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12 Top Tools for Fashion Bloggers - The Luxe Edition
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12 Top Tools for Fashion Bloggers

TOP APPS AND TOOLS FOR FASHION BLOGGERS-2-2Fashion Tech 2015 Top Fashion Blogger Apps image via mage via decoded fashion

 

Being able to pick up a whole host of skills outside of one’s profession feels very rewarding, especially if the day job is not a creative one.

Fashion blogging may look easy to the onlooker, however there are so many skills one needs to pick up. That’s one of the best things about blogging, the continuous learning, it’s great as it challenges you to be better. At times I really wish I knew how to programme, or develop an app..some day!

I have made a geeky list of 12 top fashion tech tools/apps for bloggers I have found useful on my blogging journey so far. Of course there are many other useful tools, including SEO optimisation, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, & Facebook, but I won’t go into it now as there are so many blogs covering that already.

COMB APP REVIEW FASHION BLOG

1. COMB

Comb is a great little app for fashion bloggers, or anyone creative.The premise of Comb is that we can use anything and everything around us, whether it’s art, photography, design or nature, to inspire us. You can take a photo of anything/upload a photo to the app, choose a category and find an item of clothing that’s similar to the photo.

Let’s say you are writing an OOTD type post, & want to show your readers alternative similar items to what you are wearing. Instead of scouring various sites, a quick search on Comb will find something similar, as demonstrated with a picture from my Instagram account below.

COMB APP REVIEW FASHION BLOGGER OOTD

Comb App Iphone screenshot

 

2. HOOTSUITE

A great tool for scheduling your social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, or even your blog. Very helpful if you have a few social media accounts! There is also an app for this, if you need to schedule your posts on the go. Another benefit is being able to use Instagram within Hootsuite’s platform, i.e you can repost, like, & comment on pictures.

How to set up HootsuiteImage via Hootsuite

 

3. INSTAGRAM

Instagram user stats data

Image via Slideshare.net (Feb 2015)

 

With more than 300 million users worldwide, Instagram is an incredibly powerful marketing platform, & very useful for fashion blogging. Whether this is connecting with other bloggers, & readers, or finding inspiration. I find that there is more engagement on Instagram, than other social media platforms. Consistent regular posting is important, I sometimes forget!

Use relevant hashtags, & don’t forget to geotag your photos’ location. Adding a location on IG pictures helps users interested in specific places find your photos through Instagram searches.

 

Peak times to post on Instagram

 

4. ICONOSQUARE

Iconosquare (formerly Statigram) is great for optimising your Instagram use, giving useful statistics on user interaction with your posts and imagery. It’s a really helpful tool for predicting the best time to post pictures in keeping with your target audiences, helping you to maximize your user-engagement.

Lots of useful charts with data on your most popular pictures, including follower/unfollower stats.You can also see what contests are available on Instagram within your region.

instagram statistics 36 users are men

 

5. LATERGRAMME

Latergramme is an app that helps you plan, upload pictures, and schedule Instagram posts from your computer or your phone.  It is available on IOS, & now on Android. Particularly useful for busy social media mavens, including bloggers. At the allocated time, the app will alert you to manually post the picture.

You can manage multiple Instagram accounts from it, & also post regrams within the app. Love it! I just hope future development will allow for the app to post automatically at the scheduled time.

Latergramme to schedule instagram posts

 

6. TRENDSPOTTER FOR INSTAGRAM

Trendspotter helps spot trends that are about to go viral on Instagram. Trendspotter can also be used within the Hootsuite app.early_detection_graph Trend Spotting on Social Media -Trendspottr

 

7. TRENDSMAP

Trendsmap shows you the latest trends from Twitter, for anywhere in the world.trendsmap twitter hashtags

 

8. DRAGON DICTATION

Another very useful phone app. Dragon Dictation allows bloggers to speak their posts to the app, and it will dictate the text. This saves a ton of typing time. You can blog on the go.

 

9. POLYVORE

Polyvore is great for making fashion collages.

 

10. SHOPSENSE

Shopsense is primarily used for monetizing blogs, however it is great for creating adjustable lists, & widgets to incorporate into posts. If you are writing a OOTD or beauty post & want to give your readers easy links to check out the posts featured items, then Shopsense is a good option.

Shopsense Shopstyle widget for OOTD posts

 

11. GOOGLE ANALYTICS

Google Analytics is a free web analytics tool offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. It tells you in broad terms: who is seeing your content, what they like about it, what they don’t like so much, & how they found you etc. It helps you figure out what posts are doing well, & what you should perhaps do more of. I have only recently started using this.

Read Google Analytics Tips & Tricks for Bloggers here

12. INDEPENDENT FASHION BLOGGERS

IFB is a great resource (current and archived) for fashion bloggers. Plenty of really great advice and tips.

I hope you find this post useful as well, do share with us any useful tips or tools you may have in the comments below.

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  • Aw this is such an interesting post! really helpful, i don’d use them all! I will check out! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    cvetybaby.com

    • Thanks Cvetina! Glad you found it helpful! :))

  • I use all of these except for Comb, which I hadn’t heard of – it sounds awesome. Thank you for sharing!

    Euriental

    • Cool! What’s your favourite go-to tool?

      • I love Shopsense and Iconosquare! X

  • swongx0

    Great tools! I could definitely use some of them. Every time I post a new photo of my outfit, I can never find the item without going back to my purchase history. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    http://simple-fresh-free.blogspot.com/

    • Happy I could share something of use, thanks for stopping by 😀

  • Betty Szanto

    Thanks for this article, really helpful! I will try Comb!

    • Really glad you found it helpful 😀

  • Very good article and good tips.
    Thanks for sharing.

    http://fashionnotesbytriinu.com/

  • Really helpful and interesting post! I enjoyed reading it 🙂

    Kisses, Kali
    http://www.kalisinspiration.com

  • JJ

    Love the sound of comb, thanks for the tip!

    JJ x love-london.co.uk

  • Joy

    Such a cool list! I did know most but some are new to me. Thanks for sharing!

    -X-

  • lauren stevens

    This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing xx

    Lauren | shynature.blogspot.co.uk

  • naomi hall

    thank u for this,i will add these to my list to check out.

    http://Www.naybeautymua.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thank you, Latergram will help me out so much!

  • Hi Zahra, thanks so much for including Latergamme in your tool-kit 😉 We love hearing how it’s helpful to the blogging community. If you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet @Latergamme or @byStephie

  • Jessica

    Looooooove this, it was so helpful.

    http://www.lookwhatigot.co.uk

  • Glad you found it useful! Iconosquare does have a lot to offer 😀

  • Samantha

    Such a helpful post? Have you tried universal checkout tools like varinode, shoppable or two tap? Tempting to boost affiliate commissions that way and I wonder if it’s helpful.

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