Posting Content

Overview

The goal of Instagram is to take photos and videos and share them with a close group of family and friends, for this reason, it is a social network. That being said, there are different types of posts you can make on the app which include: photos or videos, stories, live videos, or slideshows.

Whatever content you post publicly will appear in your follower's "feeds" or main page. For personal accounts, you have the option to make them private so that only users who follow you can see your posts.

Takeaway skills

  • Types of content on Instagram
  • Content types to focus on

We’ll cover the following:

  1. Instagram Feed Content
  2. Instagram Reels
  3. Instagram Stories
  4. Instagram Live
  5. IGTV
  6. Instagram Guides
  7. Summary
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1. Feed Content

They consist of still images, videos, and slide shows (carousels). You can upload any of this content or create it right on the Instagram app and it will be displayed on your Instagram account profile and your followers’ feed.

This is the main feed, so if you are just starting on Instagram, you need first fill up your account with these posts.

You can choose to create patterns of still images based on your posting sequence. Also, this type of content helps you create your unique branding.

You would typically make regular posts of this type of content, some examples would be still images of yours or a motivational quote with a caption, tags, and hashtags.

2. Reels

As per Instagram, this is where their focus will be going forward as short-form videos are very popular and platforms such as Tiktok have done well in this area. Instagram doesn't want to be left behind.

Businesses are increasingly using entertainment as a marketing tool and Reels are perfect content types to achieve that. Brands have embraced Instagram Reels and utilized it as a platform to introduce new items.

Any type of story can be shared through Reels, be it personal, emotional, or funny. Instagram also enables features to add music, while you can also add subtitles to make them impactful.

The maximum length of Instagram Reels is currently 60 seconds.

3. Stories

Instagram Stories is a feature on Instagram that appears at the top of the feed. They tend to gain a lot of attention, and you can post images, videos, and even links if you have more than 10k followers.

Stories get deleted by themselves in 24 hours from the feed. They allow users to create short, 15 second videos on the platform.

Instagram Stories allows you to interact with your followers in a variety of ways (polls, surveys, stickers, and so on), share something time-sensitive with them, and strengthen your connection with them in an inventive way.

4. Live

If you want to interact and converse with your followers in real-time, Instagram Live is the way to go. Provide your followers with an unaltered perfectly curated version of yourself or your brand.

You can also do a panel discussion with up to 4 people. You can do these discussions on diverse topics as well as get questions from the audience and answer them.

Even the audience can send a request to be invited and go live with you. They help in building trust with your audience, showcase your talents and skills or share knowledge from other experts.

You can save the Instagram live videos on your feed as IGTV, so that your audience and followers can look at it later as well.

5. IGTV

Short form for Instagram TV, this feature has been out there for quite a while. The idea is to share content like TV episodes.

You can use this feature to share long-form videos on Instagram. You may add up to an hour-long long-form content to the feed, and it won't be deleted after 24 hours, unlike Instagram Stories.

If you have a longer video and want to expand your reach with curated videos, IGTV is ideal.

5. Guides

Instagram Guides are ideal for displaying curated, scrollable material. The new feature makes it easier to share and consume useful suggestions and tips in a digestible format.

Users can follow a pre-determined sequence of content with commentary, which is ideal for step-by-step instructions, guidelines, and suggestions.

Instagram initially provided the Guides feature for a select number of health and wellness advocates in order to provide assistance to those who are affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Users who do not yet have the functionality are now being given access. If you don't have access yet, hang in there! It will most likely be available to you soon.

You may select from three distinct Guide styles:

  • Places: Recommend places in your city and beyond
  • Products: Recommend your favorite products
  • Posts: Recommend posts you created or saved

Summary

Instagram is a social media network that has evolved with the times. The company initially started as a solely photo-sharing app, but over time it's expanded to include video and live streaming options for brands to connect more deeply with their audience.

The Instagram Reels are an excellent way for marketers to share content, create engagement and reach new audiences.

If you're looking for new ways to interact with your followers, be sure to check out all these features in-depth!

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