Top Mistakes You’re Making with Instagram Stories (ROOKIE Mistakes!)

Top Mistakes You’re Making with Instagram Stories (ROOKIE Mistakes!)

What is up everyone. Welcome back to my channel, the number one
place for new coaches, content creators and entrepreneurs. In today’s video, I really want to dive in
to talking about all the rookie mistakes that I see a lot of people making when it comes
to Instagram stories and I am so guilty of some of the mistakes I’m going to share with
you. So I really want to share this wisdom so you
don’t make the same mistakes that I did. Not only this, the reason why this video is
so important I’m actually really excited about is because Instagram stories more and more
is becoming way more popular than any other platform within Instagram. It’s more popular than feed posts. It’s more popular than IG TV, so that means
a lot of people are using Instagram stories every single day and if you are not leveraging
it, then you’re really missing out. So if you really want to learn the mistakes
that I’ve caught a lot of people making, including myself when it comes to Instagram stories,
then keep on watching. Now if you are not new to my channel, you
know that I don’t like to waste your time. So let’s just dive right into the very first
rookie mistake that I see and that is not giving context to your IG story videos. Now if you are someone like me, I love to
post videos on Instagram story. I’m constantly on my ige story posting my
rants, posting, my thoughts, posting my tips and lessons that I don’t really share on youtube,
but I just share it to my audience on Instagram, which by the way, follow me on Instagram if
you want to catch those ones. But basically the idea is that I love to post
videos on Instagram story. However, what you need to realize is that
most people are either at work and they have their phone on silent or the way that Instagram
is built, you actually have to increase your volume in order to even hear sounds on Instagram
story meaning that for many people, Instagram stories are automatically muted. So if you already know that for majority of
people, their Instagram stories are muted. If you’re just doing a long story of you talking
and you’re not adding some text to at least give a summary or a key takeaway of what you’re
talking about, it’s going to increase the chances of someone just clicking right by. Not only this, you have to understand not
a lot of people have a lot of patients, meaning that it’s a lot faster for people to read
something on your story than it is for them to sit there for 15 seconds and wait for you
to finish talking. And especially if you have multiple clips
of you talking, they’re probably going to lose a lot of patience. So make it a lot easier for your audience
to understand what your key points are, what your key takeaways are, and give them a summary
of what you’re speaking of by adding the text. And if you don’t believe me, I actually have
a lot of people who DM me, thanking me for adding texts on my Instagram stories because
for many of them, they’re at work, they’re not able to turn up the volume or they just
simply appreciate having a summary. So if you want to increase your retention
rate and you want your audience to at least get the message that you’re saying instead
of just them skipping past your story and not getting any message at all, I highly recommend
that next time you put text doesn’t have to be a whole transcript, but at least putting
a key summary point of what exactly that clip is saying so that your audience can truly
follow. Now the next rookie mistake is something that
I used to do a lot and now I’m super conscious of and that is a misplacing the poll feature. Now, if you’re familiar with Instagram stories,
you’re obviously familiar with this feature right here, which is the poll feature. I personally think that this is the feature
that I probably use the most. Now. The issue is is that if you’re placing the
poll feature way too large on the bottom, closer to the right, then you’re probably
going to get really skewed results. And the reason for this is that if you’re
putting it on the bottom, close to the right, that’s the area where people are clicking
past. So if you’re confused as to why you’re getting
a lot of negative results on your polls, then that’s probably why. That’s why to fix this. What I do is I try to make my polls a little
bit smaller and I try to skew them to the left because more often than not, people are
always clicking on the right, but probably not often to the left. So that’s why I try to skew the pole to the
left side so that my results aren’t messed up just because people have slippery fingers
and they accidentally click no instead of actually wanting to click pass to my story
or clicking to the next story. So you got to make sure that if you do want
to preserve the results of your poll, try your best to try to put it in an area where
people aren’t really going to be cooking no by accident. Now speaking of misplacing the poll feature,
the next mistake that I have is also about misplacement and that is misplacing any clickable
links. Now when you have a tag or you have a location
or you have a Hashtag, anything that you want people to click on, try not to put it too
high or too low in your story. I’m going to show you a real life example
of me messing this up and that’s why I’m literally sharing this tip with you now. I had someone use my photos and I think that
they were trying to use my photos as a catfishing thing. I’m not really sure, but basically I put this
person on blast in my Instagram story and I asked my followers to report this account
that was using my photos and pretending to be me. Now what happened is I actually put the tag
way too low within my Instagram stories and minutes later I had a lot of people messaging
me telling me that because I placed the tag too low, they weren’t able to click on it. So if you are creating a story and you have
a Hashtag, a tag, a location, or even a gif or something that you want people to actually
interact with or click on, try to make sure that it’s not too high or too low because
those places are areas where people actually cannot click anything on. Now moving onto the next mistake that I see
and that is making your hashtags way too small on Instagram story. Now, let’s be real. One of the main reasons why people like to
