Business competition is fierce in today’s cluttered digital-first world and that makes it harder than ever to stand out amongst the crowd.

Whatever business you are in, there are a few marketing goals that we find businesses are looking to achieve.

Brand Awareness

You are doing everything right in your business. Systems and processes are in place and you have the right employees in the right seats. Your business has matured into a profit producing machine that delights nearly every customer. However, you need the world to see this! You are lacking the exposure needed to communicate the real value that your business is offering.

Brand Identity

You are looking to refresh the visible elements of your brand such as color, website design and messaging. This is an ever-important element of your marketing because it is quite literally the foundation of all of your other marketing assets.

Return on Investment

Success to you means generating qualified leads that can ultimately turn into paying customers. On top of this, you want to be able to prove out your return on investment by pulling in all marketing and sales data into one centralized location. As a result, you can double down on what’s working best and cut what is underperforming.

It is important to note that business goals can be a mixture of the above and may not be totally aligned exclusively with a single goal. In fact, most businesses have a mixture of a few but ultimately, there is always one that stands out more than the others.


The key to marketing effectively is a mixture of effective creativity and strategic distribution. Video is being produced and used at a cost-effective rate for all stages of the buyer’s journey. In other words, making videos is much more affordable compared to what it once was. This is due greatly in part to major advancements in technology that have increased quality while reducing costs.


The democratization of video has made it possible for small to midsized businesses small to adopt the power of video – this includes your competition too. Therefore, if you are relying primarily on written words and static images, your business is bound to fall behind the curve.


The way you distribute your videos is equally as important as the decision to leverage the power of video for your business.

Relying solely on organic distribution is not a viable solution in today’s busy digital marketplace. In other words, making videos and parking them on your website, posting them on your organic social media, or blasting them out in your newsletter, is not going to cut it because you won’t get the exposure needed to make an impact.


Organic posting shouldn’t be abandoned, but it must be paired with a thoughtful paid strategy in order to get the audience reach and targeting necessary to provide consistent results.


This E-book will cover the use of video in conjunction with some of the most powerful paid advertising strategies in the marketplace.


We will show how video advertising which was once used exclusively by the biggest brands in the world can now be implemented by small to mid-sized businesses.


It’s time to unlock the power of online video advertising and let your business shine in an ever-evolving digital marketplace.


We live in a world where people are inundated with content. Streams of emails and social posts are enough to make the average person’s head spin. It is impossible to stay focused with so much being thrown at us daily. At the center of it all is the customer. Let’s face it, with so much information that is readily available this puts the customers in the position to choose.


So that which does not serve us or at the very least entertain us gets tuned out. The question for brands is how to produce content that stands out? How do we get prospects from endlessly scrolling to take a second and stop and look at our content?


The answer is video.


Video is the most powerful communication tool that we have today that helps engage, qualify, and convert more buyers than any other medium. The reason for this is because it is educational, engaging and entertaining. You gain a key edge over your competition when you can communicate the advantages of your product or service in a compelling, informative and dynamic manner. Below are some of the key pillars of why video is the king of communication.


The superiority of video as a creative powerhouse is grounded in science. According to a study performed by Minnesota University, it is proven that “visuals are processed 60,000 faster in the brain than text”. So biologically we have a predisposition to video over text or static images because we get more out of it. As a result, viewers can grasp more complex messaging in a shorter period when it is delivered through video.

Video Maximizes Story

Video can break through to a modern-day audience because it is able to tell a more well-rounded story. The best brands in the world are where they are today because they use thoughtful stories to help audiences better understand and relate to their message. Still images and text simply do not paint as an immersive picture for audiences. If you are settling for anything less, your competitors will invest in the long-term brand storytelling that comes with creating dynamic video content that engages audiences like no other medium.

Video is Affordable

Video has historically been very expensive to produce well – especially for small to mid-sized businesses. In the past, it was common for large brands to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to shoot a television commercial or corporate video. But now you can produce high-quality video at a fraction of the cost due to the emergence of cost-effective equipment and software. This allows brands to produce content at scale rather than simply investing in a singular video.

