The first question that any business owner will ask himself at a certain moment is: “Will YouTube advertising work for my business”?

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This question derives from the great unknowns of YouTube, as for a long time, it was thought to be a place where the luck of the viral video rules, it has now become a place where you can target, measure, and see guaranteed results.

There is no way of knowing exactly if something will work until you do it.  However, through a little bit of research, three indicators have been discovered that tell you how well a campaign will work for your company.

Any business that wants to grow needs to know their numbers. If you know what a customer is worth to you, that says you are ready to grow. Being prepared to grow is maybe the most important quality a business can have.  But without knowing your numbers, one cannot set goals; if you cannot set goals; your campaign has no direction or purpose, so everything is linked.

What is your desired outcome?  Anyone that says anything different than customer acquisition is fooling themselves, because obtaining your desired CPA (Cost per Acquisition) should be your number one goal. Your desired CPA gives a campaign purpose. Without it you are just blindly paying for traffic and views, and what is the point of getting views if they do not lead to customers?

YouTube Advertising is the perfect bridge between TV Commercials and PPC Advertising.  The ultimate goal is to get potential customers off of YouTube and onto your website. When they get there, you must have a landing page with a goal that makes the click successful. Whether that means someone buys your product, or gives you their contact information, the goal is up to you to decide.

If  you want to use video marketing to grow your business, join the digital age today and become as successful as  the story is this: know your numbers, and do not just jump into something you are not prepared for, as it will be a waste of your money. However, if after reading this, you are sitting in front of your computer saying, “I know my numbers”, or “my business meets all of those indicators”, and I u can by working with a professional video production team.  For great deals on video production, contact us now!

 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—or as many social media users know it, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge—is everywhere. It might be annoying for some, but it’s working.

Thanks to the hundreds of celebrity videos, and the million-plus less well-known ones, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has helped raise more than $23 million in donations, as the ALS Association stated.

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, sparked by patient Pete Frates, caught on with Boston-area athletes and spread rapidly across the past few weeks. It relies on a simple dare: You have 24 hours to videotape yourself being drenched by a bucket of ice water, or donate $100 to ALS research. (In many cases, participants do both.) Then keep the cycle going by daring others to do the same thing.

The #ALSIceBucketChallenge topped that tweet total in about an hour on Monday afternoon. The ALS Association and its chapters collectively raised about $64 million last year. But in the past three weeks, the organization has seen more than a 1100% increase in year-over-year donations — all attributable to the challenge.

According to media reports, people have shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook showing the challenge between June 1 and Aug. 13. Twitter estimates that the Challenge has been discussed in more than 2.2 million tweets. Gaining visibility for any cause is increasingly difficult in today's media-saturated age, which makes the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge all the more remarkable.

It also speaks to the growing clout of social media as way to solicit donations, particularly from younger people. Only 6% of Upworthy posts have reached 100,000 views, and only 0.42% have surpassed 1 million, according to the viral content experts at Upworthy. Virality is hard. But content marketers can look to examples like the ALS challenge to create and promote content that their audience will appreciate.

So, the final lesson for marketers is this: The trick isn't to copy or mimic a great campaign; it's to learn from it and incorporate the lessons into future ideas. The #icebucketchallenge is fun, it's for a good cause, it has perfect timing, it doesn't feel corporate, and it's new.

If you are ready to create your own campaign to increase your visibility, use the new video marketing trend in the market now and work with the professionals to increase your visibility and grow your business. For great deals on video production, contact us now!

A research done by Tremor Video and Millward Brow, where they examined more than 300 video campaigns and tested the content with 150 consumers, was made to track the receptiveness and feelings that these two have toward each one. Brands and marketers should take the advice to heart and create more innovative campaigns because, right now, most of them are doing it all wrong.

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Entice and intrigue

Finding balance here is the key. You should give enough information, not too much or too little, so that the viewers are encouraged to click through or act to find out more.

Remember to give consumers a reason to engage by starting the story, but not telling the whole thing. This applies both to getting people to pay attention to the ad (completion rate) and encouraging them to interact (engagement rate). Results showed that high-performing mobile creative outperforms TV benchmarks.

Bring them in

With an aligned design, technology and the right medium to create engaging advertising, you will be able to let your customers them stay in the video overlay and make their own decisions to continue to interact.

Symphony not noise

Every ad should sing and flow with a consistent theme and messaging throughout the layers of content. We know it’s tempting to use every tool in your belt, but too many messages, graphics and functions create confusion and dilute the effectiveness of the experience. With the many options available today, it’s easy to go overboard. Remember: simple sells.

Make them  feel

Consumers have an emotional connection to their mobile devices, so taking advantage of that and creating experiences that trigger an emotional response is the best strategy. The ads in the study generated more interest and excitement than we tend to see with TV or online video norms. Emotion is the heart of why advertising works, so remember this next time you are thinking about your videos.

When you pair emotional triggers in content with a distribution method that viewers are emotionally connected to, more often than not you’ll have a winner.

Catch the moment

Mobile devices serve as a first screen so often, so it’s important to use this moment to get people in the relevant moment. Find a way to keep consistent creative messaging across different platforms while leveraging the unique role of each device.

With availability of big data and targeting, brands are able to deliver their video advertisements in ways traditional media has never been able to do. The right message at the right time can be pitched to a single demographic group, or a series of demographics, with matching content.

Compare this with the old way of advertising that sees the same national brand ads plugged into TV shows and repeated, and the potential is obvious.

Adopting all five of these elements to your video advertising strategy will help generate interest, improve overall brand recall and increase sales conversations. So, join the digital age today and become as successful as you can by working with a very professional video production team.  For great deals on video production, contact us now!