Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake

Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake

Winter has finally come for Game of Thrones – and its last series is getting a chilly reception.

A petition calling on its makers, HBO, to redo season eight has been signed by more than 500,000 disgruntled fans.

The latest series of the popular show – based on George RR Martin’s books – has faced a barrage of criticism online.

Disappointed viewers have taken umbrage with the show’s narrative structure and the fate of beloved characters.

The petition, launched after this week’s penultimate episode was aired, goes further by demanding a complete do-over “with competent writers”.

It argues that the show’s writers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, “have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent”.

The writers, the petition charges, have “no source material to fall back on”, alluding to the unfinished books season eight is loosely based on.

Because Mr Martin’s next book, The Winds Of Winter, is still a work-in-progress, the TV series has a different ending.

“This series deserves a final season that makes sense,” the petition reads. “Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

Those who signed the petition left comments saying the final series “seems rushed”, “totally disrespected the author” and threw eight years of character development “down the drain”.

“The season demolished everything that was built throughout the series, as a result of rushed storytelling, poor character development, and overall lack of care,” one signatory wrote.

Given the reported cost of each episode – an estimated $15m (£11.7m) – HBO is unlikely to cave in to the petition’s demands.

And ultimately, staggering numbers of viewers are still tuning in to watch the programme. HBO said a record 18.4 million viewers across all its platforms watched last Sunday’s episode – the penultimate in the series.

The ending, as Mr Benioff and Mr Weiss have admitted themselves, was always likely to be contentious.

“A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending,” Mr Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “Of course we worry.”

26 Times Celebs Shared Their Nudes on Instagram

26 Times Celebs Shared Their Nudes on Instagram

Some celebs rarely post a bikini pic, while others lean the hell into being nude AF. Just wait until you see these celebs who bared it all on Instagram. And we mean topless, bottom-less, and even full-on nude. Hot? Definitely. Aggressive? Maybe. But you gotta love their confidence.

1Kourtney Kardashian

Kourt threw every stitch of clothing to the wind while posing nude for GQ Mexico(seemingly in some swanky AF LA penthouse with a serious view). The photo series features her in a wedgie-defying thong/tank top onesie and a turtleneck with her bare butt to camera.

2Bella Thorne

Apart from a little whipped cream, Bella Thorne is basically naked in this adorable behind the scenes clip. Don’t worry, though, she’s wearing a bra and a bathing suit bottom underneath.

3The Kardashian/Jenner Sisters

The whole Kardashian/Jenner crew stripped down to their lingerie for Halloween, borrowing wings and underwear from Victoria’s Secret. Collectively, the sisters showed off a lot of skin as they strutted around in their looks.

4Kim Kardashian


Kim showed off her incredible body on Instagram in what must be the tiniest bikini ever made. The mom of three also rocked the same bikini a few days ago, but this pic is the one that really got people’s attention.

5Noah Centineo


Ok, ok — so Noah is not fully nude here (though fans on Twitter have claimed that they’ve seen leaked nudes of him). That being said, he is stripped down to the waist, lying on his back and looking oh so dreamy. This photo was part of a collaboration between the actor and artist Sarah Bahbah. Go here to see all of the sexy snaps.

6Lady Gaga


Gaga took to Instagram to share a few scandalous pics. The shots, taken by photographer Eli Russell Linnetz, show the singer with large blonde hair, putting on stockings. Who knew getting dressed could look so good?

7Bella Thorne


Bella is known for her fun dressing room selfies. How does this girl always manage to look so damn glam, even when she’s in the process of getting ready?! She captions this pinktastic pic, “Tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow.”

8James Charles


Unlike Kim Kardashian, Drake Bell, and all your other favorite naked celebrities, makeup artist James Charles posted his nude totally by accident. And even though it wasn’t posted on Insta, I had to add this hilarious mishap to the list.

Yesterday, the influencer updated his Story with some major booty. He quickly deleted the post and in its place, posted a selfie captioned “sorry to all 10,000 of you that saw that LMAO oopsies!”

Later, he took to Twitter to laugh with his fans about it. “I ACCIDENTALLY JUST POSTED A NUDE ON MY SNAPCHAT STORY AT LEAST MY BODY LOOKED AMAZING LMAOOO I’M DELETING MY ACCOUNT BYE.” He later added, “damn I should’ve facetuned my butt first.”

