On video and why you need to get serious about it.

Video is no longer a “nice to have” part of your marketing plan. It is a “must have” ingredient, if you want to story tell and succeed online. Most brands know it, though historically have not done much about it. This is going to be the year that all of that changes.

Video tops the list of consumed content and allows brands to add additional context and depth to their messages. People stay on websites with video longer and are more likely to pay attention to and share social media messages if brands use video.  You also hack increased organic reach and better brand recall because Facebook is a big fan and favors video.

This piece by Small Business Trends breaks down some more compelling statistics, and here are some highlights:

Video Increases Your Marketing Reach and Duration

If you want to stay top of mind, you’ll be glad to know that 80 percent of users recall a video ad they viewed in the past 30 days.

Videos turn watchers into advocates as 92 percent of mobile video consumers share videos with others while social video generates 1200 percent more shares than text and images combined.

You’ll also get more visitors on your website using video because companies using video enjoy 41 percent more web traffic from search than non-users and video drives a whopping 157 percent increase in organic traffic from search engines.

Video Drives More Sales

According to 70 percent of marketers, video produces more conversions than any other type of content. This pays off nicely for e-commerce sellers who have found that using product videos can increase product purchases on an online store by 144 percent

Even if you don’t have an online store, including video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80 percent and after watching video, 64 percent of users are likely to buy a product online.

Video is effective on both desktop and mobile devices: the average conversion rate for websites using video is 4.8 percent compared to 2.9 percent for those that do not use video while 40 percent of customers state that video increases the chance that they’ll purchase a product on their mobile device.

Simply put, videos drive sales: 74 percent of users who watched an explainer video to learn more about a product or service subsequently bought it and 77 percent of consumers say they’ve been convinced to buy a product or service by watching a video.

Finally, 90 percent of users say that product videos are helpful in the decision making process and that’s a good thing.

Video Contributes to the Bottom Line

The biggest advocates for video marketing seem to be the businesses and marketers who use the approach. In fact, 76.5 percent of marketers and SMB owners that have used video marketing said that it had a direct impact on their business.

And finally, a doozy of a statistic: businesses using video grow company revenue 49 percent faster year-over-year than organizations without video.

Small businesses need to pay attention to these compelling statistics. The problem is that if/when they do, most don’t have the talent or capacity to create those videos internally.  The good news is that Sircle Media has got you covered.  Let’s get started!

 

 

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On real social media strategy, that solves client needs…

Our client IMDbPro, (an Amazon Company) was referred to Sircle Media because they were seeking a social strategy that was right for their unique business. They are really focused on new user acquisition for their paid service, which focuses on all types of professionals in and around the entertainment industry. Whereas their consumer facing brand IMDb, can rely on countless movie quotes, actor backstories and unlimited useful (and sometimes useless) movie facts and pieces of information to help them create and cultivate a community, the Pro version has more of an uphill battle.

Sircle explained they needed to do a better job with conveying the USP’s of the platform, many of which lived only behind their pay wall.  We suggested moving some of their powerful video testimonials to their homepage, so new prospects could get a taste of the benefits they could expect from a subscription to the service.

We also recommended featuring a free 30 day trial to reduce the risk for new users and help get them into the brand’s marketing CRM channel.  We then created and implemented the use of video (as seem above) to help them convey the ease of signing up and to earn them more visibility. This type of clean and simple video content, is effective at conveying a brand’s key marketing messages and is a surefire way to hack more impressions on social media.

This creative will be used for organic messaging, as well as on paid social efforts.  We will optimize for reach and then retarget users who viewed the video, with messages that will move them further down the funnel.  Social networks provide targeted pools of individuals that you can serve smart messages to, and video arms you with a powerful tool that earns more impressions than all other forms of content.

Our suggestion is that brands reverse engineer what they want to have happen, without over thinking how social platforms will help at the outset. First identify the barriers to conversions and then work to remove them. Next, capture your USP’s through video, to properly convey your marketing messages and accelerate the reach of that content. Finally, deploy on social media platforms and add gasoline to the fire with paid social efforts.

Wash, rinse, repeat!

 

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Video Content: Take Your Shot

Video content has really become a must have for any brand that is serious about leveraging social media for their business. It is very important to create content that stands out from the clutter and if you want to accelerate reach and visibility on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, then you need to get serious about moving beyond still photos and graphics in your content mix.

This video above was created for our client Michter’s Whiskey, one of our favorite clients for obvious reasons.  They have unbelievable, award winning products and a very loyal following on social media.  Since they are in the spirits business, e-commerce is not an option or part of their digital focus. For them, it is all about reach and storytelling to help them be relevant in a very crowded vertical.

