Must Have Instagram Tools
Instagram is now absolutely massive. It’s so big that if you want to achieve huge success, you’re going to have to start using tools.
Why? Because tools are designed to help us. Need help scheduling your posts? There’s a tool for that. Need help customizing your images? There’s a tool for that, too.
In fact, there’s a tool for everything (there are even tools that comment on posts for you – IKR).
The problem is that there are so many tools that it’s hard to know where to start looking. And as a business owner, you probably don’t have a lot of time on your hands to go manually searching through them all. So join us as we take a look at the best Instagram tools that will boost your business in 2019.The problem is that there are so many tools that it’s hard to know where to start looking. #Instagramtools Click To Tweet
Okay, Social Captain is a bit weird.
Essentially, it’s normal for you to go around liking and commenting on Instagram posts yourself, isn’t it? Problem is, that takes time if you’re doing it for the sole purpose of getting attention so that other people follow you back.
This is where Social Captain comes in. It’s an Instagram automation tool that likes and comments for you.
Told you it’s a bit weird.
But it’s totally cool – don’t worry that Social Captain will like inappropriate posts or say inappropriate things. It’s powered by Artificial Intelligence, which means that, once you’ve configured it to like certain content, it will comply perfectly, helping you build relationships and grow your following.
The beauty of HootSuite is that it isn’t just limited to Instagram. It’s a social media scheduling tool that makes it so much easier to manage your posts. You can use it for your Instagram account, but you can also hook it up to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, too.
The guys and girls over at HootSuite recently made some changes so that you can now publish content directly to the ‘gram. This wasn’t the case in 2018, so it’s a pretty awesome and welcome change. It’s especially helpful for those businesses who struggle with scheduling (which is all of us).
Not just that, but HootSuite also lets you “spy” (okay, monitor) your competition. By doing this, you’ll be able to gain valuable insights into their marketing strategies. Then, you can reverse engineer what they do for better results of your own.
For example, you’ll able to find rivals you never even knew existed, before taking a look at their follower account. Is it wildly better than yours? Should you be looking to achieve a similar kind of follower account?
You’ll be able to take a look at their posts, too, to see what they’re doing differently (and better) to you.
What’s the reason some folks get a TON of engagement on their photos? Well, a lot of it is down to simply doing the right things and driving organic traffic.
But some of the time – if not most of the time (whisper it) – these same folk (or “influencers”, should we say) are actually using automation tools, such as Rocket Social.
There’s nothing wrong with combining automation with organic if you’re looking to boost your following on Instagram right now. Engagement is important, and this is what Rocket Social can help with. Provided you take awesome photo’s in the first place, this tool can increase your engagement.But some of the time - if not most of the time (whisper it) - these same folk (or “influencers”, should we say) are actually using automation tools, such as Rocket Social. #rocketsocial Click To Tweet
CrowdFire is an all-in-one tool that’s basically a social media management app. It helps you schedule your posts, curate content, and it also comes with features such as a mention tracker, analytical insights and a follower manager (very cool).
It’s got a Chrome extension, too, that lets you share any page on the internet to your Instagram account with one click of a button (okay, two clicks).
CrowdFire is also compatible with Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Medium and more.
Sendible is pretty cool.
Okay, so all the tools in this article are cool but Sendible has a bit of an edge.
See, Sendible is what you call an Instagram management tool, which means that it does pretty much everything you could want a tool to do. It helps you schedule your updates, create analytics reports, reply to followers, and you can also use it to work alongside your team. It’s absolutely tailor-made for agencies who have a lot on their plates.
The best thing is that it has a mobile app so that you can schedule your posts while on the move.
Actually, scratch that. The absolute best-best thing about Sendible is that it integrates with Canva, which itself is a pretty damn cool app (more on that in a second).See, Sendible is what you call an Instagram management tool, which means that it does pretty much everything you could want a tool to do. #sendible Click To Tweet
Canva is One of My Fav Must Have Instagram Tools
This graphic tool isn’t actually made specifically for Instagram (or even social media) per say, but because it’s a tool that helps you create and edit eye-catching images (such as posters, banner ads, YouTube thumbnails and so on), it’s obviously a great fit for Instagram.
Canva is totally free to use and also really easy. If, for example, you want to create a colorful motivational post for your Instagram page, it should be your go-to tool.
You can also use it to jazz up your other images.
But here’s the juicy bit – Canva comes complete with lots of Instagram templates you can use for your Instagram Stories. How many templates? How does 5,722 sound?Canva comes complete with lots of Instagram templates you can use for your Instagram Stories. #canva Click To Tweet
Over as a Must Have Instagram Tool
Over is a tad similar to Canva, except that it was designed specifically for Instagram Stories. It’s home to a creative suite that lets you add text to your images while customizing them and enhancing the content with numerous filters.
It’s also home to plenty of stock images, as well as neat visual templates designed by pros.
InstaSize is the perfect tool if you want to enhance your photos and videos so that they look pretty (and doesn’t everyone want to do that?). This tool will make your content stand out so that you get noticed in more newsfeed’s.
It also comes with lots of useful tutorials from experts and social influencers.
SocialInsider is an analytics tool that gives you access to the kind of in-depth insights needed to keep growing your leads via Instagram.
It will help you plan a campaign that drives more engagement with the right content, and its automated reports are easy to follow and take action on.
TailWind Another of the Great Must Have Instragram Tools
If you use Pinterest for business, you might have heard of TailWind. TailWind is indeed analytics and automated scheduling app designed specifically for Pinterest. The good news is that the creators have expanded it for 2019 so that you can now use it to schedule posts to your Instagram page, too.
Use TailWind to bulk schedule your posts so that you keep your followers interested, and make sure to make the most of the tool’s Smart Schedule functionality. This feature is super cool as it tells you the optimal time to post for the most engagement.
And the best thing is that it’s a tool that’s really easy to use, thanks to its drag-and-drop functionality.
Lastly, you’ll struggle to achieve success on Instagram if you don’t monitor your analytics. This is where IconoSquare comes in, a tool that measures all kinds of metrics, such as daily follower gain and loss. It also measures follower growth and more, including comments and likes. If you want to track how well you’re doing, it’s a very handy tool to have.
Conclusion of Your Must Have Instagram Tools
Then, use tools to schedule your posts, check out your competitors and jazz up your posts. You could go it alone – but you’ll probably find that 24 hours isn’t enough for one day!
What tools are you favorite to use today? We’d love to know more in the comments below.