Hey everyone, welcome back to Arianna Westley Creative Studio! Today’s post is all about 3 must-have apps for bloggers and influencers. These tools will help you manage your time more effectively and allow you to focus your time on other aspects of your business.
I have personally used all three of these services for quite awhile now and believe in each of them. They’ve really helped me to level up my graphics game & I can’t wait to see what you think about them!
Later is a “free-mium” scheduling post for social media. I’m currently using it for Instagram and Twitter, as those are the main social media platforms that I use.
The free version allows you to have one account for each social media platform. Later allows you to schedule 30 posts per month on Instagram and 50 posts per month on Twitter with this free plan.
The upgrade to Plus allows you 100 posts per month per platform. It also allows you to schedule out your Instagram stories and allows you to schedule the first comment on an Instagram post.
You can also pull up your Instagram preview which will allow you to drag and drop your posts into the most aesthetic way for your feed. This is probably my favorite feature because you can see what the final product will look like, along with the posts already on your account.
Another GREAT feature about Later is that you can format your caption in the app. The formatting and spacing stays in your caption when it posts to Instagram.
Right now, I only use the free plan. I wanted to make sure it was something I genuinely liked and needed before I upgraded.
Later is SO helpful because it allows you to schedule out all of your posts in one day. This ultimately cuts down on the amount of time you’ll spend thinking of your captions and flipping back and forth to see if it fits with your feed.
Adobe Spark Post
This is my favorite app to create my blog and YouTube graphics. It’s very similar to Canva where it’s free to use with the option to upgrade for premium features.
I love the variety of templates offered in Spark Post! They’re very different than all of those available on Canva, which are (in my opinion) over-used at this point.
My favorite function is the connection with Adobe Fonts! I have a subscription to the Creative Cloud so I can add any font from their large library to use in my graphics. I love how easy and seamless it is to do.
The animations are another favorite feature of mine! I’ve used the animated text for my transition slides in vlogs and in the end screen that plays after my video. It gives a nice extra pizazz to the video but you can also use it for Instagram stories or feed posts!
It’s nice that you can work on a project on your laptop or your phone and it will update as you do it! But right now, the animations are only available on the mobile app.
The app is also connected to Adobe Stock, which makes using their stock images in your graphics seamless! We love efficient tools here!
Unsplash is a free website for stock photos. You can use these to level up your graphics or blog posts, just make sure to use the proper credits required by Unsplash!
Personally, I love their website set up a lot more than other similar websites like Pexels. They have more topic suggestions at the top of their website to help you find what you’re looking for.
Right now, Unsplash is working with Boxed Water is Better to promote the #BetterPlanet initiative where they’re encouraging users to submit photos of nature or the waste pollution. For each photo, Boxed Water is Better will plant 2 trees in the US’s national forests for the first 2500 photos added.
All of the photos that appear on my blog are ones that I’ve captured myself or found on Unsplash! I just really love their wide variety of photos to choose from. And I haven’t ran into a roadblock with them like with other similar websites where you can only use so many photos for free before needing to pay for more. This makes Unsplash the best stock photo website for content creators, especially at the beginning of your journey where you might not have a lot of extra disposable income for your blog.
That’s a wrap!
I hope today’s blog post was helpful for any content creators out there! I know it can be overwhelming, especially at the beginning of your journey. If you would like to see a video explaining exactly how I use these three tools in my process, leave a comment below & I’ll create it!
But just remember: you don’t need to do everything right from the get-go. My favorite piece of advice comes from Lauryn at The Skinny Confidential: launch fast and adjust.
So put yourself out there. Launch your blog now. Then let it grow and develop with you. Focus on a new objective every month like creating a ton of content one month then vigorously promoting it the next.
Make sure to leave a comment letting me know about your favorite apps for content creators! I’m always on the lookout for new time-saving tools.