What is Instagram

Instagram is one of the world’s most used and top social media mobile applications that allows you to take, edit and share pictures and videos. Your friends and family can follow you on Instagram to see the picture and videos posts that you share. You can also follow your friends/family, as well as celebrities and athletes to keep up with their posts. You can choose to maintain your posts by keeping them in public or also in a private mode.

When you first log into the app you will land on the Instagram home page or feed area. This is where all the videos and photos are posted by the people you follow and it is very much like a Facebook newsfeed. You will know you are on the Insta feed page because there’s a small blacked-out icon in the shape of a home at the bottom left of the screen. 

How the Instagram Works

The corresponding icon is always blacked out so you always know where you are let’s have a second option the magnifying glass tapping this icon will take you to the Instagram keyword search page in where you can start searching for specific hashtags and narrow your search down to people tags or places.

Then there is a plus button which is to upload photos and videos on your profile. Once in there, you have the option to load directly from your phone library or take a photo or video. The fly tapping the heart icon will take you to the section that shows the activity in relation. You can able to find followers’ comments that have been made on your posts who liked them.

What is Instagram Stories?

More than 500 million people use Instagram Stories every day and around 58% say they’ve become more interested in viewing a product or brand in Stories for purchase. In that half of them, they’ve visited a website to buy a product or service after seeing it in Stories. So there is no surprise that 4 million businesses advertise on Stories every month.

Instagram stories are full screen, vertical photos or videos sharing are that gaining momentum currently and it keeps users engaged always other top social media platforms. It separates from the usual curated profile and stories that allow users more real-time sharing. This type of content disappears after 24 hours and is not a permanent fixture of your profile. It’s easily reachable to your target audience. Many businesses are taking more steps forward to also use Instagram stories.

In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to use Instagram Stories for business.

Creating an Instagram Business Profile

  • Log into your account and navigate your profile by tapping the icon at the bottom right of the screen. 
  • Tap the hamburger menu, it opens the new panel. Then go to the settings and change your account as a business profile followed by connecting with your Facebook business page. 
  • Add at least one form of your contact either your phone number or your email address (it’s optional). Now your business profile has been created. 

Instagram has become the most popular app for business. It increases online visibility and generates more business, more leads, and hopefully makes more money. According to the Instagram business website, 80% of accounts follow a business on Instagram wouldn’t it be nice if one of those businesses was yours. 

Before we get started, just tend to know the couple of things you need to do. Firstly download the Instagram app on your phone and create a business account. Secondly, create a Facebook business page for your business if you haven’t created it already.

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How to optimize Instagram Business Account

  • Creating a great Instagram business profile is your opportunity to show the world what your business is about.
  • Your username at the top is what people will use when they want to tag you.
  • Your profile picture should be representative such as a logo or one of your products so that all can search easily.
  • Below the picture, add the category of your business and some relevant information including keywords.
  • Add also your business websites or YouTube links.
  • All these can get saved when going to the edit profile option.
  • A good bio tends to get attract easily and intent to follow your Instagram business account.

How to Create and Use Instagram Stories for Your Business Account

If you are familiar with Snapchat, you will know what stories are since Instagram ripped off the concept. Stories lets users share the special moment of your day and these stories disappear after 24 hours. You can add text, drawings, emotions, filters, and stickers. By adding Instagram music on a story, quiz, Poll, Time, Q and A, location stickers will help you to reach many users. This is very useful where it covers the special events with all beautifying triggers.

  • Open your Instagram profile and Tap the plus or cross icon at the top of the screen.
  • At the bottom of the screen, choose STORY.
  • You can even choose the selfie camera if you need one at the bottom right.
  • The white circled button helps you to take a picture. Press and hold that white circle to Record the video.  

Swipe the camera icon up and Select any photos or videos from your gallery by post a story.

Instagram Stories sizes

If you’re designing or editing your Instagram Stories on desktop, or uploading a Stories ad to Facebook Ads Manager, you’ll need to keep these sizes from Facebook in mind

  • Recommended image ratio: 9:16 (all feed ratios are supported, but this ratio maximizes the Stories format)
  • Recommended resolution: 1080×1920 (minimum resolution is 600×1067 with no maximum, though the very high resolution may increase upload times)
  • Maximum file size: 30MB for images, 250MB for video
  • Title-safe area: Leave a 14% title-safe area at the top and bottom (in other words, don’t put text or logos in the top or bottom 250 pixels of the Story, to avoid overlapping with the app’s interface)
Instagram Story Size

How to Check Your Instagram Story Views

If you want to check how many people view your Instagram story, just tap the Your Story icon on the app main page to see a viewer count for your Story. Tap the number in the bottom left to get a list of the people who make up those Instagram Story views. After 24 hours, once your Instagram Story has disappeared, you can still access insights such as views, reach, and impressions.

