August 29th, 2016

4 Brands That are Winning Instagram Stories

Jaime Napier

Keeping up with the dizzying pace of today’s social media landscape is no easy feat.  While Snapchat’s model has seen enormous success, Instagram’s new Stories are forcing brands and followers alike to decide which they like best, which has the most longevity, and whether they can or want to keep up with both.

From a brand point of view, there is a greater possibility for interaction with followers on Instagram, as Snapchat is still seen as more of a friend-to-friend platform. Instagram also makes it easier to search for, follow and find new products and brands. It is encouraging engagement at every turn. Brands do, however, need to consider the audiences of both platforms, as Snapchat skews Millennial while Instagram is favored by a broader-aged audience.

Regardless of what side you choose in the Story Wars, the way the following brands have embraced Instagram Stories is commendable!


Too baller to be bothered . @showmenoodz ? uber everywhere – @madeintyo


BarkBox
1.2m followers

The brand’s irreverent and entertaining behind-the-scenes stories focus on the hilarious and often messy aspects of life with dogs.


#Repost @hudabeauty ・・・ Available NOW!!! Sold Out Everywhere, only available now on the @sephora App!! Download it now! Goes on like Water, SO pigmented and last all day without transferring (so sorry my loves, the app is only available for iPhone)


Sephora
8.3m followers

Well-timed and informative hair and makeup tutorials most recently a live haircut with brand IGk, alternating between snipping ends, applying product and then highlighting the items used — are this beauty brand’s go-to.

#Repost @therock “Oh my God that is the Rock.. GASTON!” 😂 For our next act Lin Manuel Miranda and I will tour the globe singing hip hop music in the spirit of show tunes.
After working w/ Lin on our movie #MOANAand having the privilege of singing songs he wrote, it’s easy to see why the creator of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize winning HAMILTON is a genius. And the best part about it is he’s a genuinely great and humble dude. Look forward to working w you again my friend.
#LinManuel #TheRock#TheHipHopShowTunesWorldDopenessTour #TheBrownBaldTattooedGaston 🔥🌎 #Moana


Disneyanimation
1.3m  followers

This brand brilliantly featured superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda takeover stories for a day to create a buzz for his upcoming Moana film that’s being released in November.


A little magic for a little #MondayMotivation! ? What’s your favorite #HarryPotter quote? #MovieQuoteMonday


Amazon
607k followers

A recent story by this brand included emoji based movie trivia, ending with a subtle reminder that all those movies can be found on Prime video!

Which brands do you think are doing great things with Instagram Stories? Share this post on social media using the icons below. 

Tags: Content Marketing, Instagram, Strategy

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