Honestly, he should have left it! That pic was 🔥.

9Bella Thorne


Bella Thorne makes it onto this list twice! In what started out as a seemingly feminist Twitter post, Bella wasted no time getting to the point, writing, “I could write a whole post talking about feminism and why I should be allowed to post this pic. But f*ck it here’s my side boob.” Love the bluntness, Bella.

10Bella Hadid


While working on a top secret photo shoot in Mexico, Bella took some time to get nakey for the gram. She posed on the beach in an obnoxiously oversized hat and a barely-there g-string. Honestly, I’m just concerned about where all that sand ended up.

11Kendall Jenner
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While Kendall Jenner is notorious for going braless in public all the time, she’s also been known to share plenty of suggestive (and always topless) pics on Instagram. This one was captioned, “Playing dress up.” Dress up, dress down, same difference 😉

Also, side note: those shoes though!

Related: Every Time Kendall Jenner Has Showed Off Her Boobs In Public

12Drake Bell
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Drake Bell posted a ~quite~ nude pic to his Instagram in promotion of his sexual music video for “Rewind.” (Warning: watch only if you want your childhood to be ruined forever.) After posting that picture on Instagram, however, Drake started trending on Twitter… but for a different reason. Apparently some hackers found even more undisclosed nudes of Drake and were sharing them around the Internet. Drake has yet to comment on this.

Related: Drake Bell Tweeted His Own Sexy Nude Pic

13Bella Hadid
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Bella Hadid shares plenty of pics on Instagram of her perfectly angled face, but this Instagram pic with fellow Victoria’s Secret model Kendall Jenner, is all about friendship and celebrating women! Butts FTW.



Bad girl Ri Ri takes everything to the next level with this post on Instagram. Bleach blond hair, blue shadow, orange nails, and baring ~almost~ everything, Rihanna sure knows how to make a statement.

15Ashley Graham


Ashley is not one to shy away from nude pics, and she always slays in every single one she takes. She captioned this pic: “All I have to say is – Thank You @PrabalGurung! Thank you for your desire to create clothes for ALL women.”

16Bella Thorne
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In this dressing room Instagram post, Bella poses ~completely~ nude. But I mean, we all know Bella can rock anything.

17Kim Kardashian
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This sexy shot lives on Kim’s Insta in promotion of her fragrance, KKW Body, which came out this May. And get this: the bottle is, indeed, in the actual shape of her body.

RelatedHere’s Every Single Time Kim Kardashian Has Posted Naked Pics on Instagram

18Ariel Winter
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With this post (and many scandalous new outfits), Ariel Winter looks like she’s finally breaking free from her child star phase.

19Amy Schumer
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Seriously can’t get enough of this picture, or Amy’s caption: “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.” To say that’s a caption to be remembered is an understatement.

20Rita Ora
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Rita Ora stripped it all down in this sexy Instagram shoot by the sunset. Perfectly entitled, “Sundaze.”

21Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez took everything off for the cover of her “Revival” album, which was so dreamy. When she posted it to Instagram, she got so much fan love 💕💕

22John Legend
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Okay, John Legend may not have posted this picture himself, but Chrissy Teigen apparently couldn’t resist. P.S. They’re so cute!

Related: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Just Recreated The Iconic ‘Spiderman’ Kiss

23Miley Cyrus
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Miley’s post capitalizes on something all girls understand — when you’re wearing a onsie, but then you have to pee…

Related: Miley Said She’s “Not Sorry” for Her Semi-Naked “Vanity Fair” Photo Shoot 10 Years Ago

24Tommy Dorfman
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For a V Magazine photoshoot, Chronicles of Narnia star Tommy Dorfman stood completely bare in front of a New York City, street-facing window. In his post caption, he made it very clear: “I was, in fact, naked in front of a window on mercer street thanks to @vmagazine.”

25Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski


Emily loves sharing barely covered nipple pics on her Instagram feed. But this full body shot flies to the top as one of her sexiest moments for sure.

26Britney Spears
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Just last year, Britney Spears posted this sexy pic on Instagram. Fans went wild, and you

Twitter Shares the Most Tweeted Topics and Celebrities of 2018

Twitter Shares the Most Tweeted Topics and Celebrities of 2018

Twitter has this week shared its annual round-up of the most tweeted about topics, politicians, celebrities and more, providing a range of insights into the key trends of the year, and what’s of most interest to Twitter users.

