If you’re not familiar, Instagress is basically an app that does all the tedious Instagram work for you. To be more specific, it automatically likes posts, follows other accounts and can even comment for you. If you don’t know anything about Instagress, sit back for this quick little breakdown on how to use it best.
Add an Account and Time
Once you’ve signed up for Instagress, you’ll want to connect your Instagram account and load your account with run time (you get a free three day trial). The time is how long instagress will be doing the work for you and you can buy time in increments ranging from 3 days to a full year. Also, If you buy a month’s worth of time but have your schedule set (we’ll discuss this next) to only like other posts from noon to 4 on weekdays, it’s going to take way longer than a month for your time to run out as it only counts the time (4 hours in this case) that it’s actively working for you.
Adjust Your Schedule
Before getting all excited and hitting the start button, you’ve got to personalize your settings; I start with the schedule (little square button next to the start/stop button). I feel the schedule is the most important setting – It determines when Instagress does the work and if you’re not mindful about how you choose to schedule, Instagram will take notice and you will get disconnected or logged off of Instagram. For the schedule, I’ve got Instagress running while I sleep and have a slightly spotty schedule during my waking hours to make my activity look more “natural” than automated. After you’ve set your schedule, select your timezone and hit save.
Feel free to setup these options how you’d like but what I’ve learned, in order to keep it as genuine as possible, just stick with likes at first. Having Instagress comment for you is painfully obvious when your account comments “great job!” on a post about something serious or personal – That’s a dead giveaway that you’re automating. Same goes for following. Instagress follows accounts according to the hashtags and accounts you specify in the settings but the accounts it follows are rarely worth following (no offense to all the humans out there doing the best they can with their Instagram accounts!)
As you start to scroll down, Instagress will start to look more overwhelming. Don’t let it! This section determines how Instagress will go about liking, following, or commenting on other’s posts. I just have my account set to like people’s posts so I just worry about setting the “Likers” section based on the hashtags they’ve used on their photos.
This setting adjusts how fast, or slow, instagress works and how many likes, comments or follows are done within a scheduled hour. It’s generally best practice to start with the “Slow” setting for at least three days before ramping up to normal or fast. We’ve used this strategy with multiple accounts without issue. If you do choose the “Fast” setting right off the bat it increases your chances of being flagged by Instagram’s algorithm, so proceed with caution.
This is the section that gets more detailed. Do you want instagress to only like new posts? Or maybe posts with a certain amount of likes? This is the section where you can set that up.
Comment, follow, unfollow
These three sections are extremely basic and are mostly just there if they are part of what you’re having Instagress do for you. For example, when I had instagress following other accounts for me, I made sure to check the setting that told Instagress not to follow any private accounts.
Tags. This one is huge, or at least for me. If you want Instagress to find photos and users who use certain hashtags, this is where you will put all of your target hashtags (I have about 40).
Locations and Usernames
This section allows you to put in specific locations and usernames for Instagress to find accounts to like, comment, and follow. These options are great for engaging with people that have visited competing dispensaries or who already engaging and following your competitor’s Instagram accounts.
This one has proven to be helpful for me in the sense that there are some accounts I don’t want to be associated with. There are a couple different ways of using this option like keywords and tags, so choose what works best for you when it comes to blacklisting.
The last step! Here you can set instagress to stop when it reaches a certain amount of likes, comments or follows. I use the amount of time I purchase as the autostop for me, but feel free to set this up the way that works best for your business or dispensary! It’s a good idea to limit yourself to 300-500 likes per day if you’re on the “Fast” speed setting.