Social Media Video – Hot In 2016 🔥
Social Media Video = Social Media + Online Video Marketing & Advertising. It’s popularity has been increasing incredible amounts over the past years on platforms way beyond the king of video, YouTube.
While YouTube probably pops into your mind when you think of online video, it’s definitely not the only platform embracing the massive potential for digital video content. Facebook, Twitter & Instagram have all pushed into the online video world over the past year… all in the race to grab more advertiser dollars, given the immense power social video has.
Digital video ad spend is growing at a rapid pace. According to a report from eMarketer,” 2015 State of Video,” total ad spend allocated for digital & social media has nearly doubled in the past year. 68% of marketers also plan to
increase their digital & social media video budgets in 2016.
2015 really has been a landmark year for digital & social media video. It tied with social media use overall in 2014 when it comes to average time spent/day engaging with different digital activities. In 2015, digital video finally pulled ahead.
So, what kind of devices are we watching digital & social media video on? More and more, we are using our tablets and smartphones. Tablet use has had the greatest annual growth from 2011 to 2015 @ 120%. And we’re not just watching on the go. We’re also tuning into content on our connected TVs, otherwise known as smart TVs, with an increased usage rate of 23%. The content world has been pushing in a mobile-first direction, and social media video is no different.
2016 offers businesses and brands of all sizes an opportunity to experiment with social media video marketing & advertising that’s custom-made for platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram & Twitter vs trying to re-run TV spots on social platforms.
As the speed of digital marketing & advertising continues to pick up speed… it’s better to start now vs being left behind.
Instagram Ads are powered with Facebook’s huge collection of interest-level user data, and the developments beg the question: Will well-budgeted campaigns now almost always include both Facebook and Instagram ads?
New Instagram partners like Adobe, Salesforce, 4C, Spredfast, Hootsuite and AdParlor also often facilitate ads on Facebook. And since their platform-based allegiances are spread wide while also typically working with YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc., we thought it would be interesting to ask them if Facebook Inc. in essence could become a one-stop shop for social campaigns.
“We anticipate growth with the extended reach into Instagram leveraging Facebook’s powerful targeting options,” said Monica Lay, senior product marketing manager, Adobe. “Many are still in test and learn phase, particularly around direct response, so it’s hard to quantify and estimate at this early stage.”
Eric Stahl, svp of product marketing, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, said, “Advertising on either Instagram or Facebook should not be thought of as part of a silo’d social-media budget, but as a core component of the advertising budget, especially as customers spend more and more of their time on mobile devices.”
Aaron Goldman, chief marketing officer, 4C, added, “Having a streamlined solution to adapt content from one platform to another will be essential for advertisers who will want to achieve the most value from their assets and manage campaigns at scale.”
So the answer is, Yeah, you’re going to see ads in concert from the same marketers on Instagram and Facebook a lot of the time.
And it’s not terribly difficult to understand why—the amount of time mobile users spend on either Facebook or Instagram is staggering. According to Instagram, one in five minutes spent on mobile devices is spent on either of the two platforms, a statistic that illustrates one of the reasons monthly and daily user counts continue to skyrocket.
“It’s hard to say that democratizing access to Instagram ads to both developers and businesses will not grow ad spend,” said Zaz Floreani, senior director of business development, Spredfast.
According to Hootsuite, the social advertising industry continues to steal budgets from traditional channels, especially as platforms like Instagram and Facebook are able to increase their ability to measure ROI for social promos. Because of that, large-scale Instagram Ad growth should be expected.
“Instagram Ads provides access to a very large, very engaged audience,” a spokesperson told Adweek. “The fact that you can use the same rich Facebook targeting criteria on Instagram will make it massively effective for advertisers looking to get their products or services in front of exactly the right people at the right time.”
Paul Van Winssen, director of operations and client services, AdParlor, said his clients are excited about the possibilities. He didn’t name specific brands, but AdParlor works with everyone from Walmart to Molson Coors to MGM Resorts International.
“Brands and agencies are still exploring where Instagram Ads fit into their overall marketing mix, but we can say nearly everyone we’ve spoken to is interested to give it a test drive and see how it works for their business,” he said.
With a quickly growing and engaged community of more than 400M, Instagram is one of the world’s largest mobile ads platforms & Instagram advertising is a lucrative option for businesses.
Businesses are now able to share their stories with a highly engaged audience and drive direct action with personalized video ads.
