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The latest news articles, tips and trends about social video and social media video marketing and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn, including best practices for social videos, statistics on social media audiences and sharing behaviors, tips for generating engaging social media videos people will want to share, and news of inspired and successful social media campaigns.

Can Meerkat Claw its Way to the Top of the Live-Streaming Video Apps?

| | ReelSEO - Andy Smith
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Meerkat is only one of a number of live-streaming video apps available for Twitter users and, while it's popularity has exploded since it's early launch, it's not the only app on the block that may give users the ability to post video on Twitter. ReelSEO brings you a list of other potential apps that may keep Meerkat from clawing its way to the top of the heap. Read the full article »

Video Leads the Way in 2015 Social Media Marketing Trends

| | Social News Daily
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2015 is trucking along at an incredible pace (it's already March!) and we continue to see video dominating the conversation about marketing trends. Keeping track of trends will give you a competitive edge in your business, especially in the quick-pace world of social media marketing. Video is the number one trend to pay attention to. Video and images do more to enhance the user experience than text on social media platforms. As mentioned previously, they are also the most popular posts and receive the most engagement. With every major social media platform now testing autoplay features, there's every reason to develop a video marketing strategy. Read the full article »

Survey: Video Posts Now Most Popular on Facebook

| | MarketingProfs - Ayaz Nanji
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A recent study conducted by marketing and statistics monitoring organization Socialbakers reveals that Facebook algorithms now favor video posts over text and image-only posts created by brand pages.

The survey pulled data from Facebook updates psoted between October 2014 and February 2015. Read the full article »

Entrepreneur Uses Casual Videos to Connect with Audience

| | Wistia - Meryl Ayres
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Shane Melaugh, entrepreneur and owner of IMImpact.com, creates low-budget video productions to show fellow entrepreneurs how to create and grown an online business. Shane shares his insights obtained from his own trial and errors on a weekly basis that has proven that you don't need a huge budget to grow your audience.

Shane's weekly "Sunday Updates" show that through consistent effort -- and without a big budget -- one can grow their customer base over time using video to connect. He credits his success to setting up expectations for his audience. "You get teh polished, high-quality videos in my regular content, my products...The weekly update is just us having a quick chat." Read the full article »

Lacoste Launches New Fashion Line, Racquet with Mobile Video

| | Marketing Land - Steve Hall
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Lacoste, the French sportswear and athletic equipment brand, has launched a new fashion line and tennis racquet, harnessing the power of interactive video mobile apps for promotion.

Director Romain Laurent, who has also directed videos for other luxury brands like Hermés, together with Paris-based agency MNSTR created seven videos for Instagram and Vine introducing the new sportswear and racquet. Users were also encouraged to follow Lacoste on their Snapchat to view behind-the-scenes shots of the videos in progress. The campaign was unified by the #BeautifulTennis hashtag.

Lacoste also simultaneously published a 128-page print book written by Desports magazine Editor Adrien Bosc entitled A History of Tennis and Elegance. It contains a short history of the sport and its influence on Lacoste design through the decades. The book also has a video component -- if the user holds their phone to certain images in the book they will transform into a video through the camera. The same feature works on Instagram when browsed on your computer. Read the full article »

NBA's March Madness an Opportunity to Capitalize on Social Media Video Marketing

| | Adweek - Christopher Heine
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Adweek's Christopher Heine offers a suggestion to brands looking to capitalize on the National Basketball Association's March Madness week with a lesson from the NBA itself - maximize your social media video marketing content through Instagram. The NBA's has consistently held the No. 1 slot for sports leagues on the Adweek/Shareablee weekly brand charts for Instagram clips. They do so by offering short, concise and riveting moments from the previous night's highlights in rapid-fire clips.

Sean Miller of digital agency Rokkan advises, "A great video is only as good as its best frame." So if your content is lacking in quality content, stick to photos. But if you can create a compelling narrative, definitely use the video functionality. The benefit of using Instagram as a content video marketing tool is that it will cater to short attention span of users who are used to consuming content quickly. Brands can also share behind-the-scenes content, which is a best practice for social media marketing. Behind-the-scenes content creates a familiarity that surpasses the superficial. Instagram's story-telling functionality also allows users to share unexpected stories and relive their favorite memories during March Madness.

