How to Make Your First Instagram Stories Ad: A Full Walkthrough

How to Make Your First Instagram Stories Ad: A Full Walkthrough

– Today I’m gonna take you
through how to get going the right way with Instagram story ads. By the end of this video, you will be ready to
run your very first ad and be really confident
that it’s gonna work well. (upbeat music) When we talk about making
Instagram creative, it can feel a little intimidating. You have to have fancy
lights, expensive cameras, but you really don’t. Make sure you stay till
the end of the video where I’m gonna show you some of the free tools Instagram provides to make really great videos. So one of the things that might feel a little bit different about
running Instagram story ads is that you don’t run
it through Instagram, you run it through your
business manager in Facebook. But the first thing
you’re gonna want to do is go into ads manager and click Create, nice big green button. You can’t miss it. You’re gonna name your campaign whatever you’d like to name it. Under Buying Type, you’re
gonna leave it as auction and Campaign Objective is where you have some different choices. Now, not all of these are gonna be compatible with Instagram stories. Most of them are. Usually what you’re gonna be choosing is something like brand awareness
or traffic or conversions. And let’s say that we pick conversions. All you’re gonna wind up doing is putting in the name of your ad sets. Kind of like a parent child relationship, campaigns are just the broader area. Ad sets are the things
where you pick things like your target your
location, your budget. So campaign is basically
just what is your objective. And other than that, pretty much all the
other targeting goes in at the ad set level. Then underneath the ad set level, that’s where your creative lives. So let’s go into ad sets
so you can see exactly how you choose Instagram
stories as a placement. When you’re in your main
screen for campaigns, you’ll see there are
these tabs along the top. So you have Campaigns,
Ad Sets, like I said, which is kind of that
parent child relationship. And then all of the ad
creative you’re running. Go into Ad Sets. This is where you can create a new one if you haven’t already. Or if you created one in that last step, when you set up your campaign, you’re gonna see it listed here. You can click Create. When you create an ad set, you’re gonna first choose where you want the traffic to go to. Because we’re in stories, we’re gonna want to
drive it to our website. So that’s where it’s gonna default to and you can just leave it there, Budget and Schedule, this is where you can
determine your daily budget. This is going to change in 2020. So if you open this up and
you don’t see it, don’t panic. It just means that you’re in the next iteration of Facebook already. Here’s where start choosing
things like your audience. This is where you would choose
things like custom audiences. If you created a remarketing
audience you want to run to, if you created something
like a look alike audience, all of those are gonna exist in here. So when you click into it,
it’s gonna create a drop down, you can search for ones that already exist under look alikes or customs. And that’s where those are. You can also set up
exclusionary audiences. So if there’s people that
have already converted, not a lot of sense and showing them ads for things that are meant
to be top of funnel. When you click exclude, you’ll get another field just like the top one with all the same options. The only difference is you’re saying I don’t want those people to see the ad. Next, you’re gonna pick
where your users are located. So one of the things that you
have to think about with this is not everyone in every
location is who you want. And here’s what I mean by that. You have everyone in this location. So whether they live there, they’re just passing through, they’re traveling is literally everybody that is in the location that you specify. There’s people who live in the locations. If someone’s just traveling to your city for a day that you’re
targeting and you do HVAC work, you don’t really want to show your ad to them to get air conditioned service because they don’t live there. People recently in this location, and then also people
traveling in this location. So maybe if you’re a Tourism Bureau or something like that
you actually want people that don’t live there. You can pick United States,
you can pick zip codes, you can pick a radius
around certain areas. You can also pick DMA levels, you can pick your ages, you
can choose your genders. If you want to specify
a language, you can. A lot of times that’s helpful if you’re running in states
that are more heavily bilingual. Those are some decisions you can make. Detailed targeting is where you get into Facebook’s own targeting. These are things that they
have predefined as user types. Maybe they just switch jobs. You can pick things like
their parents have a toddler, their parents have a high schooler. You’ll also find that it
gives you suggestions. So if we typed in a new job, and we click suggestions, you’re gonna see that
there’s a whole bunch of other things under interests,
employers, job titles, other interests that are related
that you can also choose. So the next section you’re
gonna see is placement types. It automatically checks
off automatic placements. If you click Edit placements, it’s gonna show you all
