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Boost Your Instagram in a Month: 31 Days of Inspiring Prompts

If you’re looking to boost your brand on Instagram but at a loss for what to post, we’ve got you covered with 31 days of prompts, inspiration, and hashtags that celebrate life’s beautiful, everyday moments.

Recently we teamed up with social media scheduling app Tailwind for a month-long Instagram challenge aimed at helping you create an unstoppable Instagram habit and gain followers along the way. Those who participated said that it helped them think differently about their feed and one participant even said it helped her gain 1000 followers in a single month.

So we’ve gathered all the prompts in one place plus some awesome examples to inspire you, so you can do the challenge whenever and as many times as you’d like.*

How it Works:

  • Start the challenge on a Monday.
  • Be inspired by these prompts or come up with your own—the most important thing is to post consistently.
  • Consider creating your posts in Adobe Spark and scheduling with Tailwind—the app will post when your followers are most active.
  • Tag your posts with #AdobeSpark so we can follow and feature you!

Day 1: Monday

Introduce yourself and say hello to your Instagram community. Tag a few friends to invite them to the challenge.

Hashtags: #hello #newbeginnings #possibilities #freshstart

To kick things off, we took the opportunity to introduce the Spark team members behind the Instagram account.

Day 2: Tuesday

What are your #feedgoals/theme for your Instagram? Why should people follow your account?

Hashtags: #instafollow #instagrammer #community #journey #feedgoals

The @evokery’s word cloud sums up what their feed is all about. You could also post a quote or phrase that keeps you going.

Day 3: Wednesday

Share a quote for #wordsofwisdom Wednesday

#wordsofwisdom #quote #wordstoliveby #wisewords #feedgoals

We love how @zollerfabian uses multiple shapes and Spark Post’s Magic Layout to make his text pop. The black and white background image also looks awesome under the red.

Day 4: Thursday

#TBT time! Share a throwback photo

Hashtags: #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwback #memories #feedgoals

We love how @amdesigned uses Magic Layout to throw it back to her prom days. Post’s collage functionality works great for before-and-after posts or to show progress. Consider pulling the text out of the grid to make it stand out.

Day 5: Friday

#TGIF Express the happiness that is Friday

Hashtags: #tgif #friyay #happyfriday #friday #feedgoals

Fun shapes, like speech bubbles, can add flair to photos like in this post from @anyonedog.

And when a still image simply won’t do, say it with Spark Video, like Brazilian food blogger @lucanacozinha does with a video compilation.

Related: Everything you need to know to create awesome videos for Instagram.

Day 6 Saturday

What makes your weekend awesome? Share your #Weekendvibes

#weekendvibes #weekendfun #weekend #saturday #feedgoals

Day 7 – Sunday

Sunday Selfie!

Hashtags: #selfie #thisisme #simplyme #justbeyourself #feedgoals

Selfies can add a serious dose of realness to your social feed. They create intimacy between you and your followers and shows the personality of your brand. (Plus, faces are proven to draw people in!) Here, @Zollerfabian takes his followers behind the scenes of his dance competition.

Day 8 – Monday

What’s your goal for the week?

Hashtags: #goals #motivationmonday #youcandoit #instamotivation #feedgoals

Writing down your goals and focus for the week can help you stay focused. Sharing those goals with your tribe can help you stay accountable.

Day 9 – Tuesday

Share a #shelfie (photo of your bookshelf)

Hashtags: #shelfie #bookshelf #bookshelves #bookstagrammer #feedgoals

Day 10 – Wednesday

Show your workspace – tag your co-workers/company

Hashtags: #myjob #dayjob #mygrind #company #feedgoals

Day 11 – Thursday

From where I stand – take a photo of where you are with your shoes in the photo (search #fromwhereistand for inspiration)

Hashtags: #fromwhereistand #fwis #pursuepretty #livethelittlethings #feedgoals

If your feed is looking all the same, you might be shooting from the same angle out of habit. This prompt is all about changing your perspective.