Video Can Be Repurposed

A key benefit of video is that you can repurpose footage into a number of different ways that will get you much more mileage than any other type of creative asset. Video footage that is captured can be repurposed into mini-edits, images and graphics. This gives your marketing efforts the ammunition and flexibility to distribute more content in a cost-effective manner. Below is a representation of how multiple creative assets can be pulled from a single video.

Video Comes in all shapes and sizes

When creating videos for your business, you have the versatility of producing a wide range of video styles and types. All of these video styles and types can be used to address prospects at different stages of their buyer’s journey. Often, brands aren’t aware of the wide range of creative approaches that are at their fingertips. When they think of video, they can have a very narrow perception of what that means.



After video production, it is important to consider the platforms on which to publish your content. At Marketing Reel, we help you choose the best channels to success, reaching your goals and seeing business flourish.


360° VIDEO

As video marketing agency, we utilize various video styles in order to best suit your business goals. Each style has different processes that ensure your message has the highest impact on your intended audience.



Each video type has its own purpose and benefits. We work with you to create videos that help achieve your specific business goals.


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The key to any business achieving its goals is pairing effective creativity with the right kind of distribution. Placement of your videos on platforms that not only have large audiences but the ability to hyper-target individuals within those pools of people is crucial to getting your message out there in an impactful and cost-efficient way. Even more importantly, being able to track and provide the necessary metrics is key to iterating your tactics to find the best approach possible.

Delivering the right message about your product or service to your target audience, at the right time and with the appropriate frequency, produces consistent business results. Otherwise, you’ve created a video that you might as well hang on your wall and admire. Sure, it might make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but for it to justify the costs – it needs to produce quantifiable and consistent results.

So, what is the right type of distribution that best optimizes your video marketing?

We’ve identified a few criteria that make a specific distribution platform ideal. Before exploring this question, there is one thing to keep in mind – organic distribution is not enough. Simply posting your videos on your social media pages or through your email newsletter likely won’t be enough unless you have already built up a significant audience.

You will not get enough reach to bring in predictable results. In other words, there aren’t enough new people that represent your target audience that you have the potential to do business with.

Organic distribution should always be part of your marketing strategy, but brands should not delude themselves into believing that organic posting can move the needle in a way that is tangible or consistent. The reason for this is that the algorithms on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Google provide very little exposure for non-paying posts.



Whatever platform you choose to distribute your message on, it should possess enough of an audience to make it worth your while. Therefore, platforms like Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Instagram are extremely successful. They can tap into massive audiences in the billions of active users.


With a large audience you have the potential to make an impact. However, you exponentially increase your odds of making an impact with the ability to hyper target prospects. So, a successful distribution platform must be able to collect unique identifying details about their audience that can be used by advertisers to make more informed and targeted decisions. Examples of this precious information includes location, demographic, interests and behavioral targeting.


It used to be that the tracking and measurement of advertising efforts were often left in an abyss of uncertainty. This was due to the lack of technology necessary to fully monitor efforts and provide accurate reporting.


However, as we evolve into a more sophisticated digital first world, the means are available to accurately track and measure nearly every touch point. This shift was seismic in nature because now marketers can be held accountable to prove a return on marketing spend. This also marked an important jump in data analysis and the ability to iterate and improve campaign performance based on cold hard data.


  • Engagement
  • Exposure and Reach
  • Awareness
  • Conversions


As the late Peter Drucker stated, “if you can measure it, you can improve it.” In today’s digital world, you often need to hit multiple touchpoints with a potential customer before a conversion (form fill, direct purchase, phone call, booked meeting) is realized. The ability to track the performance of ads is what leads to robust reporting that can be analyzed in order to make more productive decisions that improve performance.

Considering the pillars of reach, targeting and trackability – we have identified three clear distribution methods as winners when it comes to possessing these characteristics.


Google Search

  • Google search ads are text-based ads.
  • High intent from the person searching a query inside of Google
  • Less risky for the marketer because you pay only when people click on the ad.
  • Benefit greatly from video placed on the landing page of the advertisement.

