Blogging | How to Up your Instagram Game in 3 Easy Steps
Whilst it's great to be spontaneous I find the most effective way to keep on top of your Instagram game is to prep your posts in advance. Trust me. As Instagram is quite literally part of my day job - I spend quite a lot of time behind the screen shooting several photos of the exact same thing, making small edits and tapping away all for the sake of one simple post...
Taking your photos in advance gives you the time to edit the crap outta your Insta pics (ahem, technical term) - improve the lighting, make the colours pop or selectively defocus parts of your image... it's all up to you. More time almost always equals a better quality photo - and, in turn, hopefully more engagement. My app of choice is Enlight (£2.99) thanks to its colour curve capabilities that take your photos your photos from this to this in a just a few taps - thanks to some lighting black magic. Now you can flatlay like a pro, let's talk about planning.
If you're into Insta-themes - you need the app Planoly (Free) in your life to help you pick your next best post according to your theme. Whilst I myself am anti-theme - I find them way too restrictive and thoroughly enjoy the flexibility of being able to post what I want when I want - I can see the attraction and seriously envy those theme-tastic feeds like the @katvondbeauty.
I've spent a fair amount of time researching scheduling apps in an effort to save time - but honestly? They're just not up to scratch. All those reminders, copying, pasting... Why so many clicks? The easiest way to "schedule" an Instagram post is in Instagram itself. All you have to do is prep the photo, add the caption, tags and location and then shut off your mobile data and wifi. It's as easy as that. The photo will fail to upload and will remain in the top of your Instagram feed until you either want to upload it at the click of a button or cancel it. And the best part is? It even works with the fancy new account switching feature which makes my life sooooo much easier for managing my personal and professional accounts.
I hope you enjoyed reading my top tips for staying on top of Instagram - I'd recommend reading and repeating at least 2 or 3 times a day for optimum results - but lets be realistic, ain't nobody got time for that... If you'd like to hear more about how I manage my social media let me know in the comments below.