Ability to publish or schedule Instagram Stories. Want to publish Instagram Stories using Agorapulse? Now you can! Here’s how to do this on your business profiles.
First, make sure you’ve installed the Agorapulse mobile app on either your iOS or Android device.
Then, go to the settings for your business profile on the desktop version of Agorapulse. Business profiles by default are set to direct publishing. If you want to publish stories, you’ll need to disable the direct publishing option in your profile settings.
Prepare the post as you normally would on desktop. Select publish, queue, or schedule for that post. Upon receiving a push notification on your mobile device, go to the Agorapulse app to see the post. Tap on “Share on Instagram.”
Simply tap “Story,” add any native Story effects you’d like, and publish it.
Timezone and time are now accurate and easy to spot. If your social profile timezone (set in your profile settings) is different than your browser timezone, we’ll show you the profile time and timezone on the publishing calendar view.
Take this example. I’m based in Paris but the setting for the Agorapulse Facebook Page is set for Chicago. See how Chicago’s time and timezone are shown here?
🚦FEATURE NOTE🚦 In anticipation of upcoming Instagram API restrictions for third-party tools, it’s no longer be possible to add personal profiles to your Agorapulse subscription. And on December 11, you will no longer be able to manage existing Instagram personal profiles on your subscription. The process to convert your personal profile to a business one is quite simple; we’ve provided instructions here.
If users on your subscription work with different time zone settings, the time display on the publishing calendar and and queueing didn’t display the same hour. It’s now fixed.
If you publish a video post natively on LinkedIn, you’ll now see the post in your publishing calendar, the comments for that post in your Inbox, and the post counted in the “Published posts” section in your LinkedIn reports.
+6 other bug fixes to make your social media management even easier.
This release improves the way you see your inbox, listening, and publishing content.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Choose your date/time format. Make your publishing calendar work best for you. You can now choose either:
Sunday or Monday to start your week
12-hour or 24-hour to indicate the time
mm/dd/yyyy or dd/mm/yyyy to indicate the date
Whatever you choose in your settings is individual to you and your style. So if you live in the USA and adjust your settings to the US time/day options, this won’t affect your teammate in, say, France, who prefers the European way of indicating time/day.
Thumbnail in Inbox and Listening. If an Inbox or Listening item contains a photo or video, we now display it as a thumbnail.
We also completed 16 bug fixes to make your social media management even easier.
This release has features that will help you more easily name queue categories. You'll also gain greater insight into your publishing calendar and published items. Let's dig in.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Easier queue category management and naming. Our new queue category drop down gives you great options for better category management. You can now:
Set any queue category as "Default."
Rename any category (including the default category)
Delete any category (including the default category)
Queue category exports. Know what else you can now do with queue categories? Export the text and external links of each tweet/post in a queue in a handy CSV file. Have a client who wants to see what you’ve queued but you don’t want them to have access to your account? Simply send them the CSV. The file is also a helpful way to share your queued content with teammates who have tool-phobia.
Are you reading all this and wondering what Queue Categories are? They're a great way to organize your queued content and stick to your content strategy. Here's how some of our users set up their queue categories.
Report comments as spam on YouTube. You now have the ability to report YouTube comments as spam. Unlike our "hide" function, this also sends YouTube information about the user who left spam on your video.
New options to see published conversations. Our publishing modal now lets you see the stats and history of your published posts, comments, and messages.
For details on your posts and comments, click on the "Details" button.
You'll receive the stats on a post...
...and the thread and original post/tweet from a comment you published.
To get context on a private messages, click "Open Conversation" ...
... and you'll get the history of the message with options to reply or assign the message to a teammate.
If your Instagram business profile is connected to Agorapulse, you will now be allowed to write up to 2,200 characters in the comments. Personal profiles are still limited to 300 characters.
Dynamic Ads have been temporarily removed from the Agorapulse Inbox synchronization. We're working to improve the feature and deliver a much better user experience.
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞
Twitter DMs were erroneously shown as published tweets in the publishing calendar. This has been fixed.
... +21 other bug fixes to make your social media management even easier.
