The Romans said, “Veni, vidi, vici,” meaning “to come”, “to see”, and “to conquer”. Two millenia later we say, “Video, video, video” in conquering digital marketing frontiers. Your brand’s one, three and five year brand strategy plans should reflect the fact that video content is an increasingly a powerful, indeed essential tool for both small and larger businesses.
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Orabrush is a great example of how a small start up brand can capitalize on video to achieve outstanding results. They’ve built a small brand from humble beginnings to worldwide distribution using YouTube videos exclusively. In fact they’ve had more online viewers then P&G Crest and every other brand in the oral healthcare sector combined!
If that’s peaked your curiosity then you might want to checkout some more of our key insider tips and brand strategies below for promoting and growing your brand using video.
Top 11 Video Tips: How to Use Video to Promote Your Brand
1. Video is Increasingly Essential for Search Rankings
Remember, Google owns YouTube, so YouTube videos rank high in Google search results and help your brand’s authority for better positioning in internet searches. Smaller brands and newer websites can rank higher on YouTube than on Google, which is no small thing, since YouTube is the world’s second biggest search engine, above Bing and Yahoo.
At the same time, YouTube is the world’s third largest social network, behind Facebook and Twitter. Bottom line, YouTube is an awesome boost for your brand’s profile on the web and an essential part of your brand strategy.
The icing on the cake? Seven in 10 people said they view brands in a more positive light after seeing interesting video content.
2. Long Live Video!
Among the knock-your-socks-off statistics in circulation, research from Salesforce indicates that:
- The average consumer spends 88% more time on content with video
- People are five times more likely to click on content that contains video
- Video is shared 1200% more times than links and text combined
- A landing page with video gets 800% more conversion than the same page without video
- Video will be 74% of all consumer internet traffic by 2017, up from 59% in 2012
- The average lifespan of a video is four years
- More than 50% of smartphone video viewers use video to help them make product decisions
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3. Social Media Platforms Support Video
Done right, video can be accessible, fun, fast, distinctive, different, memorable… and affordable… as a way to reach new and existing customers. In short, the research indicates that video drives engagement, and we already know that engagement drives sales.
A proliferation of startup platforms dedicated to video have sprung up: Snapchat, Vimeo, Vine, Meerkat and Periscope. Older platforms once devoted to photos have now enhanced with video capability; Instagram and Pinterest make it easy to post and share, allowing smartphone users to record video, upload it or stream it live. Other established platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have introduced video content to their publishing capabilities.
The video leader is indisputedly YouTube. As of 2014, 900-plus YouTube channels had at least a million subscribers each. While the video sharing giant has already turned 10, there’s no question it will be a sensation in its second decade.
4. Yes, Video is ‘Affordable’
The key ingredient of great video content is authenticity, not expensive production techniques. When business owners and their enthusiastic customers speak directly to audiences, the personal authentic connection a brand makes outranks flashy filming, casting and costly voiceovers.
5. Best Practices for Small Budgets
We collected 5 top video tips from a few experts:
- Timing is critical and 60-120 seconds is ideal. – Filmmaker Peter Bragiel, In Transit, Los Angeles
- Create a bank of photos and videos — they don’t evaporate as quickly as some content does. – Andrew Smith, Chief Funster for Tourism Australia
- Don’t be intimidated by the process; you don’t have to be an expert. – Susan Wilson Solovic, best-selling author of “It’s Your Biz”.
- For inspiration, look at your top 10 Google searches and answer those questions with your video. – Shaun Aukland, Google, San Francisco
- Too much to cover? Break it up into several bitesize videos. – “It’s So Miami” by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
6. “How To” Videos are the Most Popular
Perhaps you recall the old jokes about pitches and promises made by used car salesmen. Now, the rules of the game have changed and hard selling is a car crash waiting to happen. Today’s best practice in content marketing is to bring your brand to life, be authentic, tell a story and share inside tips. Avoid a sales pitch. Explain how to do something.
Searches for ‘How to’ videos went up 70 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to Google. They’re the best way to share useful information with viewers, which they will be more likely to share with others. Imagine if the used car salesman were to create a video explaining the best way to wash a car or to maintain interior leather seating…that’s the kind of video that will attract views, interest followers, build your reputation and increase customers.
