Instagram can be one of the easiest platforms to market a product because of the visual component. But even so, lots of people get it wrong.
How often have you been stuck with ten followers without making any significant headway? Then there are sudden dips in your follower count.
Stuff like that tends to happen when you forget to automate the bulk of your tasks in order to really interact with your audience.
One of the cardinal sins of Instagram marketing is purchasing likes and follows from click farms. This is sure to get your account banned and any followers that you get this way is simply not worth the time, effort, or money.
This blog is aimed towards making your Instagram process a lot more streamlined. Using this list of 11 awesome tools, you can boost your current follower count and stop it from ever jumping off a cliff.
Without any further ado, let’s get started:
Automate with Agorapulse
Agorapulse is a post scheduling software that has a ton of free tools as well. Using Agorapulse, business automation becomes pretty simple. This leaves you a lot of time to focus on your social interactions by perfecting a simple social media calendar.
Who’s successfully using Agorapulse to automate their businesses?
Take a look at Fracture – they grew their business to 11,000 followers on Instagram. Does that sound like a good idea for your business?
If so, make sure to check out their tools.
They also have a few great free tools including a Facebook Contest maker that are all worth checing out.
Our advice? Try out ALL the free stuff. Once you get a taste of what you are signing up for, you will love them for life.
Use Combin for Combin’ through Hashtags
Hashtags can make or break your Instagram campaigns. Finding great hashtags to use just became a lot easier with Combin.
Combin Instagram marketing tool that allows you to acquire new followers safely and organically by leveraging the power of hashtags.
Using this simple tool, you can find real people and posts from hashtags, locations, existing followers, and competitors. You could even use a combination of these filters to engage with a broad audience.
This can be remarkably powerful as you can set up laser-focused campaigns and gain followers who are definitely interested in your products. You could also go as local as you want with the location feature.
Use Linktree to Connect Across Multiple Platforms
Instagram allows only one link in your bio. No links in photos, no second link in the bio. Of course, most people simply use their weblink. But using Linktree, you can leave one link that lists all your links – web store and social.
You can use it to connect with your audience across other platforms, track how many people are clicking on the link, and consolidate your marketing efforts.
Repost with Repost
Repost does exactly what it sounds like. Repost for Instagram is a web app that allows you to share user content. On Instagram, reposting content is one of the best ways to show appreciation.
Repost helps you bookmark content and even find content on Instagram using hashtags. Using a simple app can allow you to engage with your audience even more.
Share user-made content to grow a dedicated fan base that you can connect with on a personal level because you can give the original content creators credit from the dashboard directly.
You do not even need to put this into your social media calendar. You simply be spontaneous about it. This kind of automation helps you foster a more concrete following instead of coming off as robotic and mechanical.
The best part is that it is not restricted to photos. You can even find videos to engage with and repost.
Get Detailed Analytics from Social Insight
Any marketer worth his salt knows that analytics are crucial to the success of any online campaign.
Sure, Google Analytics tells you a lot about referral traffic. But it hardly tells you anything about the engagements or ROI from each post.
You can obviously choose to check analytics from each individual social media platform. But why bother? With Social Insight, you get dedicated, actionable insights for Instagram.
The analytics dashboard includes a whole host of insights including top post types. Using Social Insight, you can definitely benchmark your performance. But you can also identify possible influencer partnerships, understand your followers, and manage them from a single dashboard.
No more post approval notifications. Even giants like Forbes and The Huffington Post approve of this amazing tool.
What does that tell you?
That you need to check them out now?
Crowdfire for a Management Dashboard
Crowdfire is one of the best social media management tools out there. From small business owners to agency websites, millions of people use Crowdfire to automate their Instagram calendar.
Although Crowdfire is not exclusively for Instagram, there are lots of feature benefits for Instagram marketers. For instance, you can create a social calendar right from the dashboard, schedule reposting, and choose post types from one dashboard.
They also have a WordPress plugin and a Chrome extension for sharing content on the fly.
Crowdfire lets you monitor brand mentions across multiple social media platforms.
How about this, then – Crowdfire crafts custom posts for each social media platform from a single post. Cross-posting just became hands-free!
What could you possibly hate about them?
Are there even more cool features of Crowdfire that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
Comment Selling with Soldsie
How many times have you seen something amazing and thought to yourself “I want that!”
