Do you use Instagram for your business? If you’ve downloaded the latest app update, you’ve likely noticed a new feature at the top of the platform: Instagram Stories.
Like Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories allows you to post photos and videos in chronological succession to tell a “story” over the course of a day. These images do not appear in your regular collection of Instagram posts; instead, after a 24-hour period, anything you’ve posted to your story will disappear.
“Instagram’s new updateis a direct duplication of Snapchat’s functionality, with a few key parts missing, for now. “Similarities include the ability to add captions or colored filters, but lack ‘lenses’ which add in more of a fun factor for current Snapchat users.”
According to an Instagram release, with Instagram Stories, users won’t have to worry about over-posting. They can share as much as they want throughout the day, without clogging their followers’ feeds.
Instagram Stories for business
Instagram is a useful tool for small business owners. The free app is an excellent source to showcase products and make feel customers feel included in “behind the scenes” aspects of your business.
“Small businesses have an advantage when it comes to new tools like Instagram Stories. My advice is to use them and tweak your strategy along the way,”. “Bigger companies have far more hoops to jump through when it comes to creating platform strategy and overall content, so use the size of your business as a way to experiment with new tools.”
Business owners should take into consideration that does not mean the end of Instagram’s staple “feed” which showcases permanent photos. Ultimately, this means deciding which content deserves the urgency of the Stories and permanency of the traditional feed.
The dialogue in particular can reach different demographics based on the app, so social media managers should take into account that though the update is a lot like Snapchat, the reach isn’t the same depending on the platform.
With the development of Stories, Instagram has tapped into the viewing behaviors of the younger audience, the company understands the teen demographic using the app deletes posts that don’t get enough likes or engagements.”Instagram and Snapchat skew younger on average than Facebook, and its advertising offerings are much more enticing for brands hoping to reach millennials and Generation Z.”
Snapchat’s design has already proven to be a struggle for the older demographic to understand, based on its somewhat complicated user interface. On Instagram, this demographic will learn how to create the same type of fleeting content without natural challenge that comes along with learning a new technology.
“For small businesses and new brands trying to find their voice on social, Instagram Stories will be a great way to test content, find out what works and adapt very quickly,”.