We've spent this past year building out our publishing capabilities -- from queue categories to Facebook Groups publishing. Then we thought, why not also improve the tabs that give you insight into all that you publish with Agorapulse? With that, we've improved the interface and experience of your publishing calendar and queue categories.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Publishing calendar improvements. We've made our publishing calendar even easier to use. The colors more clearly tell you what content is scheduled, queued, published, and failed. To approve (by a team member) and assigned-to-me content is also highlighted in the calendar for each of your social profiles.
For easier navigation, the filters + settings moved to the left-hand side.
Want more details on an item in your calendar? Simply click on it to see a preview.
If you want to get more details on the post or edit it, click that "View" button to instantly get the editing modal for that piece of content.
Need to schedule a piece of content for a particular day? It's easy to do on the calendar view. Hover over the day you want the post to go live and when you see the paper airplane icon, click it to begin composing your to-be-scheduled post or tweet.
Our revised queue category tab now highlights which queued posts need to be reviewed by a teammate.
And our To Approve section is now a scrollable page where you see the full content of what's to be approved by your team.
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞
LinkedIn click and share counts were not shown in the published post detail view metrics. They appear now.
The open link to open a "reply in DM" message wasn't working. It is now.
Facebook doesn’t allow us to easily access Facebook users' profile URLs. Thus, in the user column of the inbox, we removed the non-working link to a user profile.
+ 10 other bug fixes to make your Agorapulse experience even easier.
Just when you thought you had enough to manage your LinkedIn pages and profiles on Agorapulse, we've added even MORE functionality.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Downloadable LinkedIn reports. If you manage a company page on LinkedIn, you'll be able to get a one-click, downloadable PowerPoint deck of your page's stats.
User tagging in LinkedIn inbox comments. You can now @mention someone who leaves a comment on one of your posts. This can be done simply by selecting the checkbox in your reply to that user.
This is what it will look like on LinkedIn. Neat, huh?
Saved replies on LinkedIn. Saved replies are a great way to breeze through your inbox comments. If you use "canned responses" in email, you'll love the ease of this feature. Now available on LinkedIn (and is already available for your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube inboxes.)
LinkedIn Inbox Assistant. Want another way to quickly clear the items in your LinkedIn inbox? Why not set rules with Inbox Assistant to automatically review, assign, or delete items that come your way.
Content labeling with Inbox Assistant. Whether you use Inbox Assistant to better manage your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or LinkedIn profiles, you can now set a rule to label your content for easy organization and retrieval later on.
The Facebook API doesn’t allow @mentions in groups. So say you want to multipublish to a Twitter profile and a Facebook group and want to include an @mention. The Twitter @mention will appear linked but the Facebook group mention will appear as plain text.
🐞 BUG FIX🐞
We didn’t sync comments under Facebook Recommendations due to recent Facebook API changes. It's fixed now.
+ 6 other bug fixes to make your Agorapulse experience even easier.
Happy October! An exciting week here at Agorapulse as we are pleased to launch a feature that has been our wishlist for a long time. (Might it have been on your wishlist too?)
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Facebook Groups Publishing. All the great publishing and scheduling features you know and love for your Facebook page can now be applied to Facebook groups.
Take advantage of the great features you're used to with Facebook Pages -- scheduling options like republishing (great for regularly sharing community guidelines) and queue categories to keep your content strategy on point.
You can also publish images to a particular photo album to keep your visual content well organized.
A couple things to keep in mind before you go to your dashboard and connect your Facebook group.
*You must have admin rights to the group in order to publish. If you're not an admin, kindly ask an admin on your account to upgrade your role.
*Please note the word "publishing" in the header. If you’d also like a Facebook Group inbox in the future, let us know on our feature request site.
New login and team invitation pages. We’ve improved the design and functionality of some of our more popular pages for an easier experience getting started with Agorapulse. Here's our sign in page ...
... and our team invitation page.
Managing anonymous users on Facebook Pages. We now allow you to see inbox and listening content from users who have told Facebook that they don’t want third-party tools knowing their identity.
