As of March 2017, you could find over 2 million apps available in the Google Play store and the Apple store available for download! No wonder we can get lost looking for new ones to use.
I've tried way too many! The good thing is that I've found some that are really awesome ones that help me every day and I'm sharing them with you today. Just keep in mind that these are mostly used for Instagram and that they're available in the Google Play store, you can look them up in the Apple store but I can't say if they'll be there, I am not an Apple user.
This phone app is just amazing!
Open the app and type in whatever keyword you want to use. The app then searches and gives you a list of thirty hashtags, including the percentage of its popularity, the number of times it has been searched and the total amount of times it was used in public posts. You can then add those 30 hashtags (although, I always recommend using about 10 very specific tags) in your favourite folder, from there you can copy all the tags and paste them into Instagram in a few seconds.
A good tip is to choose some popular ones and some that are not so popular. I sometimes use one hashtag that is totally off subject, it makes your post stand out and pique interest in others. Another little tip I've learned is to search ten relevant hashtags and leave a comment on the top performing posts.
Do you make use of Instagram's stories?
If not, you really should be! They are really fun to create and to watch. I use this app when I'm not near my laptop to make my stories a little more interesting to watch and a better professional look as well. What I love the most is that you can edit the fonts and they are different than those offered inside Instagram.
Another way to create stories on Instagram is to use an app like Quik and produce videos! Whether it be for stories (it automatically cuts your video into smaller parts for stories) or for ITGV, GoPro's Quik can get it done and with style. Add free music to your video, edit it, add flare and change the templates, the possibilities are seriously wide if not limitless.
You can choose to add photos or clips to your video, just make sure that if you're going to use it for Instagram, adjust the ratio from landscape to portrait.
Here are a few screenshots for a quick overview of what the app looks like.
4. Google Drive
This one might be obvious but hear me out. You can use anything on a computer to design your social media posts, websites like Canva or Adobe Spark and software like Photoshop. When you use these to design your Instagram stories, make sure you use these dimensions: 1080px for the width and 1920px for the height. Save them to your drive and download them to your phone and upload them where you want.
Need to edit or be creative on the go? Try out Google's Snapseed, it's amazing what it can do!
Get this - it also opens RAW format not only JPG! Save your favourite edits as presets or use the ones provided - they are pretty sweet too, my favourites are the vintage filters.
It pretty much provides everything Lightroom offers on a computer, it's a seriously capable and useful app, try it!
Alright, so I hope this has helped a few of you! Now go out there and be awesome!