January 15, 2018 Lauren Johnson

4 Tips And Tricks To Help Create Engaging Instagram Stories

engaging instagram stories

Last month, I talked about why it’s important for brands to incorporate Instagram Stories into their social media marketing efforts. As promised, this month I will go over tips and tricks for creating more engaging stories.

How To Create Engaging Instagram Stories

If you are anything like me, you are a visual learner. For this blog post I will be using a photo of a very handsome subject: my dog Harvey!

So, let’s get started with four ways you can make your Instagram Stories stand out!

1. Filters

Instagram Story filters are similar to the filters available for the photos on your feed. To access these, simply swipe right on the photo. These are great for creating a mood. Here is the same photograph using two different filters.


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2. Text

The use of text adds context to your Instagram Stories—helpful when the photo cannot tell the story on its own. Don’t feel limited to only use the standard white text. You can change the colors, do a drop shadow effect or even use your finger to write out words.

If I had prettier finger writing skills I would have an example, but sadly I was not blessed with this prowess. So, all I can show you are these adorable hearts I drew all by myself! Play around with the color and brushstrokes to find the effect you are looking for.

In these photos, you can see the dramatic effect of drop shadow. To do this you create the copy twice: once in a lighter color and once in a darker color. Then you lay one of them over the other and viola! I also included an Upland Brewing Company tag in this photo.

As discussed my previous post, tagging partners, influencers and top fans is a great way to increase awareness and engagement.

3. Stickers

Instagram stickers include geo-location, timestamp, temperature, seasonal icons, hashtags and polls.

Use the geotag to engage with people in a certain location, this can also help to increase followers in this area. Add a hashtag to join the conversation on that topic.

The poll sticker is a fun interactive option and allows for instant feedback.

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4. Storylines

As fun as Instagram Stories are, don’t forget that ultimately they need to fit into your overall marketing plan and should have strategy behind them. It’s a great platform to launch a new product or service, promote a contest or grand opening and connect to the community.

Add a call-to-action when appropriate, but don’t put one on every photo or video. For example, you can show a series of new products and on the very last photo, share the website address or store hours.

There really is a lot you can do to increase engagement and show your brand’s personality on Instagram—have fun with it! Still not sure where to begin? Message us, email us, or give us a call at 1-317-557-4460 and we’ll get you moving in the right direction!

Shameless Puppy Plug: Special thanks to Harvey for being so photogenic and perfect in every way! If you want more Harvey photos (totally understandable), follow him on Instagram!

Lauren Johnson

Senior Social Media Manager at Firebelly
Lauren joined the Firebelly team in early 2016. Her social media marketing advice? Be flexible. Change is constant in this industry.
Lauren Johnson

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Lauren Johnson Lauren joined the Firebelly team in early 2016. Her social media marketing advice? Be flexible. Change is constant in this industry.



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