use Instagram hashtags on their IG stories is because they hope that they’ll end up on
the main page of that Hashtag within the story section. However, because we all care about aesthetics,
nobody likes to actually visually show that they’re using hashtags, so what they do is
that they try to hide their hashtags by making it super tiny and super invisible. However, the issue with this is that if you
actually make your hashtags way too small, Instagram does not register it, so it’s as
if you’re wasting that space anyways. It doesn’t count if your Hashtag is way too
small. Now. At this point you might be wondering, oh my
goodness, so if I can’t make my hashtag super small, then how do I hide my hashtags? Well, what you can do is you can actually
hide your hashtags behind stickers and this is a really easy fix to ensure that the possibility
of your stories ending up on the main page of that Hashtag can still show up while respecting
the aesthetic that you want to have for your Instagram story. So I highly recommend that you try this technique
out by actually hiding your hashtags on top of stickers. Now if you have a main color as your background,
instead of hiding your hashtags behind stickers, you can also just simply color match it and
make your hashtags completely blend into the background. That is also a really useful technique that
you can use, but basically the main story is is that you do not want to make her hashtags
miniature because Instagram will never read it. Now moving on to the next rookie mistake that
I see that I actually am quite guilty of, and that is creating nondigestible content. What this means is that on Instagram story,
you want to make your content digestible, you want to make it engaging. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to put a
whole essay on one page, break it up, and try to use different features. Try to use different fonts, try to make it
so that when the person is clicking through your stories, it’s actually a lot more digestible
for them rather than trying to put every single thing on one page. Because as you know, many people, they’re
clicking before they’re even thinking. It’s kind of like an addictive thing that
they do with their thumbs or with their fingers. And so if you’re putting all of your information
on just one page, you’re going to lose the attention and people are probably going to
skip right past it. Versus if you actually create a cohesive,
digestible story within multiple stories in a sequence, it’s going to be a lot easier
for your audience to follow and retain the information. Now, does this mean you put a sentence on
every line on every story? No, absolutely not. You do not want your stories to be a hundred
stories long just to get one message across, but what I’m trying to say is try to break
your paragraphs in chunks at least or maybe do two to three sentences at a time. Do whatever you think is going to have the
best flow. It is something that requires a good balance,
so make sure you are looking at your analytics and you’re trying to gauge what works best
for you and your audience when you’re trying to break up big pieces of information in smaller
chunks. Now moving onto the next rookie mistake that
I see and that is not tagging the person you want to repost your story and every single
story, oh my gosh, that was such a tongue twister, but basically what I’m trying to
say is that if you are raving about your favorite mentor or you’re just wanting to talk highly
of someone or you’re just mentioning someone in your story, if your story is going through
the span of multiple stories, make sure you’re tagging that person in each story that you
post, especially if you’re hoping that that person will repost you. And the reason why I’m bringing this up is
because tend not repost stories unless they are tagged in it. Meaning let’s say you are doing a tutorial
on your Instagram story and you really want the brand that you’re using to repost you. However, the issue is that you’re only mentioning
the brand in the first story and not the other ones that you’ve posted about them. Well guess what? They’re only going to be able to repost the
story that they were mentioned in. Meaning if you actually want that brand or
that person to repost the entire story of yours, even if it’s in multiple chunks, you
got to make sure that you’re actually tagging them in each story so that they can actually
repost it in the first place. Even for me, I have some of you guys raving
about my videos and I want to repost your entire story so bad, but you only tag me in
like one story and it looks really weird on my story because you’re not really getting
to the point yet of when you’re actually mentioning me. So that makes me not want to repost it because
it’s simply just doesn’t make sense to my audience. However, if you actually re tagged me in every
single piece where you’re mentioning me, then I’m able to repost every single thing on my
story and it’s gonna make a lot more sense. This is probably the same thing that happens
to a lot of big brands, a lot of influencers, a lot of partners, all these things. So make sure if you do want to increase the
chances of you being re posted on someone else’s story, that you are doing your due
diligence and making sure that they are actually tagged in all the pieces that you’re willing
for them to share. Now at this point in the video, we talked
a lot about the mistakes that you may be making on Instagram story and you might be wondering,
oh my goodness, what other mistakes am I making? Why am I not growing? All of these things? Well, don’t you worry because I want you to
hit the notification bell because in the next video I’m actually going to explain some of
the top reasons why you may not be growing on Instagram. So if you’re interested in learning about
that, then make sure you hit the notification bell so you don’t miss that video. In the meantime, while you wait for that awesome
video to come out, make sure you also check out these two videos right here. I talk a lot about social media, Entrepreneurship
and coaching. So if you’re interested in any of these three
topics, make sure you also check out these two videos that I have right here. As always, guys, I appreciate you. I hope you guys have a great day, a great
week, and a great life, and I will see you in the next one. Bye guys.


