Six ‘reel’ deal trends in visual digital marketing

This is so much so that Wyzowl’s State of Video Marketing report 2021 reports that as many as 86% of businesses use videos as a marketing tool, while 93% say they form a crucial part of their strategies.

Instrumental to attracting leads and customers, video marketing has been given a radical push as more people spend increasingly more time online in the wake of the pandemic. This, according to Wyzowl’s Video Marketing Statistics for 2022, saw 96% of consumers watching more videos online than before.

Cisco reveals that video content will account for 82% of overall Internet traffic in 2022. This is because 84% of consumers are convinced to purchase a product or service after watching an associated video online. Therefore, video marketing is and must remain a staple in the online marketing strategy of today and the future.

Here are six video marketing trends that brands need to be aware of in 2022:

1. Live events return

When all live events and experiences came to a dramatic halt in 2020, live video emerged and cemented its place as a means for brands to continue connecting with their consumers.

From being utilised by influencers big and small, to large production companies streaming performances, live video streaming is here to stay for the inevitable future.

Its impact has been well-received. Findstack’s Ultimate List of Live Streaming Statistics for 2022 notes that consumers prefer live streaming over other mediums. The statistics show that 80% of consumers want to watch live video from brands as opposed to reading a blog and 82% prefer live brand videos to social posts.

Brands must take note that 67% of consumers who watched a live stream purchased a ticket to a similar event, while 45% said they would pay for live video from a notable team, speaker or performer.

2. Short-form video increases in popularity

Short-form video has become increasingly popular since 2020, particularly through the rapid rise in the popularity of TikTok.

Driven by the decreasing attention span of consumers owing to the distraction of social media, short-form video is the ‘reel’ deal and consistently proves its worth as a cost-effective means in meeting the consumer on their preferred platforms.

ReelnReel asserts that short-form video is the most popular type of content on social media today, accounting for over 40% of all videos. Short-form video advertising revenue is poised to surpass traditional TV advertising in 2022.

Furthermore, cielo24 adds that Instagram Reels could potentially overtake TikTok in 2022 with 87% of Gen Z TikTok users noting that the two platforms are incredibly similar.

With Reels receiving 22% more engagement than traditional video content, brands need to capitalise on this trend to dominate in 2022.

3. User-generated content increases

For brands, there is nothing more authentic than consumers telling their stories about the brands they buy from.

User-generated content lends itself to an increased degree of trust between brands and their potential customers, and as such, brands should consider partnering with satisfied customers and allowing them to act as brand advocates.

As many as 60% of marketers agree that authenticity and quality rank high on important elements of successful content, while 93% admit that consumers trust this form of content against those created by brands.

This means that to succeed, brands need to take heed of the authentic experiences of their consumers to bolster their trust scores.

4. VR and AR meet the ‘reel’ world 

With the introduction of the metaverse, the virtual and augmented reality worlds are set to explode in the near future. It’s all about amplifying the user experience, and while virtual and augmented reality technologies have been around for some time, brands should look at instilling the technologies into their video marketing strategies to get ahead of the curve.

Combined with the likes of 360-degree video, this will help brands give consumers greater insight into their offerings in an immersive, interactive and exciting way — all of which increases engagement.

Research by cielo24 adds that those who view a 360-degree video watch the whole video 85% of the time. This is compared to 58.2% in the case of regular videos.

Brands should continue to implement these technologies into their digital platforms to offer consumers a virtual glimpse of their products in the physical world, and in turn, boost the customer experience.

5. There is a rise in vertical video

According to Datareportal, there were more than 4.62 billion social media users as of January 2022.

Representing 58.4% of the global population, Yans Media adds that 80% of social media traffic comes from mobile devices, so it’s no surprise that vertical video has risen in popularity as the most natural and intuitive way to watch videos on a smartphone.

As 57% of user-generated videos are filmed on mobile devices in a vertical orientation, fewer than 30% of users turn their smartphones horizontally, and those who do only watch 14% of the video on average.

It is, therefore, important for brands to push the agenda of vertical videos to appeal to consumers, and the numbers are evidence of this, with 90% of vertical videos enjoying a higher watch completion rate compared to horizontal ones.

Brands need to appeal to consumers where they are online, and that’s in the vertical world of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

6. SEO is still important

While optimising video to be indexed and ranked on search engines may not be a new concept, it is becoming common practice to ensure that content can be easily found.

Cadesign Form says that a website is 53 times more likely to rank on Google’s front page if it has videos. Videos increase organic search traffic on a site by as much as 157%.

Brands should do their due diligence in researching the specific keywords to optimise video titles, descriptions and hashtags to ensure that content appears higher on the search engine list. They can do so by:

  • using file names, titles and descriptions that contain targeted keywords
  • adding relevant tags and associated keywords related to the topic of the video
  • including subtitles and closed captions, and
  • creating original thumbnail images.

Being aware of these and implementing them can help brands stand out from the crowd.

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