Want to Get Your Instagram Reels Moving and Generate Action?

How To Get Your Instagram Reels Moving and Generate More Action on Instagram

If you use Snap Chat or Tic Tok you will feel comfortable reeling around on Instagram. If not, this blog post will help you to understand how to create and get your Instagram reels moving!

Instagram just launched the reels feature in the United States just over a month ago. (If you don’t see the option yet, be sure to update your Instagram app on your mobile device.) When a social media network releases a new feature it usually helps you achieve greater reach within the algorithm. The first day I saw the reel feature I made a quick video with Hunter and me to practice.

So, go ahead and try the new Reel feature, do not be shy or afraid. If you are, you will get behind that proverbial 8-ball!

Get your Instagram reels moving

Let me know to help guide you along if you are not familiar with how Reels works on Instagram.

Here, I will be showing you how to create one from Canva in a video if you are shy or do not know how to later in this post.

When a social media network releases a new feature it usually helps you achieve greater reach within the algorithm. #instagramreels Click To Tweet

Instagram Reel Dimensions:

Instagram Reels are made to be viewed as 9:16 (1080 X 1920) or vertically full screen, which is the exact same format as Instagram Stories. It’s perfect for your full-body visual of anything you want to share in a video format.

Be sure to have your best content in the middle as you don’t want any of it cut off when it goes live.

Length of Reel videos:

You now have 60 seconds to produce a reel video, that is it – a full minute! That’s up though from 15 seconds when reels first appeared on Instagram. (Size is 9:16 portrait mode).

Reels are short-form videos. If you don’t want to be in the video yourself, you may use Canva to create one.

I recently did one about my morning routine that I will share here for you to see:

You now have 60 seconds to produce a reel video, that is it – a full minute! That's up though from 15 seconds when reels first appeared on Instagram. #Instagram Click To Tweet

How to Begin to Reel on Instagram:

Hover over your story option on your Instagram profile. On my Android, it is on the upper left-hand side of Instagram.

how to start a reel

Next, choose reels over life or story along the bottom of your screen.

pick reels on bottom

Then you will see an icon that looks like a video. Click on there to begin taking your video reel or upload your produced reel.

Along the side you will see 4 buttons:

Timer – Hit this button so you can slice up your video.

Effects – This is where you may add text. You can also discard your clips here too. Other effects look like Snap Chat and FB messenger effects. There are many to choose from so play around to find which suits your reels the best.

Set Timer – Push this button to set a timer for you to easily know how you are progressing on your reel.

Align – Decide if you want it on the side or centered in the reels feed.

Finally, you are ready to share your Instagram reel! This will help get your Instagram reels moving and eyeballs coming to your Instagram profile.

Where to Share Your Reels on Instagram

You have several choices of where to send your reels to.

  • Send to friends via direct messages,
  • You can share your story,
  • Share to the reels feed,
  • And, share these reels right to your Instagram feed.

Of course, you may want to add hashtags to these reels especially in your Instagram feed.

What to Reel About and Get Your Instagram Reels Moving

If you are not sure what to reel about – think about stories. What do you do for stories? Reels are similar to stories but with short 30 second videos.  (Stories let you pick just an image if you prefer.)

Remember, on Instagram, the audience is mostly people aged 18-38 and skew more females. So, think about what would appeal to that audience.

  • Be Instructional
  • Keep your reels simple
  • Create fun pieces
  • Show who you are in 30 seconds
  • Showcase your brand – image
  • Have fun!

You can always check out what your competition is doing on Instagram reels as well.

What do you do for stories? Reels are similar to stories but with short 30 second videos. #instagramtips Click To Tweet

Shy on Video? Use Canva to Create Some Fun and Engaging videos!

Yes, I know many of you may be shy or do not want to be in front of the camera all of the time. You can plan ahead by using Canva to create your reels moving. It’s pretty simple and I did a video to explain exactly how you can use Canva for Instagram video reels.

It’s a fabulous way to get your Instagram reels moving and provide audio along with them.

By using Canva to create your reels you can plan ahead.  Right now you can only upload them via your mobile device but that may change with programs like Agorapulse or Tailwind. Stay tuned if any of those programs do come out with it!

Shy on Video? Use Canva to Create Some Fun and Engaging videos! #instagramreels Click To Tweet

Your Turn on How To Get Your Instagram Reels Moving

Are you ready now to get your Instagram reels moving? I’d love to hear from you if you have tried them yet or why not if you haven’t.

