Are you sure that you’re getting the maximum out of your Instagram stories? Ever experienced the boost in the numbers and engagement after posting, your countdown offers, behind-the-scene photos, and the 10-second videos?
Well, this all sounds terrific, but if you aren’t doing this yet, don’t fear – we have some tips and encouragement that can either get you started or amplify whatever you are doing. And the best part is, smaller businesses can take advantage of Instagram stories in better ways than how grander businesses cannot.
1. It’s easier for you.
The splendor of Instagram Stories is that you can create quick photos and videos that don’t have to compete the quality of those in your eternal feed. You can let your customers see behind the magic curtain, without having to answer to the administrators in the office corner.
• Snap videos that give a virtual tour of your new office – including the Minion bobble heads on your desk.
• Show a candid of your data analyst engrossed in numbers, working away next to a ridiculously gigantic cup of coffee.
• Post a live coverage of a significant event.
• Post a photo or a video of your team participating in local charity initiatives.
• Shoot a few seconds of your quirkiest employees celebrating a product launch.
With the casual nature of these stories, your followers won’t really expect much of your post to be a black tie affair. You can save your best, artiest captures for your main feed. You can share your stories to allow you to continually share content about your business fun side- human side- and that makes you all the more loveable to your prospects and existing customers.
2. You can use it to test new content.
Bigger businesses test everything. Got an inkling for a new product? Great! Bigger businesses test it in theory, and in house. They beta test it with a selected few and then A/B test it in the market. After all this, they wait to see if it brings in enough profit.
But you don’t have to settle for this hassle. You have a new idea; think what your customer base might think of it. Or about the new theme, color, function, feature, service, approach, etc.
Stick it in your Stories. See which ones get more views or shares. If it’s a flop, it will anyway be over by the next day. And if certain content performs well in the stories, then you can obviously roll it out in the main feed or adapt it for other channels.
3. Your offers and contests will be more enticing.
An expiry date communicates exclusivity and urgency. Communicate to your spectators that you reward the most intent, loyal followers by allowing them to get the opportunity on your next contest, game, etc., because they were paying attention to your Story of the day.
And you can also test the efficacy of your contest and offers with Stories as well. Which type of offer did your followers favored the most? Pre-orders? Sneak peak? Contests? Discounts? You will find out soon.
As the time goes on, more and more of these time-sensitive offers you create, more your followers will make it a habit to check your profile constantly.
4. Your audience will grow in loyalty.
People feel privileged to exclusive information. They also like to make real connections. As they get to know your business’s Stories, delight the behind-the-scenes sneaks-peeks of your team, your process, your priorities, they will keep coming back for more.
With each Story you share, you give your followers several chances to resonate with you, learn that the same reasons they do business or support your cause is because you are just like them. That is the loyalty money can’t buy, but Stories can.
5. Your audience will grow in number.
Question to any digital marketing service provider and you’ll get to learn - just as your current audience gets engaged, the number of your followers will increase as well.
Especially if you are already using Instagram, you are likely already doing tactics to increase followers, such as optimizing hashtags, liking and commenting on a post of your target audience, holding contests, and a lot more. And as your existing followers keep viewing and sharing your Stories, others will notice as well.
Additionally, by utilizing the Stories along with your existing Instagram activity, these two feeds can reach different demographics at the same time on the same social media platform. Stories, like Snapchat, typically cater to the viewing habits of a younger audience, who are constantly on their smartphones and watching their notifications. Meanwhile, more ‘seasoned’ users will still be springing to Your Business train because they can assess more of their favorite content from you without having a new platform to learn.
All things considered, if you have got more messages to share with your audience, Instagram Stories are an ideal method for you that doesn’t have layers of corporate or bureaucrat rings to jump through. You can afford to be personal, direct, and a bit risky too.
And, if nothing else, it is the perfect place to try and see how things work. A low stake avenue to test, connect, and engage is indeed at your fingertips.