So you’ve learned how to make the perfect Instagram profile, now it’s time to learn about how you can make your Instagram stories look AMAZING.
It’s no secret that Instagram is the social media platform to be on right now. With over a billion users, it’s the platform to utilize to reach a new audience. However, with that being said, you need to make your content stand out.
How do you make your content stand out? Today I’m going to talk about Instagram story hacks that will make your stories look AMAZING.
Why Use Instagram Stories?
Using the stories feature is important because it connects you with your audience. Followers will likely stay with you if they feel connected to you. Celebrities often post videos on stories showing behind-the-scenes of their projects or glimpses of their daily life. Who doesn’t like that?
Instagram favors users who utilize the stories feature. Stories are similar to Snapchat in the sense that you can post videos or pictures that will last for 24 hours. If you have at least 10,000 followers, you can even add links within your stories.
Regularly using stories will prompt your followers to view your posts. If a follower regularly views your stories – Instagram will bump any future posts you make to the front of their viewing list. This is HUGE and should be taken advantage of to get your content/products seen.
Instagram Story Hacks
Now it’s time to talk about Instagram story hacks. Instagram provides some features to use within stories (similar to snapchat). I want to show you the tools and features I personally use to make my own Instagram stories look amazing and engaging.
If you post a picture to your Instagram profile, chances are you will be battling against the harsh algorithm to get your post seen. Truth is, Instagram doesn’t show your post to all of your followers.
Whenever I make a new post, I share that post to my Instagram story. Instead of just hitting share and calling it a day – try enlarging the photo to fill the screen. Add a teasing caption to entice the user to click on the post – and add a “tap here” call-to-action. Having a call-to-action will show the user that the story is interactive. When the story is tapped, it’ll then redirect them to your post which will increase your engagement rate.
Solid Color Screens
This is one of my favorite things to do: fill the entire screen as a solid color to add stickers, gifs, or even hidden messages.
Simply click on the paint/pen tool, click and hold the color bar at the bottom of the screen. A color menu will pop up for you to choose your own custom color. Once you have chosen your color – tap and hold onto the middle of the screen. The canvas will fill with that exact color you chose!
Now you can have fun with it. Add blocks of color, stickers, gifs, photos, etc. For me, I added a fun background as the photo, placed a solid color overlay, and used the eraser tool to write out a cute message.
The Unfold app is one of my favorite apps to use to jazz up my stories. I’ve been documenting our IVF journey on my Instagram and Unfold helps keep them looking uniform as I document the days.
There are different templates to choose from and you can customize the font, font size, colors, background colors, etc. You can check out some of the ones I made under the IVF tab on my Instagram!
Access the Entire Color Wheel
This is a feature that I recently discovered for myself and it BLEW MY MIND. I used to hate being limited to the little color dots that Instagram provided – worry no more! Now you can have access to literally any color imaginable.
How to get any color font on Instagram:
- Take a pic or video in your story
- Open the “pen” tool
- Tap and hold on a color dot to pull up the color wheel
- Drag your finger to find the color you desire
Another easy way to make your stories aesthetically pleasing and eye-catching is to add drop-shadow to your text!
- Write your text with the “drop shadow” color you want FIRST.
- Using the same font-face, write the same message using a lighter color (or white)
- Strategically overlay your second typing over the first type for a cool, drop-shadow effect.
I hope these Instagram Tips and Tricks inspired you to create beautiful stories on your Instagram account! If you take the time to create beautiful content, it will be worth it in the end!