Posting to Instagram

IN THIS ARTICLE
  • Creating and Scheduling Different Post Types
  • Choosing Your Post's Destination
  • Other available features for Instagram Posting

Connect your Instagram Profile to SocialBee

To start sharing content using SocialBee, you have to connect your Instagram Personal or Business Profile. 

Please make sure that you meet the following requirements:

Click on the interactive screen below to see the steps, or scroll down to the written instructions. 

1

Scroll to the bottom of your SocialBee Dashboard and click on the Instagram Profile or Business button. 

2

This will redirect you to Facebook, where you will be prompted to grant SocialBee the necessary permissions to post on your profiles.

3

You will be taken back to SocialBee, where you can select the profile you want to connect and click on "Add Profiles".

You should be able to see the connected profile in your SocialBee Dashboard.

Create a Post for your Instagram Profile

Creating an Instagram post varies slightly from creating a post for other social profiles.

Creating and Scheduling Different Post Types 

With SocialBee, you can share multiple types of posts, including:

Choosing Your Post's Destination

1

Open SocialBee's Post Editor and select your Instagram Profile.

2

Click on the "Customize for each profile" button.

3

For the Instagram profile, in the top-right corner, you will be able to choose where you want your posts to be shared from the drop-down menu (Post Destinations: Feed Post, Story, Reel, Feed & Reel).

4

Save your post.

After creating your post, you should be able to find it in your Content Categories and the Next Post tab, where you'll be able to preview your upcoming posts in a list, calendar, and grid preview.

Other available features for Instagram Posting

Features Direct Posting
Tag Accounts
Instagram Business Profiles
Add Locations
Instagram Business Profiles
Alt Text
Not Available
First Comment
Instagram Business Profiles
Custom Thumbnail
Instagram Business Profiles
Add Fundraiser
Not Available

Posting Directly VS Reminders

Sharing content on Instagram can be done in three ways:

Here is how different types of posts will be shared:

Post Type Profile Type Media Conditions Sharing Type

Single Image
Business
Creator
Personal
Within ratio limits
3 MB
3 MB
Direct
Direct
Direct

Single Video
Business
Creator
Personal
Within ratio limits
512 MB
512 MB
Direct
via Reminders
via Reminders

Multiple Images
Business
Creator
Personal
Within ratio limits
up to 10 images
up to 10 images
Direct
Direct
Direct

Multiple Videos
Business
Creator
Personal
Within ratio limits
up to 10 videos
up to 10 images
Direct
via Reminders
via Reminders

Story
Business
Creator
Personal
Within ratio limits
3 MB
3 MB
Direct
via Reminders
via Reminders

Reel
Business
Creator
Personal
Within ratio limits
3 MB
3 MB
Direct
via Reminders
via Reminders

For posts to be shared directly, they must meet certain requirements. Check out our articles on Media Files in SocialBee and Image Aspect Ratios for Instagram Posts.

Any post that does not match our requirements for direct posting, regardless of the reason, will automatically be set to publish via Reminders. 

Enabling Direct Posting for a Previously Connected Profile

If you have never enabled direct posting for your Instagram profile, you will have to follow a few steps:

1

From your SocialBee Dashboard, go to the Social Accounts tab.

2

Click on "Reconnect". This will prompt you to authorize SocialBee within Facebook, giving us the right permissions to post directly to your profile.

3

Once completed, you will be redirected to SocialBee where you will see that the first tab is selected.


Enable Fallback Actions for Direct Posting

Since certain post types aren't supported at the moment, we have created a workaround using the SocialBee Companion Mobile App

After enabling direct posting, you will notice that at the bottom of the page, you can select a user to receive mobile notifications when a post is shared via reminders.

When you open the post editor, everything will appear as usual. You will be able to upload your content and write your caption, as you can see in the screenshot below.

However, next to your emojis and hashtag collections, you will notice a red mobile phone. 

This signifies that the post cannot be shared directly, and you will receive a notification on your device when it's time to share the content.


Posting to Instagram via Reminders

Like with any other profile that posts via Reminders, once you receive the notification and open it, you'll be able to preview the post details in our mobile app. 

You'll see a thumbnail of the video, the caption, and the date and hour at which it was scheduled.

The next step is to tap on "Share Post" and you will see two prompts. First of all, you'll have to check that you are logged onto the right profile in your Instagram app.

Then, you will receive a confirmation that your caption has been copied.

Once you click "OK" the Instagram app will open with the file(s) all loaded up.

In the Instagram App

After you've clicked share post, you'll be prompted to choose between Feed and Story

According to each choice, you will have full access to all of Instagram's in-app features, so don't be shy to tune up your post with stickers, tags, filters, and more!

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