Managing anonymous users on LinkedIn pages and profiles. Continuing the “anon” thread, we now allow you to see inbox content from users who have told LinkedIn that they don’t want third-party tools knowing their identity. This content is now shown from “anonymous” users.
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞
Some assigned posts were not appearing in the "Assigned to Me" tab. This is now fixed.
Images were not attached to comments in LinkedIn. They are now.
Some content reports had formatting issues. The issues have been resolved.
LinkedIn content reports had missing data for clicks and shares in the downloadable version. The data is there now. The number of reviewed items didn’t properly add up. It does now.
You can now reply in DM to a user who might not be following you (provided that this person has allowed Twitter to send then DMs from users that s/he isn’t following).
+ 9 other bug fixes to make your Agorapulse experience even easier.
This latest release has a super heavy focus on Instagram. There's something in this release for users with Instagram business profiles, Instagram personal profiles -- and even those who don't have ANY Instagram profiles linked to Agorapulse.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
If you manage your Instagram presence with Agorapulse, chances are it's with a business profile. As you might already know, there are several advantages to using an Instagram business profile. And as your social media management tool, we enable you to take advantage of the additional functionality that only an Instagram business profile can provide.
Capturing Instagram brand mentions. Here's an example of what we can offer business profiles -- the ability for us to capture mentions of your brand in your listening feed. Whenever a public account mentions you in a post or comment, you'll see it here.
Instagram threaded post replies. Threaded replies allow you to more easily read and reply to comments left on your Instagram posts. This too is available just for business profiles.
Real-time update for inbox and listening items. Business profiles can stay on top of all inbox items and brand mentions with real-time updates.
Easier switching to a business profile. Over 80 percent of the Instagram profiles hooked up to Agorapulse are business profiles. If you still don't use an Instagram business profile, we think you'd really like the extra management perks you'll get with it.
So in your inbox and listening tabs, we'll present you with an option to connect-and-convert your personal profile to a business one.
Instagram push notification display. If you prefer push notifications to direct Instagram publishing, you'll be able to see push posts much easier now.
In the publishing calendar, you'll see an icon indicating that someone on your team has received a push notification for the selected post.
Click on that icon and you'll see when the push notification was sent and to whom. This is especially handy if you are on a team with several people managing Instagram profiles. #transparency
New connect for Instagram profiles. If you haven't yet linked ANY Instagram profiles to your Agorapulse subscription but think it's about time to do so, we make it easy for you to add a business or personal profile.
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞
If you are signed into Agorapulse on two browser tabs at the same time, it should no longer result in a timeout.
Moderation rules containing a punctuation mark (e.g. question mark “?”) should no longer match phrases that contained a space.
Our URL parser can now identify all links containing the hash/pound sign.
After you published an item on Twitter and started a new post, we automatically selected a preview for Facebook. This has been fixed.
The ordering of content being added to the queue is now as you wish them to appear.
The number of private messages sent now appears in the Response Time report.
Are you a big fan of digital assistants like Siri or Alexa? We are too. That's why we created Moderation Rules for Agorapulse. Simply set up commands (or "rules") and let the rules work wonders on items in your inbox. With these rules, you can wake up to a spam-free inbox -- imagine that?
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Simpler creation of new rules. We've improved the interface of moderation rules to be easier to build new rules.
A. Choose which rule you want to perform from the top dropdown selector.
B. (on second image) Hover over one of the options to get more detail on what type of inbox items it can be used on (ex. direct messages, comments).
C. Once you've selected a rule, you'll see a confirmation statement of what the rule will do -- in this case, your "hide and assign" rule will be applied to posts and comments.
D. If you've chosen an assign rule, as we did, you'll see a list of team members you can assign the rule to.
E. If you'd like the rule to do even more, like bookmark or label, you can select your action(s) from the Additional Actions list.
If you've used these moderation rules before, you'll see how much easier it is to create new rules. If you haven't tried these out, why not try today? They're available for on our plans.
Pause moderation rules. Don't need your rule to keep running to infinity and beyond? Simply move the toggle of the rule to "off." This is helpful, say, if you've set "Assign" rules to someone on vacation -- simply turn it off when they're away and turn it back on when they've returned to the office.
