We have been testing some different videos campaigns and I was struck by how social media optimization has changed how companies view videos. From a nice to have feature on a web site to a strategic portable asset
Video is not a new thing to the web. Pre-social media (say 2 years ago) a lot of sites had video. Characteristics of video pre-social media was:
- Long Videos (20 minutes was not an uncommon size)
- Stick on their own pages (usually pop-up pages with no content)
- Rarely found by search engines or users!
Now consider what video is today. Instead of a nice to have feature videos have become strategic assets that can be watched across the internet, not just on a company’s web site. Characteristics of videos today are:
- Videos are much shorter and focused in length (under 5 minutes)
- Video’s are featured on sites and on pages surrounded by content
- Video’s are portable in that they can show up in multiple locations
- Search engines and users are actively looking for them
How to get started
You don’t need a super expensive video camera to get started. We use Flip Video which is small and easy to use. The picture quality is ok which I like as it looks more viral or homemade.
Say that your company makes widgets in five colors. Instead of producing one long video on widgets, I would recommend making 4-5 shorter videos that talk about red widgets, blue widgets, green widgets, etc. The red widget video for example is embedded within a web page that discusses red widgets.
Now you have five portable assets that can be distributed across the Internet. They can be uploaded to the search engines so that it can show up in the organic videos results, or to social media video sites like YouTube or MetaCafe where its reach is far greater than when someone just visits the website. You can include them in your Facebook site or use traditional social media sites like StumbleUpon, Muixx and Propeller to increase the awareness of your brand.