First off, on topics – the most discussed movements of 2018 were as follows:

Twitter trends 2018 - topics of discussion

Those likely come as little surprise – each of these movements also saw significant media coverage, showing that Twitter generally reflects the key movements of the time. The amount of related on-platform discussion underlines that Twitter remains a hugely relevant cultural force, with many of these topics first gaining significant momentum via tweet.

Next up – political figures:

Twitter trends of 2018 - political figures

It will be absolutely no surprise to anyone that US President Donald Trump tops this list. Trump’s polarizing personality and policy approach has both his supporters and opponents regularly engaging – if nothing else, Trump has definitely awakened more political awareness across the spectrum.

Interesting, too, to note how few comparative mentions US Vice President Mike Pence has seen.

Meanwhile, on celebrities, the ‘most tweeted’ list is particularly interesting:

Twitter trends of 2018 - most tweeted about celebrities

South Korean pop band BTS tops the list, beating out Kanye West, LeBron James and Beyonce. In fact, the top 10 highlights the broader rise of Asian pop musicians, with BTS, EXO and Jimin all making the list. Twitter does have around 5 million users in South Korea, but its the global interest in this new wave of pop stars that’s fueled their popularity.

The same is also reflected in the most tweeted about musicians listing.

Twitter trends of 2018 - musicians

Next up is athletes, with LeBron James’ move to LA pushing his mentions to the top:

Twitter trends of 2018 - most discussed athletes

In 2018 movies, it was Black Panther that sparked the most tweets, beating out The Avengers: Infinity War.

Twitter trends of 2018 - movies

And for TV shows, Saturday Night Live came out on top, beating the return of Roseanne (and the ensuing controversy around comments made by star Rosie O’Donnell).

Twitter trends of 2018 - TV shows

As noted, the lists provide some interesting insight into not only the key trends of 2018, but also the focus areas of Twitter’s audience. Most of these are fairly obvious, but some are likely less so, and that could help in your targeting moving forward, providing a better understanding of who and what’s of interest on the platform.

Twitter has also provided regional trend reports for AustraliaCanadaIndia and the UK, if you’re looking for more specific insights from your region. Definitely worth a look to get a better understanding of your target market.

Instagram’s Added a New Option to Share Stories with Chosen Friends Only

Instagram’s Added a New Option to Share Stories with Chosen Friends Only

Instagram has added a new option that will enable users to restrict the audience for their Instagram Stories content. Now, if you want to share your Instagram Stories in a more private group, you can, which could encourage users to more freely – and regularly – share quick updates.

Instagram Stories private sharing
the new option enables users to create lists of specific groups of friends, which will then appear as sharing options when you go to send your Stories

This means you no longer have to share all your Stories with everyone, which, as noted, could open up the option for more use.

As per Instagram:

“Only you can see your close friends list and no one can request to be added, so you can feel comfortable adjusting it at any time. When you share to Stories, you’ll see the option to share with just the people on your close friends list. If someone has added you to their list, you will see a green badge when you’re viewing their stories. You’ll also see a green ring around their profile photo in the Stories tray.”

The option moves in line with broader social media trends towards more private sharing. The top messaging apps now have more users than the top social networks, and an increasing amount of engagement is now occurring via messages and within private groups. That’s why Facebook’s been working hard to find new ways to monetize Messenger and WhatsApp, and to put increased emphasis on group usage – as social media, in general, has evolved, people have become more aware of the potential negative aspects of sharing everything with everyone online, and most have sought to pull back.

On Instagram specifically, private sharing has been steadily on the rise – around half of all Instagram users now also use the platform’s messaging options, while previous reports have shown that 85% of the messages shared on the platform are distributed to the same three friends, underlining the desire for more intimate sharing.

Instagram’s been working for some time to cater to this – social media code hacker Jane Wong spotted the option to share Stories with specific friends in development back in June, while the platform has also been working on its ‘Friends Lists’ feature for more than a year, with The Verge first reporting on it in June 2017.

