You may already know the basics of sending a DM (direct message) on Instagram. But I guess you don’t know that there are a lot of other ways to use the DM feature.

Sending a direct message is an excellent way to build a more authentic relationship with your followers on Instagram. But remember, using them to sell, or spam is a quick way to lose potential clients.

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Send direct message from the home screen

Did something catch your eye while scrolling through Instagram? Share exciting and high-quality content directly with a group of your friends in a Direct Message. When you are visiting another users content, you’ll notice a clickable arrow under the picture. From there you’ll be able to send a private DM. I suggest using this feature with your sales team to strategize how other related businesses are engaging their audience.

How to send direct message or create a group chat in Instagram the new way
Send direct messages from the inbox

Chances are you’ve received a lot of direct messages from your followers on Instagram. Remember you can quickly send messages directly from your Inbox. In the top right corner on your home feed, you’ll find an inbox icon. From there you can send private direct messages by clicking on the plus button in the top right-hand corner.

How to send direct message or create a group chat in Instagram the new way
Send direct messages from a Geolocation

Do you know you can use hashtags and geo locations to send a direct message? This is an excellent feature if you’re traveling or looking to share your area with a group of followers. Once you’re in the hashtag center, you’ll see an arrow in the top right corner. Click on that to pick the people for whom you wish to share the message. Sharing related hashtags or locations is a great way to engage people in your travels or in your geographic area. If you’re hosting or visiting a special event, consider how you can use this feature to engage followers in your content ahead of your entry.

How to send direct message or create a group chat in Instagram the new way
How to create a DM group on Instagram?
  1. Open Instagram and click on the paper plane at the top right.
  2. There’s no ‘Create Group’ option here; still, if you select multiple users from the list of followers, Instagram will automatically create a DM group.
  3. Name the DM group and send a text or picture message.
How to send direct message or create a group chat in Instagram the new way