In 2016 we had a guest blogger write about the importance of video on social media. Since then it's importance has continued to grow. This is evidenced by the fact all platforms have added or improved their video capabilities. In this blog I'm going to touch on the importance of video and provide some tips on how to start on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.
Why is Video Important?
Video whether it's to share or to watch content remains in the top 4 reasons why people use social media. The reasons why we all love to watch a video are the reasons why it's crucial to incorporate it into your overall marketing strategy.
- it's an easy-to-digest format
- it's versatile and can be shared across platforms
- it's accessible to watch and to produce
Some of the ways video can be used are to: inform & educate; drive website traffic; stay competitive; build brand trust and boost conversions.
Video seems to have become a focus for LinkedIn and they continue to make changes and improve it. On LinkedIn video can be used in individual posts, company pages and sponsored content. It can be uploaded directly or you can embed YouTube videos.
As LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site in the world the content of all videos need to be business focused. You might upload how-to videos, share industry presentations or client testimonials. You want the content to build your professional brand and help position yourself as an thought-leader in your industry.
500 million people watch video on Facebook every day. On Facebook video can be incorporated into posts, ads, your home page and it is the basis of Facebook Live and Stories.
When creating video for Facebook it's essential to consider the following best practice tips:
- capture attention quickly
- design for sound off
- create for a small screen
Instagram is known as the "visual" social media platform because it's all about photos and video-sharing. The figures around Instagram are staggering and it's on track to reach one billion monthly active users by the end of 2018.
On Instagram you can use video in posts and the most popular use is with Instagram Stories. Their 24 hour lifespan creates a sense of urgency and are a great way to share
- limited time offers
- show your product in action
- invite an influencer to take over your story + more
We've created an 11-Step Social Media Strategy and identifying your Social Media Tactics is step number 6. If you'd like to find out more about the 11 Steps needed to create a social media strategy. The right steps. In the right order. Hit the button below.
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