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7 Ways to Create a Killer Marketing Video [Infographic]

7 Ways to Create a Killer Marketing Video [Infographic]

Wednesday, November 29 2017 | Social Media Today
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Given the prevalence and popularity of online video content, it's no doubt something you've thought about, if not already tried, in your marketing process. And you should—data shows that video content is generating the most engagement across nearly all social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. But knowing you should be creating video and actually doing it are two very different things. It's not always easy to just grab a phone, start filming, and create great, effective video content... Read the full article »
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What Advertisers Want from Online Video in 2018

What Advertisers Want from Online Video in 2018

Tuesday, November 28 2017 | The Drum
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Despite placing great faith in online video as a means of connecting with audiences in the near to mid-term future, marketers are largely unsatisfied with their advertising strategies in the space thus far. A survey indicates that only 6% of marketers would currently characterize themselves as “innovators” when it comes to their use of online video. The vast majority want to improve their efforts in the space with 80% of correspondents reporting that they will increase their video advertising efforts in 2018... Read the full article »
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Top 2018 Ecommerce Trends to Watch For

Top 2018 Ecommerce Trends to Watch For

Tuesday, November 28 2017 | Huffington Post
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We live in a mobile-first culture where video is the fastest growing ad format. It’s estimated that by 2020, video will make up 80 percent of all online consumer internet traffic. As the technology improves, video will be the closest you can get to a face to face conversation with your audience. Statistics show that video marketing can boost click-through rates by 200-300 percent and increase purchase intent by 97 percent... Read the full article »
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7 Strategies for Getting Video Marketing Right in 2018

7 Strategies for Getting Video Marketing Right in 2018

Tuesday, November 28 2017 | The Next Web
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Using video in your branding strategy is perhaps the most effective way to set yourself apart from competitors. Whether it’s the tone of the video, graphic influence, use of color, music, etc., these authentic elements need to be present throughout the strategy. Many B2B companies are using video content to educate customers on what they offer. Webinars are quickly becoming one of the most fruitful avenues to not only inform customer, but cement branding efforts... Read the full article »
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Four Ways to Grow Your Business in 2018 with Video Content

Four Ways to Grow Your Business in 2018 with Video Content

Monday, November 27 2017 | Business.com
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It's clear that some of the most dynamic methods in building a strong business or brand online involve the use of online video content. To prepare for 2018, you'll want to get started right now. Too many people are apprehensive because they're camera shy. However, getting in front of the camera isn't necessarily essential. Thanks to animated videos, screencast videos, and videos where you only record your voice, you don't have to put your face out there. As long as you’re consistent with your content and provide value... Read the full article »
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Content Marketing in 2018: Trends & Tools for Success

Content Marketing in 2018: Trends & Tools for Success

Monday, November 27 2017 | Forbes
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If you’ve been holding off on doing video, now is the time. Video was expected to be huge in 2017 and that trend is not slowing down. HubSpot reports that video is a growing priority, with 48 percent of marketers planning to add YouTube to their marketing plan in the next year and 46 percent planning to add Facebook video... Read the full article »
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How to Build a Long Form Marketing Video People Will Actually Watch

How to Build a Long Form Marketing Video People Will Actually Watch

Monday, November 27 2017 | Marketing Profs
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Don't kid yourself: creating a long-form documentary is a lot of work. But the time, energy, and passion you put into it can elevate your video content marketing strategy to a new level of professionalism. The kudos you receive from interviewees, the acknowledgement you receive from your management team, and the deeper relationships you can cultivate with your audience are well worth the challenge... Read the full article »
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Marketers Turn Up the Volume on Vertical

Marketers Turn Up the Volume on Vertical

Monday, November 27 2017 | EContent
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That mobile video content you’re preparing to post better be future-proof beyond just the message and branding. Viewable convenience and an amenable aspect ratio are also key criteria today and likely will be for the foreseeable future—which means that your video better be vertical. Here’s the hard truth: less than 30% of consumers today turn to their smartphone to watch horizontal video ads; when they do, they view only 14% of the content... Read the full article »
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Create a Video Marketing Strategy

Create a Video Marketing Strategy

Monday, November 27 2017 | Minute Hack
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According to new research, nearly half of marketers plan to add YouTube content to their marketing strategies in the next year. If you’re one of the businesses using video already, you’re in good company. If you’re not using video, you’re missing out. With over 5 billion videos watched on YouTube every day, video is no longer confined to businesses with big budgets and super creative concepts. In fact, there are videos dedicated to just about everything these days, each intended to educate, inform, or entertain the... Read the full article »
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Personalized Video Ads Are Engaging Consumers

Personalized Video Ads Are Engaging Consumers

Friday, November 24 2017 | Business Insider
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With holiday sales already underway, brands aiming to draw shoppers in through video advertisements should be concerned about the effectiveness of their campaigns. That’s because brands often have trouble engaging with consumers through video ads, making it difficult to convert viewers into buyers... 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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