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If you’re on the fence about live video, here’s a tip: start with prerecorded videos. Pick a topic and record short videos (one minute or less) of yourself discussing that topic. Upload the videos to your social network of choice and gauge the reactions of your friends and other connections. This removes the pressure of being live while giving your audience a chance to see and hear from you... Read the full article »
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Is 2018 the year you invest in video ads on social media? Need some stats and facts to help guide your strategy? Wave Video shares the facts you need to know in this infographic. The main reasons for using video ads on social media: drive traffic to your website (48%), promote new content (27%), boost website conversions (21%)... Read the full article »
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If your B2B company is already using social media, it's even more integral that video should be part of your strategy since every major platform — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even LinkedIn — uses video in some way. YouTube, the world’s second largest search engine, is where over 1 billion hours of video content are viewed each day... Read the full article »
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Businesses are using videos in more than just their YouTube channels. According to data from the 2018 benchmark report released by video marketing solutions company Vidyard, 46% of businesses use videos in email marketing, and that’s up from 36% the previous year. What’s more, 86% use video on their websites, 77% on their social media channels, 60% on landing pages, and 37% in sales conversions... Read the full article »
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There’s no easy-button when it comes to video marketing success. With the right approach, however, you’ll build brand awareness, generate leads and ultimately close more business. The strategies outlined here are things that most – if not all – of your competitors are NOT doing, which is why today is the perfect day to formulate your game plan and start reaping the results of your hard work... Read the full article »
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The first wave of digital video extended traditional broadcast content or TV campaigns into digital formats. But as mobile video evolves into a two-way communication medium (with the rise of messaging apps and sharing in smaller groups,) winning brands will need to adapt their tactics and focus on human connection and conversation... Read the full article »
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If one trend in content publishing and social media has been constant over the past few years, it’s the growing popularity of online video. Long-form video, short-form video, live video, square video, video advertising… Whatever the format, video has built buzz in the marketing industry for its ability to engage and entertain, with brands making it a core part of their marketing strategies.... Read the full article »
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It’s safe to conclude that videos are indeed the champions on social media, and more so for aspirational segments like luxury. The key to success is keeping it authentic, striking and beautiful, while not looking like you’re trying too hard... Read the full article »
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With this latest video ad update, Twitter says no community management is needed, as advertisers can start an in-stream video ad campaign via the platform’s self-serve ad tool. Advertisers in 12 global markets will have access to the video ad product starting today: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States... Read the full article »
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Going mobile-first, getting the right video length, and audience targeting are key for B2B video engagement in Asia-Pacific, according to LinkedIn. In a LinkedIn study, 74% of B2B marketers in Asia-Pacific countries viewed video as one of the most important ways to reach and engage professionals... Read the full article »
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\"Do not try this at home. Especially if you like to see, smell, hear, touch, talk and breathe." That's the warning viewers get before seeing a little more than a minute of burning foil, an exploding egg, juice-spewing fruit, bubbling soap, a shattering champagne bottle, and other mayhem, all caused by a microwave in a YouTube video from Moe's Southwest Grill.
The message? "Microwaves ruin everything," and Moe's doesn't use them.
As of Tuesday, the video had more than 1 million views. Not bad for a video pulled together on a shoestring budget and promoted in-house.
"It really was a grass-roots effort," says Lauren Barash, director of PR and corporate communications for Moe's.
Lighting the fuse
Last spring, Moe's was preparing an advertising campaign based on its mission to use fresh ingredients. It primarily targeted women and families, so the company's creative team started thinking of ways to include the dudes.
"One of the things that popped into our heads was, guys love to blow stuff up," says Brandon Friedman, senior copywriter at Moe's. Friedman and his team searched YouTube for videos of stuff being destroyed in microwaves, but "it all felt pretty amateurish."
Management liked the simplicity and the fun of the idea but wondered whether it could be done with virtually no money. "We have a budget, and this wasn't in it," Barash says.
So Friedman started calling in favors. Eventually, his team happened upon a local Atlanta director willing to work within the monetary constraints. "Once we got him, we were able to open some doors," Friedman says. The team contacted Jam Edit, a company it had worked with on some previous videos, and started firing up the microwaves.
Shooting and splattering
The crew shot the video all in one day in late May using a high-speed Weisscam.
"It was definitely the most fun we've had on set," Friedman says. "We felt like we were 8-year-olds, going, 'Try this! Try this!'" Not everything the crew tried worked. Trying to nuke a tennis ball didn't result in many interesting visuals, but it did leave a burnt rubber smell in everyone's clothes.
Safety was a huge consideration on the set. Everyone wore ski goggles and had respirators on hand, just in case of an accident. Luckily, the only damage was to the three microwaves the crew used.
The camera, the rental of which Friedman says was the most expensive part of the production, could shoot in extremely slow motion, from 500 frames per second all the way up to 2,000.
"We were able to catch things that otherwise wouldn't have been that cool. It became kind of art."
The 2,000-frame-per-second camera helped catch the champagne bottle explosion, which took about nine minutes to happen, but was really fast once it did. "It was like a bomb went off," Friedman says.
Editing the video took about two months—the editor had "a very tough task," Friedman says. It was finished around August. Even though the team was anxious to get the video out there, Moe's held onto it until the release of its new TV ad campaign, which debuted in January.
Getting the word out about the video started internally, Barash says. "We sent an email out to everybody that works for the company and said, 'Hey, we just posted this video on YouTube. Send it to all your friends, and friends of friends.'"
As Moe's employees shared the video on Facebook and elsewhere, Barash, Friedman, and others were reaching out to blogs such as Scary Ideas and Copyranter through email and Twitter. Soon, it was on Geekologie, Buzzfeed, and the CBS News blog. Wired magazine even tweeted about it.
"It's getting picked up where we never thought we would," Friedman says. "Blogs feed off blogs."
Most of the online response to the video doesn't necessarily mention the lack of microwaves at Moe's—it largely echoes one user's comment, which succinctly opines, "Awesome." But Barash says it's keeping the brand top of mind, and it's reaching out to a new audience.
Friedman says his team is planning the next video and trying to live up to the hype this one created. "We'll just have to be more forward-thinking about it," he says.
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