Why Is My Reel Not Getting Views?
A great reel is essential for anyone looking to break into the industry. Whether you’re a director, an actor, a cinematographer, or something else, your reel is the first way potential clients get to know your work. So why is it that some reels don’t get the views they deserve?
Poor Quality of Work
The quality of the work on your reel is perhaps the most important factor to consider when assessing why it is receiving fewer views than desired. A reel should be composed of the very best of your work, and any pieces that are of a lower quality should be excluded. If your work doesn’t make a good impression, people are unlikely to watch further.
Lack of Promotional Efforts
Having a great reel is only part of the battle – you have to let potential employers know it exists by promoting it in the right places. Share it through social media, email it to directors and agents, or even simply ask your friends to share it. The more eyes on your work, the more likely someone is to view your reel.
When you release your reel can also be important. Releasing earlier in the year, when production companies may be just coming out of hiatus, could be a good time as they may be looking for new talent. Or, if your reel is more seasonally themed, you could release it just before a major show or season that could be relevant to your work.
Making Your Reel Stand Out
If your reel is one of many, it’s important to make it stand out. Here are a few small steps you can take to stand out:
- Vary the types of shots: include close-ups, wide shots, medium shots, and different angles.
- Include high-quality audio: film you shot with good sound quality speaks volumes and distinguishes you from the crowd.
- Keep it short: your reel should be no longer than three to five minutes. longer than that and people may not watch it all.
- Include contact details: at the end of your reel, it’s a good idea to include your contact information so potential employers can get in touch.
Making even these small changes can make a big difference and help draw eyes to your reel.
Creating an impactful reel is an ongoing process. Taking the time to assess the quality of your reel, the promotional efforts you have employed, and taking steps to make it stand out can help ensure it’s getting the views it deserves.
5. Could you be posting your Reels at a more optimal time of day?
Yes, you could be. It’s best to post when your target audience is most active on social media. Different platforms have different peak times, so you should do research to find out when your audience is most likely to engage with your Reels. Additionally, you can use scheduling tools and analytics to track how successful your posts are and adjust the post times accordingly.
3. Are you utilizing hashtags and tagging accounts to help your Reels gain visibility?
Yes, I’m actively utilizing hashtags and tagging accounts to help my Reels gain visibility. I’m ensuring that my Reels are utilizing relevant hashtags and tagging promptly while making sure they are appropriate to the content I’m creating. I’m also engaging with relevant accounts that are able to help me reach a bigger audience and potentially gain more viewers.