More Facebook ad account display options. We recently allowed you to track ad comments on multiple ad accounts. When selecting which ad accounts to choose from, you were limited to only seeing 500 of your ad accounts.
Our customers asked for more ad accounts, so we've upped the display number to 1,000 of your ad accounts.
If you want to learn more about monitoring ad comments, this article is pretty helpful. (I'm not just saying that because I wrote it ;) )
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞 Some of you were not able to reconnect your LinkedIn account on Agorapulse. You can now.
You might have received a huge error message when publishing to Instagram. Not to worry; that content published as you requested. (We've also made sure that our error messages are considerably shorter going forward.)
Labelled conversations disappeared from the inbox when filtering on the tag. They now appear.
It was impossible to parse/recognize images on some links when publishing. It's possible now.
When you used the "schedule again" option, the post might not have published at the requested time. It will now.
If you used UTM parameters for links in your bulk publishing, the parameters weren't saved. They are now. (We also made some other small fixes to bulk publishing.)
Images weren't attached to direct messages on Twitter. It's resolved. (I've been using it and can confirm this firsthand.)
You might have faced an error when creating/removing queue slots. This is fixed.
Did you recently see old comments synced on your Facebook ads? That shouldn't happen again.
If you enabled email notifications in your moderation rules, you might not have received emails. It is fixed now.
That's the most noticeable tip of the bug fixing iceberg. We also fixed nearly a dozen other bugs to make your experience tons better.
In addition to writing the public Release Notes for you, I also am the person who responds to all the Agorapulse reviews on sites like TrustRadius. Lately, we've gotten tons of great feedback there on our user interface and user experience. (Have a peek to see for yourself.)
We could rest on our laurels and simply nod at these nice reviews. But instead, we're hard at work to make our tool even easier to manage your social profiles. Let me fill you in on what we've been up to.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
Timezone picker. We mentioned in last week's update that if you use Agorapulse as a worldwide team, the timezone attached to your scheduled and queued posts will not vary -- your content will be set to the timezone you all decide is best. The decision for your team to choose the best timezone might take a while, but the process to select one on Agorapulse is now simpler than ever.
Start typing the city or country and you'll instantly see the options available to you.
Easier access to profile settings. We've made the left navigation panel on your dashboard easier to manage your social profile settings. You can now make profile tweaks in these three locations.
The top settings/gear/cog icon on top of your profiles allows you to rearrange the order of your profiles and create groups (by social network, client, you name it -- literally).
Under your bottommost profile, you'll see "Add a profile." If your planallows for more profiles, go for it! Connect whatever Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, or Google+ profile you'd like to manage.
Above your user pic in the lower left-hand corner of your dashboard, you'll see "Manage my profiles" where you can get a birds-eye view of all the profiles linked to your Agorapulse subscription.
Higher character allotment for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+. You can now say more on Agorapulse. Post up to 5,000 characters on Facebook,
2,200 on Instagram, 3,000 on LinkedIn, and 5,000
characters on Google+.
Non-Latin support for Inbox Assistant moderation rules. You can now create inbox moderation rules using non-Latin characters. Great for those tracking Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or other non-ABC words.
Comparative data report enhancement. If your social profile doesn't have data of a prior period to compare to, we don’t display 0% as metric. We simply hide that data point to avoid confusion or bummed out faces.
Facebook no longer allows for audience targeting on posts with multiple photos. We've thus disabled this option.
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞
When targeting your Facebook posts by country, you can start typing a country and we’ll automatically pre-select the corresponding country name. On your Settings > Social Profiles page, you can easily spot (and reactivate) tokens that will soon expire or have expired. LinkedIn profiles/pages and Instagram business profiles need to be renewed regularly per these social networks' APIs.
It wasn't possible to publish LinkedIn links using our publisher in the past. It’s possible now.
Before, you were not able edit the scheduled date of a past item. You can now.
Ad comments were synchronizedwith an unusually long delay. That delay is gone with the wind.
There was an issue removing managers from profile settings when a subscription had reached its maximum user count. Now, when a plan has reached its user limits, the “invite” button is disabled and we display a message for the plan's subscriber to upgrade her plan.