  1. hey youtube fam, I hope you loved this video!! What's your favourite feature on IG stories? Mine is definitely the poll feature ๐Ÿ˜Š
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  2. Thanks as always Vanessa for all of the awesome tips!! Your content is always so easy to understand!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  3. I use the small hashtags hidden behind where my profile photos shows on stories. Itโ€™s nos minuscule, itโ€™s just small but I hide it behind my profile photo. Works every time. And I donโ€™t have to use stickers.

  4. Great video today,…YOU made me a subscriber today. You keep making these videos and I will continue to watch as a happy subscriber. YSC! You're So Cool,…

  5. Definitely guilty of the tagging person only in ONE slide of the STORY vs all the slides! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Great reminder Vanessa & CONGRATS ON 100K SUBSCRIBERS! โœจ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽ‰

  6. You could also just turn your question around from a positive to a negative question and vice versa to make it easier for people to click on NO ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. It doesnโ€™t work for me when I hide the hashtag behind stickers. I used to slide it off the page but that doesnโ€™t work either.

  8. I make my hashtags and locations super small and sometimes even move it out of the frame and they still show up on "discovery"

  9. hi,
    I tried your strategy of follow or unfollow person and now I have 1400 followers on Instagram but instgram blocked me I don't know why ….My Instgram handle is Mamtafashions(fashion of India)

  10. Hiding hashtags, just Klick on it and move it out of your story … tadaaaa itโ€™s gone and still counts ๐Ÿค—

  11. Love how you've put great effort into your presentation skills. Your voice has toned down while retaining that Vanessa energy

  12. This is so helpful! Thankyou for making this for us IG noobs haha๐Ÿ˜„Canโ€™t wait for your next video๐Ÿ’–

  13. Great tips and I love how you're straight to the point. I'm happy to know I'm doing somethings right and more new things I can implement. Thank you!!!

  14. Hey Vanessa, great tips. How small is too small for hashtags? I often post pre-edited cinematic video clips on my stories that are planned and edited vertically purely for stories. I don't want stickers on them of course as it ruins the look, so I often make the tags really small and hide them in the corner. If someone appears in my story, I also tag them but make it tiny and hide it in the corner.

