Here are the best tools to schedule your stories on Instagram.
Which Tools Can You Use to Schedule Your Stories on Instagram?
Unlike most of the social media marketing tools that we have reviewed, Later doesn’t have any real aspirations to be multi-purpose. Its primary goal is that will help you create and schedule posts for Instagram. Sure Later allows you to schedule your Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest posts as well, however, these feel more like an afterthought, tagged on to please their customers. Later unashamedly promotes itself as a premier tool to help you in organizing your Instagram posting.
Therefore it comes as no surprise to see that Later found a method for people to plan and storyboard their Instagram Stories visually. They have made this service available in all of their paid plans.
Later believes that the secret to any successful Instagram Story used for marketing is first to create a storyboard, so you may thoroughly plan your Story. Later contains all the tools essential for you to do this. As with all good marketing, you start by asking yourself what your purpose is. Why are you creating this Story? Everything you post should come back to your brand targets.
You then come up with a Story concept. From that, you may outline a beginning, middle, and ending for your Story. This helps make sure that you go into your photo shoot, knowing exactly what content you need to capture. It additionally allows you to understand what design elements you or your team need to create.
You may then sketch out the details of your Story – figuring out the way to best convey your message, and what kinds of media you’ll need to support it. At this point, you will also consider possible filters to use, add any call-to-actions, or swipe-up links.
You should go outside of Later and Instagram at this point to edit your images and videos and write any text copy.
Right when you have perfected your images or videos, add them to Later’s Media Library, click on the Stories button from your calendar view, and drag and drop your content onto your Instagram Stories scheduler. You may visually plan your stories with the storyboard tool and rearrange them as needed.
Unluckily, Instagram’s API limitations mean that posting isn’t totally automated. When it’s time to publish, Later sends you a notification on your phone and downloads the Story ready for you to publish.
Buffer lets you prepare and share your Stories. You may easily rearrange and preview your Stories, ensuring that they will be posted in the best order. You’ll be able to even pre-write your captions so that you don’t have to worry about making any typos as you upload your Stories.
Buffer is one of the tools that has made a clear guideline for using their app to create and schedule Instagram Stories:
- Open the Stories tab
- Choose Add to Story
- Add to your Story up to 10 media files
- Drag and drop your media files to arrange your Story into the right order
- Add any relevant notes to your Stories (either your captions or reminders to yourself so as to add items like Stickers to each slide at the time of posting)
- Preview your Story
- Schedule your Story – set the date and times once you need to upload each image in your Story
Again, you can’t depend on Buffer for the last step, you will still have to complete your Instagram Story. However, Buffer will send you reminders at the appropriate times.
As its name suggests, Storrito allows you to make and schedule Instagram Stories from your desktop PC. And not the same as much of the opposition, it boasts auto-post with no notifications required.
You can use Storrito’s web editor to build up your Instagram Stories. You should utilize most of the Stories features, including the specialist stickers (like #Hashtag, @Mention, Location, Poll, and Questions), emojis, and custom fonts. Or you can also include swipe links.
Storrito either publishes your Story directly to Instagram, or you can pick a future date and time. Storrito includes Story templates that allow you to animate the swipe up link, header, and background with different styles.
Sked is an Australian app that is created to help schedule Instagram. Scheduling Instagram Stories is an integral part of this. They are one of the few tools that allow automatically posted Instagram Stories, meaning that you could upload your content to Sked Social, and at the time and date you want the Story to publish, it publishes.
After you have created the visual material that you need for your Story you upload the graphic files to Sked, making sure to pick ‘Story Post’ as the content type. You may also add a swipe-up link if you choose.
Sked also allows you to create Story Chains – 3-5 stories that go together in a particular order, usually to tell an overall story.
Once you have uploaded everything relevant, you choose a date and time for your Stories, adding them to your queue, together with any other Instagram posts you may be making. Sked publishes your Stories and posts at the related times.
SocialBu lets you save time by scheduling and posting content across all your social networks in one place. It allows its Instagram users to schedule not only posts however Stories as well. With Instagram story scheduling, you can publish photos and videos as your Instagram Story.
After you have your essential visual assets, you can begin the scheduling of your Story. Assuming you have logged into and set up SocialBu, you click on Publish, and a drop-down will open, where you can click on Stories. You then select the correct Instagram account. At this point, you choose the media files that you want to add as a Story. You may publish it right away, or you can schedule it for a later time. SocialBu supports direct posting on Instagram so you don’t need to worry about reminder notifications and using your mobile app to finalize your Story publishing.