You know what, forget that. Think of it this way – how often to do you market a product and get comments that say, “I want that!”
Let me translate this for you – that is a golden lead that you will not close.
Simply because selling from Instagram is an extremely lengthy process for the customer. First, they have to go to your profile bio, then click on the web link, then find the product, and THEN buy it.
Even with stunning UX practices on your web store, that is a minimum of 6 clicks. How often do you click on anything but the ‘Up Next’ videos on YouTube?
See the problem? Enter Soldsie!
Soldsie is a web app that allows you to sell directly to the commenters who comment, ‘Sold’ on the picture or video. They do this by setting up a shoppable link that is one step away from Instagram.
The best part? By using comment selling, you can showcase exactly how many people are buying your product, which generates even more sales.
Get an Account Manager with Upleap
Imagine never having to think or worry about your Instagram engagements ever again. The only way to do that is by hiring an expert in Instagram marketing, right?
You are completely right! Upleap sets up your Instagram management account, pairs you up with a real Instagram account manager, and boosts your engagements.
Everything is manual, everything is organic, and you get fast results!
The account manager that Upleap assigns to your Instagram account starts their work within hours and you can see real results within the hour.
On top of it all, you get access to premium analytics, hashtag targeting, location targeting, and you can even exclude negative keywords.
The best part? You can rack up a ton of traction by having the account manager view Instagram stories of people that you do not even follow. This is going to get you noticed much faster and deliver strong results.
Followers Track for Instagram
You know those annoying people who follow you so that when you follow back, they can unfollow you?
EVERYONE hates them. Followers Track lets you track your entire profile and see who is following you and gives you the option to mass unfollow.
This might seem like a trivial step, but thinning out the herd can be a good thing. As it is, there is a lot of noise on Instagram. Why would you want to increase the chaos by following people who do not matter in the least?
The only downside with this app is that it is meant only for iOS.
If you are not on iOS, I would suggest doing it manually.
You can use the Android app called Mass Unfollow for Instagram. The app allows you to whitelist important people so that you do not accidentally delete useful followers.
Automating this bit of tracing and culling can save you a ton of headaches down the line. Especially if you are a marketer who depends on a buyer persona for selling on social media, you need a targeted audience.
Just use the app to automate things.
RiteForge is yet another scheduling app for Instagram. Or is it? RiteForge is not your average, run-off-the-mill scheduling app.
You get a lot of additional features with this nifty app. One of the most striking features is their Enhance feature.
Well, we say ‘feature’, but there are lots of features to this one feature.
You can automatically select hashtags, you can insert emojis, extract images from the link, shorten the link, and even create a GIF from a template!
Gold mine? We certainly think so!
The best part? You can use RiteForge as a plugin tool for Buffer or Hootsuite or Agorapulse!
But if you want to go for a single platform for powerful CTAs, diverse customization options, a rich analytics engine, and a complete post scheduling tool – look no further!
And, hey! If it’s good enough for Nestle and KitKat, it should be good enough for you too!
The last tool on our list is Hashtagpirate. Do not be fooled, there is nothing pirate-y about this tool and it is a 100% legitimate.
So, what can you do with Hashtagpirate?
You can automate:
- Post Scheduling
- Post Liking
- Media Downloads
- Profile editing
- Direct Messaging
Essentially, Hashtagpirate is a bot. But unlike most other bots, it does not push for bought likes and comments.
Instead, the toolkit focuses on making the most tedious parts of Instagram marketing much easier.
As far as pricing goes, this is hands down one of the cheapest Instagram automation tools out there. Pure value for money.
Also, one of the best bits about this tool is the fact that you can do a lot from your PC. There is actually no need to ever really bother with the mobile app.
You can view Instagram stories from hashtag searches as well. This is a great way to ramp up your popularity and get noticed by many people.
Lots of features with auto-scheduling are not unique. There are so many tools that offer the same. This blog lists some tools that have at least one thing that they can absolutely crush.
There are a ton of Instagram automation tools out there. Some of the ones on this list are extremely popular, while some are just starting up. Either way, they are all great tools to use.
Did we miss some of your favorite tools? Let us know in the comments below. Also, most of these tools have plenty of alternatives. Do you have any in mind? We want to know!
Also, every marketer uses an automation tool differently in accordance with their needs. Tell us your story. What goes on in your mind while automating?
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