Online Video Marketing
Ascend2 conducts a monthly research series, and its most recent Online Video Marketing Strategy survey was conducted online and had 280 respondents, who are US and international marketing, sales and business professionals representing a range of demographic roles, channels and company sizes.
According to the report, the most important objective of an effective online video marketing strategy is to increase brand awareness. Other key objectives include: Increase online engagement, improve customer education, and increase leads generated.
85% of companies that found value in use online video marketing as a strategy. The remaining 15% are struggling to achieve success with video marketing.
What are the most challenging obstacles to video marketing success? According to Ascend2, lack of an effective strategy is the most challenging obstacle to video marketing success according to 48% of those surveyed. Other challenging obstacles include: Lack of compelling content, inadequate video budget, and lack of production resources.
About half of the marketers surveyed consider customer testimonials, explainer or tutorial videos, and demonstration videos the most effective types of online video content used. However, they were also asked, “What are the most difficult types of video content to create?” Customer testimonials and project reviews/case studies topped that chart.
Online video marketing effectiveness is increasing for 87% of respondents, with 43% saying the increase is significant.
It’s the worst kept secret on the internet, but video marketing is one of the best ways for businesses to connect with customers. In virtually every situation, video marketing proves to be more powerful and engaging than written content. Despite this, so many businesses fail to give it a second look. Instead, they proceed with a head-down mentality that emphasizes ‘doing things the way they’ve always been done.’ Don’t be that business.
Valuable Reasons to Focus on Video
Your marketing strategy doesn’t have to focus solely on video to be successful – that’s impractical and unsustainable. However, you should focus on diversifying your existing content strategy by naturally incorporating video whenever and wherever you can. Here are a handful of the top reasons to consider doing so:
1. Increased ROI
If you ask businesses that currently focus on video marketing what benefit they enjoy the most, almost every company will respond with an answer that revolves around increased ROI.
2. Better Engagement
But what’s so engaging about video content? Well, it’s a combination of multiple factors. Primarily, video capitalizes on the human brain’s craving for visual stimulation. When combined with audio, that stimulation leaves a much more powerful impact on the viewer. This impression often leads the viewer to pursue a specific action in the seconds, minutes, or hours after watching.
From a marketer’s perspective, video marketing is preferred because of the flexibility it affords the creative team. There are virtually endless options when it comes to creating different types of videos and disseminating them through a variety of channels.
Some of the most popular forms of video content include customer testimonials, product reviews, new product previews/trailers, video blogs, news features, social media content (Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, etc.), interviews, behind-the-scenes tours, whiteboard videos, and more.
4. Ability to Reach All Demographics
It’s no surprise that video connects best with the younger demographic that’s been raised on YouTube, DVDs, and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. However, it’s not just millennials that relate to video marketing. Unlike other forms of online content, which must be tailored to fit dozens of unique customer profiles, video marketing has a tendency to work well across the board.
Young, old, first class, middle class…you name it. Everyone connects with video. While you certainly can’t forget about customer profiles when creating video content, you also don’t have to stress over it.
Internet users of all ages will naturally flock to video when given the choice between written content and video alternatives.
Invest in Video Marketing Today
While it may feel like it, you haven’t missed out on the video marketing opportunity…yet. There’s still time to build your internet presence and reach the millions of users that watch online videos on a daily basis. Consider these points and begin formulating your strategy today!
Odds are that you don’t need stats to prove video is exploding on Facebook, however. Just scroll through your own News Feed. Video is everywhere.
The amount of video posted from people and brands to Facebook’s News Feed increased 260% year-over-year, Facebook recently reported.
With the proliferation of video on Facebook, it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to incorporate it into their marketing strategies.
Facebook Media reported that more than half of all daily Facebook visitors in the U.S. watch at least one video a day. In fact, the number of video posts per person increased 94% in the U.S. over the past year. Further, 76% of Facebook users say they use the social network to discover videos.
Consumers want video, and Facebook has become the platform of choice for watching and, more importantly, sharing.
Brands are now posting to Facebook directly, rather than sharing YouTube videos on Facebook.
According to Socialbakers, brands posted more videos to Facebook than they did on YouTube last December.
Businesses don’t need gigantic advertising budgets to get videos in front of the right audience either. Facebook makes it easy for businesses to target nearby and relevant customers (so you aren’t paying to promote your videos to people that wouldn’t use your product) and track viewership as a tool for increased ROI