Day 12 – Friday

Design and shoot a flat lay photo

Hashtags: #flatlay #onthetable #feedfeed #flatlayfriday

This is a great prompt for all the makers out there. Check out some of our flat-lay styling tips and easily add graphic elements with Spark Post to promote a sale or new items. Boom! Pro-looking DIY advertising!

Day 13 – Saturday

What are you reading? Share a quote or idea from a book.

Hashtags: #book #read #booklover #quoteoftheday #feedgoals

We love how @zollerfabian continued the motif of the book cover in his excerpted quotes.

#FeedGoals challenge – Day 13: Time for one of my favorite books „It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.“ ‍ I read it every now and then cause it’s packed with really good hints about the designer life I have to remind myself from time to time. Thank you, #paularden SWIPE LEFT for my favorite quotes! . Why do we strive for excellence when mediocrity is required? . Do not seek praise. Seek criticism. . Don’t be afraid of silly ideas. . If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you are playing by the rules. . . @adobespark @tailwindapp #book #read #booklover #quoteoftheday #feedgoals #bookstagram #reading #instabook #motivation #inspiration #designer #designerlife #bookaddict #bookish #bookphotography #booknerdigans #books #bookstagramfeature #bookporn #booklove #bookstagrammer #graphicdesign #booksofinstagram #becauseofreading

A post shared by Fabian Zöller (@zollerfabian) on

Day 14 – Sunday

Brunch it up with a food photo

Hashtags: #brunch #brunchtime #yum #foodstagram #feedgoals

What is Instagram if not a collection of food porn photos? Learn to take better food photos with these tips from a professional photographer and chef.

Day 15 – Monday

What’s next on your travel bucket list?

Hashtags: #bucketlist #travelbug #travelgoals #globetrotter #feedgoals

From stunning photos to DIY postcards, this was one of our favorite days of the challenge for how much creativity it inspired. Some posted quotes about travel alongside a dream destination or picked fonts that evoked the vibe of the place. These DIY postcards gave us a serious dose of wanderlust.

Marfa, TX

A post shared by Noah Irvin (@nirvin94) on

Day 16 – Tuesday

What are you drinking this morning? Share what’s #inmycup.

Hashtags: #inmycup #drink #drinkup #drinking #feedgoals

We love the strong lines and minimal design on this post.

Day 17 – Wednesday

Pattern play – share a photo with a pattern in it

Hashtags: #pattern #lookingup #geometric #perspective #feedgoals

@JimBabbage showcases the patterns in everyday things with this Spark Post collage.

We also love patterns for creating awesome backgrounds. Search from hundreds of artful patterns, available for free for a limited time in Spark Post.

Truth. #Repost @natasha_alexandra ・・・ My quote of the week. #letitgo

A post shared by Adobe Spark (@adobespark) on

Day 18 – Thursday

Post a reflection

Hashtags: #reflection #ignaturale #reflect #reflections #feedgoals

From thoughtful reflections with text to playing with mirrored effects, this prompt leaves a lot to the imagination. We like how @stefanifineart uses subtle text to brand her imagery.

Day 19 – Friday

What are you grateful for?

Hashtags: #thankful #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #feedgoals

@Tailwindapp took Day 19 as an opportunity to thank their community, while others posted about kids, good weather, a great book etc.

The thing we are MOST thankful for? Our incredible members. Thanks for supporting us ❤

A post shared by Tailwind (@tailwindapp) on

Day 20 – Saturday

Three of your favorite things and why

Hashtags: #favorite #special #favoritethings #itsthelittlethings #feedgoals

If you’re a shop or boutique #threefavorites could be a fun regular feature for your Instagram channel. Use it to showcase new items or style objects together. You might even ask customers or influencers to share their #threefavorites to inspire UGC and brand mentions.

