Are you a creative with a business, just want to share your life with family, or looking to grow your reach? Instagram stories are the way to do this, if you aren’t using them yet then you need to start today. Sharing 9 secrets that will make your Instagram stories stand out.
ONE: Solid Color
I use this feature so I can write plain text vs posting a photo or video.
-First, take a random photo.
-Second, grab the pencil tool.
-Third, select the skinny point tool and pick a color you want.
-Fourth, hold down in the center of your photo for 3 seconds.
Solid color to draw or write on!
TWO: Colored Opacity on Photo
Follow the steps above but instead of the skinny point tool, grab the chisel pointed tool!
THREE: Location Tagging
ALWAYS use the location tagging. For caution, only post after you have left that location for your safety. Each location tag has its own Instagram Story connected to it so your story is likely to be seen by everyone else looking at that locations story! If you are a local business, this is SO important for you!
Hashtags work for Instagram Stories much like they do for Instagram posts! Almost every hashtag has its own Instagram Stories. When you use hashtags in your stories, it has a chance to be inserted into that hashtags stories and will have a broader reach! It’s also a great way to connect with more people on a subject you are passionate about or a family hashtag you want to see what everyone is doing that day.
Do this by either typing in the TEXT TOOL or use the HASHTAG STICKER.
FIVE: Tag brands
I will always tag a brand I am talking about in my Instagram story for a couple reasons. It’s easier for anyone watching my story to find the product I am talking about and to share with the brand that I love their product. To do this, when typing out words, type @brandname to be able to select the option from there. See example below.
SIX: Film ahead of time
The BIGGEST game changer for me since working full time and blogging. I film stories ahead of time. *insert shocking face emoji* When I have deadlines and know I can’t do it on the day, I will film it ahead of time and then remove the meta data from it when I need to post it. CLARIFICATION: this is only when I have a sponsored story NOT when I am posting normally. I use the app, Investigator, to remove the metadata (aka, the date that makes Instagram Stories to not allow you to post it after 24 hours).
SEVEN: Story Concept
I try to not just post randomly, I try and be intentional with what I post. I want to tell a story with everything. Typically this means I won’t just post one Instagram Story for one comment or thought, it will be a minimum of 2. Plus, if I am making fun of something stupid I did, then I have to give every funny detail otherwise I will be the only one laughing! AKA explaining the scenario of going around all day with a “black eye” from my makeup running after my eyes watered from allergies. #friendstellfriends these things!
EIGHT: Hand lettering
I am still trying to master this but this a great way to mix fonts in your Instagram Stories. Much like the Pinterest Pin concept, stacking fonts with different sizes and colors can draw attention to certain words or can just look beautiful that way! The best way to do hand lettering within the app is with a Stylus. If you are super talented doing this with your finger, send all your tricks my way please lol!
NINE: Change drawing tool size
On the far left side of the color bar, there is a circle with 3 dots in it. Select that and move the lever up and down to select the size of line you would like to use!
TEN: Appearing Text like Video
Download the app, Hype Type. This will change your Instagram stories forever! You can make your images pop. It’s like videos for Pinterest images. Create something that will stand out to your followers and will speak to them. This is also a great way to share details that people are asking about.
ELEVEN: Full-color wheel option for fonts and drawing.
When selecting a color from the color bar either in the TYPE area or DRAWING area, hold onto the colored dot and the full-color wheel will appear. Drag your finger to which color you want to use!
TWELVE: Change the background to text, hashtags, or location tag.
- When using the text type tool, it will leave it a blank background. You can change this so that it pops against other backgrounds by selecting the [A] at the top. There are three options.
- For the hashtag sticker, you can either have it the multi color option or by clicking it with your finger it will change to a white text and transparent background.
- The location tag is the same way as the hashtag sticker!
THIRTEEN: Text Alignment
You can change the text alignment in the top left-hand side of the screen when you are using the Aa option!
FOURTEEN: Change the sticker color
Some of the stickers located in the [:)] at the top portion of the screen can change color concept. I like to change mine to the white since this fits with my brand color scheme. You can change this just by clicking it with your finger! *not all stickers do this.
FIFTEEN: Resize your text, location tags, hashtags, and stickers.
I always do this so it doesn’t mess with the my photo or video concept. Resize by using two fingers holding down (on the text, location tag, hashtag, or sticker) and pull together. It can work in the same way to enlarge as well!
SIXTEEN: BE REAL!
The very best person to be is YOU. I share myself without makeup, fuzzy hair, in sweats majority of the time. It’s important to be well rounded. I share my heart with my followers and current life events. I’m human too and I want people to know that.
I can’t wait to see your beautiful
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