It’s no secret that short-form video content is everywhere on social media nowadays. TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have all been taking advantage of the affinity their audiences show for this type of content. When it comes to growing your following, these short and entertaining videos have proved to be able to grab audience attention, and hold onto it. One of the more recent additions to the short-form video game, Reels, have especially exploded in popularity since their introduction on Instagram and Facebook. As Instagram’s fastest-growing feature, let’s take a look at strategic approaches to maximize them for your audience.
Vertical videos have been all the rage in the last few years. With the rise of TikTok and Instagram Reels, does anyone even care about the traditional, tried-and-true format? Of course they do! Despite the popularity of the vertical format, utilizing horizontal videos in your social media strategy is still a great way to attract and retain audience attention, you just need to find your niche. Let strategy guide your decision. Where are you planning to post your content? What is your goal? What kind of footage are you anticipating to get? Knowing your goal is a surefire way to guide your production process, and get the conversions you are after. With your goal in mind, let’s get into the benefits of each type of video on social media.
In the last five years, the popularity of video-sharing platform TikTok has consumed the Internet. Originally written off as an unserious dancing app fad, now nearly one-third of the United States is active on TikTok, and it only continues to grow in power and prominence. As the general public took notice and interest in the app, so did marketers. Now, scrolling through endless videos without seeing some sort of promoted or sponsored post is nearly impossible. As advertising professionals, it’s important to take note of what works on TikTok, and what doesn’t. Trends change in the blink of an eye, and having a jumping-off point will ensure you’re able to focus on what’s working, without all the extra frills.
In the modern age of media, video content has proven time and time again to catch the attention of consumers. Visual content stimulates consumers and piques our inherent curiosity, plus it has a much higher likelihood of getting shared than all-text content, nearly 40 times more! Videos allow your audience to consume more entertaining, laid-back content rather than having to comb through all your social posts or dig through walls of text on your website. Nearly all of us are guilty of mindlessly scrolling through TikTok or watching a YouTube video instead of reading up about a topic, so tap into that market! With effective production and promotion, uploading videos can increase conversion rates, brand association, and audience engagement for your business. What’s not to love? Knowing and understanding the difference between short form videos vs. long form videos is key.