Instagram Stories to Start Showing Ads
This is a post from Instagram’s blog.
Instagram is a place where people and businesses share their everyday and epic moments. And with the launch of Instagram Stories last August, businesses are bringing their stories to life in another, more ephemeral way.
150 Million Instagrammers Love Stories
In the five months since it launched, stories has grown considerably. Now, more than 150 million Instagrammers use it daily. And stories is contributing to more content and engagement. In fact, one in five stories on Instagram gets a direct message from its viewers. And when it comes to stories from businesses, people are highly engaged. People and businesses have been discovering each other since the beginning—with 70% of Instagrammers following a business—so it’s no surprise that one-third of the most viewed stories are from businesses.*
The momentum for stories from businesses is clear, so today we’re unveiling tools that inform ephemeral interaction between people and businesses—stories insights in Business Tools, and full screen ads in stories.
In the coming weeks, Instagram Business Tools will now include insights on stories. For businesses converted to a business profile, you’ll be able to see the reach, impressions, replies and exits for each individual story within Business Tools. By viewing these insights, you can learn how to create more relevant content that resonates with your audience.
In addition to viewing insights, you’ll soon be able to run immersive, full screen ads in stories. Ads in stories will let you use targeting, reach and measurement capabilities that make your ads personally relevant to the people you want to reach—which is unmatched in a stories experience today.
To unveil this first-ever, full screen ad to Instagram Stories, and create the most impact for businesses and Instagrammers alike, we’ll test with 30+ clients around the world, including: Capital One, Buick, Maybelline New York, Nike, Yoox, Netflix, and Qantas. With roughly 70% of watched stories being sound-on, this immersive, full screen nature creates an intimacy with people like never before.
Global leader in accommodations, Airbnb, is using Instagram Stories to help build awareness and buzz around its largest product launch to date—Trips on Airbnb. Through a series of 15-second videos, Airbnb highlights the ability to access unique experiences by connecting travelers with local experts who share the same interests, from art collectors to avid hikers. Using broad 18+ targeting of men and women in the US, Airbnb is gaining awareness of its new product by using Instagram’s new immersive, sound-on storytelling format. Airbnb is excited to tap into interest targeting for future campaigns to drive their message home among their most relevant users.
This is Just the Beginning
Instagram Stories will roll out globally on the reach objective and to all interfaces in the coming weeks. From there, we’ll help you meet even more of your business objectives with direct response options available in the coming months.
Already, brands like Mulberry UK are seeing people swipe up within its story to learn more to take action. “We’ve been early adopters of Instagram Stories and were impressed by the reach and engagement. Our recent campaigns which included a stories link, received 5X more clicks to site and engagement when compared to the average seen across our other social channels.” — Felipa Monteiro, Head of Digital Marketing, Mulberry UK
The launch of this ad format, with its sophisticated back-end to target, measure and report performance, is unmatched in a stories experience today. While we’re just getting started with ads in stories, we’re excited to launch even more ways to help you achieve your business needs in the future.