[[updated December 12, 2016]]
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 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, monitoring and reporting. (Does your social media dashboard give you all three?)
Since Instagram is primarily a mobile app, 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!
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.
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.
All of our plans include monitoring keywords, geotags, comments, and ads comments on your Instagram accounts.
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 along with monitoring AND reporting.
While we would love to publish your photos to Instagram — heck, we do it for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ — we’d be breaking the Instagram Terms of Service which forbids third party tools to “use the Instagram API to simply display User Content, import or backup content.”
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 do publish directly to Instagram. 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?”
Until Instagram changes its Terms of Service, we’ve come up with a great way to schedule Instagram posts that you want to share with your followers — all while staying in Instagram’s good graces.
We hope you like using it as much as we do.