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Engaging followers, monitoring comments, and creating new content can sometimes seem like a 24/7 job. As an already busy mom, you can’t afford to take time off to create new content without the risk that you’ll miss a high-profile customer interaction, or a troll dropping offensive language all over your comments.
These quick Instagram hacks take advantage of automation to give time to catch a breath and come up with the next big campaign to promote your blog or small business.
Instagram Hacks 1: Save Live Videos to Show Later
Let’s face it, content creation is a big job. Take advantage of the Instagram Live video feature to create content on the fly. Yes, it’s a bit risky to air unedited content, but it also delivers a solid punch of authenticity to your account.
Reserve a slot in your content calendar in advance and share the details with your community. Or throw a spontaneous Q&A session during a high traffic time for your community. Your most loyal crew will tune in as scheduled, or you’ll make a big splash when your followers see your Live video notification at the top of their screen.
Not only is going Live a real time saver in terms of content creation, but the real hack is to save the Live video to use again! When your video ends you are given the option to share a replay of it. Remember replays are just like the original and include its comments and likes.
If you decide against this, it will disappear within 24 hours.
Instagram Hacks 2: Use Highlights in Your Stories
The ability to showcase specific content is priceless. Instagram Stories presents a slideshow that expires after 24 hours rather than a traditional single image. Stories eclipsed a rival’s similar product because of the sheer depth of features.
Save time with this quick hack: save your stories to an archive so you can re-use them as Highlights. Even though they expire from your active timeline, once you save them you can repurpose and re-post them later.
You’ll save hours of creating content in the future by relying on a well-stocked library of high-quality content you can use again and again.
The Highlight reel will show as your Story for 24 hours. It will continue to show as a highlight reel until you remove it.
Here’s how to do this:
- Go to your profile
- Tap the Story Highlights tab
- Tap +
- Select which stories to include
- Choose a photo and name the highlight, then tap Add on iOS or Done on Android
- Add more photos or videos or remove them by tapping Edit Highlight
Instagram Hacks 3: Filter Custom Words from Your Comments
As your account attracts a broader audience and your posts get more exposure, it’s common for the comment section to get a bit spicy. Whether you’re dealing with a troll or offensive comments from users, filtering comments is a great way to clean up your posts and keep everything looking friendly.
The filter will automatically hide comments that contain words or phrases that Instagram detects as offensive. Hack the feature by adding a list of words you personally find offensive. You won’t have to spend hours scrolling through comments every day monitoring trolls. Here’s how:
- Go to your profile
- Select the Options screen (Gear on iOS or Ellipsis on Android)
- Select Comment Controls
- Turn on Hide Offensive Comments
- Tap Manual Filter
You’ve got to promote your account to gain followers. Some people buy Instagram followers to boost the popularity of posts while others stick with using a lot of hashtags.
There are a lot of different Instagram hacks that will allow you to scrape up a bit of extra time. Take advantage of time-saving new features and automation to keep your content fresh and exciting without risking critical engagement opportunities.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.