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Video is Finally Coming to LinkedIn

Video is Finally Coming to LinkedIn

Thursday, September 14 2017 | Business 2 Community
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We already know video is amazing for B2B brands on social media. Video is hands-down the best way to reach time-poor people with short attention spans as they scroll through their social feeds. Moving images grab hold of the caveman part of your brain telling you to pay attention and get emotionally invested. But Facebook isn’t always the best place for B2B ... Read the full article »
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How Employee Communications Videos Have Transformed the Workplace

How Employee Communications Videos Have Transformed the Workplace

Tuesday, August 29 2017 | Employee Communications Council
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When done right, videos, even employee communication videos, convey a lot more than information. They convey emotion. They convey a higher sense of purpose. They convey excitement and passion, which are critical for organizations looking to foster a sense of trust and loyalty among workers. Videos can serve specialized purposes, too. HR communications videos, for example... Read the full article »
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Why Video Content Needs to be Part of Your Content Marketing Strategy

Why Video Content Needs to be Part of Your Content Marketing Strategy

Thursday, September 28 2017 | Super User
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Video content is hot right now and it’s here to stay. Up until the last few years, a lot of marketers and B2B companies have stayed away from video content, but it’s becoming clear that to stand out and build trust among your audience, it’s incredibly important to get in front of a camera. The time for video is now; all the major players in the marketing industry see it ... Read the full article »
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Apple News Experimenting with Featured Video Section

Apple News Experimenting with Featured Video Section

Tuesday, September 12 2017 | Digi Day
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Apple News is still in its infancy as a news platform, but it’s already testing its own modest pivot to video. Apple has tried out a featured video section inside its mobile news app, not dissimilar to the featured collections of stories it creates around specific editorial subjects. The featured video module runs multiple times per week and its content is selected by Apple News editors rather than using algorithms... Read the full article »
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Facebook Tests Pre-loaded ‘Instant Videos’

Facebook Tests Pre-loaded ‘Instant Videos’

Monday, September 11 2017 | Techcrunch
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Facebook doesn’t want you burning through your mobile data plan just to keep watching its videos. That’s why it’s testing a new feature called Instant Videos that downloads and caches Facebook videos to your phone while you’re on Wi-Fi so you can watch them on the go for free. Users will see lightning bolt icons on pre-loaded videos ... Read the full article »
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5 Current Trends in Social Media That Will Only Get Bigger

5 Current Trends in Social Media That Will Only Get Bigger

Thursday, August 31 2017 | Forbes
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Short video content is popular, in part, because it’s only viewable for a short period of time. Typically, these video stories last 24 hours from the time of initial posting. Due to its limited visibility time, this content becomes very relevant during the period it is live, drawing users into this form of social media... Read the full article »
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6 Content Marketing Tactics to Help You Win More Customers

6 Content Marketing Tactics to Help You Win More Customers

Tuesday, August 29 2017 | Customer Think
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You should appeal to the senses of both sight and sound. In addition to infographics, you can add videos to your arsenal of content marketing assets. You can post them as standalone content or part of an ad. HubSpot reports that almost half of internet users look for product or service-related videos before visiting a store. It also cites an Aberdeen 2015 study that found, “marketers who use video grow revenue 49% faster than non-video users.”... Read the full article »
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These Video Influencers Share Their Best Tips for Creating Viral  Content

These Video Influencers Share Their Best Tips for Creating Viral Content

Tuesday, August 29 2017 | AdWeek
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Theorist Media understands the frustration of clients who just want a formula to plug their content into that will immediately make a video extremely popular online. Finding the right length depends on the goal of the video and who you want to reach. “A lot of people think short content is designed to go viral, but longer content keeps people around for a longer amount of time,” explained Matthew. “If you decide on your goal and the platform you want to upload it to, that will determine the video’s ideal... Read the full article »
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Add the Power of Video to Your Email Marketing

Add the Power of Video to Your Email Marketing

Thursday, August 31 2017 | MarTechAdvisor
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Video marketing has proved itself to be a high ROI earner for marketers seeking to engage consumers looking for distractions and possessing short attention spans. So, when you execute a campaign using the ‘best of both worlds’ by implementing videos in your email marketing efforts, it can be a great idea. Consumers love videos... Read the full article »
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Hottest Visual Content Marketing Trends 2017 [Infographic]

Hottest Visual Content Marketing Trends 2017 [Infographic]

Tuesday, September 5 2017 | Social Media Today
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If you haven't heard, visual content can significantly boost the results of your digital marketing efforts. Infographics, videos, data visualizations, and other forms of visual content can generate tons of engagement and attract visitors—and links—to your site... 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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