Three Instagram Story Hacks to Increase Follower Engagement


As the digital world of marketing and advertising continues to grow bigger and bigger, users’ attention spans continue to grow smaller and smaller. In fact, the average attention span of a human is only 8 seconds, which is shorter than that of a goldfish! With that being said, how are you going to stand out in such a small amount of time? We have just the solution to help grab the attention of your followers (and goldfish, too). Instagram Stories!  

With over 500 million people posting and using Instagram Stories every single day, it is important that your business knows how to use this important feature to stay relevant, increase engagement, and better connect with your target audience. Instagram stories are a great way to bring exposure to users with only a few seconds of screen time.

Don't know where to start? No worries! We’ve put together three useful hacks to increase your follower engagement by utilizing the Instagram Story feature.  

1.   Create Interactive Graphics

Creating interactive graphics is our first piece of advice when it comes to boosting engagement. There are many apps you can use to create this content such as Canva and Adobe Spark. These platforms are simple and user friendly so anyone can be a designer! Some ideas for these type of graphics include “This or That”, “Bingo”, or “My Top 3”. For example, if you are creating a “This or That” graphic, encourage users to fill it out, post it on their story, tag your company, and tag three friends to complete this activity as well. These graphics give users the ability to interact with your content, repost to their stories, and start a conversation about your brand.


2.   Add A Personal Touch with Video

This hack can be very useful for interacting with your current followers. Videos are helpful for showing the human touch or personality behind your business or brand. Through taking users on a “Day in the Life” series or hosting a “Q&A Session” by answering questions and posting response videos to your story, users feel more personally connected to your business. Relationships are important, and this is the future. Through developing this authentic and personal relationship with your followers, they will be more likely to continue to engage with your business and share it with others.

3.   Create Highlights

Let’s say you post a great story and don't want all of your hard work to disappear in 24 hours. Good news, it no longer has to! With the highlight feature on Instagram, you are able to save all of your pictures, graphics, videos, and boomerang to an Instagram highlight. These stories can be categorized into different highlight buttons such as products, services, events or any other areas you may want to highlight on your profile. This is a quick and easy way to keep all of your content both organized and active for your followers to access. Make these highlights appealing and helpful to your business. You can even use fun pictures or icons to make all of your highlight buttons look cohesive and on brand. This feature allows your users to revisit content and further engage with your business without a 24-hour time limit. Within each highlight button, you can continue to keep track of the number of impressions and reach your story is receiving.

Need help with your Instagram stories or want to grow your following? We can help! By emailing us at, we can start the conversation about how 5th Factory can help you reach your goals through a creative, innovative, and personal social media strategy.

Clare Jolly