Week 9: Social Media Automation II

Below are my absolute favorite tools for automation! Remember...automation helps you "sell in your sleep." While you're working on a client, running errands, or even sleeping, your marketing should be Selling! Selling! Selling! your services. If you have to post every post, you're taking time away from other ways you could be building your brand.

Let's work smarter and not harder. Set it and forget it!

#1. Later 

Another great tool for scheduling Instagram posts is Later.

Later offers two types of accounts.

A free account, which gives let’s you:

  • Add 2 Instagram accounts
  • 30 photos per month
  • Post photos
  • Search and repost content

Their paid accounts start at $20 per month for:

  • 2 Instagram accounts
  • 250 posts per month
  • Post photos and videos
  • Search and repost content

You can upgrade to other plans if you need to be able to schedule updates to multiple Instagram accounts.

#2. TakeOff

A third tool for scheduling your updates to Instagram is TakeOff.

TakeOff is part of the tool, Crowdfire, a social media management tool.

Their initial plan is free for one account.

After that, they increase to $10 per month.

This will get you:

  • 2 Linked accounts
  • 1 Team member
  • Hide previously unfollowed users
  • And more

#3. Viral Tag

If Instagram and Pinterest play a big role in your business, you may want to give Viraltag a try.

Not only can you schedule Instagram posts, but Viraltag also let’s you schedule posts for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Another feature they offer is the ability to customize your Instagram posts according to your brand.

With this feature, you’ll be able to add multiple product links to your Instagram posts to help you sell on Instagram.

Some other useful features of Viraltag include:

  • Identify the best times to post on Instagram (and other social networks)
  • Find quality content from customers on Instagram
  • Curate content from RSS feeds

When you compare pricing, Viraltag runs $24 per month for:

  • 1 User
  • Up to 10,000 followers
  • Unlimited posts

If you want to be able to make your Instagram account shoppable, you’ll need to upgrade to their higher tiers.

Overall, Viraltag offers a lot for businesses looking to not only schedule Instagram updates, but also sell on Instagram.

#4. ScheduGram

ScheduGram is one of the most popular tools for scheduling Instagram posts.

Here are some features of ScheduGram.

  • Upload photos and videos from the web
  • Crop, add filters and text, or rotate images
  • Post Instagram updates now or schedule them for later
  • Bulk upload multiple posts for Instagram
  • Manage multiple Instagram accounts
  • Create multiple users to manage all of your scheduled Instagram content

#5. Hootsuite

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive tool to schedule Instagram posts and more, you may want to consider Hootsuite.

Not only can you schedule Instagram posts, with Hootsuite, you can also manage your other social media channels as well.

Here are some of the things you can do with Hootsuite:

  • Schedule Instagram updates
  • Schedule Facebook Page posts
  • Upload Facebook videos
  • Schedule tweets
  • Follow important hashtags
  • Social media analytics reporting
  • And much more

Hootsuite is available as a free tool, but if you want to add more than three social profiles, you’ll want to upgrade to their pro plan, which is just $9 per month.

Compared to the other scheduling tools mentioned so far, you get a lot with Hootsuite. They even offer a 30-day free trial.

#6. Buffer

The next Instagram scheduling tool that we recommend is Buffer.

Here are some features when using Buffer to schedule Instagram posts: 

  • Schedule 10 posts at a time for free
  • Add photos or videos to Instagram
  • Available in free, awesome, small, medium and large plans
  • And more

With Buffer, you have a lot of options to choose from to schedule Instagram posts. 

You can schedule up to 10 posts on Instagram with their free account.

If you need to schedule additional posts, you'll need to upgrade to their awesome plan, which gives you 100 posts.

While you can schedule Instagram posts with Buffer, it won't post them for you.

Instead, you'll get a notification to publish your post that you have written.

Buffer offers a free plan. Their next highest plan for scheduling Instagram updates starts at $10.

#7. Autogrammer

One last Instagram scheduler is Autogrammer.

Autogrammer provides similar functionality to the other Instagram scheduling tools mentioned.

With Autogrammer, you can:

  • Schedule your Instagram posts
  • Manage multiple accounts
  • Edit photos (crop, filter, rotate, color correct)
  • Bulk upload images

Autogrammer costs $19 per month per Instagram account, which can add up quickly if you need to schedule updates to multiple Instagram accounts,

One thing that they don’t do is let you upload videos.

If Instagram videos are important to your business, you might want to look at some of the other tools such as ScheduGram or Latergramme as they let you do more on Instagram.

Autogrammer is $19 per month per Instagram account.

There is a 7-day trial of Autogrammer if you want to test out the Instagram tool to see if it meets your needs.