Does your Instagram need a little refresh? We’ve lined up 7 daily prompts that will encourage you to post something new and relevant every day for 7 days.
In this article I share 7 important strategies for anyone who wants to up their game and Instagram refresh . We’ll let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather Inspiration
The first step to any great project is to gather up ideas and inspiration. One of my favorite new ways to organize all those juicy nuggets is to use Instagram’s new Saved Images and Collections.
That little flag in the upper left corner of your profile can unlock a smorgasbord of gorgeous posts from all around Instagram. Whenever you spot something you love on the platform simply click that handy little flag, and it’s stored safe and sound within Instagram, and then organize them with ease in the Collections.
Step 2: Know Your Brand Keywords
We always want to make sure we are representing our personal brands on all our social media platforms, and especially Instagram because it’s so very visual. I tell my students to think of their Instagram feeds like their own personal magazines. If you went to the magazine section of Barnes & Noble, what magazine would your personal brand be closest to? What are the three most fitting adjectives that would describe your magazine?
Make sure every post you share on Instagram embodies those adjectives so you can show up consistently and allow your Instagram followers to know you, like you, and trust your brand because you’re showing up the same way every day. The three brand keywords or adjectives you select will be the “North Star” to all your design decisions. It’s so important to have that clarity before you start designing all willy nilly.
Step 3: Pick a Color Palette
This is where the fun part starts my friends. All of us creatives love jumping into color! Here is where you get to choose: Are you going to stick solely to one brand palette, or will you change up coordinating color palettes throughout your feed? I actually switch out my color palette inspiration each week by starting off my Mondays with a Mood Board Monday theme.
Then, I plan out the visuals for the rest of the week based on the colors of that week’s color palette. No matter what you choose, there are a TON of fantastic resources on Rising Women Network where you can get amazing color palettes to guide your Instagram Refresh.
Step 4: Choose Your Fonts
Another one of my favorite parts is selecting the fonts I’ll use in graphics on my Instagram feed. Fellow font lovers like me can sometimes go overboard trying to share every single font they fall in love with, but it can produce a less polished and less cohesive feed.
Stick to three main fonts for your Instagram feed. This will prevent design overload for your followers, and it will make your posts more easily recognizable as your followers are scrolling through Instagram.
Step 5: Brainstorm Some Recurring Themes
Using content themes for your Instagram posts is the fastest way to make your Instagram Refresh simple and streamlined. Come up with daily themes you can share every single week and create templates based on those themes.
Step 6: Plan Your Content
Using Editorial Calendars, I will sit down and create a plan for all the posts I will be sharing for the week or month. Visualizing what you are going to share enables you to make sure your posts all work together towards your goals. It also gives you a checklist of the different content you need to create and schedule.
Step 7: Get Personal
If there is one thing I cannot stress enough about Instagram, it’s to show up on your feed! Start gathering up those selfies! Or, work with a photographer if you need to. Either way the world wants to see you. I like to use the rule of thumb that there should be a photo of you in every single 9 grid, or every cluster of images 3 down and 3 across.
BONUS – Step 8: Check the Layout
And last but not least- make sure you check all the visuals together to ensure you are creating a stunning and refreshed Instagram feed that serves as your virtual magazine. There’s so many apps to help you do this nowadays, but I really love The Preview App. It allows you to drag and drop your images, use filters, and rearrange as needed (in case you need to squeeze in a new image)!
Let the Refresh Begin!
Hopefully these tips have empowered and inspired you to refresh your Instagram feed and start getting all you can out of this very powerful social media platform.
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