We know that social media is one of the best ways to reach customers. Especially Instagram. Instagram alone has over 800 million monthly active users, and it’s constantly growing.
As Instagram’s global reach increases, the trends are coming thick and fast. A trend reflects what people are enthusiastic about, or what they are inclined to like or follow. While trends tend to be temporary — what's popular now can easily be replaced by something else tomorrow — they also have a huge power to influence. And in some instances, great trends stick around to become the new norm.
Following a trend is more than about riding the wave of popularity and having good timing. Following a trend is a signal boost, making your brand relevant and visible. Done well, you can harness a trend to create real results for your business or brand.
These results will be more than just a boost in your followers or the likes on your account, but real business metrics: new leads, more sales, and a strong brand and reputation.
Here are ten Instagram trends for 2020. Try one, two, or even all of them help bring your brand forward.
It’s claimed 68% of people become more interested in a brand or product when it appears in Instagram Stories, and with all the new features, that number is sure to increase.
Try these new features in Instagram Stories:
While not a new feature, we now have the statistics to know that 60% of Instagram Stories are viewed with sound on—just something to consider for your next post.
Use Instagram Stories to promote an offer or giveaway, or for short-form video ads.
Tell incredible stories using templates you can customize to your narrative. There are plenty to choose from, like the Yellow and Black Analog Prototype Instagram Story or Yellow and Black Trendy Digitalism Instagram Story.
Securing eyeballs seems to be the aim of the game with ambitious plans to make IGTV bigger than YouTube. Even Instagram’s signature vertical videos have embraced a new format to make it easier to be seen. Now there’s plenty of proof video is no longer a secondary option on the platform.
See what’s new in IGTV:
Turn still images into motion graphics. By doing so, the post will be recognized as a video so Instagram will give it a higher ranking on Explore.
There’s something extremely exciting about a live broadcast. Maybe because it’s taking place at that exact moment or the fact that anything could happen. Either way, live videos invite your audience to connect with you in new ways, offering a behind-the-scenes feel to your content.
While live videos were previously possible on Instagram, they could only be uploaded as Stories. Today, you can interact with your audience in real-time, allowing two-way communication to take place right in front of your eyes. When it comes to going live, there is no time like the present so get ready to jump on the bandwagon in 5, 4, 3, 2...
Go live during an event or party, enabling your followers to be part of the experience. Or if you want to promote a product, hype it up with some live videos in the lead up to launch.
Did you know you can host an interview over Zoom and broadcast it live? With backgrounds, you don’t even need a studio. From Mount Fuji to the zoo, you could be anywhere. Or for something more low-key, try the Professional Office Zoom Virtual Background or Beach No Video Conferencing Zoom Virtual Background.
Need a new revenue stream? Perhaps the biggest trend in 2020 is due to what’s now possible with Instagram Shopping. It’s hot to shop as Instagram provides the ability to slap a price tag on nearly anything. Not surprising since 130 million Instagrammers engage with product tags in shopping posts each month. For sellers, you can tag products in your posts and Stories, while those shopping can complete the checkout process without having to leave the platform.
Here are a few new ways to earn and spend:
Not ready to buy? Save any potential purchases to your collection tab for later. Or if you have a product to sell, find out how to set up your own boutique using this guide.
Improve your sales pitch with a post that does all the hard work. Use a template to promote a sale, like the White Borders Black Round Label Sale Retail Stores Instagram Post or for a pop of color, customize the Pink and White Dog Pet Supplies Feed Ad template.
Influencers have been popular for some time now, however, the way we engage just ramping up. Those with a product to market will know it’s cheaper to use influencers than run an ad campaign, and given the previous news about shoppable posts, things just got more interesting. Plus, the days of backing just one horse are gone with multiple influencers being better than one.
Here are a couple of ways to increase your influence:
Spend time coming up with a unique hashtag, so you can easily track the metrics.
Instead of streaming an entire event, promote the highlights in an Instagram Story. Open the video with an image using the Event Icon Instagram Highlight Cover or for a graphic design, try the Fitness Dynamic Instagram Highlight Cover.
As mentioned earlier, Explore is the place for discovering the hottest new content. More than 50% of Instagram accounts use Explore every month, with more than 200 million users using the tab each day. It’s a great way to find photos and videos from accounts you don’t follow, or connect with new followers.
A key new feature is that additional categories have been added to the Explore tab. While the content suggested is still based on past likes and view history, users can now select the categories relevant for them, making it easier to search.
Optimize your Instagram profile and content to rank higher in relevant categories by adding multiple keywords and hashtags. Location tags also help people find you, as does a strong call to action.
Be discovered with a memorable icon. Replace your profile pic with a template like the Colorful Shapes Musician Collection or Blue White and Pink Nostalgia Artists and Illustrators icon.
We can’t get enough of the new interactive stickers as they add a whole new dimension to Instagram Stories. Nine times out of 10 polling stickers increase video views and help bring poll participants closer to brands. So consider a change in approach by inviting your followers to be part of a conversation.
Here’s what you can do with the new interactive stickers:
Come up with three questions to put to followers, then add a poll sticker. Once uploaded to Instagram, your followers can vote and see the results in real-time. What’s really cool is that you can see in detail how each one of your followers responded.
To get started, choose from a range of pre-made templates, including the White Ask Me Personal Instagram Story, the Purple and Blue Gradient Minimalist Vibrant Ask Me My Top 3 Instagram Quiz, or the Gold and Beige Minimalist Chic Ask Me My Top 3 Instagram Story.
One of the most refreshing trends we’re seeing emerge on Instagram is a move toward authenticity. Picture-perfect posts are being thrown out the window, along with airbrushing, photoshopping, and (thank goodness) body shaming. The best part about this is the benefit it brings, establishing deeper and more genuine connections with audiences.
Here are some ways to be more authentic on the platform:
Engage your audience by sharing personal stories or opening up conversations. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerable side.
Let your authenticity shine through with everyday posts that ditch the filters. Be encouraging of individualism with the Blue Illustrated Mixtape Instagram Post template and capture moments like this Black and White Pet Cat Valentines Day Instagram Post template.
Humor never goes out of fashion but there is a new trend of importing giggles from other platforms. Posting funny tweets or pics is huge, and it doesn’t even need to be original content. The world needs to laugh so do whatever it takes to make it happen. The only thing that isn’t funny is trying to pass the jokes off as you own.
Here’s how to share the lols:
Showcase humor on Instagram using your own tweets, even better if you've gone viral.
Find your funniest tweet then immortalise it in design. Keep it in line with your feed by using colors or images to suit your style, like the Green and Purple Grid Geometric Funny Quote Instagram Post. Don’t forget to credit the source like the Dark Orange and Yellow Illustration Nostalgia Funny Quote Instagram Post template.
Social media is the place to share opinions so there’s no excuse for keeping quiet. Online activism is easier than ever and with Instagram, you can show your support for a cause that in turn, inspires others.
Here’s how to rally your followers and amplify your views:
For something light-hearted, join a challenge and post the results. You can find the latest Instagram challenges here.
For a cause anyone can get behind, use a combination of templates to build out your case. Start with the Colorful Illustration Earth Hour Instagram Story to promote the message, then the Colorful Illustrated Checklist Earth Hour Instagram Story to inform people of the steps they can take. If you have an event they can take part in, try Blue Dancing Illustration Earth Hour Instagram Story.