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.
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.
VIDEO IS KING
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.
EXPLORE VIDEO STYLES AND TYPES
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.
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.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
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.
WHAT CAN BE TRACKED?
- Exposure and Reach
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 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Did you know that you can deliver videos to users based on their Google search history.
PROGRAMMATIC DISPLAY & VIDEO
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
HOW IT WORKS
1 SET GOALS
2 IDENTIFY TARGETING
3 IDENTIFY TARGETING
4 CREATE VIDEOS
5 LAUNCH & ITERATE
- – Standard Sizes: 300×250, 336×280, 728×90, 300×600
- – Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, HTML5
- – Pre-Roll
- – Mid-Roll
- – Post-Roll
- – In-Banner
Some of the many ways you can target!
- Keyword Search
- 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:
- Impressions served
- Click Through Rate
- Actions (Form fill, Button Event)
- 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.
Linear TV to Connected TV
ADVANTAGES OF CONNECTED TV VS. TRADITIONAL TV
ALL WORKING TOGETHER
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.