Best Videography Designs of 2018

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Video Best Practices For Social Media

Optimize For Size

Not all social media websites are created equal -- and the wrong social media video size can hinder your ability of popping up in people’s newsfeeds and scoring views.

Even if you’re making the same content for each channel, optimize every video size for each social media channel individually. Next time your crafting a video marketing strategy, try the below specs:

Facebook

  • 1280 x 720 for landscape video and portrait video
  • 4096 x 2048 for 360-degree video

Instagram

  • 600 x 315 for landscape video
  • 600 x 750 for vertical video
  • 600 x 600 for square (which we recommend)

Dove Men’s Care keeps up with the changing video sizes on their different social media accounts well. Stay up-to-date with the latest sizes and guidelines to maximize your reach here.

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Choose The Right Length

Just like size matters, the correct video length can make or break your impressions, too. Every social media network’s audience has a different use for the platform, so tailoring the length of your social media videos to their needs will pay off.

Instagram and Twitter benefit from shorter videos -- aim for 30 seconds to one minute. However, Facebook and YouTube can handle longer content. Facebook has seen a big rise in long-form Facebook Live videos -- which live on your profile after the session. Meanwhile, YouTube SEO looks for high-value long-form content.

Search engine optimization expert Brian Dean breaks down some easy tips to help you rank on YouTube, such as timely headlines and proper tagging, but the length of his own video says a lot, too -- at over 15 minutes, it demonstrates how various videos perform differently on certain social media platforms.

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Don’t Rely On Sound

Eighty-five percent of Facebook videos are watched without sound -- and it’s easy to see why. Most videos auto-play silently, and many viewers may be watching them at work or in areas that don’t warrant sound.

Therefore, it’s important to place your reliance on visuals for social media videos -- especially on Facebook and Instagram. Now, this isn’t to say you can’t have sound -- but give your viewers something else to hold onto.

NowThis News produces excellent silent videos on their Facebook page. They overlay text captions on every video that has speaking or create videos with engaging b-roll that allows the text to simply tell the narrative. This makes it easy for viewers to consume and completely understand their content.

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Try Stories And Live Feeds

Studies show that 98 percent of mobile phone users watch video vertically. Although this information may not change our run-of-the-mill video marketing, it certainly correlates with the rise of live feeds and real-time story updates on social media platforms.

Networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all have vertical video options that are worth exploring -- especially if you want to start dabbling in multimedia but are still on a lean startup budget. These raw, uncut updates have the potential to reach millions of viewers -- Instagram stories alone has over 250 million daily users. Plus, utilizing story features in particular help you beat the algorithms and boost your discoverability by other social media users.

Wellness publication Well+Good often couples their Instagram stories with influencer marketing to capture an even wider audience. Recently, actress and singer Lea Michele “took over” their Instagram account and took viewers through a day in the life.

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Test Different Formats

According to ReelSEO, 82 percent of surveyed marketers found the video marketing improves their bottom line. So, investing in any type of video will be worthwhile.

However, they type of videos that improve your SEO, reach high impressions, see high shares and speak to your audience may be a different from what works for another brand. Don’t be afraid to create several different types of videos and see what performs the best. Or, make your strategy a little more official and A/B test your videos to determine the exact elements your audience identifies with.

After trying many types of videos such as text based and behind the scenes, Vogue finessed their video strategy to encompass mostly slightly scripted celebrity-based content. The quirky, high-fashion videos have garnered them 2.2 million followers.

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Top Video Ads That Captivated Consumers

Tresemme

Trust in brands is at an all-time low, with 74 percent of consumers stating that that wouldn’t care if the brands they used regularly ceased to exist. The good news? Thirty percent of consumers would trust the opinion and endorsement of a blogger, meaning tasteful influencer marketing can help.  

Although the actual ad isn’t the most innovative, hair care product line Tresemme enlisted well-known fashion blogger Arielle Charnas of Something Navy to endorse a new shampoo and conditioner system.

The video was shot and edited together very casually, ensuring it resembled her own social media presence and natural voice. This allowed the ad to speak directly to her one-million and counting followers naturally.

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Heathrow Bears Christmas Advert

Studies show that people lean on their emotions -- not logic -- when it comes to making a purchase. Therefore, appealing to someone’s heart -- whether it’s through nostalgia, love or both -- will likely be successful. Especially at Christmas.

In 2017, UK airport Heathrow created an unofficial prequel to their 2016 advertisement, telling a powerful visual story of a family over the years. It uses the classic Heathrow teddy bear as its characters, saying goodbye and hello in airport scenarios as their family progresses. It’s sweet, emotional and powerful — everything a top video design should be.

“We hear from our passengers that there is no greater feeling than being wrapped in the arms of a loved one at Christmas,” Heathrow commercial director Ross Baker said to AdWeek. “We wanted the advert to capture this unique feeling and make people feel even more excited to welcome friends and family this festive season.”

