30 TOP WAYS TO USE INSTAGRAM TO IMPROVE YOUR ONLINE BRAND

Instagram is one of my top go-to social media platforms right now.

It's the one channel that I definitely don't see going anywhere. In fact, it's only getting bigger and better.

And while it's easy to assume that the platform’s primary focus is for photographers, artists and illustrators, really, it can be utilised by anyone in any industry.

With business analytics, a live story feature, it's own editing features and so much more, Instagram has endless benefits for bloggers, creative entrepreneurs and small business owners.

So to get your creative minds thinking, here are 30 different ways you can use Instagram to improve your blog, business and personal brand.

30 top ways to use instagram to improve your online brand

#1 | YOUR LOGO

Sure you might not think your logo is too important (and if you don’t have one you need one), but this is actually one of the things that encompasses what your whole brand is about. It’s your name, your offering - it tells people what you are.

So why not make a whole post out of it and upload it to Instagram? Share the story behind it, the colours, the fonts, the idea. Take people on a journey. It’ll help them to relate to your brand so much more, which in turn will make them more loyal. You could even show people a special preview if it’s a work in progress! Here’s a great example from Lauren of Elle & Company.

#2 | YOUR NEW WEBSITE DESIGN

Showing off your website is a great way to demonstrate what makes your blog or business unique, make your online presence more interactive and add interest to your brand.

I’m often asked how I put my website together and Squarespace is my go-to. It’s where my website is hosted and the functionality makes it super easy to customise all aspects of your site. And because I’m so proud of it, I’m not afraid to share it on Instagram. Neither should you!

Fran is a blog designer and always promotes any new website themes she creates on Instagram.

#3 | A QUOTE

Everyone loves a good quote, right? I know I do! These can serve as motivators, reminders, part of a theme like #MondayMotivation or you can share one just because you feel like it.

Use your own fonts and colours to create a graphic that directly relates to your brand. I create my on Canva using the “Social Media” image template. Using your own image instead of grabbing one from another account will help to improve your personal brand so much more.

The Rising Tide Society is great for sharing inspirational quotes.

#4 | YOUR NEW BLOG POST

There’s an easy step-by-step formula to follow here:

  • Take an image you’re using in the blog post to upload to Instagram
  • For the caption, share what they’ll find/learn in the post, or one tip or a reader comment (you get the drift)
  • Put the link to your latest post in your bio AND add #linkinprofile or #linkinbio as a hashtag.

BOOM. 

The Bloguettes team is great at doing this.

#5 | PROMOTE YOUR MAILING LIST

Here’s something to keep in mind when it comes to social media. You might think your Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and blog followers are all related - but that’s not necessarily true. Your Instagram followers might not have visited your blog yet and vice versa. What does that mean? Well, there’s a chance they could be missing out on all the awesome stuff you have to offer.

The main thing you want to do is get people onto your mailing. So in your schedule, the day before your newsletter goes out, you could tell your Instagram community what to expect and remind them to sign up so they don’t miss out.

This is exactly what I did with the brand new issue of the Blogging Breakthrough magazine.

#6 | BUSINESS CARDS

Why get someone to make you some business cards when you’re not going to show them off?

Get those on Instagram right now!

This is exactly what Carole did when she created my business cards.

#7 | A COLLAGE

I don’t know about you, but I love a monthly wrap-up on Instagram. There are some accounts that I want to look back at throughout the month and a monthly collage is the best way to do this. 

Get your 9 most popular pictures from the month, pop them in a collage and talk about how the past month has been for you. Simple.

Holly Booth does this every month and it works so well.

#8 | A PICTURE OF YOU

Want to know a secret?

Some of my most-liked posts on Instagram are pictures of myself. I know. But it’s true.

Get over how uncomfortable it makes you. Go for it.

Liz always does this so well with her Friday Introductions posts.

#9 | YOUR PRODUCTS IN ACTION

Created something and want to promote it? Sure you do! The best way to do it? Show it in action.

Whether you create greeting cards, recipes, t-shirts or planners, having pictures of your products actually being used is one of the best ways to get more people to buy them.

Annie Dornan Smith always does this so well, but in a really subtle way.

#10 | A LOOK AT YOUR PLANNER

How do you keep track of your projects? What does your to-do list look like on a daily basis? Take people inside your productivity process! Especially if you’re got super awesome handwriting like Boho Berry.

#11 | FLATLAYS

Flatlays are definitely what made Instagram become so popular. Now, everyone strives after creating the perfect one. But they’re so fun to play around with. Jump on the #onmytable bandwagon and get experimenting. 

You could do a flatlay of your different products, the tools you use on a daily basis, your favourite items from around your home - anything goes.

Search #flatlay on Instagram and you’ll get some great inspiration.

use instagram to improve online brand

12 | INVITATIONS

Do you have an exciting event coming up for your blog or business? Have you created an invitation for it? Why not share it on Instagram?

You can make it look oh so pretty with your brand fonts and colours, and who knows - you might even get more people interested in the event!


