While this may sound contrary to what you’ve heard, this only applies to you if you upload three to four times a day. While there are some who’ll argue that uploading twice a day isn’t enough, there are others who say they’ve succeeded with only two posts a day.
Bulk (Save as drafts)
I know you proclaim that you don’t have time, but what if just once a week you scheduled one hour to create enough Instagram posts for a week, that way you wouldn’t have to worry about scrambling to make one Instagram post for that day. It’s less of a hassle and a lot more efficient. Once you create the posts that you need for the week you can save them as drafts directly on Instagram.
Upload the picture, write a caption, add the hashtags, and then, so you don’t forget, set an alarm for a time you know you’re free, and that’s when you upload the post. It only takes a few seconds.
Use Instagram in your “free time”
Hear me out before you scoff and roll your eyes. When I say use Instagram in your free time, I don’t mean use it when you’ve scheduled a break after seven hours of work. I mean, use it in the unscheduled free times that are only five to ten minutes. For example, when you’re sitting in an Uber, rushing to your next meeting, instead of staring out the window at the city you’ve seen a million times, use that time to upload an Instagram post. (Or, you can even record your ride, and add text that says, “On my way to ____!”
Save your hashtags
You know the importance of hashtags, and how researching for the right ones can change the amount of engagement you receive. This is something you’re only going to have to do once, so it’s worth taking the time out of your day to do this.
Go onto Instagram, and research which hashtags would be best for you to use. Consider all of the posts that you’re likely to upload, and figure out which hashtags would be best. Whether you want to have thirty hashtags or just fifteen for each post is up to you considering there are people who say that one works and the other doesn’t. It’s worth experimenting.
After you’ve found the hashtags, save them all to your notes app according to the type of post. When you upload, all you’ll have to do is copy and paste the hashtags rather than having to come up with them on the spot.
Hire a social media manager
There are social media managers everywhere. You can ask a friend if they know any social media managers, you can tell your own audience that you’re looking for one and take job applications, or you can upload a job listing on a freelancing website like Upwork.
Tell your social media manager what type of posts to make, what your brand colors are, and so on, and then give them the password to your Instagram. You’ll have to provide them with pictures of yourself because they don’t have any, and where they can find your quotes. You can also provide them with new quotes.
When you’re waiting in the back of a stage because you’re up in seven minutes, go live on Instagram. Instagram lives are of all lengths and a five-minute live is perfectly normal. Take that time to talk about where you’re at, what you’re doing, and what you’ll be talking about. Your followers would love to see what you’re up to.
But as you can see, when you think about the free time you have in between events and what not, it’s a lot easier to take that time to upload a picture, a story, or go live on Instagram. It’s about finding time in the nooks and crannies. Don’t quit on what could potentially help your business grow simply because you can’t find time; you just really have to look for it.
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