Instagram Walls for Events: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tired of seeing low engagement at your events? This article might have the answer you’ve been looking for. You will learn how to expose your event to a larger audience and improve user engagement with the help of an Instagram wall.
Instagram Walls for Events_ A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you experiencing low engagement for your events? Then maybe you should consider creating an Instagram event wall.

It is an excellent strategy to capture the fun in real time, encourage interactions between attendees, and market your events to a much broader audience.

By displaying an Instagram feed of your past events, you can also build up hype for your upcoming ones and sell presale tickets faster.

Not sure where to begin? In this tutorial, I will show you how to improve event audience engagement by creating an Instagram wall and embedding it on your WordPress site using Spotlight.

What is an Instagram wall?

An Instagram event wall showcases a dynamic feed of photos and videos related to a specific event. This includes but is not limited to weddings, musical concerts, conferences, and trade shows.

When used properly, an Instagram wall is the perfect marketing tool to create buzz around your event and boost audience participation.

The best part? It requires minimal effort on your part, as the Instagram feed mostly aggregates user-generated content (UGC) from attendees, influencers, and sponsors who use event-specific hashtags in their posts or reels.

Here’s an excellent example of an Instagram event wall on Coachella’s website:

Coachella Instagram wall

The advantages of creating an Instagram event wall

By showing an Instagram event feed on your website, you can:

Improve event audience engagement

It’s not every day that users have the chance to show their talent for visual storytelling. So, when your Instagram wall allows them to get their photos or videos seen by thousands, attendees will embrace it with open arms.

As more people share your event’s live updates, others will be more eager to participate and join in the conversation. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is real and you should use it to your advantage. 

Of course, you still need to moderate user-generated content to prevent low-quality posts from appearing on your social wall. Failing to do so puts your brand’s reputation in jeopardy.

Increase brand visibility

What’s a better way to reach a wider audience, than having thousands of attendees promoting your event? This is the power of user-generated content, and a social wall helps you unlock its full potential.

As more users upload and share posts about your event, it will get exposed to a much wider audience. Likewise, if their followers like the content, they are more likely to follow your account to learn more about your brand and stay informed on upcoming events.

Build social proof

Even after your event has passed, an Instagram wall is still accessible on your site. When new visitors see the success of your past events, they’ll be keen to join your next ones. 

Not to mention, sponsors will come flooding in after witnessing the monetary potential your events bring to the table.

How to create an Instagram wall for your events

Now that you know the potential engagement an Instagram wall brings, the next step is to create one for your events.

Start by encouraging attendees to participate. Run photo contests or caption challenges, and give incentives to those who produce the best results.

Next, develop a branded hashtag that participants must use in their posts or reels. This helps you to collect and moderate user-generated content.

To make your job a lot easier, try social aggregator tools like Spotlight. With these plugins, you can automatically display posts from the event’s attendees, while also filtering out unwanted captions and hashtags in the process.

In this next section, I will show you the step-by-step process of setting up Spotlight, creating a curated Instagram event wall, and embedding it on your site. 

Installing and setting up Spotlight

Before proceeding, make sure to register as a Spotlight PRO user. While the free version is powerful, the PRO plan offers filtering and moderation features needed to keep your wall clean.

After you’ve successfully secured your plan, go ahead and install Spotlight from your WordPress admin area.

To set up the plugin, go to Instagram Feeds in the left sidebar. When creating a new feed, choose My tagged posts to display posts from users who have tagged your account, or Hashtag feed to show UGC containing the branded hashtag you determined before.

If you prefer to use both, select Combined feed.

Create a combined feed using Spotlight

Next, pick the most suitable Instagram wall template for your needs – Spotlight offers plenty of templates designed to boost engagement.

Select Slideshow if you want visitors to focus on one post at a time, or pick Montage for a more diverse and dynamic visual experience.

Create a montage Instagram wall

Customizing your Instagram event feed

Finally, connect your Instagram business account and select Show posts where these accounts are tagged in the right menu bar. Under Show public posts with these hashtags, fill in your event hashtag in the relevant field and click Add.

Create a tagged and hashtag Instagram feed

After that, it’s time to customize your feed. In the Design tab, you can set the number of posts, arrange the post order, select which types of posts to show, and so on. 

Design your feed

To keep your Instagram wall clean, it’s essential to filter out unwanted posts. Simply head to Filter > Caption filtering, and specify the phrases you want to leave out. Do the same for hashtags under Hashtag filtering.

Filter your feed

Next, open the Moderate tab, select Hide the selected posts, and choose all posts you want to remove from your Instagram event wall. This helps you curate user-generated content, making sure only the best posts appear.

Moderate your feed

Embedding the Instagram wall on your site

If you want to create a dedicated page for your Instagram event wall, go to the Embed tab and click Create new page. This will automatically embed your Instagram feed.

Embed your Instagram feed

Alternatively, head back to the WordPress dashboard and select Pages > Add New Page. Once the Gutenberg editor appears, click the (+) plus icon. Look for “Spotlight Instagram Feed” and click to embed your newly created Instagram wall. 

Spotlight block

Make sure to hit Publish in the top right corner of your screen, and there you have it.

Final result

Final thoughts

Creating an Instagram wall for your event is a low-effort initiative, but the potential impact can be huge. It enhances the live experience for attendees and extends your reach and engagement beyond the venue.

But since the content mostly comes from users, you have to be extra careful, as low-quality and harmful posts can pop up out of nowhere. Luckily, social aggregator plugins like Spotlight make it a lot easier to display a well-curated Instagram event wall on your site.

All you have to do is install the plugin, create a Combined feed to show both your tagged posts and hashtag posts and maintain a clean wall using its filtering and moderation features. Once your social wall is ready, embedding it on your site only takes a few extra steps.

So, what’s holding you back? Try Spotlight today, and watch as your event audience engagement skyrockets like never before! 

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Brian Fajar

Brian is a copywriter and content marketer fascinated by the power of words. With hands-on experience building his own WordPress sites and Instagram online stores, he's on a mission to help others achieve success online.

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Brian is a copywriter and content marketer fascinated by the power of words. With hands-on experience building his own WordPress sites and Instagram online stores, he's on a mission to help others achieve success online.
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Brian Fajar

Brian is a copywriter and content marketer fascinated by the power of words. With hands-on experience building his own WordPress sites and Instagram online stores, he's on a mission to help others achieve success online.
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