Instagram friends lists
Really, given the trends and development, it’s somewhat surprising that it’s taken this long for Instagram to launch it, but the logic of the option is fairly clear. Now you can separate your audiences and feel more free to share whatever you like, which is an option that will no doubt be welcomed by many.

From a marketing perspective, the addition could provide value by giving brands a way to share their posts with specific lists of users based on content relevance (promotions with specific audiences based on list segmentation), or maybe for exclusive groups and offers. That is, if the tool is available for business profiles (waiting on confirmation). But if it is, there are new options to consider.

Instagram ‘Close Friends’s is being rolled out from today in the latest version of the app.

5 Instagram Marketing Trends We Will See in 2019

5 Instagram Marketing Trends We Will See in 2019

Instagram is one of the most important and most powerful marketing channels of our time. It is great for content marketing and paid advertising and, at the same time, for communication and customer service. It has the capacity to drive great engagement and better-than-average return on investment for a marketer, brand or agency.

Instagram has been growing since it was first launched eight years ago. As we can see from the following graph shared with us by Statista , the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network reached a milestone of 1 billion monthly users in June.

This is an impressive number and, when it comes to marketing, impressive numbers are great. It means that you have access to a huge audience worldwide and, at the same time, due to this channel’s nature, you have access to a dedicated and engaged audience.

Moreover, there are more than 4 billion  likes per day on Instagram, and each image posted on this platform gets an average of 23 percent more engagementthan its Facebook counterpart.

As a consequence, we need to constantly stay updated with all of Instagram’s latest developments and, of course, the trends that govern it. This is why, with this article, I am going to shed some light upon the most popular trends that are expected to rule Instagram marketing in 2019.

Also, I questioned some of my peers regarding this issue and, fortunately, I received a series of answers from marketers and professionals regarding their expectations for 2019.

IGTV will be a big player

Announced and launched in June, IGTV is the new video platform dedicated exclusively to mobile users. Unlike YouTube and other videostreaming platforms, IGTV is dedicated to vertical video playback and, therefore, suitable for marketers and content producers that are addressing a mobile only audience.

Why vertical? Instagram wants to encourage people to create video content but, at the same time, to do it exclusively for mobile. We already know that people are more likely to use their mobile devices in a vertical position, hence the type of video.

Are brands using IGTV already? Chipotle was one of the first companies to create and distribute a video on Instagram.

“If you’re still not on IGTV, it’s time to hop on the train,” said Plannable’s Vlad Callus. “When thinking about the upcoming trends in Instagram marketing I believe IGTV and Instagram Stories are on the top of the list. IGTV will become the new YouTube in three to five years, and if you’re joining now, you will catch the big wave.”

Other big brands are on IGTV, as well. SocialChain is producing and distributing a regular podcast. All of its episodes are also being filmed and, afterward, published on IGTV, as well as vertical content. This is a great example of a company that adapts quickly to the latest trends in social media and acts accordingly.

While short-form videos were already available on Instagram, the new IGTV channel allows users and marketers to opt for long form content, which, in the long run, may prove more beneficial to their strategies.

“We’re going to see a rise in long-form content,” said Spendesk inbound marketing manager Patrick Whatman. “That’s intentional on the part of Facebook: It brought in IGTV specifically to let people go long. The rationale is sound, too: It knows that teens and young people love watching vloggers on YouTube. It also knows that these same people love watching videos on their phones. So, in direct competition with YouTube, it built a format that lets these vloggers create videos for the vertical screen—the same screen that young people love to watch on the bus or in the car.”

He added, “Instagram will find ways to incentivize businesses to use IGTV, and businesses will respond. And these long-form videos will then be clipped to use in Stories and in the feed.”

Micro-brands will dominate the platform

If you look at how Instagram has evolved over time and continues to, you will notice something quite unique to this platform. Being a true social channel, Instagram favors micro-brand marketing and, in fact, we see quite an explosion of small companies and brands on the platform.

Instagram favors interaction and storytelling, and it is quite different from other news-oriented social media platforms. This is why it has become one of the best content distribution channels for micro-brands.

“I think this mass of micro brands with massively efficient marketing are, in aggregate, having a much bigger impact than anyone thinks,” Scott Belskywrote. “Using hyper-targeted marketing, just-in-time manufacturing and social media, these brands find and engage their audience wherever they may be.”

