30 Bad-Ass Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

    30 Bad-Ass Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

    Stock photography is hella pricey right?

    If you’ve browsed stock photography websites offering high quality photos for $33.00 a pop, you gag.

    Forget those¬†“fancy schmancy” stock photo sites…

    Check out these 30 bad-ass websites with the freshest and 100% FREE high quality stock photos.

    (they’re totally legit and legal too btw.)

    Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

    I know the struggle…

    If you’re new to blogging and can’t afford paying for stock photos or a subscription, I hear ya. That was once me. Heck, I still love using free stock photography to cut costs. ūüėČ

    It’s crucial your new blog and social media has stunning images that make people instantly want to share your new blog post. Also she a tweet without even visiting your site. (it’s true)

     

    This is my hand-picked collection of free photo websites that have creative large high quality images you can download for FREE.

    • Large photos – perfect for trending¬†parallax backgrounds
    • Videos – another huge web design trend I’m loving
    • Vector / Illustrations¬†
    • High Quality¬†

     

    (all links tested and working as of 10/1/2016)

    1. PEXELS

    pexels.com
    This free photo website has stunning images. They also add 100 new photos every day. This site keeps getting better. I’ve been using it for the past two years.

    2. Pixabay

    https://pixabay.com
    This site is my “go to” for downloading free videos for my web design. I mentioned the¬†parallax web design trend, go here. There’s also nice illustrations and vector graphics all for FREE. Yay! I can always depend on this site’s powerful search tool of I can’t find an image anywhere else for free.

    3. Gratisography

    http://gratisography.com

    This has some attention grabbing images that are kinda bizarre but cool. Perfect for attention grabbing tweets, pins, and blog post header images. I’ve seen a lot of blogs use this website.

    4. Picjumbo

    https://picjumbo.com
    I appreciate that this free image site has original photos. All nice big high quality photography. This website has some nice photo categories. I like checking out their tech photos when I blog for an IT company website.

    5. New Old Stock

    http://nos.twnsnd.co/

    If you need vintage photography, this is the website for you! Black and white photos and even sepia colors, you name it. Searching is easy peasy. Fun creative photos to change up the mix.

    6. Snapwire Snaps

    https://www.snapwi.re/collections
    You have to check out the photo collections on this website. I love how it’s organized. Cooking, Coffee, Silhouettes, Smiles, Fitness, Fashion…and so many more! its all nicely organized. Amazing images.

    7. Splitshire

    http://www.splitshire.com

    More creative video background downloads and free photos. Very creative and useful original collections. I highly recommend these photos for your blog. They’re clean and high quality. Very professional looking photography.

    8. Jaymantri

    http://jaymantri.com

    All these stunning photography were taken by¬†Jay Mantri. Probably the most unique free photo website in this collection. Lots of architecture and close ups of doors,textures… perfect for someone out there.

    9. Stokpic

    http://stokpic.com
    Its a great site with easy to navigate categories. Only bummer, you have to register. Worth checking out. I wish they showed more photos per page. I love their fashion collection. I could see these images being used on pinterest.

    10. Unsplash

    https://unsplash.com/collections/featured
    Interesting free photo website that keeps growing. Be sure to browse the featured collections, especially the “stock diversity: women” Photos of real women un photoshopped, from all ethnic backgrounds, finally! yay!

    11. ISO Republic

    http://isorepublic.com

    Another great free photo resource for web designers that need high quality images. I also love their category of free textures.

    12. Picography

    http://picography.co/
    Just a collection of unorganized photos, however they’re high quality. I wish these free photos had categories. Some real weird photos but hey everyone needs a little weirdness now and then right?

    13. Get Refe

    http://getrefe.tumblr.com

    Great photos, I just don’t like the website usability. There’s some really unique images that catch your eye!

    14. Foodies Feed

    https://foodiesfeed.com

    If you have a food blog… or as they say foodie blog ūüėČ this site’s for you! Also great if you’re the owner of a health blog, fitness blog, or just need free food related photography. Great hidden gem.

    15. Travel Coffee Book

    http://travelcoffeebook.com
    Jaw dropping images of traveling, nature, architecture. Everything is on one long page, sorry no search function. This site has such lovely graphics, you might get inspired to travel too.

    16. Magdeleine

    http://magdeleine.co
    Lots of elegant images free to use on your blog. I like that it has categories and you can search by color.

    17. JeShoots

    http://jeshoots.com
    This site is bad-ass for having free mockup photos and free photoshop .PSD files. Great if you need a photo of someone holding an iPhone and you want to change the screen etc.

