HOW-TO: A helpful tool for scheduling Instagram posts
Scheduling posts to social media is hands down one of the biggest time savers you can tap into as an author. Tools like Buffer, HootSuite, and others are a lifesaver for busy authors trying to build their online presence with high quality, consistent posts.
If you were to look at the social media outlets available to connect with these management systems, you'll see that one is missing: Instagram. Instagram doesn't allow apps to post directly to their platform. If you're like me and you want to schedule multiple posts throughout the day without being tied to your computer all day, this was a problem. Especially since Instagram is such a powerful way to connect with and grow your audience.
But then I found a great online tool that has helped significantly with this. It's called Latergramme. Now, Latergramme isn't a "schedule and forget about it" kind of tool. Basically what it does is allows you to schedule your posts and images for specific days/times and it sends you a reminder/push notification on your smartphone to allow it to post to Instagram. The entire process takes all of 15 seconds.
Latergramme offers free and premium services, which are well worth the cost if you are investing a lot of time and effort into your Instagram following. It's super easy to use and works seamlessly.
Here's how to use it:
Connect your Instagram account to Latergram.me and create an account:
It will prompt you to install the Latergramme app on your iPhone or Android phone. Follow the instructions and you'll be good to go.
Once you have everything connected, you'll click on the "My Account" in the upper righthand corner and you'll see a page that looks something like this:
The next step to schedule your posts is to select the big blue button "Add New Image." Once you click that, it will look like this:
Drag and drop your image into the top box (we love to use the InstaQuote app to create quote images to share - we have a quick tutorial on how to use that here) and add a caption in the box below that. I remove the "#latergram sent via @latergramme" text and replace it with what I want it to say. Select a day/time to post and click "Create Post" - you're done!
When it's time to post your image, you'll receive a notification on your smart phone:
Then you'll simply open the notification and this will pop up:
Select "Open in Instagram," follow the prompts and you'll be good to go!
Latergramme has been the best tool to schedule posts to Instagram to create consistency and ensure that we don't miss a beat with sharing with our audience. It's easy to use, reliable, and gets the job done.
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