Plann vs Which Instagram Scheduling Tool Reigns Supreme?

Plann vs Which Instagram Scheduling Tool Reigns Supreme?

August 16, 2023

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See Who Comes Out On Top For The Best Instagram Scheduling Tool

Do you want more from your Instagram efforts? You must post at precisely the right time with perfectly crafted captions while maintaining a cohesive feed. And the best way to do that is by using an Instagram scheduling tool like Plann or

Both tools allow you to schedule posts for social media, plan your aesthetic feed, get hashtag suggestions, and easily discover the best time to post. Their basic operations are identical - they are all connected to Social Media Platform’s Posting APIs and can post content upon your authentication. However, their UI design, user experience, professional expertise, other additional features, and pricing plans are unique.

By using each tool for several weeks, I’ve managed to pit Plann and against each other to discover which scheduler reigns supreme. 

Plann or Let’s learn How Scheduling Works First

What should I get technical first? Simple, because I like burying myself into an item’s root, mechanism and operating principle to truly understand its advantages and shortcomings. 

Also, you will understand faster and see if these tools suit you. In this article, we will just talk about Instagram content scheduling. 

Both Plann and use Instagram Graph API and Basic Display API to manage several scheduling features. This means the limitations of Instagram’s schedule are not up to the service providers like Plann or Instead, it’s entirely up to the API. You should expect using scheduling tools to accomplish the following:

If you feel like it’s too much to read, don't worry - I made a simple behind-the-scene & a summary table for you to learn about the good and not-so-good parts.

Infographic to shows four steps to understand instagram scheduling tools using blue, orange colours
How Instagram Scheduling Tool Works, Source:, Image Source: Canva

Instagram Graph APIs Comparison


Instagram Graph API

Instagram Basic Display API

Applicable Users

Instagram Business Accounts

(If your Insta is not connected to a FB Biz Page then it ain’t a Biz account)

Instagram Consumer Accounts

(non-Business or non-Creator Instagram accounts)


The Catch
(Include but not limited to)

·      Eligibility - only work for Business Accounts

·      Insight - unable to retrieve age-gated content,  any <100 follower accounts

·      Insight – 2 years expiration date.

·      Hashtag – max 30 tags in a 7-day rolling, and hashtags on Stories are not supported 

·      Mentions on Stories are not supported.

·      You can’t comment on photos in which you were tagged.

·      25 API-published posts within a 24-hour period

·      JPEG, MOV or MP4 only

·      Unable to publish content

·      Unable to retrieve data from boosted posts

·      Unable to retrieve data from IGTV, Stories, Reels, and Comments

·      Unable to retrieve any insights

·      Only supports retrieving grid posts like images, video, or album


As such, Auto-Publishing Only Works For Business Accounts on Instagram


Only Business Instagram Profile Allows Auto-Publishing & Full Analytics, Source: Plann constantly shows error message to remind me of my insta account type

{While my insta account is a creator account, Plann still requires a connected FB page even tho I don't have one}

Plann or Later.comWhy Use an Instagram Scheduling Tool?

There are multiple benefits to using an Instagram scheduler. Some of them are as follows:

  • Post when your audience is most active — Depending on your audience’s activity levels, there is a perfect time to post. Working this out is much easier when you use an automatic tool. and Plann offer the “Best Time to Post” function, allowing you to rearrange your posting periods for maximum impact. 

  • No rush when writing captions — Since you’re crafting posts ahead of time, you don’t need to rush when writing flawless captions and choosing hashtags. Instagram schedulers suggest hashtags for you!’s Hashtags Generator and Plann’s Hashtags Manager provide convenience for hashtag research and ensure your content is tagged to the correct category.

  • Saves time — Ultimately, scheduling your social media posts in bulk from one easy-to-use application saves loads of time. You can then utilize this newfound freedom to engage with your audience or conduct other pressing business tasks. 