  1. Open Instagram, tap your profile photo at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Tap Insights.
  3. Choose the period you’d like Insights for 7, 14, or 30 days, the previous month, or a custom timeframe.
  4. Scroll down to Content You Shared and tap on Stories.
  5. Choose your metric and period
  6. You can see up to 2 years of shared stories data in these insights.

Also, ReadHow To Increase Instagram Story Views

How to Add Captions on Instagram Stories

Captions are one of the important ways to help make content more accessible. around 60% of people watch stories with music sound, so posting videos, captions is a great way to make your content-rich. Instagram will auto-create captions for your video Stories if you add the captions sticker.

Instagram Captions Sticker

Posting Videos and Photos to Engaging People

  • Whenever you post a new photo or video, just add a caption to explain your overlook.
  • The theoretical part reaches the customer easily to understand.
  • Captions contextualize the subject of the content.
  • A lot of businesses overlook this aspect and fail to do this properly.
  • Add captions like giving quotes or describing the picture.
  • This is a great chance to educate, communicate and engage with your audience to attract new customers.
  • Be as descriptive as possible.
  • Add a question that will trigger more comments while making you visible.
  • Use emojis.
  • Share some of your customer stories.
  • Add a call to action such as clicking on the link.
  • Run a giveaway or a contest.

All About Instagram Hashtags

  • Add relevant hashtags to your every post and stories too.
  • It identifies messages on a specific topic.
  • Don’t use the same hashtag on every post and make sure that fits your industry type.
  • The more followers you have, the more likely Instagram will show your content to viewers, even for very competitive hashtags.
  • If you are starting to have between 100 to 500 followers, try targeting hashtags that return anything between 2000 and 75000 posts.

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Instagram Location Sticker

  • Geotagging is one of the most important aspects of any local businesses.
  • Once you complete the caption add your location.
  • That will appear as default the field.
  • This applies to your stories too.
Instagram Geo Location Sticker on Stories

How to Use Instagram Stories Highlights

Highlighting your stories is a great way to showcase your best, brand-defining content. Pinned on your Instagram and give a relevant name to your every highlight can contain as many Stories as you like, and you can keep adding to them as you post new content.

How to Create an Instagram Stories Highlight

  1. If your favorite story is less than 24 hours old and still visible on Instagram, just tap Your Story to open it, OR…
  2. If the Story is more than 24 hours old, retrieve it from your archive. Tap your profile icon at the bottom right, then tap the menu icon (three lines) in the top right. Tap Archive. Scroll back to the Story you want to highlight.
  3. In the lower right corner of the screen, tap the highlight icon.
  4. Choose the highlight to which you’d like to add the Story, OR…
  5. Create a new highlight with the name.

How to Add Links to Instagram Stories

To add Swipe-Up links to Instagram Stories, you need to either have 10,000 followers or have a verified account. This helps you to drive your followers directly to land on your service or product page which increases the chances of making a purchase.

How to add a Swipe-Up link on Instagram Stories

  1. Start creating your Story following the steps above.
  2. Once the photo or video is ready to go, tap the link icon at the top of your screen.
  3. Paste your link.
  4. Tap Done or the green check (depending on your type of phone).

Like all other good marketing strategies, your Instagram Stories should include a clear call to action. Swipe up is the best CTA button, but you should use it wisely.

How to use Instagram Stories Shopping

If you’re an eCommerce website owner, you must set up an Instagram shopping account. After a setup just uses the shopping sticker to make your Stories shoppable.

  1. Create your Story as usual.
  2. Now tap the sticker icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap the Product sticker.
  4. Choose the product from your catalog that you want to tag.
  5. Move and adjust the shopping sticker by dragging and tapping.
  6. Share your Story.
Instagram Shopping/Product Sticker

Instagram Content Strategy

  • 95 million people post the content in the heart of Instagram.
  • The content should be the foundation of your business strategy.
  • Your idea is to encourage potential visitors to do business with you by inspiring them through your content alone.
  • Images are sophisticated for any business.
  • While if it is an industrial process, add some working process that would be meticulous.
  • Position yourself as an expert in your field.
  • Use humor posts and quotes.
  • Uniquely show your product or services.
  • Show off your company photos and culture videos.
  • Use before and after photos.
  • Special event and promotion.
  • Follow all your competitors using a separate Instagram account.
  • Use your competitor’s hashtags for further research.

