Scheduling to Instagram
ContentCal can auto-publish all single-image and single-video feed posts. However, if you're looking to publish multi-image posts and Stories, you can do so using our mobile app.
In order to publish your Instagram content, you'll need to connect your Instagram profile to ContentCal. To do so, head to the 'Setup' area within your Calendar and connect your Instagram channel within the 'Connections' area.
You'll then be asked which type of profile you are connecting to ContentCal; an Instagram Business profile or an Instagram personal profile.
Note: Instagram personal profiles will not be able to view analytical information for this account from within ContentCal Analytics. This is only possible for Instagram Business profiles.
If you are connecting an Instagram Business profile, you will be able to automatically publish all single-image and single-video feed posts (as long as it meets the required specifications).
If you are publishing to a personal profile, or looking to publish Story or multi-image posts you will need to make use of the mobile app.
If your content is viable for auto-publishing, but you would like to publish your content via the mobile app, you can do so by selecting the 'Publish via mobile app' tickbox. This will allow you to have more control over how you content is published and make it easier to post content to your Story or IGTV.
All of your Instagram content - regardless of the content type or the method of publication, will be added to the Instagram channel within your Calendar. If your content does not meet the specifications required for auto-publishing, you will be informed in-app and you will be able to publish using the mobile app instead.
If any of your content does not meet the required specifications for auto-publishing, these posts will appear with a red notification icon.
For more information on how to publish using the mobile app, check out this support doc:
Note: You will not be able to publish any Instagram content that contains more than 30 hashtags. If auto-publishing all of your Instagram content, you will be limited to 25 posts per Instagram account within a 24 hour period. This is a restriction imposed by Instagram.
When you create a new Instagram post, you'll see a text box appear called 'First Comment'. Create your comment by adding hashtags, copy, or even a conversation starter and then schedue your post as normal. This first comment will be automatically published along with your Instagram post.
First comment publishing is for auto-published posts. If you are publishing via the mobile app, you will not be able to make use of this feature.
This feature is also only for Instagram; any first comments added to posts for other channels will publish without the first comment.
Adding hashtags to your first comment is a great way to gain exposure for your content, without crowding your caption. Just remember that the Instagram limit for hashtags per post (in a caption, or a comment) is 30. We will let you know when this limit is about to be reached.
If publishing to an Instagram Business profile, you can create additional Instagram channels in your Calendar as Custom Planning Channels. You can then use Zapier to integrate these channels with Instagram to allow for automated publishing.
To create additional Instagram channels, have a read of our guide:
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