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  • Hi Lisa,
    I haven’t used Reels yet. Thanks for the encouragement.
    I’m wondering if these videos will also do well on Pinterest. Have you pinned any of them yet?

    • Hi Ileane, I haven’t but I will. I do have an IFITT recipe for having my Instagram posts to go to Instagram but not sure on reels, I will check and let you know. Do you find that Pinterest helps your Instagram account too? Thank you Ileane for coming by and for your idea 🙂

  • Lisa: Is this feature available for all users now? I thought that Instagram started out with testing Reels on certain markets. I will comment on this new feature, TikTok, etc., in a future episode of my podcast, EGO NetCast.

    • Hi Martin, I’ve read that they are available in 50 countries now. Have you tried and see if you have the feature now? And is your Instagram app updated? Let me know and have a nice day Martin.

  • Hey Lisa,
    Great post!

    Loved the tips you are putting here to help Instagram users to get their reels real move.

    Liked the Canva suggestions, sometimes being shy is not the only reason for not showing up in the video yourself. I’ve seen many beginner bloggers pay a lot of money to set up their workspace, and the decoration there as they want to capture some videos. You had a great solution here for those who don’t have enough budget.

    Thanks for posting such a great post!
    Keep posting!


    • Thank you Hussain for that. Yes, I know many people who are shy in front of the camera so I wanted to show how you can make Instagram reels with Canva. It’s pretty easy and fun to get creative along the way! You are most welcome. Enjoy the rest of the day and weekend.

  • Hi Lisa,
    Good to hear from you again, I appreciate your quick response and the good words. Thanks a lot for dropping by. I appreciate your valuable time.
    Hey, Lisa, I have one more complaint to make about the comment form here or the option you made on it. That is to say, your first comment author is pushed down to the bottom when new comment authors arrive! LOL 🙁 I am sure I am the first comment author for this post, yes, immediately i landed here after receiving the push notification!

    This is indeed a bit disheartening! And I think I will prefer to comment at the last or end of it! LOL of course I know there is no end to it on the pages of people like you.

    This option I found on our common friend Enstine Mukhi’s page also and I stopped commenting on his blog! 🙂

    You must think of this and make some changes if you find the suggestion is good and reasonable.

    “First come first serve” the age-old saying is still relevant I believe!

    Have a good day.

    ~ Phil

    PS: For your kind information I curated this post on the pages of I M Platform BizSugar.
    P V

    • Hi Philip, You are welcome. I try to respond on the same day when I can 🙂 I’ll consider your recommendation on the comments. It may be in my Thrive comment system. There are 2 schools of thought on it, so let me ponder on it for a bit. Thank you for the recommendation and have a great rest of the week and weekend ahead.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Your article is exciting. Canva is one of the best, if not the best content marketing tool around. With its many features, one can create all kinds of engaging content. However, what I didn’t know was he to create a video Reel with the tool. Thus, I watched your video and saw how simple it is. Interestingly, since I’m not the type that likes being in front of the camera, it becomes a fantastic alternative for people like me.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Moss. I was excited to try them and write about using Canva to make Instagram reels. I have a lot of clients that don’t like getting in front of a camera to produce video as you said too. It is easy to do and can be a lot of fun! You are most welcome and have a great day Moss 🙂

  • Hey Lisa,

    Excellent post. Thanks for your research and sharing this with us.

    Yes definitely an awesome feature of Instagram. I really appreciate the way you have put up these things- step by step guide making it very simple and easier to understand. This article makes my concept even more clear and after going through this article quite sure will definitely going to help many.

    Thanks again Lisa and keep writing your valuable posts.


    • Thanks, Rijhu for your compliment on this one. Have you tried to make one yet? I do try to keep it simple here on Inspire To Thrive. I land on too many other websites that complicate matters and make it hard to understand. You are welcome and have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Hi Lisa,
    What an amazing share!
    Good to know about Instagram Reel. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tuto for your readers.
    But one thing I noticed about your reel you presented here, I watched it on my laptop, it is not showing fully on the laptop screen, I have to move upward and downward to see it full.
    I think it is specially made to view on mobile. it’s overlapping by your sites top portion the share button and categories buttons.
    I have an account there, I will try this.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great time of sharing and caring ahead.

    ~ Phil

    • Hi Philip, thanks for the info on the video. My IT person suggested I make it smaller, so I have. Much appreciated. It works on newer laptops and mobile devices but not so well on the older ones I was told. All about the size of it. Have you tried the Instagram reels yet Philip? Thanks for coming by and letting me know about the video! Helpful bloggers are the BEST 🙂 Have a great day and weekend ahead Philip.

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