Instagram Multiple Photos / Carousel Feature Is Now Available In Pakistan

Instagram has been on fire this year when it comes to releasing new features.

Pakistani Instagrammers received the Live Stories feature just recently, and now there’s another one out to experiment with.

I’m talking about the latest multiple photos / carousel feature.

You and I both know that sometimes you need more than one image to tell a story. With the carousel feature, you can add up to 10 images & videos inside one post.

Using Instagram Multi-Image Feature 

What you’ll basically create is a slideshow / carousel of different images that people can swipe through, be it a step-by-step guide or a scavenger hunt.

To access the multi-image feature, try creating a post on Instagram. A cascading icon in the shape of a square will then appear at the bottom right. Tap it to upload additional images or videos in the same post.

You can even add Hyperlapse or Boomerang clips if they’re saved in the Photo Library. In addition, you can change the order of any image by tapping it and holding on to drag it around.

Moreover, you can apply the same filter on all images, or apply different ones on each. But there’s no option to apply separate location tags and captions on each image inside the carousel at the moment. However, it’s possible to tag people in each image and video.

After you publish a carousel post, your followers will spot multiple images / videos because blue dots will appear at the bottom of the content. They can tap it, and then swipe right or left to see through the slideshow.

Check out how Hina Altaf did it:

Instagram multi-photo feature Pakistan

Instagram multi-photo feature Pakistan

You can see the floating square on her multiple photos post, as well as the 3 dots at the bottom in the second screenshot.

Final Thoughts

This multi-image / carousel technology was already available for sponsored Instagram posts that only business users could create. Now normal users, too, can utilize it for their Instagram feed.

Let’s see how creative Instagrammers in Pakistan can get with this feature. :)

About Me: I help local Pakistani brands and Pakistan-based international brands gain traction on Instagram. Get in touch if you’re interested in working together on multi-image Instagram campaigns.

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Pakistan, Here’s what A Holographic Lip Gloss Looks like on Instagram

A few months ago, the holographic lip gloss effect made rounds on Instagram.

And for good reasons.

While holographic nails became a big deal in 2016, no one had the slightest idea that the trend could lead to a futuristic pucker.

Beauty bloggers achieved a fascinating iridescent effect as soon as they applied the holographic lip gloss; all it took reportedly was a single swipe of the product.

The magical gloss effect changes and reflects different themes during the day and at night, making it stunning layered as well as on its own.

But all that talk happened outside Pakistan. Makeup and beauty Instagrammers in this country only had a rough idea of what a holographic lip gloss is capable of; no one actually tried it.

Well … It’s time that you get a good look at the holographic lip gloss and its effect.

I got some delivered from my friend abroad and collaborated with a Pakistani makeup & beauty Instagrammer to showcase how cool the effect looks, especially when you portray it on Instagram.

Here’s the video:                                  

Looks pretty darn good, doesn’t it?

How about you try it yourself? Wait, what?

I’m going to give away this lip gloss by Victoria’s Secret in a different shade to one of you.

To be eligible for the giveaway, just follow these two steps:

1. Follow @aqdigital on Instagram.

2. Share this post on Facebook.

That’s all you need to do to get your hands on one of such holographic lip glosses, and create a wonderful effect to show off to your followers, peers and relatives on Instagram.

About Me: I’m an Instagram marketing consultant for local and international brands operating in Pakistan. Contact me if you want new content ideas for your Instagram account or want to gain traction on the platform.

Instagram Live Stories, Now Accessible In Pakistan

Since the announcement of Instagram Live in November, the company has been rolling out the live streaming service gradually to Instagrammers in different parts of the globe. It allows Instagrammers to share the footage of their moments in real-time, from live concerts to in-the-moment makeup tutorials.

And, you would be glad to know that Instagram Live is now available in Pakistan.

You can access the feature by swiping right from your Instagram feed and selecting “Start Live Video” in the camera. Alternatively, you can click the “Your Story” circle at the top left in the home feed section of Instagram.

Instagram Live Pakistan

Note that before going live, Instagram is going to check your internet connection and conduct a countdown of 3-seconds. So, if you’re not prepared on the whole, you will have some seconds to get your act together before you go live.

With Instagram Live, you can:

  • Do A Question / Answer Session
  • Take Followers Behind-The-Scenes
  • Broadcast Experiences Of Live Events
  • Share Interviews
  • Broadcast Live Tutorials
  • And More

What’s different about Instagram Live Stories is that the live story will disappear from the app as soon as you’re done with your video.

Additionally, users will be able to see “Top Live” in the Explore section if they want to view some of the trending videos made by Instagrammers out there.

Also, you can hide the real-time video from certain followers, if you need to. This is possible by changing the story settings from the Profile section. You’ll have to choose “Hide Story From” and specify the profiles you don’t want your live story to be visible to.

Moreover, you can control the comments you receive on your Live video. Because some comments might not be appropriate, you can choose to block comments with certain phrases or words. This can be done by clicking on Profile > Comments.

So Pakistani Instagrammers, are you ready to embrace Instagram Live?

About Me: I provide social media marketing consultancy to businesses in Pakistan, mainly focusing on Instagram as this platform is relatively young in this country. Know more by visiting the Services section on this website. 

Hands-Free Recording & Stickers for Instagram Stories Launched In Pakistan

What’s up Snapchat? I see you sweating!

