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3 Reasons Why Video Marketing Has Such A Profound Impact On Today’s Consumer

3 Reasons Why Video Marketing Has Such A Profound Impact On Today’s Consumer

Thursday, November 10 2016 | Web Video Marketing Council
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Now, with the evolution of amazingly entertaining whiteboard videos, a whole new world of web video marketing is evolving that provides options to reach the highly-coveted Millennials. Millennials watch and engage with video content and it is important that your organization delivers! Here are three reasons that video is having such a profound impact on... Read the full article »
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3 Ways To Use Video For Your Business Marketing Strategy

3 Ways To Use Video For Your Business Marketing Strategy

Wednesday, November 9 2016 | Web Video Marketing Council
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With the fast-moving developments of technological tools, it is now easier to create videos costing you the littlest amount. People these days can simply use their smartphones to shoot videos. In this article, we will look at three ways on how you can use video for your marketing strategy... Read the full article »
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Video Content Marketing For Online Stores: 3 Creative Ideas To Begin With

Video Content Marketing For Online Stores: 3 Creative Ideas To Begin With

Monday, November 7 2016 | Web Video Marketing Council
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Content marketing is a big part of Internet marketing. People are more intrigued and engaged by videos. You too can benefit from video marketing and here are some three creative ways to increase... Read the full article »
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3 Top Tips For Shooting Marketing Videos On Your Smartphone

3 Top Tips For Shooting Marketing Videos On Your Smartphone

Wednesday, October 19 2016 | Web Video Marketing Council
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When it comes to increasing brand awareness and accessing viewers for companies and any organization or non-profit, serving up quality online marketing videos  is one of the most popular ways to reach millennials and most everyone else, young and old, who love their smart phone. We’ve put together these top three tips to help you understand how to use your smartphones for video creative and improve your web video production skills... Read the full article »
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 5 Simple Ways to Level Up Your Marketing Automation with Interactive Video

5 Simple Ways to Level Up Your Marketing Automation with Interactive Video

Wednesday, November 16 2016 | The Draw Shop
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What if your customers told you what they wanted… in real time? Thanks to the power of interactivity you can turn your marketing into a “choose-your-own-adventure” experience that segments customers, personalize your sales messages, and engage your target market. All this is possible with interactive video. The question is, how do you actually use this insane potential in a way that grows your business?... Read the full article »
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How To Humanize Your Brand Through Video And Social Media

How To Humanize Your Brand Through Video And Social Media

Tuesday, November 15 2016 | Green Buzz Agency
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One effective way to humanize a brand is through social media. Companies set up Facebook or Twitter accounts because it’s simply “what companies do” and people need to see the brand’s name. In 2014, “74.5 percent of SMBs  reported using social media to promote their businesses—more than any other category of media and businesses should be using social media video marketing as a way to build... Read the full article »
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Positive Mobile’s Q3 2016 Report: Mobile Video Marketing is Very Effective

Positive Mobile’s Q3 2016 Report: Mobile Video Marketing is Very Effective

Friday, November 18 2016 | Adotas
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According Q3 2016 data, mobile video ads which are video ad units that reside natively in the mobile feed were very successful. Mobile video ads made up 49.9 percent of all in-feed mobile video views, up from 42.6 percent in Q2, 34.5 percent in Q1 and 16.5 percent in Q4 2015. Mobile video marketing experienced a 178% growth over the last six months with the largest percentage growth among... Read the full article »
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FREE - Video Communications Research Library & White Papers

FREE - Video Communications Research Library & White Papers

Monday, November 21 2016 | TradePub.com
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This is great for video communications and marketing experts and novices. Check out this #1 Resource for Free Video Communication Research, White Papers, Reports, Case Studies, Magazines, and eBooks... Read the full article »
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How Brand Marketers Measure Digital Video Advertising

How Brand Marketers Measure Digital Video Advertising

Monday, November 14 2016 | eMarketer
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US brand marketers gauge how well digital video ads perform in a variety of different ways. Today, most measure digital video ad performance by looking at site traffic but in the next year or two, more respondents want to be able to measure via cost per acquisition because... Read the full article »
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10 Ways to Reach 2016 Holiday Shoppers with Video Email Marketing

10 Ways to Reach 2016 Holiday Shoppers with Video Email Marketing

Monday, November 21 2016 | Trader Planet
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Here are ten tips for marketers to reach Black Friday and Cyber Monday customers with video email and key components of ready-to-use templates that drive successful holiday email campaigns... Read the full article »
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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Viral-video marketing, as it's traditionally been defined -- create a cute, funny, breathtaking or unexpected piece of content, seed it in the right places, and watch users pass it along -- has developed into a legitimate form of marketing. But what if marketers' fixation on all things viral is leading them to neglect other valuable and more consistently successful online-video strategies?

SWEET IDEA: Touchstorm created a series on making specially shaped cakes.
SWEET IDEA: Touchstorm created a series on making specially shaped cakes.
When General Mills' Betty Crocker brand wanted to move its web-video presence beyond "infant stage," it eschewed traditional trappings and worked with a digital content company, Touchstorm, to go another direction: study what kind of information consumers are hunting for, and then give it to them.

So they turned to search-query data. Turns out lots of people wanted information on cakes -- more specifically, kids' birthday cakes. The companies created a video series about how to make cakes shaped like princesses, pirates and ponies. The result? More than 4 million views and 50% greater time spent viewing than typical for consumer-package-goods-branded videos, according to online-video-measurement firm Visible Measures.

"There's a hole in the market when it comes to what consumers are searching for and where marketers can reach them," said Alison Provost, CEO of Touchstorm, part of PowerPak Holdings.

Brands in the search space are very organized around bottom-of-the-funnel terms or product-related terms -- search for digital cameras, and you get results for more than a half-dozen retailers or manufacturers. But brands are rarely organized around topical, top-of-the-funnel terms -- search for how to take black and white photos, and it's a brand wasteland. It shouldn't be that way, Ms. Provost said.

CPG behind
In the digital world, brands are increasingly content companies, and that content is expected to give viewers something: ideas, utility or entertainment. While the latter is the domain of the viral videos that dominate the online-video marketing discussions today and is a staple of many technology and entertainment brands, CPG has been less successful in the space.

"If you really understand what makes video move around the web, there's much more to it than producing something cool, dropping it on a site somewhere and watching it fly around," Doug Moore, VP-advertising and branding at General Mills, said in an e-mail. "Fact is, like anything in marketing, there's an art piece and a science piece. We wanted to evolve both."

The distribution for Touchstorm's videos comes from deals it cuts with editorial sites, which take both the non-branded and branded, paid content, such as ABC News Now and local news affiliates. TiVo and websites like Glam.com and Brash.com also distribute content. For General Mills' cake videos, about a quarter of the views happened on BettyCrocker.com, a quarter from the publisher affiliates, a minority from TV placement and the rest from YouTube and search.

A few years ago, news sites taking content branded and paid for by Betty Crocker would have raised all sorts of red flags, but Ms. Provost is finding it's more acceptable now.

"Brands can be legitimate experts, and if the consumer is looking for a certain kind of information, then they as a news organization can provide it, then there's room to play," she said.

Touchstorm is not the only one trying to create these kinds of videos for brands -- its ilk includes sites such as Howcast.com and eHow, both of which look more like media companies. Touchstorm has recently added pre-roll ads to its video; the others have been selling advertising for a while now.

"Brands need content -- they need it for Facebook, for their own sites, they need it for search," said Jason Liebman, CEO of Howcast. "If someone's going online searching for something like how to make a cup of coffee, you should be there in some way."


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