How to integrate Instagram Stories into your content marketing

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Instagram Stories, which is very similar to Snapchat except they are inside the Instagram app, is another way to reach your audiences.

I’ve been experimenting with it and have shared snapshots from my travel days, doing content marketing training and while implementing content creation projects.

It’s nice because the media assets self-destruct so to speak after 24 hours so that can give those of us who always need everything to be perfect a reason to post less polished content. It won’t be around in 24 hours anyway.

Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t post more polished content. The Onion, ESPN and others are sharing quite polished videos on Instagram Stories.They are great!

I would recommend testing and seeing what your audience likes. Instagram gives you asset-by-asset metrics for Stories and even tells you who exactly looked at an image.

One person took that knowledge to mean that I was now expecting them to message me and sell me something. Dear marketers, lets not make that a habit now. But, depending on what you are selling it could be a very workable marketing tactic.

As we have known for a while: Images on social media are important. And I’m not talking about those lame stock art images that people buy for $5 – or even $50. Images that tell a good story work and is what we should strive for.

Since images are important, I would recommend to have original and authentic ones with all longer stories. A longer story might be a blog post, Facebook Note or LinkedIn post. I’d love to think that all posts always  – even the short ones – should have images but “always” rules are silly and hard to follow. Some stories have good images and some don’t. Use them as often as possible.

Then use those media assets on all networks. That could include blogs, Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, Instagram – including Instagram Stories.

Sometimes content stories can start in Instagram Stories. Let’s say your content marketing strategist is interviewing a subject matter expert. Part of that interview could be live streamed as a Periscope. Maybe publish a soundbite as an Instagram Story. Maybe there are other photos to be taken in the vicinity that could make a nice Instagram Story as well – even if 90 percent or more of those won’t be used outside of Instagram Stories.

Just spotting stories and sharing them continuously can help our content marketing teams become better storytellers.

There are always exceptions and hardly anything is clear cut or uniform across all industries, but I would recommend the use of Instagram and Instagram Stories. Sometimes it can be used as an extension from other other channels and sometimes it can be the only one to share the story.

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