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How to use the Instagram question sticker to strengthen your online business

How to use the Instagram question sticker to strengthen your online business

Want to know what’s going on with your Instagram followers? Want to know their deepest, darkest desires or just something simple, like what they’re craving for dinner?

Head on over to your Instagram Stories.

With the question sticker feature on Instagram, it's easier than ever to engage your followers, learn more about them AND increase sales to your online business.

Not sure what you should be asking?

This blog post was written just for you!

Here are my top tips for using the Instagram Stories question sticker to boost your online business.

How to schedule Instagram Stories in advance with Later

How to schedule Instagram Stories in advance with Later

Business owners, freelancers and agency owners: your Instagram scheduling is about to get a whole lot easier.

You can now schedule Instagram Stories in advance with Later.

Yep, you read that right. I’m not talking about scheduling the posts in your feed, but your actual Stories.

This is huge for any business that’s embraced the power of storytelling and connecting with their audience through Instagram Stories.

It’s also massive news for anyone running multiple Instagram accounts.

When it comes to managing a handful of Instagram accounts inside my agency, I’ve always been a big fan of scheduling posts in advance. In fact, it’s essential to keep all the client accounts happily running.

So when Later approached me to be an early beta tester of their new Story scheduling feature, I jumped at the chance.

I’m a HUGE fan of scheduling my Instagram posts from my desktop so this new feature is one more reason to not be hunched over my phone.

From the Later desktop app, I can pre-schedule all the images, videos, captions and links for my upcoming Stories. And then when it’s time to post, my phone receives all the content and all I have to do is publish.

The TL;DR of Instagram Stories is this:

Instagram Stories are The Spot™ where brands and businesses get raw and authentic with their followers, where real relationships and trust are formed, and where you can finally get 1:1 face time and eager engagement with your followers.

Now that we’re on the same page about Instagram Stories, let’s get down to business and talk scheduling.

In this blog post, we’re going to cover how to schedule Instagram Stories and my own personal findings from using the feature as an early beta tester.

How to use Instagram Story polls to strengthen your online business

How to use Instagram Story polls to strengthen your online business

The conversations I’ve had after posting Instagram Story polls have led to new clients, new business and real connections. (Plus, seeing poll responses is a fun way to pass the time at airports.)

No need for voter’s registration or proof of identification.

Anyone from anywhere in the world (with an Instagram account) can cast their ballot and weigh in on the debate!

Today, I’m going to show you how I use Instagram Story polls to conduct market research and strengthen my online business — both in messaging and in sales.

As a special bonus, I’m also including all the entertaining and cheeky ways that I use polls to engage with my audience!

Off to the polls we go!

How to batch create and schedule your Instagram posts (PLUS my favorite tool)

How to batch create and schedule your Instagram posts (PLUS my favorite tool)

Gather ‘round your digital screen of choice and let me tell you a juicy secret.

I don’t upload my own Instagram posts.

*Cue the audible gasp*

That’s right, people. I’ve got my feed on autopilot.

Just because I’m such an Instagram cheerleader doesn’t mean I live inside the app. I’ve got things to do, a life to live, a belly to feed, a cat to imagine… you get the idea.

Plus, scheduling my Instagram posts ahead of time gives me major Olivia Pope vibes: it’s handled. 🤛

Here are the reasons why you should schedule your Instagram posts so you never have an “oh, crap — gotta post to IG” moment again (*cough speaking from experience cough*).

Plus, I’m sharing why BATCHING is the best way to get on top of your Instagram game, and how to do it.

How to use Instagram Stories to grow your business

How to use Instagram Stories to grow your business

Did you know that more than 400 million people use Instagram Stories every day? Or that for every five Stories shared, business accounts receive *one* direct message?

That's a hot lead reaching out to YOU.

No annoying cold calls or emails required!

Not sure where to start with Instagram Stories to grow your business? I've got you covered.

Here's how I use Instagram Stories as a business owner and the formulas you can copy into your own business.

6 best apps to create killer Instagram Stories

6 best apps to create killer Instagram Stories

Levelling up your Insta Stories game is so important. It gives you the opportunity to unleash your inner creative and make your brand stand out.

But you can't just rely on the in-app tools.

If you want your followers to sit up and take notice, your content needs to look different. And — you'll score even more points if it's on brand and helps you create a consistent message across all platforms.

So how do you actually go about doing that?

Here are the best Instagram Story apps for business owners… that have personally helped me boost my engagement, stay on-brand and give my content that unique ‘Elise flair.’

Instagram Story analytics: how to analyze your performance like a pro

Instagram Story analytics: how to analyze your performance like a pro

400 million people use Instagram Stories every day.

Let that sink in.

The population size of the United States (plus some) is logging into the 'gram and tapping on Stories from their friends, celebrities AND businesses.

It's a golden opportunity to attract your ideal customer and start making sales.

And it won't cost you a cent.

Instagram Stories is one of the best ways to grow your account, engage your followers and boost your business's bottom line.

But before you can start making it rain with dollar bills, you need a solid Instagram Stories strategy.

Not sure where to start? The answer lies in your analytics.

Here's everything you need to know about Instagram Stories analytics so you can craft a winning strategy.

How to drive insane amounts of traffic from your Instagram to your website

How to drive insane amounts of traffic from your Instagram to your website

Not sure how to drive traffic to your website with Instagram?

Sick of reminding people to check out your #linkinbio?

You’ve come to the right place.

There are rumors out there, my friend. Lots and lots of rumors that Instagram DOESN'T drive traffic to your website.

Thankfully, those rumors are 100% false. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing and delivering this beautiful blog post to you, now would I?

In this guide, I’ll break down some of my favorite tactics that will help your business get the traffic love it deserves – all from Instagram.