One of the most successful micro-brands that was able to grow almost overnight thanks to Instagram is MVMT, a crowdfunded fashion watch designer. Instagram was a great choice, considering that it delivered a two times higher engagement rate and 75 percent stronger brand awareness and brand recall than other platforms.

“Instagram was not only able to integrate seamlessly into our day-to-day ad management by combining placements, but it also improved cost per action by 20 percent” said Steven Dinelli, ad manager at MVMT.

There are also a lot of companies and brands that act just like media companies. They have created and maintained large communities of followers and fans with whom they share their successes and news.

One of these brands is @Dunk, a basketball community that creates high engagement, thus attracting millions of followers. Its success depends on this huge community, but also on the quality of content it promotes via Instagram.

Stories ads—a new kind of vertical advertising

Instagram Stories has become one of the most important parts of the platform since its launch. It’s great for day to day users and perfect for advertisers that need to communicate straight-to-the-heart messages to their audiences. With Stories ads, you are able to insert your banners between the slides of other people’s stories and do it quite effectively, since this paid option allows for full screen banners.

Keep in mind, however, that in order for your ads to convert and give you a great ROI, they should be top-notch in terms of design, look and feel. They should also be highly targeted and in line with what the audience wants to see, hear or buy.

“Instagram Stories users will no doubt have already seen ads showing up between their friends’ latest updates,” Whatman said. “The platform has worked hard to make Stories a key feature—it sits right there at the top of the feed, and you’ll see more links to Stories as you scroll through the feed. Now that users are comfortable with and enjoy using Stories, businesses will inevitably take advantage and use this valuable real estate. We expect to see more ads appearing, and with more targeting. In other words, if you’ve been doing some online shopping, expect to see those same products showing up in your Instagram Stories.”

Data from Socialbakers shows that businesses are leveraging Instagram for advertising more than ever before. The share of Instagram ad placements is clearly on the rise, reaching 43 percent in March. This means that out of all of the ads that marketers launched on Facebook and Instagram, almost one-half were run on the latter.

Looking forward to 2019, we see three areas that will continue to trend with brand marketers, simply because they perform well.

  • Influencer marketing: Influencer marketing on Instagram, when done correctly, earns the most engagement for businesses. Working with the right influencers can help brands reach new audiences, generate high-quality leads and dramatically boost ROI. The key will remain choosing the right influencer to help you to engage with your existing audience in a relevant and authentic way and also extend your reach to new undiscovered audiences with whom your brand will resonate. Influencer marketing took off in 2018, but we believe that’s it’s really still day one in terms of the value it can bring to brands.
  • Video ads: Studies predict that video will account for 81 percent of all internet traffic by 2021, and this trend is very visible on social media, with the success of video and live video across platforms like Instagram. Media publishers and sports-focused sites, such as ESPN and the National Basketball Association, have already seen increased engagement with their video content on Instagram, and moving into 2019, we predict that we will see more and more video ads from brands on Instagram.
  • Format types: We also predict that brands will leverage even more format types on Instagram. “2018 has really been the year of Instagram Stories, and we see brands getting more and more engagement specifically with the Stories format,” Socialbakers CEO Yuval Ben-Itzhak said. “Looking to next year, we will see brands using with more engagement-based content instead of just promotional posts.”

Ecommerce shops—from one simple button

While Instagram is not yet a platform that offers native ecommerce features, you can say that it’s at list ecommerce friendly. There are a lot of shopping features already in place, and we expect more developments in this area in the future.

The easiest and most effective way to sell items on Instagram is via shoppable posts, which are available for single static images and Stories.

These posts are designated with a little shopping bag icon that appears on one corner of the screen. When a user sees this icon, he or she is able to tap in and access details on the product. Instagram opens up a new page within the application where they can see even more details. By tapping on the Shop Nowbutton, the users are taken straight to the product page on the seller’s website, where they can actually make the purchase.

Since Instagram is a social media channel based upon visuals, its shoppable posts allow you to increase sales and market your products effectively.

“One other thing that already changed for part of the industry but is going to spread to more and more brands is the tone of voice in communication,” said @lelograms owner Tammy Joanna. “You want it as informal as your Instagram community needs it to be. Being more like a person than a brand is what gets people commenting, interacting, engaging.”

