- 15 Jun
How to Captivate Customers by Using Video in Digital Ads
Video dominates the web: Consumers spend an average of five to six hours watching videos each day, with 20 percent of that time devoted to digital content. Forrester Research predicts that digital video ad spend will reach $102.8 billion a year by 2023.
Video content allows companies to engage with their audience, and consumers happen to trust video ads more than static advertisements. The use of video ads helps establish a deeper relationship with consumers to progress them through the buyer’s journey.
Mobile is certainly making a difference in consumer behavior. With many consumers on mobile devices throughout the day, the number of people watching videos on mobile platforms continues to rise at a rapid rate. While individuals watching ads on TV and desktop lose interest in ads quickly, companies that adapt and optimize video ad content for mobile are more likely to keep users engaged.
As digital marketers, we have found that people prefer watching videos to reading content. Consumers expect video everywhere they go online, and companies must be ready to serve it to them.
Formatted for a Platform Near You
As long as it’s done well, every industry stands to benefit from the use of video. Explainer, or educational, videos are great tools businesses can use when they feel their product or service won’t translate well on a static or text advertisement. One study suggests that 74 percent of users who watched an explainer video proceeded to buy the product or service they learned about.
Explainer videos come in a variety of formats that encourage consumers to take action. Interactive video ads, in-stream ads, and native video ads are digital video formats that companies consider effective pieces of their digital marketing campaigns.
Interactive online video ads are usually five to 10 seconds in duration and allow users to click, view, and interact with an ad. The use of interactive video ads has increased with connected TV because it allows users to select how they consume content. Users can decide to watch a longer form of the ad before their selected content, or they can choose to see short-form versions of the ad throughout. According to Magna, interactive video ads create a 47 percent gain in the time consumers spend with the marketing message.
Pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll videos have popped up across various internet platforms, especially social media. YouTube has coined its six-second pre-roll ads as “bumper ads” that users cannot skip, so completion rates remain high and click-through rates go up. Facebook has started to allow mid-roll ads between video content on its platform, and it won’t let users finish watching their chosen content until they’ve viewed the ad. Either way, in-stream video ads yield a higher click-through rate and are more cost-effective in the long run.
Native video ads mimic the rest of the feed in which they appear and do not interrupt users as they scroll through a page. You can place the video ad in the middle of web content, whether it’s a social media feed, an article, or a webpage. Users are more likely to share native ads because they are videos that people choose to watch. An engaging autoplay feature makes these videos begin as soon as a user scrolls near them, which is part of the reason Facebook native videos received more than four times the interactions than those shared on other platforms.
Believing is Seeing
If you aren’t using video, it’s time to ask, “Why not?” The benefits of using video far outweigh the risks when it comes to targeting an audience that increasingly consumes video content online. Learning to use video to your advantage is the best way to stay relevant. Find a reputable production company to partner with, and then take these four steps:
1. Choose the right format for your intended use. First, determine where you are going to use your video. You can put the full version on your company website, create shorter clips for social media, or promote your video with email marketing. Plus, you can create videos for advertising and run them on pre-roll and post-roll via Facebook or Instagram.
2. Zoom in on production values. Create an outline, script, and storyboard, and detail any props you will need for production. Once you know what the script demands, scout the location where you’d like to film. Visit the location on the day and time of the week that you intend to shoot. Listen for traffic noise and carefully assess the lighting. Evaluating these factors will make the production of your video much smoother, and you can be sure your video will look and sound exactly as you intended.
3. Get a bird’s-eye view of your budget. A professional production can cost anywhere from $7,000 to more than $50,000. The price depends on several factors: Is it a short- or long-form video? Will there be voice-over or text? Do you want music to accompany the video? Assess these elements when determining the price of production. You’ll also want to decide how many videos you are going to edit and how long each one should be.
4. Optimize for search. Globally, YouTube has become the second-largest site on the internet. Pay attention to your titles and captions, which are great for SEO regardless of where you post your videos. Plus, Google loves video because it creates better “dwell time.” As a result, your company is more likely to show up on page one of a Google search if you embed video on your site.
The web undoubtedly is gravitating toward video, and digital marketers need to be ready to act. Implementing video in digital ads and on social media shows that a company is keeping up with the times and want to keep its users engaged, educated, and entertained at every stage of the buyer’s journey.
