How do you post on Instagram Story 2019? Get 1 Millions Followers

If you're wondering how to use Instagram stories, that's a great thing, because the stories format on both Instagram and Facebook is exploding so fast right now. In this article we'll run through how to get started on Instagram stories, as well as some best practices to use for businesses. 

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My name is Arispur, and today we are teaching how to use Instagram stories. Instagram stories, by the way, is my favorite out of all things social media. By the end of this article you'll know how to use Instagram stories, you'll learn how to use it quickly and do a great job on it, 'cause you'll know all of the basic settings that we run through. Plus even if you're already using Instagram stories, when you post makes a difference, and we'll cover that right after the tutorial. 

So for anyone who's brand, brand new to stories, what they are is they are vertical, they are a series of photographs, videos, and graphics, and they automatically delete after 24 hours. So at the top of my Instagram screen here you can see all these little circles, these are people's stories that they have posted. 

So I can tap in one, this is actually mine, and as you finish one screen, you can tap ahead to go to the next one. So that's kind of where they are. So for you to post a story, stories are different from the traditional Instagram feed, which are the videos and pictures that people normally post that you're used to scrolling through. So if you were to post something to your feed, you'd tap that bottom middle plus sign there. That's not what we're doing today. 

How do you post on Instagram Story 2019?

Today we are posting a story. So I can either swipe right or I can tap the little camera in the upper right hand corner here, and that takes me into the Instagram story, and this is where you're going to create your stories. Down at the bottom are all the different options for starting, and you can swipe through these. So let's just go left to right.

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Take you through different fonts


First one is type, if you just wanna put words on a screen you can do that. With all text in Instagram stories up here at the top you can tap these different options, and it'll take you through different fonts. Once you have your text, you can pinch and zoom to move it around if you want. 

The circle on the lower left, you can tap that and change the background color. And then some of the text options actually have more choices, for example, this one you see the box at the top with the A++, I can type on that, and it actually adds a background. 

Over is Music


Next over is music. They have gotten deals with a lot of the record companies, so almost any song you could think of is in here. You can browse what's popular, or different moods, or different genres, and then you can search for something, and you can add music to your story that way. 

So doing it this way means you actually hear the music as you're recording the story if you wanted to, I don't know, sing along or dance, or anything like that. Next up is live, this is if you were gonna go on Instagram live, this is where you would do it. After that is normal. 

This is where you would probably record most things, and we'll come back to that when we go through all the different things you can do with a story. A boomerang, a boomerang takes a series of photos over the course of a couple of seconds to create an animation, for example, here I'll do one. 

So I picked up the mug and now it creates that animation. With superzoom there's a bunch of different camera effects where the camera zooms in and out, sometimes to music that you can play with there. Focus is kind of neat, basically what it does, it works best with faces. 

You see it says find a face there on the screen. But what it'll do is it'll blur out the background, which kind of gives your videos and pictures a more cinematic look. Rewind, whatever you record it will play back backward. So this is fun for some action shots sometimes. And hands free, basically if you don't wanna hold the button down to record, you can just tap it and it'll go until you stop it again in hands free mode. So those are all of your options. 

I'm gonna go back to normal, and if you just wanted to take picture, you just tap the big button in the middle, now you've got a photo. If instead you wanted to do video, you hold and it starts recording video. It'll go up to 15 seconds for a clip. It used to cut off after 15, but now it'll just break it into 15 second chunks. So once I'm done now you can see the two different video clips at the bottom. 

You can add different graphics and text to those. Other settings at the bottom over here on the right, this is if you wanna add a filter to whatever you're filming before you do it. The two arrows are to flip the camera around to use the front-facing camera. And then lastly, over here, this little box basically goes to your camera roll, and you can take a picture from your camera roll and use that in your story. So let me just grab a picture without much on it on here, and we'll go through all the things that you can do to it. 

So let's go across the top, all the way to the left, you see that X?  That's if you don't want this, and you wanna delete it and start over, you can tap that. Next up, the down arrow, let's say you took a really cool video or picture and you wanted to save it to your camera roll, you can tap that so it'll automatically save it to your camera roll. After that these are different effects that you can add. So you can do this now even after you've shot a video or a picture. 

Add a link


After that is a link, if you wanna add a link to your Instagram story, if you have more than 10,000 followers, you can add a link to anything you want, otherwise you can only link to IGTV videos, which is what I have there. 

Take Smile Face, Hastag


Next up, this little Post-it Note with a smiley face on it I guess we'll call it, this is where most of your stuff is. So we'll go through these here really quick. You can add a location to your Instagram story, which is a great idea, because that will help more people see your story and get more exposure for your brand. You can @mention another account, you can add a hashtag, which people do search hashtags and watch them on Instagram stories, so I should tag this social media marketing, and maybe somebody would see it, because I added that. 