Building a recognizable brand for your business

  • The idea is to create your own visual identity that reflects your business. 
  • Your content should be of high quality and consistent.
  • Quality of imagery is paramount.
  • Avoid dark or blurry pictures.
  • Make sure your photos are crisp well.
  • Try sticking with one style of photography.
  • Use the same fonts.
  • Apply an appropriate filter to your photos.
  • These all make the people easier to recognize your business time.

Analyze the Performance By Using Instagram Insights

One of the biggest advantages of an Instagram business account is that it gives you access to analytics for free.

  • Go to the profile followed by the hamburger menu, then tap on the insights.
  • Now you can see the activity tab and it contains two sections.
  • The interaction section will cover the actions people have taken when they engage with your account.
  • The discovery tab uses two indicators.
  • It essentially measures how many people see your content.
  • These are very useful numbers for instance if many people see your content but have very few interactions with it probably means you most likely need to improve the quality.
  • The content tab will give you insight into all the content you have posted on your feed.
  • It is split between posts and stories and any promotional activity may have you run by which we judge the performance of any posts.
  • It describes any information regarding your business.
  • Lastly, the audience tab where it gathers all information like how many more followers you’ve gained, gen display of audience, etc.
  • These are all the analytics that shows your performance.

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If you’re a social media manager or business owner, planning for a social media marketing strategy for your business for 2021, give a top priority for Instagram. Execute the above ideas on how to use Instagram stories for business profiles and increase your stories views and mainly covert as leads.

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In late 2018, Instagram introduced a new feature called “Music Sticker” to their users in limited countries and not available for everyone. Later this photo and video sharing social media application expanded the feature in 2019 in India with a bunch of new soundtracks, including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Bollywood. Now, after three years of wait, users in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, and North African regions can get the Instagram music sticker feature. So that now globally all Instagram users can add music to their Instagram and Facebook Stories easily. You can even add music directly from other apps like Spotify, Shazam, and SoundCloud.

Instagram Stickers feature may be unavailable in Japan and for countries located in Europe.

Most Instagram users take advantage of the Stories feature, which allows you to post photos and videos with various instagram stickers such as gifs, location, emojis, poll, Question and Answer sticker, and even music added in. If you are wondering how to use this music lyrics feature on Instagram, then here’s a simple and quick step-by-step guide on how to do that.

How to Add Music On Instagram Story

  • Open the Instagram app on your Android or iOS device.
  • Swipe left from your feed’s home screen to access the Stories feature. Alternatively, you can also tap the plus “+” sign on your profile picture in the top-left corner to create a new Story.
  • Now, you need to capture an image or shoot a video using an inbuilt Instagram camera app or pick from your gallery.
  • Add the filters, text, and everything you want to add to your story.
  • Now Swipe Up and choose the Music sticker
  • Once selected the sticker, it loads and shows a complete music library with two categories such as, ‘For You’ and ‘Browse’.
  • You can either search for a particular song in the search tab or browse for songs based on Genre, Mood, and Theme.
  • Once you have selected your favorite song, select the part of the song you want to add to your story.
  • You can add up to 5 – 15 seconds of music to your Instagram Story.
  • If lyrics are available for the chosen song, you can customize its appearance in six different ways. If lyrics are not available, you can customize the appearance in two ways like a small text box with the song name and cover art of the album.
  • Now tap “Done” when finished. You can drag the song icon wherever on the screen and resize the icon with your fingers to make it larger or smaller. 
  • Then finally post your Story as you normally would.

The above how to add music to Instagram story steps working fine for both android and iOS Insta app. 

How to Add Spotify Music to Instagram Story

  • Open the Spotify app on your iOS or Android device, and choose the music you want to add to your Instagram Story.
  • After opening the song, click on Settings -> ellipsis icon(three dotted icon) -> Share.
  • In the “Share” menu, select “Instagram Stories.” 
  • Now a pop-up will ask your permission to open the Instagram app.
  • Click on Your Story or Send to -> Your story to post the song as your story.
  • Story viewers can also listen to the song on Spotify by selecting the Play on Spotify link.
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How to Add Soundcloud Music to Instagram Story

  • Open the SoundCloud app on your android or iOS device.
  • Now search for the song that you want to share on the story and tap the ellipsis icon.
  • Then, Select Share to Instagram Stories.
  • Soundcloud app will redirect to the Instagram app automatically upload the selected song or album. 
  • Click on Your Story or Send to -> Your story to post your story. 
  • Once your story is posted on Instagram, a link will appear at the top of the Story that says “Play on SoundCloud.” Anyone who views your Story can click this link and play the music.

