How can I share my entry on Instagram?

You may have noticed that while we offer ways to directly share your entry via email, Facebook, Twitter and others, we do not offer a direct way to share to Instagram.

The reason for this falls on Instagram and how they allow 3rd party sites to interact with sharing on Instagram. For many years, Instagram had a no-clickable-link policy in posts and Stories for anyone with under 10,000 followers (and let's be realistic: that's most of us!). You were allowed just one link, within your Instagram bio- hence the reason why many urged their followers to "click the link in bio".

But good news! Instagram recently changed their previous no-clickable-link policy and opened it up to everyone. Now there is a way for you to share the link to your contest entry within your Instagram Stories.

Adding a Link to Your Instagram Stories:

Use the Link sticker to add a link to your contest entry to your Instagram story. When people tap on the sticker, they’ll be redirected to your entry.

To add a Link sticker (instructions straight from Instagram):

  1. Capture or upload content to your story
  2. Select the sticker tool from the top navigation bar
  3. Tap the “Link” sticker to add your desired link and tap “Done”
  4. Place the sticker on your story — like other stickers — and tap on the sticker to see color variations

Important Tip: Be sure to write something compelling in your story, something that will make your followers want to click your link. Explain why you're raising money, or share the mission of the group whose contest you are participating in.

Adding a Link to Your Instagram Bio:

  1. Put your entry link in your Instagram bio (instructions here)
  2. Create a post in your Newsfeed or Stories that features your entry
  3. In your post, urge your followers to "click the link in bio"

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