Quick and Easy Ideas For Your TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts

Shaun Boden
April 14, 2022

Quick and Easy Ideas For Your TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts


Creating content is fun. It doesn’t matter which one of the above platforms you prefer, creating and uploading your own content is always a fulfilling feeling. What can become a struggle however, is consistently coming up with new ideas of what to post.


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Creating regular, fresh content is a difficult task for anybody.


On platforms where content is consumed so quickly and disposed of even faster, it can be really hard to keep up. 


Trends are changing constantly and what would make a good post one day, would scream “boomer” the next.


We’ve been there ourselves. 


These platforms require us to be very reactive in terms of engaging with trends and very proactive in terms of producing content. 


So, what can be done?


Well, a small cheat sheet of quick ideas wouldn’t go a miss would it?


We may have compiled such a list.


Here are 10 quick and easy ideas that you can use to create content today for each platform!

TikTok

Here are 10 ideas that you can create and post to TikTok:

Social Media Challenges

If gaining followers is your aim, there’s not many better ways than getting involved in a social media challenge. Make it fun, make it different, make it your own.


Trending Hashtags

Utilise trending hashtags and put your own spin on it. This can quickly expose you to a wider audience and you’ll no doubt have some fun doing it. 


Dance Videos

This one seems quite obvious with TikTok but it’s still as relevant as ever. Create videos of you dancing to trendy/popular music or even just music that you like.


Imitate Songs

Similarly to the dance videos, imitating songs is and probably always will be big on TikTok. Find a song that you like or that’s trendy and put your own twist on it.


Dogs

Do you have a dog? If so, enough said. Literally just create a TikTok of your dog. The likes will roll in. This never gets old either, you’ll be good here all year.


Reenactments

Using popular dialogue from films, TV shows or even online memes can make great reenactment videos on the platform. Pick one and go for it.


Oddly Satisfying Videos

Oddly satisfying content has created a space of its own in the online video world. Think of slicing fruit, scraping designs into sand, organising your cupboards perfectly etc.


Tutorial Videos

This doesn’t have to be technical, it could be life hacks, personal experiences, whatever you can think of. How can you teach your audience something?


Creating Something

Are you good at art? Are you a designer? Can you sew? Whatever skill you have, showing the process of you creating it can almost always make good content.


Tell A Story

Tell your audience a story about your life/business. This can be about whatever you want it to. You can even make multiple videos out of it and label them part one, part two etc.

Instagram Reels

Here are 10 ideas that you can create and post to Instagram Reels:


Instagram vs Reality

Show the real side of what you do vs the Instagram side of what you do. Essentially, take the clean, staged aspect of your work away and show the real nitty gritty of your craft.


Before and After

Exactly how it sounds, show a before and after of someone or something. This could be anything you want, from a costume change to a colour grade on an image/video. 


Dogs

Do you have a dog? If so, enough said. Literally just create a Reel of your dog. The likes will roll in. This never gets old either, you’ll be good here all year.


Offer Tips and Hacks

This can be life hacks, time saving tricks, skill improving tips - whatever you want. Offering value with some quick tip or hack is the way forward on Reels.


Sneak Peaks

Showing sneak peaks of your new product, service, office, house, whatever - is a great way to hook your audience and set up a perfect part two opportunity!


Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes are always a good way to go on any of the three platforms. This gives your audience a great insight into how you work and what you’re like behind the mask.


Utilise Trends

Utilise trends and put your own spin on it. This can quickly expose you to a wider audience and you’ll no doubt have some fun doing it. 


Repurpose Long-Form Content

You’ll no doubt have some long-form content on your website or your YouTube channel. Simply repurpose this into short-form content for your Reels.


How-To Videos

Create how-to videos showing your audience how to accomplish something. Again, this can be anything from interior decorating to pet grooming.


Answer FAQs

Answer your frequently asked questions. Do you get a lot of questions about your location? Your service? Your skills? Your Hobbies? Answer them!

YouTube Shorts

Here are 10 ideas that you can create and post to YouTube Shorts:


Quick Hacks

Give your audience some quick hacks and tips on how they can achieve an end goal. This could be anything. Get creative!


Tutorial Videos

Tutorial videos and YouTube have gone hand in hand for years. Shorts are no different. Create engaging tutorial videos in 30 seconds or less.


Tell A Story

Tell your audience a story about your life/business. This can be about whatever you want it to. You can even make multiple videos out of it and label them part one, part two etc.


Micro Reviews

Exactly as they sound. These are reviews which happen in under 30 seconds and again, they can be reviewing anything that’s relevant to you or your business.


Myth Busting

Bust some popular myths that exist within your industry/life. These can be a great way to drive engagement and encourage interactions.


Fact Time

Fact videos make great videos for YouTube Shorts, mainly because they’re short and easy to digest. Remember though that they have to be entertaining as well as informative.


Experiments

You’d have no doubt seen these kinds of videos before. It’s essentially where you experiment with something within your industry and they make really intriguing and fun videos. For example, if you had a cooking channel you could create an experiment video like “what happens when I add [ingredient] to this [food] recipe?”


Repurpose Long-Form Content

You’ll no doubt have some long-form content on your website or your YouTube channel. Simply repurpose this into short-form content for your Shorts.


Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes are always a good way to go on any of the three platforms. This gives your audience a great insight into how you work and what you’re like behind the mask.


Answer FAQs

Answer your frequently asked questions. Do you get a lot of questions about your location? Your service? Your skills? Your Hobbies? Answer them!

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of opportunities within these platforms to grow and create good content. Many of these ideas do overlap but that’s purely because the platforms are all very similar and oftentimes so is their user base.


The ideas we’ve suggested today are just scratching the surface as well so if you found that you’ve already done them or that you’re flying through our list, don’t worry there’s plenty more ideas for content. Who knows, we might even create a part 2.


If there’s one key thing to take away from this article though, it’s that dogs will forever rule social media.