Social Media Tips: Get More From Meerkat and Periscope with Katch

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If you love Meerkat and Periscope, but wish both of these apps would offer more functionalities than ‘just’ live streaming, try Katch!
Katch enables you to easily record, permanently archive and automatically publish your broadcasts from either of the apps with one tweet.  

How Katch works:
– Sign into Katch.me and connect it to your Meerkat or Periscope accounts (or both)
– Open your favorite live streaming app
– Add #katch hashtag to your title
– Tap the Twitter icon so Katch can see your stream
– Katch starts recording your stream, including your comments and hearts
– After you end your broadcast, @KatchHQ will send you a link on Twitter
– Tap on the link to view your replay
– You can play, fast forward and rewind your video
– You can also view and scroll through all your comments
– All your broadcasts are stored permanently in the cloud.

Katch is a free app, sign up for it at www.katch.me.

If you need help with your live video marketing or social media marketing strategy, email us at info@LA76.com. We’d be glad to be of help!

The Best Online Tools to Schedule and Post on Instagram

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Instagram has quickly grown from a fun and trendy mobile phone app to a massive and influential social network, which is now even bigger than Twitter.  Last December Instagram shared their latest statistics; there are 300 million active monthly Instagram users, and 75 million daily Instagram users.

Many companies have added Instagram to their list of primary social media channels, and if you are managing social media for you personally, for your company, and even more so if you are managing Instagram for more companies, you know that  juggling with different Instagram accounts can be hard sometimes.  Especially so, because Instagram app doesn’t allow you to manage multiple accounts and schedule posts, which requires logging out and back in when posting between accounts.  While we don’t approve of scheduling posts for the sake of spamming your followers, we do think scheduling Instagram posts can be of great help so you can plan your posts accordingly when you are pressed with time, and prepare high-quality images to share with your followers.

While there are several scheduling only tools for Instagram – they don’t enable you to publish posts on Instagram, but allow scheduling, and when it’s time for publishing, they will send you a reminder, so you can go to the app and do it yourself (this is not convenient when you have no access to your phone or if your phone battery dies).  Among these scheduling only Instagram tools are Latergramme and TakeOff.

If you are looking for a tool that will help you schedule AND post on Instagram, then I recommend you to try these two:

1. Schedugram

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ScheduGram is for social media managers who need an easier way to manage Instagram for their clients and brands. Schedugram features web uploading, scheduling, and supports multiple accounts.   I have been testing Schedugram in early 2014, when they were just starting out, and gave them a second try this spring as well.  What I love about ScheduGram is the ability to upload, schedule and post Instagram posts for multiple accounts – after you schedule your post, the tool will publish it as scheduled, you won’t need to approve or push the post to go out.  Their photo editing tool is fantastic, you’ll be able to crop your photo, fix colors or add filters.  You can also do bulk uploads and add multiple users for the account, so your team members can help you with scheduling.  Schedugram also allows unlimited uploads of both photos and videos, and unlimited invited users.  Schedugram lets you see scheduled posts, but you can’t see the previously published posts.  Scheduled posts are lined up in your Scheduled Posts page.

The pricing of Schedugram is set of $20 USD for an Instagram account with less than 10,000 followers.  ScheduGram offers 7 day free trial.

2. Onlypult

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I’ve learned about Onlypult Instagram scheduling and posting tool about 10 days ago.  I decided to test it out, and 7 days into using the service, I really like it and have decided to stay with this tool instead of Schedugram.  OnlyPult also allows you to manage multiple accounts, upload your photos through the web, schedule them, and add multiple users (there are different pricing plans that allow you different types of usage).

Onlypult has a very user friendly dashboard.  Each connected account has it’s own tab where you can see scheduled posts, review the page with already published posts (even the posts you published before joining Onlypult), you can see your scheduled posts in a calendar view, which I find a neat feature, so you can plan your campaigns or posts accordingly.  In the future, Onlypult is promising to add analytics as well, and they have a Planner feature, which is similar to Buffer Schedule, where you can set up posting times, and when adding new posts, Planner can add them up and publish as you scheduled.  While I think Onlypult tool is more user friendly than Schedugram, I prefer Schedugram’s photo editing tool, which is more advanced and useful as in Onlypult.

Onlypult pricing is more accessible than with SheduGram; START plan with 3 Instagram accounts and 1 man management costs $12 USD/month, SMM plan with 7 Instagram accounts and 2 man management costs $20 USD/month, AGENCY plan with 20 Instagram accounts and 3 man in management costs $39 USD/month.  Onlypult also offers 7 day free trial.

Are you using an Instagram scheduling and/or posting tool, or have any questions regarding Instagram?  Share your favorites, comments and questions with us in the comments below.

You can find me on Instagram here.  Screenshots made with Place it app.

Work in Progress

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Re-branding process, work in progress. Taken from one of the idea sheets of our designer.

Hola, we hope you had a fabulous Easter!  We’re back on our blog after a short break, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy!  We spent the month of February renovating our office, which got devastated during hurricane Odile, and we’re quite pleased how the works are turning out.  Our thinking hammocks are back, and we now have two new cool spaces for brainstormings and gatherings, which is super nice.  I’m sure we’ll be using them with pleasure and create some fantastic ideas around them.  There are some details still missing, but I think that design is a never-ending process in general; there is just always something that you can still improve on, add on.  Then March was marked with this happy event, and gatherings with family and friends which visited us all the way from Slovenia, Serbia, Australia, Canada, US, mainland Mexico and Baja.

We have a couple of very exciting projects at the LA76 office currently, about which I will write more once they are launched, but here I will mention a re-branding of a hair & make up company, with new corporate visual identity and a responsive website, a communications strategy for a financial consulting company, exciting new marketing strategy for a book launch, social media contest for a restaurant, vacation / real estate photography of a stunning beachfront home, a collaboration with a new Slovenian magazine, and more.

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We’ve also decided to explore more of our beautiful Baja.  This Easter we hiked one of the hills near Todos Santos, only to discover a location of the antique port, a home of sea lions and a new favorite picnic spot.  It was spectacular, and we’re already planning new adventures.

What are you up to lately?  Share with us in the comments below.