Review of Instaquote

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You have seen all those fancy pictures with quotes and text on, well here is a simple way to create those images using an app called Instaquote.

Just down load it to your Android on iphone and away you go.

If you haven’t used Instagram before you might want to grab my Getting Started Guide to help you get going.

So what does Instaquote do?

Instaquote simply allows you to add Text to any photo you have on your phone.  You can make any quote standout by adding a great image behind it.

Then you can share your thoughts with the world.

What Instaquote won’t do?

It won’t allow you to rotate the text add fancy stickers to the image.  It is just designed to allow you to add great images to quotes or other sorts of messages you want to share.

How do You use Instaquote?

Simple, download the app.

Start the app, double tap and start typing.

For the rest watch the video, it is a simple to use App and the video will explain the rest.

As with most apps Instaquote is simple to use and you can create awesome looking quotes in seconds.

Sharing with Instaquote

Where can I share my images?

Instaquote Sharing

Instaquote is obviously written for sharing your images and quotes on Instagram but as you can see you can share to Facebook and Twitter as well.

But more than just Facebook and Twitter, Instaquote allows you to save your images to your camera roll, from there you can use them anywhere you like.

The other feature which is awesome, is sharing to “other apps”.

If you watched the video you will see Instaquote picks up on other apps you have on your phone and allows you to share your images with those apps.

Some of the apps I share with are:

  • Flickr
  • Linkedin
  • Google+
  • Evernote
  • iCloud Photo Sharing

Finally, on the sharing front, if you liked your image so much you can save it as your phone background.

Really, the sharing options are endless, all just depends what you have loaded on your phone.

Over to you

I hope you found this review of Instaquote useful.  Please leave me a comment below and share on your social media channels if you enjoyed this article.

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If you are new to Instagram you can grab my Getting Started Guide which will give you a checklist to get you started.

As always if I can help you, come  find me on Facebook, and send me a message.

 

How do you manage your Instagram Followers?

Instagram Followers

You have decided to use Instagram to grow your business, you have created your account, now what?

You need to build your Instagram Followers and then manage them.

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There is an answer to help you grow your Instagram Followers.

There is an app call Crowdfire that allows you to grow your followers and manage them once you have them.

After all you don’t want a bunch of followers who don’t take any actions, never like or comment on your photos.

What can you do with Crowdfire?

You can use Crowdfire to help you manage your Instagram account to do the following:

  • Build your following by finding relevant users to follow using the “Copy Followers” feature.  This feature, is worth it in it’s own right.  If I can find people interested in the niche I want to market too then I have a much greater chance of success.
  • Manage your account by finding inactive users and your unfollowers.
  • Manage and monitor your recent followers and unfollowers.
  • Understand your relationship to another Instagram account using FriendCheck allows you to easily check your connection to any other Instagram user.

In this example I check my relationship with a good friend of mine Nicole Hanchi, not surprising we follow each other.

 

 

Instagram Followers

 

To learn more watch the video about Crowdfire

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Now Crowdfire is Free and works with Twitter and Instagram.  You can upgrade to get more features through the paid for service.

Over to You

I hope you found this useful and can use the tool to grow your Instagram Followers.  By growing your following in the right way will allow you to grow engagement and hence your business.

If you would like to connect with me on Instagram click HERE.

If you liked this please share on your social media channels and leave me a comment.

To your success

 

Do you know your Instagram Statistics?

Instagram Statistics Snapshot

Lies, damned lies, and Instagram statistics? The original quote was possibly associated with Mark Twain but nobody is really claiming it.  He didn’t know about Instagram of course.

Got your attention? If you are using social media you need to know how well your postings are working and Instagram is no different to any other platform.

Iconosquare for your Instagram Statistics

Native Instagram really does not provide you with the statistics you can use to see how well your posts are working.

But not to worry there is a product called Iconosquare that not only helps you manage your Instagram account but helps you see what is going on by delivering a whole host of Instagram Statistics.

Instagram Statistics - Home Page

Above shows my home feed via Iconosquare.  There is a lot you can do with Iconosquare and this article is just going to give you a taster.  You can get a free account and just login using your Instagram account details.

Instagram Statistics – When are you posting?

When do you post, but more importantly when are your fans looking at your stuff?

Watch this short video and it will tell you more.

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So now you know when your fans are looking at your stuff and you can posts to suit their schedule!

