You have probably used the direct message feature on Instagram before. Sending private messages to your followers is an amazing way to foster relationships on Instagram. There are various techniques through which you can message your followers either manually or through an automated service. If you are interested in learning how automated messaging works on Instagram, read How To Send Automated Direct Messages Online on Instagram – The Small Business Blog.
Let us look at some of the common direct messaging techniques.
Direct Messaging From the Home Screen
As you scroll through your Instagram feed, you may come across a post that is relevant to some of your followers and may want to message it to them. To do this, tap the message icon under the video or image that you want to share and select the username of the person you want to send the image to. In the popup field type any information you want to send alongside the post and click on send.
Direct Messaging From a Location or Hashtag
This method is awesome for travelers who love to share their location information with a group of people. It allows you to send an entire hashtag or location page with a large audience. Navigate to the relevant page then tap the message icon on the top right corner of the page. Select the people you want to send the information to, enter an optional message and click on the send button. Individuals who love hosting events can use this technique to engage participants and raise their expectations ahead of the actual event.
Direct Messaging From the Inbox
You can easily send messages from your inbox by tapping the inbox icon on the upper right corner of your home feed and clicking on the plus sign that appears at the right-hand corner. Select from the drop-down list the username of the person you want to message and tap on the person’s icon. A window will open up where you need to upload your content or take a new shot with your camera. Once this is done you can click send to share the message.
Direct Messaging From Newly Uploaded Photos
From the Instagram app, select the new upload button, choose a photo from your gallery and tap next. If you need to edit the photo you can do so at this stage then hit the share button. Click on the drop-down menu at the top of the app and select Direct Message. Search or select the recipients and click send to share your photo.
These techniques only work on the Instagram app. To be able to use them, ensure you have the app installed on your smartphone.