Planoly vs AiGrow – What’s a Better Instagram Scheduler?
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Keeping with our series comparing social media management tools from around the web, today we’re looking at Planoly.
What’s Planoly? According to their website,
“Planoly is the first visual planner for Instagram. Clear and to the point, web and mobile app – it is the most effective visual social media planner on the market and you can schedule your posts too. The app has been thoughtfully created from a designer’s and editor’s point of view. Beautifully crafted to be simple, clean and easy to use.”
Planoly is right in our neighbourhood of social media management, so we decided to put it to the test against our own social media management tool, AiGrow.
Here are the topics that we are going to look at:
- Connecting Instagram account(s)
- Maintenance and Support
Once on aigrow.me, click on “FREE TRIAL” in the top right corner of our homepage.
Or, to make things easier, click on the “FREE TRIAL” button in the top right corner of the page you’re currently reading.
Then just provide your name, email, and desired password.
Finally, add your Instagram account by providing your login information.
That’s all! You’re ready to use AiGrow. No download required.
With AiGrow, you don’t need verification via email or download. Moreover, AiGrow’s platform is available in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Persian.
Start by visiting Planoly’s website.
Then, simply sign up using the required info.
After submitting the information, you are then asked to link your Instagram account.
However, you can continue without linking and do it later.
If you choose to link your account immediately, you have to tell Planoly what kind of account (personal/business) you’re adding.
Connecting Instagram Accounts
When you are done with the setup, you then need to connect your IG account.
To do so, on your dashboard, click on “Add Instagram Account” and simply enter your IG username and password. For some accounts, Instagram may send a 6-digit code that AiGrow will ask for.
When you are finished with the connecting step, you can see your account on the dashboard. With AiGrow, you also have the ability to add multiple Instagram accounts.
If you don’t add your account immediately, connect your Instagram account by going to your dashboard and clicking the “Link Instagram” button in the top right corner.
Now, just enter your IG account’s username and password. Sometimes, Instagram will send a 6-digit code for which Planoly will ask.
When you successfully connect your account, you can see your account on your dashboard.
You can also add multiple Instagram accounts to your Planoly dashboard (only if you purchase a premium package).
AiGrow users have access to multiple features of this platform.
- Scheduling Posts and Stories
- Desktop Inbox
- Auto DMs and Growth Engine (auto Likes, follows, unfollows, and comments)
- Engagement Groups
Let’s talk about each one by one.
Scheduling Posts and Stories
Instagram still doesn’t have an official way to upload and/or schedule your posts from your desktop.
Fortunately, AiGrow provides a completetly free desktop Instagram scheduler.
To access it, go to your AiGrow dashboard and click the tab called “Schedule Posts”.
From here, just write your caption, search and add the right hashtags, choose a date and time, select the accounts you want to upload to (you can upload the same post to multiple accounts), and finish by clicking “Schedule”.
As mentioned above, AiGrow even offers a hashtag research tool right inside the tool.
If you want to find the most popular hashtags related to your post, just search a keyword related to your post and AiGrow will display the most popular hashtags related to your keyword in descending order.
You can then easily add these hashtags to your post with one click.
As the cherry on top, you can even repost other existing Instagram posts based on:
- specific URL
For example, if you only wanted to repost content using the hashtag #fitness, then you could search the hashtag, select which posts you want to repost, edit the caption and hashtags (if you want to) and hit “Schedule”.
AiGrow will then repost at the scheduled time like any other regular scheduled post.
With AiGrow, you can also send automated DMs to targeted groups of people on Instagram.
You can send DMs to people based on:
- Username lists
- Connection to competitors
- Current followers
- New followers
You can also manage your DM inbox from your desktop.
This means you can filter DMs based on read, unread, sent and all. It also means you can search for DMs from specific people and reply to DMs on a one-to-one basis from your desktop.
AiGrow’s Growth Engine
AiGrow automates your Likes, comments, follows, unfollows and DMs.
You can also targeted your automated actions based on:
- follower of username
- list of usernames
For example, if you provide AiGrow with the hashtag #fitness, you will automatically engage with only users on Instagram using #fitness.
You can target up to 30 hashtags, 20 locations and 10 accounts.
You can even customize how quickly your account performs the actions and how many Likes, Follows, Unfollows, Comments, and DMs you want to perform on a daily basis.
As you begin engaging with your target audience, people will visit your profile in response, engage with your posts, and ultimately follow your page.
