Collaboration is a vital part of Instagram communities. It helps brands, businesses, creators, and Instagrammers to connect better with each other. Last July, Instagram started testing “Collab” on posts and Reels. It is a means for Instagram accounts to co-author or partner with an Instagram feed post or story. A digital marketing speaker Hong Kong highlights the importance of “Collab” if a brand or business engages with influencer marketing on Instagram. In this article, learn how to use “Collab” and create effective “Collab” campaigns.
HOW “COLLAB” WORKS
Traditionally, there are two ways to partner on Instagram. The first one is to tag a brand or creator in a post as if tagging a friend. Such an option lacks transparency because you cannot differentiate between a personal and professional tag. The second way is to use branded content tag showing a post as sponsored. The downside of this option is that it is only available to a limited number of creators.
Recently, Instagram rolled out the “Collab” option. It became the third option to co-author or partner with other accounts, brands, or businesses. Instagram’s VP of Product, Vishal Shah, announced the feature via tweet. The “Collab” label allows an Instagram user to tag another account as an invitation for partnership. Once the request is accepted, both accounts will show as co-authors of a post or story. Followers of both accounts will see the post on their headers. Reactions received by a “Collab” post or story will be grouped under both accounts. These include comments, likes, and shares.
A social media agency Hong Kong notes that “Collab” tags are available for all public accounts regardless of their audience size. Using “Collab,” a user can tag 20 accounts in total. For example, a user can tag 10 people (normal tags) and 10 collaborators (collab tags). The user also has the option to tag zero people and 20 collaborators.
Collab is thus a more straightforward way to show partnerships on Instagram. “Collab” makes it easier and faster to share partnership content. It allows both partners to get full credits on a feed post or story. It also boosts conversions and reaches by promoting transparency among followers. Currently, “Collab” is available in India, Ireland, and the UK. Instagram is gradually rolling it out to other regions globally.
Using Instagram Collab on Feed Post
A feed post is an original type of content on Instagram. They can either be a single photo, a carousel of multiple images, or a short video. These types of content stay on an Instagram profile unless the account holder chooses to delete them. Feed posts are the first type of content that a visitor will see on an Instagram profile.
To create a “Collab” via feed posts, upload an image, multiple images, or video. Then tap “Next” to view your post setting. Under the tagging tab, choose the “invite a collaborator” option and start tagging brands or friends. Once you’ve chosen a collaborator or collaborators, tap the checkmark to confirm. You will see a quick summary of the collaborators you’ve tagged. You can go ahead and publish your feed post once satisfied. For “Collab” to show on each tagged account, the account holder should approve the tag first. So, it may take a while before the feed post shows up in their accounts.
Using Instagram Collab on Reels
A video marketing agency Hong Kong strongly recommends using “Collab” on Instagram Reels. They are short music videos that resemble TikTok clips. Reels have a dedicated tab on Instagram’s main feed. They also show up in multiple spots like feed posts and Stories.
To create a “Collab” via Reels, upload your recorded video as Reels. Then tap the tag option to access the “Collab” label. Choose the “invite a collaborator” option and start tagging brands or friends. Once you’ve chosen a collaborator or collaborators, tap the checkmark to confirm. You will see a quick summary of the collaborators you’ve tagged. You can go ahead and publish your Reels once satisfied. For “Collab” to show on each tagged account, the account holder should approve the tag first. So, it may take a while before the Reels show up in their accounts.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Using Instagram Collab for posts and Reels has several benefits as they share the same characteristics. They may probably be the reasons why Instagram restricted the use of “Collab” labels on both types of content.
- Both feed posts and Reels are permanent IG content. They stay on an Instagram profile unless the account holder chooses to delete them.
- Both feed posts and Reels can use shop tags.
- Both feed posts and Reels show up on the Explore page.
In general, brands and businesses can boost their marketing posts through “Collab” on posts and Reels.