Growing a Following: Tips, Tricks, & Hacks for Instagram Stories (+Video!)

When Instagram first rolled out their Stories feature (aka snaps 2.0), I think I can speak for all of us when I say I was a tiny bit skeptical. Mostly I was seriously overwhelmed by the idea of having to create even more content to keep up on all of the social platforms. I never really got into Snapchat for personal use because my everyday business is so social media heavy that I didn’t want another thing to think about outside of that.

Once I tried out an IG stories or two and realized I could share with even more of you within the same platform I loved the most, I dropped Snapchat like a hot rock. Do you all still use it often, or just for personal messages with friends?! I know a lot of you really loved the Snapchat content, so I’m super curious about what you think of us only on IG stories! Do you use both, or prefer one over the other? Let me know!

In the meantime, our team has become pretty obsessed with dreaming up tips, tricks, and hacks for Instagram stories. Not only did we compile some not-so-well-known tricks of the trade, but we broke it down into some simple design inspirations for jazzing things up on the fly. Did I mention we even put together a video version for you to see them in action?!…

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.

It’s been really fun to think of new ways to creatively show our content – plus, we’re always super inspired by other creatives. Some of our favorites to follow are @alilabelle, @mattcrump, @peytonperry, @shopbando, @imakestagram, @topher, @designlovefest@aimeemazzenga, @brightbazaar, @jeffreydgerson & @glossier!

What do ya think? Did you learn anything new? Are there any major tricks we missed? Would love to hear your tips, ideas, and favorites to follow too!…

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.
Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.
Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Instagram stories by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY blog.

69 thoughts on “Growing a Following: Tips, Tricks, & Hacks for Instagram Stories (+Video!)”

  1. I wonder if it’s this chair. I have exact same one as pictured and it too no longer stays up. I was going to use a rope wrapped extremely tight around the pole but this is a far better solution. Dang genius. Why didn’t i think of it?

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    spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth on the other hand I’ll surely come again again.

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  3. I WAS SCEPTICAL WITH IG STORIES AT FIRST TOO BUT NOW I LOVE USING IT ! AND I KEEP SNAPSHAT BUT FOR MY PERSONAL ACCOUNT AND SHARE SOME MOMENTS WITH MY FRIENDS :)

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  4. Sooo cool!!! My only issue is I can’t get the background solid color to work… do you put your thumb on the color wheel AFTER you take a pic or when?!???

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  5. Thank you!!! Your tips & tricks are fantastic! I’m always looking for ways to mix up our Instagram & now I’ve found it! LOOOOVE the video.

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  6. This post is gold!

    I waited to get into snapchat for far too long, so felt like I was always playing catch up / always felt like a grandma trying to figure it out. I jumped on Insta Stories as soon as I saw both how beautiful and how easy it was! I’m in love.

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  7. This post is so extremely helpful!!! I’ve been wondering how to do so many of these things! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Woah! Genius! I am so pumped to use these hacks on Instagram stories this week. Thanks for sharing..
    Definitely adding this link to my favorites this week <3

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  9. Wow these are amazing tips! I could definitely use these to better at using Insta Stories!

    http://www.apuravidaproject.com

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  10. Oh my gosh, this is so amazingly helpful. I sometimes feel like I am so behind in the tech/Instagram world, but this will make me all caught up! My insta stories will have new life now! Thank you so much!

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    • I guess I was a little unclear on how to do it from the video! Or maybe the feature looks different on my android?

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      • Hi Danie – I think the issue may be that you don’t have an iPhone. “Force touch” is a feature that the iPhone offers, when you hold a photo down with a lot of pressure quickly. When you “force touch” a live photo (another feature on the iPhone) it becomes a boomerang/ starts to move.

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  11. Talk about K-I-L-L-I-N’ it! You all are geniuses, I mean come on, that enlarged bow gradient?! *faints*

    These are too good to have disappear in a day, but sooo fun. I loved the video! Way to go team!

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  12. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing all these tips and tricks lovely :) Also, do you if there’s any way to write with a stylus instead of your finger on stories?

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    • Hi Celeste! Thanks for the kind words. We haven’t found a way to write with a stylus yet — we
      ‘ll keep our eye out! xo

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  13. I was so thrilled when they came out with stories! I had just been thinking about creating an snapchat for my blog but didn’t know how to easily do it and wasn’t really ready to convert my personal one for blog use… doing everything in one place is so much easier. Love the tips!

    Julia – http://bunnybaubles.com

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  14. Thanks for the tips! I love a good quick & easy tutorial video 😁 I will say, however, that after trying the “live picture to boomerang” hack many times and failing… I realized it’s only for iPhone 7 users 😩 I’ll catch up one day. 💛

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  15. Thank you, I learned a lot and I love your instafeed! Just one more question: I can’t figure out how to share multiple photo’s in IG stories?

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  16. I actually still love snapchat and I am quite disappointed that most of the blogger I followed there dropped it. I actually still like it better than instar stories because I fill like it is more intimiste. Insta is so much not about the instant anymore, all pictures are so neat which is nice but I feel like it’s a little bit the same with the stories. And I feel like Snap is more casual and fun.
    Thanks for the tips :)

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  17. This is BLOWING MY MIND! I can’t believe there’s been an entire color wheel hidden this whole time! And the color fog is genius!! Thanks for the amazing tips!

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  18. I’m so excited about these tips! I had just barely started to promote Snapchat and enjoy it when Instagram stories came around, but I dropped it like a hot rock as you said… And I’m all over the stories now!!

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  19. I find that most of the bloggers I follow who use Insta Stories do it WAY TOO MUCH!! As in quantity over quality. I don’t even watch them anymore.

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  20. Omg! I learned a lot reading this!! Never new about the color pallet & expanding that orange was gold! So creative.
    I agree. It’s so hard to keep up with yet another social media platform. I now use Snapchat for personal use like friends & family. I use IG stories aloooot more.

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  21. Wow, you guys have found so many hacks! I was skeptical about Insta-Stories at first too (I rarely ever used Snapchat), but now I love it! I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with the different features too. :)

    www.wonderlandsam.com

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  22. I felt the same way about IG stories! but now I love them!
    I do use snap chat for personal messages with friends. I think I prefer IG stories its just all in one.
    I am trying to step up my game with IG stories (@ChampagneConfettiCo)and one I never thought of was the Fog. CLEVER!!!
    Thanks Ashley For sharing!!

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  23. Thanks this is really helpful. I never really got into Snapchat either and I see the possibilities of Instagram stories (@jenniferperkins) but have not totally harnessed it yet. Pinned, shared and trying some tricks out today.

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