Instagram Reach has gone for a toss

Instagram Reach has gone for a toss

If you actively post on Instagram, then you must have noticed that the organic reach has gone for a toss.

It is true for all accounts, but more so for the micro creators.

And this reach has affected all types of posting, whether an Instagram Story or an Instagram post.

This change, however coincides with the introduction of Instagram Reels to the app.

In a rush towards promoting their Reels feature and trying to make it a success, their algorithm change has affected everything else for the creators.

By this, Instagram wants to unofficially say that one should either post a Reel or take the hit of their usual form of content not reaching to the regular amount of people or more.

They have played it quite smartly here, to be honest, because this feature of Reels is a direct competitor to TikTok and the upcoming short form video apps that have already hit the market and trying to make their base.

In such a turn of events, of course they’d like to make this feature a hit and get an established base of short form video creators on their app itself.

Nonetheless, it is hurting the other avenues, whether someone would agree to that or not.

Now, as a creator, either one should try and experiment with different avenues of posting other than Instagram and grow their branches out to other places or ride in the wave of creating Reels too.

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Can Instagram Reels take on TikTok?

Can Instagram Reels take on TikTok?

If you haven’t seen it already, but you probably have – Instagram Reels is here and has occupied our Instagram feeds.

For those who aren’t aware, Reels is Facebook’s answer to TikTok, where you can create 15-second clips with features like selecting an audio track, speeding up or slow down a video, adding effects, and setting up a timer to record a clip, most of it just like TikTok.

We have all seen this before, when Instagram introduced the Stories feature which looked exactly like Snapchat, but with a touch of Facebook.

Currently, there are more than one billion active accounts, 500 million-plus people globally use Stories, more than 50% Instagram accounts use Explore every month. So, they clearly have the numbers on their side. Said that, will Reels work?

Well, from the creation point of view, it’s become a bit complicated than being simple, with the choice of doing a Live video, or uploading a Story, uploading a 60 second video on the feed or a longer one in the form of IGTV or now as Reels.

Even from the user’s point of view, it’s become more noisier than before, the attention is divided and eventually sides will be chosen.

What do I mean by that?

With Reels having their own space in the Explore section, what might happen according to me is this, there will be a specific percentage of people who are Reels users and the rest Instagram users who want to focus on just the feed or their community.

When that happens, Instagram might make it a stand-alone app, just like it tried now with Lasso, their original TikTok copycat but is now shutdown, because maybe it was too soon.

TikTok had its own persona, which made it unique, making it that standalone short-video app, with advanced tools and an algorithm which pushed videos of all creators based on what you wanted to watch.

Not to forget, with their additional 60 second video features, TikTok in India had evolved over the lip-syncing feature and users were making some amazing stories or educational content for the platform. That type of content has just not been seen on Instagram even though they had the features.

That also means, until TikTok isn’t back, there’s a massive space in the market for a short-video app to conquer, if not the majority because of Reels.

Only time will tell where the storm heads, we have a bunch of short-video apps being launched in the market, and as we saw with Instagram Stories, Snapchat still exists. TikTok might make a comeback in the future. And the new apps. The bottom line is we are heading for more content than ever before.

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