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Instagress automates your brand’s Instagram marketing efforts with awesome results

Instagress helps you “get social media super powers” with automated likes, follows and comments to help your brand gain real followers that engage (really).

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Social media management is important for your brand

We’ve all heard of automation sites for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest that make managing social media a breeze. But what about automation sites for the other social media heavy hitter: Instagram? The brilliant photo sharing app allows you to create ads, build a brand, and gather a following all on a simple user-friendly interface.

For brands, it’s just as important as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest in communicating with consumers everywhere, so it came as no surprise when automation for Instagram gained popularity. One in particular is Instagress, an automation site that allows users to automatically like photos, follow people based on location, and schedule posts.

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Instagress helps you gain followers without the bots

Instagress claims to be the best instagram automation site, by helping users attract attention to their page. Before, those who wanted to increase account traffic, had the option of buying followers, which ultimately did nothing for likes and comments, since those are typically robot accounts. Now, not only can Instagress increase followers, but likes and comments as well, making a page more visible than before.

In order to begin increasing visibility, users must first create an account and give Instagress permission to access their Instagram. Don’t worry about downloading some unknown file or installing some sketchy software, because Instagress requires neither, making it one of the safer bots around. Once set up, customers have immediate access to some pretty awesome features.

Automate your likes and comments based on #hashtags

First is the option to automate Likes, Comments, or Following, based on specific hashtags and geolocations and other specified Instagram accounts. Automation can be further customized with all of the various control settings, ranging from activity speed (how fast your account works) to auto-stop, which allows users to set limits for when they want automation to stop.

Follow the people who follow the people you follow

But the best feature, especially for business owners, is their monumental Super-targeting option. With this new option, people can target a relevant audience by following, liking and commenting on the photo or video, of people who follow pages that are similar to yours. Why is that monumental?

Let’s say someone wanted to start a real estate business, instead of finding random people online, Instagress would allow them to select any real estate firm, executive, or agent, and target everyone that follows them, or that they follow. Instead of wasting time trying to find the right people, the people who care about real estate in the first place, Instagress does the hard work for you and puts them at your fingertips.

Fantastic marketing tool.

Can your company afford $.22/day for marketing?

Once the selections have been customized, the only thing left is to press the start button, where it begins to run for the allotted amount of time, tracking the number of likes, comments, follows and unfollows Instagress has done on your behalf. Users can stop automation at any point, and are only charged for the time it spends running.

Uh-Oh, I said “charge”, but don’t panic! Instagress is very affordable, offering users a free three day trial, and six tiers of other price choices. Options range from their most basic package, currently $1.99 for 3 days, which is about $.66 a day, or their maximum package of 360 days for $79.99 of $.22 per day.

For desktop and mobile, but no app — yet

Instagress is pretty awesome, however there are some features I would like for them to add as it further develops. Although they have a mobile site, it would be nice to have an app. Sites similar to this one, also offer automatic photo posting, which would be a nice addition.

Give the three-day trial a shot

All and all this is a very cool site for business owners, and startups alike who don’t have the time to manually increase traffic, but value their brand. See what Instagress can do for your social media branding, and check out their three-day trial. I’ve been using it for a day now, and have gained fifteen followers, and I’m not even selling anything; imagine the possibilities!

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Lauren Flanigan is a Staff Writer at The American Genius, hailing from the windy hills of Cincinnati, with a degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She has escaped the hills, and currently resides in Atlanta, where you can almost always find her camping at a Starbucks strategizing on how to take over the world.

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  1. Bart

    November 13, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you for this article. I enjoy learning about new ways to market and deploying various apps for non-obvious purposes. Please share more about this in future 🙂

  2. Ory

    November 15, 2015 at 7:58 am

    What you fail to mention is that Instagress is in violation of Instagram rules and can lead to suspension of one’s account.

  3. Karin

    November 17, 2015 at 7:29 am

    How do you deepen engagement on Instagram and divert followers to your website so that you can capture their contact information? Are there lead capture pages for Instragram? Thanks.

