Strengthen your video storytelling by following these trends – Info PR

It’s never been more imperative for pros to effectively tell clients’
stories with .

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 videos that work is easier than you
might think.

Here are five powerful storytelling 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
 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

Vayner Media

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 &
Public Relations.

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Article Prepared by Ollala Corp

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