I will admit to being pretty distracted over the last few months. My head has been fully immersed in writing my cookbook, and I haven’t always been great at planning out my social content (like Instagram) over this time.
I try to post at a minimum of 6 times a week. The good thing about writing a cookbook is that you often have content; if you remember to document your work!
Well, I’m back in the game, and back to planning out the week’s content. I thought I’d share with you my favorite Instagram tools. These are all free apps that you can use to up your Insta game.
Okay, I know a bunch of you out there swear by VSCO and Afterlight, but personally, I’m a SnapSeed gal. I love this app for making my photos look sexy. You can increase brightness/light, saturation, even remove things you don’t want in your photo. Personally, I love (and use all the time) the HDR filter.
Layout and Collage
Since Insta started allowing for both portrait and landscape images, I haven’t had to use Squaredy as much, but I do still find myself using it upon occasion to create a square image.
Diptic is great for creating collages, including ones that have cool animated features.
There aren’t really any free services that allow you to automatically post to Instagram. Later and Hootsuite both will allow you to create and schedule your posts, but you still have to log on to your Instagram and post them manually.
If you transfer your account to a business account, you can have access to Instagram’s new analytics platform. I’m not ready to take that leap yet, and Iconosquare, which I was using for quite some time, recently went paid. I’m currently using Pickore.
I’m gutted about the loss of Grama, which I adored. Lately I’ve been using Tag ‘o’ Matic, but I’m not in love with it. I’d love to hear what apps you’re using to discover related/new hashtags.
So, there you have it! The Instagram tools I use on a daily basis. What ones are you using? I’d love to hear in the comments below.