Attention influencers, fitness models, bloggers, and lifestyle enthusiasts...
Let’s be honest with each other.
You want clout. To stand out on Instagram, strike massive brand deals, make money, and slip your 30,000 follower count into casual dinner conversations. Unfortunately, you’re not quite there. You’re sitting at an acceptable 5,000 but can’t seem to break through to the next level. The exclusive level.
Here’s some good news: I’ve done the heavy lifting and collected insights from across the internet to find the best tools you aren’t using.
So, are you ready to level up your IG game? Let’s dive in.
If you’re new to design, welcome to the worst kept secret on the internet. Canva is a FREE, incredibly user-friendly tool I personally use to add substance to Instagram posts.
Want to upload a motivational quote overlaying a sweaty image of you slamming medicine balls? Use Canva.
Need to add movement to your IG Stories with simple animation? Use Canva.
Want to spruce up your profile with clever Highlight covers? Use. Canva.
Here’s a simple blog outlining more of the basic benefits.
For the brand builders who are serious about analytics.
Hootsuite is a social listening and management tool to schedule, monitor, and analyze your content. We all know volume and quality are key to growing an audience. But doing both consistently is a challenge. By investing in Hootsuite, you can plan posts weeks or even months in advance, run targeted campaigns, and start to define what type of content resonates with your followers.
Plus, you get a 30-day free trial to test it out.
The best Instagram profiles have the best IG Stories.
Unfold is another free app I stumbled upon a few months back. When you need to post an engaging Story on-the-go or create a minimalist collage, Unfold is one of the best.
Personally, the differentiator is ‘Story mode,’ giving you a chance to see how your stories will appear on Instagram before hitting ‘post.’
Hashtags are like keywords, critical for isolating high-performing topics to obtain the most reach on your posts. For example, #marketing attracts a much broader range of users than #digitalmarketing #ukagencymarketing.
But how do you identify the best hashtags to target? Try Flick, one of the highest-rated tools for growing your account and reaching new audiences on Instagram.
Chances are, you have more to offer the world than an Instagram profile (No? That’s cool too!).
Eventually, you may have a website, newsletter, affiliate links, hosted events, product announcements, etc.
Linktree is a great tool for housing everything in one place. Whether you’re a blogger, artist, influencer, or athlete, you can drive followers to different platforms through a single link. It’s the easiest way for users to navigate your entire personal brand.
AirBrush - Honorable Mention
We’re all human. Sometimes we need a mild touch-up to look our best. AirBrush is a simple, effective tool to edit your photos when Instagram’s capabilities aren’t cutting it.
Download it. Deny it. Keep it hidden in the depths of your iPhone folders. We won’t tell.
One Last Thing
Instagram is a highly competitive, time-consuming platform where aesthetics, confidence, storytelling, and volume win. It’s an extension of your online presence––don’t be afraid to start leveraging new tools and technologies to stand out. Use these recommendations to level up your Instagram account, and see how far it can propel your personal brand.
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