15 astounding Examples of Visual Storytelling on Instagram

Instagram is an exceptional tool for visual brand storytelling. The app’s image-first approach, clean grid, and simple navigation own made it the platform of choice for many companies. Regardless of how central this channel is to your content strategy or how often you can post, there are certain tactics that can fabricate your Instagram content more effective at capturing your target audience’s attention. If you’re looking for fresh ideas to communicate your own stories, check out these 15 brands’ visual storytelling strategies. They’ve built original, appealing feeds that stand out in the midst of so much visual clutter.

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1. Urban Outfitters Home

This account’s strength is around styling. Urban Outfitters home is all about cozy spaces, carefully styled walls, and a vibrant display of that signature eclectic style the brand has become known for. A must-follow for interior design enthusiasts.

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#UOHome moments with @missmirandarose 🌱

A post shared by Urban Outfitters Home (@urbanoutfittershome) on Dec 30, 2018 at 2:01pm PST

2. Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s brings a unique flavor of authenticity to Instagram. Their feed mixes humor, recipes, and hosting ideas that seem both brilliant and approachable.

3. Target

Target knows just how visually driven their target audience is. This Instagram feed features colorful products and fun lifestyle shots.

4. Pantone

Follow Pantone for a daily dose of color inspiration. Their vibrant photos and color palette examples never disappoint.

5. Moo

If you fancy print design, Moo is the account that keeps you excited about its future. The brand uses Instagram to showcase sample halt products (printed using their service) and creative ideas to procure you thinking about your next stationery design.

6. Create & Cultivate

How can an event brand maintain the excitement around a specific experience all year long? The team at Create & Cultivate uses Instagram to nurture the lively community built during their conferences.

7. Refinery29

Instagram success depends on your ability to connect with a specific audience and sharing content that resonates with their needs, desires, and lifestyle. Refinery29’s Instagram account does exactly that. Their mix of laid back and polished graphic styles, added to the back and forth between humor and serious content gives their account a very particular rhythm that keeps followers entertained around the subjects that matter to them.

8. World Economic Forum

Economics, politics, and social phenomena are complex subjects. The World Economic Forum succeeds at using Instagram to simplify some of the most essential concepts in our society in a format that is easy to digest — even if you’re just skimming through.

9. Buzzfeed’s Tasty

Chances are you’ve rush into a Tasty video at least once online. I emphasize at least, because Buzzfeed’s Tasty has built an impressive community of over 27 million followers, reaching millions more along the way. Their formula for success includes many different strategies, but one of them is clearly the focus on process. People savor seeing how simple ingredients evolve into a tasty dish in “seconds”.

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fabricate super easy one pot pasta for dinner! 🍝

A post shared by Tasty (@buzzfeedtasty) on Dec 17, 2018 at 3:49pm PST

10. Letterfolk

Being visual-centric doesn’t mean there’s no situation for words on Instagram, and Letterfolk’s account is solid proof. This brand’s letter boards grace the feeds of thousands of Instagram accounts around the world, as well as their own.

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Weekend plans. ✌️ 📷: @deliciousbydre

A post shared by Letterfolk (@letterfolk) on Jan 4, 2019 at 7:17pm PST

11. Postmates

Visuals become even more essential when you’re sharing the myth of a service brand. Images of the experience can back bring otherwise intangible value to life. Postmate does an incredible job at creating context around their app on Instagram.

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I’m gonna need to talk to a pint of ice cream and a pizza about Boss Baby’s Oscar nom. (📷: @_warrenjay)

A post shared by Postmates (@postmates) on Mar 4, 2018 at 10:51am PST

12. Mailchimp

Mailchimp is winning at many marketing games these days, and Instagram content is certainly on the list. Being a B2B product doesn’t halt them from engaging followers with humor, personality, and a lighthearted enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.

13. Aerie

Sometimes innovation isn’t about doing something, but about standing up against a common practice. Winning by not doing, in a way. And this is the case with American Eagle’s Aerie, an underwear brand that has decided to own the flag of “no photo retouching” to elevate women’s natural beauty.

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This is our #AerieREAL mission. And YOU are what it’s all about.

A post shared by aerie (@aerie) on Dec 2, 2018 at 6:00pm PST

14. Mind, Body Green

Not all content has to be produced internally, and Mind Body Green is a perfect example of that. Mixing carefully-crafted quotes and infographics with content created by other users, the brand has created a visually compelling feed.

15. Airbnb

No list of inspiring brands on Instagram would be complete without Airbnb. Whether it’s wanderlusting over a certain destination, crushing on dreamy interiors, or relating to someone’s myth, this account makes you feel things.

Any other brands worth following?

With so many brands competing for attention on Instagram, you need to advance out with content that feels fresh, unique, and titillating. That’s all easier said than done, but taking a perceive at accounts like the ones listed here is a grand way to stay inspired. own you rush into other brands worth following on Instagram? Share them in the comments section below.


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