Kelly Bosetti is the CEO and founder of ad agency CEA Marketing Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- 11 Jun
Captioned Video Ads Show A Lift in Brand Linkage
from Marketing Charts
We know that advertisers are increasing their video budgets this year. But are they missing out on one key element that could make a difference to audience engagement? A new survey from Verizon Media has found that and astounding 7 in 10 US consumers watch videos without sound in public spaces. This makes captioning not only important but expected by viewers and crucial for your business.
The vast majority of people who use captions are not hearing impaired. Half of the more than 5,600 US consumers surveyed report that captions are important because they usually watch videos with the sound off. Perhaps, more importantly, the majority of respondents said they are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available.
What Does This Mean to Advertisers? Read the full article at Marketing Charts to learn more.
- 07 May
3 Tips on How to Create Branded Video on a Shoestring Budget
by Keith Richey
There is growing evidence that all businesses need to develop online video as a core part of their strategy. Consider these two points. First, nearly 50 percent of web users look for videos related to a product before visiting a bricks-and-mortar store. And, add to that, 70 percent of B2B buyers watch videos along their path to purchase. Now, those are certainly compelling arguments to use video, aren’t they. And this goes for businesses no matter which industry or size.
No Need for a Hollywood Production Team Here
The opportunity is real. Even if you are a small-to-medium-sized business with limited experience with online video. With modern digital platforms, even SMBs can effectively use video to increase sales and create brand awareness.
But how do you accomplish those goals without breaking the bank? To find out, here are three tips for ramping up your online video advertising and marketing on a shoestring budget on Chief Marketer.
- 03 May
6 Super Effective Ways to Up Your Video Email Marketing Game
We all know how effective and captivating video is in marketing. According to HubSpot, 87% of businesses use video as a marketing tool in some capacity. If you are one of those marketers who has played it safe with video keeping your content limited to website landing pages and social platforms, it’s time to marry these two beautiful marketing tools.
What is video email marketing?
Video email marketing does not necessarily mean that your email receivers will be playing videos without leaving their inboxes. In fact, marketers often use video email marketing in the capacity of linking a video thumbnail image within an email to a landing page where the video lives.
While adding a video component to your email marketing workflows might seem like extra work, this post will show you that marrying video and email is worth the added effort. Before you know it, your email metrics will be going off-the-charts! So, to learn how, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 02 May
How to Create and Use Screen Recording Videos in Your Content Marketing
by Mitt Ray
If you want to take your content marketing to the next level, video is the way to go. It’s estimated that by 2022, 82% of all global traffic will be from video.
Getting Past the Fear-Factor
An easy way to venture into video content marketing is through screen recording videos. And that is because anybody can create them. Plus, you don’t even need to record yourself. All you need to do is record your screen and your voice.
So, here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to create and use screen recording videos in your content marketing. Read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 20 Apr
6 Fundamental Video Marketing Tips for Every Type of Skill Level
by Clifford Chi
Nowadays, most marketers obsess over how they can amplify their content’s reach as much as possible. More views means more leads and customers, right? While this convention can be true, it’ll only pan out if you optimize your videos for humans before you optimize them for algorithms.
If a Video Drops in a Forest . . .
Resonance is the most important determinant of whether your audience will take action. And your video’s creative is the most important determinant of whether your video will resonate with your audience. So even if your video reaches a million people, if it doesn’t resonate with them, it won’t persuade anyone. It won’t help them to take your preferred action, let alone remember your brand.
With this insight in mind, let’s go over six fundamental video marketing tips that’ll help you craft videos that resonate with as many people as it reaches at HubSpot.com
- 12 Mar
Is Video Working? Video Ad Engagement Benchmarks in 2018
from Marketing Charts
We have ample evidence of the growing popularity and increasing use of video in marketing. In fact, video has found popularity and application at more than one point in the sales funnel. But, just because we create all of this video content, how do users respond? Is it really effective for them?
The Dials Keeps On Moving for Video in Marketing
In order to find out how effective video ads are, Extreme Research looking at a number of metrics to gauge the effectiveness and to spot some emerging trends. Their report [see the original report] looked at video ad completion, click-through and viewability rates to compile a picture of how viewers are responding. One shift they did note was the increasing impact of connected TVs on the marketing video landscape.
