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How to make Instagram Stories longer than 15 seconds

(MARKETING) Instagram Stories are booming and are a powerful marketing tool, but 15 seconds isn’t always enough time to get ‘er done.

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Have you ever been filming something amazing for your Instagram story and been cut off right at the pivotal point? It takes you from your perceived likeness of Martin Scorsese and knocks you down a few pegs.

This is especially annoying when you can’t predict the length of time something will take to transpire when filming in real time. Those 15 seconds go quickly and make you break a sweat.

Bee Design feels your pain, and has come up with a solution for the problem. Storeo for Instagram Stories is an app that describes itself as “super long Instagram stories!”

If that doesn’t sell you, let’s go into how it works. Storeo gives you the space to captivate your audience, gives you unlimited length, it does not allow for cut-off words, it doesn’t have a timer, and you can use the same video for a Facebook Story.

Storeo is currently in version 1.6 and has recently added automatic video stabilization. Other features include the capability to shoot a long video without having to constantly hold down the record button, the ability to convert pre-edited videos into Instagram stories, and you can take a selfie video that is not a mirror image.

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In order to upload pre-made videos, you select a video longer than 15 seconds in length, tap export, open Instagram, and upload each slice of your story starting with the left-most video. No tech savviness required.

The app currently has a 4.7 out of 5 rating in the App Store and is free to download, but creating videos without a watermark requires a one-time fee of $9.99 (worth it). It requires iOS 9 or higher and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

We all know the downside of this is app is that your annoying friend will film a whole concert while “wooo!”-ing in the background the entire time. (SKIP!) However, the app would be ideal for those who use social media for branding and marketing, as you have a new way to truly feature your products and/or services – just be cautious not to overdo it, lest you lose your audience.

Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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