You can also add shazam app music on Instagram story by following the above steps that we explained on Spotify and SoundCloud add music in an Instagram story.

How to Add Music to Instagram Story with Lyrics

Instagram music feature allows users to show this music on your IG story in six different ways. If you want to put your story along with lyrics, follow the below simple steps.

  • Open Instagram App
  • Swipe left and add a photo or video that you need to post on the story.
  • Swipe up and select the music sticker.
  • Now select the song which has the lyrics option.
  • You’ll have four different lyric-formatting options to choose from by tapping any of the available “A” icons.
  • Add that music to your story with lyrics in your post.

Users can also add music to Instagram story without lyrics by simply selecting the cover photo of the song.

Instagram Music Story Not Available Region

While uploading a story with a music sticker, if you receive any pop-up notification like Instagram music not available in my region, it is simply because the platform is yet to get the music license and legal procedures for your region.

As per the latest Instagram update, this music story sticker is available for everyone except japan and European region countries.

If you still want to know how to add music in your Instagram story, then use VPN to access this feature. Follow the below steps on how to download and use a VPN to fix the ‘Instagram Music Isn’t Available in Your Region’ error

  • Open the Google Play or App Store on your device and search for a free VPN app.
  • Install the VPN app on your phone.
  • Open the app and connect to a server of the US, UK, Australia, India, Canada, or any other country where Instagram music is available.
  • Now uninstall your Instagram app and install it again.
  • Now open the Instagram app again with the VPN enabled.
  • That’s it! You can now listen to Instagram music in other users’ stories and add it to your own stories regardless of your actual location.

Note: As per experts’ suggestion, don’t try this method because it has some privacy and data security issues.

Why is My Instagram Music Story Not Working

Instagram music sticker feature not working issue occurred is very rare. To fix this Instagram story not working error, follow the simple solution.

  • Update the latest version of the Instagram app in Google play store or App store.
  • Uninstall and Reinstall the app.
  • Try by Switching the personal account or creator account on your current profile.
  • Use VPN to access Instagram music.
  • Contact the Instagram support team, if you need more guidance.

Same as music sticker, various other sticker options will help to increase more IG story views for public profiles of individual and business accounts. I hope this article will be very useful for you if you’re new to Instagram and music sticker features.

IGTV Ads for Creators

IGTV ads test for US creators was launched in May last year, Instagram has now expanded this program, with selected creators in the UK and Australia now eligible to activate ads on their IGTV uploads.

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Almost a year in the wake of presenting IGTV advertisements, its first-historically speaking maker adaptation highlight, Instagram is extending them to creators outside the U.S. 

In the coming weeks, “select creators” in the U.K. what’s more, Australia will actually want to run pre-move promotions on their IGTV content, the stage says. 

Monetize From IGTV Ads

“A year ago we began testing advertisements in Instagram TV with an income share model for some US-based creators, and have gradually extended the test as we’ve improved the experience,” Instagram said in an authority blog entry. “This update is important for our more extensive obligation to building a set-up of apparatuses to help creators’ different requirements and desires, regardless of what their identity is.” 

Advertisements are as long as 15 seconds in length, and show up when individuals snap to watch recordings from reviews in their feed. 

Instagram has not revealed figures for the creators/stage income split, yet a Bloomberg report from a year ago recommended creators will get 55% of promotion income, and Instagram will get 45%. (That is a similar part YouTube offers by far most of its creators.) 

Instagram added that IGTV–which has famously battled to draw a group of people is “seeing genuine force, especially in the course of the most recent year, as it has been a spot for creators to associate all the more profoundly with fans.” 

It likewise noticed that it as of late appeared a device that allows advertisers explicitly to decide to have their promotions run on IGTV recordings. 

More creators in the U.S., U.K., and Australia are set to access advertisements all through 2021, Instagram says.

What is Black History Month

Since 1976, officially in the U.S.A has celebrated February as Black History Month for achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. It’s also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. This Black History Month also celebrates other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Importance of Celebrating Black Culture

2020 saw a resurgence in social activism and discussions about the enemy of prejudice, with numerous brands partaking. Furthermore, Black History Month can be an expansion of that. However, to make a real connection with your audience, make sure to support and team up with Black-owned businesses, local area pioneers, and creators. 

Diversity in marketing is very important for both millennials and Gen Z. Also, with colossal purchasing power, these ages will driveways of managing money in the years to come. As you plan your Black History Month content, consider how it fits in your brand’s marketing strategy and how you can proceed with the discussion in the months to follow.