Joanna added, “2019 is going to be a lot about the offline of the online—the things that happen online need to have a correspondent in the physical world. Like installations and pop-ups—something you give to a limited amount of lucky people that will create content that finds its way back online. Followers need to see a validation of your online coolness in the real world, and just good delivery of quality products to their door is not going to cut it in 2019. Putting some soul into the brand, though, will go the extra mile.

There are many features you can use in order to test your sales on Instagram. You can use the above mentioned shoppable posts and, at the same time, you can tag products in Stories. Since every audience is different, we recommend testing several features and settling for the one that fits your strategy and overall goals.

Engagement features: Spend more time on Instagram

There are a lot of features available on Instagram that will make marketers’ lives easier, including questions, the emoji slider and, of course, polls, which are a great gateway to interaction, brand awareness and influence gain.

“We’ve already witnessed brands taking advantage of the questions sticker on Instagram Stories, but I think we’re going to see these businesses take it to a whole new level in 2019,” said CanIRank communities and social media marketing associate Jessica Nath. “It’s a fun way to open direct conversations with your followers. Learn what interests them by literally just asking. Have them share stories, quotes, recipes, insights and more with you and your audience. This is a simple feature with so much potential to increase brand loyalty and engagement.”

Social media is a key ingredient in today’s marketing strategies, regardless of industry, brand or company. Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels and, as a consequence, it has become essential in the great scheme of things—a platform that cannot be disregarded by any marketer.

In order to be effective as a marketer on Instagram, you need to be up to date with the latest trends that define this channel.

Video Advertising on Instagram: 9 Best Practices for 2019

Video Advertising on Instagram: 9 Best Practices for 2019

If you haven’t heard – 2018 has been the year of Instagram. With Facebook’s decline in public favor, and as other platforms scramble to police themselves, Instagram seems to be the only platform free from controversy (so far), despite having been bought by Facebook in 2012. Here, users are free to express themselves in a safe environment, helping bring in billions in advertising dollars from companies big and small.

There’s a lot of good reasons advertisers are flocking to Instagram. For starters, the integration with Facebook’s ad platform doesn’t hurt – nor does advertising on a platform free from all of Facebook’s negative stigma. Plus, Instagram’s user-base is growing exponentially, easily surpassing a billion monthly active users in June. It’s become the gold standard for positive user experience, borrowing the best parts from other platforms and merging them all in one place, like Instagram Stories, which feature Snapchat-style daily disappearing video, or the newly launched Instagram TV, which functions like YouTube for content creators.

All in all, Instagram is worth your time and advertising dollars. If you’re not convinced, keep reading – we’re sharing everything you need to know about Instagram video ads, including vital best practices you’ll need for 2019!

How does video advertising on Instagram work?

Video advertising on Instagram is divided into two categories: standard in-stream video ads and Story ads. Even though they’re different, you’ll still need a Facebook page and Business Profile to create and run them.

In-Stream Video Ads

Instagram video ads look almost identical to a traditional in-stream post from any Instagrammer, with the exception that these posts have a promoted button directing the intended audience to “Learn More” (or a similar CTA). According to Instagram, they can now be created in either landscape or square format and be up to 60 seconds long.

Story Ads

Story ads are short-form, full-screen, vertical format ads that show up in the Stories section of Instagram, where Instagram users view Snapchat-style disappearing content that only lasts for twenty-four hours. These ads show up like a commercial break between your friends’ content, and aims to mimic the style and feel of other content being viewed so as to not be too abrasive or disruptive.

Source: Adweek


Similar to Facebook, Instagram also offers a Carousel-style advertising format for video and photo ads. Carousel video ads show multiple videos in a slideshow presentation, anywhere from two to 10 slides, alongside a call-to-action button underneath.

You can buy, run, and track Instagram ads in a handful of ways, either through a promoted post directly using the ads manager, or working with one of Instagram’s provided partners (a third party). Since Instagram ads are run through Facebook’s advertising manager, it’s really simple to set up and run your own. Just set your objective, audience targeting, and format within the ads manager, determine your budget, then publish. You can try it out yourself here.

Why use Instagram video ads instead of Facebook, YouTube, or LinkedIn?

