It’s no secret that Instagram rules social media. With over half a billion active users, it’s an amazing platform where you can share moments of your life in pictures and videos. Instagram launched stories in 2016, which made the app even more interesting and engaging.
Yes, feed posts aren’t the only way to engage with your audience anymore; it’s time to level up your presence on Instagram with stories. Since you have two places to connect with your audience in the same app now, you wouldn’t want to waste the opportunity with basic and dull visuals.
Here are some tips that are going to attract more audiences to your Instagram profile.
Stay in the Lines
Remember when you were told to stay within the lines in your coloring book while in elementary school? This is going to be of great help in making perfect Instagram stories. Instagram stories come with some pretty important parameters that are important if you want to create pleasing stories.
Since your username and ways to interact with your story covers the top and bottom area of the story graphics, respectively, you don’t want to include any elements or information in those areas because your followers will find them hard to see. To make sure you know when you are crossing the lines, Instagram warns you with yellow and blue colored lines on the screen.
Put Some Details Into Texts
Instagram has so many stylish fonts to choose from so you can find the perfect match for the different kinds of stories you put up. Once you choose your font, you will find an option right beside the font designs to change the appearance of the font.
It’s not necessary to stick to anything specific. You can get creative and use various colors and font styles in one story as well.
You can get tons of amazing GIFs to make your stories more put together on Instagram. GIFs can be used to highlight certain details in your stories, add little aesthetics to spice up your stories, and so on.
On Giphy, there are so many options that looking for “the one” is a little hard. There’s a search bar located on top of the GIFs to help you out. All you have to do is type keywords that are related to the story you are going to post to find an ideal match.
Create Design Elements With Symbols
There are no rules when it comes to creativity, and you can use your Instagram stories as your canvas to create something unique every time. Using the texts and draw feature, you can create backgrounds that will surely get you so many compliments. You can even use emojis and different types of brushes to create something out-of-the-box.
Access Even More Colors
When you click on the text or draw option on the story, you see three pages of color options, consisting of 27 colors. But did you know that your options are not limited to just 27 colors? If you hold down on one of the colors for a second or two, you will see that the available colors open a spectrum of so many colors for you.
There’s a color picker available near the brushes, which can be used to grab a shade of the picture you are using. Doing this will help you bring out the essence of your Instagram stories even more. These tips are still unknown to so many users so, use this as your chance to show something new to your followers.
Use Interactive Stickers
Instagram has taken engagement rates to the next level after introducing interactive stickers. Now you can engage with your audience using polls, quizzes, questions, and more. There’s always a sticker for different kinds of stories you post. Want to set a countdown? There’s a sticker for that too. You can use the countdown sticker for announcements, important posts, and so on.
Create Backgrounds and Overlays
Instagram is all about creativity, and the draw feature on the story lets you be as creative as you want. Did you know that the draw option can do more than coloring and highlighting in your stories? You can create fascinating backgrounds and overlays with the feature.
To get a solid color background, simply select the color of your choice and press hold on your screen for two seconds – you will see that your entire screen has turned into that color. You can get really creative with this feature – tease your upcoming posts, announcements, or whatever you have in mind. Your followers are going to love this approach.
Highlight Your Stories
Not all stories are the same, right? There are a few moments that you wish to cherish forever. With that thought in mind, Instagram has introduced story highlights so that you can keep your stories longer than 24 hours. Your highlights will be on top of your profile. You can set covers for your highlights to make them look even better. Make sure to set highlight covers that speak about your vibe.
Share Multiple Question Responses on a Single Story
If you have been using Instagram for a while, you probably have noticed that most users post the responses to their question sticker one story at a time. It can get pretty annoying to tap multiple times to read all the responses. Here’s a hack your followers will thank you for – take a screenshot of the responses to your question sticker. After that, open that screenshot and create another story using different responses and do this until you have different responses on a single story.
Music makes everything better, doesn’t it? Here’s why the latest update of Instagram allows you to add music to your stories to make them even more interesting. There’s a music sticker in the sticker section where you will find a huge collection of music. You can choose from the suggested ones or just use the search bar to find your favorite songs.
Once you find music that fits your story, you can choose the exact part of the music you want to include in your story by rewinding through the track. You can also choose how long you want the music to play (maximum 15 seconds).
And finally, you can customize the appearance of the sticker as well – you will find six variations to choose from.
Instagram is a place of creativity, and there are no rules when it comes to creating stories. Set yourself apart from competitions by creating fun and interactive stories on Instagram. There are so many hacks and tricks yet to be discovered.