How to link Instagram with Facebook for better reach
Instagram is Australia’s fastest growing Social Media network. From February to June this year it’s user base grew by 1 million people! So….you should be there too! Facebook has bought out Instagram (for a lazy billion dollars) and has made it so we can link the networks together. Save yourself the bother and time posting to two separate accounts and read on to learn how to link the two together…
If you haven’t harnessed the power of this popular visual sharing resource don’t worry, it’s super easy to create an Instagram account – learn how to here.
Once you have an Instagram account for your business it’s much easier to use Instagram to upload photos and branded quotes, sales specials and inspiration rather than logging into Facebook. Especially seeing as we, small business owners, use our mobile phones for taking photos.
If you want to create gorgeous photos using a high end camera or upload branded pictures you, or a graphic designer, have created on your PC there are two simple ways to get that content onto your Instagram account and share with Facebook (and Twitter or Tumblr amongst others) at the same time with a simple click of a button.
From a mobile device:
Now once you have logged in, access your profile and make sure that you have linked your Facebook page as your preferred place to share your Instagram posts:
Profile – Options – Settings –
Select ‘Linked Accounts’ and your next screen should look like so (but without the little pink squares, that’s just what my screen looks like as I contribute to many different Facebook pages)
One thing I have noticed is that if I log out of a particular Instagram account and into another one for a different business or organisation is that I need to double check that my preferred ‘Linked Accounts’ have been selected. It’s not a hard task, but it will default to your personal Facebook timeline so be wary. If you have encountered this and know how to fix it I’d love to hear your ideas!
Once the correct Facebook account has been chosen all you need to do is select ‘Facebook’ when uploading your content via Instagram. Your posts will automatically be shared to your Facebook page. Two Social Media accounts – one stone.
Uploading via a PC or laptop:
It used to be that Instagram was solely a mobile only application. You could do nothing via a PC or laptop other than browse accounts. We now have the capability to upload content and monitor accounts via the Hootsuite dashboard.
You of course will need a Hootsuite account. Join here!
Once you have signed in you will need to give Hootsuite permission to access your accounts. It is here that you will ‘sign in’ to Instagram using your username and password.
Once you have set up your Instagram account, simply choose Instagram from the menu of linked Social Media accounts.
Below is a picture of where the linked accounts reside for you to choose from. I personally do not use Instagram for my business finding that Google+, Twitter and Facebook or LinkedIn work better for my promotional material.
Click the picture for a larger view
Of course, you can via Hootsuite upload your content to other networks too if you have them.
As always, remember to post early, often and ensure the information you are sharing is helpful!
Please let me know if the above tutorial has been helpful to you.
If it’s all too much, send me a message and I can set you up quick smart.