Mastering the Art of the 60-Second Reel: Promote Your Online Course Like a Pro!

For online course creators. 7 minutes read

In today’s fast-paced digital world, capturing your audience’s attention in the blink of an eye is crucial. With attention spans shrinking, creating an effective 60-second reel to promote your online course can be a game changer! In this blog, we will dive deep into the steps, strategies for your script, and design elements that will make your reel visually appealing. Creating an informative and engaging reel will ensure that your course stands out in the crowd! 

Step 1: Define Your Objective

Before embarking on your reel-making process, clarify your primary objective: what is the main message you want to convey to your audience? Do you want to highlight the benefits of your course? You can achieve this by showcasing student success stories, or reveal a sneak peek of your course content. You can also start by thinking about what kind of question you want to answer within the reel, in order to hook your audience to watch the whole thing, and answer that in the video while promoting your course. Having a clear objective as to how you can captivate your audience will help guide you when you are creating your video. 

Step 2: Know Your Audience

Understanding exactly who your audience is will be crucial. What are their interests? Their pain points? What knowledge do you have that they are searching for that would lead them to want to take your online course? All of these things you should already know about your audience when you created your online course, so now you just need to have a focus to convey that message in your 60-second reel.

Step 3: Craft a Compelling Script

In a 60-second reel, every second counts. You’ll be surprised at how fast a minute goes by when you practice your script before going on camera! Keep your copy concise, engaging, and action-oriented. Start with a hook that immediately grabs attention, and introduce the problem your course solves. Present the benefits of your course in a clear and concise manner, and end it with a strong call-to-action (CTA) that encourages viewers to take the next step.

Here is an outline to use as your guide when creating your script:

  1. Hook: Start strong with a thought-provoking question or statement that generates your audience’s interest to follow through with watching the rest of your video.
  2. Introduction: Briefly introduce yourself and your brand. You want to establish credibility and why you are a leader in your field so that your audience knows they can trust you.
  3. Problem: Identify the pain points your audience faces and empathize with their struggles. 
  4. Solution: Introduce your online course as the transformative solution they need. Here you can also answer the question you started the reel off with, and tie it into your course.
  5. Benefits: Highlight unique selling points and benefits of your course. How it stands out from other similar courses and how that will benefit your viewer by taking it.
  6. CTA: Your call to action should encourage viewers to visit your course website.

Step 4: Leverage Visual Storytelling

Visual elements play a pivotal role in capturing and retaining viewers’ attention. Utilize engaging images, graphics, and video clips that complement your script and convey your message effectively. Incorporate storytelling techniques to establish an emotional connection to your audience. You want them to feel as if they are one-on-one with you, and that you have a personalized solution with them in mind. 

For example, if your course helps people achieve financial freedom, show real-life success stories of individuals who have transformed their lives after taking your course. Use before and after images to convey that journey of personal growth and achievement. Answer a common question that your target audience may be thinking, and give a tip on how they can improve their financial situation, or start doing so. You want to show that the online course you have created can really help them!

Step 5: Make it Visually Appealing

Design elements can make or break your reel’s success. Here are some tips to accomplish this:

  1. Color palette: Choose a harmonious color scheme that aligns with your brand and evokes the right emotions. Avoid using too many colors, otherwise, it will look cluttered and busy. This will deter your viewers from watching the whole reel and learning about the benefits of your course. 
  2. Typography: Select fonts that are easy to read and match your brand’s personality. Use bold and italics to emphasize key points in your copy.
  3. Animations: Add subtle animations to bring static elements to life and maintain viewer engagement. It can be as simple as transitions between the video of you talking, and images that convey important information that you want emphasized in your reel.
  4. Transitions: Smooth transitions between scenes or slides enhance the overall viewing experience. 
  5. Music and audio: Use background music and voiceovers that complement the mood and pacing of your reel. Ensure that the audio quality is crisp and clear. Poor quality will diminish the importance of your message, and your audience will quickly scroll to the next thing.
  6. Lighting: When you record yourself, you want to make sure that you are in a well-lit area, with a soft and uncluttered background. Take a couple test shots to make sure that you look good!

Step 6: Test and Optimize

Once you have created your 60-second reel, don’t forget to test it with a small segment of your target audience. Collect feedback and analyze the engagement metrics to identify areas of improvement. Tweak the copy, visuals, or CTA as necessary to optimize your reel’s performance. 


A well-crafted 60-second reel can be a powerful tool to promote your online course and attract a wider audience. By defining your objective, and understanding your audience, you can craft a compelling script. Then you can add visual elements and incorporate storytelling to relate to your audience. This way, you will create a reel that not only grabs attention but also effectively communicates the value of your online course. Remember to continuously test and optimize your reel to achieve the best results. Now go ahead and captivate the world with your amazing online course!

If this all sounds like a lot of information, you can also look into working with us at ClassGrowth. We have social media experts, designers, and copywriters that can help you put this all together, and establish an effective marketing strategy. Whatever your needs are, we can help you.

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