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[Quick Hack] How to Add Snapchat Filters to Your Instagram Stories

For new businesses, it can be difficult to keep up with continual onslaught of new social media channels. Do you or don't you try and re-build your following on it. Furthermore, do you even have enough time to manage another channel? 

Check out the 10 Step Hack to Add Snapchat Filters to Your Instagram Stories 👉

For the last few months, Snapchat, was the latest and greatest social network on the block, however there was one big problem: most businesses and influencers have the majority of their digital fan base across Facebook and Instagram - not on Snapchat (unless you're Kylie Jenner - but that's for another blog post).

With the latest announcement of Instagram stories, businesses and influencers are already finding that they're getting almost 10X the number of story views when posting to Instagram stories now - and it's only been 24 hours with the platform (once more peole upgrade to the new version of the app, those numbers will only go up).

My pal, the crazy-remarkable founder of Collective Hub, Lisa Messenger, and I were just discussing this... yes, over Instagram stories earlier today. She's already seen within the first hour of posting on Instagram stories more than 15x the # of views of her story than on Snapchat. Now, we're not all like Lisa and have 96.2k fans on our personal Instagram accounts, and 127k on our business accounts.

Snapchat Story View Lisa Messenger on Snapchat Ryan Bonnici on Snapchat

But the logic rings true - if you have more followers of Instagram (which is likely the case), you'll get better exposure. And why not consolidate your channels. Well, I've got good news for you. As we wait for Instagram to bring some of their recently acquired facial recognition software into the Instagram stories platform, there is an easy (albeit time consuming) way to use Snapchat filters within Instagram Stories.

Here is the 10 step hack for using Snapchat filters within Instagram Stories

Step 1: Open Snapchat and take a photo / video selfie with your filter of choice (my favourite at the moment is this filter)

 Step 1: Open Snapchat and take a photo / video selfie with your filter of choice (my favourite at the moment is this filter)

 

Step 2: Once you've got the perfect snap, save it to your memories by clicking the little arrow inbox icon

 Step 2:  Once you've got the perfect snap, save it to your memories by clicking the little arrow inbox icon

 

Step 3: Open up Snapchat memories (to do that, get ready to take a new photo and instead of taking it, swipe up to reveal memories

 Step 3: Open up Snapchat memories (to do that, get ready to take a new photo and instead of taking it, swipe up to reveal memories

 

Step 4: Tap the memory you just saved, and then click the edit & send button at the bottom

 

Step 4: Tap the memory you just saved, and then click the edit & send button at the bottom

 

Step 5: Tap on the grey "My Snap" header to reveal several hidden options

 Step 5: Tap on the grey "My Snap" header to reveal several hidden options

 

Step 6: Click Export Snap option, and then click Save Video on the iOS popup

 Step 6: Click Export Snap option, and then click Save Video on the iOS popup

 

Step 7: Open up Instagram and tap the new Stories + icon in the top left hand side of the app

 Step 7: Open up Instagram and tap the new Stories + icon in the top left hand side of the app

 

Step 8: Once the camera activates, pull from the center of the screen down and select your saved Snapchat story

 

Step 8: Once the camera activates, pull from the center of the screen down and select your saved Snapchat story

 

Step 9: Add any additional text and tap the white tick box to publish your Snapchat filter on Instagram Stories

 

Step 9: Add any additional text and tap the white tick box to publish your Snapchat filter on Instagram Stories

 

Step 10: Follow me on Instagram and/or Snapchat for more digital marketing and business

 

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PS: Massive thank you to Lisa Messenger and the Collective Hub team for experimenting with me on this one. Read Lisa's write-up on the latest Snapchat vs. Instagram saga here.

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Ryan Bonnici

Ryan Bonnici

Ryan Bonnici is the Marketing Director at HubSpot Asia Pacific & Japan. He’s an experienced digital marketing leader having held roles previously at Salesforce, ExactTarget, Microsoft and Qantas Airways. For more frequent updates, follow him on Twitter (@ryanbonnici)