4 Free Instagram Tools to Get You Started
If you've been thinking about getting your brand up and running on Instagram but you aren't sure if it's right for you and your brand - or you want to give Instagram a shot but don't want to invest major money in it just yet - these four tools will give you everything you need to get your brand started. And as a bonus, they are all available for free.
1. Instagram Insights
Brand profiles connect directly to your Facebook business Page enabling easy cross-posting and sharing across the two platforms. Additionally, once you've set up your brand profile, you'll be given access to Instagram Insights.
Insights offers a range of analytical tools to help manage your Instagram presence. These features include Impression tracking, demographic analysis, and more. Additionally, it opens up the ability to promote your brand through posts utilizing demographic data from Instagram and Facebook.
Hootsuite is a full social media dashboard that can be used with a number of social media platforms, including Instagram. Hootsuite offers a wide array of features for Instagram, including content scheduling, suggested content, and analytics.
There is a free version of the platform available which offers the ability to use up to three social accounts on the dashboard at once. And in addition to the analytics and scheduling options, Hootsuite also has a wide array of apps that can be installed onto the dashboard and a number of social media courses to help beef up your social skills.
Crowdfire is a simple but effective tool for Instagram that helps with one key aspect of analytics - relationship management.
Crowdfire analyzes who you follow and who follows you and produces lists based on that data. It can offer insights into who you follow that doesn't follow back and vice-versa. Additionally, it provides follow recommendations based on who you already follow, what you post about, and where you're located, enabling you to grow your community.
4. Simply Measured's 'Instagram User Analysis' Report
So, you've had your brand up and running on Instagram for a while and you want to get an overview of how things have been going? Simply Measured is a social media analytics platform and as part of that platform, they offer an 'Instagram User Analysis' report for free to anyone with less than 25,000 followers.
Rather than an ongoing analytics option, this offers a quick and easy 2-month snapshot of how you're doing on Instagram. The report provides a broad overview of your brand on Instagram including engagement, keyword analysis, best posting times, and more.
Instagram is a growing platform so give it a shot. It's a great place for brand engagement and these tools are all here to help you make it happen. Have any questions about what to do next? Let us know. And if you have suggestions for those jumping on Instagram for the first time share them in the comments too.