From creating webinars to putting short clips in emails, a video marketing strategy is a must if you want to truly engage with your audience, improve brand awareness, and boost leads and sales.
In fact, 83% of marketers say video helps them with lead generation, and 87% say it has increased traffic to their website.
Some other benefits of video marketing include:
- It’s good for SEO. If your content is compelling enough to attract views and shares, your Google search ranking can improve.
- It’s a timesaver. Creating short video clips can be much quicker than writing an article or blog.
- It’s affordable. It can be more cost-effective to create a short clip vs. producing an ad or a blog.
- It gets attention. People tend to mindlessly scroll through their newsfeeds, but will stop to engage with video.
As we head into 2022, here are three video content marketing trends that I think we can expect to see.
Vertical videos will still dominate
Instagram and Snapchat were the first to utilize vertical videos in Stories, and Instagram Television (IGTV) was next.
This refers to anything that is recorded and broadcast in real time. With live streaming, people like to feel like they’re being spoken to directly and authentically. Live streaming is also a low-cost way to produce collateral. Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be perfect! What people respond to with live streaming is the authenticity and immediate connection.
How it works: Users can click on a section of the screen (say, a skirt on a model) and be directed to the link to buy the item.
A recent survey by Brightcove revealed that 23% of consumers overall and 30% of Millennials want links that let them directly purchase a product.
Now that you’ve got an idea of what’s going to be popular in 2022, here are some ways to incorporate engaging footage into your campaigns.
- Use video on your landing pages
Let this sink in: video on landing pages can increase conversions by 86%.
Video on your landing pages is also a great way to improve your search ranking, as Google’s algorithms are increasingly prioritizing websites with this type of content.
Since it’s more engaging, video can also lead to more social shares, build trust and awareness, and help reduce bounce rate.
- Blogs and articles
Did you know blog posts can be just as valuable as a landing page? For 2022, think about filming your posts instead of writing them (or do both!), and you’ve easily increased the odds of that info reaching more visitors.
SEO authority Moz, for example, has found that showing a clip with blog images and text increases reach by 3X.
- Emails and newsletters.
Video content is great for your emails and newsletters. Of course, the type of videos you create will depend on your objectives and goals. For example, are you announcing a new product, an event, or a course you want people to sign up for?
You could also use email to give people a sneak peek of longer footage on your website. Once you’ve decided what you’re promoting, you can begin shooting.
Several of the popular email newsletter services like Constant Contact, aWeber and ActiveCampaign make it simple to share what you film by using a screen capture and linking the image to the original content.
That way, a user can just click on the image in the email and be directed to your clip.
- Social media platforms.
A solid social media strategy is always essential, and you only need to glance at your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn feeds (and of course YouTube and Pinterest) to see how big a role video plays for companies.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – especially on social media!
Some go-to formats you could shoot for social media include:
Unboxings (if you have a physical product)
It’s important to remember that each social media platform has rules around how long your digital marketing videos can be. Here’s a quick reference guide:
Facebook allows you up to 240 minutes (though you probably wouldn’t want to use all that time),
Twitter provides 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
Instagram gives you one minute if shared as a post, 15 seconds as a story and up to 1 hour as a live or IGTV video.
LinkedIn has a 10-minute limit.
Snapchat allows 10 seconds.
Make sure your videos are optimized for each social media platform. Viewers on Instagram expect different things than those on Twitter, for example.
Remember: No matter what you’re creating or selling, video is all about storytelling. And now is the time to tell the most authentic and compelling stories you can about your products or services!