    18. CupCake

    http://cupcake.nilssonlee.se
    A small batch of free photography by Jonas Nilsson Lee. Fun to check out. Many scenic photos.

    19. MorgueFile

    https://morguefile.com/search/morguefile/1/most

    This free photo site has tons of photos, all unique. I love how it displays how old each photo is. Check out the most popular / most downloaded images. There’s some great shots. So many images! I searched, typed in “colorful” and was delighted how amazing this site is.

    20. Kaboompics

    http://kaboompics.com

    Clean, high resolution free photos that are all tagged and easy to find. I love the collection of desks with paper, pencils, phones all neatly placed.

    21. Freeimages

    https://freeimages.red

    This website contains a very large selection of photos, but also videos! They offer the opportunity to contribute and get paid for it as well.

    22. Life Of Pix

    http://www.lifeofpix.com
    I’m happy to find this free photo site, good layout and they even have free videos! Beautiful images I’m sure you’ll want to place some of these images into your blog.

    23. StockSnap

    https://stocksnap.io

    I thought this was pixels for a second. This has amazing photos… omg. The business category has nice photos. I’ll defiantly be using these in the near future. I love their categories, especially that they share what’s trending. There’s always something good.

    24. FancyCrave

    http://fancycrave.com

    The best part of this site is that they offer free photo collections! It’s amazing. In the nav, click on photo packs. You can get an entire image collection, perfect for consistency if you want to place multiple styled images on one page for a professional look and feel.

    25. GoodFreePhotos

    https://www.goodfreephotos.com

    If you’re in search for location based photos, this is your ticket. Every country is organized on the left navigation. This website does have images I’ve seen on other free photo websites but this is organized. Many as you know are not organized this nicely.

    26. LibreShot

    http://libreshot.com

    Nice big website with a clean layout. They all have some sort of muted tone or styled filter applied to each photo.

    27. Idpinthat

    http://www.idpinthat.com
    A great free photo site for bloggers that want to create beautiful pinnable images for pinterest. This website can help everyone build a great pin. The website name says it all!

    28. Negativespace

    NegativeSpace.co

    This free ¬†photo site just uploaded a ton of free christmas¬†photos. Worth checking out if you’re going to do seasonal marketing.

    29. Stocktookapic

    https://stock.tookapic.com/photos?filter=free

    Lots of beautiful free photography. Just make sure you click on the photos with the little cloud icon.

    30. MMT

    http://mmtstock.com/category/new-york/

    Gorgeous one-of-a-kind photos by Jeffery Bettes. Nice categories. If you like one photo you’ll love them all. Check out his New York free photo collection. Love it!

    31. IM FREE

    http://www.imcreator.com/free

    Great categories such as Occupation, Icons, Beauty, Fashion, Technology, Business, Recreation, BW, Ambient, People, Templates, Buttons, and more! Check it out already! ūüėČ

     

    WOW, so many websites to choose from with free high quality photos!

    Which are my faves you ask…?

    Hands down my fav images sites:

    1. Pixels.com РFor high quality professional images
    2. Pixabay.com – for video
    3. fancycrave.com

    Here’s some examples of the stunning images you get for free online. Click the image to go to the source.

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    I hope you found a new favorite free photo site that’s perfect for your blog!

    Did I miss a great photo site?
    Which is your fav free high quality stock photos website for your blog?

    Please let me know in the comments!

    Jen Ruhman

    Meet Edgar Review

    Meet Edgar Review

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    Meet Edgar Review

    Are you a Social media manager? This Meet Edgar Review is¬†going to cover everything you need to know including: what it does, who’s it geared for, the subscription price, pros and cons.

    What the heck is Meet Edgar? – Meet Edgar Review

    Meet Edgar is the latest and greatest new social media scheduling application. You can schedule posts for Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

    What Makes Meet Edgar so Special and Unique? 

    meet Edgar reviewMeet Edgar has the most amazing featureit recycles your posts over and over again. You can save all your posts to a library and have them magically reappear randomly. Just specify the category, and you can stream you social media platforms… forever.

    For example, I entered about fifty posts into my Meet Edgar library for my beauty blog. Everyday my followers see what appears to be fresh content. I have about ten¬†tweets a day being published to my twitter, and 2 to my Facebook fan page. My old posts look shiny and new again. For some of my followers that never saw the tweet, there’s another chance for them to check it out and click on it. I also did the same for my client and their posts are on auto pilot. I now have free time and I look like I’m updating often – when really I’m drinking coffee and working on other things. ūüėČ

    Who Should Use Meet Edgar? 

