Do you want to get more out of your Instagram? As a business using Instagram, you need all the help you can get – from tools to help you create the most beautiful possible images to analytics tools to help you measure your results. So, in this blog post, I’m going to share 10 of the best Instagram tools that you can use to boost the results of your business.
With over 500 million monthly users (and over 300 million daily active users!), Instagram is one of the top social networks that you can use to promote your business. It’s particularly great for getting more engagement, and for connecting with your fans and your audience on an even more personal level than on other social networks, because you do it through visual content, rather than just words.
Instagram is the perfect platform to let your creativity run free and, in fact, even have some fun in the process. To make your life easier and not only post better, more engaging updates, but also save time and be more efficient, you should try some of the following tools.
I’ve tried to gather tools for different functions, so there are tools for managing your Instagram and scheduling updates, analytics tools, photo editors and a couple of really cool tools that will help take your Instagram account to the next level. So, without further ado, here are my 10 top favourite Instagram tools for businesses:
Agorapulse is a social media management tool that you can use both to manage your Instagram accounts and for monitoring. With the Social Inbox, you get all of your Instagram mentions along with any mentions from your other social profiles, all in one place. You can also use their publisher to post updates to Instagram directly from the Agorapulse dashboard, as well as to schedule posts in advance, to save time.
In terms of monitoring for Instagram, you can monitor hashtags and places, which is great for finding potential leads on the popular social network.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram @AgoraPulse via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
Iconosquare is a social media management and analytics platform designed specifically for Instagram. You can use it to analyse your followers in detail, as well as see insights into how you’re losing or gaining followers, so that you can identify the causes of your loss or gaining of followers. There are also analytics for hashtags, and you can see when the best times to post updates are so that you can maximise your reach.
In terms of managing your Instagram, you can use Iconosquare to post and schedule updates and to track any comments you receive.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram @Iconosquare via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
3. Social Bakers
Social Bakers offer a free Instagram analytics tools that you can use to get statistics on your photos, filter and hashtags, plus stats for your engagement on Instagram.
You can also see what your top posts are, in terms of most liked or most commented on and your most liked and most tagged users.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram @socialbakers via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
4. Social Rank
Social Rank is a tool for managing your Twitter and Instagram followers. You can search through your list of followers by bio keywords, location and more, to identify any leads, or simply to organize them. You can also create different lists of followers that you can then export.
Social Rank also tells you who your most valuable and most engaged followers are, so that you know who to engage with and, if you want, to reward them in some way for their support of your business on Instagram.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram @socialrank via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
Tagboard is a really cool tool that you can use to display conversations from Instagram and other social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, in all kinds of situations: at events, on TV, on your website and on any display you can think of.
It’s a great option for events that you might be holding or taking part in, presentations, as well as on your website, as you can showcase your followers’ and fans’ updates and improve their loyalty.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram @tagboard via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
6. Have2Have It
Have2Have It is a great tool for those who want to use Instagram to sell their products. With this tool, you’ll have a Have2Have It link that basically takes your followers to a page that looks and feels like your Instagram profile, only they can use it to tap on your images and buy from you directly.
You can use their dashboard to add posts to your shoppable feed, and add one or multiple products in your images that can be bought. They also provide analytics and customer data that you can use to improve your strategy and increase the sales you make via Instagram.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram Have2have it from @soldsie via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
Repost is a nifty little Instagram app that you can use to easily repost your favourite images and videos, while also crediting the original Instagrammer automatically.
One way you can use this app is to repost your fans’ and followers’ best content, which will ultimately help you improve their loyalty and also help you generate more engagement on Instagram.
InstaQuote offers one of the best apps I’ve tried for adding text to your images. It’s great for simply sharing your thoughts, or for creating beautiful quote images that your followers will love. There are 20 different templates that you can use, as well as beautiful backgrounds (although you can also use your own photos as a background if you want) and multiple options for customizing your font style, size, alignment and much more. You can also edit your images and change the hue, saturation, brightness etc. or you can blur your background to make sure your quote or text really stands out.The 10 best #tools and apps for #Instagram @instaquoteapp via @LilachBullockClick To Tweet
9. Hyperlapse from Instagram
Another cool tool that will help you stand out on the popular social network is Hyperlapse from Instagram. You can use it to create beautiful time lapse videos that your audience will love.
The app will automatically stabilise your shot so that it looks perfect, cinematic even, and you have the option to speed up your hyperlapse up to 12 times.
A few ideas for how you can use Hyperlapse? Film beautiful sunsets (or sunrises if you’re an early bird!), showcase how your product can be used or create a time lapse of an event you’re taking part of.
Over is a photo editor that also allows you to add text and captions to your photos. Their editing options help you create beautiful images easily (with numerous editing and customization options) and what’s really great about this tool is that you can create images for all major social networks, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and make sure that they are the right size and format.
So, there we go, the top 10 best Instagram tools that you need to get. There’s everything here from tools to help you become more efficient and save time, to apps for creating more compelling, beautiful images to share with your followers.
What are your favourite Instagram tools and apps? Which ones do you use the most? What are some of the features you’d like to see in future apps and tools? Let me know in your comments and please share:)