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Breaking Down the Components of an Effective B2B Video

Breaking Down the Components of an Effective B2B Video

Monday, April 2 2018 | LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Blog
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With all five of these components accounted for, it’s pretty hard to go wrong. The beauty of B2B video is in its almost limitless possibilities for creative and unique content. Enjoy the flexibility, but make sure you adhere to the principles of simplicity, technical quality, script clarity, concise length, and actionable next steps... Read the full article »
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What You Really Need to Know About Explainer Videos

What You Really Need to Know About Explainer Videos

Friday, April 6 2018 | Forbes
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Whether you’re marketing a simple product or a complex piece of software, an explainer video can do a better job of telling your story. Explainer videos far outpace blog posts or traditional webpages in terms of user engagement. The following is an interview to help startups navigate the use of such videos successfully... Read the full article »
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Stop Thinking of Video Content Like TV: Creating a Modern Video Experience

Stop Thinking of Video Content Like TV: Creating a Modern Video Experience

Thursday, April 5 2018 | Sky Word
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Video is evolving in its form, with live video, 360-degree video, and virtual reality creating new and immersive ways to consume video. But the platforms and framework for these experiences are undergoing rapid change, and enterprise brands need to adapt. It’s no longer enough to be a video creator. Brands have a chance to take control of the data science and distribution behind their video content, creating a more comprehensive experience that offers more value to businesses and their customers... Read the full article »
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The Complete Beginners Guide to Live Streaming

The Complete Beginners Guide to Live Streaming

Wednesday, April 4 2018 | Nibletz
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Live streaming is the current trend in the market as far as video marketing is concerned. With simple equipment like a smart phone, a considerably strong internet connection and live streaming software, it is now possible for any business or individual to start streaming live from anywhere and at any time. Nevertheless, if one is aiming for streaming high quality content, it’s necessary to make use of a high-definition camera, software or hardware encoder, capturing device and a host to stream the video... Read the full article »
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5 Video Marketing Trends to Watch out for

5 Video Marketing Trends to Watch out for

Tuesday, April 3 2018 | Business 2 Community
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When it comes to content marketing, videos play a bigger role than most other types of content. Video marketing grew rapidly over the past couple of years. Will it be able to keep up the pace in 2018? There’s no doubt about the effectiveness of video marketing. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful content marketing strategies and most marketers are investing in it without hesitation. Neil Patel is one of those marketers who plans to spend $144,000 on video marketing in 2018... Read the full article »
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Make Video Work for You: 6 Ways to Up Your Content Marketing Game

Make Video Work for You: 6 Ways to Up Your Content Marketing Game

Monday, April 2 2018 | E Content
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When it comes to video content, the playing field is already too crowded. Considering the tight competition and the high costs associated with producing quality video, it’s essential to head into the landscape with a solid strategy in place if you want to see returns on your investment. Start by determining what you want your video content to do. Do you want it to educate, inspire, or entertain your audience? Video that hits these sweet spots is the content that gets etched into the minds of... Read the full article »
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4 Ways B2B Marketing Should Be Using Mobile Video

4 Ways B2B Marketing Should Be Using Mobile Video

Monday, April 2 2018 | Ad Week
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Since mobile video is still new to B-to-B marketing, getting in at ground zero will mean overcoming challenges building an actionable mindset within organizations resistant to change. Does it seem daunting? Sure, but by now, you already know it’s worth it... Read the full article »
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10 Uses of Video for B2B Marketing

10 Uses of Video for B2B Marketing

Thursday, March 29 2018 | Mar Tech Advisor
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Visual information is easy to digest, less time consuming to comprehend, and leaves a lasting impression. Video content is dynamic and stands out more than text content, hence it grabs more attention than a simple text-based email or pdf. Since B2B customers form a relatively smaller target segment than B2C, it’s easier to create more personalized content that makes them feel more connected to a brand... Read the full article »
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3 Hacks for Optimizing Video Across Social Media Platforms

3 Hacks for Optimizing Video Across Social Media Platforms

Thursday, March 29 2018 | The Sociable
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Online video for business has the power to attract new clients, drive revenue, and bolster brand awareness when combined with platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. The jury is back! Attention spans are down and forcing potential customers to scroll through lines of tiny text on mobile devices through squinting eyes isn’t going to cut it anymore for businesses. Costs for online video production and editing have fallen significantly in recent years, and according to The Guardian, “you no longer need to be a... Read the full article »
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LinkedIn Goes All in on Video Marketing

LinkedIn Goes All in on Video Marketing

Thursday, March 29 2018 | Wersm
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Video has a proven track record of being the most efficient way to capture an audience’s attention on social media. LinkedIn made its first move a few months back, allowing users to share organic, native, or uploaded videos on its platform. Individual creators have found video to be a great way to share knowledge and to express themselves on a platform that had often been seen as, “a little boring.”... Read the full article »
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There’s nothing quite like that special moment when a video goes viral. Millions see it; millions are entertained, and the media landscape is enthralled for a while with its newest pop-culture darling. When a brand is involved in this phenomenon, it’s an unqualified, grand-slam home run -- and every marketer’s dream.

The natural corollary to this line of thought is that only superb content will work in social media. Most advertisers we speak with are under this impression. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

How-to videos, repurposed TV spots, drug and medical advertisements, recipe videos, and direct response commercials all consistently enjoy success in social media. In fact, one could argue that the performance-based, non-interruptive social format provides better, more tangible value than standard pre-roll.

The distribution mechanism for social video is a value exchange, whereby users receive virtual goods in return for watching a video. This format puts users in control, and it generates completion rates as high as 94% for 30-second videos. But of particular interest to advertisers is the channel’s ability to generate earned media -- regardless of the content.

Nothing is going to make a two-minute recipe video “go viral,” nor would the producers of such content necessarily have that expectation. But earned media is more than just sharing and free reach. According to a study we recently conducted, nearly 5% of users, on average, who watch a social video take an additional earned-media action after viewing. This means coupon and recipe downloads, store locator usage, Facebook visits, participation in contests, etc. All of this happens, by the way, after the user receives her or his virtual reward.

Thus, advertisers interested in generating earned media activity for their videos need not concern themselves with creating the next viral meme. They should, however, come to the table with a clear idea of the consumers they’d like to reach, and the actions they want those consumers to take. Coupon downloads, for instance are a natural next step after watching a CPG commercial.

Understanding the basic tenets of social media advertising (i.e., value exchanges, performance-based Cost-Per-Engagement (CPE) pricing, and targeting by demographic rather than by content type) can create opportunities for many brands that might not otherwise consider themselves good fits for the space.

Earned media results are no longer limited to an elite group of viral video megahits. Advertisers of every stripe can benefit from social advertising; they simply have to plan for it.

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