Five ways your Instagram reels should differ from your TikToks
Five ways your Instagram reels should differ from your TikToks

Reels vs. TikToks: 5 Ways They Should Differ

Believe it or not, Reels and TikToks are NOT a copy/paste situation…

While you might be creating video content for each platform, the way in which they perform and engage your audience will look very different between Instagram and TikTok.

There are quite a few factors to consider – these are the 5 most important:

1. Format and Length

TikTok has continued to increase the length of its video content, with a maximum length of up to 10 minutes. In contrast, Instagram Reels can only be up to 90 seconds long. TikTok’s longer format is great for diving deeper into topics, while Instagram Reels should be more concise + focused.

2. Style and Tone

TikTok as a platform is more informal, creative, and entertainment-oriented, while Instagram Reels tend to have a slightly more polished and professional feel. You should adjust your videos’ style + tone accordingly to match each platform’s aesthetic + user expectations.

3. Trends and Challenges 

TikTok thrives on viral trends, challenges, and songs. Instagram Reels, features many of the same trends, but tends to have a broader range of content types. While it’s essential to stay aware of TikTok trends, try diversifying your content on Instagram Reels by incorporating product showcases, tutorials, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

4. Hashtags and Captions

Both platforms use hashtags and captions to enhance discoverability and engagement. However, while TikTok relies more heavily on caption + sound use, Reels still rely heavily on hashtags. It’s important to ensure that both are updated to perform best on each platform before posting.

5. Community Engagement

Each platform varies in community engagement preferences, so you should be sure to adjust your approach to each. While TikTok emphasizes interaction through duets, stitches, and comments, Instagram Reels emphasizes more of an all-around visually appealing feed and utilizes intertwining Reels with other forms of posting + engagement.

By tailoring your TikToks and Instagram Reels to the unique characteristics of each platform, you can more effectively engage with your target audience + maximize your impact as a brand.

So, the next time you want to record a video and slap it up on both platforms, think again- then watch as your content performs better than ever!

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