How to use User-Generated Content on Instagram? Let’s take a quick look at what user-generated content is before we get into how to use it on Instagram. UGC is simply content about your product, service, or brand created by others. You may be tagged in, @mentioned in, or sent content posted by someone else on Instagram. The material is normally created by your customers, but it could also be created by potential consumers or your entire audience.

How do you know what makes for good user-generated content for your business? It’s a winner when the content matches your brand’s tone, style, and colors. And you should definitely use it if the content shows the benefits of your product or the positive characteristics of your brand.

How to use User-Generated Content on Instagram?

1: Encourage your Instagram followers to share user-generated content (UGC).

Encourage users to use your branded hashtag and/or @mention you in Instagram content about your brand to persuade them to contribute to UGC for you.

To make their branded hashtag #weareallbirds more visible to their audience, footwear firm Allbirds places it front and center on their Instagram bio.

You might include the hashtag and/or your username on receipts or packaging, along with a small reminder to your consumers to post to Instagram and tag you, in addition to your profile.

Use posters or even set up selfie stations if your business has a physical location to encourage visitors to take photos and tag you. You can also use UGC as an entrance criterion for contests or giveaways.

2: Choose the Best User Generated Content (UGC) to Post on Instagram

You might be wondering where to go for UGC once people start sharing it on Instagram. If you use a branded hashtag, keep an eye on it to see what kind of content others are making about your company.

You might also use a social listening service to locate content created by others by searching for your business name, mentions, or hashtags on social media.

Be selective when it comes to selecting which UGC to share. Choose the correct content for your business and to convey the message you’re sending, and if necessary, change colors or apply filters to match your account’s design. Don’t post anything that doesn’t match your brand’s voice, tone, or style. Also, unless your brand is targeting parents of children, avoid posting posts with children in them. Many parents object to their children’s photographs being openly shared online.

If the content contains alcohol or any other controlled drug, make certain that everyone in the post is of legal drinking age.

3: Ask for permission to share user-generated content on Instagram.

You’ll need to seek formal permission before reposting UGC once you’ve determined what you want to share. If you don’t, you risk being sued for any revenue that the post is found to have produced.

You can request permission for a feed post by leaving a comment on their article or sending them a direct message (DM). Inform them that you enjoyed their post and would like to share it on Instagram. “Do we have your permission to utilize it?” is the next question. You can upload the content to your account after you get permission, but you must still @mention and/or tag the original creator.

 Sharing tales is a bit of a murky area, but it’s regarded as acceptable because it keeps the original content in the sharing and doesn’t require express permission. However, I continue to advocate for it.

Whether you’re unsure whether or not to reshare a piece of material on Instagram, you can always DM the original creator to see if it’s acceptable. However, most people are okay with their content being shared if they tag you in it.

4: Post user-generated content to Instagram’s Feed and Stories

Let’s take a look at some of the tools you may use to share UGC on Instagram stories and in the feed.

There are a variety of free apps for reposting on the feed. These apps save the original post, image, and caption and let you share it on your own Instagram account. They’ll also include a watermark with the username of the original account.

Screen captures are becoming more widespread and easier to use for sharing UGC than most reposting methods. As long as you have permission and tag the original user, this is entirely acceptable.

In terms of Instagram stories, you may use the built-in sharing option to share tales you’ve been tagged in directly to your own. It’s not easy to simply repost a story on your own if you weren’t tagged in it. If you don’t want to use the native in-app sharing mechanism, you can take a screenshot of the photo or video and acquire specific permission from the content creator to publish it.

Read also: How To Repurpose Instagram Content?


Quality content, especially on visual networks like Instagram, is difficult and time-consuming. That’s where UGC can come in handy. Sharing content from your customers and prospects may be a fantastic way to provide your audience with useful information, showcase client tales, and interact with them. Hope now you know how to use User-Generated Content on Instagram.

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