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Your Guide to Advertising On Instagram


Instagram has 1.28 billion monthly active users. Additionally, 90 percent of people on Instagram follow a business. As a multi-location enterprise, Instagram is a great platform to promote your brand. While leveraging Instagram organically has its own benefits, this piece will focus on Instagram Ads. 


We’ll break down what advertising on Instagram looks like, the different types of Instagram ads, and what type of content to include. Let’s get into it! 


A Look into Instagram Ads 


Before we get into Instagram ads, let’s define social advertising. Social advertising, or social media advertising, is a type of digital marketing that uses social media platforms and networks to deliver paid advertisements to a specific target audience. Advertising on Instagram is one type of social advertising. 


Instagram ads are posts your brand can pay to show to specific audiences on the platform. Instagram ads are shown in a user’s main Instagram feed, on stories, and on the Explore page. Many multi-location brands leverage ads to build brand awareness, generate new leads, improve conversion rates, and gain more in-depth social media insights. Here’s an example of an Instagram ad as an in-feed post and story:



Examples of an Instagram ad in both a story and in the feed


Courtesy Instagram


How to Set Up An Instagram Ad Campaign 


Now that you understand what Instagram ads are and why they’re essential, let’s look at how to set up an ad campaign on the platform. 


1. Log into Instagram’s Ad Manager for the account you want to create an ad for and select “Create an Ad.” 

    1. Note: Your profile must be a business account to run ads, which you can find more information about here.  


2. Pick your ad format. There are six different ad formats you can choose from, and we’ve included examples of a few of them. 


  • Photo Ads — These ads feature one square, landscape, or portrait image. 


  • Video Ads — Videos can be up to 60 seconds and are a great way to provide more detail than a photo ad. These might help explain a product or highlight an upcoming event. 


  • Carousel Ads — Carousels can include videos and photos and provide an extra layer of depth as you can select up to ten visuals. 

An example of a Carousel ad on Instagram


  • Stories Ads — Ads on Instagram Stories provide a full-screen experience and can be a video or image. 


  • Reel Ads — Similar to ads in Instagram Stories, these ads will appear when users are viewing Instagram Reels. You can only use full-screen assets for Reel ads. 


  • Instagram Shop — Brands can also take advantage of shopping ads, which allow users to purchase your products directly from inside the Instagram platform. These ads must be in the single-image, carousel, or collection format.


An example of a shopping ad on Instagram


3. After selecting the ad format, you can pick the videos and images you want to include in your campaigns. We recommend high-quality images or videos that speak to your target audience. 


4. Next, it’s time to set up your ad promotion. Instagram allows you to set your ad’s location, target audience, budget, and duration. 


5. Once you’ve set up your ad promotion, you can begin incorporating the text and call-to-action that you want to go along with the ad, if applicable. These are often correlated with in-feed video and image ads, as seen below.  


An example of the back end of an Instagram ad that shows where you can add in text and a CTA


Courtesy Meta


7. Now it’s time to publish your ad! Once published, you should be able to track the performance of your ads in Instagram’s Ad Manager.  


Get Started With Your Instagram Ad Strategy 


As you can see, Instagram ads are an excellent way for your brand to reach a broader audience on the platform. While Instagram ads are a great way to broaden your reach, getting ads set up across numerous local accounts can seem daunting. That’s where SOCi comes in! 


SOCi Ads PLUS is built for multi-location marketers. With our unique software, you can instantly create, pre-schedule, and deploy highly customized, targeted local ads. With SOCi Ads PLUS, your brand can also track and compare social advertising spend for regions and individual locations and gain critical insights to allow national and local marketing teams to optimize Facebook and Instagram ad campaigns. 


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There’s no longer an excuse to leave Instagram ads on the back burner. Get started dominating your ad strategy today! 


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