    If you have a website that depends on driving traffic with social media, Meet Edgar is what you need. No matter if you have 300 blog posts or 30. You can store headlines and images to your library and recycle the heck out of them.

    You should typically spend a few minutes and create at least three sexy headlines for each blog post you want to share and store in your library. Plus add an image and hashtags. Mix it up:

    meet Edgar review

    meet Edgar review – screenshot of library

    “How to Remove Split Ends Fast & Easy”¬†http://eleganceandbeautyreviews.com/how-to-remove-split-ends-from-hair-fast/ #Hair #HairCare #Beauty

    “The Best Proven Method for Removing Split Ends”¬†http://eleganceandbeautyreviews.com/how-to-remove-split-ends-from-hair-fast/ #DIY #haircare

    “The secret how to get rid of split ends forever”¬†http://eleganceandbeautyreviews.com/how-to-remove-split-ends-from-hair-fast/ #hair #beauty #beautysecrets

    How Meet Edgar Works

    1. Create your 1 month free trial account here: meetedgar.com
    2. Create some categories, ¬†they have good starter ones like “quotes” I made one just called “beauty blog”
    3. Start creating your library and assign which social media accounts you want them streaming into.
    4. Schedule how often you want to update per day. (you can be specific what time) A calendar of Sunday – Monday will appear
    5. Sit back and enjoy your posts on autopilot
    6. Don’t forget to log into the social media platforms themselves and respond to your followers

    My review and experience using Meet Edgar, the awesome social media scheduling application that constantly streams your social media for you. (You can literally set it and forget it Рautopilot)

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    Screenshot – Here’s what I had for my starting out categories:

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    Screenshot – Here’s a peek at my meet Edgar library

    meet Edgar library

    Screenshot- Meet Edgar Schedule

    meet Edgar schedule

    Meet Edgar Pros and Cons – Meet Edgar Review

    Pros:

    1. Social media updates on autopilot
    2. I don’t have to keep scheduling updates
    3. Categories to select from instead of just pulling from one magic hat
    4. Log-in to one account instead of 4,5,6,7…lol
    5. Statistics – shows likes / comments / and shares and reports on gains and losses of followers
    6. Content is easy to manage
    7. Easy to use overall

    Cons:

    1. Limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin (hoping for Google+ soon)
    2. It’s pricey – $50 per month – however it’s worth it to me
    3. You can’t interact with your followers

    It’s only been two months¬†since I started using Meet Edgar and it’s a¬†ROI

    I love starting the morning with lots of website traffic, especially seeing a high volume of traffic from twitter and Facebook fan pages, all thanks to Meet Edgar. Meet Edgar has saved me time, gained me traffic, and produced ROI.

    You simply get what you pay for. With other social media scheduling platforms (Hootsuite), I still had to schedule my tweets often. Not anymore. I’m so spoiled now with Meet Edgar, I don’t have to schedule my social media. Heck, there’s even an option to try a recommended schedule. It’s super easy and effective.

    Easy Peazy

    I spent one hour inputting 140 of my blog posts for myself and my clients. I added links with a catchy headline, hashtags and supportive image. This one hour investment of my time building my library of high quality social media ammo has given me peace of mind that my social media management is complete.

    However, when I do create a new blog post on my website, I add it to my meet Edgar library. Piece of cake…

    Why I choose Meet Edgar

    I now appear to “have my social media act together” My online accounts appear to update throughout the day.¬†My online social media presence looks like I’m having a blast sharing my content. Because I have so much content, it always looks new to my social media subscribers.

    This can be extremely beneficial if your blog posts are buried deep in your website. For example, if it takes more then 5 clicks to get to an article, most likely your new readers haven’t seen it… When your followers see it appear on social media, it looks fresh!

    Final thoughts on Meet Edgar 

    For myself and the sake of saving time, it’s worth the $50/month price tag. I justify the price by assuming it pays for itself. I have three clients on “autopilot” and it looks like I’m working doing updates for them when I’m not. It’s also updating when I’m asleep, driving to work, or just working on other bigger projects. Beautiful right?

    BTW, I was not paid to write a Meet Edgar Review. I just really love it and wanted to spread the word. Oh, and if you find a promo code for Meet Edgar, please share it in the comments below. I’d like to help the new users out.

     

    Hashtags for Jewelry

    Hashtags for Jewelry

    Hashtags for Jewelry

    Hashtags for Jewelry that will get your jewelry noticed on instagram, twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr in 2019.