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month on Social Media

  • Creator Spotlights and Q&As 
  • History Lessons and Fun Facts 
  • Advocate for Change
  • Amplify Black Voices 
  • Quote Posts 

Black History Month Celebration on Social Media Platforms

At the last week of January 2021 itself, all of the major social platforms have announced new programs and initiatives to celebrate Black stories, and highlight the contributions of people of color, as part of the event. 

Facebook

Facebook launched a new We The Culture creative community to showcase Black creators, while its Lift Black Voices hub will feature honor and celebrate “the past, present and future of Black communities” throughout the month. They also showcase Black creators via custom logo designs throughout the month. Facebook has allocated $10 million over two years to fund a new Black Gaming Creator Program to help Black gaming creators develop their presence.

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Facebook’s also launching a new, four-part series on Facebook Watch to showcase Black contributions in music. “Each episode of “Forward: The Future of Black Music” will feature a music icon shining the light on a newcomer they believe to be the future. Influenced by the classic TV series “Iconoclasts,” viewers will be a fly-on-the-wall for a musical experience with a legend and their successor. The series will also be viewable on Messenger’s Watch Together.”

Instagram

Instagram is advancing Black voices and their commitments using the #ShareBlackStories hashtag, which it’s been hoping to lift to help the Black people group, which has been lopsidedly affected by the pandemic. Instagram’s additionally adding new creative tools in the Instagram Camera to enable users to participate in the occasion, while it’s likewise facilitating workshops and different occasions for Black makers.

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YouTube

YouTube says that it has “a large group of energizing exercises arranged” for Black History Month, which will start with another grandstand of work of art from Black visitor craftsmen that will be highlighted on the YouTube landing page, “alongside curated content from Black Creators and ability across our Spotlight and TV surfaces – including new YouTube Originals and Kids content.”

TikTok

Recently TikTok has launched a new “Black TikTok Trailblazers” list.

“These individuals were recognized and nominated by the North America #BlackTikTok community for being leaders and pioneers on and off TikTok. Our Trailblazers are using their platform to educate, entertain, and advocate for the Black community.”

TikTok is also adding a new #MakeBlackHistory banner on the Discover page, to connect users to a schedule of TikTok LIVE programming featuring Black creators and artists, while it’s also rolling out new creative effects and stickers linked into the event.

TikTok has become the world’s most downloaded app in 2020, surpassing Facebook, according to a mobile app analytics agency App Annie. The short video-sharing app has been the most downloaded in the world on both Android and iOS devices this year globally. TikTok jumped the list by three spots and is projected by analytical firm App Annie to break into the 1 billion monthly active user club next year. 

The ongoing pandemic has quickened our versatile utilization by a few years; perhaps the greatest region of development this year was time spent on cell phones. The greatest classes of development in time spent incorporate business applications, which were up 200 percent, because of conferencing devices, for example, Zoom.

The ongoing pandemic situation has increased our mobile usage time so that users downloaded and used many entertainment apps. The business apps growth is unbelievable, that was up 200 percent, the main credits goes to conferencing apps such as Zoom, Google Meets, and Microsoft teams.

Highest Downloaded Mobile Apps in 2020

App Annie’s 2020 mobile app report listed the top ten popular apps of the year in terms of ‘Total number of downloads’, ‘Consumer spend time’ and ‘Monthly active users’. The information is based on App Annie’s data tracking, which is not as reliable as official user counts posted by the companies themselves, but it is indicative enough to provide an overview of comparative performance in the market.

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As you can see in the chart, both TikTok and Zoom have seen striking increases in download activity in 2020 – with Zoom rising 219 spots on the downloads chart. Along with Zoom, Google Meet also in that list which is an alternative to the video conferencing app. Likee app also remains in the top 10, despite not being as widely known as the other apps in the list. The Singaporean video app was looking to make a bigger push in the US market earlier this year but appears to have changed its plans as a result of COVID-19.

TikTok App

TikTok kept on being the most downloaded non-gaming application in the play store and app store for the 6th time in succession. ByteDance owned TikTok climbed the top position for being the most downloaded application worldwide back in May supplanting the video-conferencing application Zoom, which held the best position in April this year. Since then TikTok has stayed in the top spot as per the Sensor Tower report. 

As of October 2020, TikTok was downloaded and installed around 66Million times which is a 9.5% increase when compared to October 2019. The countries with the most installs of the app during this period were from Douyin in China at 12% of its total downloads and Brazil at 10%, the Sensor Tower report said.

Where ass social media giant Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger got second and third place respectively. While the video communication and cloud meeting app Zoom came in fourth and another Facebook-owned image-sharing app Instagram in the top five. Telegram has also moved up ten positions, while Messenger fell five places in comparison to last year.