Team members weren't removed when a user downgraded her plan. Now, when you downgrade your subscription, the number of team members will be reduced to the profile's limit of your plan. If you downgrade to a small plan, you'll be the lone admin on all your plan's profiles.
In last week's Release Note, I squeed about our new LinkedIn reports and inbox. These features were in addition to our existing LinkedIn publishing capabilities.
But we didn't want publishing to feel like it wasn't getting special treatment just because it's been around the block for a while. So we gave it a tiny-yet-massive improvement.
We also made some enhancements to make your publishing on Agorapulse even easier to manage.
🎁 FEATURES 🎁
LinkedIn image posting -- without image links. Now that we're hooked up to the LinkedIn v2 API, we can allow posts with images to be published without links to the image. So you can go from this ...
... to this. As you'll see, there's no link to the image (like we used to have to do). The post simply contains your text and a photo -- just like you set it up in Agorapulse.
As long as you upload only one image that isn't too large (< 5MB) and is in JPG, PNG, or non-animated GIF, you should get the very same results.
Twitter images in direct messages. Why not add more images elsewhere -- say, your Twitter DMs? We now let you do this from your Agorapulse dashboard.
Profile-specific timezone settings. Gone are the days of us setting your posts' timing based on your browser. You can now customize each of your social profiles to the timezone of your choosing. This time will be applied to all your team's posts. So if you've set the profile's timezone to London time but you work in Ubud and your assistant is in Los Angeles, the timezone on your queued or schedule posts will all be set to London time.
You can establish the chosen timezone in your profile's General Publishing settings.
And at any time, your team can see a profile's chosen timezone at the top of your publishing calendar...
...and in the scheduling options of your posts.
Pro Tip: Decide as a team what the timezone will be for each social profile to eliminate heated Slack discussions later on.
Customized publishing "memory."
We've started to remember what actions and profiles you used and serve them to you the next time you want to publish.
Say for example, the last time you used the publisher, you queued a post. The next time you go to the publisher, the "add to queue" option will be selected. If you last sent that post to the queue of your favorite client's Instagram profile, we'll have that profile checked the next time you go to publish.
Of course, you can change the way you publish and the profile you publish to. We're just trying to work the way you do.
Clarity from your Facebook ads and ad comments. You can now clearly see which of your posts are sponsored -- you can also easily see which of your comments came from a sponsored post.
Increased publishing calendar display.
Our publishing calendar now displays up to 10,000 of your posts each month. Might this encourage you to schedule or queue more posts?
Facebook is changing the way users can leave "Reviews." Now called "Recommendations," users leave a thumbs up or thumbs down instead of a star rating. We capture these, along with their respective comments, under the "Reviews" tab so you can easily respond to them -- whether they're good, bad, or somewhere in between.
On August 1st, Facebook removed share count data from post Insights, so we can't use this data anymore in the daily graph in your Reports. We had to update the Reports in order to use the global shareCount metric from the posts.
🐞 BUG FIXES🐞 Earlier this month, we replaced the label Impressions with Reach in our content reports. We thus changed it in our downloadable CSV reports and key metric metrics.
If a term in a moderation rule had an apostrophe (ex. doesn't, Wegman's, Macy's), the moderation rule was not applied. It will work now.
LinkedIn profiles did not display the counter of items to review in the inbox. You'll see the counter now.
Users (like me) faced an error when trying to download a report from the in-app notification link or from the link in their weekly report email. The download works fine now.
Replies sent were not reflected in Instagram reports (well, they appeared as zero). They appear correctly now.
When a user deleted his/her account on Agorapulse, and then wanted to sign up again, he/she was not able to do so due to a problem in our database. This should be resolved.
You no longer have to wait until links are parsed when bulk publishing for links to appear properly. Parsing happens much quicker now.
It is now possible to load previous/next messages in a private message conversation when more than 20 of the messages were unreviewed. Fixed.
If you receive a multi-photo private message in Facebook, you'll now see all the images correctly.
Clicks were empty in Facebook Content reports. If your posts receive clicks, you'll see them now.