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You all probably already know that “pretty” social media images are 100% necessary on Instagram, right? Well, the same goes for the Instagram feed. Think of it this way – a pretty image will make you hit like – a pretty feed will make you hit follow. Whew, that was deep wasn’t it? If you want to learn how to develop a feed that is uniform, sends a message, and provides people an insight into the things that speak to you – follow my tips on how to create a cohesive Instagram feed…

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 6 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

Tip 1: Stay Consistent with your Photo Colors

Say for instance that your brand color palette is blushed or pastel tones. If you have an Instagram feed full of soft photos and then toss a bright, neon photo in there your feed is not only going to look totally silly – your audience is going to be completely thrown for a loop. Stick with using your brand colors – 1 to 3 colors. Creating a cohesive look with your image colors is key ladies!

Tip 2: Tell a Story

When your Instagram feed is consistent a pattern will occur and if you pay close enough attention, you will notice that you are telling a story. Make sure that not just what you type is telling a story, but that your images are as well. What type of story is your Instagram feed saying right now? Do you only share blog posts? Do you share happenings throughout your day? Do you share others’ content more than your own? Decide what type of story you want to tell, examine what you have been doing on your feed so far, and develop a new Instagram strategy that is true to you and your brand!

Tip 3: Engage with your Audience

It isn’t called social media for nothing! One of the most effective ways to build your Instagram community is to be social and engage with others. We all want comments and likes on photos, so why not get out there and network with other bloggers?  They will return the favor. Search for popular hashtags that are similar to your brand and get to liking! Seriously, just scroll through and heart everything and if you really like something comment on it. You will quickly see them return the favor and ultimately look through your feed and find your blog! An easy way to repost someone’s photo is to participate in #FollowFriday. Just share someone that you like (or wish that would feature you later) and say something like this: “Amy Howard Social has an amazing Insta feed. Be sure to follow her and add some pizazz to your feed!”

Tip 4: Use Relevant Hashtags

I can’t talk about Instagram and not mention hashtags. You can use up to THIRTY hashtags per post; for the love of Kate Spade USE ALL OF THEM! Don’t annoy your readers with thirty hashtags in your photo description – instead add them to the first comment under your photo. A few hashtags are fine in the photo description, but too many look like clutter. Use your brain when you’re using hashtags – research them in Instagram before using them. For example, hashtags with 5 reposts are useless – where hashtags that have over 500k reposts may be a long shot to be featured or seen. Search for Hashtags with a decent following and use those. A lot of times, if you use a hashtag from a certain brand, they will regram your photo – holla!

Tip 5: Subscribe to the Haute Chocolate Stock Photography Library

Now ladies, I have saved my best tip for last!!

If you’re anything like me, you don’t always have a super clean desk that you can take a flat lay photo of. You don’t always have a beautiful breakfast that is spread out on your marble kitchen island; and you definitely don’t have beautiful Kate Spade notebooks + pens that look like they have never been touched. Am I right, or am I right? Personally, I simply just don’t have time to create great flat lays + make sure the natural light is on point at all times. However, I still want beautiful Instagram images. So, what’s my solution to having endless perfect Instagram photos at my fingertips that follow through with my above Instagram feed tips? The Haute Chocolate Stock Image Library.

Haute Chocolate’s selection of styled stock photos were designed with the woman entrepreneur in mind. Their images are both stylish and affordable. Best of all, they’re all resolution files so you can use them as large website headers, or small Instagram photos without a hitch. Use them to easily and beautifuly communicate the quality & creativity of work that you do.

By becoming a Styled Stock Library Member, you’ll have access to over 700 of professionally styled photos at your fingertips. Use the library as your resource when you’re branding your website, need an image for a blog post, creating social media images and cohesive Instagram feeds.

Want a sneak peek inside the Styled Stock Library and see what your Instagram feed can look like with these images?

What’s better than an inspirational quote? How about shabby chic pink ones?

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

Any yellow lovers in the house? These absolutely scream spring to me!

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

Green + Black! So chic!

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

These are part of April’s newest images in the Haute Chocolate library – how amazing are these ladies? Something for everyone!

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

Now I love these, I use pink whenever I get the chance to.

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

Remember my mentioning that I definitely don’t have time to snap shots of my beautiful breakfast every morning? Haute Chocolate has us covered!

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

Are you needing some gorgeous travel inspired stock images? Check out these beauties…

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

I don’t know many ladies that don’t love a little shiny gold every now and again…

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

I couldn’t imagine someone not gaining Instagram followers with a cohesive theme like this one…

Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 5 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

So let’s recap my 5 tips on How to Create a Cohesive Instagram Feed:

Tip 1 : Stay Consistent with your Photo Colors

Tip 2: Tell a Story

Tip 3: Engage with your Audience

Tip 4: Use Relevant Hashtags

Tip 5: Subscribe to the Haute Chocolate Stock Photography Library

Leave your Instagram link below…I would love to check out your pretty feeds!

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Having a cohesive Instagram feed is one of the key elements to growing your Instagram following. Here are 6 steps to creating a cohesive Instagram feed so you can quickly build your audience!

This post is in collaboration with Haute Chocolate however, all opinions of the Stock Library are 100% my own!

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  1. Krista Reed says:

    LOVE!

  2. I love all of your tips. Looking at my feed (just started it in March), the colors look all over the place, but I’m learning! I’m driving my husband crazy on our road trips, asking him to stop the car at a moments notice so I can snap a picture.
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