Yes! If your business has both an Instagram page and Facebook page, then it’s a great idea to link these pages together! Why? Since 2012, Facebook has taken over Instagram and has been introducing cross-functionality between the platforms. These advances make it easier than ever to manage both accounts simultaneously. So what are the benefits of linking these two accounts?
1. Posting across multiple platforms
Rather than posting the same content by logging into two different accounts, linking your social platforms makes it easier than ever to post to both accounts at the same time! When posting to Instagram, all you need to do is click ‘Post to Facebook’ and wallah, now it is posted on both accounts! This also works for stories and makes scheduling posts easier if you use a scheduling app such as Later or Hootsuite.
2. Give brand credibility
Connecting both your Facebook and Instagram accounts provides seamless interaction with customers and gives them the confidence that they are talking to the same business.
3. Run ads
According to Instagram, “You must have a Facebook Page to run ads and create a free business profile on Instagram.” These ads will also run from both your Instagram and Facebook page, making the set-up easier than ever. This is also true of Shopping on Instagram. As well as meeting business requirements, a brand also needs a linked Facebook page to set up their Instagram shopping account.
4. Managing messages
Not only can you post to multiple platforms at once by linking your accounts, but you can also view and respond to messages from Messenger and Instagram from the same place. Score!
5. Sync business information
With linked accounts, it’s easier than ever to sync information from Instagram and Facebook with consistency.
When Facebook and Instagram are linked, you can pay for promotions on either platform. Now those pesky payments are less annoying!
7. Get better insights
If your platforms are connected, you can easily compare your audiences, and post-performance and see where your efforts are best spent to gain the most followers/ engagement.
So how can you link your accounts together?
The Facebook Method:
- On your Facebook account, click the ‘Pages’ menu on the left-hand side.
- Once on your Facebook page, click ‘Settings.’
- Scroll down and pick Instagram in the left column.
- Click ‘Connect Account,’ and add your Instagram username and password.
The Instagram method:
- Go to your Instagram profile.
- Click ‘Edit Profile.’
- In the Public Business/Profile Information tab, click ‘Page.’
- Select your Facebook page you want to connect it to. Or create a Facebook page by tapping ‘Create a new Facebook page.’
It couldn’t be easier to market from both accounts once they are linked. So what are you waiting for? Follow these steps, and you’ll be making use of the cross-functionality in no time!