I'm excited to continue my series about tools that save you time as you run your business. Today I want to talk about tools for Instagram.
The first thing to note is that there is no (Instagram legal) tool out there that literally posts for you. That means that in any tool if I schedule something for tomorrow at 5pm, it will pop up a reminder on my phone at that time. Then when I accept it will automatically open up Instagram on my phone with the photo I selected and will also copy the caption to my phone clipboard. All I have to do is paste it and hit post. It takes zero brain power and literally about 5 seconds.
The advantage is that you can batch create your posts. That saves a lot of time (and a lot of phone typing which I hate) and really helps you post consistently which is key for growing a loyal following on any platform.
I’ve experimented with different Instagram scheduling tools, but my personal favorite Instagram tool is Planoly. It’s free or very affordable. The free version allows you to schedule up to 30 posts per month, and you can get unlimited posts to one Instagram account for just $7/month. It also has a very pretty and clean user interface, and it’s an all in one tool. You can schedule regular posts (video, gif, or photo) AND stories. You can also see stats and analytics and respond to comments in the tool. I LOVE being able to respond to my comments on the computer (since I hate phone typing). The other great feature is that you can easily see your grid as you’re scheduling and see how adding a certain photo would make your grid look before you actually post it.
Here’s a quick video walk through I created of the tool.
What about you? Have you found an Instagram tool that you love?
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