If there’s one content format that has grown to dominate online media, it’s surely video. YouTube has become a search engine second to Google, where people can find information, news, and entertainment through a quick search or browse. With the rise of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and Facebook Stories, as well as streaming services such as Twitch, it has never been easier to share and consume video content. And employee experience is following suit, with companies increasingly turning to video for internal communications, training, and much more beyond pure marketing.
The average person is predicted to spend 100 minutes per day watching online videos. Advertising expenditure on online video is rising at an average rate of 18% a year. – Zenith Media
On YouTube alone, 500 hours of video are uploaded every minute. – Statista
80% of U.S. parents of children 11 and under say their kids watch YouTube. – Pew Research
3.25 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month. — Fortunelords
The majority of online video is now watched on a smartphone, and mobile is forecast to account for 72% of the growth in spending on online video advertising. — Forrester
Mobile-first video ads generate more than half of Facebook’s total video revenue. – The Social Shepherd
500 million people watch video on Facebook every day. – Facebook
TikTok now has 1 billion monthly active users, who spend more than 850 minutes per month on the app. 167 million TikTok videos are watched every minute. – Influencer Marketing Hub
Twitch users consume 71 million hours of content on a daily basis. While Twitch receives about 7% of YouTube’s monthly active users, Twitch users are consuming much more content on a per session basis. The average mobile viewing session on YouTube is 40 minutes, while Twitch boasts more than 2x that amount with 95 minutes per session. – MediaKix
Almost 43,000 hours of webinar content are watched every day. The average viewing time for webinars, including a 10 to 15-minute Q&A session, was 56 minutes. – On24
“Now, roughly half of the dozen pieces of content we produce and publish each week include video. This has made our stories stickier and more discoverable, significantly boosting both our site traffic and engagement on social, and helping our content spread to more readers on more platforms.” – Jay Moye, Coca-Cola
Studies show that 85% of marketers use video as a tool to boost SEO.- Creatorkit
78% of businesses say they received more traffic after implementing videos in their content strategies. – SERPwatch
“Search engines can’t watch videos, but adding transcripts allows search engines to crawl the full text of your audio or video content so that it can be properly indexed… Not only can search engines crawl your content and drive traffic to your site, but viewers on your site can find the videos they’re looking for. An interactive transcript allows users to search for keywords within the transcript, and see everywhere that keyword appears.” – 3playmedia
“Video SEO is a holistic process of optimizing traffic for your video content from Google, Bing and other search engines. YouTube SEO (also called YouTube optimization) is the process of maximizing your presence on search and related videos within the YouTube platform. While YouTube is a search engine in one sense, it’s also a social network, and the process of optimizing distribution on YouTube is not identical to the process of optimizing rankings on Google.” – Yoast
Pages with videos are 53 times more likely to rank on Google’s first page. Google is now showing video thumbnails in 26% of search results. – Search Engine Watch
“Always prioritize user experience on top of your video optimizations as Google’s ranking signals are primarily user-centric. Creating well-structured video content doesn’t just fall on production, there are also technical SEO steps that you need to satisfy such as your keyword research, a mobile-friendly UI, and even the content specifications of your video in terms of audio and video layout.” – Propelrr
Here are some general guidelines to optimize videos from Search Engine Journal:
69% of people view video with sound off in public places and 25% watch with sound off in private places. In the words of Helen Lin, Chief Digital Officer, Publicis Media:
“When done right, captioning not only does NOT detract from brand messaging, but leads to greater ad recall, memory quality and brand linkage.” – Forbes
Adding captions has increased view times on both YouTube and Facebook videos. 80% of people are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available. 36% of organizations caption all of their video content, and 87% of educational institutions add closed captions to at least some video. The #1 driver for captioning is legal compliance, while the #1 barrier to captioning was cost/budget. – 3playmedia
Video allows for a virtual level of connection that’s hard to top. 61 percent of buyers say they can get as much value from meeting suppliers over video conference as they can from in-person visits. – McKinsey
“VR is a ticket for higher video counts and longer watch times because of its ability to transport the user to a whole other world, one populated by anything the imagination can conjure. As soon as a headset is placed in position, anticipation begins and continues to build up until the first pixel is illuminated.” – ARPost