    If you’re a jewelry designer, marketing your own jewelry on social media with the right hashtags will get your jewelry discovered quickly and lead to increased revenue.

    Copy and paste these hashtags into your instagram posts. Instagram has a limit of 30 hashtags per post, that’s why I group them in sets of 30:

    The BEST Handmade Jewelry Hashtags:

    (Copy and paste for instagram)

    (updated 9-22-2019)

    Set 1:

    #jewelry #jewelrydesigner #jewelrymaking #jewelryforsale #jewelryart #jewelrybloger #jewelryshow #jewelryset #jewelrysupply #jewelrybrand jewelrystyle #jewelryparty #jewelrymaker #jewelrystore #jewelryofig #jewelryporn #jewelryshop #jewelrylove #jewelryswag #jewelrygoals #jewelryonetsy #jewelrysale #jewelrylovers #jewelrygifts #jeweleryfashion #jewelrysupplies #jewelrybotique #jewelrylover #jewelrydesign

    Set 2:

    #Jewelry #jewelryjunkie #instajewelry #jewelryforsale #musthave #style #handmadejewelry #Bracelet #Necklace #Gemstone #Beads #metal #accessories #selfmade #design #earrings #handmade #jewelrygram #bling #boutiques #instadaily #sterlingsilverjewelry #Silver #etsy #etsyhandmade #pendant #selfemployed #fashionjewelry #handmadejewelrysale #jewelrystore

    Set 3:

    #ringsdaily #sterlingsilverheart #sterlingsilverinitial #accessories #jewels #armcandy #dressedup #crossnecklace #gold #silver #platinum #necklace #lookbook #madeinusa #greenonyx #vermeil #copper #emerald #amethyst #pearls #swarovski #wristparty #ontrend #wirewrapped #wirewrapping #wirewrappedjewelry #labradorite #necklaceoftheday #etsyjewelry #unique-jewelry

    The BEST Engagement Jewelry Hashtags:

    (updated 9-22-2019)

    Set 4:

    #engagementring #womensjewelry #love #ido #weddingring #bridal #engaged #engagement #marryme #shesaidyes #roundcut #ring #halo#diamond #gold #eternityband  #princesscut #instawedding #wedding #Bride #Bridal #SavetheDate #engagementrings #engagementringideas #engagementringselfie #engagementringparty engagementringinspiration #engagementringgoals #engagementringprincess #haloring

    The BEST Jewelry Hashtags for Watches: 

    (updated 9-22-2019)

    Set 5:

    #watchesforwomen #watchesrolex #watchesofinsta #wathesforlofe #watcheslover #watchesporn #watchesonme #watchesonline #watchesaddict #watchesoftheday #watchesforsale #watchstyle #watchesforhim #watchessentials #watcheslover #watchesdaily #watchesformen #watchesofig #watchesofinstagram #watches #instawatches #watch #luxurywatch #rolex #rolexwatch #iWatch #applewatch  #rolexdatejust #timepiece #watchstrap

    The BEST Jewelry Hashtags for Earrings:

    Set 6:

    (updated 9-22-2019)

    #earrings #earringsoftheday #earringsforsale #earringslover #earringswag #earringshop #earringsshop #earringmalaysia #earringsfashion #earringslove #earringsthiland #earringstagram #earringsaddict #earringsogood #earringdesign #earringsfordays #earrigstyle #earringshandmade #studearrings  #dropearrings  #chandelierearrings  #earringtrend #earringtrends #jewelry #jewelrygram #earringsforsale #beadedearrings #diamondstuds #pearlearrings #cuteearrings


    This is true no matter how many followers you have. You might have noticed how important hashtags have become lately for every industry and using specific jewelry hashtags will work by finding customers that are actually interested in jewelry or shopping for jewelry.

    I have helped small and large businesses start marketing their jewelry online by providing them a list of the best hashtags for jewelry and top instagrams for jewelry.

    how social media can boost your Jewelry Business

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    Using the BEST Hashtags for Jewelry

    I have a list of the best hashtags for jewelry you can copy and paste into your instagram account. Bookmark this page.

    On instagram, you can use up to 30 hashtags per post. I recommend you take full advantage of using all 30. You can experiment using these and make them your own by changing some and seeing what works for your jewelry business.

    Using your phone: Touch and hold to copy jewelry hashtags | Paste into Instagram

    Success for both small and large businesses

    Why use Jewelry Hashtags?

