As technology progresses year after year, consumers continue turn to it, even rely on it, for advice, news, networking opportunities, and so much more; and as the digital world is advancing, it is YOUR job to keep up with it.
Give the people what they want!
Consumers are out there using this technology, searching for answers to their questions and problems, and YOU need to be out there, too! You need to be there, providing solutions to their problems; and you need to be current with not only the information you provide them, but also in your marketing strategy and message delivery.
How do you connect with this technologically-savvy, digital-age audience? To keep up in today’s modern world, VIDEO needs to be a major component in your marketing strategy.
It was recently reported that, on average, 100 Million hours of Facebook videos are watched every single day! And Business Insider reports that YouTube earns approximately six times that amount, 650 Million hours! … every day! (mediakix.com)
Then, in a study from Facebook, The Persuasive Power… , researchers used eye-tracking to find that people gaze five times longer at videos in their newsfeed than they do at still, static content. (Facebook states: “We identified five factors related to the rise of online video viewing: smartphones, shorter attention spans, binge-watching, the importance of context, and the thrill of novelty.”)
According to Livestream.com, video dominates again. Apparently, 80% of a brand’s audience would rather watch live video from a brand rather than read their blog. Additionally, 82% of the audience prefers live video from a brand rather than social posts. The bottom line is: online audiences have definitely taken to video… 78% of online audiences are ALREADY watching video on Facebook Live.
Last but not least, YouTube reports that mobile video consumption rises 100% year over year. (livestream.com)
What that all boils down to is that, basically… You should to be making videos for your business!
Use native videos rather than shared.
A recent study (quintly.com) proved that original videos (native videos) that are uploaded to Facebook get a 1,055% higher share rate than videos shared from links (like from YouTube or Vimeo, for example). Native videos also get a 186% higher interaction rate.
If you want to get serious with video content, the only way to do it is to BE ORIGINAL! Create and upload your own videos natively; or, do your own live videos!
With your own, original, entertaining content, your reach, engagement, and share rates will increase.
Is Live video better than pre-recorded?
They both have their places…
If you want a perfect, polished video, you will obviously want to plan it, prepare for it, pre-record it, edit it, the whole “shebang.” With live video, however, it’s generally much more quick and spontaneous! It’s an easy way to create quick, original content for your page; plus, it will boost reach and engagement.
A major perk of live broadcasting is that you are able to connect and interact with your audience in real time. Viewers can write in the comments section, and you can read and respond to them in your video. This is neat because viewers have the ability to sway the conversation into exactly what they want; you will know that you are providing the content that the audience wants!
You have lots of options for live broadcasting, including: Facebook Live, YouTube (need 10,000+ channel subscribers), Twitter Live (Periscope), Instagram Stories, and Snapchat Stories.
Facebook’s Newsroom recently reported that FB Live videos are watched three times longer than regular videos.
Have you considered going live!?
The successes of programs like Meerkat, Periscope, and Snapchat have proved that worldwide viewers thoroughly enjoy original and authentic, candid content.
What should you do when you go Live?
Here are some things you can do to entertain your audience (on Facebook Live):
- Share a helpful tip. All you have to do is open your Facebook page on your mobile device, go to make a normal post but instead click “Go Live.” Next, choose your front/rear camera preference, give your video a description (this can be edited later), and “Go Live.” Finally, go ahead and share a quick, helpful tip with your audience, and if questions come in live, respond!
- Let them behind the scenes. People love sneak peeks! Share a quick, candid video of what’s going on “behind the scenes” at YOUR business. You can also share videos of events – setting up for them, during them, or even when you are the one attending them.
- Host a live discussion, talk show, or mini-webinar. This video might be a little longer. If you want to do some of these videos, it’s a good idea to plan ahead so that you can give your audience a head’s up through email and you will have more people “in attendance.”
Remember, though, video doesn’t always have sound.
Keep in mind that videos don’t necessarily have to have sound. In fact, 85% of Facebook videos are viewed without sound! (mediakix.com)
This means you need to make your videos versatile. Design your videos for sound-off, just in case. The viewer should be able to get the main gist of the message regardless of whether or not they can hear it.
If words are necessary to get the point across, you can always use captions. The key is to make videos that are captivating and engaging, even if watched in silence.
Check out the app Animoto, which allows you to easily create professional quality videos using video clips and/or images. You can also add text overlay (This is GREAT because people tend to watch a lot of videos with the sound off).
Ripl is another cool tool that we personally like to use for our Instagram posts!
It’s okay to be camera shy!
If you or your team is not comfortable being in front of the camera, there are still PLENTY of things you can do to create videos without ever personally being on-camera. For instance, create a tutorial for your product (maybe showing just your hands, demonstrating the product), or get guest speakers to come on and do little mini-talks. Videos can also be easily created by making slideshows of images, using animated effects, and getting creative with apps.
Adobe Spark is a FANTASTIC free tool, for both desktop and iOS users, for creating videos and fun animations. If you’re new to the “video-game,” camera shy, think video-making will take too long, or think you need a lot of equipment, you need to try this app! Your smartphone and this app is all you need to create attractive, professional quality videos. It’s definitely a great place to start. 🙂
Here is an article that will walk you through filming and putting together the best, most eye-catching videos using just your phone and Adobe Spark: 16 Time-Saving Tips for Making Awesome Videos with Your iPhone
Just Make it good.
If you’re putting the time and energy into making videos, make them good, so that viewers want to continually come back and keep watching your videos. Put some thought into them, even if they’re candid, so that they are interesting and engaging.
90% of Facebook viewers think video quality is the most important aspect of Facebook Live videos. (livestream.com)
Over time, your little video library will become a big video library. With all these videos in your “repertoire,” feel free to repurpose them! You have different audiences on different platforms, so share them everywhere! Don’t post the same video to ALL of your social channels on the same day, but save your videos and post them on your various channels over the coming weeks. Recycling your videos (that you put your precious time and energy into creating) will save you tons of time while allowing you to reach new audiences.
Even live videos can be saved for later, “non-live” use. For instance, on Facebook, after you “go live,” you have the option of downloading and saving your video. Then, you can post it to any platform you choose, or consider embedding it into your website or blog! Share the wealth 😉
Now, hit record.
It’s your turn!
Video can definitely seem a bit scary at first, especially LIVE video, but don’t let it intimidate you.
Just start recording! Everything gets easier with practice.