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Use These 5 Instagram Story Tips Now!

“Give me alllll the Instagram story tips!” – Every business owner/marketer who knows the value of these swipe-friendly, addictive morsels found at the top of your IG page. We’ve got advice, and we’re happy to share, but we also realize there’s a difference between knowing what to do and actually executing to see the results. So, please enjoy the many tips below on how to drive more social traffic and engagement with Instagram stories on your own, but feel free to call us at (305) 455-0720 or e-mail getthescoop@iscreamsocialmedia.com to find out how we can help you make it happen.

1. Encourage Interactions with Stickers

Instagram tracks how long people view your story, and the more time they spend looking at it, the better it is for your page. Interactive stickers are a great way to catch and maintain users’ attention by giving them a quiz question to answer, a poll to respond to, or an emoji slider to swipe. These stickers are also a fun way to capture feedback on content and gauge your followers’ interest. They give people something to do with your story, rather than just something to view.

Easy How-To: Take a picture or video for your story and then click the sticker icon at the top to access all the interactive sticker options.

2. Consider the Silent Watcher

The majority of Instagram users (about 85%!) don’t turn on their sound to hear a video. So if you post content to your story that relies on audio, most followers won’t hear your message. A simple workaround is to add closed-captions – and it’s inclusive to your hearing-impaired users.

Easy How-To: Click the sticker icon at the top of the Stories menu, and select the  “Captions” option. This will automatically transcribe and display closed captions on your video.

3. Keep it Simple (Sometimes)

Don’t forget about the low-effort options for keeping your stories updated! Sharing a post from your main feed to your story is a simple way to keep followers engaged and drive traffic to a new post. However, don’t overuse this method! Followers will get bored and start skipping over your stories, hide you, or unfollow altogether. After all, you want most of your story content to be creative and customized for Stories.

4. Think of IG as your 2nd Website

While Instagram does not (yet) allow you to organize your posts in any particular way, you can organize stories into categories at the top of your page with the Highlights feature. This lets you preserve your story content after it disappears from the top of followers’ feeds when the 24 hours are up.

Think of Highlights like tabs on a website, where people can learn about a specific product or service. There’s no limit to how many Highlights you can display, and each can contain up to 100 photos or videos. Take note that only 5 Highlights are visible at the top of your page before a user has to scroll, so be strategic about those spots.

Easy How-To: Click the Highlight button at the bottom right-hand corner of your story to add to an existing highlight (or create a new one).

5. The Non-Negotiables

Tag, tag, tag! Tagging locations and adding hashtags are two things that will ensure your story reaches a much wider audience. It establishes your content geographically, and helps associate it with certain topics. (Pro-tip: Consider making a fun hashtag that’s specific to your brand to use consistently). When relevant, don’t forget to tag other accounts so they can share your story to their followers as well.

Almost everyone who uses Instagram (about 70% to be more exact) watches IG stories daily. Whether you’re a business trying to build your social media presence or an individual trying to reach influencer status, these tips apply to help reach your audience.

Give us a call at (305) 455-0720 or e-mail getthescoop@iscreamsocialmedia.com to discuss your social strategy and learn how our unique social media marketing packages can help your business.