In looking ahead to 2013, here’s a checklist to
consider in addressing key needs for the season and for the coming year:
1.) Online Video Content: Have you or your clients thoroughly mapped out
the video content needs of your current website(s)? Online customers
increasingly expect to find video to answer their questions, capture their
attention, motivate their shopping, and to get to know you better with the
power of sight, sound and motion. Does your website clearly communicate who you
are and what you do, and is video messaging a big part of your communication? At
the risk of preaching to the choir here on Video Insider, video really should
be a key part of the mix.
2.) Holiday Sale Videos: The Christmas / Chanukah holidays are fast
approaching, and there is still time to have video make a positive impact on
retail performance. There are also plenty of other holidays in 2013 that brands
can strengthen by planning early to incorporate more great video content. Each
holiday, from New Year's, to MLK Day, to St. Patty’s Day, to Easter, provides a
new opportunity for marketers to motivate buyers by using strong, relevant, and
compelling custom video executions.
3.) Video for SEO: Thanks to Google’s ever-evolving algorithm, increasing
the amount of video on a brand’s website or microsites can help to
significantly increase page rank. In short, having video will help sites get
noticed, and that’s worth a ton in today’s competitive marketplace. Video on a
brand’s Facebook page will also help and can improve its Edgerank.
4.) Video for Social Media: The social world we live in is continually
engaged and motivated by stories. Customers love a good story, and if it can
relate back to a brand, there can be double rewards for sharing it. Great
video stories on social media sites, like Facebook, can increase a brand’s
awareness and ultimately lead to more sales.
5.) How-to Videos: Brands can significantly reduce the strain and stress
placed upon call centers by including clever and effective how-to videos on
their websites, showing customers easy ways to deal with challenges they may
face with using a brand’s product or service. Videos can eliminate that call
from an irate and unhappy customer by proactively showing them the way with
video in the “need help” section of the company or product website.
6.) YouTube Videos: The second biggest search engine out there is probably
YouTube. How does a brand rate with its YouTube page? If it includes
lots of videos, it’s probably fairing quite well vis-a-vis the
competition. And remember, brands shouldn’t just include past and present
commercials on its YouTube page, but also include those how-to videos, special
sale videos, and even custom videos targeting searchers on YouTube.
7.) Video for News & PR: There is real evidence building that
including video in press releases and in news articles can increase readership
and distribution of a brand’s important news. Whether the announcement at-hand
is about a new location opening, a new product launch, a new business
relationship, or even a new key hire; a short video that supports the story will
provide great value and maximize the impact of the PR spend.
No matter the path, quality is every as important as sheer quantity. There
are obviously many more uses for video, to be sure, but this is a good
checklist to make sure you’re ready for 2013. In last month’s Video Insider
article, I listed a few different ways that marketers can obtain great video at
less cost. Check it out, and good luck in planning for a successful
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Despite all of the nonsupported chatter about Flash being dead, near as I can tell it doesn't even have the sniffles. I can't say it's going to live forever, but it appears to be going strong as we speak. Clearly, it enables a level of immersion and audience participation that's far greater than anything we saw via HTML5 on the iPad.
The result is the same for those who proclaim the predominance of HTTP streaming over RTMP. I know all the technical arguments, but where's the day-to-day, real-world usage? Not in our top 20, that's for sure.
Regarding the iPad, the easiest way to support it for simple video playback is via YouTube. Despite the massive hype about the device, if Starbucks displays a Flash error message on its home page, it's hard to argue that lesser sites can't adopt the same strategy. In addition, don't feel that your support has to be perfect before you make it available, as none of the sites I visited were able to produce the exact same experience on the iPad as on the computers that I tested on, though two were very close.
Whether you're producing for your own site or for YouTube, big-screen video is in, so don't be afraid to be bold in this regard, particularly for product-related videos. If you're going to use video, try to make it interactive via comments and ratings, and don't forget to make it easy to spread the word.
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