WhatsApp messenger was the second most installed non-gaming app that has 57 million more installs. While taking a country-wise report of Whatsapp installation, India was the first position at 30 percent, followed by Nigeria at 10 percent.

Top 5 Most Downloaded App on Google Play Store 2020

  1. TikTok
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Facebook
  4. Snack Video and 
  5. Instagram 

Top 5 Most Downloaded on Apple Store 2020

  1. TikTok
  2. Zoom 
  3. YouTube
  4. Instagram and
  5. Taobao

Top 5 Most Downloaded Games Apps in 2020

Here is the list of most downloaded games on the play store.

  1. Free Fire
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Among Us
  4. PUBG Mobile and 
  5. Gardenscapes: New Acres
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The above stats are based on the Sensor Tower report. 

USA, Japan, and the UK are the top markets driving growth for the iOS platform, while South Korea, Germany, and the US top the list for Google Play Store. 

As per the research, globally games were the biggest categories of growth along with business, and finance. Brazil, India, and Indonesia were the largest contributors to growth in downloads on Google Play. Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA mobile users are the top in downloads on iOS. 

Tinder topped the record of this program with the majority of customer spend, followed closely by TikTok, which jumped 15 places up. YouTube, Disney+, and Tencent Video are following in the listing. By the report, Disney+ had a standout year for expansion this year, after its rollout to European and Latin American markets.

Instagram Keyword Search Feature

Instagram is upgrading its search functionality which will give users to find content by specific keywords to find profiles, locations, and hashtags. Until now, if you have gone searching for something on Instagram, the results have been limited to Top, Accounts, Locations, and Hashtags. 

According to the report from Social Media Today, users are now able to search for posts using keywords that may appear in photo & video captions based on posts that include those exact keywords. This Instagram functionality makes it easier to find a wide range of content and this could also change search consideration for brands and businesses to maximize their Instagram performance and visibility.   

As of now, Instagram’s search update is available in six English countries including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Soon this will introduce to all other country Instagram users.

For example, previously if you wanted to show up for relevant searches you had to include the right hashtags to get into results. But after this new Instagram technical feature, you don’t need to add every possible hashtag variation to increase post and profile visibility. So the keywords you use within your caption will be enough to ensure people find your content.

How Instagram Keyword Search Work?

Instagram keyword search works by allowing users to type in a keyword such as “social media marketing agency” rather than being used a hashtag like #socialmediamarketingagency. Search results should then surface posts about social media marketing agencies regardless of whether they’re not explicitly labeled all things considered. It’s not known how Instagram figures out what a post is about without depending on hashtags. It’s realized that Instagram will utilize inscriptions to surface posts for a catchphrase look, yet even there are as yet numerous inquiries. 

Still many of us, don’t know how the Instagram algorithm will works. Same as this functionality also has raised many questions in their users’ minds. For example – is it exact keyword match only or Instagram’s algorithm understands synonyms or Is there any AI or machine learning involved to help the algorithm recognize what’s depicted in an image, like this more doubts.

Limited Insta Keyword Search

According to Instagram, keyword searches will be “limited to general interest topics and search terms that are within Instagram’s community guidelines”. So not every niche topic and keywords are will be searchable in this way. 

Instagram Keyword Ranking Factor

The Instagram spokesperson says the team considers it will also rank your posts by its keyword search results based on several factors “including the “post captions, type of content, posted date, and some more”. Instagram ranking factor also look to highlight the most relevant matches to each user, based on algorithm calculations.

It’s not a complete keyword searching process; some criteria plays into how the content should be displayed. This keyword process could have an impact on search and discovery, and how people find your profile on this top social media platform.

To know how this keyword search works, it’s best to running a few tests and seeing how your posts perform with and without hashtags to find out the best Instagram strategy. 

Instagram Direct Merging with Facebook Messenger Chats

Last year social media giant Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced to merge Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram by 2020. As a result, now Instagram Direct is merged with Facebook Messenger chat. On 14th August Friday evening on both Android and iOS device users noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of new features including

  • You can react with emoji’s
  • Colorful Chatbox
  • Swipe to Reply messages
  • Forward messages to everyone
  • Chat with friends who use Facebook
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The report says that as of now Instagram users can’t able to text Facebook friends directly by using this new update.

Once you tap the update, the regular insta DM icon in the top right corner is replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo. Many US and Indian Instagram users greet that the chats are more colorful and the sender’s messages appear in purple and blue colors.