  4. Catherine Gallure

    February 11, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Hi Lauren! i tried Instagress, but honestly, i was more than just unimpressed, i was deeply disappointed to have my profile banned the very next day i started it. The next one had the same destiny, so i’m never coming back. There’s a very similar service – Zengram.net, it even looks almost the same, but the result is completely different. If you know how to use automation tools for Instagram, you should definitely check it out.

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Instagram now lets you create and share fundraisers

(SOCIAL MEDIA) If you’ve been wanting to start a fundraiser for something you care about, Instagram’s new feature lets you do just that. Go check it out!

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Instagram announced last week that it has launched a test for a Personal Fundraiser tool on its platform. The feature will allow users to start their own fundraiser if it complies with guidelines or choose an existing cause to support. The launch began in some US, UK, and Ireland markets and is available on Android and iOS.

In its announcement, the company confirmed that since January, more than $100 million has been raised for COVID-19 across Facebook and Instagram (also owned by Facebook), citing that donations on Instagram have doubled in the US in the past 30 days. The announcement said, “from people raising money to buy medical equipment for Black Lives Matter protesters, rebuilding Black-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19 and funding educational resources related to racial justice, people are eager to mobilize around causes they care about.”

Personal Fundraisers are short-term and meant to serve time-sensitive causes, with the initial duration lasting 30 days with the option to extend for an additional 30 days. Users must be 18 to create a fundraiser and have a designated bank account in which funds can be deposited. Donations will be processed through Facebook Pay, which also powers Instagram’s new shopping features. The platform covers fees for non-profits, but not for Personal Fundraisers. Donors can choose to keep their information hidden from the public, but organizers will be able to see user names and donation amounts.

To start a Personal Fundraiser, users with access to the feature can tap “Edit Profile”, “Add Fundraiser”, followed by “Raise Money”. They can then choose a photo, select the fundraiser category, and write out a story to encourage donations. When approved, users will be able to raise funds.

Instagram says it will expand the number of users who have access to this feature in the months ahead, as well as give users access to share fundraisers both in their Feed and within Stories. Fundraising features already offered by the company include Donation Stickers for Stories and a Live Donations feature for live streams.

This feature is similar to the fundraising feature already available on Facebook, Instagram’s parent company.

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Should you be Facebook friends with your boss?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Are there times when it makes sense to connect with your boss and team on Facebook? Or is LinkedIn enough?

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Just as we learn, grow, and change in life, so does our use of social media platforms and technology in general. It makes sense though – when hot new programs come out and “everybody’s doing it” (thinking of you MySpace and Plaxo), it’s easy to create a user profile to see what you think of the platform.

You may be a heavy user at first (looking at you Facebook) and then back off, only to use it for certain functions (Groups and Events for example). In the interim, you may have joined Instagram because for some reason it seemed simpler and light-hearted. And don’t let the new, shiny things coming out pass you by without at least seeing if you like them, or if they help entertain you and connect you to loved ones (looking at you Snapchat and TikTok).

Amongst some doubt of new or potential users in the mid-2000s after Facebook opened up to those outside of universities, we have to admit that Facebook has had a longevity that some of the other platforms have not. It allows you to keep your personal network in one place as well as your photos, significant dates, your career changes, events, and even see what your cousins are up to. It almost feels like once you’re invested, it’s hard to get out.

The thing is, there is definitely a grey area on who you accept as a “friend”. It really is up to each person’s comfort level on who they want to be connected to, and how much sharing they do on the platform. This article isn’t going to address Facebook privacy concerns and data sharing, but we do encourage you to look in to those if that is something that is important to you. It’s a similar idea with LinkedIn – some people are happy to connect with anyone and everyone, while others prefer to keep their connections to those they personally know and/or have worked with.

This story is addressing a question as it relates to an article in Inc. about whether or not is it’s ok for managers and employees to be “Facebook friends”, and some other tricky professional situations. We have to look at few things first, including the evolution of our use.

Since Facebook was made available to everyone, we have gone from a simple profile picture, relationship status (oof), and random updates about our breakfast/dentist appointments, to joining interest groups, sharing news articles, promoting brands and memes at a mind-boggling rate. Many people have considered deleting their Facebook profiles due to a high level of negativity, privacy concerns over their data and pictures, and how ultimately, scrolling your newsfeed can be a total time suck.

