Today we are going to show you how to post an Instagram story from your computer.
In the past you may have heard us talk about the Leads Accelerator, and this is actually one of the necessary steps in order to generate more leads online for your local business. Before we figured this out, we did everything manually over and over again with little to no success. The goal is that once you read this blog you’ll be able to post more Instagram stories from your computer.
So first, you will need to get Business Manager. If you don’t already have a Business manager you can check out our video on how to make one, here. Make sure you start with this because if you don’t it’s going to be almost impossible to do our next steps.
Now, assuming that you’ve got Business Manager, you will want to go to business.facebook.com/creatorstudio. You can use this link or type it into your web browser and hit enter. This is actually behind the scenes of our business manager.
Now, there are a lot of cool features inside of the creators studio, but what we are going to talk about specifically is uploading stories. And we all know how difficult it can be to upload stories and do it consistently because we get caught in our business. We know how important it is, we just get caught up doing the day to day tasks. This is actually within Facebook’s features and it’s the creators studio.
Within the creators studio, it’s going to populate with your profile. Assuming you’ve set up a Business Manager, you will have all the pages that you manage. So, say you have 2 or 3, or just your 1, they will be automatically populated into creators studio.
First up, you’ll want to go over to the left hand side and click Create Post. From there you will see several options like Add Story, Upload Video, etc. For this purpose, you will want to choose Add Story.
A screen will pop up on the right hand side asking you to choose a page to create a story from. From the options below, you will choose which company/page you want to create the story for. For us, we will be choosing our own company, BitBranding.
On the next page you will see the two options that you have which are to add a photo or add a text story.
The first option you have is to add a photo. To do this example, we are just going to choose a random photo for this exercise.
Once you’ve chosen your photo you can do several things to it like crop it or add text. We will add some text to this photo. We will just say The Leads Accelerator because this is actually a screenshot of our Leads Accelerator. Then you’ll have text just like you normally would.
You can also add a button. When you click on that a sub menu will appear and you can choose what kind of button you want. Your options range from See More, Show Now, Call Now and a few more.
You would then add the link of where you want the button to take people under that. Now we’ve never had the ability for the link to actually work because we don’t have 10,000 followers and we believe that rule still applies. However, for this example we are just going to say that the rule doesn’t apply and we are going to add a link.
Once you have the picture how you want it with any text and/or button on it, you’ll scroll to the bottom of the page on the left and click Share to Story.
You will then get redirected back to your creator studio home page. Once the story has uploaded you will see a message pop up in the bottom left hand corner letting you know that it was added to your story. It will also say that you can view it in your content library.
So, to make sure it’s there, on the left hand you’ll click on Content Library and then click on Stories and you should see the story that you just created and that it’s active.
As you can see we also created another story earlier today that had 8 unique opens for our new podcast that we put out, but you can also see that the one we just created is on there as well. You can’t necessarily schedule with this yet, but you can post them directly inside of here.
You can also create a post using just text. To do that, you would follow the same steps as above except you would choose Add Text Story instead of Add Photo.
Once inside the Add Text Story, you can add your text, change your background color, etc.
Then, once the post looks how you want, you would click the Share To Story button at the bottom left hand corner.
Now, there are a lot of features that are not available here. However, if your purpose is to upload pictures or videos or text and do something sequential and get it out there on time and you are already working on your desktop, which most business owners are, it’s going to be a little bit easier for you. This doesn’t take away from Instagram, we don’t want to say that, but we do think that it allows you to plan the stuff that should be planned and then be more slice of life and off the cuff for the ones that are on the go videos that are on your phone.
Hopefully that helped you figure out how to post an Instagram story from your computer.
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