Plann vs — How I’ll Compare Them

Now we know the core function of a scheduling tool is heavily relying on the official APIs. I’ve compared them on the following four factors to decide which is the best of the best Instagram scheduling tool:

  1. Pricing plans
  2. Analytics
  3. Social inbox and brand calendar
  4. Standout features
  5. Personal thoughts on UX and UI

Plann vs — How I’ll Compare Them




Customer Reviews

4.4/5 Reviews Here (Android)

4.7/5 Reviews Here (IOS)


3.4/5 Reviews Here


Pricing Plan

  • 7-day free trial
  • Limited featured free plan
  • Power User $14 per month
  • Build $28 per month
  • Grow $75 per month
  • 14-day free trial
  • Limited featured free plan
  • Starter $18 per month
  • Growth $40 per month
  • Advanced $80 per month


Compatible Platforms

Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Pinterest



Visual interface, at-a-glance overall performance metrics, multi-platform performance, and individual post performance

Easy-to-read analytics dashboard, improved insights with Growth and Advanced plans


Social Inbox

Simple overview of all accounts, ability to reply to comments

Reply to comments and messages from the dashboard


Access Monitoring




Unified Brand Calendar





SaaS/Web/Cloud, Android and iOS app

SaaS/Web/Cloud, Android and iOS app


Customer Base

Individuals, freelancers, small-to-medium businesses, large corporations

Individuals, freelancers, small-to-medium businesses, large corporations


Plann and both conduct their primary job — auto-publishing and scheduling social media posts — incredibly well. But the differences in some categories are made stark by the above table (and even starker with my in-depth analysis below).

Compare Plann and - Pricing Plans

Plann Pricing Plan

Plann offers a seven-day free trial for all their pricing models, and you can even stick to their free version for life (although you won't get access to all the features).

There are four plans to choose from:

Plann Pricing Plans



Power User



Monthly Price











One brand

One brand, one of each social media platform

Two brands, one of each platform

Five brands, one of each platform

Media Uploads

120 items




Video Files

max. 30" long




Customizable Calendar





Mobile App





Team Communication







Drag-and-drop planning, caption libraries, hashtag suggestions, and link in bio tool

Everything in the previous plan, plus approval flows and more

Everything in the previous plans, plus one-click cross-posting

For larger organisations, Plann offers custom plans with specialised pricing. Pricing Plan offers a free plan and a 14-day free trial for its paid versions. 

You can choose from the following plans: Pricing Plan





Monthly Price








Social Sets

1 of each platform

3 of each platform

6 of each platform

Number of Posts per Social Profile




Extra social sets allowed?


Yes, for $15 per month per set

Yes, for $15 per month per set

Extra users allowed?


Yes, for $5 per month per user

Yes, for $15 per month per set


Collab tools for creators and page

Everything from the previous plan, plus collab tools for brands and management tools for teams and brands

Everything from the previous plans, plus live chat support

How They Compare

While offers a longer free trial, Plann is cheaper and provides more value for money. I was able to experience the "Build" plan and's "Free" plan. Here are my thoughts:

  1. While Plann is cheaper, it's essentially $14 per brand, and it's adding a few more bucks for a higher plan. So if you have more than 3 brands to manage, might be worth exploring.
  2. Plann's UI makes it a bit difficult to find your billing and subscription information.
  3. Plann is more flexible in adding more users & managing more brands. At the same time, only allows a certain number of users on each plan. This creates a security issue if you share one account with multiple users.
  4. Plann has unlimited media upload, video files and posts starting from its second plan, while still has a quota of 150.

Thus, Plann wins this round. 

Compare Plann and - Analytics

Plann Analytics

Plann offers in-depth analytics in an easily navigable, aesthetically pleasing visual interface. They've acknowledged that analytics can be overwhelming and have worked to remedy that. 

Every plan gives you access to in-depth statistics, allowing you to skyrocket growth. Some interesting metrics available include: (For whoever couldn't find the analytics in Plann, they are in the "Result" tab at the top navigation bar)

  • Best time to post
  • Best-performing colour palettes
  • At-a-glance performance indicators for the last week, month, three months, or lifetime
  • Individual post performance (hashtag analytics, engagement rates, etc.)
  • Completion and reach rates

Plann offers best colour schemes analytics for your social media posts Analytics puts its in-depth analytics behind price gates, unlocking deeper insights as you upgrade through the plans. 

Free and Starter plans give you an analytics dashboard that includes:

  • Total post number
  • Follower/following count
  • clicks
  • Top five best-performing posts
  • Number of likes and comments on your last 30 posts

Growth and Advanced plans offer all the above plus the following insights over the past year:

  • Followers
  • Reach
  • Impressions
  • Profile and website clicks
  • Engagement rate

How They Compare

As you can see, apart from the standard post metrics, Plann offers colour pallets analytics, giving you more insight into long-term creative design. Moreover, when you post the same creative from your media repository multiple times, Plann can calculate the accumulated engagements in that media and report the overall media performance. However, I can't find the hashtag analytics in the Plann and they encourage us to use Instagram to find the amount of mentions instead of showing it on the interface. Based on what I understand, the API does not offer this data, which explains both platforms' limitations on hashtag search. 

