Instagram Tools You Should Be Using in 2018
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Instagram tools are becoming a big hit. So much so that there are over 800(!) available tools for you to choose from. Each tool outlined below serves a specific purpose, but more importantly they all help you grow your Instagram.

The platform itself needs no introduction (otherwise you’d probably not be reading this), but to put it into perspective… Instagram has over 1 billion monthly active users. The platform has become so popular that we’re approaching 1000 Instagram tools available for you to choose from.

Instagram Tools: The Top 5 for 2018

Obviously, we’re not going to go through all 800 tools that we came across. Instead, we put this list together for you to see our favorite Instagram tools that you and everyone else have to use in 2018! Without further adieu, let’s get started:

1. Upleap.com

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Upleap takes the cake and is by far our favorite tool that makes your life easier. If you take your Instagram growth seriously, but don’t want to use an Instagram bot to grow your account – look no further, because Upleap has you covered.

What is Upleap?

Upleap helps you get more followers on Instagram with a dedicated account manager. That’s their pitch, anyway. We see  Upleap as a service that provides you with an assistant that grows your Instagram account.

We’ve put it right up there as number one because of all the Instagram bots that popped up in the past few months. We don’t think Instagram bots are a good way to grow, and Upleap solves that problem. Upleap gets you organic followers who actually care about what you post and what your interests are.

It sounded too good to be true, but then we went ahead and tried it on two accounts. Both accounts picked up 1000 followers in a little under two months. Followers coming from Upleap weren’t fake either – they engaged with our posts, liking and commenting on our photos.

Upleap Best Instagram Tools 2018

Why Upleap Is our top Instagram tool for 2018

Let’s list out some of our reasons:

  1. It’s a great solution to growing without Instagram bots, which definitely had millions of users faking engagement
  2. All the followers we’re picking up are organic and engage with our posts regularly
  3. It’s incredibly simple to use
  4. The account manager you get is actually a real person(!)

an instagram bot alternative called Upleap

Number four is important. We worried that Upleap could’ve just been another one of those crappy Instagram social media agencies. Oh, how wrong we were. I actually reached out to one of our account managers and I had a video call with Sarah, one of the gurus assigned to my account. We talked about my goals on Instagram and what type of content they should be interacting with for me.

Growing my account couldn’t have been easier.

Where you can sign up

Simple, head over here to grab yourself a free trial – I’m pretty confident you’ll love what they do for you. You can always try their service for free to see if you like Upleap.

2. Later

Later is awesome! I use it all the time to schedule my Instagram posts. There’s no way of jumping into the future, but if there was, it’d be called Later. I can schedule all my posts for free and without any issue.

Later Best Instagram Tool

Why Later is one of the best Instagram tools

If you haven’t already, Later offers a free tier where you can schedule up to 30 posts a month without any commitment. That’s right, you can schedule at least one per day. So unless you’re a power user on Instagram you can easily schedule enough posts and then take a nice siesta for a month while Later does the hard work.

Of course, you’ll need to pick the right content to post, and engagement won’t do itself (unless you have something like Upleap). But Later is a surefire way to do one less task when trying to grow your Instagram.

How much Later costs

Another reason why we think Later is so good is because it’s free! They have tiers for power users, businesses and agencies as well. Prices can get as high as $49 per month, but it’s certainly worth it if you’re a power user.

Where you can sign up

You can sign up for free here. It’s super simple and incredibly easy to use. You won’t be disappointed!

3. Linktree

Ever wanted to share more than one thing on your bio description on Instagram? Well, now you can with Linktree.You can add multiple destinations on your Linktree landing page, allowing your users to press on your bio link and then see more… links.

While it may sound simple, Instagram tools like Linktree are a game changer for Instagram power users that really want to grow across their social media accounts (i.e. sharing Twitter and Instagram followers). It’s also great if you have multiple products that you want to push. See it as an extra step in your marketing funnel.

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How much Linktree costs

Linktree made our top 3 because it’s free forever. There’s a $6 a month premium tier that gives you far great control over the design and styling of your Linktree profile. At $6 (or two cups of coffee), you can’t really go wrong with this one, especially if you’re a hardcore Instagrammer.

Where you can sign up

You can sign up for a free forever account directly on their website, and the mobile experience is great.

4. SproutSocial

Okay, this one is more for the power users and brands of Instagram. But if you’re a business taking Instagram seriously, SproutSocial definitely packs a punch. We’d still say Upleap is the best for growing your audience. Later is the best for sharing with your audience. Sproutsocial is the best for analyzing your Instagram audience.

SproutSocial one of the best Instagram tools of 2018

Why SproutSocial is worth it

First off, it has to be mentioned that they’ve got over 20,000 customers worldwide. That should tell you enough. But SproutSocial has so much to offer. You can optimize your social strategy with their built in analytics tool for Instagram. And you’re able to spot where you need to improve engagement. Best part of SproutSocial? See how your Instagram tagged posts, comments, and campaigns are doing. And get pretty charts to top it all off!

Where to sign up

You’re only able to sign up to a 30 day free trial, and you can cancel any time. Cool thing is that you don’t need a credit card, so you never need to worry about committing to SproutSocial unless you like it. You can sign up here.

 

5. Facebook Ads Manager

This one is more for businesses and is part of Facebook’s Business Manager. If you’re a business or brand that does sponsored posts, Facebook’s new and improved Ads Manager is for you.

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Why Ads can help you win on Instagram

You’re able to manage your Instagram promotions faster and easier. We think Ads manager is one of the best Instagram tools of the year because it really helps you define your target audience and discover new ones. While you should be prepared to pay for the ads, anyone looking to grow their Instagram should really consider campaign promotions as it gets way more eyeballs on your brand.

UPDATE: Power Editor has now been integrated into Facebook Ads Manager! All the features are available to anyone who wants to grow their IG via Facebook ads. It’s no longer called Power Editor, but all the features are still there. Enjoy!

Our Recommendations

Whether you’re looking to try Upleap (our number one pick!), Later (our second favorite!), Linktree, SproutSocial or even Facebook’s Ad Manager. Try them all. They’re all free for you to try and you won’t need to commit your credit card to any of them!

Good luck growing your Instagram and feel free to reach out to me if you ever have a question. By the way, if you’re looking to take your Instagram growth seriously, have you read our latest post about picking up more Instagram followers?

**UPDATE 3/19/2018**: I got in touch with Upleap’s marketing team and secured all our readers a 30% lifetime discount on any Upleap plan!! If you end up trying them out and want to subscribe, use the code FOLLOW30 at checkout. It works for any plan. Hope it helps!