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Planoly: An Easy-to-Use, Glamorous Tool for Instagram

As a busy blogger and business leader, Instagram has become a fun, essential platform for me to stay connected to my growing community. As much as I love creating a tablescape, there’s absolutely nothing as thrilling as receiving all of your wonderful suggestions, compliments, and comments on my designs!

Staying on top of all that content and making sure that I post high-quality material can be tricky, though. I know that my followers deserve the best, and I always strive to deliver timely, consistent content.

That’s why I’ve started using some social media tools to make it easier for me to post regularly, upload high-quality content, and respond to your fabulous ideas as quickly as possible. When it comes to my design-focused lifestyle posts, I can always rely on the beauty and simplicity of Planoly for managing my Instagram account! I’ve put together a quick overview of this useful app to highlight some of its key features that I use on the regular.

Focus on the Visual

One of the reasons I really love Planoly is that, when scheduling out posts to publish, I can easily visualize how all of my Instagram posts will look together.

As a design and travel addict, I care about how each individual image will appear on your screens, but also how all of my posts look next to one another. I like to think of my Instagram posts as both individual portraits and significant parts of the larger gallery that is my Instagram page.

With Planoly, I can literally drag the different scheduled images around on my screen so that each piece complements the ones beside it. It even allows me to see all of the different images from my Instagram history together, ensuring that every piece is aesthetically delightful and on point.

Connecting with My Community

Planoly makes it easy for me to stay connected with my Dream.Design.Discover community without having to continuously check back on old posts to view comments. I now get all my comments in one centralized “inbox” that I can access from my desktop or smartphone, which makes it easy to keep a conversation going and be as responsive as possible to my followers!

This commenting feature even lets me star specific discussions so that I can easily find them later. If someone recommends a fabulous designer swimsuit in December, I can quickly find it again in June without scrolling for ages.

Best of all, Planoly catches typos, offering an extra level of screening to catch any embarrassing mistakes.

Easy-to-Understand Visitor Data

Planoly does a great job simplifying the stats we want to know and making them easily digestible. From “most liked” and “most commented” to “likes received,” Planoly summarizes user data using the standard social media lingo that we’re already accustomed to.

These simple stats help me better understand which posts my community members absolutely love, which ones make them want to engage with me, and which ones weren’t a big hit. Perfect information for planning future posts!

Instagram Like a (Social Media) Boss

Of course, I can also curate and repost other users’ content that I absolutely love! Another bonus? Planoly is one of the least expensive Instagram management tools available.

Planoly makes it easy for everyone to make their Instagram accounts shine—even those users who aren’t that tech-savvy!

Try it out free for 15 days (free trial) and let me know what you think.

TECH TALK

My 12 Favorite Instagram Follows For Creativity & Inspiration

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Instagram is my favorite place to seek out inspiration. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite creative Instagram accounts that brighten up my feed. Each of these beautifully curated accounts are filled with inspiration, lust for life, color, and style.

12 Creative & Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow Today: 

@dennistheprescott

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@linda_lomelino

@shawnayamamoto

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@townandcountrymag

@allthingsdecor

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@uploseandstylish

@jodianne_

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@nectarandstone

@hooraymagau

@kerriehessillustration

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@wedding_paper_chic

@thedailyedited

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What are some of your favorites to follow?

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Inspiration in a Square: Instagram Star @Jodianne_

Hi Jodi, thank you for speaking with us today! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

A: I am from Sydney, Australia. I am a mum, a wife, afraid of heights but love to fly, easily distracted and participate in the occasional yoga class!

How did you get started on Instagram?

A: I started on Instagram after I was made redundant from my job a few years ago. I was really down, felt lost and didn’t have a reason to get out of bed in the mornings. A friend suggested I try the photo a day challenge on Instagram. There was a prompt list every month and each day you took a picture corresponding to the word for that day. After the first month I was hooked and loved that that I was using my brain again to come up with ideas for pictures to post.

Now I post my everyday life such as, flowers, tea, coffee, candles, books and sometimes my travel pictures. I hope that my photos inspire others and bring some joy to their day.

Where does your inspiration come from?

A: I like to think outside the square. I love to see what I can do with things such as: flowers, scissors and teacups just to make them look different.

I’ll see something I have at home such as an old coffee jar or a glass water bottle and think that might look good if I paint it, fill with water and use as a vase. My mind is constantly going and I always look at an object with an open mind and how I can change the use of it.

What does your process look like for creating your artful photos?

A: I have a couple of different boards that I take the majority of my photos on. Usually I lay the boards on the floor and arrange the props I’m using for that photo. My floor is always covered in flowers as they are the main prop I use. On other occasions I may be having a cup of coffee and sit it down on my coffee table next to some flowers and take a candid shot.

Do you have any photo styling tips to share?

Yes! I do. Here are my top photo styling tips:

  • I always photograph in natural light, open the blinds and let the light shine through.
  • I’m a big fan of colour whether its pretty pastels or brights, colour attracts your followers attention immediately.
  • I take the majority of my pictures in a flatlay style I find this style eliminates problems with shadows.
  • Always take about 5 pictures of the same thing as one might be in focus better than the others or the light might be better.
  • Photograph what you love.

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What are your favorite flowers and props to work with?

A: I love working with roses (and peonies when they are in season.)

Pink roses are my absolute favourite, pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and romance. I also adore teacups, their shapes and colours, they just seem to complete a photo. 

What can you absolutely not live without?

A: Apart from my family I can’t live without traveling. I love packing a suitcase, going to the airport and heading off to the unknown. To me traveling is like breathing, I have to do it!

What does “lust for life” mean to you?

A: “Lust for life” for me means making the most of everyday and every opportunity that comes my way. I want to experience as much in this lifetime as I can, the good and the bad. When I’m old and sitting in my rocking chair I want to look back on my life and have no regrets.

Favorite quote?

A: I actually have two favourite quotes:

“I must have flowers,

always and always.”

–       Claude Monet

 

‘What you think, you become.

What you feel, you attract.

What you imagine, you create.”

–       Buddha

Thank you so much, Jodi! Give @jodianne_ a follow on Instagram for beautiful inspiration, and follow her Instagram takeover on @theestatecollection today!