  15. Oh my gosh!! So proud of you and your tremendous growth and progress. So inspiring!! Congratulations on hitting 100k subscribers!!! Been following the amazing traction. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  16. Hey Vanessa, I'd really appreciate some advice from you! Instagram disabled my account with no warning or reasoning. The automated appeals process is completely useless and unresponsive -_- I know I should rely on social media to build my business but it's difficult to avoid when everyone is on there! I'm so annoyed at the platform but I feel as though I am forced to make a new one. Social media has become unavoidable for business. What would you do? I really need advice ๐Ÿ™

  17. Vanessa, I use hashtags in my stories but my story never appears when I go to page of hashtag ๐Ÿค” I make sure to use max 10 and under 100k. They are niche, not banned and not even small! What should I do?

  18. Wow, I learned so much about Instagram in this ONE video!!!! The student bows down to the MASTER!!!!

  19. Hey guys, I recently started my channel not too long ago. I do advice videos,challenges, recipes (which are bomb cause I'm pregnant lol) and I recently started doing more mukbangs. I'm pretty much open to doing whatever just comment on my videos and tell me what you guys wanna see. I really want to make a difference on this platform and would love the support!

  20. ๐€๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ?

  21. i hope you know how much your videos have helped me to grow my ig!! i gained about 50 followers yesterday ALONE!! thank you!

  22. Hi hun, loved your video!.. could you do me a favour and check out my newest video, Iโ€™m new to the whole vlogging scene and would love any feedback on things to make me better โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  23. Thank you so much for all of these great tips! I def have been doing some of these without even knowing it was bad

  24. Hey! Thanks for your GREAT videos. Love them! โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ QUESTION: how do you know that IG doesnโ€™t recognize super shrunk hashtags on stories? Did IG state this?

  25. "Their clicking before even thinking"
    Your a big help for everyone who use instagram.
    Everyone needs,i need you.
    Thanking you for all your tips!!!๐Ÿ˜Š

  26. I just came from your interview with Sunny, wow I love your channel and really enjoy learning about instagram! iโ€™m glad you did the market research and decided to go with this niche. iโ€™m getting ready to launch my channel and personal brand in the next few weeks and have learned so much from both you and Sunny! Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™Œ

  27. OMG the point about the "poll" feature is so KEY. I cannot tell you how many times I've had to DM someone and apologize because I accidentally clicked the negative answer on a somewhat serious poll, simply from clicking too quickly.

  28. hi lovely people i made a video in my channel where i showed HOW TO GET 1000 followers on instagram its real and organic and it works, also its my own experoence and its the fastest way

  29. Hi Vanessa, hope you are well. Any chance do you know if i can repost all my stories from my 1st IG account to my 2nd one ? I would like to have all of them on my second account. thank you.

  30. Its how to grow on Instagram these days. If anyone here likes motivational content, I invite you to follow me.

  31. I just binge watched a handful of your videos and now all I can focus on is when you say "Not ONLY this…" lol Ackkk

  32. Thanks Vannesa! I don't think I've ever written a comment on YouTube BUT I gotta say that you are helping a dinosaur here lol I started using IG stories TODAY!

  33. Thanks for sharing very good tips I actually make my story hashtags very small and blend them with the background colour, now I've learned something! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™Œ

  34. Iโ€™m starting a new business and I WILL TAG you in ALL of my upcoming stories! Thanks for your generosity โ˜บ๏ธ

  35. Lol, @7:30 it's called deeply entrained dopamine addiction. It's how DARPA designed Facebook from the start. Go ahead, try and stop for 24 hours. Good luck.

  36. I started really posting on my stories random stuff and consistenly and I have noticed a dramatic increase in my views. My polls response suck though. But when i direct message people they actually take part. I have only done this once and don't tend to abuse it but it is useful.

  37. I wish you could check my account and tell me WHY!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ why am I not growing. So annoying. I wanna quit but pushing through it all!!

  38. Iโ€˜m confused๐Ÿ™ˆanother youtuber who is a coach too said you can make the hashtags small and it would work

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