Many stay on because they are in groups (like super amazing, supportive, and popular ones such as Austin Digital Jobs) that they enjoy, and it’s a way to stay connected with others. This has felt true especially during COVID-19 where many people have lost their social outlets, networking opportunities, and have not been able to get together in person. Social media has also been a useful platform for small business owners and entrepreneurs to run a business page at minimal costs (free unless they run advertising), and reach out to customers. Facebook (owner of Instagram) also seems to have been making strides this year to better support small business owners.

So, should you be Facebook friends with your boss?

That is up to you (we are not here to tell you how to run your life) and while many have said, “Nope” in a super unofficial survey of 30 respondents, there were a couple of interesting perspectives:

“Since I’m my boss, twist on my answer… I don’t yes any professional that asks to be FB friends. That’s what my page is for. I even have a canned response that says this because I get so many asks. My personal FB is for actual friends of mine. I didn’t want to yes my MIL either. I have her on the restricted list.”

“I guess it depends. I’m friends with my boss and most of my coworkers. Creative shop within a corporation … about 45 strong. We are tight.”

“If you love your job and you love your boss then I think it is ok. I work 2 part-time jobs and both of my bosses are amazing! I am friends and Facebook friends with both of them.”

“I’m fine. I don’t post much on Facebook anymore. My bosses are all fairly chill. ”

“I have been Facebook friends with previous bosses while they were my boss. I am not with my current boss, but I’d be fine with it if we were. I don’t post anything too crazy, and I tend to over share in the office already. I like to be an open book. Tiktok would be different though… ”

For some who are part of a start-up or smaller team where collaboration and getting to know one another  are supported (thinking teams of 10 or less, hey AG Staff Writers), this may be more of the ‘norm’ and acceptable. However, the majority of people do not want to be “Facebook friends” with their boss to draw a line between work and personal sharing. Many people also mentioned that it varied if they chose to be Facebook friends with their colleagues, although they seem to be more open to colleagues vs. direct supervisors.

This seems to reflect back on how you use Facebook and if sharing your weekend or family photos is not something you want everyone to see. On the flip side, if you’re not sharing much, maybe you’d be OK with being connected there. A more professional way of connecting with your supervisor and others at work is through LinkedIn, and is in fact, highly encouraged.

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Could TikTok soon be banned in the U.S for privacy breaching?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) TikTok, a video content social media giant, has been deemed a potential national security risk by the U.S Federal government.

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U.S lawmakers are calling for a full investigation into TikTok, the fifteen second video app with almost 180 million downloads, after expressing concerns of a privacy breach by the Chinese government.

TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, purchased the platform originally known as musical.ly in November 2017. Since then the social media app worth an estimated $150 billion has almost 180 million downloads in the U.S, and 800 million downloads worldwide.

According to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the U.S has reason to believe the Beijing-based company, ByteDance, may have been coerced into handing over data to China’s communist leaders. The app’s Founder, Zhang Yiming, and TikTok’s spokesperson responded to the accusations with the following statement: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”

We don’t know if we believe you TikTok.

TikTok received over 500 legal demands, including emergency requests, in the first six months of 2020. TikTok has also previously confirmed that the app stores user data on “U.S-based servers” withdrawn from phone downloads. Information includes IP addresses, messages, location information, and according to Pompeo, “sensitive information”, exposed by data breaching that disregards American rights to privacy and potentially violates national security guidelines.

Company employees may live in the U.S, but with its head of operations stationed in Beijing, pressure from the Chinese Government to provide user information is a very serious concern for Americans using the app. 41 percent of its users are part of Generation Z, a highly influential, social media-friendly age group, ranging between 16 and 24.

A sense of invincibility within this age range encourages users to use the app without caution of personal information that may be provided or derived off your phone after installation. In the past two years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have also been criticized for not abiding to lawful privacy standards.

ByteDance has halted the use of its corporate office in Beijing and is looking to establish headquarters within the U.S or under new management.

The U.S. government is seriously considering banning the use of TikTok.

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