This way, you generate real followers who are actually interested in your page, unlike a bulk purchase service like Socialproof. When you use services like Socialproof, you get Likes and Views from random people and untargeted followers.
Note: AiGrow has safeguards put in place so that you never exceed Instagram’s daily limitations.
After setting up your targeting options, simply hit “Start Growth”. AiGrow will then run until you tell it to stop.
Even after you close your browser and turn your computer off, AiGrow will continue to run.
AiGrow’s Engagement Groups
Engagement groups are groups of people on Instagram that agree to Like and comment on every post uploaded by another group member.
So if you are part of a Likes-only engagement group with 100 members, then when you upload a new post you will get 100 guaranteed Likes. This is on top of all of the Likes you get from Instagram users not in your engagement groups.
Whereas engagement groups outside of AiGrow are usually manual and require a fair amount work on your part, AiGrow’s engagement groups are completetly automated.
This means that all you need to do to get the Likes and comments from your engagement groups is upload your posts with AiGrow’s scheduler. That’s it!
Once your post goes live, all members in your engagement groups (you can be part of multiple groups at the same time) will automatically Like and comment on your post.
And because engagement groups are specific to the kind of Instagram page you have (photography, business, fitness, fashion, pets, etc.), all the engagement you get from your engagement groups come from real people in your Instagram community.
Joining engagement groups is as easy as finding the right group (you can search or scroll through the pages) and clicking “Join Group”.
AiGrow currently offers over 300 active, niche-based engagement groups catering to virtually any kind of Instagram account
Planoly offers five main features to its users:
- Planoly Plan
- Planoly Discover
- Planoly Comments
- Planoly Analyze
- Planoly Shoplink
Let’s discuss each one by one.
Therefore, Planoly Publish offers scheduling for regular feed posts and Stories.
To post on your Instagram feed, click on “Add to Grid”. Next, you need to select where your post is coming from.
َNext, you can edit you posts with tools like crop, swap, and filters. You can add a caption and location, too.
After you are done with your post, you can pick a date and time to schedule your post, or just use “quick schedule”.
Press “Save” to finalize your scheduling.
If you want to schedule a multi-post, you can select “multi” and schedule just like a single post.
Posting and scheduling a story is the same as posting to your feed. You need to upload your photo, add a caption (if you like), and schedule.
Like the Feed, you can post multi-Stories on your account by clicking on “Multi Stories”.
With this feature, you can find popular Instagram posts based on these three options:
- Free stock photos
After you find your desired posts, Planoly allows you to repost them.
You are able to edit the caption before sharing them on Instagram and then schedule them just like a regular post.
Planoly Reply allows you to respond to social conversations within one simple inbox.
Planoly Analyze provides users insights about posting behaviour (best days to post, posts that produice the most engagement, etc.), Instagram Stories analysis, and the ability to create custom reports.
The Planoly Shoplink add-on gives you the ability to tag products in your posts, allowing your Instagram content to be shoppable.
It will display your Instagram post with an embeddable widget where users will be redirected to your product page to make a purchase.
Maintenance and Support
If for whatever reason something forces your growth to stop, AiGrow’s team will automatically let you know through email and provide possible solutions, as shown in the example below:
If you experience an issue, you can also likely find an answer in AiGrow’s FAQ page. AiGrow also offers free one-on-one appointments to help get your account set up, and they also have a dedicated support email. AiGrow also offers a live chatbot for anyone with questions.
AiGrow provides you with a five-day free trial offering absolutely full functionality with no limit for the number of followers, likes, or views you can receive.
After this 5-day trial, you can continue using the scheduler, auto DMs, and the DM inbox for free.
To use all of AiGrow features after your free trial, you can see AiGrow’s prices below:
The prices change depending on what feature you want to use.
Below you can see the Planoly prices for each feature:
Planoly is a comprehensive tool you can use to plan and publish your content across multiple social media platforms. However, if you are specializing in Instagram, AiGrow offers a nearly identical service for free.
With AiGrow, you can:
- post to your feed and your Story from your desktop
- schedule your posts for days, weeks, or months ahead of time
- repost existing content based on hashtag, user, location and specific URL
- post across multiple Instagram accounts at the same time
- auto respond to comments
- access over 300 niche-based engagement groups to guarantee more Likes and comments from real people every time you post
The best part? You get all of the above for free.
Want to start your journey with AiGrow for free? Click here.
If you are interested in Planoly, you can visit their website.