have what that means when it comes to all placements. And as you can see, it’s a lot. So it organizes it by feeds and you can see everything
that is part of the feed world. It’s gonna then show you stories, which now there are three and I’m sure that will continue to grow. Then you also have in-stream videos, search results when
people search on Facebook, things that show up in messenger, the list goes on and on and on. For today’s purposes, what
we’re worried about is stories. If you’re just starting
with Instagram story ads, my advice is to leave it
bundled with the feeds. You might not want to run in-stream and all this other stuff. So just uncheck all of that, but you’d want to leave
stories and feeds checked. It’ll create a little bit more efficiency when you’re first getting started. One thing to be aware of though, is that when you leave them checked, they’re gonna try and show
your Facebook creative in the story creative. The final section you’re gonna see is on optimization and delivering. For the purposes of this, we’re just gonna let it set to have Facebook auto bid based on what it feels the value of the traffic is. You’re pretty much done
setting up your ad set so you can click Publish and move on to making your creative. Next, we’re gonna go into your Ads tab. And this is where all
of your creative lives. You can also click the
great big Create button. That’ll take you to a nice fresh ad that you can start from scratch. In this example I went ahead and just dropped in an image and got it started just a little bit. All we have here is
just a plain old picture with a basic headline. And we’ll put some primary text here. So I just want to briefly
show you what happens when you actually preview
this in other placements. So this default over here showing you what it looks like in the Facebook feed. If you go over here,
you’re gonna see options to view it in different ways. So if you click on Instagram and you get on to Instagram stories, you’re gonna see it looks very different. So this is part of the reason why we want to specify different creative for stories because look at all this
space you’re not using. Huge wasted opportunity. You’re gonna see there’s this helpful little
informational pane that tells you that there are four
placements using this image. Below it there’s this handy little thing that says Select a placement to customize. When you click on that it’s gonna give you the option to say I want
to use different creative for this specific area. That way, you’re not having to set up a whole separate ad set, re-choose all your stuff. You can leave it the way it is but still carve out some specialized area. So if you go in here and you
choose Instagram stories, it’s gonna open up a
creation pane for you. And this is why I said before, you don’t have to have
a bunch of fancy tools to do this right because
they provide a lot of stuff that will get you started. If you don’t have this option, something to look at is the
objective that you chose for your campaign way back
at the campaign level. While Instagram story ads
and placement customization are both things that are
available in most ad types, sometimes there are campaign objectives that don’t support them. So things like brand awareness lift or some of the other more obscure ones don’t have these type of options. If this doesn’t appear
for you just make sure that you’ve chosen one
of the campaign types that actually supports it. One of the things that I love that they just added in the past year that they didn’t have were templates. You were kind of on your own. They’re like here’s a
screen, make something great. It’s difficult when you’re first starting because you don’t really know
what users are gonna like. One of the tools I love to use is in the upper left hand corner
here it says Change Template. What you’re seeing when
it defaults like this is actually a template. Don’t really know who
would want to use it. But technically, you can use it as a template if you want to. But if you click on this, it’s gonna open up a whole new world of all different kinds
of templates you can use. They have different
looks, different feels. And so you can pick stuff that’s actually gonna match
your brand a little bit more. They even have full screen ones, if you want to go full screen. These all have even
more options inside each of these templates. It’s gonna default to certain colors, crops the picture a certain
way, but you can change it. So if you go all the way to
the bottom on Creative tools, you can pick a different background color. So if you don’t want the
blue, you can pick a hex code if you want to get that
specific to match your brand. But you have all these different options for how you can make this
feel a little less stock and a little more like you. You can also do things like add music so they have royalty free
music that you can use. And then they also have
call to action effects. I like these because they’re
a lot more interesting than the regular old learn more that you see. You can pick things that will animate and you can make them different colors. So you can make it much more interactive and it sticks out a lot more and draws the eye down there
instead of just relying on the plain old white learn
more thing to get it done. If the image or video
you’re using is landscape, a story add is vertical. So one of the things you
want to make sure you look at is in the media section on the left, there are different cropping options. And some of them might look a lot better. So this is a beautiful photograph. But maybe you really just want
