Just went you thought you pretty much mastered a social media channel, they go and change something. It might sound like a bad thing, or that I am complaining, but it’s not, and I’m not.
In fact, it’s a good sign, and what every business should do – continuously evolve, and create new experiences, and products, for their customers.
Instagram Stories seems to be a direct competitor to Snapchat, which I actually just started using about a month ago. I played around with it last night and immediately had questions and thoughts about how brands and businesses could use it, as well as some likes and dislikes.
First, the positives.
- I think the strongest argument for Instagram Stories, and the attribute I like the most is that you already have a dedicated group of followers who are interested in seeing your work. Now, you are just enhancing their relationship with you. You don’t have to ask them to download a new app or follow you in yet another place. You’re bringing additional content and ways to connect at an already familiar location without the end user having to do extra work.
- The way Instagram Stories are distributed in a dedicated area separate from the “regular” Instagram feed is genius for several reasons. First, they didn’t mess around with the original product that people love. You’re not forced into using the new feature. However, it gives you the flexibility that if you do want to use it, it’s accessible and easily sharable with the original product.