Are You Using Videos in Your Marketing Efforts?

In 2017, 90% of the most shared content on social media was in video format. The increase of video online is phenomenal. Check out these statistics:

  • 55% of people watch videos online every day.
  • By 2019, global consumer Internet video traffic will account for 80% of all consumer Internet traffic.
  • 92% of mobile video consumers share videos with others.
  • Companies using video enjoy 41% more web traffic from search than non-users.

Not only are people watching videos online, businesses are finding that videos are effective in selling products. Here are some more statistics that back up this claim:

  • 90% of users say that product videos are helpful in the decision process.
  • Including a video on a landing page can increase conversion rates by 80%.
  • After watching a video, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online.

Videos are a powerful marketing tool. Should you be using them? Yes.

Creating videos to use in your book marketing campaigns can be a challenge, especially if you write fiction. Other than creating a book trailer for your book, what type of content should you put in your videos?

Interestingly, Curata, a content creation company, found that the top three most effective types of video content are:

  1. Customer testimonials (51%)
  2. Tutorial videos (50%)
  3. Demonstration videos (49%)

Here is the good news. Every author can create the most effective videos—customer testimonials.

Customer testimonial videos don’t have to be fancy. They can just be a quick 30 to 60 second video of a reader talking about how great your book is. Just like this testimonial video for my book Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace.

Getting customer testimonial videos doesn’t have to be difficult. With a Smartphone camera, you can take them and your readers can create them. Here are three quick ideas to help obtain customer testimonial videos on your book:

  1. Film your friends or family members who love your book sharing their thoughts.
  2. Ask your readers to film their review of your book and share it with you.
  3. Hold a contest with a great prize (like a gift card to a restaurant) and make the entry requirement be that readers share a video of themselves raving about your book.

Make videos a part of your marketing plan for 2018. Start today. Get one or two video testimonials from readers that you can share on your website and on all your social media channels.

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Should You Use Live-Stream Video?

Facebook Live. Periscope and Twitter #golive. Live-stream video seems to be a huge fad. A number of these services have come and gone (Meerkat and Blab to name two). With video watching so prominent on the Internet, why does live-stream appear to be floundering?

Blab, the most recent live-stream video service to go belly-up, shared some insights in an article one of the founders wrote. In his writeup, Shaan Puri reports that in its first year of operation, Blab grew to 3.9 million users. The average daily user spent over 65 minutes per day on Blab. So, why did the service die?

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Shaan believes there are two reasons that contributed to the demise of Blab.

1. Most live-stream videos aren’t engaging enough.

With Blab, only 10% of the 3.9 million users returned to the service on a regular basis. The reason was because most live-stream videos aren’t interesting enough to justify stopping what you are doing to watch.

2. Blab became a place to hang out with friends, not create content.

In essence, content creators quit using Blab because they did not get enough traction from viewers. The people who stayed on Blab did so to hang out with friends.

I think authors can learn a couple lessons from Blab’s closing.

1. Your video content must be engaging and informative.

Whether people are stopping what they are doing to watch your video or they are taking time away from other activities to watch your video, your content must be compelling enough to capture and keep your audience’s attention. It is best to keep your videos short—under two minutes in length. Studies show that 60% of viewers stop watching a video by two minutes.

2. Your video content should be accessible on the viewer’s time frame, not yours.

It would appear that live-stream is not the best channel to collect an audience. Instead, providing videos that people can access at any time that is convenient for them is more important. This may explain why Periscope recently updated its app so that users can stores their videos long-term, not just for 24 hours.

Internet video watching will continue to grow in 2017. Experts predict that video watching will consume 69% of Internet traffic this year. Because people view so much video on the web, it can be a very useful tool in marketing books.

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