How to schedule Instagram Stories in advance with Later

How to schedule Instagram Stories in advance with Later

Business owners, freelancers and agency owners: your Instagram scheduling is about to get a whole lot easier.

You can now schedule Instagram Stories in advance with Later.

Yep, you read that right. I’m not talking about scheduling the posts in your feed, but your actual Stories.

This is huge for any business that’s embraced the power of storytelling and connecting with their audience through Instagram Stories.

It’s also massive news for anyone running multiple Instagram accounts.

When it comes to managing a handful of Instagram accounts inside my agency, I’ve always been a big fan of scheduling posts in advance. In fact, it’s essential to keep all the client accounts happily running.

So when Later approached me to be an early beta tester of their new Story scheduling feature, I jumped at the chance.

I’m a HUGE fan of scheduling my Instagram posts from my desktop so this new feature is one more reason to not be hunched over my phone.

From the Later desktop app, I can pre-schedule all the images, videos, captions and links for my upcoming Stories. And then when it’s time to post, my phone receives all the content and all I have to do is publish.

The TL;DR of Instagram Stories is this:

Instagram Stories are The Spot™ where brands and businesses get raw and authentic with their followers, where real relationships and trust are formed, and where you can finally get 1:1 face time and eager engagement with your followers.

Now that we’re on the same page about Instagram Stories, let’s get down to business and talk scheduling.

In this blog post, we’re going to cover how to schedule Instagram Stories and my own personal findings from using the feature as an early beta tester.

How to use Instagram Story polls to strengthen your online business

How to use Instagram Story polls to strengthen your online business

The conversations I’ve had after posting Instagram Story polls have led to new clients, new business and real connections. (Plus, seeing poll responses is a fun way to pass the time at airports.)

No need for voter’s registration or proof of identification.

Anyone from anywhere in the world (with an Instagram account) can cast their ballot and weigh in on the debate!

Today, I’m going to show you how I use Instagram Story polls to conduct market research and strengthen my online business — both in messaging and in sales.

As a special bonus, I’m also including all the entertaining and cheeky ways that I use polls to engage with my audience!

Off to the polls we go!

December 2018 income report: $30,979.68

December 2018 income report: $30,979.68

I’ve always had a long-standing belief that since I’m in the business of helping people get started with their own businesses, I have a responsibility to be transparent about what life is REALLY like on this side.

Sure, there ARE glamorous perks.

But there’s real sh*t happening too. I hope you’ve seen that over the last 12 months.

With that said, stay tuned until the end of this post… where I have a special announcement to share with you. 🙂

How to write compelling website copy that books in clients

How to write compelling website copy that books in clients

When I first started my online business, I didn't know anything about writing copy that converts.

I’ve watched countless trainings, read a ton of blogs, signed up for all the top marketers’ emails, and had meetings with some of my industry's biggest thought leaders on what makes good copy actually good.

(I even attended a 3-day writing retreat hosted by Laura Belgray in the heart of Cinque Terre, Italy because... well, why not?)

Throughout all of my research, I slowly started crafting seductive copy for my two websites (canupy.com and elisedarma.com) and all my many landing pages (ClickFunnels tells me I’m currently at 194 pages #headexplodes) to ultimately turn my four-figure months into five-figure months.

So whether you're starting out or you've been running your business for a while — you can always learn a few new skills to improve your sales copy.

(Your lead gen and sales will thank you. 🙏)

Here are my top 6 tips for writing compelling website copy that actually converts and books in clients.

My 2018 review (and what's changing for 2019)

My 2018 review (and what's changing for 2019)

The Latin phrase "omne trium perfectum" suggests that everything that comes in threes is perfect.

It’s exhilarating and oddly satisfying to be sitting down and writing out my year in review – for the third consecutive time.

I started writing these reviews after my 2016 business year. I just skimmed through that first review post and it’s quite eye-opening to see where my head was at then… and where I’m at going into 2019.

The modern-day diary? Perhaps.

If you’re curious and want to get caught up on my previous business diaries, check out:

Without further ado, let’s dive into my 2018 review!

As usual, I’m looking back on the last year of my business and answering the following:

  1. What did I do well last year?

  2. What didn’t I do so well last year?

  3. What am I working towards this year?

  4. What is this year's theme?

Let’s get to it!

How to batch create and schedule your Instagram posts (PLUS my favorite tool)

How to batch create and schedule your Instagram posts (PLUS my favorite tool)

Gather ‘round your digital screen of choice and let me tell you a juicy secret.

I don’t upload my own Instagram posts.

*Cue the audible gasp*

That’s right, people. I’ve got my feed on autopilot.

Just because I’m such an Instagram cheerleader doesn’t mean I live inside the app. I’ve got things to do, a life to live, a belly to feed, a cat to imagine… you get the idea.

Plus, scheduling my Instagram posts ahead of time gives me major Olivia Pope vibes: it’s handled. 🤛

Here are the reasons why you should schedule your Instagram posts so you never have an “oh, crap — gotta post to IG” moment again (*cough speaking from experience cough*).

Plus, I’m sharing why BATCHING is the best way to get on top of your Instagram game, and how to do it.

How to pitch to get free press for your business

How to pitch to get free press for your business

Want to see your company's name in Forbes or Business Insider? It's easier than you think.

I recently chatted with Krista Gray, founder of GoldSquare and a top-notch freelance writer who has written for some of the world's biggest online publications.

I'm talking Brit & Co, The Muse, Business Insider, Being Bold and more!

During our chat, we spoke about how she quit her day job, founded her own business and started landing pitches in leading publications — all with zero experience.

So if you're on a tight budget and want to get eyeballs on your website, here's how to pitch to get free press for your business.

How to use Instagram Direct message to grow your business

How to use Instagram Direct message to grow your business

The chamber of Instagram Direct Message secrets has been opened.

What was once an Internet meme has a whole new significance to business owners. Instagram direct messaging means cha-ching, cha-ching to your business.

We all know I’m a big believer in the power of connection through Instagram Stories — but it’s what comes after the Story goes live that results in some biz-growing goodness (hint: it all goes down in the DMs).