online follower metric in Instagram graph API

Tips of finding the right hashtag from Plann - I find it very useful:
  1. Use 30 hashtags, yes, 30 hashtags.
  2. Hashtags with high mentions (for example, over 1M+ uses) are very, very difficult to be noticed in. For hashtags with 1M+ mentions, avoid them, or use sparingly.
  3. Look for niche hashtags that are relevant to your target audience, not what’s directly in your image.
  4. Think about what terms your audience might be searching, or what hashtags might be relevant to your industry.
  5. We recommend using hashtags that have between 250k - 750k mentions.
  6. If you are bricks and mortar, research location based hashtags (or team up with locals in your area!)

Further than that, both scheduling tools offer complete analytics in a digestible format perfect for beginners to high-level marketers. However, Plann just pips to the post, as you can access more unique insight & all other metrics without paying for more expensive plans. 

Compare Plann and - Social Inbox and Brand Calendar

Plann's Strategy Calendar & Best Times To Post

Plann offers a fully customisable drag-and-drop brand calendar, with event templates available for all plans. You can even build your own!

You can see a preview of your Instagram grid with all your scheduled posts (perfect for designing a holistic Insta Grid Look), and my favourite part, you can choose from "Your best times to post" or "When your audience is most online" to schedule your post in just one click.

Plann's strategy calendar

Choose the best times to post in Plann's Social Inbox provides a so-called social inbox, where all messages and comments linked to the brand appear in one dashboard. You can respond to all engagements from inside the scheduler. 

The drag-and-drop calendar has somewhat limited customisations. 

Posting Time Options Explained

Your "Best Times to Post" is calculated based on engagement from your previously posted content. This shows you when your audience is most online + most likely to engage (like, comment, share, etc.) with your content!

"When your follower is most online" is based on when your followers are most active on social media. For more detailed insights, open Creator Studio > navigate to your Instagram profile > Open the Insights tab > Select Audience. Then scroll down to see when your followers are on Instagram. You can hover over any hour to see the number of followers active at any time on any day of the week.

Meta Business Suite's Creator Studio show you when your followers are most active

I think they all come from Instagram Graph API using GET /{ig-user-id}/insights. "When your follower is most online" uses online_followers metric and has results returned in an array of 24-hour periods. ""Best Times to Post" combines engaged_audience_demographics and has results returned in an array of 24-hour periods.

You can also respond to messages from inside the platform, which is another excellent addition.

How They Compare

While both offer very similar features here, I prefer Plann's interface. Plus, the curated templates are a nice touch. 

Compare Plann and - Standout Feature

Plann's Other Features

Plann is more than an Instagram scheduler. The tool provides custom content strategies and even done-for-you post ideas like:

  • Royalty-free images and videos
  • Daily content ideas
  • Pre-written captions
  • Industry and sales plans

Plann's Instagram Post Editor Other Features

I love that you can reply to TikTok comments from inside the dashboard. On top of that, you can direct and redistribute posts that your audience tags you in. 

How They Compare

Both tools offer a range of features that will help grow your business. However, the pre-crafted content and purpose-built strategic plans provided by Plann give it an edge over

Some disadvantages that I found along the way

Update as of 16 Aug 2023

  1. Limited Historical Visibility: Plann's content calendar is designed to display only the most recent 25 items. This limitation could potentially hinder users who frequently post, as they may lose access to older posts in the Plann Calendar board, reducing the ability to track and manage historical content effectively.
  2. Lack of ALT Text for Pinterest: Plann does not offer the option to add ALT text to Pinterest posts. This feature is available in, providing a valuable accessibility feature that can enhance engagement and discoverability for visually impaired users.'s support for ALT text enables users to optimise their Pinterest content for broader reach.
  3. Product Tagging Limitation on Facebook: Due to constraints imposed by the Graph API, both Plann and are unable to offer product tagging functionality for Facebook posts. This limitation affects the ability to directly tag products within Facebook posts using these scheduling tools, potentially impacting e-commerce strategies that rely on product tagging for promotional purposes.

The Winner — Plann

While this Plann and comparison has highlighted the brilliant features of both schedulers, Plann wins, thanks to its gorgeous interface, in-depth analytics included in all plans, and the done-for-you content solutions. 



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Dean Long | Expert in Growth MarketingHongxin(Dean) Long

Dean Long is a Sydney-based performance marketing and communication professional with expertise in paid search, paid social, affiliate, and digital advertising. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems and Management and is also a distinguished MBA graduate from Western Sydney University.

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