Strengthen your video storytelling by following these trends – Info PR
Major platforms like Instagram and Twitter are going all in on video
content with new offerings like IGTV, and even
LinkedIn has rolled out video capability for businesses, joining the growing list of platforms prioritizing video on social media.
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Fortunately, creating storytelling videos that work is easier than you
Here are five powerful storytelling trends to pay attention to if you want
to strengthen your video prowess:
. Leading with striking visuals and bold text
Attention spans are short.
With video, you have the unique advantage of starting with visuals that
draw viewers in immediately. Start with your most compelling asset to
ensure your audience watches till the end. Make sure viewers who watch with
the sound off are just as captivated by using catchy text that stops the
Apps like Animoto can
help create videos with assets you already have. This
Facebook video makes impressive use of simple text and images to attract its audience and
keep it watching. So far, this video has earned more than 10,000 views, and
was shared 97 times on Facebook alone.
Hint: Start with a compelling quote or stat to intrigue viewers
and set the stage for the story you’re about to tell—even if they’re
watching without sound.
2. Telling a personal story
Don’t know what story to tell? An easy place to start is with your clients’
current customers. Use a testimonial to create social videos that specific
audiences can relate to. Seeing a customers’ journey shows viewers how a
product or service can solve a problem. Not only is this an effective way
to convey your message, it’s been
known to boost sales and increase trust in brands.
Hint: Having trouble getting footage of customers? Use text versions of
positive reviews or press hits you’ve gotten to create your testimonial.
3. Taking viewers behind the scenes
Sharing an insider look into your clients’ brand doesn’t just foster
authenticity, it also helps establish brand identity.
Today’s consumer values both. To create memorable video content that engages viewers, go behind the
scenes. Even simpler, try what
did with this
Facebook video. Using eye-catching text, simple images and two short video clips, it gave
the audience insight into its company culture.
4. Prioritizing engagement over sales
A key aspect of effective storytelling is involving your audience. Whether
you’re starting with an interesting question or leaving viewers with
something to think about, including a call to action is instrumental in
driving engagement on your videos. In this
Facebook video, for example,
Brothers Commercial Brokerage
shared a neighborhood overview paired with the question, “What’s your
favorite Woolworth’s memory?” The video received 27 comments and was shared
199 times, an impressive number for such hyperlocal and targeted content.
Make sure to consider your clients’ specific audience. When creating
content for a real estate broker, as mentioned above, a neighborhood
overview can get viewers involved and willing to share your video with
their network. Knowing your audience is an important part of creating the
right call to action and a relevant story—both of which lead to engaging
and shareworthy videos.
Hint: To get a better sense of what a specific audience wants, run a survey
or poll on social media. Even better, ask with a video.
5. Creating platform-specific video content
If you’re posting the same video across all platforms, you’re not reaping
all the benefits of storytelling with video. Luckily, a few small tweaks go
a long way on several different social platforms. Here are some ways to
craft your story on various platforms:
- Go square on Facebook. Square videos take up 78 percent
more space in the news feed than landscape videos, making it more likely
for viewers to stop scrolling and engage with your video.
- Be concise on Instagram. Condense your story
into 30 seconds or less. It’s what
Instagram users prefer.
- Get a leg up with hashtags on Twitter. Include hashtags
that are relevant to the story you’re telling.
- Go in-depth with YouTube. YouTube audiences expect to
watch longer video content. You can share a more detailed version of your
story and design the video for sound-on.
PR professionals and social media experts regularly find success through
storytelling videos. Incorporate these tips into your video strategy and
start creating content your audience will remember and share.
Cassie Galasetti is co-founder of Social Sidekick Media, Branding &
Article Prepared by Ollala Corp