That’s because Instagram has updated its Stories feature with a “hands-free” recording option. This enables Pakistani Instagrammers to start recording a video with just a tap of a button.

Now you can play that tune on your guitar and create an Instagram Stories without any hassle.

It’s a strong tackle to Snapchat; Instagram's top rival still makes users tap and hold the record button while they make clips to share with their peers. 

The new addition also allows you to add more text to your videos or photos by using one of the multiple text buttons that appear.

In addition, a slider will enable you to adjust the size of the text, as well as text wrap automatically so that it doesn’t go over the screen’s sides.

Also, if you are using an iPhone, you can save your entire story from the last 24 hours as a video.

hands-free video Instagram Pakistan

But what has got me excited is the launch of Instagram Stickers.

An answer to Snapchat geofilters, Instagram Stickers enable you to spice up your videos and photos with stickers that showcase time, weather, emoji, location names, and more. Seasonable graphics related to Christmas and other holidays are also offered.

You can see all the available stickers from the new button that is accessible from the top right corner when you edit a story. The panel for stickers is a scrollable list of all the emojis on your device as well as the stickers created by Instagram.

Note: At this time of writing, stickers can only be added to Instagram Stories, not to normal Instagram posts.

Instagram hasn’t revealed whether or not in the future it will monetize this offering through sponsored sticker ads or enable Instagrammers to submit their own variants of stickers.

But one thing is for sure, users will get even more versatile options in 2017.

Here’s an example of the new stickers in action. The second button beside the volume button is where you can access stickers from.

Instagram stickers for Pakistani Instagrammers

Nice, isn’t it?

Enjoy these two new features. They’re available in Pakistan.

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About Me: I’m an Instagram marketing consultant for Pakistani businesses. You can get in touch with me if you’re looking to run creative Instagram marketing campaigns.

 

PhotoScan: Share Your Classic Print Photos on Instagram [Video]

Like most of you, I have a plethora of printed photos of my childhood and teen years.

Featuring my family members, some bad haircuts, even the high school crush (oops).

And they make me cherish all the good memories.

But how do we celebrate the times and folks who have enriched our lives?

One way is by creating “digital snaps” of those printed photos with your smartphone or digital camera and sharing them on Instagram.

But you rarely get decent snaps. In fact, printed photos taken with your mobile camera often have a glare from the light streaked overhead across the photo.

Also, the result is not aligned properly in most instances. And, without cropping, the photo may even show the surface it was placed on in its digital version.

Want to save yourself from these nuisances?

Download PhotoScan…and I promise you won’t look back.

PhotoScan for Instagrammers

PhotoScan is an app by Google that allows you to produce glare-free digital copies of your old pictures without needing a real scanner.

The app comes with a friendly interface that enables quick image detection and edits.

To put an old photo to good use, open PhotoScan on your iPhone or Android phone and fit the image in the frame that shows up. 4 white dots will then appear on the corners of the photo being scanned.

Move the phone towards the dots; they’re going to turn blue when scanned. After all 4 dots turn blue, the app will process and save your photo.

PhotoScan is programmed to remove glare and other imperfections to deliver a high quality result. It also features advance enhancement and editing tools like saturation adjustments and exposure.

Google also revealed that the app has 12 “styles” that can be used to enhance photos further. The filters rely on machine intelligence to adjust saturation, warmth, sharpness or brightness.

Here’s a video I made showing the app in action.

Not only will you be able to share your memories, but also keep them safe as the printed versions are prone to wear and tear.

Over to You

As you see in the video, the clarity of the image is incredible and way ahead of using a smartphone camera to take a picture of a picture.

Use hashtags like #throwbackthursday #childhoodmemories and #blastfromthepast when sharing the photos you digitize with PhotoScan on Instagram to gain more eyeballs.

Download PhotoScan for iOS

Download PhotoScan for Android  

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Mannequin Challenge by TNS Beaconhouse – The Lil Ones Shine

2016’s “Harlem Shake” – the Mannequin Challenge – has seen several groups in Pakistan action posing for a video, frozen.

Most of those groups consisted of adults, but the Mannequin Challenge at TNS Beaconhouse Lahore (made possible by my team) is the first to feature only kids.

Kids, like adults, equally good at the Mannequin Challenge.

Here’s the video of the young ones in statue mode doing creative poses at a section inside the school called "Jungle Gym".

TNS Beaconhouse is the first in the schooling sector to perform the mannequin challenge.

I pitched the idea to team just a few days after the mannequin challenge surfaced online. If they had made the decision to execute it early, TNS Beaconhouse would have been the first in Pakistan to take on this challenge.

But as the saying goes, better late than never. :)

I and my team powered this mannequin challenge after Beaconhouse TNS agreed to our pitch.

Credit goes to the school’s staff and the young participants who made it top notch.

Their faces were brimming with excitement when they heard they’re going to take on this viral trend.

What’s intriguing is that they weren’t prepared beforehand. 

About Me

I offer Instagram marketing consultancy to companies based in Pakistan. My goal is to bring across your identity in front of your target audience in an interesting manner.

Because Instagram is a challenging platform to gain traction on, you need creative content to gain followers and keep them hooked while engaging existing ones.

Capitalizing on viral trends is one way to go about it, but there are several others.

Contact me if you want to stock your Instagram account with content that’s impossible to sleep over.

Learn more about my services here