To see the data, access the original report and gain additional insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 28 Feb
How Advertisers Use Different Video Platforms Across The Funnel
from Marketing Charts
Video, as a marketing tool, is here to stay. And that is mainly because it works and works well. As it becomes more prevalent, it is increasingly important to understand where in the sales funnel it’s most impactful.
Video Growth is Big. Bigger. Biggest Yet!
According to a study a study from Advertiser Perceptions, roughly half of advertisers are increasing their video budgets. And while this is big and getting bigger, most are begining to place greater emphasis on where the largest audiences are. The study showed that fewer advertisers are using digital/mobile video for upper funnel opportunities. But, this platform dominates both the middle and lower stages of the funnel capturing consumers during their decision-making and conversion stages.
This makes sense as these devices are ones on which it’s easy to convert. To see more of the data, to access the original report and view additional insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 06 Feb
The Psychology Behind Viral Marketing Videos
by Clifford Chi
In 2007, brothers Chip and Death Heath rose to prominance. They did that when their book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die climbed to the top of both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Their book was able to achieve this level of success because it taught their model for making ideas “sticky”. Or, in other words, how to make ideas digestible, memorable, and compelling, something we all want to do in our marketing. But, their ideas also explain a lot about the psychology behind what makes a marketing video go viral.
The Heath Brothers noticed that a “sticky” idea usually follows six principles. And by applying these principles to our marketing videos, they will become that ‘golden ticket’ to the viral video hall of fame. And to see some examples of how this works and some tips on how you can use them, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 04 Feb
Unleash the Power of Video Marketing for Your Business
by Mike Osborne
We all know that Creating online content is one of the best ways of reaching customers and improving visibility. And that’s because it simply works.
And you probably already have a social media presence on Facebook or Twitter, and possibly a blog as well. But if you really want to reach your target audience effectively and create an impression of your brand that lasts, you need to be using videos.
Video marketing has proven itself to be one of the most powerful methods of brand promotion there is. And here’s a look at why and how you can use it to your advantage at MarketingProfs.com
- 16 Jan
Give Your Marketing Videos Maximum Reach With This Distribution Checklist
So you made an incredible video. Then you sent it out to your internal teams and encouraged sharing. Then you uploaded it to YouTube and waited for the marketing fame to roll in. But, unfortunately, each time you obsessively checked throughout the day, your view count wasn’t as impressive as you’d hoped.
Get Your Video The Attention It Deserves
First off, don’t stress, we’ve all done it. But after you’ve spent time, energy, and money to make really amazing video marketing, it’s all about actively making sure your videos get in front of your target audience.
Now, it’s time to make sure everyone sees your masterpiece. And to help you do that, here’s a checklist of key places to share your video marketing content every time you have something new. So read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 14 Jan
How to Make an Effective Testimonial Video: A Step-by-Step Guide
By now, we are all aware that videos in marketing are highly effective. But, you may not know that there are a number of different types of marketing videos you can use. And each type has a specific focus, intent and funnel application.
One Highly Effective Application for Video is for Testimonials
Testimonial videos are a type of marketing videos that are perfect for the decision stage of the buyer’s journey. It is at this very point when prospects are aware of and want to solve a problem. And now they are looking for information to help them make up their minds. Help them begin to choose you.
An effective testimonial video can be the final push that sends them through your sales funnel. We know through research that fully 82% of people conduct research online prior to making a purchase decision. So shouldn’t you learn how to make an effective testimonial video? You can at MarketingProfs.com
- 13 Dec
What Is an SRT File, & Why Is It So Important for Video?
Nowadays, subtitles are becoming increasingly common. That’s particularly true as businesses expand their marketing efforts. And when they aim to reach a broader, global market. Additionally, subtitles are often necessary to ensure your video and audio files are as inclusive as possible.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to adding subtitles to video — an SRT file. And to ensure your videos are inclusive and easily digestible for any audience, it’s critical you include an option to watch with subtitles.
So how can you do that? Here, we’ll explain what an SRT file is, and how to create and edit one for your marketing videos moving forward at HubSpot.com
- 10 Dec
How Marketers Are Using Video In 2018
from Marketing Charts
Video continues to be viewed enthusiastically by marketers. Now 83% are reporting that video content is becoming increasingly important to them. This according to the latest “State of Video Marketing” report [download available] from Demand Metric and Vidyard.
