In the world of mobile viewing, video watching is changing. With social media running the web, video ads have become an essential part of marketing efforts for every business. Facebook conducted an in-depth study on how and when audiences are viewing videos. While we used to consider video viewership online in a much different way than we tracked TV ads, smartphones have changed all that. Audiences are merging their online and offline content patterns and expectations.
Understand the behavior of video viewership in order to create the most successful content strategy for your business. Check out the 5 kinds of videos, must-know facts and our pro tip for each.
Pro Tip: Use a creative that grabs your viewer’s attention quickly and hooks them to stay. This can be something silly or emotional, text that makes you compelled to finish reading or content that asks you a question. Mobile tends to win this battle. Learn how to add subtitles to a video to make sure you catch the attention of those with sound muted!
Pro Tips: Get creative and shoot raw footage with a fun narrative. Think messy and real. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and speak directly to the camera as you go. This is the freeist form of video content and the most forgiving.
Pro Tip: A viewer can skip after 5 seconds, meaning your job is to grab them in the first 5 seconds of video and hold their attention for even longer. Make sure to create a “hook” exactly at the “skip” point to hold engagement.
Pro Tip: Like TV, you’ve already got your viewers attention. This is a huge help. Now your job is to create a video that hits the sweet spot (joke, offering etc) at 6-15 seconds.
Pro Tip: Yup. It’s quick. You’ve got 2 seconds to snag a viewer or they’ll move on. Only use live video if you’re ready to go into full production and have a team behind you to support your efforts in real time.
As you build out your video strategy, it’s essential to understand these trends and use them to your advantage. Let’s recognize that there is not one viewing practice for all audiences and thus not one creation and publication practice for advertisers.
Here are our additional pro tips for your content:
As Facebook so clearly stated, “ mobile is fast becoming the primary media consumption device, so there’s no time to waste.”