Instagram Layout Mechandising-01

Gone are the days of pushing your message onto consumers. Today you must pull in customers with thoughtful and engaging content, which is why visual storytelling is essential if you want to be successful on social media.

The human brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text, and Instagram is just one of the social networks taking advantage of that. The highly visual app is now the cornerstone of many brands’ marketing strategies—especially among the retail industry.

According to Forbes, 91% of retail brands use Instagram to reach customers. And with the company’s latest app, Layout, now retailers are able to create even more engaging stories to pull in customers.

What Is Instagram Layout?

Layout is a mobile app for iOS and Android that lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image. These collages are perfect for storytelling, showing off new products or highlighting different aspects or benefits of the same product.

According to Instagram, 20% of its users were already using third-party tools to create collage posts. Creating content that’s similar to that of your customers is a great way to show that your brand is relatable. With Layout, the collage-creation process is much more streamlined, and you never have to leave the Instagram ecosystem. With a robust feature set, this standalone app is the perfect addition to your visual storytelling toolbox.

How to Use Instagram Layout

When you open Layout, tap All to see every photo on your phone, Faces to see only the photos with people’s faces or Recents to see up to 30 of your most recently used photos. Keep in mind that photos with faces receive 38% more likes and 32% more comments than photos without.

Instagram Layout 1Steps to Create an Instagram Layout:

  1. Select the photos you’d like to include—you can choose up to nine.
  2. Once selected, tap the layout you like best from the top of the screen.
  3. If you’d like to edit any of the images, just tap it. Save when finished.

When it comes to editing, you have complete artistic control. You can drag and drop photos to rearrange them or flip and rotate photos to create unique arrangements and mirror effects.

Instagram Layout 2If you’d rather capture spontaneous moments, use Photo Booth to take a series of quick shots, and turn them into a new layout.

Don’t run wild just yet. Layout offers a variety of posting and design features, but it’s best to wait until you have feedback from your audience before straying too far from simple storytelling. Start slowly, and keep an eye on your engagement metrics.

How Your Brand Can Use Instagram Layout

It took almost no time before brands starting experimenting with Layout. Here are a few examples of how to use the app to create compelling stories.

1. Celebrate Your Community Like Sephora

One of the easiest ways for a beauty brand to provide value to its customers is through tutorials, but that’s difficult to accomplish in a single image. Sephora used Layout to create a collage of the different stages of highlighting and contouring. It’s an excellent way to educate customers on how to use your product, and the before and after images can be great conversation starters.

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