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Day 13: Reels

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Day 13: Reels

Instagram Reels content is here to stay as a big part of brands’ and influencers’ 2022 content strategy.

But how many reels is enough to make a difference? 4-7 reels per WEEK… Yes that is a whole load of content but there is a LOT of opportunity with reels if done in the right way.

So, what is the right way? And where do you get ideas for that many reel posts?

Start by coming up with a concept for your Reels and then define your goal for the post.

For example, what do you want your followers to get out of it by seeing it? Once you figure out your call-to-action, create a shot list, aka what you want to film, and start shooting.

Here are some nice ideas for when inspiration gets short…

Instagram Reels Content Tips #1: Storyboard

The good thing about short-form video content is that it can be both scrappy and thought out. Unlike Instagram Stories, Reels should be planned just like your Grid posts. Reels allow you to switch up your content without having to regurgitate your Grid posts, Stories, or Instagram TV content. Reels can be their own thing, which is why storyboarding helps you plan out your ideas for the perfect execution.
Knowing what you’re going to film for each frame will make it simple to shoot and help keep your video within the 60-second Reels time limit.

Instagram Reels Content Tip #2: Behind the Scenes aka “BTS” Shots

There will come a time when you’re fresh out of content ideas and when that time comes, don’t give up. Think back to any videos you shot that you didn’t use in the actual reel, Instagram Story, or Instagram TV posts themselves. Compile that footage to share some behind-the-scenes-styled Reels with your audience.

This footage can consist of either a sequence of bloopers, what it takes to make one of your products, day-to-day operations featuring your team— the list goes on! Your brand personality can shine through here and help build a deeper connection with your audience.

Instagram Reels Content Tip #3: Teach a New Skill

Reels are perfect for providing educational content to your followers. Reels give you enough time to explain how to do something from start to finish. Using Reels for a tutorial or a quick how-to video helps beef up your number of posts per week while giving your followers more content variety. And if you’re having trouble coming up with tutorial ideas, head over to your Instagram Stories and crowdsource your audience.

Instagram Reels Content Tip #4: Commit to Reels

Posting Instagram Reels consistently helps the Instagram algorithm prioritize your content.

Still, we know posting four to seven Reels a week can be intimidating, which is why if you’re just starting work your way up to that magic number of posts. Note: Just because you’re new to creating and posting Reels doesn’t mean you can cheat by reposting TikToks to your story. Make sure you’re sharing Reels content instead to help land yourself a spot on the Explore Page.

Posting Instagram Reels consistently helps the Instagram algorithm prioritize your content.

Still, we know posting four to seven Reels a week can be intimidating, which is why if you’re just starting work your way up to that magic number of posts. Note: Just because you’re new to creating and posting Reels doesn’t mean you can cheat by reposting TikToks to your story. Make sure you’re sharing Reels content instead to help land yourself a spot on the Explore Page. 

Instagram Reels Content Tip #5: Understanding TikTok to Master Reels 

Committing to creating Reels content doesn’t mean you can slack on staying up to date with the latest TikTok trends. TikTok revolutionized the short-form video industry. Many creators recycle their TikTok content to Instagram Reels. Many of the same trends, including the dance challenges, music, and sounds first seen and heard on TikTok, are finding their way to Instagram Reels shortly after. And since there’s a direct correlation between high-performing content on TikTok translating to Instagram Reels, you must have a grasp on what’s popular so you can leverage and rework it into your Reels content. 

Instagram Reels has a plethora of music in its music library, many of which are on TikTok so that you won’t miss out on the latest trend because of a lack of tools. Instagram Reels has grown a lot since it first came out and will only improve the more brands and users use it. 

Instagram Reels Content Tip #6: Leveraging Influencer Relationships 

Instagram Influencer relationships are just as important and effective on Reels as they are for Grid posts and Stories. Find the influencer or creator most relevant to your brand and work out a new partnership relationship with them. Not only will working with an influencer to create Reels content for your brand increase your number of followers, but it will help you build stronger relationships with content creators to work with in the future. 

Start by finding influencers well-versed in the video content space. Working with someone who already knows what they’re doing will end up in a better final product that you can share to your Grid or Reels tab to gain followers for your brand and the creator you’re working with.

Instagram Reels Content Tip #7: Using Performance Insights to Create Content that Resonates with Your Audience

Instagram Reels Insights is where users can view the number of accounts reached, views, peak concurrent viewers, likes, and saves. Available for Instagram Live too, users have the ability to see how their Reels and IG Live content is doing in real-time. This not only helps creators see which of their Reels performed best but helps them understand what type of Reels content is working and getting the most audience engagement. Understanding why a Reel performed a certain way gives you the opportunity to pivot and create more content that’s relatable to your audience. 

After reading these tips, you can see that making Instagram Reels isn’t much different from coming up with any other Instagram content type. Remember to come up with various content ideas distinct enough from your Grid content and other video content. You do not want to copy and paste from one Instagram feature to the next. 

We hope our tips and inspiration have you posting four to seven Reels a week in no time!

Remember to tag us into your post @idomarketinguk and use the hashtag #idmcalendar2021 

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© I DO MARKETING Ltd 2024 All Rights Reserved – Kent Marketing Agency serving businesses in Kent & London