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Why Now Is the Time for Live Video

Why Now Is the Time for Live Video

Thursday, June 14 2018 | CMS Wire
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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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The State of Social Video Ads in 2018 [Infographic]

The State of Social Video Ads in 2018 [Infographic]

Wednesday, June 13 2018 | Social Media Today
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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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Five Major Ways B2B Companies Can Leverage Video Content

Five Major Ways B2B Companies Can Leverage Video Content

Monday, June 11 2018 | Forbes
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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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46% of Businesses Use Videos in Email Marketing

46% of Businesses Use Videos in Email Marketing

Monday, June 11 2018 | Online Video
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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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5 Overlooked Video Marketing Strategies

5 Overlooked Video Marketing Strategies

Monday, June 11 2018 | Business 2 Community
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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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Mobile Video: Three Trends with Momentum

Mobile Video: Three Trends with Momentum

Friday, June 8 2018 | Mar Tech Advisor
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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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What Do the Latest Trends in Video Mean for Marketers?

What Do the Latest Trends in Video Mean for Marketers?

Thursday, June 7 2018 | EConsultancy
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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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Why Your Luxury Brand Needs More Video Content

Why Your Luxury Brand Needs More Video Content

Thursday, June 7 2018 | Entrepreneur
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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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Twitter Opens In-Stream Video Ads

Twitter Opens In-Stream Video Ads

Tuesday, June 12 2018 | Marketing Land
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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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Thoughtful Strategies Required for B2B Video

Thoughtful Strategies Required for B2B Video

Thursday, June 7 2018 | Warc
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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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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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