to focus more on the train. Cropping to a one by one
square can actually help you if you want to do that.
It draws the user’s eye to what it is you actually
want them to look at. Now you have this nice big picture that takes up more of the space, it draws the focal point of the eye to where you actually want users looking, it doesn’t feel so far away. So that’s how you can
specify separate creative just for stories. You can add multiple options. So if you want to rotate
through different text, you can just hit the add
another option button and it’s gonna bring up a field for you to put in another test. You can test different kinds of templates, different kinds of ad
copy, different headlines, even different calls to action, all within the interface without having to make a bunch of different ad creatives or make them on your
own and upload them all. Something that may happen
is when you pick a template, you might realize you’re
not really thrilled with the picture that you’re using for it. It’s really easy to change that out. If you go the upper left hand side there, you’ll see the option for Change. And if you click on it, it’s gonna open up your
full image library. And at the top, you can also toggle to the right and choose video. Your video options are gonna be the same as what you have for images. So you’ll still have the cropping, the calls to action and
all those little bells and whistles that will
still play if it’s a video. If you have a video that
you’ve specifically created for your Instagram story ad placement, it’s a little weird how
you have to choose it. It’s not like it is when
you choose it for a feed. When you’re taken into that area of specifying the separate creative, what you’re gonna want to do is, click on this area that says Change. In this case, we’re gonna choose me and you’ll see once you do that it loads the video and it
takes up the whole screen and then at that point you’re done. You can just click Save and that will only run for the stories. So as promised in the beginning, I have a couple of recommendations for tools that are made by
Instagram that are gonna help your videos feel a little less advertising and a little more organic. The first tool I want to tell you about is called Hyperlapse. It’s an app that you can
download from the store. It just shows up as a
screen with a button. So you can hit record. But when you’re done, you’re
gonna have a video file, and it’s gonna give you the option to fast forward through it at
a rate in which you choose. This is a really good way and
easy way to show timelapse. So if there’s something
that you’re selling that happens over a length of time, or you want to show how
quick and easy something is, or you want to show an unboxing video. If it’s something longer,
but it’s compelling, you can start making
some Hyperlapse videos that will integrate seamlessly into the ads that you’re running. People run them in stories all the time. It’s gonna look very natural for users to see them as they’re scrolling through. Something important to know is that once you save the video, it doesn’t keep it in Hyperlapse. It’s gonna save it to the
camera roll on your phone. The other app I want to tell you about is one called Boomerang. You may have seen these in your feed. It looks like kind of an animated GIF that’s just reloaded over and over and it lasts about three seconds. They’re very easy to make on your phone, much easier than it would be if you try and make it manually. Just like Hyperlapse, Boomerang is a standalone
app that’s made by Instagram. So just like with Hyperlapse, you’re gonna have a screen
with a white button. And that’s where you can
record your few seconds of what you’re gonna have and then it’ll automatically
just play it over and over. One of the strange little
quirks about these two tools is they are made by Instagram, but they don’t integrate
seamlessly with ads manager. You have to treat these like a completely separate video file. So once you have them, you’re gonna have to essentially
email them to yourself or download them onto your computer. And then when you go into ads manager, you’re gonna upload it as if it’s a completely separate creative that you made on your own. Speaking of functionality in stories, one of the things that’s getting exciting is they are starting to roll
out some of those things you see organically in
stories as options and ads. The main one that they’ve
done in the past year is letting you run polls in your ads. This is a phenomenal way
to engage your audience and also build a remarketing
audience as well. You definitely don’t
want to miss our video on how to create polls within
your Instagram story ads and use them effectively. Click on the video on your
screen to check it out right now.

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8 Replies to “How to Make Your First Instagram Stories Ad: A Full Walkthrough”

  1. I understand the need to go through the basics quickly but you need to give accurate information there is no business manager shown on the page and no ad manager. There is an ad center and there is no green button come on guys if you're gonna do it for the basics you need to be a little clearer

  2. You're missing steps there is a step that says how do you want to create an ad campaign you don't say which one to choose on that

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