Day 21 – Sunday

Favorite way to relax

Hashtags: #relax #chill #rest #enjoy #feedgoals

Day 22 – Monday

Share your morning routine

Hashtags: #mornings #riseandshine #riseandgrind #morningmotivation #feedgoals

The cohesive color palette in this post makes it shine!

From all days of this challenge, Today by far was the trickiest. I'm usually not a morning person and not devoted to routines. Workday mornings are a matter of survival, done mechanically and trying to arrive at work awake and safely . But nowadays Overnight Oats prep is part of what U could call routine. Easy and as it says prepared the night before, in the morning I just have to portion it and choose toppings. De todos os dias deste desafio, Hoje foi de longe o mais complicado. Eu normalmente não sou uma pessoa da manhã e muito menos rotinas. Manhãs de dias da semana  são uma questão de sobrevivência, feita mecanicamente e tentar chegar ao trabalho acordada e em segurança . Mas hoje em dia Overnight Oats é parte do que pode se chamar de rotina. Fácil e como o nome diz preparado a noite anterio, de manhã é apenas porcionar e escolher entre as coberturas. Essa semana tem a receita no site! #feedgoals #feedgoalschallenge #adobespark #tailwind #lucanacozinha #mornings #riseandshine #riseandgrind #morningmotivation #overnightoats #breakfast #healthy #healthyfood #oats #healthybreakfast #oatmeal #veganbreakfast #ahealthynut #healthyfoodshare #letscookhealthy #bestofvegan #letscookvegan #veganfoodlovers

A post shared by Luca (@lucanacozinha) on

Day 23 – Tuesday

Post your favorite treat today

Hashtags: #snack #snacktime #soyummy #nomnom #feedgoals

Did you know Spark Post suggests colors for the text based on the photo you start with? We’re taking the guesswork out of color theory.

Day 24 – Wednesday

Friendship – post a photo of you and your bestie/bromance

Hashtags: #friendshipgoals #besties #friendsforlife #bestfriendlove #feedgoals

Day 25 – Thursday

Tell a story with color

Hashtags: #colorstory #color #acolorstory #feedgoals

Beautiful words by Georgia O'Keefe

A post shared by Charlotte Hoffman (@_charlottecreative) on

Day 26 – Friday

#butfirst [insert your must have]

Hashtags: #butfirst #morning #weekendvibes #readyfortheweekend

Some photos are better suited for text than others, but many stock photo services have collections of imagery primed for typography. Here are 6 tips for picking photos that work well with text.

Day 27 – Saturday

Show your hometown/state pride

Hashtags: #hometown #local #native #feedgoals #hometownpride

Day 28 – Sunday

Share something you’ve made and you’re proud of.

Hashtags: #handmade #imadethis #humblebrag #crafty #maker #feedgoals

I'm not crafty, but I can take a well-exposed selfie photo.

A post shared by Kirsten (@the_evokery) on

Day 29 – Monday

#MotivationMonday – Share your favorite piece of advice

Hashtag: #motivationmonday #instamotivation #advice #succeed #feedgoals

We love the bold black and yellow color combo, which followed the motif of other photos on this blogger’s feed the day she posted it, created a nice visual cohesion.

Day 30 – Tuesday

Where’s your favorite place to hang out? Ask someone to take a photo of you in your #naturalhabitat

Hashtags: #naturalhabitat #happyplace #myhappyplace #lovinglife

My favorite place to hangout is at the farm! Can't wait to live out there! #naturalhabitat #feedgoals

A post shared by Lance Smalling (@smallinglance) on

Day 31 – Wednesday

Celebrate! Your 31-day challenge success or anything you’re proud of accomplishing!

Hashtags: #celebrate #milestone #goals #feedgoals

Are you using Spark to boost your Instagram game? Use #AdobeSpark in a comment so we’re sure to see it!

* Participants not eligible for prizes, though keep an eye out for more giveaways coming soon!

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