Being active on Instagram on top of your hobby/job as a photographer is hard. It’s time and energy consuming. That’s why I use tools for some tasks. To make my life easier and manage my Instagram properly. Here are my 3 favorite tools.
Schedule with Buffer
If you’re like me, you like to bulk some tasks. Like my Instagram publishing. In the weekend I browse through my photos and pick which to publish the coming week. I usually do this on a Sunday as this is the ultimate relaxation for me. With Buffer I can schedule the photo, add a caption and decide what hashtags to use. When the time is right, I get a push notification on my phone. I only have to spend 30 seconds then, and my photo is published. Easy peasy.
I also use Buffer for my Facebookpages and Twitter. Try it out!
Use IFTTT to boost your photos
Getting followers, likes and comments is probably the hardest part on Instagram. Apart from using the right hashtags, there is a lot more you can do to boost your reach. Using IFTTT for example. It’s a database of scripts/recipes you can use to automate things on the internet.
There are online recipes to help you distribute your Instagram-photo. Although it won’t always be as a link to you Instagram, it does help you get your photography out there.
- Use IFTTT to publish your Instagram to Tumblr.
- Use IFTTT to publish your Instagram to Flickr.
- Use IFTTT to publish your Instagram to Blogger.
- Use IFTTT to publish your Instagram to 500px.
- Use IFTTT to publish your Instagram to LinkedIn.
Analyse and manage with Iconosquare
This is a great tool to help you with a lot of tasks. It helps you find the perfect time to post. It analyses your hashtag use. And the thing I like the most: the comment tracker. It lists all comments on your 5 most recent photos. I try to comment on all comments. Let people know I’m thankful for their comment and keep the conversation going.
What tools are you using?