The Verge reports that the Facebook spokesperson said, “A small set of people were able to update to a new test experience for Instagram messaging. We hope they enjoy the experience and we are looking forward to testing it in other countries so we can keep learning from this.” Anecdotally this rollout seems a lot bigger than “a small set of people,” but we’ll have to take Facebook’s word for it.

Facebook said it was testing the experience of rebuilding the messaging infrastructure so users who were could connect to all Facebook apps with the messenger. It’s an end-to-end encrypted system and by integrating these apps, Facebook may be able to compete more directly with Apple’s iMessage.

Messaging Apps Statistics

According to Statista, WhatsApp is the biggest social messaging app with around two billion monthly active users followed by Facebook messenger and China app WeChat respectively 1.3 billion and 1.2 billion users.

In 2019, Apple said there were 900 million active iPhone users out there and they are 1.4 billion active Apple devices which mean the iMessage user base is probably close to the total number of iPhone users. So that Mark Zuckerberg said Apple’s iMessage is the biggest competitor for them.

Facebook will soon be merging WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which would create a 3.3 billion user super network, accounting for about 43 percent of the world’s population on a single messaging service.

Instagram is now one of the most popular social media platforms among other apps. Daily around 500 million+ users are active on Instagram and it provides the best content in the form of photos and videos. While scrolling through your Instagram feed, you might like certain images and videos that you think to save on your mobile. But unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t allow downloading of media files from its platform. For pictures, simply you can just take screenshots but videos you can’t same as that. So that there are so many third-party Instagram photo and video downloader apps available by using that you can easily save your favorite photos and videos on your devices. Instagram pc version users can also download photos and videos online. 

In this article, we list out some of the best free and most used insta video & photo downloading apps for both iOS and Android.

Top Instagram Photo and Video Downloader Apps

  1. Regrammer
  2. Picstagrab
  3. Insaver
  4. Video Downloader for Instagram
  5. FastSave for Instagram
  6. Saver Reposter for Instagram
  7. Regrann
  8. Quick Save
  9. InstaGet
  10. Downloader for Instagram: Photo & Video Saver

Instagram Photo and Video Downloader Apps for iOS

Here are some of the best Instagram photo and video downloader apps for iOS users:

1. Regrammer – Reposter for Instagram

It is one of the best, most downloaded, and highest-rated IG downloader app for iPhone users. As a name suggest we can repost pictures and videos on Instagram using the Regrammer app. This app is very easy to use so you can copy the link of photo or video that you want to download or repost and past it indirectly can view it in on Regrammer. After that, all you need to do is repost it on your account. You can use more features of the app by using the pro version.

Features

  • No sign in required
  • Download unlimited photos and videos
  • Repost IGTV videos directly
  • No watermark on your regrams
  • No coins or tokens needed

Download: Regrammer – Reposter for Instagram

2. Picstabgrab – Repost & Regram 

Picstagrab is one of the most used iOS app to download Instagram photos and videos. It will help you remove watermark and/or repost images and videos from Instagram with optional added captions. Picstagrab will save your time and effort you put to share the content n Instagram by helping you automate the process of featuring a pic or video.

Download: Picstagrab – Repost & Regram

3. InSaver for Instagram

InSaver is a simple and best App which helps you in Downloading the Display Picture (DP) of ‘Any’ Instagram User. You can also download insta photo and videos by simply copy the link and past this app and save it. 

Download: Insaver for Instagram

Best IG Photo and Video Downloader Apps for Android 

Here are some of the best apps to download videos from Instagram for Android devices:

1. Video Downloader for Instagram Repost App

This app is owned by Inshot which one of the best free Instagram videos downloader apk to download Instagram’s content or IGTV content on your device directly. It allows the user to repost videos and images from platforms like Instagram and other top social medial accounts. With this app, we can copy hashtags from Instagram. I personally suggest this app for insta user profile photo download in high-quality resolution.

Features

  • Save videos and pictures in your gallery
  • Copy the hashtags and captions too.
  • IGTV downloader
  • Easy to repost videos and photos.

Download: Video Downloader for Instagram

2. FastSave for Instagram

FastSave is one of the best and popular tools for saving photos from Instagram. It allows users to save Instagram photos and videos on their device and can be viewed in offline mode also. You can also repost the pictures without any watermark. The best part of this IG downloader tool is you can hide your saved photos and videos on a secret locker.

Features

  • Fast download speed
  • You can view quick saved stories at the top of app’s main screen
  • By long press on the saved photo, you can get profile details
  • Easy to Share, Repost and Delete photos from the FastSave Application
  • Secret locker feature to hide photos. 