Google Display

  • Video display ads across the internet.
  • Served to audiences based on demographics, behaviors and interests that indicate that they would be likely to click on your ad.
  • Reach a larger or completely new audience than simply through search.

1 Reach

Google has the largest market share of search with 86.86 percent. Just in the US alone, there are 246 million unique users and nearly 4 billion throughout the word. The Google Display Network reaches 90% of Internet users worldwide, across millions of websites, news pages, blogs, and Google sites like Gmail and YouTube.

2 Targeting

Google is the standard when it comes to search. Keyword search is an incredibly effective method of targeting because the prospect shows high intent by searching for specific keywords within the Google search engine. Although video is not involved at this stage of the process, video is a highly effective tool at converting viewers once they click on the Google ad and are directed to a landing page.

3 Tracking

Google use cookies to track users as they move throughout the internet. As a result, users develop a bread crumb trail of their interests based on the sites that they visit. The collection of cookies is used to serve ads to prospect via Google display advertising. It is important to note that Google has announced that cookies are being phased out for third party users and also on their highly popular Chrome browser. The reason for this is to protect user privacy. However, Google will still collect user first party data when using their products such as when searching on Google or YouTube.

4 Reporting

Everyone is familiar with Google Analytics. Cookies were largely part of Googles ability to track users across the internet. However, Google is opting for a less creepy type of tracking that doesn’t focus on delivering ads to the specific individual. Rather it protects the individual by placing them inside of general cohorts of similarly bundled individuals. Then the ads are served based on the cohort rather than at the granular individual level.

Look up your Google Search history and use those terms to build out your Organic and Paid YouTube strategy.


YouTube ads are a great way to leverage video using all the power of Google targeting and trackability. On YouTube, you typically only pay when a viewer watches your video for a certain amount of time.

1 Reach

YouTube is the world’s 2nd largest search engine behind Google and has approximately 1.9 billion active users. YouTube reaches more people between the ages of 18-34 through mobile in the US than any TV network does through any channel. YouTube reports mobile video consumption rises 100% every year (Source: HubSpot) and we watch over one billion hours of YouTube videos a day.

2 Targeting

YouTube ad targeting is based on demographics such as age, gender, parental status, household income. Other methods include interests such as affinity groups (people already interested in relevant topics’), Custom intent audiences (targeting people that are currently researching topics, products and solutions on the web).

3 Tracking

Track key metrics such as:

  • Engaged Views
  • Click Performance
  • Engagement performance
  • Reach & Frequency
  • Video Viewership

4 Reporting

Report features include: Video performance for specific keywords, audience types, and demographics. This powerful reporting is accentuated by automated reporting, visual charts, custom tables and downloadable reports.

Did you know that you can deliver videos to users based on their Google search history.

Facebook & Instagram

Facebook and Instagram ads perform better with video. Videos often provide a pattern disruption necessary to hook a viewer’s attention as they scroll passionately through their news feed.

1 Reach

1.6 billion are connected to small businesses everyday. Facebook generates 8 billion video views on average per day (Source: Social Media Today) (Quartz) Instagram video posts have the highest overall engagement rate (38% higher than image posts) (

2 Targeting

You can target your audience based on recent purchasing behavior, life events, custom, and look-a-like audiences. The list is vast and a gateway to getting your message in front of the right person at the right time and place.

3 Tracking

Advertisers pay for the ability to serve ads on these platforms to people that have specific demographics, interests  and behaviors that they are looking to target. Many of the actions you take on Facebook and Instagram are tracked and recorded as data that Facebook uses to provide value to advertisers who run ads on their platform. Much of this is done by the placement of a pixel that records page views and other events.

4 Reporting

Some of the ways you can measure success is monitoring the below metrics:

  • Engagement
  • CPC & CPM
  • Reach
  • Impressions
  • CPA
  • CTR
  • Video % Watched
  • Frequency


Stream video across publishers across the internet. Bots purchase ad space based on pre-set parameters. Programmatic video advertising are 15 or 30 second ads that occur before, during or after free video is played on the internet. Display ads are placed










  • – Standard Sizes: 300×250, 336×280, 728×90, 300×600
  • – Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, HTML5

Programmatic Video

  • – Pre-Roll
  • – Mid-Roll
  • – Post-Roll
  • – In-Banner


Some of the many ways you can target!

