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5 Ways to Use Polls in Instagram Stories

Last Month, Instagram rolled out a new feature: Polls in Instagram Stories.  Some people went wild asking all sort of things in their stories, while others were confused. The main question I keep hearing, even a month in is: Why should I use it?

My answer: engagement.

Remember, anything that creates engagement on Instagram is a plus. Using Instagram Stories helps boost you in Instagram’s algorithm and having people ENGAGE with your Instagram stories gives you even more of a boost. Polls in Instagram Stories makes it even easier ( and admit a lot of fun) to get more engagement and increase your reach.

Here is how it works: Take a photo or video through Instagram Stories and swipe up to reveal the sticker selections.  Select the “poll” sticker and place it wherever you want.

5 ways to use polls in instagram stories


Next write out your question and choose the answers you want voters to be able to pick from.


5 ways to use polls in instagram stories


Once your story is published, anyone who views your story will be able to vote and see the real-time results. Participants can’t see the names of other voters, but you can every time they vote. So because I want you to live your best Instagram life, I’ve got

5 Ways to Use Polls in Instagram Stories

5 ways to use Polls in Instagram Stories. Want more followers on Instagram? You need to know what they are thinking and get them engaged on Instagram. use Polls on Instagram Stories to learn more about your audience and what keeps them engaged. #instagram #instagramstories

1. Ask ‘Yes’ or ‘No” questions

Simple, the easiest way to start.Do you like coffee? Is this outfit cute on me?

2. Identify which one of your viewers are the most engaged.

The people who take the time to answer your polls are different from the rest of your audience. These are your rock stars these are your VIPs. These are the people you engage with. They are telling you what content matters to them, what gets them excited. These are the people who you want to engage with in return to keep them involved.

3. This or That Questions

If you want to know what to do or see or post about or what thing is better than the other, ask that question. Give them a visual so that your viewers can make an informed decision.

 4. Use it to find out what your audience needs

Ask what your audience wants to see more of.  For example: Do you need more recipes or more how to posts? and use that info to make more content that they want.

5. Crowdsource Opinions

Trying to decide what to wear? Put it on a poll!!! Need to know what shoes go best with an outfit? MAKE A POLL. Want to know if the craft you are creating is something your audience wants a tutorial on? ASK!

I think polls are going to be a great option to get your audience involved and learn more about them. That will help YOU create content that is catered them and get them more engaged.

Have you used Polls for Instagram Stories?


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5 ways to use Polls in Instagram Stories. Want more followers on Instagram? You need to know what they are thinking and get them engaged on Instagram.  use Polls on Instagram Stories to learn more about your audience and what keeps them engaged. #instagram #instagramstories
  • Reply
    Joi Light
    November 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

    This was one of the posts where I said, “why didn’t I think to do this?” ha! What an awesome post! I shared and will be definitely reading others 🙂

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    November 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I TOTALLY zoned in or This or That questions! I never thought to take my Thursday craziness over to Insta! You’re a rockstar – and now you may be able to torment me on Insta. Bwahaaaahahahaha!

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    November 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Thank You! Instagram adds new features weekly and this info helps. I’ve did a few polls, but will amp it up. Especially since it helps with engagement.

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    November 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I love that they added the polls! I definitely need to work on using it more for my website’s IG though. Thanks for the tips!

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    November 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I didn’t even know Instagram had polls. I really need to get back to using my account and looking at other people’s stories.

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    November 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I love participating in them! I’m going to pay more attention to adding them to my stories!

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    November 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I haven’t gotten on the Insta stories bandwagon yet but I need to before it’s too late! Definitely keeping these tips in mind.

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    November 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    This is great! I haven’t used the poll option for my blogging purposes but I have used it to pick people’s brains about thing

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    November 15, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I seen the poll feature but I havent used it yet. I want to find a good opportunity to use the poll properly its a fun engagement tool.

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    November 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Guess I need to get over myself and start using IG stories more, I am trying. Polls would be good for business questions for me.

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    Kirstin Fuller
    November 15, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    OMG! I just tried it after reading your article and I LOVE IT! Thanks very much. It was super easy. I will conduct a poll often (lol).

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Good to know… I haven’t been using Instagram to its full potential.

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