Calgary Marketing: Online Video – Critical For Content Marketing
Online video is gaining strength as the source for content marketing, so says a B2B Demand Generation Benchmark Survey for 2012. The take-away? Most respondents prefer video over white papers, case studies, even live demos with reps. And you should factor that into your 2013 content marketing strategy.
By the way, this survey was compiled by marketing automation giant Eloqua, CMO.com (Adobe’s content site providing digital marketing news and insight for senior marketing executives around the globe) and Software Advice, an online consultancy which publishes product profiles, comparisons and best practices guides to help buyers find the right software for their business.
So, Why Video?
The web trending towards video is made obvious by much more than the example above. After all, YouTube is the number two search engine in the world. This may lead you to the conclusion that we simply don’t like to read anymore. But the video preference situation we’re witnessing is much more detailed than that. So the question you may be asking yourself (or your boss may be asking you) is: Why video?
For this, let’s reference an expert. Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. — also known as The “Brain Lady.” As a leading speaker, author and consultant to brands like Amazon, Disney, Walmart and South By Southwest, she brings an understanding of the psychology of customers and why they do what they do.
She has uncovered four core, very human reasons we are drawn to video:
#1: The Fusiform Facial area makes us pay attention to faces – this is an actual brain function that hard-wires us to use the human face as a gathering point for information and believability.
#2: Voice conveys rich information – yes, the simple sound of a human voice speaking to us has an amazing way of converting information into meaningful content.
#3: Emotions are contagious – here’s a subtle but powerful aspect that we may take for granted. The body language of emotions is an appealing and we naturally love to share.
#4: Movement grabs attention – another trait that runs deep in our collective anthropological DNA is the power of peripheral motion. Since the stone age, we’ve survived by noticing things in motion – looks like we still do!
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Why You Need Video Testimonials – Calgary Business
Whether your Calgary company is selling a product or service, professional video testimonials have the power to swing purchasing decisions in your favour in a big way. Here’s why:
Consumers have a voracious appetite for video
Video consumption is increasing year after year: 92 per cent of Canadians now tune in at home or work, according to comScore, with more consumers scouring the second-largest search engine, YouTube, for business, service and product information.
Furthermore, video seems to offer a higher degree of authenticity as it allows viewers to see and hear from a client delivering the testimonial.
Real recommendations rock
You may think your products and services are great, but do your customers feel the same way? The reason platforms such as TripAdvisor and Yelp are so popular is that they present real stories about customer experiences and feedback, which carry a lot more weight than what a company has to say about itself.
Establish trust with the brand
Giving your clients the opportunity to offer their opinions adds a powerful layer of transparency to your brand. Viewers can watch real people provide genuine feedback, and the topics they cover will often address their main concerns about your business.
Content is king
When working with a company to produce your Calgary business’s video testimonials, it’s important to be clear on your messaging. Vague testimonials won’t spark the same response as topic-specific testimonials.
For example, if you have a car dealership, you may want to focus on questions such as: What was the experience like working with your sales team? How much money did your customers save? How did they find the process of buying a car through your dealership? What exactly do you love about your car? Why would they recommend others work with your clients?
Any unique features you would promote about your business tend to be great areas around which to produce testimonial videos.
An effective selling tool
If positioned properly, professional-looking videos are some of the most powerful tools a Calgary business can have in its marketing toolbox. The top places to promote your testimonial videos are: on your website, on relevant social media platforms, in e-mail signature, in-store displays, presentations, trade shows, client quotes and proposals.
Loyal clients will be happy to help
Video is such a powerful vehicle to communicate experience, and using it strategically will work wonders for any Calgary business. Leverage your loyal customers by asking them to provide testimonials about your business. If the video testimonials come across as honest and trustworthy, more and more potential customers will respond, translating into great results for your bottom line.
Online video is seeing massive growth. Watching video online has gone from a niche activity to mainstream. With new devices, video everywhere has become a reality.
The implications of online video’s growth for the digital advertising industry are huge. Sight, sound and motion is of utmost importance to brand advertisers. It can pull on heartstrings and entertain people the way banners have never been able to do. That’s led to Web video ads being the bright spot in an otherwise tough market for publishers. The big question is whether the growth in inventory will continue that trend.
Here are 15 must-know stats on online video.
