With so much going on within our social media promotion strategy, it can be tricky to remember to do everything. We often need a gentle reminder when it comes to posting updates and that is what I want to talk to you about. While there are plenty of apps like Buffer, Hootsuite and Crowdbooster, that can completely automate our efforts on Twitter and Facebook, Instagram is an entirely different beast. So this is how I automate Instagram with CrowdFire.
The CrowdFire App works much like many other social scheduling softwares, however there is one major difference, I does not actually post for you. You have to do that yourself. Unfortunately this is a common problem when it comes to Instagram scheduling apps, they do not post for you. So how do I automate Instagram?
How to Automate Instagram
Download the CrowdFire App
Well the truth is that I do not put the entire process on autopilot, so I can not fully automate Instagram. However I can take much of the work out of it. What I actually do is programme CrowdFire with the post and image I want to send out and it gently reminds me when it is time to publish. So firstly you will need to download the CrowdFire App from the app store.
Hook it up to your Instagram and allow the permissions it is looking for. You can also connect up your Twitter account if you so wish, I choose not to though and just keep this one to automate Instagram. The beauty of CrowdFire is that there is also a desktop version, so you are not limited to just working off your smart phone.
This is a must. If you do not allow the app to send you notifications it will not be able to remind you to post your update. So as annoying as some app notifications can be, this is a good one. So while the temptation is to turn of the notifications when installing an app, in this case you must allow them!
Programme your post
Take some time to plan out what messages you want to push out that day, this is the most time consuming part, but if you want to automate Instagram it’s gotta be done. I suggest you do this either early in the morning or the night before. Then all you have to do is write out the post “copy” that you want to include with the image.
CrowdFire will also throw up some suggestions when it comes to hashtags, so be sure to take advantage of that. To learn more about hashtags on Instagram you can read this recent article I wrote.
Select when to Publish
You have a couple of options when it comes to scheduling your post. You can post it there and then. Allow CrowdFire to schedule it at the time they deem to be the best, or you can select your own time to publish.
As you can see if you swipe up, it will publish now. If you swipe left you can set a custom publish time. If you swipe to the right, CrowdFire will set it to the best time they think you should be posting.
Once you have selected when you want the Instagram post to go out, you can close the app and get on with your day safe in the knowledge that you won’t forget to update your feed.
When it comes to the time you should be posting, CrowdFire will send you a push notification, like the one on my watch (check out our Instagram feed to see my Apple Watch notifications). This is why it is so important to make sure that you allow notifications from the app. Once it does, open the app and hit publish.
What will happen next is that CrowdFire will copy the body text within your post to your clip board and a pop up will appear from the bottom of the screen. Simply select Instagram and your Instagram app will open with the picture you selected already there for you to crop or add filters to. Once you are happy with the picture, hit next, paste in the body copy that was automatically saved for you and hit publish.
It is as simple as that. I know this may sound like a longwinded way of doing things, but trust me it is so quick and easy. Also due to the fact that I am setting up my posts each day, I never forget to post and as a result our Instagram following is growing steadily.
While this is not a 100% automated service for Instagram, it is a great way of ensuring that your content goes out on time. Give it a go and see what you think and let us know.
Regardless of whether or not you use CrowdFire or another platform, there is always room for a little nudge in the right direction.