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Why Your Videos Aren’t Getting Views

Posted by Liz Papagni in Marketing Strategy | 0 comments

videos aren't getting views It takes a lot of work to create marketing videos for your business. After you go through all the trouble (and money) needed to write, film, produce, and distribute your video, your ultimate reward is thousands of views, right? You want people to watch and share and watch again. So…what happens when your videos aren't getting views? Why wouldn’t your videos get the same amount of views as others you’ve seen go viral? There are several reasons, actually. You could be dealing with only one problem, or there could be a combination of issues. Let’s consider all the possibilities, and maybe you can narrow down the problem.

Your Video Is Too Long

There is no set “perfect” length for any marketing video, but you have to keep your audience and your distribution platform in mind. If you’re sharing on social media, then you should keep them short, sweet, and to the point. Attention spans aren’t what they used to be. Most people want to consume videos in one minute or less. On platforms like Snapchat or Instagram where you’re likely to reach younger audiences, you should keep them even shorter—less than 10 seconds at the most. Does that mean all of your videos have to be crammed into less than a minute? Of course not. Sometimes the subject matter requires that you spend more time, specifically with tutorials and how-to videos. These can live comfortably on YouTube or your website and take as long as you need them to. Besides, you don’t expect these to go viral anyway, right? The rest of your content, however, should strive to get the point across quickly and efficiently.

You Targeted the Wrong Audience

We talk all the time about how important it is to understand your audience. If your videos aren't getting views or always get a lukewarm response, then you understand exactly why knowing your buyers is so important. The gimmick one company uses to get noticed may not work for your brand. As much as you want to try the next Harlem Shake or Mannequin Challenge, ask yourself if your buyers will get any value out of it. If they’re not the type to be amused by such things, then you shouldn’t spend the time and money necessary to force it.

You Don’t Make Buyers Feel Anything

Emotion is a huge driver in determining if video will go viral. Whether you make them laugh or make them cry doesn’t matter—it’s the emotion that prompts people to share. If you’re not plucking at those heartstrings—humor, sadness, fear—then you’re not going to get the job done. Sometimes you just want to share the facts, right? A fact-based video can come across as dry and even self-serving if you’re not careful. Keep those buyers in mind as you form your content. Determine which of their emotions you want those facts to tickle. Then create a video that evokes those emotions. You’ll see a huge difference immediately.

You Didn’t Optimize It

Until this point, we’ve discussed what buyers want from your videos. It is important to understand what will spur them to share, but it’s not all that’s in play. There are some technical aspects you need to consider, too. If people aren’t finding your videos, there are a few possible reasons. First, you may not have used the description to your advantage. Are the keywords present? Did you use a description that matches the content? Does that description also play to the buyer’s emotions? The same goes for your tags and the category you choose. If you haven’t bothered to designate tags and categories—or worse, you label them incorrectly—then you won’t get the additional benefit of appearing in searches. Always be sure to optimize all video, no matter where you distribute it. Otherwise, no one will even find you in order to share you. If we can help you create branded videos that your buyers will love, give us a call. We’re here to help you develop content that gets you noticed.

3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Video Marketing

Posted by Liz Papagni in Content Marketing | 0 comments

video marketingVideo advertising is a great way to get your buyers’ attention. Whether you release snippets of organic video on your social media accounts or spend thousands on professional video production, the important thing is, simply, that you’re marketing through video. The statistics support this, too.

So, now that you know video is the present and future of content marketing, how can you be sure to make the most of every video you release?

Keep It Relevant

If you’ve ever watched a commercial and had no clue what was being sold, then you know the pain buyers feel when they consume video that isn’t relevant to their needs. Consumers really do want more content, but it must be relevant. Confusing or generic messages will turn your buyers off. What’s worse, generic or confusing messages won’t work to help buyers remember you later. Studies show that people can retain 65% of information that’s paired with relevant images three days after consuming that content. See? Relevance is key.

Keep It Social

Facebook’s introduction of video has changed the way consumers watch. This native form of marketing means that buyers are exposed to video without needing to search for it. This also means you enjoy more organic awareness of your products and services. YouTube is still the king of online video, but Facebook gets up to 100 million hours per day in front of users. Twitter is catching up, too, with 82% of Twitter users consuming video content. YouTube is great if your buyers know what to look for, but social platforms ensure that you’re seen.

Keep it Educational

Studies show that 47% of buyers will consume three to five pieces of content before they reach out to talk about making a purchase. That includes your videos, yes, but also blogs and ebooks. Your goal should be to tell them everything they need to know about your products or services in every piece of content. How will you use video marketing this year to reach your buyers? With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to providing a relevant, educational marketing experience that reaches consumers that don’t even know they need you yet. If we can help you provide a better brand experience through video marketing, give us a call.

How Each Generation Consumes Your Video Content

Posted by Liz Papagni in Content Marketing | 0 comments

How Each Generation Consumes Your Video Content With over one billion users on YouTube, it’s easy to see that video content isn’t going anywhere soon. In fact, as Gen Y and Gen Z continue to explore their own spending power, brands have discovered that video content is often the preferred medium for engagement. Does that mean you should set out right away to start creating video content for your buyers? Well, possibly. But before you do, you should make sure you know those buyers well, because each generation wants something a little different from their video.

Who’s Watching?

It’s safe to say that Generations X, Y, and Z all find video content to be valuable. However, Gen Z is more likely to be found on YouTube than Gen X, with 70% of teens and young adults visiting the video site daily. Still, 35% of Gen X stops by daily, 31% several times per week, and 22% are watching several times per month. In other words, everyone’s watching, from teens to men and women in their mid-forties. If you’re looking to get your products or services in front of buyers within this age range, then you can’t go wrong with video.

What Are They Watching?

So, now that you know who’s most likely to watch your videos, you probably need to know what type of videos to make. Not everyone is likely to watch the same type, so your content should be geared toward your target audience. For instance, Gen X and Gen Y, or Millennials, still like to see tutorials and how-to videos. Generation Z, however, prefers to watch unboxing videos or “haul” videos, where brands are displayed by influencers. All of the generational groups still want to see product reviews, though. No matter who you’re trying to reach, they want to know if your products work.

Where Are They Watching?

As with the types of videos consumed, the generation also determines where they’ll consume them. YouTube is the biggest platform, as you might guess, with 78% of Generation X, 86% of Millennials, and 93% of Generation Z using it. Other platforms, however, shift in popularity according to the age of the user. For instance, Generation Z doesn’t really seem to use Facebook for video consumption, while 57% of Generation X is still checking out videos on the social network. If you want Generation Z, you have to go to Snapchat, where 41% of Generation Z checks out video content. The real surprise, perhaps, is that Instagram is a big favorite among all three generations, especially with the new Instagram Stories feature. There’s no question that video content is an excellent tool for reaching your audience, regardless of their ages. However, understanding that audience will definitely help you target the types of videos and the platform for sharing so that you can always experience the best possible engagement with your buyers. If you’d like to explore your audience for video marketing campaigns, let us know. We’re happy to help you create marketing that will resonate with your buyers. Webinar CTA