Video content. Everyone wants video. But, in an age where “video is king”, how are consumer viewing habits changing? And what can brand managers do to engage video-savvy audiences in an increasingly crowded market?
500 million people are watching video on Facebook every day. But, not everyone views those videos all the way through. In fact, a registered “video view” (on Facebook, Instagram and twitter) is a mere 3 seconds. So if you’re judging the success of your video marketing campaign by the number of views alone, you’re unlikely to get much of a ROI. A video is not doing its job unless it drives engagement.
How to leverage changing video viewing habits
Considering how video viewing habits are changing, there are two possible ways forward:
Yes. This certainly does give your brand some exposure but is it the kind you want? Do you really want to be associated with content that users consider irrelevant? If so, what does that say about your brand?
We believe that this is the way forward for brands that want to build their audience. It’s also the focus of the rest of this blog…
Whether you’re making a brand film, a commercial or other video content, understanding your audience is key to designing a story that will interest or inspire them. Your target market should also influence the look and style of video you choose to create.
Red Bull is a company that have mastered this approach. The energy drink brand started uploading videos to Facebook in November 2007, and YouTube in April 2008, and Instagram in September 2014. Initially targeting 18-24 YO males looking for videos with a “stoke factor”, Red Bull’s content featured some of the best action sports clips and original series on the web.
Major social platforms consider ‘good’ engagement to be a viewing duration of around 15 seconds
Today, Red Bull can be considered a media company as well as an energy drink brand. 174 video uploads a month generated 183 million monthly views in 2017. And those videos are working. In 2015 Red Bull sold almost 6 billion cans of the energy drink for $6.6 billion.
Make sure your videos are authentic and accessible.
Some of our favourite videos are those that are authentic, funny and entertaining. Consider Holden and their “Nothing to prove” campaign for the new Equinox. Holden were looking for an idea that would cut through.
Instagram influencer, Celeste Barber has an Instagram following of over 3.2 million, and prides herself on having nothing to prove. This makes her a perfect fit for this role. The authenticity of this commercial breeds trust which breeds audience identification. Who doesn’t want audiences identifying and connecting with their brand?
Women are recalibrating what’s appropriate in advertising… They’re responding to brands that are abandoning stereotypical and predictable communications and want to be spoken to in a more authentic language…”.
Jane Waterhouse, GM Story54, Bauer Media
Brand stories don’t necessarily need to be about your company, services or clients. An exciting avenue for brand / consumer engagement is “by association” stories.
The Optus launches Netflix featuring with Ricki Gervais series is one such example. The success of this ad is attributed to the fact that, although Gervais is not directly promoting Optus, he’s associating with it. And he delivers what audiences expect – a funny, authentic and entertaining performance – something that Netflix offers via its content. Audiences who enjoy Gervais’s performance project those feelings onto the brand and engagement skyrockets.
A video is not doing its job unless it drives engagement
This commercial series was so successful for Optus they brought Gervais back for a second season. If you want to stand out, your videos need to speak to audiences in a language they understand.
We don’t believe in creating content for content’s sake. Brands need to focus on creating quality video content that is relevant to your audience (topically and stylistically). If you do, it will get noticed – and watched. Create relevant and authentic stories. If you are bold and willing to do something different you have a much greater chance of getting the click-through results your marketing campaign is after.