    First of all, hashtags are the “keywords” for social media platforms such as instagram, ¬†twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Using the best hashtags for jewelry will level the playing field for your small business! You can literally compete with large jewelry stores this way no matter how many followers you have.

    Using Jewelry hashtags on your instagram posts are perfect for anyone selling jewelry. If you have an Etsy store, online retail store, or even a local jewelry shop, you should be using these specific jewelry hashtags. BTW, make sure you place your online store’s website or Etsy page in your instagram profile.

    Top Instagrams For Jewelry:

    using Hashtags for Jewelry Effectively

    Take a look at these people on instagram. Their instagram accounts are properly set up using hashtags geared to their specific type of jewelry they’re marketing on instagram. Study their photos and hashtags because they’re doing a great job.

    @pannlshop РHandmade Watchband

    @jewels_gems  РHandcrafted, heritage jewels

    @pieceofartgs¬†–¬†Handmade bohemian jewelry

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    Hashtag Jewelry Stats:

    hashtags for jewelry

    Instagram #Jewelry Hashtag: 17,097,380 posts

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    Twitter #Jewelry Hashtag: On average 1200 jewelry hashtag tweets per hour (source hashtags.org)

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    If you know someone that sells jewelry online, please share these hashtags with them. Or if you know someone successful selling handmade jewelry by marketing on instagram, I’d love to feature them.

    As I mentioned earlier, I have been helping many businesses get started on instagram. Not only large retail businesses, but also small local businesses that rely on foot traffic. Th one major business benefit instagram has given my clients, is a welcomed boost in sales and revenue. If you’re serious about using instagram and would like to learn more way to gain likes, followers, I recommend you check out these 10 creative ways to use instagram for business.

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    Thank you for reading instagram hashtags for jewelry.

    Do you have a small jewelry business / store and need local instagram followers? Here’s how to grow followers and gain foot traffic to your store.

    -Jen Ruhman

    10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

    10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

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    Looking to get inspired with creative ways to use instagram for business? Be honest, take a look at your instagram photos right now and tell me if they’re interesting and grab¬†your attention. If it was a total snooze fest (boring) let’s pump up the jam and get it going on with these top 10 creative ways to use instagram for business.

    If your instagram account needs more pizazz, followers, and likes, take it to the next level with these 10 creative ways your business can use Instagram

     

    1. Pick a color theme and stick to it!

    You can have the “wow” factor when someone visits your account easily by using a color theme!

    On the left is a green color palette I made for @hyphenet_inc
    On the right is a pretty blush palette by @LaurenConrad

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    10 creative ways your business can use Instagram

    2. Show us your Desk / Office:

    We want to see your current projects! People are always fascinated how other people live across the globe or what your daily workspace looks like. Here’s a photo of my desk. Just snap a photo what your desk looks like. What snacks are on there? Is there any interesting art hanging on the walls? Birthday cards? Are you messy creative genius or a neat freak? It reminds me of the weird fascination people have looking in your refrigerator. Remember the show, MTV cribs? People that care about your brand will love to see your workflow and where it happens.

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    3. Show how your products are made:

    After all, there is a popular TV show all about it. Show us the different steps of the manufacturing process! Get super creative and post a daily photo showing the next step of the process and keep me coming back for more! Everything from production to delivery. This creative instagram photo idea works for every business. You’re a bakery? Sweet! Show us a video of the giant dough mixer and of course making donut holes, yum. You’re a jewelry designer? Show us the beads and tools you use, perhaps a video of finishing a pair of earrings. You’re a photographer? Show us your favorite lens. Are you a realtor? Show us your favorite kitchen.

     

    Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

    4. Creatively show off your products:

    If you sell multicolor products, arrange it in a fun creative way. How about arranging them by the colors of the rainbow? Make interesting photos and apply beautiful filters to them. You can always find fabric and textures to place your products on. I like to place products on the grass, wooden table or wooden floor, place onto of a leather jacket, polished stone, granite countertop, on the sand at the beach, in front of a local landmark, you get the idea. Anything is better than just using a boring white background. Also notice if you’re selling a luxury item, place it next to other valuable things such as designer purses or stage it in a formal living room.

     

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    5. Consumers using your products –¬† let others do the work for you!

    Your customers have probably used your hashtag or tagged you in a photo using your product. What better incentive, than featuring them in your instagram feed. Use their photo and tag them back. Win win for everyone.

    Use photos of different age ranges using your product. Ask your audience to hashtag a photo of themselves using your product in a unique way. This will also advertise all the amazing uses of your product. Pick the most creative user generated content to share on your instagram. This way, you can pick the best photos.