89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today. (ComScore)
Online video users are expected to double to 1.5 billion in 2016. (Cisco)
Only about 24 percent of national brands are using online video to market to consumers. (Kantar Media)
Online video now accounts for 50 percent of all mobile traffic and up to 69 percent of traffic on certain networks. (Bytemobile Mobile Analytics Report)
Consumers give up on an online video if it doesn’t load in two seconds. (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Akamai Technologies)
Users sharing video on retail and brand sites chose Facebook 46 percent of the time, with email accounting for 40 percent and Twitter capturing 14 percent of shares. (Invodo)
Globally, online video traffic will be 55 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2016. (Cisco)
52 percent of consumers say that watching product videos makes them more confident in online purchase decisions. (Invodo)
Mobile and tablet shoppers are three times as likely to view a video as laptop or desktop users. (NPD)
Mobile video ads that include social media buttons drive 36 percent higher engagement. (Rhythm NewMedia).
Online video production will account for more than one-third of all online advertising spending within the next five years. (Borrell Associates)
76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their sites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and blog integration. (Social Media Examiner)
92 percent of mobile video viewers share videos with others. (Invodo)
More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month, spending more than 4 billion hours watching videos (YouTube).
2 billion video views per week are monetized on YouTube, and every auto-shared tweet results in six new YouTube browsing sessions (ReelSEO).
BizBOXTV’s online video Calgary clients & partners include major media networks, large corporations as well as small-medium businesses in all cities & industries across Canada and North America.
The BizBOXTV difference? We’re not a traditional Calgary video production company with traditional approaches. We were founded in 2009, as this new digital & social world started making itself known, so our focus and expertise has been honed right here. Our background comes from working in news… most of our core team are Journalists, seasoned professionals who know the best way to tell stories in an engaging and entertaining way so a target audience will listen.
Calgary YouTube: Let customers discover your business
If you’re a small business, it’s doubtful any video about your product, service or personnel will be be seen by a billion people… but maybe a hundred thousand targeted customers would be nice. To get a fraction of that, you really ought to be using more video in your marketing, particularly through YouTube.
My law firm uses YouTube to advertise its lawyers and certain boutique practice areas, like franchising, animal law and immigration law, giving potential clients information about the practice area and also about the lawyer, who they might feel comfortable enough to hire…or not hire, simply as a result of the video. Other legal, accounting and services based organizations regularly use online video to market their professionals.
Going cheap can mean you look cheap. So hire a professional web video and social media marketing agency to produce and distribute a YouTube friendly video that can be accessed on your company’s website and circulated on other social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
And if you’ve been featured in a traditional television interview, don’t let it go to waste. Try to get the interview downloaded to YouTube so that you can alert your clients, potential clients and other interested media. Professional public relations consultants can help you with that.
Perhaps the most important reason why you need more video was summed up best in an article by fellow columnist Lisa Ostrikoff of BizBOXTV: Want a higher search ranking overnight? Here’s how to do it. Referring to the need for your company’s web page to rank as high as possible in Google searches, she says “a quality web video hosted on your site makes the page 50 times more likely to be shown on the first page of Google search results”, which is where you want to be, because often, page 2 results might as well be page 6 results.
She goes on to say “Ever since Google purchased YouTube, the likelihood that [Google] will rank these videos favourably in search algorithms has markedly increased. In fact, it is possible to obtain a high ranking on Google practically overnight when web video is effectively used on a page. Google now rates web video even higher than high-quality, keyword-rich articles.”
So the most important reason to use more video is so that you have a better chance of being found higher on Google than your competitors.
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BizBOXTV’s corporate video clients & partners include major media networks, large corporations as well as small-medium businesses in all cities & industries across Canada and North America.
The BizBOXTV difference? We’re not a traditional Calgary video production, marketing and advertising company with traditional agency approaches. We were founded in 2009, as this new digital & social world started making itself known, so our focus and expertise has been honed right here.
From single profile videos and team bios to sales videos and branded content creation, BizBOXTV has years of experience working with businesses just like yours, looking for a unique and powerful way to tell their stories, increase brand awareness and of course, sales. You are also looking for an incredible return on investment in this changing marketing and advertising landscape. This is why BizBOXTV was created. Professional video production, video marketing & video advertising does all that, and more.
As the entire marketing and advertising landscape experiences a massive shift, BizBOXTV is thrilled to be in a position to work with forward thinking companies driven to get and stay ahead of the curve. We have worked with hundreds of amazing Calgary video production clients across Canada and North America over the past four years. BizBOXTV is looking forward to growing and evolving with this ever-changing communications landscape to be able to offer our clients the most innovative approaches to getting what they want, as well as getting the most value out of their marketing and advertising dollars.
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