Case Study: How To Tie a Bowtie
When Columbia, South Carolina wanted to promote to holidaymakers, they targeted the destination wedding market. Instead of featuring brides and grooms in wedding venues, the visitors bureau created a how-to video on bow tie instructions that has attracted more than 3.1 million views on YouTube. As the number one instructional video on the subject, they have produced an evergreen video with an astronomical return on investment, and never ending shelf life.
7. Aim for Shareable Videos
You want people to share your video for the widest possible reach, so knowing what to put in and leave out is important.
What are the top three factors that make a video shareable?
Creative directors say:
1) The Unexpected – Show the audience something they didn’t fully plan to see. ‘Surprise and delight’ isn’t new, but it is golden.
2) The Cool Factor – What does sharing this video say about the person who shares it? Does it make them feel like an insider, does it make them come off as a boring professor or does it show them off as the life of the party?
3) The Emotional Quotient – Pulling at the heart strings works, but funny is far more shareable.
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Case Study: Volkswagen Passat Old Wives’ Tales
When Vokswagen wanted to overcome objections to diesel vehicles, they came up with this brilliant campaign of six falsehoods shot down by three octagenarians. Here’s one:
8. Bring Testimonials to Life
Those written testimonials on your website are great. Turn them into a video by inviting customers to upload videos of themselves using your product or services. Alternatively, interview people at your place of business. There are lots of directions you can take this idea for brand evangelists-in-the-making, which has the built-in benefit of shareability by all those you feature.
9. Take Viewers Behind the Scenes
Film ‘A Day in the Life’ or introduce staff members or take a sneak peek into your warehouse. If you serve coffee, have the barista demonstrate making a cup. If you operate a nursery, make a video about propagation or seasonal window boxes. If you sell furniture, explain how to spot quality construction. Add the personal touch and help potential customers decide they’d love to do business with people like yourselves.
Case Study: It’s So Miami – South Beach
When the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau wanted to show off their city, they decided on locals for a look around. You won’t find a hotel lobby featured in this series covering real people in real neighborhoods. Take a moment to watch and listen to Morgan to experience what a day in the life of a South Beach local feels like. A caution to viewing audiences: it will make you jealous.
10. Position Yourself as an Expert
Use video to provide commentary on news or information about your industry to build your reputation as a thought leader in the space. Are you an estate agency? Talk about tips for selling a home. Are you a grocer or a restaurant? Demonstrate some great-tasting, nutritional recipes. Are you a fashion boutique? Illustrate the hottest trends for next season or how to update looks in your current wardrobe.
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11. Incorporate Music
Audio is 50 percent of your presentation, so use music to convey the mood you want your audience to feel so you sound as good as you look. We’ll help you with obtaining royalty-free music clips ready for use by small businesses. There’s no need to spend a bundle.
Case Study: Volvo Trucks Epic Split Feat by Jean-Claude Van Damme
As much as we admire this video, and with the deepest respect for both the feat and the 80 million views since 2013, this is precisely what your small to medium-sized company does NOT have to achieve. Watch it and marvel.
“Within five years, YouTube will be the biggest media platform of any, by far, in the entire world.” – Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation at VidCon in December 2014.
We’re here to help you with your video branding strategy and content creation.
• Is video a part of your short-term and long-term content brand strategy?
• Have you already created a YouTube channel for your brand?
• If so, does it need additional content and better attention for search engine optimization?
• Does your website have a video on the landing page, or one that needs a refresh?
• Would your staff love to get involved in a brand video and become one of your brand champions?
• Would you like us to show you how to create affordable video?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.
 Juan Jose Mendez, “How to Make Your Video Rank Number One on YouTube (Case Study)” on JeffBullas.com
 Axonn Media (London), “Video in Content Marketing”,
 Salesforce, “7 Ways to Incorporate Video Into Your Marketing Campaign”, June 2015
 Google/IPSOS MediaCT, “Brand Building on Mobile” study February, 2015
 Chris Trimble, Axonn Media, The Guardian, July 30, 2015
 “I Want-To-Do Moments: From Home to Beauty”, Think With Google, May 2015
 The New Yorker, “Hollywood and Vine”, Dec. 15, 2014