3 Ways to Use Instagram Stories Ads for Business

3 Ways to Use Instagram Stories Ads for Business

Author: Ana Gotter / Source: socialmediaexaminer.com Do you advertise on Instagram? Wondering how Instagram Stories ads can help your busi

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Do you advertise on Instagram?

Wondering how Instagram Stories ads can help your business?

Instagram now lets businesses of all sizes deliver seamlessly integrated full-screen Stories ads to a highly targeted audience.

In this article, you’ll discover three ways to use Instagram Stories ads.

3 Ways to Use Instagram Stories Ads for Business by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.
3 Ways to Use Instagram Stories Ads for Business by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

About Instagram Stories Ads

Instagram stories appear above users’ Instagram feeds and are available for viewing for 24 hours. Stories play continuously, advancing from one user’s story to the next. Instagram Stories ads appear between stories from two different users whom you follow. They’re for mobile placement only; they don’t show up on desktop.

Viewers can identify Instagram story ads with the tiny
Viewers can identify Instagram story ads with the tiny “Sponsored” label below the company’s name.

These ads are seamlessly integrated into the platform, which is a great advantage for businesses. The ads are labeled “Sponsored,” but the text is so small that many users are likely not to even notice.

The biggest disadvantage is that the ads are truly disappearing. Unlike other ads (and stories), viewers can’t go back to watch them again. You have to make sure your content is engaging and interesting enough that it sticks with your audience long enough to make an impact.

Although you create Instagram Stories ads using Facebook’s exceptional ad system (including their phenomenal targeting), they’re unlike any other type of ad format, so you need to approach them in a different way.

Some particularly important best practices for Instagram Stories ads include:

Use clear, large branding. Because users can’t check your ad later on, you need to get your point across quickly and let people know where to find you afterward. To help your business’s name stand out, use clear text that contrasts with the image or video. This will help users know whom to look up later.

Using clear branding in your Instagram story ads will help users know how to find you after the ad has disappeared.
Using clear branding in your Instagram Stories ads will help users know how to find you after the ad has disappeared.

Keep the concept simple. Again, users can’t rewind or watch Instagram Stories ads again, so keep the concept of your ad simple so they can follow the idea easily.

Take advantage of the full screen. Unlike any other ad formats, your story ad will fill up the entire screen on the viewer’s phone. To make the most of this, use full-length vertical images that could otherwise be cropped in regular posts. You can use the extra room to provide brand information and calls to action (CTAs).

What types of content will perform best with Instagram Stories ads and what’s the most effective way to use them? Here are three use cases that work well with this ad format.

#1: Drive Brand and Product Awareness

Driving brand and product awareness is a great use for Instagram Stories ads, which makes sense considering Reach is the objective you use…

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