I'm just a beginner with animations in Blender, but how my teacher showed me is that you can click on the "Record" button, place your object, turn "record" off, move the object, hit record again to create keyframes, turn off Record", etc.
I've done it a few times successfully, but the new animation I'm working on doesn't create keyframes:
Object in position 1
I turn "Record" on and move the object:
But no keyframes were created!