Do you want to refresh your social media marketing? Video is a great way to engage your audience, but it can be difficult to determine what options will work for your brand. Let’s break down five valuable options for your consideration.
1. Live videos
If you have a significant following, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and other streaming services make it easy to connect with your audience. Livestreaming lets you talk with your users.
FlavCity with Bobby Parish, a YouTube channel, has 1.3 million subscribers. A recent livestream from his kitchen received over 27,000 views, some of whom chatted live too.
Live videos often are most effective for announcements, behind-the-scenes looks, and product information videos. Regular short video updates can continuously engage your audience, while longer live video sessions can be a way to dig deeper with your followers through Q&A sessions and direct chats.
Live video tips
- Test your setup to make sure all your technology works.
- Invest in the right technology. Lighting and sound are incredibly important.
- Promote your livestreams well ahead of time on your social media accounts.
- Use scheduling tools, such as Facebook’s Premiere, to make your video more visible.
- Livestream at the same time every week – regularly scheduled programming – for your audience.
2. Tutorial videos
Tutorial videos have mass appeal and are among the most frequently shared on social media. The videos can relate to your products and services or can be broader topics that relate to your audience and industry.
Tutorial videos need to be clear, educational, and entertaining. They need to be long enough to show every step and short enough to be engaging. The most important information needs to appear in the first minute, while the total video shouldn’t be longer than a few minutes.
Absolut created popular tutorial videos for drink recipes using Absolut vodka. They’re interesting, entertaining, and shareable:
3. Informational videos
Informational videos can cover any topic. Build your content archive with videos on a variety of relevant topics. Make them unique, clever, or insightful. When adding video to your social media, concentrate on content likely to be shared – something valuable to make it worth the viewer’s time.
Informational videos can come off as boring or dry if they aren’t produced well. Your content should not only be interesting to the viewer but provoke the viewer to want to share it.
4. Behind-the-scenes videos
Behind-the-scenes videos are a great way to make your company and your team more personable. Highlight day-to-day operations, your offices, your manufacturing processes, and more. Interview employees, talk to the vendors you’re closest to, or speak with your best customers. All of these things are designed to give prospective customers a better idea of how your company works and who you are.
This type of video is designed to build trust and brand identity. Video really gives the opportunity to dig down into what makes a brand exceptional – something other on-screen brand displays can’t do. A memorable behind-the-scenes video can grow a relationship between company and customer – and if the video is entertaining or sufficiently informative, it will be shared.
User-generated content is quickly becoming a fantastic and easier way to engage an audience. You can encourage your followers to create videos and ask them to incorporate your hashtags into the upload.
User-generated content is a brilliant way to grow an audience because users are more inclined to share content they create. Viewing the user-generated content also is an excellent way to get a feel for your audience members’ personalities and what they’re interested in.
When requesting user-generated videos, the most important aspect is to directly interact with and acknowledge your audience. Your users make an effort to produce content for you and they need to be properly rewarded. Praise the best content, share all the content, and give attribution to all the users. Encourage users to share content they like (not just their own), and make sure to track your hashtags.