[[updated March 30, 2018]]
Each month, more than 20,000 people search Google for a way to schedule Instagram posts. If you’re a social media manager, you might very well be one of those 20k searchers.
Search no longer, my friend. We have a way to schedule and publish posts to Instagram from your desktop or mobile device.
And we’re not just an “Instagram posting tool.” In fact, we’re offer all our customers Instagram scheduling, publishing, monitoring and reporting. (Does your social media dashboard give you all four?)
Quick note before we dive straight in – you can only enable Instagram direct publishing for business accounts. This is a current restriction of the Instagram API. As a proud Instagram Partner we must abide by the rules of the ‘gram.
So the old ways of publishing are still true if you’re clinging tightly to your personal profile status for some reason. Personally, I recommend joining 80 percent of Agorapulse Instagram users and covert over to a business account.
In 2018 the Instagram powers-that-be saw fit to allow us mere mortals to auto-publish some content using authorized third-party apps. It’s really important to understand the limitations to this, or you’re going to have a bad time.
Okay, deep breath. Continue.
And yes — scheduling supports more than one Instagram account. If you use Agorapulse only for Instagram, our small plan gives you 3 accounts and our medium plan gives you 10 accounts to schedule Instagram posts.
Now that we have all that down, this video explains exactly how to set up Agorapulse to chauffeur your Instagram content for you.
Are you one of those efficient types that clumps all their Instagram design work together for the month, or for an entire campaign? Agorapulse has a treat for you then―you can bulk upload up to 100 images at once from a CSV file. Even better, you can then set these to schedule or put into a preconfigured publishing category. These are great for padding out your calendar without running the risk of being repetitive.
Since Instagram doesn’t allow direct-publishing to personal accounts, you’ll have to use the Agorapulse mobile app (Android, iOS) to start your magic. Once you’ve downloaded the app and have connected an Instagram account or two on there, you’re ready to begin!
On your app or desktop, go to the publishing tab of the Instagram account you want to post to.
Add your photo, caption, and either select publish now or schedule. On the app, I’ve selected the calendar at the bottom of my screen to choose the time I want this post of delicious Brazilian food to be seen by my followers.
It will then be in my queue to be notified at the time I designate.
I can also check my scheduled posts on my desktop publishing calendar. (This is especially handy for managers and clients who aren’t that mobile friendly.)
Once I’m notified on your mobile app, I simply press “publish” and I’m taken to a very familiar looking Instagram screen.
You know our software doesn’t just schedule Instagram posts, right? We are a full-service social media management tool.
Our plans also include Web and customizable PowerPoint reports to share your Instagram analytics with team members (or clients) and to improve the results of your next round of scheduled Instagram posts!
Compared to our big competitors, we are the ONLY social media management tool to give our customers Instagram scheduling AND publishing, along with monitoring AND reporting.
While we would love to publish your photos to all types of Instagram account, we’d be breaking the Instagram Terms of Service.
Since we are an official Instagram Partner, we don’t want to do anything to compromise our relationship with Instagram.
You might know of other tools that publish directly to Instagram no matter what type of account you have. No matter what they tell you, those tools are treading on thin ice with Instagram’s rules. And they sure aren’t an Instagram Partner.
If you use one of those tools, you’re at risk of losing your Instagram account. And if you’re managing a client’s Instagram account through one of those tools, be careful! Nothing worse than saying, “Oopsie! I got your account banned because I used a shady tool to manage it. Can I still get paid this month?”
Plus, seriously – there’s a whole bunch of other benefits to converting over to a business account – like analytics and insights!
So, within Instagram’s Terms of Service, we’ve come up with the most comprehensive tool to schedule, publish, monitor and report on your Instagram profile.
We hope you like using it as much as we do.