Instagram Poster - User Guide

  1. About Instagram Poster
  2. Basic settings
  3. Advanced settings

About Instagram Poster

Instagram PosterInstagram Poster can automatically make posts with images and text from content feeds to your Instagram business accounts. 

To use the Instagram Poster you need to have:
1. Instagram business account.
2. Facebook account.
3. Your Instagram account connected to one of your Facebook pages.

Other useful tutorials:

  • How to create an Instagram account. Tutorial
  • How to create a Facebook account. Tutorial
  • How to create a Facebook page. Tutorial
  • How to connect a Facebook page with an Instagram account. Tutorial

To be able to create an Instagram posting campaign you need to sign up for any of RSS Ground membership plans.

You can have one or several posting campaigns running simultaneously depending on your membership level limits.

Watch our quick user guide on how to create a posting campaign.

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Basic settings

You start creating your posting campaign by adding content feeds. You add them from Feeds Box, or from any of the content feeds generators. Also, you can manually add your feeds in the posting campaign editor using the " Add new feeds" > "Import feeds" option. 

Note: all feeds you manually add to your posting campaigns are automatically added to your Feeds Box. Such feeds are considered "public feeds" and are subject to appropriate account limits.

As soon as content feeds are added you start to set up your campaign. You have two types of settings: Basic and Advanced. Only Basic settings are mandatory.

In the Basic settings, you need to Authenticate your Facebook user. Press the Authenticate button, follow the steps and grant our app all requested permissions.

As soon as your Facebook user is authenticated "My Instagram accounts" option will appear. In the drop-down menu, you will see a list of your Instagram business accounts. Select one of the Instagram accounts you wish to send posts to.

Note: you can make posts only to your Instagram business accounts. Other accounts won't be visible here. To make your Instagram account business, you need to connect it to one of your Facebook pages. See the tutorial on how to connect a Facebook page with an Instagram account.

In the Basic settings, you also set up a  posting interval - how often you wish to make posts. The minimum interval size you can set depends on your membership level: from once in "every 24 hours" for the Free Basic level, to "every 30 minutes" for the Business level.

Note: Instagram allows up to 25 posts per day from one Facebook user. This limit concerns posting to all of your Instagram accounts across all posting campaigns. So set your posting interval keeping this in mind. Too often posts will hit your limit very fast.

After you are done with the basic settings you can name the posting campaign and save it.

All your Instagram posting campaigns are saved in the "FEEDS" - "Posting Campaigns" section.

See our other user tutorial on how to manage your created posting campaigns.

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Advanced settings

Posting order - set the order in which content from your specified feeds will be processed and selected for posting.

  • Only new - only content that appeared in the feeds after the previous campaign run will be used for posting.
  • From newest to oldest - if there is no newly appeared content, most fresh but not yet posted content from the feeds will be used for posting.
  • From oldest to newest - content will be posted starting from the oldest.
  • Randomly - random content from specified feeds will be posted.

If you wish to post only the most recent content to your Instagram account, you are recommended to use the "Only new" option.

If you wish to ensure the gradual update of your Instagram account, you are recommended to use the "From newest to oldest" option.

If you make posts from content feeds where timestamp does not matter, for example, product feeds or affiliate feeds, you may use the "Random" option.

Note: no matter what option was used in "Posting order", duplicate content will never be used for posting, unless you use the "Recycling" option.

Enable recycling - this option allows you to re-post already posted content over again. You can re-post the same content within the same posting campaign up to 5 times.

The  "Recycling" option can be good for affiliate product feeds, or other content feeds where unique content is not the priority. Please, use this option very carefully. Social networks don't like duplicate content.

Post only items with these keywords - specify one or several filter keywords. Only items that mention at least one of the specified keywords in their title or description will be used for posting.

Don't post items with these keywords - specify one or several filter keywords. Items that mention at least one of the specified keywords in their title or description will be excluded from posting.

Don't post items without images - some content feeds may contain items that don't have any image in them. This option will allow you to ignore such items.

Add item's title to post - the item's title will be added to the image caption.

Add item's description to post - the item's description will be added to the image caption.

Add item's link to post - the item's link will be added to the image caption. The link will be added as plain text, not as a hyperlink.

Hashtags pool - here you can specify a pool of up to 100 hashtags that will be added to the image caption in random order. Up to 10 hashtags can be added at once.

Use a random number of hashtags - set a range for a number of hashtags to be added to the image caption. Maximum values 10-10.

With the help of hashtags pool and number randomization, you can add a random number of random hashtags to image captions. This can be useful for content promotion and optimization. If you don't want to use randomization, just set the random number range equal to the number of hashtags used, like 3-3.

Add custom text to post - specify your custom text (call to action, slogan, "read more", or else) to add to the image caption. The same text will be added to each image caption. Only plain text (no HTML) is allowed in this field. Maximum length -250 symbols.

Append post links - append any tag or parameter to the item links added to the image caption. This can be any affiliate ID, tracking tags, or anything else. For example: ?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=rssground

You can append not only link parameters, but also link fragments. If you add a fragment ( #your_fragment), make sure you enter it with the "hash" symbol (#), otherwise, it will be counted as a parameter (?your_fragment).

Read more about query strings and fragments.

Note: there is a limit to the number of symbols that can be used in the image caption: 2200 symbols. This includes the symbols used for the item's title, item's description, item's link with an appendix, hashtags, and custom tags. If the limit is excited, the length of the posted text will be automatically shortened.

Advanced automation settings:

Advanced automation allows setting a flexible schedule to run your posting campaign.
For example, you can set to run your campaign only on weekdays, or avoid making posts at night time.
You can also set a delayed start of your campaign and date to automatically stop it.
Pay attention to a time zone setting. By default, your local (set on your computer) time zone is selected. But you can choose any time zone to adjust your posting campaign timing.

Well, now don't forget to name your posting campaign, otherwise, it will have a default generic name.

Example of an Instagram post with all content elements included:

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