Instagram is a dynamic platform with new updates and innovations every few months. It grows at a pace that might be difficult for many marketers to stay abreast of.
But how you create content for Instagram and adapt to its changing formats is essential for your brand to stay relevant to your audience – whether it is a product, service, or blog.
For brands and creators on Instagram, finding the perfect balance and creating content that is on-trend and engaging is a challenge worth taking up and working around.
Our generation has grown up on social media by discovering brands, buying products, and availing of new services through the ‘Explore’ tab and sponsored ads besides the ones we follow.
We know the power of social media, especially Instagram because we know how it can build up or break down a brand or an individual, start revolutions, and demand change.
While several other social media platforms have tried to upstage Instagram with specific targeted features, it has taken all of it in its stride and adapted these features into its platform.
For example, Snapchat came with a proposition of photos that disappeared in 24 hours, and Instagram swiftly adapted the Story feature, which not only smoked out the former but increased Instagram’s popularity manifold.
With its jump cuts and attractive video editing propositions, TikTok captured a unique section of society, growing in popularity among Gen-Z and millennials.
However, Instagram’s latest innovation, Reels, takes on TikTok, packaging a similar video creation and editing feature in-app without installing another separate app!
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What Should Brands Focus on Instagram – Photos vs. Video?
When Instagram launched back in 2010, all it aspired to be was your digital photo album – a repository of your best memories curated on a feed with funny, personal captions.
Ten years later, you can do everything through Instagram – talk to your friends on a video call, build a career, check out cute cat videos, find your next dream job, or discover a new hobby or product.
Brands are set to capitalize on this social media revolution that Instagram has brought about. And they are not contemplating anymore; they are getting down to action.
But are photos still cutting it on the platform? The easy answer would be yes and no. A cleverly done digital creative, an intelligent illustration, or a static post with a relatable quote works for brands.
But the actual traffic is where the video content is. Your Instagram feed is constantly populated by brands talking about their USPs or advertising their products, which can get monotonous quickly.
What sets some brands apart is how they present their content. According to 71% of marketers, video content performs better than any other form regarding conversion rates.
Moreover, 46% of people say they are more likely to seek further information after viewing branded content on social media platforms. On Instagram, 25% of all ads are single videos; the shorter the video, the higher the engagement.
How to Select Your Video Format?
Given that videos perform better on Instagram than static images, it is an easy choice to get more video content in your social media plan for Instagram. Several online tutorials can give you easy ideas on how to make a video with pictures and music.
But Instagram has a host of different video formats for the platform, each with its unique purpose and target audience. How do you make videos that would be perfect for each of these formats?
When you seek out information on Instagram marketing and the nitty-gritty that comes with it, you would realize that there are five formats of Instagram videos that are non-promoted, such as in-feed Instagram video posts, Instagram story, IGTV, Instagram Live, and the latest addition of Reels.
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Depending on what you are creating content for – brand or individual – you can pick a video format that works best for you. Here is our breakdown of every design, its specifications, and the relevance of usage.
1. Instagram in-feed video
These are the oldest and the most common video formats on the ‘gram. They are universal and can be used to inform people about products, services, initiatives, etc., that you are undertaking.
These videos’ time limit is 60 seconds, so you cannot post anything in an extended format. If you do, you can cut it into multiple bits and post it as a carousel. Some apps would help you with this edit.
The most common size for a feed video is 1:1 or 1080×1080 pixels. But you can also have horizontal videos, which are 1.9:1 or 1080×608 pixels.
Vertical feed videos, though uncommon, are not entirely unknown. They are 4:5 or 1080×1350 pixels in size.
2. Instagram Stories and Live
This format of videos is the best place to engage with your audience. With exciting and quirky filters and fun widgets, Instagram stories are one of your primary touchpoints with your followers.
They are up to 15 seconds long and can be recorded on the spot or created separately and uploaded on your stories feed. Your followers can check them out on the go.
According to a report, the platform has 250 million daily active users of Instagram stories. Therefore, maximizing this platform should be one of your goals as a brand or a creator.
Instagram Story videos are ideally vertical and have a dimension of 1920×1080 pixels or an aspect ratio of 16:9. These dimensions also work for Instagram Live, which can only be recorded in real-time.
Lives are great for interacting with your followers on the go and also give them a sense of community and belonging. After you finish a Life, you can save and post it as an IGTV video on your feed!
The antidote to Instagram feed videos, which only allow you to post something that is 60 secs long, is IGTV videos. These are long-format (~10 minutes) and support aspect ratios like Stories, which are 16:9 or 1920×1080.
You can use these videos to upload longer videos with more material. Ensure that the intro to these videos is eye-catching and exciting so that people click on the icon in the bottom left corner to watch the full video.
4. Instagram Reels
These are the latest fad, and much like its predecessor TikTok, Instagram Reels are short-format videos (~15 secs). They stay both on your feed and Instagram’s Explore tab.
They are new and not yet launched worldwide but have quickly caught on in India following the ban of TikTok. They are fun and short, and unlike Stories, they stay on in your profile!
They are also vertical and support an aspect ratio of 16:9.
Now that you have a broader understanding of Instagram marketing packages, you can make smarter decisions while using the app daily. Instagram is ever-evolving, and if you have to stay with the times, you must explore the different video formats and stick to their size and quality specifications to make the most of it for your brand!