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Still Mastering Facebook. Do I Really Need to Learn Snapchat?

| | The New York Times - Ian Mount
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For small businesses social video marketing is most effective when the right platforms are used to reach target audiences. Snapchat can be a great venue to reach younger viewers, while Pinterest naturally lends itself to businesses including event planning and hospitality. From a time standpoint, small businesses may only need to spend twenty minutes daily interacting across social media networks. Read the full article »

Facebook Outlines Its Video Aspirations

| | AdExchanger - Kelly Liyakasa
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Branding is a primary reason organizations run paid social video marketing campaigns on Facebook. The social media network indicated that marketers buying paid video ads are not looking at video impressions as a key campaign metric. Facebook offers a way for viewers to discover social video content. Read the full article »

Instagram Is Now Bigger Than Twitter With 300 Million Monthly Users

| | Adweek - Garret Sloane
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Instagram has become a key component to successful social video marketing campaigns. Popular among users eager to share visual content, Instagram has surpassed Twitter in the number of official users. Currently more than 284 million use the Facebook-owned social media network. Mimicking other social media sites, Instagram will begin to offer verified user accounts in 2015. Read the full article »

6 Brands That Are Killing It on Instagram

| | iMedia Connection - Lee Schneider
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Instagram can be successfully used for social video marketing. The popular mobile app, used primarily for creating and sharing visual content, offers the opportunity to post :15-second videos. Brands such as GoPro use Instagram to share user generated video content (USG), showing GoPro cameras in action. Read the full article »

The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015

| | Forbes - Jayson DeMers
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According to a Social Media Marketing Industry report, 42 percent of marketers plan to increase their use of the Instagram platform to leverage visual and video opportunities. Industry analysts expect Instagram to outperform Vine for social video marketing campaigns in 2015. Marketers now have the option to purchase :15-second video ads on Instagram. Read the full article »

4 Keys to Making Your Social Video Strategy a Success

| | Marketing Tech Blog - Douglas Karr
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Understanding the target audience is the first step to social video marketing initiatives. Once the audience has been identified, social video content can be developed. Social video distributions do need to be managed to ensure that the video is reaching the right viewers. Finally, incorporating a call to action and linking video content to a landing page will help to measure the program's success. Read the full article »

Report: Nearly 60% Of Video Shares Worldwide Occur On Facebook

| | Marketing Land - Amy Gesenhues
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The vast amount of video shared by users is done within the Facebook social media network according to metrics compiled by Unruly. Social video marketing professionals should include Facebook as part of their distribution strategy. Nearly 60 percent of social video shares occur within Facebook. The remaining 40.6 percent of social video shares are spread out between Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and other social networks. Read the full article »

We Need a Different Conversation About Social Video

| | Online Video Insider - Eric Korsh
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The consumer should be at the forefront of social video marketing. Social video enables marketers to reach viewers through a multitude of different avenues. Some networks, such as YouTube or Facebook, offer the opportunity to leverage an embedded media player that supports video content. Other channels, like Twitter, are a way to reach viewers through real-time content. Read the full article »

Why GoPro's Instagram Strategy Should Catch Apple's Eye

| | Adweek - Christopher Heine
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Fifteen seconds of footage with an unobtrusive logo is how brands can conquer social video marketing via Instagram and other apps. GoPro distributes social video content across a multitude of social networks, using content created by consumers. Simplicity can be the most effective way to gain social video views. Read the full article »

How to Use Pinterest for Videos, SlideShares and Podcasts

| | Social Media Examiner - Cynthia Sanchez
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Organizations, especially retailers, should incorporate Pinterest into their social video marketing distribution strategy. Videos pinned to Pinterest can broaden audience exposure and reach, resulting in more video plays. A video's thumbnail image needs to be eye-catching in order to attract Pinterest users. Follow other video best practices by utilizing strong keywords and adding a URL back to the webpage or blog page where the video lives. Read the full article »

Hyundai’s newest marketing director: an action figure

| | Digiday - Tanya Dua
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A social video marketing campaign utilizing the Vine app has been extended by Hyundai Motor America in support of the new Sonata model. The automaker created a series of Vine videos to showcase different features available in Sonata. Vine was selected as a medium because Hyundai was able to conceptualize some quirkier content that they thought would appeal to younger audiences. Read the full article »

Top 5 Social Marketing Trends for Brands to Watch in 2015

| | ClickZ - Roger Katz
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How viewers interact with social video marketing content will be one of the major social media trends of 2105. It is not enough for brands to post re-purposed TV content to YouTube. Audiences expect social video content to be digestible and interactive. Create content to fit the format. Also, it is essential that social video be vieweable across all devices. People are spending more time on mobile, making mobile the first device point of interaction. Read the full article »