Episode 52 – How to Master Instagram Reels

How to Master Instagram Reels

Today we are going all into Instagram Reels and find out why and how to master them in 2022.

Did you know that Reels receive more engagement than regular video content at a rate of about 22%. 

They are also favoured by the Instagram algorithm as Meta tries to rival TikTok’s social media influence. 

Coming up in today’s show: 

  • > Why Reels are important in your social media strategy 
  • > How to master them in 5 steps
  • > I speak to Reels sensation, Richard Grogan, a Dublin-based solicitor that has taken Instagram and TikTok by storm with a combined reach of 1m on both platforms. 
  • > He shares how he got into creating Reels and the impact on his professional profile and public engagement.

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How to Master Instagram Reels for Government and Public Sector Comms 

Reels are capturing the attention of Instagram users and that’s no accident. Meta has redesigned the app and reconfigured the Instagram algorithm to give prominence to Reels content as it competes against the phenomenal rise of TikTok. 

So, in this second edition of 3 Social Media Wins, I’m sharing three Reels formats that will work perfectly for government and public sector communications. I also include examples.

What are Instagram Reels, Joanne?

Instagram Reels are short-form videos up to 1-minute long that combines movement, sound, effects, and text overlay. They live on your profile indefinitely, unlike Stories that delete after 24 hours (unless you highlight them).

OK, so here are my three tips for this week. I promise I won’t recommend dancing. 😀

#1 Education With Trending Hashtag 

Using trending hashtags in your TikTok strategy provides you with a double win.

The first win is that searching trending hashtags can provide inspiration for a TikTok video. Remember when using trending hashtags as inspiration, they must have some connection to your work. Do not hijack a trending hashtag that’s out of context! 🤓

The second win is that your TikTok video is more likely to appear on the For You Page which will give your account an enormous boost as it will be shown in that day’s main TikTok feed.

In this example, the United Nations use the trending hashtag #Misinformation and educate us on how to spot it online.

#2 Use Your Q&A Box

The question and answer feature give TikTok users and government and public sector creators new ways to connect. In videos, users will be able to designate their comments as Q&A questions, which are then labeled as questions in the comments section. This makes it easy for a creator to quickly identify and answer questions in their videos’ comments.

Creators can then respond to questions with comment responses or video replies, just like they would for other video replies to comments, and add Q&A comments as stickers in responses. The new video will link back to the original, where the question was first asked.

A Q&A profile link will also be added to creators’ Profile bios, which leads to a separate Q&A page where all questions and answers are aggregated. Users will be able to browse earlier questions and answers and submit new questions directly from the Q&A page.

Here’s how it looks in practice and using this feature brilliantly is Visit New South Wales.

#3 Tutorials With Trending Sounds 

Trending Sounds, like trending Hashtags, allow you to work the algorithm in your favour.

In this example, NYPD brings us behind the scenes and shows us how Detective Matt Klein uses his drawings to help in missing person cases. A wonderful tutorial-type video that provides unique content but it’s very appealing and in the public interest.

If you want to master Instagram Reels and other social media tactics, why not check out our Social Media Bootcamp. If you are looking for an accredited course, look at our Social Media Diploma.

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How To Master Instagram Reels in 5 Steps

#1 Clarity of Concept

Begin with a clear image of what you want to achieve

Educate your audience and teach them something new

  1. Storyboard Concept
  2. Shoot Instagram Reel
  3. Preview and Add Effects
  4. Share & Promote Instagram Reel
  5.  Check Your Insights 

#2 Master the Reels Camera

Get practicing on the Reels camera within the Instagram App.

Become familiar with the features such as sounds, text, filters, transitions and stickers.

#3 Trending Sounds 

Search for trending Sounds and jump on the bandwagon for greater reach.

#4 Promote your Reels

Share on Grid

Share on Stories

Share on Facebook – If you have a public Instagram account, you will be asked to opt-in to share your Instagram Reels on Facebook.

#5 Check Your Insights 

Interview with Richard Grogan on How He Mastered Instagram Reels

Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors. The firm are specialists in Personal Injury Litigation and Employment Law.

Follow on Instagram and TikTok:

@richard_grogan_solicitor – 91.4k followers on Instagram 

@richardgrogansolicitor – 47.1 million views on TikTok


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