     

    6. Make your instagram photos exclusive:

    Only post exclusive previews of products on instagram. Invite users from twitter and Facebook to follow your instagram just for product releases. For example, maybe only your twitter account gives away promo codes, and your Facebook has more editorial photos.

    10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

     

    7. Take instagram users with you:

    Are you going to a tradeshow? Walking to the coffee shop? Share a fun moment of your day! A concert? Celebrity sighting? Perhaps the Pope? Take video, now share and tell!

    Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

    Related: 5 tips how to get local instagram followers

    8. I spy with my little eye:

    Play a game, ask your instagram users to find something in your photo.

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    9. What’s trending?

    Is there a hashtag that’s trending, like “the ice bucket challenge?” Use your company’s branding to put your own personal touch on it. If you’re a marketer, you know how important trends are for launching successful advertising campaingns. There’s also 10 amazing facts social media marketers need to know about instagram.

     

    10. Go behind the scenes:

    Unlock the mysteries of your business. What’s behind those huge doors? Show us what it looks like getting a large shipment of your product. Let’s see some unboxing of your product. Interview your employees what they’re up to. Show us the fun photo shoot you’re doing. What’s your office decor theme? Show us what it looks like behind the scenes of a press conference, at a star studded event, your company holiday party. Did a customer bring a cute pet with them into your business, show us. Better yet, model the pet with your product.

     

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    BONUS

    11. Random weirdness:

    Have fun! Did you stumble upon some interesting architecture? Amazing piece of art at a flea market? Show us, instagram is all about being visually engaged. When we’re amazed on instagram, we notice your username / brand.

    Final thoughts

    There’s so many benefits of using instagram for business¬†and having the most creative and visually appealing photo stream gives your business a competitive edge. Whether you’re just getting your business started on instagram or you want some new ideas to grow your local business, I recommend you take thirty minutes and try taking some creative photos right now and save them for future use on instagram. People are going to love your new creative photos and most likely be intrigued to learn more about you. That’s why it’s very important to make sure you have your profile optimized for instagram. I talk about optimizing your instagram profile in this article for setting up a small local business on instagram.

    Still thinking about getting your business started on instagram? Have a smart phone? Great, download the instagram app today and read my step by step guide for businesses getting started on instagram from scratch.

    Thank you for reading 10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business.

    Jen Ruhman

    Using Instagram for your Local Business

    Using Instagram for your Local Business

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    How to get Started Using Instagram for your Local Business

    Instagram isn’t going anywhere and just keeps on getting better and bigger. If you haven’t started your local business on instagram yet, there’s no better time than now to start enjoying the latest instagram upgrades and benefits. And if you are using instagram already, these advanced local business tips for your company’s instagram will give you a competitive edge.

    This guide is tailored to getting your local business started on instagram, If you’d like a broader audience, check out my ultimate guide how to get your business started on instagram.

     

    How would you like your small local business to gain global traffic?

    Sure, you can target just local business and I’ll show you how, but it’s also possible to gain global traffic! Instagram constantly¬†impresses me with its capabilities to level the playing field for both small local business and large global businesses. That’s right, you’re competing with big brands using the same app. I have seen small local businesses succeed in marketing a service or product on instagram that literally sells out overnight! I have witnessed small business’ beauty salons services become overbooked and apparel becoming out of stock after instagram posts are published.

    Today you can literally grow a small business by networking on instagram. It really is exciting to think of all the possibilities and witnessing people becoming “quit your daytime job” successful from instagram.

     

    I’m going to let you in on some instagram hacks for local business

    These local business instagram tips will help you get started on the right foot and ahead of competitors. realistically, you will gain local followers, global followers, brand exposure, and revenue. And with this recipe, if If you’re really lucky , you could have an instagram image go viral and gain overnight stardom.

    That’s right, instagram – the free social media app for sharing photo rich content,¬†descriptions, and hashtags.

    Take your pick!
    Instagram is capable of delivering large truckloads of consumer traffic to your brick and mortar business or to your online retail store

      Why You're NOT Getting Traffic from Google

    Let’s make sure your instagram is optimized correctly from the start

     

    Setting up a Local Business Instagram Account

    Be sure to use your company’s name as your instagram user name. Do not use a cute or sexy username, keep it professional. If you run into the unfortunate event seeing your business’ name taken already on instagram, don’t worry follow this user guide to take action. If your local business is not your username, I suggest you change your instagram username. Once your instagram username is setup properly, let’s set up your profile correctly.

