Your Complete Guide to Using the Instagram Collab Feature

September 9, 2022
By
Kyra Goodman

Collaaaaaaboration time, cmon!

Want to maximize your engagement, boost your reach and get your profile in front of a whole new audience? Your answer is Instagram Collabs.

All within the Instagram app, you can collaborate with other users and instantly double the reach of your content. How? By harnessing the Instagram Collab feature, you can share Reels and feed posts that appear in both users’ profile grids, helping you tap into another user’s network and potentially increase your Instagram followers.

From paid partnerships, influencer collaboration posts, shoutouts, and giveaways, Instagram collaborations have never been this easy thanks to this handy new feature!

We’re diving into all the things you need to know about collaborating on Instagram, how to tag people and how to accept a collab tag. Plus, we’ve even given you some tips and tricks to start using the Instagram collab feature right now!

What are Instagram Collabs?

In 2021, Instagram launched its new feature Instagram Collabs, giving users the ability to co-author content with other accounts.

The original creator (with a public account) can tag another account (public or private) as a collaborator. The collaborating account can accept or deny the request, and if accepted the post will show up on their profile.

The Instagram Collab feature also distributes the post to both collaborator’s followers in the Instagram feed, meaning you will share views, likes, and comments. The original creator (a.k.a. the author of the post) can also add or remove their collaborator at any point in time.

As you can tell, this is a game-changing feature for any business, brand or creator looking to skyrocket their reach on Instagram (without pouring thousands of dollars in paid advertising). By tapping into this collab feature, you can maximize the impact of every new post you share and increase the visibility of your Instagram account with new, high-value followers.

Why you should be using Instagram Collabs?

So you know you can already tag people in your Instagram posts, so how is Instagram Collabs any different? Well, when you’re tagging a person in a post your content isn’t actually being distributed to both your feeds - it only sits on yours.

The Instagram Collab feature basically allows you to create a partnership with another creator or brand to get your content out to both sets of audiences. Let’s run through some of the benefits of using the Collab feature.

Reach a new audience

By using Instagram collabs you’re essentially getting your post out there to two sets of audiences; yours and your collaborator. This can massively boost your audience engagement and maximize your visibility meaning new people can discover your profile - say hello to some new followers!

The best part? You’re not going to need to invest in paid social advertising either. As you’re collaborating with other accounts on organic content, you’ll be able to see serious ROI from your collab content (without blowing your marketing budgets either).

Boost your engagement

When your post is pushed out to two sets of audiences, you’re more likely to amass more likes, comments, saves, and shares - all the good stuff that maximizes content interactions and increases engagement.

When Instagram recognizes more engagement on your profile, the algorithm is more likely to reward you by making your other posts and profile more visible to users.

Essentially, tapping into the collab Instagram feature is a proven way to increase your engagements, boost the visibility of your content and gain the attention of potential customers on the platform.

Avoid making duplicate posts

If you’re collaborating with a partner (such as an influencer or other content creator) Collabs helps reduce the number of duplicate posts you would both be making. When you both post the exact same photos or Reels, you’re essentially competing with yourself for higher engagement.

With Instagram Collabs, both parties are receiving all the engagement with likes, comments, shares and saves all in one post.

This streamlines things from a reporting standpoint, meaning you can easily see exactly how your posts are tracking without having to request analytics from your collaborators. You’ll also stay in the good books with the Instagram gods (as your content won’t be flagged as a duplicate by the Instagram algorithm).

Increases brand transparency

Your audience wants to know when you’re engaging in a partnership, particularly when a brand or influencer is engaging in influencer marketing, sponsored posts, and paid ads.

Instagram Collab posts easily let Instagram users know the accounts you’re in partnership with. This transparency is key to building trust with your audience, especially if you or your collaborating partner is being paid to create this collab post.

With a clearly labelled partnership post, you can keep your audience in the loop of how you’re producing content (even before they tap into your post to see who is tagged and whether this is a sponsored piece of content).

How to create an Instagram Collab Post for Feed Posts

Instagram Collabs are pretty easy to use and can offer powerful results for your brand. Ready to try out this feature for yourself? Get started by following these simple steps:

How to use Instagram Collab posts for Reels

Collaborating on Reels is similar to feed posts except your posting from the Reels tab instead of the normal post tab.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to using the Instagram Collab feature for Reels:

How to Accept an Instagram Collab Request

Have you been asked to collab on a recent Instagram post? Here’s a simple guide to how to accept this invitation and share this post to your own channel:

What to keep in mind when using Instagram Collabs

Instagram has laid out some specifications users need to be aware of when using the collaboration feature.

By understanding these recommendations, you can ensure every collab post you share aligns with Instagram’s specifications and performs at its best.

Let’s dive into the four things you need to know about Instagram Collabs, direct from Instagram HQ:

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Best practice tips and tricks for collabing on Instagram

Ready to kick start your collab posting journey on Instagram? We’ve rounded up three powerful ways to get the most out of this collab posting feature (and say goodbye to reposting content for good).

1. Collaborate with influencers

We all know influencer marketing on Instagram is pretty powerful, particularly if you’re a smaller brand that wants to get yourself out there to more eyes.

Collab posts are a great way to achieve growth, boost engagement and maximize visibility and reach by leveraging off a macro or micro-influencers audience.

Our tip? Make sure to be strategic about which influencers you’re working with. Remember: a high follower count doesn’t guarantee high engagement. So, here are a few ways to pick the right influencers for your next collab post:

2. Maximize your user-generated content

User-generated content is becoming increasingly popular. Audiences are desiring an authentic sneak peek into how people like themselves are using and engaging with a brand’s product.

User-generated content can increase trust amongst your audience, which is essential for long-term success. On top of that, you want to always credit your followers when they are making content for your brand and Instagram Collabs are a great way to do it.

When you see a great piece of UGC shared by a happy customer, contact them via DMs and ask if you can be a collaborator on their post. This will allow you to reshare their original post, rather than reposting and tagging them in the comments.

3. Partnerships with other brands for giveaways

Giveaways on Instagram are pretty popular because they are a great tool to gain followers, boost engagement and build brand awareness. Teaming up with other brands for a giveaway is a great way to leverage each other’s followers and boost your profile to new audiences. They also give the brand’s a way to split the costs of the competition.

Using the Collab feature gives both sets of audiences an easy way to follow the steps to enter the giveaway without audiences having to go to multiple profiles to get what they need.

And that’s a wrap! When it comes to the Instagram Collab feature, this is the perfect tool to help maximize the reach and visibility of your brand on Instagram. Whether you’re sharing Instagram Reels or feed posts, using the collab tool can help you double your reach and boost your engagement on Instagram with ease.

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