Both B2B and B2C Marketing Are Seeing The Benefits of Video
But, what is behind this migration to video? For one, the majority of marketers believe that video converts better than other forms of content. Previous stats from Vidyard show that video completion rates are also on the rise. Plus, these upbeat figures are likely partly a result of B2B buyers watching more video as well. We know that consumers tend to find video more engaging than other forms of content. And it’s very possible that B2B consumers are alike in that regard.
- 29 Nov
How to Use YouTube Videos to Improve Your Google Ranking
by Elliot Chan
Blogging is not what it was 10 years ago. Just getting a blog post to rank in Google has become increasingly difficult. And if you are blogging and merely hoping that your posts will rank, you are likely going to be disappointed.
Change is in the Wind. And Online
The game is changing. But creating videos can afford you an opportunity to rise above all the boring, anonymous, no-personality content “noise” out there.
So, to learn how you can start optimizing your YouTube videos for Google ranking, read the full article on MarketingProfs.com
- 26 Nov
8 Essential Tips for Real Estate Video Marketing
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a buyer, seller. Or, just a plain old real estate marketer. You know the importance of maintaining a strong, reputable, and attractive presence for your target audience. And, in such a competitive industry that hits so close to home, it is critical to market your business effectively and find ways to one-up your competitors.
So, here’s the real news. Real estate listings that utilize video marketing receive 403% more inquiries than those without video!
And, if you have not hopped on the video bandwagon, then it is time to buck up and take the leap. Video has increased in popularity among marketers and their customers. And for good reason. To learn how to make it work for you, here are 8 Essential Tips for Real Estate Video Marketing at WordStream.com
- 24 Nov
Explainer Videos: The Best Way to Tempt Prospects
How would you like to have the opportunity to spend two minutes with all potential customers? Just showing them exactly why they should choose your brand instead of your competitors? Imagine how powerful your own passion for your product could be for interested consumers.
This is the power of an explainer video
Demonstrating this kind of contagious enthusiasm is often what ultimately wins your audience over. It is simply turning viewers into customers. And it works. Social performance management platform Work.com added an explainer video to its homepage. And their conversions increased by 20%. What’s more, according to Wyzowl’s Survey: The State of Video Marketing 2016, of the 45% of businesses that have explainer videos on their homepage, 86% say they are effective.
But, there are nine simple, but critically important elements, are needed to effectively (and perpetually) deliver your brand’s messaging to your target audience. And to learn them all, read the full article on ChiefMarketer.com
- 15 Nov
85% of Millennials Say They’ve Made A Purchase After Viewing A Marketing Video
from Marketing Charts
For years, Baby Boomers were the market force to be reckoned with. This generation shaped the way we market to our audiences. We developed countless techniques and tactics around their preferences and their buying habits. But, now that is all changing. And we need to change with that market shift.
Old Markets Never Die. They Just Fade Away
One key element of this shift is the growing popularity of video marketing. New statistics from a Brightcove study provide some insights into why that’s the case. Plus, when you add to this, the growing influence of Millennial buyers for both B2C and B2B markets, you have a what can be called a marketing sea-change challenge.
And with the rise of this Millennial market influence, social media has become an increasingly important vehicle for this video content. As example, the Brightcove study found that 53% of adults overall – including two-thirds (66%) of Millennials – claim to engage with a brand after watching a video on social media. And they didn’t just view and move on. Most commonly, these respondents followed up by visiting the brand’s website or conducting further research.
To see more of the data, a chance to download the original report and to see more insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 09 Nov
Filling the Funnel: Proven B2B Video Marketing Styles
by Sean Gordon
B2B video marketing has radically shifted the manner that we communicate with prospective buyers. And the overall video marketing landscape is constantly morphing in response to new strategies.
And that means that in today’s competitive video marketing landscape, a lot of catching up and jumping ahead has happened. Relying on the old methods of pushing a few product and company videos just isn’t going to cut it. Your prospective buyers are sophisticated and being courted constantly. And, in response B2B brands demand clear and clever content that is going to cater to their individual needs and concerns as a company.
Needless to say, it’s time to step up to the plate and start exploring some different takes on video marketing. So, to see a few B2B video types and where they can be used in your marketing funnel to get the best possible results for your customers, read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com