According to Instagram’s press release dated June 21st, there are now more than 500 million Instagrammers around the world, 300 million of whom use Instagram daily. Looking at these numbers alone, it’s no wonder companies are taking their businesses to Instagram and expanding their market there.
But wait, even with the recent upgrades to the popular photo app–thank goodness for the multi-user function!–certain limitations still remain.
Like posting content from your computer or scheduling posts, for example.
As someone who helps keep businesses thriving in social media, these limitations can be a roadblock. Yes, these limitations could be considered minor setbacks, but they are still something that hinders us from putting out the best content in the most efficient way possible.
So what if I tell you that we have a game changer in our midst–a nifty tool that doesn’t only enable us to create and schedule posts straight from our computers, but can also be used to find viral content, edit them, and monetize your posts? You’re probably thinking “No way!” and I thought the same too, until I started using this awesome tool called Instamate myself.
PRETTY COOL TOOL
What exactly does Instamate have to offer? Here’s a quick list of things I personally found extremely helpful.
Create and schedule posts from your computer.
Let’s be practical. Social media managers don’t usually handle ONLY ONE account. And even if you are, you might also be using Instagram for personal purposes. Using Instamate is a great way to manage your professional/business accounts and separate them from your personal account as well. Never post personal photos on your business accounts ever again! The best part: Instamate can SCHEDULE your posts for you! You can automate an entire week’s worth of posts, or even longer, if you wish!
Find top viral content and repost/schedule to post them.
Finding popular content on the Instagram app can be a little time-consuming, but Instamate has made it a whole lot easier. You simply type in a keyword, and watch the software work its magic. You’ll find the most relevant, viral posts in no time, and you’re given the function to quickly repost or schedule them. Pretty neat, don’t you think?
Drive traffic to your account/s for free!
Sure, sponsored content gets your content to a wider audience, but before you spend several extra dollars to boost your content, consider this: Instamate has this cool little function where you can find the top hashtags available per niche. Simply copy and paste them into your posts, and voila! Watch your posts earn more likes and start getting more followers. No extra charges. With Instamate, you might find you’ll never need to spend for ads again.
Keep an eye on your competitors.
To be able to stay on top of your game, you need to know what your competitors are up to. Instamate can help you do just that. Keep track of the movers and shakers in your industry, and make sure you’re up to date with what works for them. And what doesn’t.
Undergo full training.
Logging on to Instamate can be overwhelming for new users, but you don’t need to be extremely tech-savvy to be able to run this software smoothly. Luke Maguire, the brains behind Instamate, doesn’t scrimp on providing instructional videos that will help you maximize the software’s full potential.
What else? Advanced features of this software include an image editor that allows you to edit your posts with call-to-action buttons and watermarks, a link cloaker that monetizes your posts, and VIP training.
BUT IT’S NOT PERFECT… YET.
While I highly suggest that you give Instamate a try, I found a couple of things that may be limiting for some. Are they deal breakers? I’d say no, but just some details that may be improved in the future.
It needs a Google Chrome extension for it to work.
Not that that’s a limitation, since I work with Google Chrome as well, but this only means the Instamate software only works on the said browser. If you’re not a Google Chrome user, this might be a con for you.
Scheduled posts page should be up and online at the time your scheduled post should be published.
Say you scheduled a post for tomorrow at 10:00 AM, but you shut your computer down after that. For your scheduled post to be posted on time, you will have to turn the computer on again and go to your Instamate scheduled posts page before 10:00 AM the next day. Because I’m online most of the time, this is a minor limitation for me. However, for others who might have to go offline, this might get tricky.
You need an IFTTT account to automatically share Instagram posts to other social media platforms.
On the Instagram app, you can instantly share your posts to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media platforms with the push of a button. For you to be able to do that on Instamate, however, you will need to create an account via a third-party website called IFTTT (“if this, then that”) and link your Instagram to other social media platform. Yes, it’s an extra step and an extra account to manage, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to share your content to a whole lot of other places. Still a win in my book.
If you’ve been thinking of bringing your business to Instagram, I highly recommend you give Instamate a try. Not only does it help you organize and manage your posts, it can also help you understand Instagram trends, increase your reach, and earn income while you’re at it.
Start using Instamate today! Visit their website.