To Automate or Not to Automate?

Step 11: At some point in my first 20 days I considered automating.

I loaded the Crowdfire App and tried the free version for a day, but it didn’t make sense to me.

The free version didn’t have the functionality I was expecting and was asking me to post Instagram posts belonging to huge influencers (but not any of the one’s I follow).

Now on Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Flipboard I happily post other people’s articles all day long as curating is an essential part of the strategy on these channels. But I just couldn’t see how posting other people’s posts would fit into my Instagram posting strategy.

So I deleted the Crowdfire App off my phone and continued with my usual steps.

On Day 20 Lynne Huysamen (@lynnehuy) offered me a trial of Mass Planner.

We tried it out for a couple of days for my Happy Human Pacifier Profile but I just couldn’t get comfortable with the loss of control. While Mass Planner is switched on, I’m not able to follow any new people. I wasn’t mad about “unfollowing” people either.

So for me, for now, automation is out. It doesn’t fit into my philosophy of connecting personally with other Moms (see Golden Tip 2 to follow).

I also noticed that Mass planner has discontinued their service and Lynne just posted this blog to provide some clarity: Mass Planner Shut Down...

Comment below... do you use a program or app to automate your posting, likes, follows and unfollows on Instagram? Which automation tool do you use and why? And if not, at what point (if ever) do you plan to automate?

Step 12:

Once I reached 1000 Followers, I was able to join Webfluential and get an idea of what I could charge for sponsored blog posts ($150) and Instagram posts ($30 per post). This was my end-goal. HOORAY!

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wendyg53 Premium
Very cool, and I just followed you on Instagram. :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Wendy. Glad you enjoyed. Following you back.
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Loes Premium
My phone seems to be too old to be able to connect with Instagram, halfway the sign in the process stops.
Tried to login via FB, same issue
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laurenjean Premium
Oh no, Loes. How frustrating. You can login via your pc as well. Adding pictures is a little trickier via pc but its do-able.
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Loes Premium
I have tried that, but I had a clear moment, I do have a tablet somewhere at the bottom of my drawer, I dusted it off and my daughter just placed the Instagram app on it and it works! But now I have to figure out how to get my website pictures into my gallery to be able to place more on Instagram. I have seen yours now:) Lovely, and I want to make those pictures on Canva too, to make them a bit more interesting.
So I have some work to do:)
First Canva, then uploading to the tablet and place them on Instagram. Pfewww.

update!
I managed to add one picture to Instagram, using canva and my tablet!
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laurenjean Premium
Woohooo! Well done Loes! I'll go check it out now - ooh, stunning pic! Left you a comment.
Gramblr is also a great photo uploader if you want to upload directly from Canva on your PC to Instagram. :)
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Loes Premium
Ok! I like that! Uploading directly from Canva, I am such a klutz with mobile devices
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DarleneB Premium
What terrific training!!! Thank you. I know so little about Instagram but I need to learn. Thanks to your, easy to understand, tutorial, I'm giving it a try.
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, thanks Darlene! So glad you enjoyed it so much and you're inspired to give Instagram a try. :)
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WilliamBH Premium
This is a really great training Lauren .. Cheers, William.
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laurenjean Premium
Thank you so much, William. Appreciate you stopping by and really glad you found it useful.
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XinZhang Premium
Very informative and very detailed! This will be very useful.
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Thanks so much Xin. Appreciate the compliment. So glad you found it useful.
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