8 things you can’t miss about Instagram Stories


At a time when every brand is on social media, just posting about a product and its features isn’t enough. While fresh content is the need of the hour, drawing attention to it is what’ll take you far.

Most social media apps employ a certain algorithm that might lead to users missing out on your posts. As this doesn’t apply to the ‘Story’ feature, although it may only last for a day, it ends up having a greater reach than posts that permanently go on your feed.

Further, Stories also help you stay on top of your followers’ minds by allowing you to engage with them in real-time. Using Stories, then, becomes a way to amplify your communication. Here are a few sure-shot ways to make the most of this feature-

  1. Alert users of new content on your feed through stories

Due to the algorithm mentioned before, many of your followers might end up missing out on the content you post. But what they won’t miss is your alert on your story. For this, you can either create a story-adapt of your posts or repost the same post.

  1. Create intrigue through stories

Got an interesting campaign lined up? Or a cool new post? Spread the word about it and create intrigue through Stories. This will help you garner attention and create hype for your content even before it is out there!

  1. Do more than just advertise

You can use Stories to create a brand personality and create a long-lasting bond with your followers. Stories allow you to engage with your followers in a way that isn’t possible via posts. Your followers want to see more than just your product/services.

They want to interact with you and know more about you. If your brand is up to some interesting stuff, make sure it goes on your stories. Don’t just show them what you do, show them how you do it! Post BTS from photoshoots, production, etc.

  1. Build a community

Stories are an amazing way of building a community, instead of just followers. What would your brand like to talk about beyond your offerings? Are there causes/events you’d like to talk about? Or tips that you’d like to share with your followers? Use Stories to talk about these things and build a community of people who like your brand not just for your offerings but for what it stands for.

  1. Make it Fun

Use stickers like ‘Ask Me Anything’ to get to know your followers and ask them questions. This can be used for topical content or general engagement pieces. Curate quizzes, games and/or trivia questions just for them, and later share their responses. People get immense gratification when they see their favorite brands post their responses.

  1. Regram!

What’s one guaranteed way of making your followers talk about your brand on their social media? Simple. Repost such content every time they mention your brand. One of the best ways to engage with your followers is to show them off! Did someone do something cool with your products? Repost. Did someone appreciate your brand? Repost. Did someone go to your store? Repost away. Your followers love it when they feel like they’re active participants in your brand instead of just passive receivers of communication.

  1. Don’t stop at one

Stories might only be 15 seconds long, but you can let your imagination run wild in those 15 seconds! Apart from everything mentioned above, the ‘Tap’ feature on Stories is one that is the most underrated. You can leverage this to create a series of interconnected Stories to make your followers feel like they’re a part of the narrative.

  1. Know how much is TOO much

Stories could help you take your brand communication to the next level but they could also be a cause of annoyance if you start spamming your followers with them. While it depends on the brand and the communication, as a general rule of thumb, posting more than 5-6 stories is a big NO. beyond a certain number, your followers might lose interest, and you might lose followers.

Don’t clip your creative wings by keeping your brand communication restricted to static posts and videos. Think differently. Think big (or short). Think Stories.  

FAQ’s – 
  • How to share new posts to my Instagram stories?
    It is easy to upload your new post to your Instagram story. Here are the steps:
    Step 1: After you have uploaded your post on your Instagram account, navigate to the same post, if you aren’t already on it.
    Step 2: Click the icon that resembles a paper aeroplane located below your post or video.
    Step 3: The pop-up menu that appears after clicking the icon will show an option “add to story”. Click its icon.
    Step 4: Your chosen feed post will appear in the story section which you can customize by resizing, rotating, or repositioning. You can also add text or stickers to your story, or even highlight specific elements of your post using the drawing tools.
    Step 5: Once you are done customizing your story feed, click on the arrow appearing on the bottom right, and you will get the option to share your story.
  • What are the benefits of using stories on Instagram? 

Almost 500 million people use Instagram stories daily as it has various interesting features. Furthermore, 60% of millennials watch Instagram stories or post them, which means that your brand most likely has an audience that prefers looking at 15-second stories. Instagram stories help brands connect with their target audience, build genuine relationships, and create loyalty with the users. You can share real-time updates about your brand in a fun and engaging manner to highlight the uniqueness of your business.

  • What are some of the latest features of Instagram stories in 2024?

There are a number of features on Instagram, which are also constantly updated from time to time based on audience behavior.

  • You can add unlimited stories based on what you want to show your audience.
  • You can edit images and videos based on the editing options and filters offered.
  • You can also put-up Instagram story ads to gain new leads and views for your posts.
  • You can add stickers to your photos and videos, sticker Q & As, and poll surveys.
  • Instagram stories also provide the means to add hashtags to the stories before posting.
  • You can even use location tags in stories and pin your stories to your Instagram profile by story highlights.
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