Instagram Apps

With Instagram being a mobile first product the apps are where it’s at to access all features and fully manage your account. Most are either the platform apps themselves or little creative apps to add movement and life to your post and stories

Instagram App

The whole platform lives here – this is an essential as the full functionality exists within the app.

Apple Store
Google Play

IGTV

Instagram’s dedicated video platform for longer episode style video content – you need this app to post

Apple Store
Google Play

Boomerang

Bring movement to your short videos and create fun effects for more than just stories with this fun app

Apple Store
Google Play

Layout App

A cute way to collage together images for your posts – similar apps exist but this one works well

Apple Store
Google Play

Make Content Faster and/ or Prettier

Video editing apps

Videoshop

An easy to use video editing app that lets you cut, splice and overlay videos

Apple Store
Google Play

Filmora Go

Another easy to use video app for fast snips, cuts and edits on your phone

Apple Store
Google Play

Clipomatic

Add captions to your videos instantly supporting 15 different languages

Apple Store
Soz – IOS only

AutoCap

Another app that adds captions in real time to videos as you talk with editable fonts

Apple Store
Google Play

InShot

Great for adding effects, overlays, voice overs and emojis to your videos

Apple Store
Google Play

Graphic Design and Pictures

Canva App 

All the amazingness of Canva in an app – links to your Canva account – epic!

Apple Store
Google Play

Facetune2  

Take selfies to the next level with this power filtering and enhancing app

Apple Store
Google Play

Fontasia

Make your Instagram stand out by customising your fonts with Fontasia

Apple Store
soz – IOS only

WordSwag

Make stunning quotes  with wordswags huge library of backgrounds and styles

Apple Store
Google Play

Snapseed

A photography editing app for amazing photo editing that’s simpleish to use

Apple Store
Google Play

Instagram Extras

Repost for Instagram

Legally share and repost insta pics by crediting the source with this app

Apple Store
Google Play

Leetags

Hashtag research and suggestions to create better engagement on your posts

Apple Store
Google Play

Unfold 

A simple  layout and template tool for making beautiful Instagram Stories

Apple Store
Google Play

Adobe Spark Post

Create beautiful graphics and animations for Instagram stories

Apple Store
Google Play

Life Laspe

Make your stories stand out with stop motion graphics created with this  app

Apple Store
Google Play

Scheduling tools

Instagram worst feature is that you cannot schedule posts within the mobile app ( super annoying ) but Instagram has partnered with many ‘third party” providers of apps and scheduling tools to allow you to manage and schedule your Instagram posts.  Our favourite tool is Planoly and we have included a detailed over view of it later in this module but there are many tools for Instagram and all offer great features

Name Schedule and Autopost Saves #’s Reporting Cost per month Extra features
Planoly Yes and notifies for stories Yes Yes and easy to read free – $19 USD schedule for Pintrest and share to FB
Later Yes Yes Yes free – $24 USD Link in bio feature
Tailwind Yes Yes Yes $14.99 Hashtag suggestion
Buffer No – only notifies Yes No – paid extra $15 – $65 reply feature
Creator Studio Yes and for IGTV No Yes but hard to navigate Free Scheduling for IGTV
  • Watch this video for step-by-step instructions to scheduling posts on Instagram with Planoly

  • Watch this video for an overview on Facebook Creator Studio

Useful Resources

More information and great resources 

Instagram Newsroom –  Instagrams official newsroom for all of it’s launches and updates

Social Media Examiner – learn new strategies from the worlds best social media experts ( little biased as we are one of them )

www.facebook.com/blueprint  – Facebook’s very own online learning platform to show you how to do all things Instagram. Its full of short videos and case studies – totes interesting.

https://pro.iconosquare.com/ amazing Instagram tracking tool to tell you more about your audiences, followers and preferred posts. Costs about $200 a year for the full version but great if your in Food, fashion , home ware or fitness as these types of brands go nuts on Instagram!

www.canva.com super simple to use graphic design tool that allows you to quickly make social media banners, web tiles and small graphic design jobs. Free version and full professional version costs about $12 a month