     

    Instagram Profile Page Optimization

    Link your website: The instagram profile page is essential for properly optimizing your business page. This is the only place you can place a link to your website or website landing page to drive targeted¬†traffic. It’s crucial that your website is responsive. A responsive website adapts perfectly to your mobile device. The user should not have to struggle zooming in and out of your content. It always amazes me how many small businesses don’t list their website on their profile page or even worse they don’t have a website.

    Profile picture: Make sure you have a high quality profile photo of your logo. Meaning, make sure it’s not blurry or pixelated. Make sure the photo looks good with both rounded corner and squared corners because your profile photo will be displayed squared on the web and rounded on mobile devices. Your ¬†profile photo cannot be more than 110×110 pixels. Your photo updates cannot be larger than 612×612 pixels. I recommend that you¬†don’t alternate profile photos. People will slowly but surely recognize your profile photo and company name. Changing one of them could cause you to lose followers.

    Instagram for your Local Business

    Build your local instagram powerhouse

    You will need to be self disciplined when it comes down to what to post, when to post, and how to engage.

    1. Only post high quality photos you’re proud of
    2. Post consistently
    3. Find the best time to update. What time did you post your most liked content?
    4. Repost your fan’s photos and give them credit
    5. Answer your audience’s questions
    6. Get to know your fans
    7. Post some local photos of your surroundings
    8. Use your city as a hashtag
    9. Follow local people that use your city’s hashtag
    10. Have contests

    Recycle your instagram content

    It can be a chore to create amazing posts sometimes when you’re not inspired. Study what’s receiving likes for you business’ instagram page, go that direction. Give your fans more of what they want. You can even upload photos you already posted but apply a different filter.

    Boring Instagram Posts? Get these 10 Creative Ideas to Use instagram for Business

    10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

    Plan your instagram content ahead of time

    You can take at least thirty minutes a week and plan your instagram posts ahead of time. Plan a weeks worth of high quality photos that will get your audience intrigued. Perhaps pick a theme of posts for the week. Having a saved library of stored photos ready to post at anytime is a smart idea. This way you can use these saved photos when you don’t have time to photograph or you’re stuck in the office all day or doing business errands.¬†You can¬†mix it up, take¬†fresh photos and weave in your saved photos.

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     Related: 5 tips how to get local instagram followers

    Get local followers for your instagram business

    Geotag your instagram photos

    Using Instagram for your Local Business is done best when you geotag your photos. This will help you gain local instagram followers and attract local instagram users walking into your local business. Do this with every photo you post when you’re at your local business.

    How to geotag instagram photos

    1. Make sure your location settings are turned on
    2. Click Add to Photo Map
    3. Find your business location
    4. Click on your location

    Using Instagram for your Local Business

     

    Now all your instagram followers can see what else customers have tagged in the location, simplify by clicking on your location link.

    Follow Local, Gain Local

    You should follow local instagram users that geotag their location at your business. Get creative, find local followers by searching your city’s hashtag. Have a nearby local competitor? Follow their followers. When they see who’s following them, they may thank you and learn about your competitive services on your page.

    Include instagram on your current marketing channels

    You should include your social media usernames on all your marketing material. Everything from in store signage, flyers, postcards, coupons, email marketing, on your website, and mention your instagram account on your twitter and Facebook page.

    Using Instagram for your Local Business

    Creative Ideas Using Instagram for your Local Business

    1. Model your product at your local landmarks
    2. Geotag your local photos
    3. Repost your local followers photos

     

    Network Locally

    Do you have any local followers that have a HUGE following? Contact them, offer them free services or products in return for promotion on their instagram account and social media feeds. These people are also known as influencers. Find a few that you think will do a high quality job and watch for an increase of followers and foot traffic. Nearby local business owners will most likely like to network and boost foot traffic in the area too. Collaborate and ask them to share your business on their page and vice versa. Perhaps they can promote your products or services. It’s usually a win win situation.

    Have an instagram contest/giveaway

    Contests can run like wildfire when you have something amazing you’re giving away for free! Free products or services will engage and attract a large amount of attention. Word of mouth about the contest generates brand exposure like nothing else I’ve seen on instagram. Instagram users LOVE a good contest. Don’t forget to promote the winner of your contest to gain more credibility. You will also want to select a winner that has a huge list of followers because they will share the news about their win. You will usually want to have a custom graphic made that shows everything the contest is offering, include your logo, and include the word contest or giveaway. When you post the photo, be sure to geotag, ass some has tags such as #contest #giveaway #free #freebies etc. Give instructions on your description by having users repost the photo and “tag 3 friends” for extra points. Users will most limey be glued to your page waiting to find out who won the prize.