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The Coughing Billboard

Creating video ad campaigns is a smart tactic for businesses. People are more likely to remember content if it has visuals attached to it and videos improve SEO, meaning your odds of being discovered by potential consumers skyrockets.

Couple those findings with a poignant story, and you’ve got the makings of a viral video! Swedish pharmacy Apotek Hjärtat capitalized on this idea with their video “The Coughing Billboard.” The pharmacy placed a large digital billboard that could detect when smokers were nearby. As they passed, it coughed, showing the effects smoking has on everyone and encouraging people to live a healthier life.

Originally released around New Year’s, the video is slightly interactive and has user-generated aspects (since it utilizes regular passersby on the street). By combining an emotional appeal that fits the brand, Apotek Hjärtat created a memorable video that will keep the pharmacy at the forefront of consumers’ minds.

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A Coke For Christmas

Eighty percent of shoppers are influenced by marketing and advertisements around the holidays, so it’s no wonder that every company -- from major brands to small startups -- invest in a little extra advertising towards the end of the calendar year.

Coca-Cola always delivers heartfelt, effective videos ads around the holidays -- and 2017 was no different. This past year, they followed a young boy who delivered vintage cokes to his hardworking neighbors and people in his town. After distributing them all day, he has one left -- which he leaves for Santa that evening.

This video effectively showcases the stress that goes into the holiday season while highlighting the necessity of taking a moment to relax and enjoy the holidays, implying the Coca-Cola can help you do that. The ad was effective, too -- Coca-Cola beat their Q4 2017 revenue predictions.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Official Trailer

TV and movie trailers are a goldmine for social media shares. In fact, one study found that the more trailers were shared on social media platforms, the higher the box office revenue.

While each new season of Game of Thrones may not actually need a full ad campaign behind it, there’s no doubt that the Oscar-worthy season trailers are their own work of art. And as the production value has gone up on the show, so has the quality of the trailers.

In less than two minutes, editors at HBO are able to give us a snapshot of what’s to come for so many characters. Punctuating by anticipatory music by composer Ramin Djawadi, the trailer was viewed and shared countless times since it dropped, garnering over 40.6 million views on YouTube in the process.

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5 Videography Trends To Use In 2018

Front Load Your Video

The first few seconds of your video -- especially on social media sites that auto-play content -- are crucial. Therefore, you should front load them with alluring images or b-roll and engaging text to entice viewers to keep watching.

After all, video is one of the fastest-growing forms of content marketing -- 87 percent of marketers use it! Other content types like blog posts and news article place emphasis on a compelling lede to capture readers -- your videos need to so the same.

Athletic clothing company lululemon incorporates adventurous content marketing into their strategy. The call upon a roster of ambassadors -- from buzzy fitness trainers to elite athletes -- to create exciting videos that speak to health-conscious consumers. Their recent video with Olympian and skier McRae Williams snags viewers by showcasing incredible tricks before discussing his wellness tactics for the duration of the video.

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Try Motion Graphics

Investing time, money and energy into a full video shoot can be overwhelming for startups, but it’s not your only option when it comes to video. Try trendy motion graphics or stop motion videos to engage your audience instead.

Stop motion videos are particularly easy to create -- all you need is an iPhone, a tripod and simple video editing software. Instead of pressing record, move items in tiny increments, snapping plenty of photos along the way.

Then, string the pictures together in an image-based video and you’ve got yourself a video flipbook that consumers will engage with! Need some inspiration? Ritz Crackers’ easy recipe stop-motion video shows how simple yet effective animation can be.

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Go 360

Augmented reality and virtual reality videos are costly and difficult to produce -- particularly on a regular basis. However, there is a similar interactive counterpart that will immerse your audience in your brand: 360-degree video.

There are several types of 360-degree video, but ultimately, they give the illusion of being immersed in a scene just like VR. The main difference between the two is that VR offers a limitless experience, while 360-degree videos are more grid-like in navigation and may have some angles that aren’t as enveloping.

When utilized, 360-degree videos see higher conversions than regular videos and many platforms -- such as Facebook -- have dedicated platforms for 360-degree branded content videos for advertising. Discovery created a strong example of a 360-degree experience with their Mega Coaster video. As the video (and roller coaster) progresses, you have the ability to look around at the scenery as if you were a real-time passenger.

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Incorporate Humor

According to the American Psychological Association, laughter improves cognitive function and promotes better learning and retention. Including humor into a commercial will encourage viewers to actually watch it and improve the chances that they will remember the information presented.

What’s more? Comedy is an easy way to let your brand identity shine. Just make sure the type of humor you want to incorporate will fit with your audience. One step in the wrong direction, and you could face a PR headache instead of a viral video.

