Instagram reals have been around for 15 months so it's about time we stop making these Instagram reals mistakes especially if you're trying to increase reach or grow your account what's up everyone it's Millie welcome back to my channel where I post videos every Wednesday teaching you the latest strategies and Trends on social media to help you grow your brand so give a little love tap on that subscribe button to stay up to date on all the latest tips and tricks I have for you first I want to say a huge thank you to this video shout outs I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all of you so if you want to shout out in one of my future videos be sure to screenshot yourself watching this and tag me over on Instagram stories or leave a comment below and subscribe to my channel as always time Stamps will be in the comments down below because I value your time and you already know why you're here so let's get into it mistake number one is text there are actually quite a few common mistakes I see with text that's added onto a video so let's go over a few of them right now mistake 1 a not using pop-up text you want to use text and you should be using pop-up text in every video why because often times when somebody first comes across your real it's m M so you want to be able to help them understand what your real is about with or without the audio and the best way to explain or walk somebody through your reel is with that text or closed captions popping up if somebody were to watch your reel from beginning to end without the audio on they should still be able to have a full understanding of what that reel was about one be misplacing the text I see this happening most often when people edit their reals outside of the Instagram app there's nothing wrong with editing outside of the Instagram app I that for probably half of my videos I use inshot to edit but when you use an outside editing app to pop up the text you don't have those blue lines that Instagram gives you as a guide if you were editing inside of Instagram I suggest after editing your video in inshot don't add the text yet then upload it to Instagram reals then you're able to add the text there you can drag the text around to get those blue lines to pop up and they could guide you so they tell you hey don't put it above this line or don't put it below this line when editing outside of the Instagram app you don't get those guidelines so more often than not people actually get their text cutting off at the top or cutting off at the bottom it's hidden behind their caption or behind the likes comments section so I definitely recommend using or adding the text inside of the Instagram app mistake 1 C using too much text you don't want to overwhelm or confuse the viewer when they come across your real keep your popups short sweet and easy to read give them enough time to read the whole thing before that text disappears I'm absolutely guilty of this when I first started making reals I would have my text pop up too quickly or I would have big big big blurbs of just like everything I'm saying and then these side thoughts that I had while making the real but you want to keep it as simple to follow as possible so don't put those extra thoughts just do close captions word for word of what you're saying or even paraphrasing what you're already saying or what is being said in that video keep it short and sweet all righty me mistake mistake number two oh my gosh why can I not say that mistake number two crop the most common mistake I see is when people forget about the 4×5 crop reminder reals are filmed and uploaded in the 9×6 dimension which is the view you see in your reels tab it's the story view it's the long what is it hot dog no hot dog Styles this way it's the Long View 9 by 16 but when somebody comes across your reel on their feed your reel is actually cropped into the 4×5 dimension this is most often referred to as the portrait crop this is also used for infeed photo or in feed posts often times I see people having their text cut off which we've talked about because it's too high or too low but what's also important is people will get their faces or their heads cut off because they're not thinking about that crop when they film their real if you're filming your real and your head is a little bit too high in the placement of recording when your reel gets cut into that 4×5 crop your face is usually cut off you have less than 3 seconds before somebody decides if they want to watch your reel or skip past it so the little little things like being aware of your head placement do matter if you think they don't matter and you're not seeing success with your reals then weird pay attention to those things I'm just trying to help you out mistake number three not being topically consistent I know this is an obvious one but you'd be surprised how many times I come across this basically instead of saying stick to your Niche I'm choosing to say topic because I can guarantee that there is somebody watching this video right now who thinks that they have their Niche down pet and that they're doing everything right but they're not that was me I was one of those people so I can call you out I can call you out cuz I was I was that what you're going to do is pick one topic to talk about on your page one topic then pick three to five subtopics around that one topic for example my topic is Instagram so the three to five subtopics I can teach about is Instagram growth the algorithm increasing engagement brand collaborations and teaching Instagram to business strategies those are my five subtopics I'm only going to stick to those topics when I make my reals why because the more you stick to those topics the easier it will be for Instagram to categorize your account and they'll be able to push your content to the right people if you're not being topically consistent right now your videos are being viewed but they're not being viewed by the right people boom before diving into mistake number four I want to invite you to a free 1hour master class that I'm teaching on Instagram specifically for anybody who wants to grow their Instagram as an influencer and turn their personal brand into their full-time job I'm going to be answering the question is Instagram dying explaining further the Instagram algorithm how to make money on the platform and so much more goodness basically if you want to be a full-time influencer I created this master class specifically for you I'll leave a link below where you can save your spot mistake number four not saving your videos Instagram is really glitchy I can't tell you how many times I've had people messaging me saying Millie all my videos are gone like I've had students who have experienced this my friends myself sometimes Instagram has a mind of its own and decides hey let's just delete all of their videos that they spent 8 hours batching that'd be hilarious I don't know why they do it I don't know why I save my reels 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