Don’t Ever Employ These Instagram Story Types if You want to Convert Your Audience
If you’re trying to live a decent life in the twenty-first century, then it’s impossible without gramming’ it. Yes, you heard me right. Instagram is the ultimate social media platform to share your life with others online in a fun and entertaining way. You post stories and posts, follow interesting people, shop unique items, and visit places online that you couldn’t ever dream of in real life. It is hard to go by a day without constantly refreshing your feed. So, if this is how addicting the app can get you, employing a good business idea will broaden your reach to a large number of followers.
Speaking of Instagram followers, the more, the better. Delivering exactly the right kind of content is the key to growth on this platform. Using ads and maximizing the features like Instagram likes and sponsored posts are a few ways to gain some real followers. But people don’t have similar tastes. So, it is important to mix things up a bit. Be it filters, stories, or captions, make sure you know how much to share in a way that doesn’t seem annoying. Let’s face it. We have all been victims to annoying Instagram users online, which is exactly what we want to avoid while converting our audience into lakhs and millions.
Posting stories online is fun. You expand your reach instantly. You let the world know what they have been missing out on. But there is a fine line between sharing and bombarding when it comes to Instagram stories. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve either done it or been through it. In simpler words, don’t nag and these 10 story types are the worst of all. So make sure you go through these and save yourself some awkward unfollowing.
1. The travelling streak
We all know this person. They post videos of driving with some cliché background song like their life depends on it. And it’s not a single story. This series of on-the-road stories go on till they finally reach the destination. (Considering the fact that they even got through with the constantly unsafe posting while driving). We all know that driving and texting don’t go hand in hand. But still, we do it for the ‘gram. Stop, nobody cares. Your safety is more important. Plus, enjoy the ride without constantly pulling your phone out. Also, the destination stories are going to pay off more than the driving ones.
2. The never-ending solo debate
If you have ever found yourself staring at a bunch of incoherent texts on a story, just tap away. It’s another one of those never ending debates. Usually such stories start off all right, but slowly as you keep tapping away, you find out that this has no end. Being openly emotional on a public platform is not good for your account growth. Your Instagram followers don’t need to learn about your political standpoint or personal viewpoint over an issue in a ranting series. It is unprofessional and creates a negative impression about your page.
3. Bombarding Boomerangs
A few years ago, Instagram dropped the boomerang update on us out of nowhere. Back in the day, everything and anything was being boomeranged and posted as a silly story. Understandable since everyone wanted to give a go at it. From friends and places to food and picnics, boomerang was the cool ticket. This trend died as soon as the next new update came. That’s how Instagram works. No one missed it nor tried to bring it back. But believe it or not, even nowadays, a handful users online just can’t shake off that trend. This is not only boring but way outdated. So if you want to keep your followers real close, don’t boomerang everything.
4. The food maniac
The fourth story type is the food addict. Let’s put an end to this, shall we? Food is love. Everyone is on board when it comes to food. But if you keep posting zoomed-in pictures of delicious food on your story every day, you’re bound to receive some hate. It is the unnecessary amount of jealousy and hunger that rises from such stories which is the real issue. Some of us may not have had anything to eat for hours, or some may be even on a diet when you walk in with your tasty little food posts. It is super annoying so don’t do it. Respect the quote “Less is more.”
5. The “Check out my new post” story
As we go further down this list, we address the more maddening ones. One out of those is the “Check out my new post” story. We can all agree here that this story is not only lame but really unnecessary. If someone posts something new on their page, Instagram is automatically programmed to show us the post on refreshing the feed so there is no chance of missing it. But some users still post a story for their post. This can be to get more number of Instagram likes or even shares. Either way, it’s marketing for them but tiring for the audience.
6. The Meaningless polls story
If you are a regular Instagram user, you know what I’m talking about. The polls. This was another trendy Instagram update that failed to lose its charm but ended up losing its meaning instead. Polls are for yes or no votes. But like always, there are those petty few who turn the polls into a yes or yes voting session. It makes zero sense to the followers and probably themselves. A classic example of such meaningless polls would be “Do you like my long hair?” Vote: Yes, a lot / Yes, okay. Now you get it. Don’t employ these if you want to convert your audience.
7. The endless promotion story
These stories pop up when someone desperately wants to post some good feedback about their product or work. Now, this is a marketing strategy which is frequently seen on influencer pages or start up accounts. These stories sure help in broadening their reach to a larger audience but it is also a huge turn off to the current Instagram followers. Many influencers and celebrities alike follow this regime of feedback stories if it is their own brand or line. So a less annoying version would be to share 2-3 feedback stories and not a string of 10-11 stories at once.
8. Re-re-sharing memes again story
With the coronavirus striking down and people staying indoors at all times, it is hard to stay busy. But memes have truly saved us all from dying of boredom. Sharing memes is a great way of interacting among friends as well as strangers. One solid way to ruin it is by sharing old memes as stories and captioning them as “relatable.” It’s true. We have all done it. This is no crime. It is okay if you post stories of memes you thoroughly enjoyed. We can enjoy it too. But if it is an old meme then posting it on your story makes you look outdated. So steer clear of sharing any old memes as stories.
9. The musical stories
Adding music to mundane pictures is a great way of spicing your story. But a continuous string of such musical stories is completely unnecessary and bothersome too. But let’s talk about the bigger devil here: People who post stories with background music playing on their phones. Why? What is the need when you can easily choose the song you want and have it featured with your picture or video directly from Instagram itself? Not only do those stories have other background noises, but they also ruin the whole experience as well. So thinking of posting a musical story? Play the song from Instagram.
10. The birthday story
Last but not least we address the monster of all story types. The classic birthday story. For those innocent souls who have no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to explain. It’s your friend’s birthday. You have saved up a year’s worth cheesy and embarrassing photos of your friend to post them on his/her birthday. Then you finally start posting all of it in a way to show how close your guys are or just to truly embarrass her. Either way, doesn’t matter because it is quite annoying. As followers, we are just here for mellow time pass. This long, infinite string of stories starting from midnight till the end of the day is truly frustrating to tap away. Don’t do it. Save us all from the awkwardness and multiple taps.
And so, like how all stories end, this too shall end. Keep in mind and steer clear of these 10 story types if you are thinking of growing your reach and want to convert your audience on Instagram. Let us all make it a fun and interactive experience without bothering others too much.
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