Last updated on March 12th, 2017
Instamate 2 – coming 15 March 2017
Use Instamate to Post to Instagram on the Web from your Desktop or Laptop
Do you use your desktop or laptop computer more than your mobile devices but still want to take advantage of the benefits of Instagram for your business?
Now you can, with Instamate, the all in one web-based solution for Instagram.
Using Instagram from your phone is easier if you take lots of photos and they are there ready to upload. It’s not so good if most of your images are on your computer or camera, or if you have bandwidth limits. The lack of a scheduling function means you have to be there to post at the right times to reach your audience.
Until discovering Instamate I hardly used Instagram. Why?
Problems with Instagram
- Transferring images from computer to phone or tablet is time-consuming.
- Finding the right hashtags then typing, or copying and pasting, them is also a slow process.
- There’s no scheduling feature, which doesn’t suit you if you’re not in the same time zone as your target markets. (Living in Australia that means I mostly need to post during the night)
- No reposting function meant you can’t share friend’s, contact’s, or favorite, images.
- The number of 3rd-party Instagram apps you need for image editing, uploading, re-posting, and hashtag searching.
- Difficulty in managing more than one account.
- It’s hard to keep track of which photos you’ve posted. (Now I just drag images from a “To Post” to a “Posted” folder on my computer)
I tried various other workarounds for using the web because I knew how valuable Instagram is for business, but they either didn’t do everything or didn’t work at all. If you are not convinced how Instagram can help your business, take a look at the infographic in my post: Free E-Book – The Whys and Hows of Business Success With Instagram. (The e-book shows you how and what to post to maximize engagement and conversions.)
Now that I use Instamate, I post regularly, find people to follow, easily find the right hashtags to use, and find viral content to repost. My follower count and engagement levels have increased significantly in only a few weeks. So, I’ve saved so much time and increased my success.
Instamate is the only web-based client for Instagram that includes all functionality, plus more. It was built by Luke MaGuire, a respected software developer who specializes in Social Media apps.
Instamate Features & Benefits
Instamate is a Chrome browser-based app, easily installed using a Chrome extension.
This video first shows you how to easily find and re-post (regram) trending and viral content, and then how to quickly upload and post your own images. You can post straight away, or schedule to post at the right times to reach your preferred audience.
What do the Instamate Icons Mean?
These icons appear below all the images shown in Instamate. All but the Edit feature are part of the basic version. If you use an image editing app such as Photoshop or Canva this isn’t necessary.
Search for a hashtag or user and Instagram Finder brings up a list. Click on the user to see all their posts, or on a hashtag to see posts that use it. This is a good feature for finding relevant people to follow, for research and ideas, and for reposting popular content (with credit to the original poster of course)
This tab brings up a screen full of the most recent trending posts from all users. Refresh regularly to see new trending posts. I personally find this the least useful aspect of Instamate because of the type of content I post. You may think differently.
Search for images by entering a word or words. Here’s an example for the search #successquotes
Post on Instagram
Drag, or choose, an image from your computer, add a caption and hashtags. Press Post. Then choose to schedule or post now:
This section shows the posts you have scheduled. This tab must stay open for the scheduling to work which is a disadvantage if you want to turn off your machine at the scheduled times. It’s not a problem for me as I only ever turn mine off when my computer decides it’s too tired, or when installing updates.
You can bookmark user images for posting later, which is a handy feature for saving ideas or for future regramming.
Copyright Free Images
Search for copyright free, CC0, images from Pixabay. Post or schedule to Instagram.
Download any image to your computer for later use on Instagram, other social networks or in blog posts. There’s no longer any need to use screen capture tools.
Instamate Training & Support
Inbuilt training videos and a VIP Facebook Group run by Instamate Developer Luke MaGuire.
A long list of WordPress Plugins for marketing, social media, emails.
I didn’t see the need for buying any of the OTO’s as Instamate does all I need it to do. I did, however, buy the Luxury Lifetime version, currently $47, rather than the slightly cheaper annual option, because of the scheduling function, and I’d rather pay once than each year.
- Link Cloaker – $27 good for hiding affiliate links but bitly or goo.gl does just as well.
- Photo Editor $37 – If I didn’t use Photoshop I would have bought this, to create unique images by adding text, filters, logos, or calls to action.
- VIP Training – At $37 this seems like good value and I was tempted.
Instagram is no longer a chore for me. In fact, I’m enjoying it, partly because of my love of images but also because of how much exposure and engagement I’m getting compared to my Facebook Pages.
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Do you use Instagram and if so are you getting a good response? Do you use your computer more than mobile devices and if so do you think Instamate would come in handy?