Organize and Manage Instagram Posts like a Boss with Collections
If you follow a long list of followers on Instagram, then chances are that you miss out on exciting videos and interesting pictures, just because they dropped to the bottom of your feed.
The blame squarely lies on the deluge of incoming Instagram posts.
Earlier the only solution available to Instagram users to save posts for future references was to screenshot posts.
Though, this solution worked, it wasn’t the smoothest or the most organized one out there.
Enter Instagram’s Save Pictures Update
In December of 2016, Instagram came up with a brand-new feature that allowed users to save pictures and videos on their feed directly. This was possible by clicking on the bookmark button.
Once you come across a picture or video that you would like to reference later, all you had to do was click on this button, and all your saved posts were available for later.
Though, Instagram advertised this feature as a way keep track of new ideas and inspirations, the real purpose of this feature was to position the social media photo sharing app, as an alternative to Pinterest.
All the saved posts are visible only to you.
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The Major Drawback with Bookmarks Feature on Instagram
However, the bookmarks feature had a major drawback – there was no way to categorize posts. All your saved posts – pictures and videos – ended up in a single location. So, you end up with a medley of pictures across genres. Your gourmet food pics and fashion inspiration posts, all are rolled together under a single location.
Instagram Collections – Organize Posts for Later Reference
Thankfully, Instagram has rectified that mistake with the Collections feature. In April of 2017, Instagram came up with yet another update which introduced the Collections.
Using this feature, you can organize your bookmarks (saved Instagram posts) into separate collections.
Which means, images of gourmet meals need not rub shoulders with your favorite fashion outfits.
Here, in this post, we take a look at how to use the “Collections” feature of Instagram to organize and store your posts.
Step 1: Bookmark a Post
Bookmarking a post of any other Instagram user is quite simple. All you have to do is go to your preferred post and click on the “Bookmark” icon at the bottom of the post.
By tapping this button, you can add the picture or video to your collection.
Step 2: Create a Collection
Once you have bookmarked your post, go to your profile. Click on the bookmark icon and then choose Collections tab.
Click on the “Create Collection” prompt. Give a name for your collection. Congrats, you have just created your first-ever collection on Instagram.
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Step 3: Add to your Collection
The next step is to add pictures to your collection. Select the pictures you want under a particular collection and then click add.
The cover image of your collection is usually the very first image you choose.
Don’t worry, if you aren’t happy with the cover pic. You can always change it later.
If you want to add a new collection, repeat the above step.
Step 4: Add Posts directly to the Collection
Instead, of first saving a picture and then adding it to your collection, Instagram allows you to directly add a photo or a video to your preferred collection.
All you have to do is, click on the bookmark icon, and select “Save to Collection.”
Choose the collection you want to save to and that’s it!
Step 5: Editing or Deleting a Collection
If you want to remove a picture from a collection or delete the entire collection, all you have to do is click on the three-dot menu of an open collection and click on the edit option.
Here are Three Amazing Ways to Get the Most out of Instagram Collections
The beauty of Instagram is that there are tons of beautiful content on the app. You don’t want them to disappear forever.
Whether you love saving yummy recipes, fashionable outfits or any other images, collections are a great way to keep your posts organized.
Tip #1: Manage user generated content
User generated content (posts that users post about you or your brand) is a key component of creating a beautiful Instagram feed.
With collections, you can search and organize high-quality user generated content quickly and efficiently.
Save UGC to your collection and then repost them according to your schedule.
The same strategy applies to tagged posts. Save all the posts you’re tagged in, into a new collection and use them when needed.
When you have a high-quality UGC to pick and choose from, you can easily maintain the overall aesthetic and layout of your Instagram profile.
Tip #2: Keep an Eye on your Competitors
Whether you’re checking on your competitors to find out how they build their follower count or how they engage and respond to user comments – keeping an eye over your competitors is a must on social media.
Instagram’s collections tool is the best way to do this. Since, no one knows whether you’ve saved their posts, you can secretly keep watch over your competitors without them knowing.
Tip #3: Build your Digital Mood board
Posting on Instagram can be pretty tough and all of us could do with some inspiration now and then.
Collections lets you do exactly that. By browsing through your favorite pictures and videos, you’re likely to get inspiration ideas for your upcoming posts.
Organizing Instagram Posts is now Easier than Ever
Collections is an easy and efficient way to organize your posts as well as other favorite images and videos posted by people on your following list. It lets you save and access posts in a jiffy.
Simply put, it’s similar to the “Save to Board” feature on Pinterest. You can save anything that catches your eye and reference it later, with just a few clicks.
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