Since it is all about them, you can now change your posting habits to better serve your fans and get more engagement.

Instagram Statistics – How are your posts doing?

Which brings me to the other big subject how are your photo’s doing?  Are people liking and commenting on them?

I hope you respond to comments you receive!

Iconosquare helps you with this by providing you with the statistics that brakes this down.

Instagram Statistics - Like and Comment

You can see from the above image the top Liked and Commented photos I have posted.

Interestingly, when it comes to comments two of the photo’s I reposted from others were in the top posts.

Make sure you give credit when you repost a photo.  I use the Repost app which will automatically add the credit for you.

The video below shows you how you find these Instagram Statistics in Iconsquare.

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In my top posts based on number of comments I had Ray Higdon who is an amazing marketer, speaker and training.  You can always learn a ton from this guy.

The other was a post from my good friend Nicole Hanchi who is always posting great content, go check out her Instagram feed by clicking her name above.

Over to You

I hope you found this article useful and you too will be able to use Iconosquare to improve your engagement and monitor your success.

If this was useful please share with your social media channels and leave a comment below on how you monitor your success on Instagram.

5 Big Mistakes on Instagram

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This article gives you 5 Big Mistakes on Instagram that are often made.

Instagram achieves one of the highest engagements rates of all the social media channels but these are some of the things you really shouldn’t do.

Of course this assumes you want to market on Instagram and are not just using to post photo’s of the dog.

Mistakes on Instagram

This list of Mistakes on Instagram is not exhaustive but I do consider them to be the BIG ones.  So read on.

Lets start at the beginning.

Use a Meaningful Username

If you are serious about marketing using Instagram you need a username that is meaning full like your name or your business name if you can get it.  You want it to be easy to find.  Always a good suggestion is to use your Twitter username.  Mine is slightly different as I could get the same username.

My twitter handle is @andrewrlockhart

and my Instagram username is @andyrlockhart

Don’t Set your account to private

On Instagram you can set your account to be private.  If you are going to market on Instagram your account must be public or else nobody is going to see your stuff!

Post Photos One After AnotherThis5 Big Mistakes on Instagram

I have heard one school of thought that says you shouldn’t post more than once a day.  That is simply not true.

When you post you need to leave time for your photo or video to be seen and interacted with.  If you want more engagement you need to leave at least an hour or so between posts.

Ignoring Your Followers Comments

You ignore your followers comments at your peril.

You ignore the comments you are ignoring your business.

As people comment on your posts you need to respond and grow the dialogue.  This is all about building the know like and trust factor.

When you do respond make sure you use @theirusername in the comment so they see you have responded in their notifications.

This will definitely help grow your engagement.

Buying Followers

Just like any social media channel, buying followers is a disaster.  You will get comments on your photo’s of people offering you followers for a price.  Don’t go there!

Spend your time building a following of people who will be interested in what you have to say.  Then you will get people who will Like and Comment on your photos.

Which leads to building that all important relationship.

Over to you

I hope you found this article on 5 Big Mistakes on Instagram useful and make sure you don’t ignore them.

Please don’t buy followers!

If you would like to see my Instagram feed you can see it by Clicking Here

Please leave a comment below and share on social media so other can benefit.

Review of the Instagram Layout App

Instagram Layout App

I started using the Instagram Layout App recently and thought it was a great simple to use App.  It is great to build those collage style photos and allows you to do it in seconds.

Instagram Layout App

Below is how the App looks on your phone, well on an iPhone anyway.  I used my kids trip to the beach yesterday as the example for this post.

Instagram Layout App

To use the Instagram Layout App you simply select the photos you want to use or take new ones as the App has access to the camera as well.  You can put your collage together in seconds.

Instagram Layout App

 

I picked 4 from the trip to the beach.  Watch the video below you can see how easy it is to pick different formats and drag the pictures around.  Once you have the collage the way you want it to look you can still play around with the mirror and flipping functions that layout provides.

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Over To you – What do you think of the Instagram Layout App

I short post but I hope you found value in it.

Let me know what you think?

Have you used the Instagram Layout App?  Or do you prefer one of the many other Apps out there?

Leave a comment and let me know.

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Instagram Tips – Create a Call for Action

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This is going to be the first in a series of Articles giving you Instagram Tips.

As you know with Instagram people look at the pictures and scroll through them quickly.

What does this mean?

With the 5 second attention span all that good work in writing the copy on your post could be lost.

