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Instagram Reels Ideas (Without Showing Your Face): Part 1

In part 1 of this series, we're sharing our top Instagram Reels ideas you can use - without showing your face. From voiceovers, stop motion to tutorials, here are some of our best Instagram Reels ideas, no faces needed.

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We all have days where we're not feeling camera ready, or maybe you're not comfortable talking on video just yet.

Whatever the reason, it's super handy to have some Instagram Reels ideas on hand that don't require you to show your face. Get ready to take some notes, because we're going to rapid-fire through these ideas so you can stress less and post more.

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Idea #1: Website magic trick

Want to see a magic trick? Your audience might. We call this the "Website Magic Trick", and it's especially great for products, but it can even work for service-based businesses. 

  • For the first clip, record your computer with your brand's website open, then tap the screen. 

  • For the second clip, start with your hand in the same position touching your computer, only this time you'll have a product in your hand that you'll bring closer to the camera to see. 

Splice the two clips together using iMovie or apps like InShot, Splice or CapCut to perfectly trim the clips together so the transition is quick.

Idea #2: Stop motion video

You've probably seen videos like this. Stop motion is achieved by filming short clips or stills where you move the object in the frame each time, only you don't show your hand moving it. When all the clips are synced together quickly, the effect makes for a very compelling video.

If you want to speed up the process, we love the app Life Lapse. It's beginner-friendly and even guides you through a practice video so you own your skills quickly.

Idea #3: Tutorial with a voiceover or text

For this Reel idea, you just need your voice or simple text on the screen. People on Instagram love to learn new things, so make a list of things you know how to do well or insider tips you have about running your brand. This way, you can film the actions taking place but you don't have to be front and center in the video to get your message across.

Idea #4: Share a meme or Tweet treatment

Who doesn't love a meme? You're going to want to keep this idea in your back pocket because it usually performs pretty well and it's low effort. Using a tool like Canva, you can create a Reel using stock video footage and overlay it with a screenshot of a tweet.

For memes, you can overlay text on a video clip to add context with a simple plain color background. If you're not familiar with how to create memes, we have an entire video dedicated to the topic that we'll link below in the description.

Idea #5: Instagram vs. Reality

Instagram is arguably the social media platform that invented curating specific looks or aesthetics, so showing a little unfiltered life now and then can be a great way to stand out in a sea of filters and highlight reels. For example, if you're a product-based business, you can show the end result of your product photography looking perfect and then show the messy, behind-the-scenes shot it took to get there.

So, give your audience a little dose of Instagram versus reality. They'll likely appreciate you showing a more human side of your brand.

Idea #6: Sync together photos timed to music

Another simple idea: search for a trending sound, then sync together photos timed to the beat. This is a really popular style of Reel, and it just requires you to have some good photos saved to your phone. 

And Instagram has made this especially easy to put together with the Instagram Reels templates feature. If this feature is available on a Reel, you'll see a "Use Template" pop-up right above their username on the Reel. Simply tap on that and add your own clips to recreate the magic with your own content.

Idea #7: Vlog a part of your day or routine

Okay, don't get overwhelmed by the word "vlog". You don't have to film every single part of your day to make an interesting video. Instead, think about interesting chunks of your day, whether it's your morning routine or how you get energy during the dreaded 3 PM Slump. 

Whatever it is, it doesn't have to be your entire day. But the key to making an interesting-to-watch vlog is to try to set up a story arc, even if it's just explaining that you're on a time crunch but need to do XYZ. Adding a little suspense, a surprise, or some ASMR can go a long way toward making the mundane mesmerizing to watch.

Idea #8: Cleaning videos

Cleaning videos? Well, they're not just for influencers. People love to watch a satisfying video of something that starts messy and ends beautifully. You could use this concept for resetting your workspace at the end of the week, or even showing how to care for a product. Just be sure that whatever you're showing has a messy beginning and a satisfyingly clean ending.

Okay, there are eight Reels ideas that don't require you to show your face, and we've got even more ideas coming next week, so make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss Part Two of this video. Until then, see you later.

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