#13 | YOUR WORKSPACE

We’re all interested in where other bloggers and business owners make the magic happen. So take a snap of it. 

Get a wide shot of the whole thing, a close up of the things you love about your workspace or even better - one of you in action! 

I think it’s safe to say we’re all envious of Kate’s workspace, right? 😉

There's a new video coming tomorrow, but until then there's my stationery haul to watch 💕📝

A post shared by KATE LA VIE (@kate.lavie) on

#14 | YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DRINK

Think of how many conversations take place over a cup of tea or coffee - it’s the same for the online world. Tell people about your favourite drink, how it gets you through the day and what it means to you.

My friend Peta shared a smoothie the other morning that looks delicious!

#15 | YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

How do you start your day? What do you do before you head to your job or start working on your business? Do you meditate? Journal? Exercise? Lie in and cuddle your kitty? Take your dog for a walk? Tell us.


#16 | WHAT YOU’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW

Reading a book that’s really inspiring you? Watching a kick-ass TV show? Got a song you just can’t get enough of? I bet you can say yes to each of these things. Share them with us! Netflix and chill all the way ✌

Kayla is always great at sharing what she’s inspired by.

#17 | WHAT MOTIVATES YOU

What keeps you going? What gets you out of bed in a morning? What are you counting down towards? What do you use as your daily reminder? Share it with us.


#18 | YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO WORK

Got somewhere where you love working apart from your desk? Let us know! Whether it’s your local coffee shop or the park, take us behind-the-scenes where you create.

Hannah Gale always works at coffee shops and does a great job at taking her audience behind-the-scenes on a super relatable level.

#19 | TALK ABOUT A LESSON YOU LEARNT

Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and share your failures. Tell people about your mistakes, the things that didn’t work and what you learnt from them. By sharing your flaws, you’ll make people feel more connected towards you and your brand.


#20 | A TOOL YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT

What’s the one thing you use every single day to keep your blog or business running? What helps you be productive and get the job done? Let us know.


#21 | SHARE WHY YOU DO WHAT YOU DO

Something you’ve got to remember when it comes to Instagram and any social media platform is that your followers are all joining you at different parts of your journey. Your job is to keep reminding them why you’re doing what you do. Why did you start your blog or business? What keeps you going?


#22 | UTILISE YOUR BRAND COLOURS

If your Instagram theme matches your brand colours, well, you’re winning already. Anytime you spy something that’s in one of your brand colours, get a shot of it. A notebook, a pencil, a mouse mat, a vase, a building - it’s a super easy way to add content to your Instagram and grow your personal brand.

Kory does this SUPER well.

#23 | FEATURE SOMEONE ELSE

You could do this in a number of ways. The most recent example I can think of is when Zoe shouted out her diehard gal pals on Instagram - the people that are there everyday saying “you got this.”

It could be someone you admire, a friend, a mentor, your mum - whoever is making a difference in your life, feature them.

#24 | SHARE A TIP

Keep it simple, keep it to one thing, keep it related to what your blog or business is all about.

The Coded Creative team does this every week with their #TuesdayTip.

#25 | TALK ABOUT YOUR GOALS

Another regular content feature for Instagram is sharing your new goals at the start of every month. Instead of writing a blog post about it, share it on Instagram instead!


#26 | ASK A QUESTION

I definitely didn’t think this when I first started using this platform but now I do - Instagram is one of the best places to generate engagement. So get your community involved. Ask them a question. It could be anything. Chocolate chip or vanilla? Tulips or roses?

Whatever you do, be sure to ask a question at the end of each caption. Here’s a fab, simple example from Jess Creatives.

It's a two DDP kind of day 🙃 How was your Monday?

A post shared by jess • jesscreatives.com (@jesscreatives) on

#27 | SHARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS

Got big plans for your blog or business? Got a plan of action for how to grow your personal brand? Share it with us! 

Social media is a great way to generate curiosity about what you have coming up. Reward your audience by giving them a sneak preview.


#28 | INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS…

Some people have a privacy line and choose not to share their family on Instagram which is totally fine. But some days, they just deserve a shout out. Plus content like this helps your followers see more of the real you.

#29 | ...AND YOUR PET

Because your Instagram feed isn’t complete without a furry friend!

I'm not even sorry to break the rules of Instagram and post a few pictures of Poppy on her birthday in a row.

A post shared by Aisling Brock (@aislingbrock) on

#30 | HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE

I saved the best till last. People love to go on a journey. They want to know where you started out from and how you got to where you are now. Your experiences, your lessons, your path. 

Not only does it make people realise you have skills and expertise, it also helps them build trust and loyalty in your brand.


So, you've got the ideas. Now it's time to put them into action and make them work for you.

A large Instagram community doesn't appear overnight. It's about putting the effort into three areas in particular: your content, your captions and your engagement.

You can do it - I believe in you!

 

What do you love sharing on Instagram? Which is your favourite idea from this list?


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