📹 How To Schedule Video Feed/Reel Posts To Instagram

There's nothing like captivating video content to engage your audience!

Publishing your video content to Instagram will update both your Feed and Reels, ensuring that it's seen both on the Explore page and via an endless feed of Reels that people will scroll through for hours. This is the best way to reach people to whom your brand might otherwise not be visible.

For your Creator and Business Profiles, you'll be able to directly publish (⚡) video content between 3 seconds and 15 minutes, while your Personal Profile video posts will require our quick notification workflow (🔔) via the SmarterQueue Mobile App

For steps on how to publish your video posts in no time, keep reading below 💪


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Video Walkthrough


How To Create Your Instagram Video Feed/Reel Post In SmarterQueue


1. Click "Create a Post" to open the Post Editor.


2. Next, choose a Category.

Note: Be sure to select a Category you've enabled for your Instagram Profile!

3. Then select the Instagram Profile(s) you'd like to create a post for.

Note: Instagram Profiles marked with a lightning glyph (⚡) have "Direct Publishing Enabled" in the Profiles section, while Instagram Profiles that will publish via the notification workflow will be marked with a bell glyph (🔔), making it easy to figure things out.

Note: In this example, we selected Business, Creator and Personal Instagram profiles. For the Personal Profile we're unable to see the profile picture. Read more about the benefits of switching to and using a Creator or Business profile.

You will notice a new option come up in the "Post Editor" when an Instagram profile is selected - the "Instagram Post Type". 

This lets you decide if the post is meant to be published as an Instagram Feed/Reel Post, or as a Story. 

Check out additional information here on How To Schedule Story Posts To Instagram.

4. Write your caption in the text box.

Note: The caption has a 2200-character limit, with up to 30 hashtags and 20 mentions. 

5. Then add your video by dragging and dropping it onto the screen or by clicking the camera icon under "Media" to select a file to upload. You'll see a "video" icon instead of your video until you save the post to the Queue (or as a Draft) and allow it to process. 


Note: You can schedule several other different types of posts to Instagram including single-image posts, multi-image carousel posts, and stories.

6. Next, under "Instagram Publishing Method", select how you'd like your content to publish - directly or via a notification workflow.

By default, all posts will use “⚡ Attempt Direct Publishing”. Leaving this on will ensure that SmarterQueue will try to directly publish your post where possible. No worries, if that's not possible due to the type of Instagram Profile or media, we'll fall back to the notification workflow.

You can also select “🔔 Get a Reminder” to publish manually, even where direct publishing is possible, just in case you'd like to add music, tags, locations, or filters to the post, manually check how your Instagram posts look before being published, or just to ensure you crop media exactly how you want it.

Note: Based on your selection, types of Instagram Profiles you've selected, as well as the type of post you're creating, you'll notice helpful messages explaining how your content will publish.

6. Select your Post Timing and Evergreen Post Recycling options, then click Save to add your Post to your Queue. 💪


Note: The video will start processing after you save the post. If you want to send the post now, you will still need to first save it to the Queue or as a Draft, allow the video time to process, and then edit the post to publish right away. 


How To Directly Publish Your Video Feed/Reel Post To Creator/Business Profiles


Here's what you need to do to ensure that your video Feed/Reel post publishes directly:

1. Make sure your Instagram Profile type is eligible.

Publishing directly only works with Instagram Creator or Business Profiles that are connected to a Facebook Page:

  • If you have a Personal one, we recommend converting it to a Creator/Business one instead.
  • If you already have a Creator/Business Profile, make sure that it's connected to a Facebook Page.

2. Enable direct publishing in the Profiles section.

3. Set your posts to attempt direct publishing in the Post Editor.

By default, all posts will be set to “⚡ Attempt Direct Publishing” under "Instagram Publishing Method" in the Post Editor. Leaving this on will ensure that SmarterQueue will try to directly publish your post where possible.


How To Publish Your Video Feed/Reel Post Via The SmarterQueue iOS App

If your video post is set to go out via our quick notification workflow (🔔), you can easily finish up publishing it via the SmarterQueue Mobile App. As an iOS user, you'll need to follow these quick steps:

1. Download the latest version of the SmarterQueue Mobile App for iOS, make sure you log into your SmarterQueue account and that notifications are enabled.

2. When it's time to post, you’ll receive a push notification on your mobile device.

3. Please make sure you’re logged into the correct Instagram profile on the Instagram App, then open the notification on your iPhone 💪

Alternatively, if you ever miss a notification, you can open the SmarterQueue app and select the post from the top of the notification list.

4. You'll see a preview of your post with your caption and can click to play the video. Tap "Post To Instagram" to continue.

The caption will be automatically copied. 

5. You'll be redirected to the Instagram App and see your video automatically open. Select "Feed" to continue.

6.  Ensure your video is selected in the Instagram App, then follow these steps to crop it, apply filters, trim, etc. Click "Next" in the top right corner to move forward.

7. Your caption is already copied to your clipboard so simply long tap into the caption field of Instagram, select paste and your caption will appear!

If you’d like, add a location or any other information and tags to your post.

8. Once you're happy with your post, tap "Share" on the bottom and it will load to Instagram. 

9. Congratulations, your finished video post is now live on your Instagram Feed! ✨


How To Publish Your Video Feed/Reel Post Via The SmarterQueue Android App

If your video post is set to go out via our quick notification workflow (🔔), you can easily finish up publishing it via the SmarterQueue Mobile App. As an Android user, you'll need to follow these quick steps:

1. Download the latest version of the SmarterQueue Mobile App for Android and make sure you log into your SmarterQueue account (notifications should be enabled by default).

2. When it's time to post, you’ll receive a push notification on your mobile device.

3. Please make sure you’re logged into the correct Instagram profile on the Instagram App, then open the notification on your phone 💪

Alternatively, if you ever miss a notification, you can open the SmarterQueue app and select the post from the top of the notification list.

4. You'll see a preview of your post. Tap "Post To Instagram" to continue. You'll be redirected to the Instagram App. 

The caption will be automatically copied. 

5. Follow the steps in the Instagram App to crop your video, apply filters, trim, etc. 

6. Your caption is already copied to your clipboard so simply long tap into the caption field of Instagram. Depending on your device, you will either see a text bubble within your keyboard or a "paste" option. Either way, you'll be able to paste your caption in! 

If you’d like, add a location or any other information and tags to your post.

7. Once you're happy with your post, click on the "checkmark" icon in the upper right-hand corner to finish posting to Instagram.

8. Congratulations, your finished video post is now live on your Instagram Feed! ✨