The holidays are approaching (or perhaps you are already enjoying them) and you do not want to stop publishing content on Instagram to avoid that the algorithm penalizes your publications with less reach for not having evidence, but you do not want to be glued to your mobile all day. This is a problem, since the social network itself does not have the option to program content (as Facebook pages do).
So, can’t you schedule posts on Instagram? Yes, but with external tools.
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Therefore, I am going to share with you 8 tools that you can use to program your content, whether you want to go on vacation or if you want to better organize your time.
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Tools to program on Instagram
With these tools you can schedule your publications and know that they will be published on the indicated date without having to do anything else, unless the tool has an error (in that case they usually notify by notification or email so that you can check if it has been published or not ).
Since August 2, Facebook allows the option of programming content from its Creator Studio tool . You just have to access it from your Facebook page, give it permissions to access your Instagram account and start scheduling your images, videos or carousels for the feed or your IGTV videos .
It also allows you to add hashtags, locations, and tags .
It is completely free and you also have access to the statistics of your account and of all the content you share (the stories also although they have not yet set the option to program them).
It is the tool that I use to schedule the publications of my Instagram profile since it is a very visual tool, which allows you to upload several images and see how they would look in your feed before publishing them (so you can organize them better).
Its free version allows you to upload up to 30 content (images or videos) per month, so if you are not going to publish every day it is a good option. You can also create carousels, add hashtags and locations, and tag people in the post.In addition, it allows you to see which are your best publications, of the week and the current month, and see a comparison of likes, comments and followers of the current week and the previous one.
Schedule Instagram – Planoly
It is one of my favorite tools to analyze metrics in social networks, since it gives you many interesting statistics from both your social profiles and your website. In addition, it has a section that I use a lot to know the best time to post on Instagram, the Planning section , where it appears colored each hour of the day according to the users who are connected to your network and where it also allows you to schedule content for Instagram.
With this tool you can program your images, carousels or videos to be automatically published on your Instagram account. And you can also schedule your stories, but the bad thing about it is that the stories are not self-published, but they notify you at the indicated time so that you can do it manually.Schedule Instagram – Metricool
It is a tool similar to Planoly, which also allows you to see how the publications will be in the feed to allow you to organize them in the way you like best.
It has a free version in which you can share up to 30 publications per month and it also allows you to connect your Later account with your Dropbox or Drive Cambodia Phone Number List to be able to choose the images directly from your cloud.
Schedule Instagram – Later
This tool does not have a free version either, but you have 14 days to try it for free and decide if you want to invest in this tool or not.
It is a very complete tool, especially if you are looking for a programming and analytical tool, so it is worth trying it before deciding whether or not you want to invest in another tool.
When creating the account, you will have to wait a while for it to collect information from your Instagram profile. At the end, you will be able to see a lot of interesting statistics and you will be able to compare your results with the average results of your sector .
You can also collect all the analytics in a report that will be sent to you by email in PDF or XLS format.
In addition, when you go to the calendar to schedule your publication, you can see with a star what are your best times to publish, based on your account history.
Schedule Instagram – iconosquare
It is the tool I use to schedule my tweets and those of my clients, since it has a Chrome extension that allows you to get the title, URL and images of the post you are viewing by simply clicking on the icon of this extension.
It also allows you to create a schedule for each social network , so as not to have to be putting what time you want it to be published in each publication, but simply add the publication to the queue and it is scheduled at the time that you have previously told it .
And, in addition, it allows to program more social networks, such as Instagram.
It is a good option if you want to manage different social networks, although the free version has quite a few limitations.
You can add hashtags and locations in your publications and you have direct access to the list of emoticons within the publication box itself, so you don’t need to use an external tool.
Schedule Instagram – Buffer
It is a well-known tool in the Community Manager world because it allows you to create columns to be able to see and properly manage everything that happens on your social profiles.
In the free version you can program up to 30 publications at the same time, that is, you can program 30 contents and if you want to add the 31 you will have to wait for the first one to be published. And it allows you to add hashtags and locations to your content.
In addition, it also allows you, as with Twitter, to create a column to follow hashtags, such as your brand’s or one that seems especially relevant to you .
Schedule Instagram – Hootsuite
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Tools to schedule Instagram post alerts
These tools do not self publish , so they send you a notification so that you are the one to publish on Instagram.
This tool does not have a free version, but has a free period of time (7 days) with which you can test the tool and decide if you want to use it or not.
It is one of the cheapest options if you want to manage several Instagram accounts, although it forces you to download the app in order to continue, since it does not have Instagram permission to self-publish, but a notification appears at the indicated time, download the image in your gallery and you must finish publishing it yourself , selecting if you want the image in stories or in the feed.Schedule Instagram – Onlypult
It is a very original tool, with very complete statistics , which allows you to program your content on different social networks. On Instagram, you can add hashtags and tags to your publications, as well as being able to add the first comment directly (very useful if you are one of those people who like to include hashtags in the first comment of the publication instead of in the description).
In addition, you have the option to preview how the feed will look with the content that you have scheduled for Instagram.
This tool has a free version with which you can publish only images on Instagram (videos, carousels, stories and the option to add locations are for paid accounts).
Schedule Instagram – SocialGest
Tools to schedule Instagram Stories
If you want to program stories, some of the previous tools allow it, but they have quite a few limitations since they do not allow adding stickers.
Here I share two tools with which you do have the option to schedule stories and have them self-publish, adding the Instagram stickers you want.
This tool has a 14-day trial period so you can try it out and it is a fairly inexpensive tool.
It works very well, it is easy to use and the interface is very good.Storrito
This tool has a free plan, but it is quite limited , since it only allows programming 10 stories per month, although the payment option of this tool is quite inexpensive.
It works very well, although, in my opinion, the interface is a bit old.Schedule Instagram – Storrito
What tool to use for your project?
This depends on the use you are going to give it, the money you want to invest and which tool is easiest for you to use.Most have a free account, albeit with limitations, or a period of time in which you can test the tool before you start paying for it. I advise you to take advantage of it and use them for a couple of days until you see which is the option that you like the most and that it has everything you need.In addition, before paying for a tool to program your Instagram profile, I leave you a website where you can see which are the Instagram partners, since these tools are approved by Instagram (although those that are partners today may not be tomorrow Sean…):Official tools for Instagram Conclusions
There are many tools that can help you plan your Instagram account so that you only have to spend your time interacting with other accounts, creating conversations and replying to messages and comments.
There is not a single good option, but many, so you just have to try them and select the one that best suits what you are looking for.