VR-based training results in higher confidence levels and an improved ability to actually apply the learning on the job. In fact, learners trained with VR were up to 275% more confident to act on what they learned after training — a 40% improvement over classroom and 35% improvement over e-learning training. V-learners felt 3.75 times more emotionally connected to the content than classroom learners and 2.3 times more connected than e-learners. – PwC
One-third of internet users watched a tutorial or how-to video this week. – Hootsuite
86% of US viewers say they often use YouTube to learn new things. There are more learning-related videos on YouTube than books in the Library of Congress. – Think With Google
48% of all employees consider video the most engaging form of communication. – TechSmith
People retain 95% of what they watch from a video. – Forbes
LinkedIn Learning hosts over 16,000 online courses, while Udemy hosts over 180,000, and the pandemic has accelerated growth in this space. Coursera enrollment numbers more than doubled in 2020 and increased by 32% the following year. – World Economic Forum
Meanwhile, Thinkific saw a 200% increase in courses created on its platform. – Techcouver
57% of marketers now use live video within their strategies. – Smart Insights
Live video usage will increase 15-fold over the next five years. – Cisco
LinkedIn broadcasters are seeing 7x more reactions and 24x more comments on average for live streams compared to regular video. – LinkedIn
Video ads are the #1 way consumers discovered a brand they later purchased from. – Animoto
The most common types of videos made by marketers are presentations (65%), followed by ads (57%), and explainers (47%). 32% of businesses use video for sales; 24% use video in their leadership messages, and 19% use video in their customer support messages. – Biteable
78% of enterprise organizations realize an ROI of 100% or more from their investment in testimonial videos. – Vocal Video
96% of people report watching explainer videos to learn more about a product, with 88% being swayed to make a purchase. The product doesn’t have to be physical, either. 78% of people say they’ve been convinced to purchase an app or piece of software because of a video. – Hubspot
“Especially when your feature topic is complex or abstract, animation is capable of simplifying concepts and explaining them in a highly visual way (which our brains are better at interpreting). If you can’t easily point a camera at it, animation is the answer. It’s why you often see whiteboard videos that explain global logistics, or other animation styles to explain the inner-workings of a complex system or process.” – Popvideo
25% of marketers use personalized video in email marketing campaigns. – NGdata
In a world where cold email response rate is around 1%, utilizing video has generated more replies and responses for more than 80% of people who use it. – Bombbomb
“If you are making a personalized video, you can create a campaign to shoot the same content to a group of prospects and customize the tags like first name and other personal details by integrating with a CRM like Zapier. All you have to do is feed the user data.” – Videoform
Both Facebook and Instagram have Story videos available. Instagram Stories and Reels max out at 15 seconds, feed videos are at 60 seconds and IGTV videos at 60 minutes. Instagram feed videos are recommended at 26 seconds. – Sprout Social
Longer form video content (over 20 minutes in length) grew 66% in 2020. – Vidyard
2 minutes is the sweet spot. Engagement is steady up to 2 minutes, meaning that a 90-second video will hold a viewer’s attention as much as a 30-second video After that, the drop-off in engagement is significant. – Wistia
On average, most people (40%) spend $0-500 on a typical video, with the overwhelming majority 97% spending less than $10,000. – Wyzowl
Keeping videos structured and engaging helps to establish brand trust and audience interest. As outlined by Bombbomb, try using the “T.U.N.E.D.” method to grab viewer attention in the first three seconds of your video:
“Videos give consumers the opportunity to see how a product or service works in real life, discover any flaws before purchasing the item, and identify perks that they might not learn about in the text-based description. This content might also appear to be more authentic than a heavily edited product shot, which can boost a consumer’s trust in a brand or offering. Additionally, the vast majority of video consumers now strive to learn something new about an interest or hobby, rather than just using video to entertain themselves. This means marketers can harness educational videos in their strategy and offer consumers content that relates to their niche, while also marketing a brand or product.” – Hubspot
There is no shortage of ways for brands to leverage video as part of a content strategy. It can play a role at all stages of the customer journey. As with any other medium, understanding your audience, goals, and channel will help to ensure your video content hits the mark.
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