Instagram video ads offer the “same visually immersive quality as photo ads on Instagram — with the power of sight, sound and motion. And now, you can share videos up to 30 seconds long and in landscape format.”
Instagram video ads are now available globally for all businesses — big and small.
Instagram Advertising formats & targeting options allow us to give advertisers the results they care about – from raising awareness to driving action.
Some of the ways BizBOXTV video clients are using Instagram video ads in their marketing & advertising efforts include:
- Branding & Awareness
- Sales & Promotions
- Website Conversions
- … & more.
Depending on your unique advertising objectives, we work with you to determine the best content to share with your audience & develop a custom strategy for advertising on Instagram.
Advertisers of all sizes are seeing results for their businesses—from driving mass awareness, to increasing website sales.
Start Instagram Advertising today – BizBOXTV is making creating & running video ads on Instagram quick, easy and effective.
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Instagram Video Ads – Coming Soon
Instagram has announced big changes to its advertising platform, meaning you’re likely about to start seeing longer Instagram video ads from businesses and brands of all sizes.
Instagram Video Ads can now be 30 seconds long, up from the regular 15-second limit, and are also able to use landscape photo and video following Instagram’s recent lifting of the square format restriction.
Instagram video ads can now be posted in landscape mode to support the app’s recent format update. By increasing the video length to allow for 30-second creative, Instagram says the move will “give ads a more cinematic feel.”
Longer Instagram video formats show how seriously the social media platform’s parent company, Facebook, is taking video advertising in order to compete against YouTube and premium video ad networks. Also, as part of Instagram’s new video ad push, brands will be able to target their videos to specific groups of consumers, just like they can on Facebook.
Instagram claims it’s video ads are working by mentioning some case studies. Deals marketer Gilt Groupe saw an 85% increase in shopping app installs after running a video ad campaign that promoted downloads, and game maker Kabam got people to spend unusually high amounts of time in its Marvel Contest of Champions app.
“People come to Instagram for visual inspiration, and video advertising on Instagram has the power to touch, inspire and move people,” Instagram said in a blog post. “Instagram video ads have proven to drive strong branding results—97% of measured campaigns on Instagram have generated significant lifts in ad recall.
The explosion of the ‘social’ Internet has provided content creators, marketers and advertisers with a cost effective way to distribute and share online video. And unlike traditional advertising, online video lets them target their audience and measure its impact through analytics
Social video is content that is influenced by social media and intended to be shared from person to person. If we find something relevant, informative or entertaining, we pass it on, and the cycle continues. This is essentially how content goes viral.
Content and news discovery is becoming less and less about searching out the information you are looking for. Instead, it’s being shared via social network recommendations – likes, shares, Retweets, Pins, +1, etc.
If you’re already knee-deep in social media, you’re exposed to this type of sharing behaviour on a daily, or minute by minute basis, depending on how often you frequent such platforms.
BI Intelligence recently examined the social video landscape, taking a closer look at how advertisers specifically.
Some of the main takeaways include:
• Online & social video audiences are expected to double by 2016, reaching 1.5-billion worldwide ( Cisco)
• Social media video has trumped non-social video as far as views/audience size.
• The majority of people now, and an increasingly significant number in the future, will discover and watch video content on social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook.
• Video length is shrinking. Social media audiences seem to prefer to “snack” on social video.
• In the U.S., Facebook had the fastest-growing online video audience of major web properties over the last 10 months, and is just second to Google in terms of video audience size. In April 2013 alone, 63-million people watched video on Facebook.
The phenomenon isn’t showing signs of slowing anytime soon. So if you’re a business owner, now is the time to start thinking about integrating social video into your marketing and advertising budgets, before your competitors do.
Need another reason? According to the study mentioned above, “consumers are more likely to enjoy a brand video and remember the brand involved if they come across it because of a social media recommendation.”
It may still be early in the game, but it’s better to stay ahead of the curve than work to catch up when it might be too late.
Want customers to remember your brand? Social video’s the key – The Globe and Mail.
Video On Instagram
Instagram, the immensely popular photo-sharing app that was acquired by Facebook in a $1 billion deal last year, is not just for photos anymore.
Instagram has recently announced Instagram Video, another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.
You’ll also discover Instagram has added thirteen filters built specifically for video too. When you post a video, you can also pick your favorite scene from what you’ve recorded as your cover image / thumbnail so your Instagram videos are beautiful even when they’re not playing.