Instagram has grown fast.
Over 80% of Instagram users follow their favorite business accounts.
And with a growing user base of more than 1 billion active daily users, you’ve got to market your business out of the crowd.
If you are still using old-school techniques of manually scheduling a post in an editorial calendar, not collecting analytics and so on, you need to upgrade.
Check out these excellent marketing tools for Instagram to automate your post schedule, increase your followers, and build a profitable business on Instagram.
Instagram Marketing Tools to Schedule Posts, Access Analytics and Increase Followers
Crowdfire is a smart tool specifically designed for Instagram and Twitter users. Recently they added more new features, including Instagram hashtag suggestion into their tools suite.
The Crowdfire app allows you to schedule Instagram posts and manages your followers.
You get to see smart insights for your schedule campaigns, and it suggests you the best time to publish your posts depending on your selected industry.
Crowdfire comes with a free version to get started.
Grum allows you to schedule and forget Instagram pictures and videoes too!
You won’t receive any push notifications or alerts to manually publish your posts. Simply set a time in Grum, and it will automatically post it on your Instagram account.
The Grum is easy to use, and you can post images and videos from your desktop as well.
SocialPilot’s Instagram app comes with a mobile app for Android and iOS.
With SocialPilot, you’ll receive a push notification to publish the post on time for when you have scheduled it.
The handy mobile app makes it easier to manage your Instagram account on the go. They also give a 30 day free trial to my readers.
TailWind is an excellent option for you if you are a blogger or a freelancer.
The TailWind comes with a smart Instagram analytics and automatic scheduling feature. You can set to post an update based on when your audience is most engaged.
It lest you directly publish your posts on your Insta account without any alerts to manually do it. It also has a browser extension to make your life easier.
They have even agreed to give my readers a free trial:
ViralTag is a powerful tool for Instagram users.
Viraltag will send a notification to your phone, and then you’ll have to swipe it to post on Instagram.
You can use ViralTag to connect with your remote team and form collaborations. It also allows you to create different slots of Instagram campaigns and save them for future use.
Best suited for team-based businesses.
AgroaPulse is another unique social media tool which allows you to schedule and publish directly to your Instagram account. You won’t have to rely on push notifications.
Using Agorapulse, you can reply to the comments on your posts, see stats and analytics for your business profile. So, Agorapulse is advanced and easy to use, best for brand businesses.
You can get started using it for free.
Later is one of the best free Instagram automation tools. It comes with a visual editorial calendar for you to easily manage your campaigns.
Later also has the auto-publish feature allowing you to schedule and forget about posts as they will be published automatically on your business accounts.
There’s no need for waiting for push notifications. It also makes it easier to repost Instagram posts.
Hootsuite released their new Instagram publishing tool, which made it very easy to publish Instagram campaigns directly.
Hootsuite lets you create and manage multiple posts and form collaborations for your new projects.
You can track your Instagram profile growth and see what’s working for you the best.
Buffer for Instagram is a great option for you if you like to work with a team. If you are looking for a simple tool, this is for you.
Buffer will automatically ping you to publish a post at your scheduled time, and you can use it from desktop and mobile phones too.
It also gives you proper insights for your posts.
Sendible allows you to create a queue of your images and schedule them to be posted on Instagram. You can use Sendible to manage your business Instagram account remotely.
Sendible also uses standard push notifications to post updates, so you’ll have to swipe and publish your posts from a smartphone.
Iconosqaure is an amazing Instagram and Facebook analytics tool, and it’s smart.
It tells you the best times and tags you should use to get maximum engagement on your Instagram posts. It lets you schedule your posts in advance.
It gives you insights on your audience and gives you ideas of what would work for getting new followers and what your current followers are doing. You can also identify and outrank your competitors using Iconosquare.
With the tools above, you can automate:
- Following new accounts
- Unfollow accounts
- Likes, comments and even reposts from other accounts
by targeting your audience.
I believe its quite hard to choose from so many different options.
Let me add my recommendations for you so that you can choose the best for your business:
Choose Grum or Agoralpulse, if you are running an Instagram marketing campaign for a brand or even if you own it.
Choose Later or Crowdfire, If you want to get started for free.
Choose Iconosqure if you are more concerned about the analytics and insights part.
Choose Tailwind if you are a blogger or a freelancer.
Let me know about your favorite Instagram tools in comments.