Kmart’s “Ship My Pants” strikes the perfect balance between informative and cheeky. The sharp video capitalizes on a play on words to design a memorable, snappy video promoting free shipping while driving home a playful brand identity.

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Create Conversation

The best way to get people talking about your video is to give them something to talk about. In fact, Kevin Alloca, head of culture and trends at YouTube, recently told AdWeek that the best videos utilize participation -- aka the ability to participate in conversation about a video --  to increase chances of going viral.

Taylor Swift is a master of participation throughout all of her content. Her private life is public fodder, and she capitalizes on that by placing subtle hints and clues about creative inspiration throughout her music videos.

The music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” is one of the most explicit examples. Fresh off of feuds with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Calvin Harris and Katy Perry (just to name a few), the Internet was abuzz with who inspired what lines, which costumes and how that Thriller-like introduction really set the stage.

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How To Create A Successful Video Ad Campaign

Quality Over Quantity

Twenty-five percent of consumers will lose interest in your brand or product if you don’t have an accompanying video. However, the prospect of losing a quarter of your audience shouldn’t scare you into pushing out several videos every single day. Instead, stick to the age-old adage of quality over quantity.  

A well-produced video will explain information, tell a story and engage users fully on multiple channels -- everything that that flaky 25 percent craves. So, take your time creating a longer and more comprehensive narrative. Video competition is stiff -- and you can’t afford to lose viewers because you pushed out a sub-par production out of fear.

Take Halo Top Creamery -- a “healthier” ice cream option -- for example. They have only created a few video advertisements. However, they took the time to add their voice in, craft a narrative and produce a high-quality video. As a result, the three videos have collective had over 14.1 million views on YouTube.  

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Make It Mobile-Friendly

Mobile video views are on the rise, surpassing 60 percent of all video views at the end of 2017. Therefore, it’s imperative that you create mobile-friendly videos that make it easy for your followers to view and share.

If you’re creating a social media video ad, make sure you set specific parameters within the buying process, then film and edit within them -- you don’t want to have to trim a video size and lose important elements of the narrative. If your video is embedded directly onto your site, add a responsive video splash screen to ensure it is automatically responsive to various screen sizes.

Plus, create different cuts of videos to optimize the correct size and length for every social platform. This will improve your organic reach, overall views and engagement.  

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Add A Narrative

Perhaps in a ploy to outdo the competition, many advertisements are taking on a feature film level of production and storytelling. But this move isn’t just a way to keep up with the Joneses -- brains are far more engaged in content when a narrative is unfolding.   

It’s not surprising that Apple is leading the pack in commercials with a story. Their most recent video ad -- Welcome Home -- was directed by Spike Jonze and stars singer and dancer FKA Twigs. We see her coming home on the subway after a long day’s work, looking defeated.

Once she walks into her apartment, she quietly asks Siri to play her something she’d like. The music begins, and FKA Twigs increasingly dances to pop-y electronic music, showcasing how the Apple HomePod can lift her mood and make her home a pleasant place to unwind. This narrative takes a very relatable moment -- feeling tired after a long day at the office -- and combines it with simple storytelling and artistry to evoke a mood every consumer will want to chase.

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Create Emotional Appeal

The most shared -- and most successful -- video ads are heavily rooted in emotional appeal. Consumers want to feel implored to make a purchase or transfer their brand loyalty and appealing to them on a personal level is a successful way to increase reach and conversions.

Budweiser’s 2014 drinking and driving ad does just this. We see a young man playing with his dog throughout the years. After the dog has reached adulthood, the man heads out for a party, and we see the dog waiting endlessly overnight for his owner to return. Right as the audience is tearful for the distraught dog, his owner walks in, telling his dog how he didn’t want to drink and drive so he stayed with a friend.

This ad appeals to multiple demographics -- it speaks to people who have been affected by drunk driving, it strikes a chord with pet owners and it also sends a positive message. Budweiser, which fueled is great night on the town, is an afterthought in this commercial -- but by focusing on emotion, it became the main player.

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Stay On Brand

Ninety percent of consumers expect a similar brand experience on every device and platform. Therefore, whether you’re creating a simple social media campaign or a large-scale advertisement, it should be easily identifiable with your overarching brand.

To achieve this, note how you will brand the video, incorporate notable taglines and utilize correct fonts and color palettes within the video design before you start shooting. It may also benefit the business to look at older successful campaigns and see how you can incorporate their elements into your new video, because the best videos are those that achieve striking continuity.

Lincoln Motor Company is a standout company when it comes to achieving consistency throughout their video commercials. Although slightly abstract (and often parodied on SNL…) each advertisement evokes a sophisticated feel that portrays dependable and accessible luxury. Longtime spokesman Matthew McConaughey’s presence keeps the company’s brand identity even more constant.

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