Social media is all about personal documentation. If you understand this, you will go far.
Instagram Stories is simply seconds-long glimpses of a users life, shared on Instagram for only 24 hours.
In a previous post we showed that disappearing content is going to be the future. You can read it here
You already know the basics of sharing a story, but the hidden tools within the app that can make the photos and videos you share more creative and more engaging.
In this guide to how to share Instagram Stories, and how to make those Stories are compelling and cool as possible.
In this post, we’ll cover:
- Why You Should Share Instagram Stories in the First Place
- The Basics of Posting Instagram Stories
- Tips for Cool Instagram Stories
Why Should You Share Instagram Stories?
You’ve used Instagram before and you’ve learnt how to be popular on Instagram. Now you are going to learn the art of mastering Instagram stories.
Instagram Stories are capable of driving a ton of engagement whether you are sharing a Story from a brand account or your profile.
Since inception, a total of 250 million Instagram users have started sharing disappearing content on Instagram Stories
Many brands have already seen success publishing content on Instagram and Stories have fueled the growth of brands. Whether you are trying to grow brand awareness, increase traffic or share sponsored content, everyone is flocking to Instagram to publish fun peripheral content that infuses brand voice and personality without taking up too much of a persons attention span.
How to Make Stories on Instagram
1) Open Instagram, and tap the camera icon in the upper left-hand corner of your phone.
2) Share a photo or video you’ve already captured by swiping up on your screen to browse your gallery or choose a camera lens to capture a photo or video in-app.
1. IG Live
In the “Live” option, you will start filming and broadcasting live on Instagram.
Tapping once will capture a picture, and holding down will record a video. Instagram Stories can be 15 seconds in length.
Boomerang mode films fun looping GIFs up to three seconds in length.
Superzoom is a lens that keeps zooming in on your subject. Increase the volume, and you can use this to create a dramatic soundtrack to accompany your video.
This lens will film a video in reverse.
6. Stop Motion
With this lens, you can shoot cool stop-motion videos: several different still images woven together in one seamless video.
Use hands-free mode if you want to set up your camera to film a video for you. Make sure station your camera before saying action.
3) Final Steps
Once you are done editing your photo or video, tap “Your Story,” or tap “Next” to share it.
You can also save your edited photo or video to your gallery by tapping “Save” in the lower left-hand corner.
Now that you know the basics let’s run go through some tips and tricks for producing high-quality, Instagram Stories.
Tips For Instagram Stories that Will Make You A Pro
1. Use stickers.
It is time to jazz up your content with some fun stickers. You can access these stickers by tapping the smiling sticker icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen once you have captured a photo or video or swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
Here are some things you can do with stickers to enhance your post.
– Change the size of your stickers.
– Check stickers daily for new and unique ones.
– Location, hashtag, and poll stickers.
Turn a face into a sticker by opening the stickers menu, and select the camera icon. Then, a picture of anyone face (or yours). You can use that face to decorate your Instagram Story.
2. Allow your viewers to share the story.
Improve engagement and views of your story by permitting viewers to share them with their friends as Direct Messages.
Go to your profile, tap the gear icon, and navigate to “Story Settings.”
Swipe on “Allow Sharing” so viewers can directly message your story and it can increase your audience reach.
3. Finally! How to Add music to your story.
Many people wonder how to do this, and the trick is something super easy.
Just turn on music using your favorite music app and record a video Story. Once you get ready to edit and share, make sure the sound icon is not muted so your viewers can jam with you.
We hope these tips help you create awesome Instagram Stories your audience will not be able to stop following. There are lots of hidden ways to take your Stories to the next level.
Keep clicking around and see what you can do with the latest updates from the app.