and upload to Instagram.

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          5. Crowdfire

          Crowdfire (previously JustUnfollow) is a tool which helps manage your Instagram followers. This handy tool allows you to:

          • See users who unfollowed you
          • Follow large amounts of people interested in your niche
          • Users who are inactive on your profile

          In short, you can manage all your followers on Instagram and target large amounts of people who are interested in your niche and would love receiving updates on your business or website. With over 10 million users, Crowdfire is becoming the go-to tool for managing your Instagram or Twitter followers.

          This is literally, the only tool that shows you who has unfollowed you on Instagram

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            6. Repost

            Repost is a mobile app which allows you to repost other Instagram photos (with attribution), where the regular Instagram platform doesn’t allow you to. This makes it quick and simple to repost other people’s content, build relationships and interact with your community.

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            What I particularly like about this app is that it makes reposting a seamless experience. I have found that by using this app, many of my followers have actually interacted with me more as a result of me re-posting their photos.

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              7. Twtrland

              This tool allows you to evaluate your competition’s Instagram accounts such as which photos are their most popular, statistics on their weekly Instagram activity, their followers plus who they’re following. This tool was originally developed for Twitter but it recently expanded by including Instagram and Facebook too.

              This tool is exceptionally useful because it gives you access to the biggest influencers in your industry, and shows you what works for them. Since these people work in the same niche as you, it is very easy to see what your target audience is interested in and create images which will highly resonate with them.

              Competitive intelligence gives you more insights on what your competitors are doing, and shows to you what works and what doesn’t—in your niche. This tool makes snooping on your competitors simple and very straightforward. Once you see which photos are the most shared, you can try and replicate that success by posting a photo which has the same style or uses a similar approach to their photos.

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                8. Over

                Over is an iPhone and Android mobile application which allows you to write text on your images, and create beautiful text overlays. This app is perfect for Instagram marketing, because Instagram users adore sharing images with text overlays.

                You can get very creative with this tool. Here is a quick sampler of the kinds of text overlays you could create:

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                • Quotes – Instagram users love sharing motivational and inspiring quotes. Get some quotes that are related to your niche through QuoteBrain or … Then, get some images either through your own camera or with free stock image sites such as Unsplash. Then, upload your desired image to Over and add text with it. You can then upload it to Instagram, and get a ton of shares!
                • Statistics – Got a surprising statistic that’s sure to shock your followers? Use Over to add a statistic to an image, and upload to Instagram.
                • Questions – If you want to get Instagram commenting on your profile, the best way to do it is through questions. Ask your followers a simple yet interesting question through overlaying the question’s text on an image. Eg: An icecream company could ask something like, “What’s your favorite icecream flavour?” Use this tactic to do some market research or to find out if your customers have any ideas for new products.
                • Announcements – If you’ve got some exciting news about your business that you’d like to share, do it by adding the announcement text to an image. Make it exciting and choose a great image!

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                  9. SocialRank

                  SocialRank allows you to get exclusive insights into your Instagram followers, such as who your most valuable follower is, what posts your followers are sharing, what interests your followers have, where your followers are located and much more. Basically, it’s an analytics platform for your Instagram followers.

                  This tool was previously only available for Twitter, but since the userbase of Instagram has grown exponentially over the last year, SocialRank have decided to make their analytics available for Instagram too.

                  Once you sign up, you can get access to all the stats on your followers, and a variety of other extras such as seeing how your brand matches to your competitors, and filtering your followers by interest, activity and location.

                  Overall, I think that this tool is a fantastic platform that you can use to see who your followers really are. Behind the number, is an audience of real people. SocialRank will help you to identify with your followers and create Instagram posts that will resonate with them.

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                    10. Pic Stitch

                    Sometimes, the best Instagram photos are collages which comprise of multiple images, all mashed up into a single photo. Making a collage saves time, and spares your followers from receiving multiple images all at once. For example, if your business hosted an event, and you had photos you’d like to share, you could create a collage of the best images of that event. Creating collages brings your Instagram profile to the next level.

                    The best and easiest way to make collages is with Pic Stitch, a mobile app. This is particularly useful and better than other photo collage makers, because it can be used on the go. When you’re at an event, you can simply use the app to make the collage, and then, upload to Instagram. There’s no fuss, no online editors needed and everything is done in minutes, if not seconds.

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                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                      1. 750words

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                        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                        2. Ohlife

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                          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                          3. Oneword

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                            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                            4. Penzu

                              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                              5. Evernote

                              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                              For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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