Direct Publishing for Instagram Business Profiles
If you're already using Instagram to promote your business, you've probably asked yourself this question before— Should I switch to an Instagram Business Profile?
But before we get to answering that, let's try to understand what exactly an Instagram Business Profile is.
Instagram Business Profile
Instagram's Business Profile provides your brand with a lot more additional features than a personal profile would. For instance, you can get detailed analytics about your followers and your posts, promote your posts as ads, add links to your stories, and make it easier for your followers to contact you. Of course, it also helps that you will be able to directly publish to your Instagram profile through third-party platforms (like us!) once you've made the switch. However, there are also certain things that you lose out on when you convert your profile to a Business Profile.
Firstly, Business Profiles on Instagram cannot be set to Private. That is a feature that is exclusive to Personal Profiles, so if social media privacy is really important to you, you may want to stick to a Personal Profile. Secondly, a Personal Profile on Instagram is very simple and easy to use. There are no complicated charts or columns, and no pop-ups that ask you to promote your posts. If you're not going to use many of the features of the Instagram Business Profile, then you might as well stick to the personal profile.
But why should you make the switch to a Business Profile?
As a brand, you're probably aware of what fuels business on social media: reach, engagement and conversions - the holy trifecta of social media marketing. While your personal profile on Instagram could be good enough to run a business with, Instagram Business profiles are tailored to give your brand the push it may need from time to time.
This includes giving you key metrics such as: knowing your audience (follower demography), when to reach them (best time to post) and how to reach them (medium with maximum engagement). While a business profile may not automatically guarantee increased engagement (likes, re-grams and comments), its features can help you reach a wider audience.
With an Instagram Business profile, you can track components that can help streamline your marketing and bring in revenue. From understanding your top-performing posts, to knowing if your audience likes pineapple on their pizza, the app's in-built analytics tool 'Instagram Insights' has you covered. You need this to know where your clicks, likes, re-grams and conversations are coming from. With this, your business can run informed polls, track best time-slots to post content and a bunch of other follower/performance deets which will help carry your marketing efforts.
Contact made easy:
There's only so much reaching out you can do with a 'Link in bio' filler on every post. Instagram for Business lets your brand reach your audience a little more directly. You can affix a Call, Email or Direction button right above your feed, so that your audience can reach you better.
Adding Links to your Story:
If your business page has over 10,000 followers, you unlock the feature to add easy 'swipe up' links in your Instagram stories. This makes everything from payment gateways, to product pages only an up-swipe away.
Advertising your brand: Running ads and campaigns/sponsored posts:
This is perhaps the key differentiator of business and personal profiles. Once you've switched to a business profile, you can run sponsored ads on Instagram. You can create 4 types of ad campaigns using your Instagram business account - image, video, story & carousel major with your key take away being that these are targeted campaigns. With Business profiles you can even set campaign priotity to specific needs like - creating traffic to page or generate engagement (likes, re-grams etc) etc.
Converting your Instagram account to a Business Profile
Now that we've seen the benefits of making the switch to a Business Profile, let's take a look at how you can convert your existing Instagram profile to a Business Profile. Fortunately, making the switch is very easy, and can be done within a few minutes.
- Go to your Instagram mobile app and head over to profile Settings.
- Under Accounts, tap Swich to Business Profile.
- Follow the on-screen instructions till your account is set up.
Direct Publishing on Instagram through Zoho Social
After you've switched to a business profile on Instagram, select Social Networks under Setup in Zoho Social. You should see a "Set up Direct Publishing" link option for the Instagram network.
Once you click that link, you'll see a confirmation popup requesting authorization. You'll need to click Authorize Now to finish setting up Instagram Direct Publishing.