Instagram is not just about generating an aesthetically appealing feed. There is no place for mindless selfies anymore. The success of your Instagram graphic design account is not at all limited to stunning pictures alone. You must have an aptitude for marketing too. It is of pivotal importance to improve your marketing skills if you are aspiring to establish a blossoming community seamlessly and grow your specific brand.
By JOHN MATTHEW
Instagram currently serves as a powerful and versatile platform for any graphic designer. We know that all creatives can be benefitted from this popular social media platform provided they know to leverage it. This along with, a chic web design to boost your online portfolio, could be the best tools for flaunting your unique and creative designs and professionally presenting your graphic design brand. As per Forbes.com, presentations, portfolio design, logos, signage, animations, websites, and also architectural production have undergone dramatic transformation ever since the advent of the digital era.
You may be hugely talented and coming up with brilliant work, but you would always require an extra nudge to propel your career on the right road to recognition and fame. Your creative designs must be showcased well for them to get noticed by potential clients and employers. You should curate a striking feed and focus on creating a truly universal visual language throughout your Instagram account. Moreover, here are some tips for boosting your overall online presence.
Use a Variety of Relevant Hashtags Ranging from Common to Precise
Even though the use of hashtags in Instagram is regarded as very important, you should not either make unfettered use of them or use only the most popular ones. You may aim to use a balanced mix of hashtags comprising both the commonly-used ones and ones that are very specific to your business. For example, a graphic designer may use a popular hashtag like #graphicdesign while progressing to more specific ones like #bolddesign and #corporatelogos.
The advantage of using popular hashtags is that Instagram users are more likely to use them, and your posts will appear more in their searches. However, the probability of your post being seen in the flood of search results is quite less. On the contrary, although the volume of searches with specific hashtags is far less, your posts face far less competition and have a far better chance of being viewed by users. You may buy 50 likes on Instagram by contacting a reliable digital marketing company.
Maintain a Regular and Predictable Posting Schedule
Even though some people may profess to be excited by surprises, most like their lives to be predictable, and if there are events, they should be able to know what and when to expect them. It means that once you have been able to establish the best days and times to post on Instagram, you should stick to them so that your posts have the best exposure to your target audience. Your followers will also come to expect your posts at these times and be able to engage with you better than posts at random times that may escape their attention.
You should also make it a point to post according to a regular schedule rather than post a large number of images and doing the disappearing trick. Not only does a regular posting schedule help to make you more predictable, but also makes your page look more active, which is a strong signal for users to follow you. A consistent posting schedule does not flood the feed of users. It boosts the chances of users following you.
Monitor Your Account Performance
While even a simple personal Instagram account is enough if you want to assess how many likes, comments, and follows your posts are getting, you need to upgrade to a business account if you wish to keep tabs on multiple metrics. With a business account, you can find out the details of the reach of your posts, i.e. the number of people who have seen it as well as the number of impressions, which is the total number of views the post achieved. Additionally, you can track the number of people, who have visited your profile and the total number of clicks on the URL in your bio section.
With these details, you will be in a position to make more informed choices regarding the type of posts that resonate more with your audiences and thus represent the kind of topics on which you should be posting more.
Follow the above-discussed Instagram tips for boosting your graphic design business. Moreover, you may start thinking like an authority or influencer in your own right. Consider supporting issues and brands that you are passionate about. Always think before posting whether your audience would react positively to your content. You would soon gain many followers, and it automatically implies that you could exercise some degree of influence. Hence, start using it resourcefully and wisely.
LinkedIn Makes its 20 Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses Freely Available Throughout August
Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?
This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.
As per LinkedIn:
“As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.”
LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.
Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:
- Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
- Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
- Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
- Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
- Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
- Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
- Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
- Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
- Learning Python with Joe Marini
- Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
- Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
- Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
- Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
- Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
- SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
- Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
- Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
- Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
- Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.
Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.
The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.
Instagram Is Rolling Out Reels Replies, And Will Be Testing A New Feature Which Informs …
Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.
Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.
Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.
Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.
Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.
Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.
— Yash Joshi (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021
5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android
Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.
You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).
You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.
While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.
We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.
Credit: buffer / app store
Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.
Credit: preview / app store
Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.
Credit: content office / app store
An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.
Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.
Credit: plann / apple store
You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…
Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.
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