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A key metric for success in our engagement, is our ability to earn them consumption (pun intended) of their content marketing. We aim to create simple, yet compelling assets and then get them the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to visibility. They do very well both organically and via paid media on Facebook, because it is a well known and widely appreciated international liquor brand. That being said, they want to really stretch beyond their fan base and get in front of new eyeballs whenever they can.

Here we deployed some paid efforts ($10) to help accelerate the reach and impressions on this particular creative. We targeted users who have an interest in whiskey, bourbon and rye and earned some excellent results. Nearly 15,000 people were reached and 2892 people viewed the video within 24 hours. For reference, their photos generally earn about half of that reach number with the same type of targeting and budget allocation.

Both are important and necessary, but the videos generally add a little more gasoline to the fire…Get involved!

 

 

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Video- You Watchin?

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In case you have not yet noticed, we are in the midst of a video war.  Content is king and queen and it appears that video is going to be the chess board for the foreseeable future.  If you aren’t making videos or any type of motion graphics, then you are going to miss out big time on reach and exposure for your brand or services.

Social networks have been revamping their approach to video throughout 2015, leaving us with a lot of great distribution channels for this content. Garyvee breaks down the arms race very well here and as always nails it with his POV.  The different channels are unique, and it is mission critical to learn how to leverage each natively for your online efforts.

With video, a little effort goes a long way. Some examples of video from our client ginnybakes.

Here we use a clean and simple animated video to tell the brand’s backstory. Not only does it help with their social storytelling, but their sales team now has a new tool to help sell to retailers: The Story Behind ginnybakes

Here we wanted to introduce some new flavors and we created this very simple video in house to help present them in a fun and unique way. Not only does it convey the whimsical tone of the brand, but it was an organic hit on Facebook, outperforming link and photo based posts by 10X in reach: ginnybakes New Flavors 

Here we wanted to create some out of the box Instagram content, to help us stand out from the clutter. IG strategy requires you to create content that is unique and captures the user’s attention.  This one did just that: ginnybakes Delicious Combo

Video has also been a game changer for Facebook Ads. If you have the ability to create video as part of your creative mix, then you will see excellent results when advertising on The Social Network.  Here are some tips on how to create Facebook Video Ads that will stand out, from Social Media Examiner.

Bottom line – you need to be in the video game, if you want to really win in the content game.  Start filming, testing and implementing right away, or you are going to fall behind.

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Video Content- The Story Behind ginnybakes

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We are constantly creating content that helps our clients tell their story in a unique and interesting way. Social media is all about distributing content that you hope will resonate with your current fans and followers or serve up intrigue to new prospects.

Here we worked with Ginny Simon and her brand ginnybakes to help position the story of who she is and how she got started with her awesome brand of delicious baked goods.  Not only is it visually pleasing, but it also packs a real information punch too.  Video is a mission critical component of any social strategy and this piece, posted on Facebook natively had 5X the amount of organic reach of any normal text or photo post. Content like this is therefore not just informative, but it also makes for good social strategy.
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Playing the Relevant Content Game!

Every single day there are people searching on the internet for the product or services you sell.  The problem is and always has been finding out where these people are and then having a way to really show them why they should choose you over your competition.  Online search engines have changed the game and made things much easier for businesses, yet many still are not in the game.

Companies dabble in SEO and paid search marketing for a month maybe two and if they don’t see immediate results they drop out and either don’t market at all or they divert their spends to other non-trackable resources such as print. (not sure which is worse) Proper website infrastructure (with tagging and back end descriptions) is a start and the creation of content is a must!  If you have a website and you offer services it is a MUST HAVE not a NICE TO HAVE that you tell that story through content. Video, Blogs, Images, success stories etc.

This article in Social Media Today offers some simple and great ideas on how to listen to the audience and then respond to their needs. If you owned a brick and mortar store that sold school supplies you would get in high gear at back to school time.  You would offer deals, change around your merchandizing and probably put ads up in your window pushing BACK TO SCHOOL! It seems like every year I see stores pushing this earlier and earlier to try to get ahead and gain a competitive advantage. The same should be true online. You need to “re-merchandize” and push out the content to be inline with the needs of those who would buy from you.

You opened a business because you felt there was a need and that in some way you could satisfy that need for consumers. If you aren’t letting people know your store exists through search and social marketing then nobody will be able to see how great your business truly is. In the world of digital marketing there is no moral victory in being a hidden secret. You want to be found, so get to work to make sure that happens!

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