    Interact

    Use instagram to communicate and engage your customers. Talk to them, like their photos. Have fun on instagram! Don’t limit yourself by only talking to local instagram users, talk to everyone you follow.

    Local Hashtags

    Don’t forget to use local hashtags. When you update, be sure to use your city or state.

     

    Any ideas or suggestions? Please let me know in the comments.

    And there you have it some hacks for using instagram for your local business.

    How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram

    How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram

    How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram: If you’re a business getting started on instagram, this is a¬†quick guide how to get your business¬†started on instagram + creative marketing ideas. (Enjoy the photos I took) With over 100 million instagram users, (source Mashable) it’s well worth your time.

    Maybe you just registered your business name under a new instagram account and you’re not sure how to get started.¬†There’s so many benefits using instagram for you business¬†and I’m going to show you creative ideas how to start posting great visual content on instagram.

    how to get your business started on instagram

    How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram

    Set up Your Instagram Account

    1. Sign up for a free account on instagram
      (if you haven’t already) – Be sure to choose a username that reflects your brand ,perhaps the exact same username as your twitter account and Facebook fan page. This way your social media will be seamlessly blended and easy for people to find.
    2. Add your profile photo or logo.
      In your bio, try to be specific and concise what your business does/services provided. Add your website or landing page you build just for mobile instagram users. You could change this regularly to reflect your latest update.
    3. Connect your social media accounts to instagram.
      This will push all your instagram updates to your other social media page as soon as you publish to instagram. (You can connect to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Flickr)

    Example below: I added my location and connected my accounts to update on Facebook and Twitter. I also used the relevant hashtages “#wedding and #weddingdress. I also tagged the company using their hashtag #Demetrios. See how I added an emoji of a brunette bride? Fun right?

    How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram

    Notice, Brides by Demetrios is a national brand, with many store locations in the United States. If you’d like to focus on getting your local business started on instagram, I also wrote a more localized guide for instagram.

    Why You're NOT Getting Traffic from Google

    What to start posting on Instagram

    Remember, you don’t want to over promote your business by just showing product shots. Get “behind the scenes” Mix it up. Ask, “What does my target market want to see?” Try using the 80/20 rule – 20% of your posts to promote your services/brand and 80% that really visually engages your audience.

    1. Video/photos of an office tour
    2. The customer experience
    3. New product prototypes
    4. Products coming soon
    5. Employees working with clients
    6. Products in action
    7. Promote your customer’s photos
    8. Use beautiful photos to promote blog posts
    9. Engage your brand with trending hashtags

    Want ten more super creative instagram ideas?: 10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

    10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

     

    The filter selected below called “Mayfair” gets the most likes. Here I am modeling my wedding dress at Brides by Demetrios, sharing my customer experience. If I was the company Brides by Demetrios, I would promote this photos. (great example) Noticed I used the instagram filter Mayfair.

    How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram

    Include related/trending Hashtags and Emojis

    Do a little research what hashtags your competitors are using. There’s also an amazing companion app for instagram called: Hashtags. You can pick a hashtag category and copy/paste the hottest trending hashtag recommendations into your instagram post. Also be sure to include some related emojis to add some visual interest to the text description and hashtags.

    Here’s the top 100 trending hashtags¬†(via¬†http://websta.me/hot)

    Here’s the top trending emoji’s (via¬†http://www.languagemonitor.com)

    Below: I was at the bridal store Demetrios and they set up a backdrop for customers to share their dress shopping. This is my “I said yes to the dress face.” Brides by Demetrios should also promote this pic ūüėČ

    creative ideas for marketing your business on instagram

    Creative ideas for marketing your business on instagram Have a branded backdrop set up in your business for taking photos

     

     

    Another creative idea for marketing your business on instagram

    Showing “the process” “behind the scenes” what a bride can expect during the alterations process. See the pins?

     

    creative ideas for marketing your business on instagram

    creative ideas for marketing your business on instagram

    It would be great to share the customer’s experience from start to finish, telling a story in a series of posts. (I’m in my dress getting pins placed for alterations)

    creative ideas for marketing your business on instagram

    There you have it. I hope you enjoyed my creative ideas for marketing your business on instagram or just How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram.

    If you’d like to focus on getting your¬†local business started on instagram, I also have some great tips for you too. 5 tips how to grow local instagram followers.

    Thank you for reading.

    Jen Ruhman