  • Geo-Location
  • Keyword Search
  • Demographics
  • Device Targeting
  • Contextual Targeting


Instead of utilizing vague 3rd party audience segments where the source and quality of the data is questionable, use unstructured data with individual data elements like location, contextual content, keywords searched, and browsing behavior to create custom audiences.



Ways to measure success:

  • CPM
  • Impressions served
  • Clicks
  • Click Through Rate
  • Actions (Form fill, Button Event)
  • CPA
  • Video Completion Rate


Connected Television includes any device that is used to connect to the internet in order to watch television programming. These devices include smart TV’s, desktop/tablet/mobile devices, and 3rd party devices such as Roku, Amazon firestick, Apple TV and some select gaming consoles. CTV is the most impactful and effective way to deliver measurable video creative to specific audiences.

1 Placement

Tablets | Phones | Desktops

Connected TV apps like Hulu, YouTube and Twitch can be streamed directly onto devices.


Smart TV’s

A television with a built in connection to the internet.


OTT/CTV Devices

Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, and the major gaming consoles.

2 Reach

Addressable Geo-Fencing
Upload 1st party CRM data that includes individual addresses that then create a geofence around individual households. Then, devices seen within those households can be served mobile, video and/or CTV ads.


Behavioral Data
Bringing the precision of digital targeting to Television. Leverage the ability to target users based on keywords, context and other online behaviors.


Demographic Targeting
With access to 126 million U.S. households, you can create custom audiences for targeting at the household level.

3 Targeting

Addressable Geo-Fencing
Upload 1st party CRM data that includes individual addresses that then create a geofence around individual households. Then, devices seen within those households can be served mobile, video and/or CTV ads.


Behavioral Data
Bringing the precision of digital targeting to Television. Leverage the ability to target users based on keywords, context and other online behaviors.


Demographic Targeting
With access to 126 million U.S. households, you can create custom audiences for targeting at the household level.

4 Tracking

In Store Conversions
If you are a business with a physical location, you can draw a virtual boundary around your place of business. You can then track what amount of physical traffic at your location has previously seen one of your ads.


Web Based Conversions
Track online actions such as web page visits, form fills, purchases and more from users who were served CTV ads.



Linear TV to Connected TV

On Demand Model

People are watching what they want when they want.

Live Sports

In recent years, Connected TV has added live sport making it more attractive platform.


Linear TV is more expensive for the end consumer. With the onset of Covid-19, consumers had to make a choice of what to cut and what to keep.

Real Time vs. Upfront

Linear is purchased in large chunks as the networks release their schedules. CTV is a real time market that allows for more trackability and the ability to make data driven decisions.



Geotarget down to the zip code level vs. an entire DMA/city


Target by demo, interest, behavior, etc. vs. an entire show’s audience


Access to the same premium networks, shows & content


Test at smaller budget levels & optimize as learnings are captured


Connect back to other owned devices to track actions & office visits


DATA-DRIVEN OPTIMIZATIONS More robust tracking to drive data-driven learnings & insights


  • Connected TV
  • Programmatic Video
  • Social Ads

Create Brand Awareness.

Prospects search Google for brand and products.

Google search captures searches relevant to your brand.

Remarketing with:

  • Social Ads
  • Video Display ads.


As brands continue to adopt a digital-first presence, the ability to stand out in the marketplace is key to survival. Advances in technology have reduced the cost of video production and made it more accessible to small businesses. Additionally, the proliferation of digital marketing channels setup for the distribution of powerful video campaigns has ushered in an era of affordable multi-funnel advertising (Attract, Engage, Convert, Retain) that is hyper-targeted and trackable. As a result, businesses can make real-time decisions based on data and alter their tactics to optimize for their definition of success. We truly are in the era of affordable creativity with a purpose.