How to Make Instagram Reels

Hey there friend! Welcome! Today we are talking about how to make Instagram Reels. Instagram has been saying they want their creators to make video content so they can compete with other platforms like TikTok. I know making videos can be scary – trust me, I was so scared a few months ago. Here’s the thing though, the more you practice and try new things the more comfortable you will become with the whole process. So let’s get started!

Your Reel needs to do one of a few things for your audience: educate, entertain, or explain. Some of the best reels I have seen do all of the above. Remember to break down the concept into easy to understand steps because you only have 30 seconds!

Bonus Tip: I have read that Reels under 15 seconds tend to perform the best. People want to be entertained!

Make sure to have fun with your Reels. Your audience wants to see your personality and these short videos are the perfect way to do that. You can dress up in costumes or wear your everyday clothes – just try to stay consistent so your audience knows what to expect from you.

Filming videos everyday can become time consuming so try to set aside a block of time to batch film your reels. You can always edit the reels later! Make sure to have a few outfit changes on hand ready to switch things up. I recommend having at least 3 or 4 outfits per filming session.

Bonus tip: If you batch create your content then you only have the set up ring lights or other lighting options once every few weeks. Once I figured this out, I saved so much more time!

Use trending audio for your Reels. This will help your content get picked up by the algorithm and be shown to more people. You can get inspiration from other creators as well!

Use hashtags that are relevant to your niche, but also choose a few bigger hashtags. These hashtags could potentially help you get picked up by the explore page.

Make sure that the text colors are on brand for your account – again, consistency is key here. Pick a color scheme and stick with it.

Don’t be afraid to dance, do silly things, make goofy faces, or have fun! If someone sees you having fun then they will most likely smile! My goal is to make people happy and teach them things.

Try different things to see what works for your audience and your schedule. I suggest going outside of your comfort zone because that’s the only way to learn and grow yourself as a person.

I hope these tips for making Instagram Reels are helpful! Once I figured out how to make them, I started having a lot of fun! If there are any other social media platforms that you would like a tutorial for send me an email on my contact page!

If you want to see examples of Instagram Reels I have made head over to my Instagram @the_active_historian. Click on this link here to go to my Instagram Reels page!

I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

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