Despite the addition of IGTV, Instagram Stories are still easier to create because each clip is only up to 15 seconds long and only exists for 24 hours (unless you add it to your Highlights).
The similar to Snapchat feature has been around for almost two years and is still a simple method to communicate with your audience. You’re motivated to keep playing it continuously since stories appear above the primary feed.
Don’t undervalue the importance of sharing these quick videos and experimenting with the various elements. Here are some crucial things to keep in mind when using Instagram Stories and smart adjustments you may make to your approach:
The most significant frame is the first one.
If you’re posting a series of Stories, then most will decline in viewers. This could be down for a number of reasons. Perhaps the person got distracted, quit the app or even accidentally swiped onto the next account.
It’s critical to land your key message at the beginning. Include any links or brand deliverables in your first frame to capture as many eyeballs as possible and give your content the best chance of performing well.
Pay attention to the results of cross-promotion.
Is directing followers to your “link in bio” actually working? Google Analytics has all the answers. Head to Acquisition > Social > Overview, then view the full report to see how many visitors are coming from your bio link or Instagram Stories.
Experiment with calls to action in captions and use annotations on Google Analytics to track whenever you implement a new strategy. Your followers may prefer to click through to a blog post on a Sunday, so it may be worth doing a weekly recap and sharing double the amount of content.
Look at your impressions, reach and taps backward
Reach is the number of unique users who have viewed your story and impressions is the number of times it has been viewed. A high number of impressions or taps backward means that your content was engaging enough to re-watch.
What kind of Stories are grabbing more attention? Create more of this kind of content. Note the times and days where content seems to have a higher reach and when sharing may not be as successful.
Improve your aesthetics with apps
Have you noticed the video collages and fancy effects popping up on Stories? Apps such as Unfold, Over and Videoleap are great for getting creative with different elements and fonts. It’s handy if you don’t want to post too many Stories (just layer them into one clip) or need areas of negative space for placing text. 60% of Stories are viewed without sound, so subtitles are necessary for reaching as many people as possible.
Be mindful that different devices will crop your Stories. An IPhone X is narrower than the IPhone 8 for example, so avoid placing links and text too close to the edges of the screen. Not only will they not be seen, but they could also make viewers accidentally swipe to the next frame.
Utilize new features creatively
It’s tempting to dive straight in when new features like Instagram Story Questions come along, but be patient. Research, brainstorm and consider the best ways you can add value to your audience.
It may be better to tailor these features for when you’re covering specific topics or experiences, like travel or you’re a special occasion. Ask for tips when you arrive in a new location, or ask a question on the last day to see whether you’ve inspired people to visit. This is a great way to gather different kinds of engagement for brand collaborations or even get feedback that can be used in your media kit.