Instagram is a popular social media application where people share their pictures and videos. Nowadays, every entrepreneur uses Instagram to promote their business, gain new customers, and increase sales.
They attempt to convert users into customers by sending direct messages about their products. Some celebrities use Instagram, and you can get their latest updates when you follow their profile. In the year 2016,
Instagram launched a new feature called “Instagram stories,” a relatively powerful feature and provides several options to advertise products with creative effects. The feature is now inevitable for businesses to increase brand awareness and boost engagement. In this article, let us know about some of the hacks to customize your Instagram stories.
Know About Editing Features
Attract your audience by doing some editing using story stickers before posting your story. There are many ways to create an image, text, colors to make your story creative and funny.
Filter – There are so many VR filters to add in photos and videos which you have already captured and you can also take pictures and videos using filters.
Linking: Linking icon allows you to link something to your
story or any topic about the story. Users who have less than 10,000 followers cannot use this feature unless you’re linking to your IGTV video.
Accessories: This icon is used to add funny stickers to your stories by dragging them from the screen.
Drawing: It is used to draw or color your photos uploaded in stories with the use of brushes and erasers.
Text: The icon is used to test what you think about your story by touching anywhere on the screen.
Save: It saves the image to which you added filters to post on your story. If you add any music to the picture, it automatically saves it as a video.
Alter With Colors
Colour can be used in different parts of your story like text color, brush color, accent color, background color, and more. There are nine colors on the screen from which you can select any color by tapping them.
Pro tip – If you want a different color other than the color in the picture, tap and hold on to the color and swipe upwards. Then, it allows and helps you to select a color from multiple colors in the rainbow.
Double pro tip – This tip helps you make your text appear with a gradient of multiple colors. Write the text related to your stories, next highlight the text with a solid color. Now, drag your finger on the text to add the desired color to the gradient color. After this process, the color will change to a gradient. You should leave the last letter of your selected text. Otherwise, the gradient color will not change.
Enhance Your Images with the Required Size
You can upload a story by taking a photo directly on the story editor or the photo already taken in your camera application. If you take a photo on Instagram story editor, your photo will be the perfect size required in the Instagram algorithm. When you upload a photo already taken on your camera app, it differs in some size.
The Instagram algorithm will not allow posting. As an Instagram user, I recommend you take photos using a story editor to post photos on your stories. After capturing the photo, you can save it to your camera roll by clicking the save button, and you can edit it in another editing app.
Some editing apps are good for Instagram, like adobe lightroom, snapseed, VSCO, color story, and after light. Swipe left to right on your screen when you edit through the story editor.
There, you will see 12 filters where you can choose your best. While uploading a photo to your story, the recommended size is 1080px by 1920px. There are two ways to overcome this issue: swipe up on the editor screen to choose a photo from the camera roll and crop or zoom it to the size required.
Another way is to select the photo from the camera roll, click the share button, copy it, open the Instagram story, capture any photo, and add text to the photo. Next, you can press paste and change the color of the background or anything you need. Using this method, you can create colleagues to add more photos in one frame.
Pro tip: Capture a photo and click the draw icon, choose any color you like, tap and hold on to the image, the entire screen will turn into the color you selected.
Attempt with Fun Accessories
After selecting your image, swipe up on the screen, there you get some options, including location, mention, hashtags, music, time, sticker, polls, quiz, chat, and more. Now, add related and trending hashtags to your picture.
Mentions allow you to mention your friends’ Instagram usernames by searching them. Instagram is also linked with Spotify, through which you can add music to your photos in a story. There are so many stickers and gifs that make your account funny.
Pro tip –Including fun, accessories promote more traffic to your stories where users spend more time interacting with your account and bring out various aspects of stories. Give an introduction to the content and then post. On completing each step, click on the save icon and upload the protected post before moving to the next post.
The number of people who watch Instagram stories is increasing every other days. Creating captivating stories is the key to gaining traction for your stories. People prefer watching attractive stories rich in fun elements rather than very simple stories.
Apart from incorporating stickers, filters, and special effects, you need to make another smart move. Yes! Attracting people to watch your stories is much easier when you get Instagram story views since many tend to watch stories based on the views count that your story already has. It makes your profile more visible on Instagram and helps maintain consistent engagement.
How to Repost Stories
You can share your posts to stories by holding them, then share and click “Add to Your Story,” and your posts come automatically to the screen. Add filters, music, and go with trending hashtags to get views. Now you can write captions that suit your stories and post them. You can save the stories of celebrities and post them on your stories only if their account is public.
When you click on a post on the editor screen, you can change the post type like how you see in feeds like captions, username, and the post. It helps the viewers to see what is in your feed and brings more traffic to your account. Post stories to reels Instagram users are now looking for reels, so you can promote your business by sharing them in your story and converting them to reels, and uploading them on your Instagram account.
Sharing your picture on your story is an effective way to bring traffic to your Instagram feed. You can see who is active in your stories and how many people watched your story and analyze how much traffic is coming to your story.
Experiment with Different Font Styles
When posting photos or videos, you can add text which you like to appear on the screen. To add text to your story, tap on anywhere on the screen and start typing. You can add a lot of text by clicking out from one text box and clicking anywhere on the screen to type in the next text box.
There are five types of fonts on Instagram, and you can choose any font you want, like classic, neon, typewriter, modern, and strong, to make your story creatively with texts. In classic, strong, and typewriter fonts, you can add any color to the background. You can align the texts to the right or left only on classic and typewriter fonts; the other three fonts stay centered; you can drag them and apply where you want on the screen.
Instagram has many features like reels, IGTV, and Live, among which stories are the ones that you should try in combination with other features to entertain your followers as much as you can. The best part? You don’t need to be a professional designer to create your story.
Now open your Instagram and create your story with ultimate fun. I swear that these steps will make your Instagram story creative and funny. Follow these six key Instagram story hacks to develop your stories in the future and build a strong fanbase.