How To Use Planoly + Time Saving Tips
If you don’t know me, IG is kinda my thing! I often have people ask me how I plan my Instagram feed… Well, here it is! Scheduling content is key to having a consistent looking feed and content. I love using Planoly because it simplifies my blogger lifestyle and gives me peace of mind. Social media can be stressful at times, when you’re using it for your livelihood and business. Investing in the proper apps and tools can be game-changing and really help you grow! The Planoly interface is super easy to use and I’m sure these helpful tips will save you some of your valuable time and efforts!
5 easy steps to follow
- Create your Planoly account and choose your plan. To access all the features, you will need to sign up for the paid plan. This includes analytics and most importantly for myself at least the auto-post! If you wanna get a feel for the app first, simply go with the free plan.
- Next, upload your content and photos. You can plan for up to 30 uploads per month. This is great way to post consistently on a daily basis which is the most recommended amount to stay active and grow your IG account.
- Feel free to move them around to create a pleasing aesthetic effect and flow to your overall feed. There are so many ways to do this and it all comes down to your personal taste and what you want to achieve.
- Once you have a good idea of what your feed will look like for the month, start crafting great insta captions.
- Schedule your posts out for the month. If you didn’t sign up for a plan, your captions will be copied to the clipboard and you can still manually post these photos in the order you’ve chosen.
Important Planoly Tips
When I first signed up for Planoly, I had recently switched over from Business account to a Creator account. Please note, you will not be able to auto-post if your instagram account is not set as business. At the time, I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working and it was frustrating cause this was the feature I felt I needed most so hopefully this saves you the headache.
Auto- posting Issues
After, changing my Instagram setting back to business, the auto-posting feature worked perfectly. You will get a notification that your content has successfully posted which is great. Just like in my case, there may be glitches with the auto-posting, so keep an eye on those notifications to make sure it went through. You will notice a U for unscheduled posts, blue S for sent and a red S for unsuccessfully sent posts. The Instagram logo will appear eventually on your Planoly feed once the post is on Instagram. It is fairly simple and you will quickly get familiar with all of these details. You can always visit the help section if need be.
Unfortunately, a couple weeks in, my auto-post did not work again and this was due to me changing my Instagram password which meant Planoly needed to re-authenticate my Instagram account. Rest assured, the website has a very complete support and help section for whatever experiences you may be having with the app. I did contact support before figuring out about the password and the support service was answered the next day and quickly taken care of.
One of the things I love about Planoly is the image cropping feature! I can see exactly how my picture will appear on my instagram feed. This way I can avoid having my head or feet cut off in photos. If the aesthetic of your feed is important, this is a great feature to maintain beautiful looking photos. Planoly allows you to crop your image in 4:5 ratio which can be automatically posted to Instagram if you subscribe to the paid plan.
Save & Back Up
This next tip is for when writing out your captions. This tends to be quite a process for me because I change my fonts in Lingojam and use multiple ones (bold, italic, cursif), then copy-paste it to my Planoly post, sometimes it can take longer to achieve the aesthetic caption I want. Do yourself a favour and press SAVE every now and then to make sure you don’t lose all your text whether it be due to your phone or the app glitches. A trick for this is to copy your caption text and special fonts into your phones notepad. It’s definitely worth it when crafting longer captions!
Pro-Tip! Plan your captions well in advance to save time and have your whole content plan on track for the month.
Ready To Go Photo Edits
Another tip is to make sure your photo looks exactly the way you want it to appear on your feed when uploading it to Planoly. Although the plan comes with filters, I feel like they can improve on this feature and I do not use them personally. If you’re used to using your IG advanced editing for brightness, fade, color saturation and so on, make sure you’ve used another app before uploading to Planoly so your content is ready to go. I like to use Facetune2 and VSCO but that’s for a whole other post!
You can plan your hashtags ahead of time for different posts with Planoly. Let’s say you have a fitness oriented post, you can have your most popular hashtags ready to go. BUT remember to not always use the same hashtags! Most of the hashtags you use should relate to your specific post. Take the time to create a variety of hashtag groups to avoid having your post be shadow banned by Instagram.
Additionally, you can use Planoly for Instagram feed and stories, Pinterest and even as an Instagram shop to feature products! I hope this step-by-step post helps and you can take something away from these tips. Feel free to share your own tips or issues you’ve come across with the app in the comments below to help other users who are learning!
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