Instagram Tips – Create a Call for Action

Did you know you can use the location field within Instagram to place a call for Action?

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How to Create a Call for Action

The beauty of using the location field in the Instagram App is it sits above your photo so as people scroll through their Instagram feed they will see you call for action.

In this short video I show you how to use the Location field in Instagram for a Call for Action.

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Over to You

DInstagram Tips - Call For ACtiono you use Instagram for your business?

If you do what techniques are you using?

How are they working?

Do you have any great comments.

Leave me a comment and let me know.

I hope you found this Tip useful and if you did please share on your social media channels.

 

PS Apologies for the barking Dog on the video, he was being a bit of a manic this morning

 

Consistency is the Key

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You Always are Told Consistency is Key

You always hear you need to be consistent in what you do.

and you need to keep doing this activity everyday.

Raining MississippiI know some people don’t believe that, it can’t make that big a difference.

Well I can stand here in a raining Mississippi and say it absolutely does make a difference.

For various reasons which I won’t get into here I haven’t written a blog article for a few months and my site has dropped in rankings from being ranked in the US in the top 60,000 websites to now in the Millions!

Now who says activity doesn’t count?

This is of course one little example, but if you create follows or fans and you only communicate with them once in a while what will happen.

They may not even know you are there anymore or worse and more likely they are not going to follow you.

Consistency is the Key

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So why aren’t people consistent?

Can be many reasons and excuses, lack of organization, procrastination, that To-Do-List is to long, lack of time management, writers block, to busy.

I could go on and on but you need to take action on what ever is stopping you.

Create yourself a daily routine and stick to it.  If you are going to blog, post on social media allocate a time to write the articles and then use a publishing calendar to make sure everything goes out when it should do.

This will help drive consistency.  If you look at Ray Higdon, he publishes a Blog article everyday and has done for ages.  Come, rain, shine, events, travel he gets his message out there everyday.

It doesn’t need to be a long article, it can be video, audio on whatever you are happiest to use.

Which obviously leads to what do I want to say or write about?

What is your passion?  Write about that, just don’t use writers block as an excuse.  If you get into a daily routine that won’t be a problem.  As Jerry Seinfeld says

Writer’s block is a phony, made up, BS excuse for not doing your work.

Consistency is the Key to success, don’t find excuses.

Consistency in Social Media Activity

The same applies with Social Media, doesn’t matter what channels you are using if you don’t post regularly your account will become dead and eventually won’t get seen anybody.

Although social media can be fun it’s important to remember that you have to work social media if you want it to work for you.

Regardless if you are using Social Media for your business, your hobby or just sharing your musings it won’t get seen so get yourself into a routine and make sure you stick to it come rain or shine.  You will reap the reward.

Find that True Passion

If your motivation is purely the money it is probably not going to work.  You need to find that True Passion that will really motivate you.

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When you find that passion it will allow you to produce and go that extra mile to get people enthused about what you do and become a fan.

Once someone is a fan you make them into a raving fan and they will follow what you do and be an advocate for you.

Then they will be coming to you which brings me back around to that whole attraction marketing concept.  Attracting people to you for who you are, how you help people and what you stand for.

Not for trying to sell them something or force something down their throat!

Consistency Leads to becoming a Master

If you are consistent every day, every week,every month you will become a master at your trade. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers  talked about needing 10,000 hours to be an expert in your profession regardless of that profession.

By being consistent you will reach that goal and be that expert

So set yourself some meaningful goals, set yourself a schedule and publish content and create new connections every day and you will grow yourself and your brand.

Let me know your thoughts and leave a comment.  If you liked the article please share on your social media channels.

So what are these hashtags?

hashtag

You have all heard of Hashtags but might not know exactly how to us them.  Hashtags are not quite in everyday usage as shown by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, but enjoy the video.

What are Hashtags

What’s a Hashtag? A Hashtag is a word that can be searched for on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and Instagram to name but four. You can search hashtags to find content that is specific to what you are looking for.

Watch the video to find out more about searching for Hashtags.

Which Hashtags to use?

You need to do your research and make sure the Hashtags you intend to use are relevant and will be found by the clients or customers you are looking for.

Don’t come out with some random hashtag that never gets searched and make sure you don’t try highjacking a popular hashtag.

By highjacking I mean don’t use the hashtag #Chicagofire , which is trending to talk about your latest weight loss product.

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