Reposting stories on Instagram is a great way to keep your audience engaged, tell a bigger brand story and gain credibility with user-generated content. Whether its a quote that resonates with your brand, a series of behind-the-scenes videos of a collaboration or rave reviews of your product/service, reposting is a great way to share the love with your community.
That said, the answer to the question ‘how to repost a story on Instagram’ isn’t always immediately obvious! Perhaps you’ve seen a story from someone you don’t personally know but you’d love to reshare it, or it’s a private account, or your business bestie simply forgot to tag you and you’d like to use it. The good news is, even in these scenarios, it’s still totally possible to repost Instagram stories.
Here are some quick hacks so that you can repost that story, even if you haven’t been tagged.
How to directly repost a post to your Instagram stories
As of yet, there’s no way you can repost someone’s story on your own if you’ve not tagged (although, we’ll introduce you to a handy workaround shortly!) But, the good news is, you can easily reshare someone’s feed posts on your own story. When you come across a stellar post that you want to share with your community, you simply click on the little airplane next to the comment bubble. A list will appear with other people you could send it to, or, just click “Add post to your story.” Voila, you’ll find yourself in Instagram editing mode!
You have two options here. You can repost it as a minimalist-looking story, or you can tap on the image to get a preview of the post with the start of the caption. Whichever option you choose, it will automatically tag the person whose content you’re resharing. But, it can be a nice little extra to also include a larger, more visible tag with a ‘mention’ sticker. Not only is it just a good thing to do, but the original account is more likely to repost your repost (so meta!)
You can also use this strategy for reposting your own feed posts to your story. It’s the same process — just head to your feed post, and tap the little aeroplane icon to repost it to your stories. This is a super easy way to maximise the increase the reach and potential audience of your feed post, as many people spend more time on stories than they do on their feeds!
How to repost an Instagram story when you’ve been tagged
Tag, you’re it!
A brand or customer has mentioned you in a story, so naturally, you wanna brag about it! When you’re mentioned or tagged in a story, it’ll magically appear in your DM from that person. Simply click ‘Add post to my story’ and it will take you to stories editing mode where you can reshare it. It’s as easy as that!
One quick caveat, though — you can only repost the story while their story is still visible (within a 24-hour time frame). So, you’ll need to make it snappy!
How repost a story when you’re not tagged
So, what about when you see a story you like, but you’re not tagged? Or, maybe you’ve spied one that you’d love to repost but not yet — you’d like to slot it into your content calendar at a future date.
While we know that stories disappear after 24 hours, the good news is you can take a screenshot. While the process for doing this will depend on what smartphone you’re on, you can normally do it by holding in a button on your phone. This will then automatically save to your screenshot, where you can upload it into Plann and schedule it for when it suits you to post.
If it’s a short video you want to keep, hit the record button on your phone (again, this will depend on your device) to take a screen recording and post it when it makes sense. However, if you’re going to use one these strategies, it’s a good idea to DM the person who’s content you’re sharing to ask for their permission. You’ll also want to make sure you tag them in the post!
How to repost a story on your feed
So, what about when you’ve posted an Instagram story so rad that you just have to immortalize it on your feed. You can do that too! Just head to your stories archive, select a story and click on the three dots on the right-hand side. Then, select ‘share as post.’ This will open it up in the photo editing tool where you’ll have the option to crop it to the right dimensions for your feed. Then, you can post it to your grid with all the bells and whistles you added to your story, like the text and emojis.
How to maximise engagement on your story reposts
It’s one thing to repost an epic story. But, in order to get more eyeballs on it and generate engagement, you really need to make it your own. Here are some ways you can maximise engagement on your story reposts:
—Targeted hashtags: You can add these either in your text or in the ‘hashtags’ stickers, to attract people within your niche and audience
—Stickers: From the poll to the quiz and question stickers, there are endless options to generate conversation around your stories
—Text: Play around with Instagram’s new font selection and add more detail to your story with text
—GIFS: These animated icons are a fun way to represent your mood or add some engaging trappings to your digital design. You can even spice up your GIFs with some exciting text or subtitles with this easy and handy Gif Editor tool from Motionbox. You can even add elements that will turn your GIFS into a more visually engaging piece, such as, shapes, background images, video, and audio.
—Tag the original creator. Remember, give credit where credit is due!
By taking a few extra minutes jazzing up your story reposts, you’ll do the original creator justice and keep your community coming back for more!
So, now you know how to easily repost a story on Instagram, the easy and right way. Did you know that you can schedule your stories in Plann? Getting started is free and easy, create your first post in just minutes.
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