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Video Content: What & Why?

Updated: Apr 25


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Video content is a format referring to content using video in any aspect. We see it in vlogs, live streams, GIFs, webinars, and many other ways. Though frequently overlooked by the common marketer, video content is a useful and creative method to keep in mind.


Why Video Content?


By now, you’re probably wondering why we’re talking about video content creation. Over the past few years, this kind of content has significantly increased demand across social media marketing.


A possible contributing factor is the popularity of streaming services over live TV; another may be because of the jump in the amount of time people are spending on video platforms through social media like YouTube.


As a result, digital marketers are jumping on this trend. Since 2019 alone, the amount of video content used by marketers has increased by over 90%. Of course, the first step to this method is figuring out the best place for your content.


YouTube or Vimeo may be appropriate for longer videos. However, Instagram/IGTV, Snapchat, or TikTok would be best for shorter content. What works well on one platform may bomb on the other, so take your time, do your research, and pick the best option for the video you’ve created.


Things To Consider


It’s vital to consider where your audience can be found. Focus on platforms that your target audience utilizes most. Also, consider the amount of competition you may be facing there. Of course, triple-check that you and your team have done your best to create something that will blow them out of the water!


To do so, focus much of your attention on the pre-production stage. Planning your video is CRUCIAL to the best possible content creation. A script might be useful if you know exactly what needs to be said. Transitions and graphics may also be beneficial for an eye-catching factor.


If you want your video to appear more natural and free-flowing, we recommend keeping a small list of bullet points. That way, you’ll remember what needs to be addressed while still keeping it fresh. Make sure to have the space you need set up before it's time to shoot as well (i.e., lighting, noise, and reverb checks).


Final Steps


Needless to say, editing plays a large role in the success of video content. In this step, move beyond color correction and sound enhancement. Make sure that you’ve got the most engagement possible out of it. Whether that means adding a link to a testimonial page or encouraging likes and comments on IGTV, make sure it’s available.


A few key things to keep in mind during this stage are using graphics, keeping things moving (never stall on one thing for too long), having a clear call to action, and, even though your video is a sales tactic, trying not to make it feel that way.


Finally, optimize, optimize, optimize! Your SEO, that is. To increase the odds of the right people stumbling across your video content, use popular keywords, optimize your title (mention the most important keyword), and use those keywords in your tags/descriptions. This step will help your video on that platform and Google searches.


Last but not least, don’t forget to repost. Even if your video isn’t set up for IGTV or Twitter, you can advertise for it there. Create a post with teasers of your video, such as, “How do I get more attention for my TikToks? I can help answer that question. Check out my video where I do just that at:.....” By doing so, you’re technically reposting without actually having done so.


If you plan on creating your own video content soon and need help figuring out where to begin, we hope these tips were helpful! Let us know in the comments how they have worked out for you.

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