Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My Favorite Apps for Social Media

Last week I talked about my favorite fitness and health apps, and the week before that I talked about my favorite apps in general. This week, I'm going to focus on social media, because honestly, that is what motivated me to start my blog.

When I first started my planner Instagram, I wanted to make my photos appeal to people. I admired all the well-lit photos with the items perfectly placed on a white surface. I wanted to do that.

I also wanted to build up my influence. While I don't think I've mastered it yet, I want to share with you what I've tried...

The first part is of being a social media influenster is to know what social media your audience is on. My favorites might not be your favorites, and you certainly do not have to have all of these to build a following. These are just the ones I use:

  • Instagram: Obviously this is my favorite social media, if you didn't know by my three Instagram accounts. My following took off when I had my Etsy shop, and recently I've been focusing on more interactions, especially with the new way that the feed works.
  • Facebook: I'm on Facebook to be able to advertise both of my public Instagrams, along with my blog and other groups I'm in (like my Lularoe Pop Up group). I also like Facebook because my aunt and grandpa can stalk me on here.
  • Snapchat: I'm no stranger to Snapchat, I just never though about using it to build up my social media fan base. Allowing strangers to follow you is a big risk, as you don't know what kinds of creeps are out there. Be careful with what you share, try keep it relevant to your brand. You can also allow people to see you, but they can't send you snaps, which is great.
  • Periscope: Live video streaming. I don't understand this, but I guess it's cool?
  • Twitter: I like using Twitter because I can share my random 140-character thoughts and no one really cares. I'll occasionally use it to share my blog posts for those that care enough to follow me.
  • Tumblr: I used to like Tumblr, now I'm on it because it automatically will post for me at all hours of the night, as long as something is in my queue. Mostly use it for the cute gifs. I don't think I have many followers on there either.
  • Pinterest: I'm trying so hard to get into Pinterest and make it work for my brand. I don't want to be that girl that only re-pins her dream wedding and food. 

So now you know what social media I post on.

One of the other things that I work on is using my own photos for everything. I want my images to be eye catching. When I was a "newbie", I would ask around and it seemed like everyone avoided my question as if the apps they use for editing is some dark secret. Well, I'll share my secret:

  • Layout: How do you make collage photos? This app right here. It's owned by Instagram and it's free, so can't get any better than that.
  • Boomerang: Another Instagram-owned app. This one will make short little video clips that "boomerang" (haha funny) back and forth. Again, it's free.
  • Hyperlapse: The last free Instagram app is Hyperlapse. I don't use this a bunch but it's great for making super sped-up video clips.
  • Blur Editor: Ever wonder how some people blur out certain sections of a photo to hide information? This is the best app I've found for free. 
  • Effects Studio: I got this app as a free download from Starbucks once and didn't think I'd use it but it has some great filters that I've started to like. It costs $1.99 on the Apple App Store, but it's totally worth it. Every update they release makes it better.
  • Little Moments: This was my first photo editing app. I absolutely love some of the filters they have. My favorite is "Candy" which brightens everything up a lot. They also have cute fonts and "stickers" for photos.
  • WordSwag: Probably the best investment in an app ever. It costs $3.99, but it has beautiful fonts to put text on photos. I actually use this app to make all my cover photos for my blog posts. It also connects with Pixabay to give you access to photos, if you don't have the perfect one in your camera roll.

Lastly, since Instagram is my main social platform, I've found the following apps to be very helpful:

  • TagsForLikes: Did you know that you can have up to 30 hashtags on one photo? Do you type out your hashtags every time? Statistics show that the more hashtags you use, the more likes you will get, so why not seize every opportunity? This app will let you save your hashtags in one place so you can copy and paste them. If you pay for pro ($0.99), like I did, you can create multiple categories, which is perfect because I have multiple Instagram accounts.
  • Followers: This is the app I use to tell if you follow me or not. It also has other paid functions, which I use, that are very helpful in seeing my most popular photos, my most active followers, and who I follow but have never liked. It also works for Twitter (but you have to upgrade).
  • Repost: Want to enter an Instagram giveaway but don't know how to repost? Here's the app that does it for you. Pretty simple.

Well, now you know all my Instagram and social media secrets.

My questions for you, the reader: How do you make your Instagram photos look beautiful? I'd love to know in the comments!

1 comment :

  1. I love posts like this bc I never know what the best apps are!! I'm definitely going to get that blur app. I have a few photo editor apps but I still kind of like the ones on regular instagram the best. Facebook kind of sucks for blog advertisement, so I decided to take my blog Facebook page in a different direction and I'm really happy with it :) Great post, I saved it bc I'm definitely going to go back through all these apps later!!