First and foremost, Instagram boasts a billion monthly active users. That’s easy access to A LOT of people. To put it in perspective, YouTube only recently reached this milestone after being in business for nearly twice as long as Instagram. And Facebook, the top contender in sheer monthly-user volume, is arguably on the decline after this year’s many controversies, and will likely be capped out at a ceiling of two billion for a while. Instagram only has room to grow.

More importantly, though, is Instagram’s integration with Facebook’s backend ad manager. Their integration allows you to run video ads on both Instagram and Facebook at the same time, which is very simple to do and an effective way to optimize your reach and spend. Their advanced data analytics also give you tons of actionable information. Is your video ad reaching more eyeballs on Instagram or Facebook? Which platform is driving more link click-throughs? Which is driving more conversions? You can prioritize this automatically and shift spend to whichever platform is the highest performing, so you get the most out of your money.

Not only that, but Instagram feels more friendly and trustworthy to users in their interactions with businesses. For example, Instagram reports that 80 percent of users end up following at least one business on the platform. As recently as March 2017, over 120 million users either direct messaged a business, visited a website, called a number, or emailed an address through the platform, and at least 30 percent have purchased a product they first saw on Instagram.

Bonus Tip: According to a Pew Research study, Instagram is most popular among adults 18-29, with 55 percent of all people in this age group (millennials) using the platform. The study also showed 31 percent of women and 24 percent of men use Instagram, so the platform (similar to Facebook) skews younger and slightly more toward women.

What video types work best for Instagram video ads?

Before deciding what type of Instagram video ad to create, decide what goal you’re trying to achieve with your video advertising. Here are the four main goals you can set for your video campaign, and what types of video work best for them.

Goal: Attract New Audiences

You’re going to want to optimize your campaign for brand awareness in order to attract as many users as possible, and familiarize them with your brand.

In-Stream Ads: Try a 15-second commercial or promo to promote your brand, or use a before and after time-lapse video to capture new audiences’ attention.

Story Ads: Try a three-part industry or educational video via the Stories carousel feature, and tell a mini-story about your brand’s impact on your industry or on the lives of your customers.

Goal: Engage More Visitors

If you want to engage with viewers on Instagram, the goal is to get the right type of people to take an action. You’ll want to optimize your campaign for traffic to drive them to your page, and video views to make sure the right audiences are seeing it.

In-Stream Ads: Try a testimonial or brand video to inspire your intended audience to learn more about you. If you’re a food company, create a visual DIY recipe video. If you’re in the beauty industry, try a DIY makeup tutorial.

Story Ads: Try a day in the life video that looks and feels like the type of content your followers’ and audiences’ friends are creating. Make it compelling enough, and they’ll be motivated to take action.

Goal: Nurture Leads into Customers

If you’re trying to turn leads into customers, optimize your campaign for conversions, which helps you get the lowest cost per action. Use video to promote a specific sale, service, or product directly.

In-Stream Ads: Try an FAQ video about your promoted product or sale, answering any questions your leads might have in the consideration phase of their buyer’s journey. You can also promote a 60-second clip of a longer product review video to transparently represent your product or service.

Story Ads: Create a customer spotlight video that highlights your customers’ success in tandem with your own. Or try creating an event video using footage from a recent event.

9 Best Practices for Instagram Video Advertising

Quick Specs to Keep in Mind

In-Stream Video Ads

Landscape Resolution: 600×315
Landscape Aspect Ratio: 1:9
Square Resolution: 600×600
Square Aspect Ratio: 1:1
Vertical Resolution: 600×750
Vertical Aspect Ratio: 4:5
Max File Size: 4 GB
Max Length: 60 seconds
Max FPS: 30 FPS
Recommended formats: .MP4 and .MOV
In-Stream Caption Character Recommendation: 125 characters

Story Video Ads

Max Resolution: 1080×1920
Min Resolution: 600×1067
Aspect Ratio: 9:16
Max File Size: 4 GB
Max Length: 15 seconds
Recommended Formats: .MP4 and .MOV

Are Instagram Video Ads for you?

If you have the budget for video advertising and you’re already spending ad dollars on Facebook, you should absolutely be testing and comparing your results by running a dual campaign on Instagram. By running an Instagram video ad and Facebook video ad simultaneously, you get double the reach, double the exposure, and access to billions more viewers. If you’re already running on Instagram and Facebook, all you need is a video strategy for YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and you’ve pretty much conquered the entire social video advertising universe!

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