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12 Hacks to Improve Your Life on Instagram

How to use InstagramWhether you are using Instagram for your brand or personally, here are some ideas to help you get the most from your time on the platform. Enjoy these 12 hacks to improve your life on Instagram.

  1. Rearrange the order of your filters. You can put your most-used filters up front for faster posting.
    >>When posting a photo or video, go to Filter.
    >>Scroll to the end of your filters and tap Manage.
    >>Press and hold the three line icon next to each filter on the left-hand side of the screen to rearrange the order of your filters.
    >>Check or uncheck the circles next to each filter on the right-hand side of the screen to hide or unhide filters.
    >>Click Done to save your settings.
  2. See all the posts you’ve liked.
    >>Go to your profile.
    >>Open the hamburger menu in the top right corner.
    >>Tap Settings.
    >>Tap Account.
    >>Tap Posts You’ve Liked.
  3. Stop seeing posts and/or Stories from specific accounts you follow. Here’s how to mute annoying users without the risk of offending them with an unfollow.
    >>Tap the … icon in the corner of a post from the account you want to mute.
    >>Click mute, and choose whether to mute posts, or mute posts and Stories from the account.
  4. Get notifications when your favorite users post new content. To make sure you don’t miss a post from your favorite people and brands:
    >>Visit the the profile page of the account you’d like to get notifications for.
    >>Tap the three dots icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
    >>Select Turn on Post Notifications.
  5. Add and manage multiple accounts. You can add up to 5 accounts under the same email address on Instagram. And you don’t need to log in and out to switch between accounts.
    >>Go to your profile and tap the hamburger menu.
    >>Tap Settings.
    >>Scroll to the bottom and tap Add Account.
    >>Enter the username and password of the account you’d like to add. To switch between accounts you’ve added:
    >>Go to your profile.
    >>Tap your username at the top of the screen.
    >>Tap the account you’d like to switch to.
  6. Delete comments. Whether you need to hide an offensive or inaccurate comment or erase a typo, deleting comments is easy. To delete your own comment:
    >>Tap the speech bubble icon beneath the post you commented on.
    >>Find the comment you’d like to delete.
    >>Swipe to the left over the comment.
    >>Tap the trash can icon.To delete another user’s comment on your post:
    >>Tap the speech bubble icon beneath the post containing the comment you’d like to delete.
    >>Swipe to the left over the comment.
    >>A partial swipe will bring up a trio of options, allowing you to reply, flag or delete a comment.
    >>Tap the trash can icon—or continue swiping to the left—to delete the comment.
  7. Filter and block comments based on keywords. Comment controls allow you to filter and block comments containing specific keywords.
    >>Go to your profile and tap the hamburger menu.
    >>Tap Settings.
    >>Tap Privacy and Security.
    >>Tap Comment Controls.
    >>Make sure that Hide Offensive Comments is turned on.
    >>Tap next to Manual Filter to turn it on.
    >>Enter specific words, phrases, numbers or emoji in the text box to filter out comments.
    When you turn on comment filtering, it’s applied to both new and existing comments on your posts. When you turn off comment filtering, filtered comments on your posts will be restored.
  8. Turn off comments on a particular post. 
    >>Begin posting a photo or video as usual.
    >>When you reach the screen where you add a caption, location, and other tags, select Advanced Settings.
    >>Toggle the Turn Off Commenting option on. You can change this setting even after a post has been published by going to the post, tapping the three dot icon above it, and selecting Turn On Commenting. You can also turn off comments on a previously published post by following these same steps.
  9. Save and organize posts where only you can see them.
    >>Go to a post you’d like to save.
    >>Tap the bookmark icon underneath the post you want to save.
    >>Add the post to an existing collection or tap the + icon to create and name a new one. To see your saved posts and collections, visit your profile and tap the hamburger menu, then tap Saved.
  10. Remove old posts from your profile without deleting them with Instagram’s archive feature.
    >>Tap … at the top of the post you want to remove.
    >>Select Archive.
    >>Tap the Archive icon in the top right corner of your profile to review all archived posts. To restore content to your public profile, simply tap Show on Profile at any time and it’ll show up in its original spot.
  11. Zoom in on a post.
    >>Go to the post you’d like to zoom in on.
    >>Pinch using two fingers and slowly then pull them farther apart.
  12. Customize which notifications you receive.
    >>Go to your profile and tap the hamburger menu.
    >>Tap Your Activity.
    >>Tap Notification Settings.
    >>Click into each notification category to opt out of specific notifications. Go to Pause All and toggle on to pause all notifications.