Now that I have that there, with a lot of these you can tap on 'em and it'll change the way that it looks. As you can see, I can drag it around the screen with my thumb. I can change the size of it by pinching and zooming, and if I decided I didn't want it at all, I can drag it down to the bottom here, and see the little trash can, drag it over the trash can, and it's gone. 

Also in here are GIFs which are really fun, these are animated GIFs. You can search for something. Let's type in Facebook and see what comes up. There we go, so I tap on that, I can put this into my picture, move it where I want, again, pinch to zoom if I wanna change the sizes. 

Add Music


Music, this is where afterward you can add music to your story. Once you choose a song in the story, you can also decide which part of the song will play. So really neat to be able to add commercial music to your story. That's a clock if you wanna time stamp your story. Polls are fun, tap on that you can ask a question, you can type the question, then you can change the answers to whatever you want. Once that's there you can move it to wherever you want. 

Then when people are watching your story, they can tap on one of the answers to vote, and then actually later you can go back and you can see who voted for what, and then as people watch your stories after they vote, they'll see, oh, 87% of people voted I do, or whatever the case might be. I'm gonna go ahead and trash that just so we have more room here, 'cause there's so many things now. 

Questions, these are fun. You can ask a question, people can answer your question, and then you can take those and add them to future parts of your story. It really is a neat little tool. Countdown, this is if you're counting down to an event, you can put a name in and then a date and a time if you wanna count down to something. 

If you're counting down to something major, then other people can actually share it to their story, which is kinda cool. This is sort of a different kind of poll, this is where they can just vote with this slider, and you can choose a different icon, ask a question. 

This is the current temperature you can add if you wanted to show how cold or warm it is outside or whatever, and like with all of these you can pinch and zoom and move them around. It's getting kinda crowded like a cable news station. And then these are all just graphics that Instagram provides that you can add to your stories. And then down below that you'll find all of your traditional emojis as well. 

So there are lots of fun ways that you can dress up your stories. Next to that, this is if you have audio on your story but you don't want it, you can mute it. 

Choose a Color


The next one is simply a pen. You can draw. Downhere you can choose the colors that you wanna choose. And if you don't see the exact color that you want, you can tap this little eyedropper on the lower left, and you can choose a color, like I'm gonna try and choose the color of my shirt. Now I've got glasses that match my shirt, sort of. 

So you can really get artistic. Over here on the left you can choose the size of your brush, so you can make it bigger or smaller, and then up here at the top you can go through different types of brushes, including an eraser if I wanted to erase those glasses. 

Type in Text


And then lastly over here is for text. You can type in text, up here at the top you can go through the different styles or fonts if you will. Some of them have more options, like over here you can change the justification, is it gonna be on the left, right, or middle, you can tap this A with the two plus signs next to it, and now you've got color behind it. And you can change the color that's behind it by tapping the colors, and that's really helpful. 

You can do that for your brand colors, or just because it's white on a white background and you want it to show up. So now I'm gonna make it pink. If you don't like the way something looks, you can actually swipe through different filters, just like you can on regular Instagram posts. And once you've got this the way that you want it, down here you can click send to and send it to specific friends, or family, or followers. 

Close friends, you can have a specific group of close friends that you send things to,  which I personally like, 'cause I use this for my business and myself. So there's certain things I post only so close friends could see, or if you just wanna post it to your story for everybody, you click your story there at the bottom, and just like that, it gets added to your story. 

Oh, one more thing, 'cause I get asked this all the time, so you've added something to your story, how do you add something else to your story? Well, simply go back into the Instagram camera again, create one more time, and then add to your story at the bottom there, and now you'll have another clip added to your story, simple as that. 

So a couple of tips as you're using Instagram stories for your business, one, post about the same thing more than once. For example, if you were giving a tip, you're a chef or a photographer, and you have some tip that you like to share that's helpful. You can share it once a month. 

First of all, you'll be rerecording it, so it'll look a little different anyway, second of all, everything auto deletes after 24 hours, so the majority of your audience won't see it the first time. They might catch it the second or the third time. And the other tip I wanna mention before you get started is when you post does make a difference. 

Stories that have posted most recently will show closest to the front of the line on Instagram, combined with other things in the algorithm, like who that viewer's friends and people they engage with the most, but the more recent your post, the more likely it is to show toward the front. 

The other thing to keep in mind is everything auto deletes after 24 hours, so if you are telling a story, and you post the first part at noon, the second part at 3:00, and the third part at 5:00, well, by one pm the next day, the first part has already been deleted, and if that's when's somebody's watching, they won't get it. So if you do spread out kind of the same storyline, put in a little thing like, hey, in case you missed it earlier, this is what happened, now I'm doing this. 

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