Download Link: FastSave For Instagram

3. Saver Reposter

If you want to copy captions and hashtags to reuse on your Instagram post and stories to increase views and likes, this app will really helpful for you. Saver Reposter allows you to copy text, hashtags, save images & videos from Instagram posts to your phone or tablet. 

Features

  • You can move between the Saver and the insta app in just one click
  • Users can copy the post’s description and hashtags 
  • Support background download
  • No watermark on downloaded images and videos

Download: Saver Reposter

4. Regrann

Regrann is another wonderful ig video and photo downloading tool to save and repost instagram content. This app is free, simple to use and you can repost photos and videos without close your Instagram application. You can also choose whether you need to have a watermark or not on your saved photos and videos. The best part of Regrann app is that you can add custom signatures in the downloaded media. Regrann Pro app will have the feature to schedule posts as per your convenience.

Features

  • No in-app purchases
  • Repost pictures/videos quickly without leaving the app
  • Option to Enable or disable watermarks
  • Add custom signatures

Download: Regrann Instagram Downloader Tool

5. Quick Save

Quick Save is a completely different apk for download Instagram videos and photos compare to all other apps. This app has an in-built feature to edit images and videos using various filter options. To add more fun, the user can add grid styling and photo-splits features too. The user interface of the app is very stylish and downloading Instagram photos and videos is straightforward. 

Feature

  • Direct download option by clicking “Copy Share URL”.
  • Awesome and colorful UI design
  • Variety of inbuilt filters and editing tools

Download: Quick Save

6. Instaget 

Instaget is another easiest tool to download photos and videos directly from IG app. It is also a must-have tool for anyone who wishes to instantly get their favorite pictures and hashtags easily. 

Download: Instaget

7. Downloader for Instagram: Photo & Video Saver

This app has a good user-friendly interface that allows users to navigate in the app without any restrictions. By using this app we can easily download all public profiles images, videos, and IGTV content too. 

Features

  • No Login Required
  • Quickly download videos and download images
  • Download IGTV video & repost
  • Play saved videos offline with the built-in player.

Download: Downloader for Instagram: Photo & Video Saver

Conclusion

While download and using others’ content, we highly suggest you get permission from the page admin or give credits to the original owner of the photo or video on the caption. Sometime you may get into a lot of trouble with the law if you claim ownership of content that’s not actually yours which leads your Instagram account banned also. 

While there are loads of other Instagram downloading apps online, these our editor’s top picks for the best Instagram Downloaders apps of 2020. We hope this article helps you choose the right app to save and repost favorite Instagram photos and videos. 

Instagram offers various incredible opportunities for businesses and creators of all sizes to reach their target audiences. But nowadays almost every brand join Instagram to promote their services or products that become more competitive and harder to stand out.

In late 2015, Instagram opened up Instagram ads by using the Facebook advertising system. It will helpful for marketers can reach any specific segment of Instagram’s 1 Billion users and 500+ million people using Instagram every day. The Instagram advertisement has become an attractive feature for brands looking to increase engagement, followers, and profits, too.

As of last week, we must connect our Facebook page and ads manager to run Instagram ads. But this Monday (Jul-24-2020) Instagram can allow new advertisers in some regions (Turkey and the U.S) to create Instagram ad campaigns without linking to a Facebook Page. This feature is only for those promoting posts on Instagram for the first time and those who have already linked their accounts on the two platforms cant able to do. This Instagram ad feature is very useful and easier for brands and creators that haven’t already promoted any posts on Instagram. 

The Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network said the new option is unrelated to calls to refuse advertising on Facebook over its role in the spreading of hate speech, harassment, and miss leading information, adding that it has been testing this feature for few months. 

Instagram shared details in a help center post on how to create instagram ads without a Facebook Ad Account Connection. Instagram business account users can create ads, manage promotions, and view insights all in the Instagram mobile app itself. 

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How to Run Instagram Ads without Linking Facebook Ad Account or Facebook Page 

To promote your Instagram Post without linking to Facebook Page or Ads Manager, follow this below steps

  1. Go to your Instagram profile
  2. Tap the post you’d like to promote
  3. Below the post’s image, tap ‘Promote’
  4. Fill in the necessary details of your promotion including ‘Destination’ (interested people), ‘Audience’ (who you want to reach), ‘Budget’ (how much you want to spend daily), and ‘Duration’ (how long you want your promotion to run). 
  5. Tap ‘Next’ once you’ve completed all these details.
  6. Tap ‘Create Promotion’ under ‘Review’ to complete your promotion,

Once the promotion has been reviewed under Facebook ad policies and approved, it will go live. The Instagram ad approval process is generally accepted within 60 minutes.