How to Set Yourself Up for a Win on LinkedIn

First impressions are critical to your success in building relationships. In seven seconds you form an impression – good or bad. It’s human nature to maintain our initial impressions of people and we often find it extremely challenging to change our perceptions.

With this in mind, consider your LinkedIn profile and business page. Are you setting yourself up for the best first impression?

Here’s how to make the best impression on LinkedIn.

Grab attention with the headline.

Your LinkedIn headline is the most critical part of your profile. Along with your name and profile photo, your headline is the first thing that anyone will see when they find you in the search results or land on your profile. Just like a news article, your headline will essentially determine whether a viewer will read on.

Your headline should include the keywords you’d like to be found for, which could consist of your position or the services you offer. You can also include a client-focused statement that’ll capture a viewer’s attention and entice them to click to learn more.

Customize the URL

By default, LinkedIn will automatically create a URL for your profile. This URL will include your first name, dot, last name, forward slash, a series of numbers with a dash, and another string of numbers. Don’t accept this default URL. Create a custom URL with your name for your profile.

Use a clear, credible profile photo.

LinkedIn is not Facebook. While it can be amusing to have a profile image featuring fun locations or your friends, family or pets, such a profile image is not appropriate on a professional platform like LinkedIn.

To create the best first impression, add a recent professional profile picture, where you are recognizable, professionally dressed, smiling and looking straight at the camera against a neutral background.

Add a cover photo.

Your cover photo is prime LinkedIn real estate, and it’s a mistake to leave it blank or leave the default blue and white image.

Capture the attention of your profile visitors with an image that’s both professional and informative, adding to their understanding of who you are and what it is you do.

Complete your summary and all the rest.

Your summary section is where you solidify a great impression. Tell visitors about yourself, your expertise and your clientele.

When writing your summary, speak to your audience directly. The first sentences of your summary section need to pique the readers’ interest enough for them to want to click the “See more” link to read the rest of the section.

Your current experience should describe what you’re doing right now, in your current position or in your business.

A compelling current work experience section should:

  • Describe the company you work for (or own)
  • Share the most inspiring information about the company
  • Describe the products or services you offer, the benefits they provide, and the types of clients you serve

Get endorsed.

It’s a huge LinkedIn mistake to not include social proof of your expertise in your profile. On LinkedIn, that means having recommendations and listed skills.

People are influenced by the decisions others have made, so the more recommendations you have, the better. Quality recommendations include detail about your expertise and impact in professional scenarios.

 

Facebook Refresher

Facebook and Instagram are sister channels. The former has the largest audience and the latter is popular with younger consumers who see Facebook as a bit stale. Most brands will want to leverage both. Here’s a reminder of the basics to do that well.

  • Build community. Use your Facebook page to build relationships. People are more likely to engage with a post that feels personal rather than something that’s over-produced or obviously not created by you.
  • Use stories. Facebook stories can be posted to both Instagram and Facebook at the same time, which can help to maximize coverage and engagement. Not all functionalities are available on each Stories version so pay attention to any differences that impact your message.
  • Hashtags are for Instagram. Facebook supports hashtags, but they never gained a foothold. You don’t need them on the platform. However, hashtags have high value on Instagram. People use the Instagram Explore tab, so including the right hashtags can increase the likelihood that your content will surface there.

Connecting on social media means following best practices for each platform.  Follow these basics and you are on your way!