Creating Instagram Stories from Zoho Social | Online Help - Zoho Social

Creating Instagram Stories

Stories can be created from Zoho Social in two ways:
  1. Upload media
    This option lets you upload an image or video from your Desktop, Media Library, or a Cloud Picker, such as Zoho WorkDrive, Google Drive, box, OneDrive, or Dropbox. You can also design an image from Canva. You can upload 1 media file and publish it right away using direct publishing or up to 10 media files using manual publishing. It can be a combination of videos and images. 

  2. Create a story from scratch
    This option lets you create a story on a blank canvas by selecting an appropriate background color or image. You can also add text or stickers, apply filters, and adjust image composition, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, and more.

You can also create a story from Zoho Social mobile application for Android. 
Update the Zoho Social mobile application to the latest version from the Play Store or App Store before creating Stories from the web application for manual publishing.

Direct Publishing

You can only publish one story currently to your Instagram Business account via direct publishing from the Zoho Social web application. You can either upload the media or create the story from scratch using the editor tools available. 

To publish a story on Instagram via Direct Publishing
  1. Click the drop-down next to New Post and choose Instagram Story.

  2. Upload the media directly from your Desktop, Media Library, or a Cloud Picker, such as Zoho WorkDrive, Google Drive, box, OneDrive, Dropbox or create an image or video from Canva. You can also select the Create option to draft a story from scratch. 

  3. Click Publish Now to publish the story right away or schedule the post if required. 

Manual Publishing

The stories created from the web application can be published manually from the Zoho Social mobile application. Based on the selected publishing option, you will receive a Publishing Notification at the specific date and time.
 
Once the notification is selected, all the images and videos will be downloaded to your mobile device and will be available as you open the Instagram application. You can copy the caption added for the media from the Zoho Social mobile app and paste it in the respective media item. If you have added only one media item with a caption, it will be automatically copied to clipboard. Once the stories are created, you can go ahead and share it with your followers. 

Manual publishing of Instagram Stories can be opted for in the following cases:
  1. You want to add more than one story at the same time
  2. Add a caption to your story
  3. Your media files don't fit the requirements of the network
Note
  1. You can add up to 10 media items in your Stories via manual publishing.
  2. Make sure that the notifications are enabled in your Zoho Social mobile app to publish stories on Instagram manually. 
To publish stories on Instagram via manual publishing. 
  1. Click the drop-down next to New Post and select Instagram Story.
  2. Enable the toggle in the compose window to allow Manual Publishing. 

  3. To upload media, do the following:
    1. Click Upload and select an option from the drop-down list to add the images and videos.
    2. Click Attach.
  4. To create an image from scratch, do the following:
    1. Click Create.
    2. Select an appropriate background color and click Upload a Photo to add an image. 

    3. Click the Text icon to add text to the story.

    4. Add stickers, apply filters, and adjust image composition as required, then click Save.
  5. Hover over the image and click the Preview icon to view how the story will appear on Instagram.

  6. Select the Text ()icon to add a caption to the story and click Add.

  7. Select the Edit () icon to customize your image and click Save.
  8. Select the appropriate publishing option and click Post Now or Schedule
    You will receive a notification on your mobile immediately if you choose Publish Now, or at the scheduled date and time if you schedule it for later. 


  9. Open the Zoho Social mobile app and go to Publishing Notifications ().
  10. Select the notification to publish a story on your Instagram account. Make sure you are logged in to Instagram with the appropriate account. 

  11. Tap Open Instagram button.

  12. Select Copy Content and add it to the relevant stories.
  13. Customize the story and hit Share once ready.

Creating stories from the mobile application

You can create and publish your stories either directly or manually to your Instagram Business accounts from your Zoho Social Android mobile application.
 
To create an Instagram story from the Android mobile app
  1. Select the Instagram channel icon and tap New Post  button.
  2. Select Create Story.
  3. Capture or select the media item from the gallery.
    You can also select Create option to create a story from scratch.

  4. Choose from various list of tools available to customize your image and hit Save.
  5. Tap the Preview icon to view how the story will appear on Instagram.

  6. Select the Text icon to add a caption to the story and click Save.
  7. Select the Edit icon to customize your image and click Save.
  8. If you've only added one media file, you can publish the story directly from Zoho Social. Upon adding more than one media file, you will automatically be directed to publish through the Manual Publishing flow. 
  9. Tap Next.
  10. Use the toggle available in the compose screen to switch between manual and direct publishing according to your requirements. 
  11. Select the appropriate publishing option.
  12. To publish it right away, do the following:
    1. Tap Publish Now.
    2. In the Ready to manual publish popup? click Proceed.
    3. Read the steps and click Open Instagram and select Instagram Stories.
    4. Switch to the Zoho Social app and tap Copy Content to copy the caption if any and add it to your story on Instagram.
    5. Tap Share
If you choose to schedule the story, you will receive a notification at the time of publishing, and you can continue publishing from the Instagram mobile app.
  1. Open the Zoho Social mobile app and go to Publishing Notifications ().
  2. Select the notification to publish a story on your Instagram account. Make sure you are logged in to Instagram with the appropriate account. 
  3. Tap Open Instagram button.
  4. Select Copy Content and add it to the relevant stories.
  5. Customize the story and hit Share once ready.

View stories created from Social

All the stories created from Zoho Social can be viewed from the Posts tab. You can filter them based on published, scheduled, awaiting approvals, or drafts. The calendar view gives you a complete picture of all your scheduled stories. 

To view stories
  1. Go to the Posts tab and select the Instagram channel.
  2. Select the Stories () icon to view all the stories.
  3. Select Promoted Posts, Scheduled Posts, Approvals, Unpublished posts, or Drafts.
  4. Click the Calendar icon to view the publishing calendar. 

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