Five Trends That Will Define Branded Video In 2014

Branded video reached new heights in 2013. More than 38% of new campaigns achieved more than 1 million views in 2013, compared with 26% in the year prior. And 5% of campaigns reached more than 10 million views, compared to 3% the year before.

In 2012, brands saw campaigns like Red Bull’s “Stratos,” Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012,” and Rovio’s “Angry Birds Space” become mega viral hits. The result of that success was that brands began to see producing quality content – not just ads – as an important weapon in their marketing arsenals.

So in 2013, the name of their game was perfecting the brand story. And in this regard, many brands succeeded this year. Brands were able to drive big views consistently throughout the year.

The biggest campaign of 2013, “Real Beauty Sketches,” came from video veteran Dove. This emotional campaign questions women’s self-image with the help of a trained FBI sketch artist. While the short film met with a warm reception, for the most part, some critics felt that the ad patronized women. But that debate didn’t hurt the brand; the media coverage that ensued only helped to lengthen the life of the video and drive views up to more than 136.2 million views.

Other brands that hit it big included Volvo Trucks, which emerged from obscurity with “Live Test” starring Jean Claude Van Damme. Pepsi MAX pulled off a stunt in “Gordon Test Drive,” and Internet Explorer called on our nostalgia with “Child of the ‘90s.”

So what does 2014 hold for branded video? Based on the successes of 2013, here are five trends that I think will flourish in the coming year:

  • Longer-form, cinematic content: The draw of branded video is the freedom it gives brands to tell their stories outside of the 30-second TV spot. So videos like True MoveH’s “Giving,” were longer and more cinematic.
  • Stoking the debate: Some of the biggest video stories in the 2013 came from brands that incited debate. Cheerios, for example, achieved its biggest success to date with “Just Checking,” which opened a long debate about interracial families and their portrayal in the media late last year. Did they mean to start the debate? Probably not, but it did keep their brand in headlines for weeks.
  • More interactivity: Old Spice produced one of the most viral interactive campaigns with 2010’s “Responses.” It produced another in 2012 with “Muscle Music,” which allowed viewers to create their own music inside of a video. And last year Intel and Toshiba released its third social film, “The Power Inside,” which allowed viewers to shape the campaign’s story through social media. Interactive campaigns like these only work when viewers actually engage with them. As the video universe gets more crowded, brands will be looking for unique ways to attract and engage viewers, and interactivity is a great way to do both.
  • Real-time campaigns: At last year’s Super Bowl, Oreo became the poster child for real-time marketing with its half-time tweet, while Coca Cola’s campaign changed based on the score of the game. Both brands had good feedback from their campaigns, which seemed more relevant because of how timely they were.
  • Encouraging user-generated content: Some of the most successful campaigns of the last year benefited from user-generated content. Volvo Trucks’ “Live Test” generated more than 30 million of its more than 111 million views from user-generated content – spoofs, mashups, copies, responses, etc. Besides showing how engaged viewers are with a brand’s campaign, user-generated content that takes off can extend the life of a campaign.

These trends – and the more cinematic, provocative, imaginative, and engaging campaigns that they produce – will lead to one thing: views skyrocketing higher than ever before. As we have seen every year for the past five years, overall views in 2014 will surpass 2013, as brands continue to break new ground and perfect their video storytelling and strategies. If you are looking for advice in producing effective video marketing campaign’s then please get in touch with our team atbespokevideoproduction.com.

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Marketers look to increase social video ad placements

Marketers look to increase social video ad placements

Digital video viewing is mainstream, and eMarketer estimates that 182.5 million people in the US, or 75% of all internet users, will view digital videos this year, and video advertising spending will increase by more than 40% in 2013 as well.

Video viewership and social sharing are closely intertwined; for example, an April 2013 blinkx survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that more than 40% of social network users watch TV or online video and simultaneously discuss content with their friends&mdashthe percentage was even higher among respondents ages 18 to 34, 14% of whom said they “always/often” do so.

Despite the connection between social network users and video content, social video advertising is still nascent. According to “Demystified: Video Advertising on Social Networks,” an August 2013 study from Mixpo, 8.5% of agency executives said they were underperforming on social video advertising, and none of the respondents said they were experts in the medium, according to the report.

Advertisers’ admitted lack of sophistication doesn’t mean they aren’t testing and experimenting. According to the Mixpo report, nearly 70% of agency executives planned to advertise on YouTube in 2014, while nearly one-quarter expect to run video ads on Twitter and about one in seven on LinkedIn. Though video advertising as Mixpo defines it doesn’t yet exist on Facebook, Instagram or Vine, nearly half of respondents to the survey said they would work video ads into their Facebook marketing mix if given the opportunity.

For social network users, identifying paid advertising and owned content marketing is often a blurry line. Mixpo’s definition of video advertising excludes branded video posts on social sites, but it doesn’t denote whether it refers to sponsored video posts, which are likely to be the types of paid video ads that will first find their way into Facebook, Instagram and Vine, given the networks’ respective user interfaces (and opportunities in mobile). Notably, Unisphere Research found in an August 2013 survey that nearly 60% of marketers would like to increase their video content in social networks&mdashmore than any other content category.

Social network advertising is unique because it requires marketers to fit in context with content rather than standing out from what the user is viewing, as a television or digital video programming advertisement is designed to do. As a result, sponsored video content may in turn be the most suitable way for advertisers to integrate and ingratiate themselves within social network users’ information feeds.

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Storytelling is becoming more important in the rapidly changing digital landscape

Imagine telling a writer that pictures are how we’ll communicate in the future. Andrew Delaney, global director of creative content, Getty Images, has a vested interest in visual communication but he’s probably going to be right for a while (writers, be grateful that “the only constant is change”.)

“Visual content has always been a key element in the art of brand storytelling and is becoming more important in the rapidly changing digital landscape,” Delaney recalled, “If you think of the way that human communication has evolved, we’ve gone from writing long letters for air mail to email to instant messages to tweets. This suggests that the speed of communication has become more important than the depth of communication.”

We seem to always end up attaching pictures to messages. Instagram grew from nought to 100 million users in its first two years (2010 – 2012). On April 12, 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for US$1 billion in cash and stock. “…Images and video content are growing in popularity – because a video is able to communicate message rich content faster than it takes to read a 140 character tweet.

Digital has not only changed how images are created, it has changed how accessible they are. Millions, rather than thousands, of images are created weekly now. Professional photographers siphon volumes of these off to stock image companies now. And more recently, stock images are in the form of videos. Because increasingly, video is the vehicle in which communications are carried.

“The rise of video is nothing new to advertisers and marketers. In fact we at Getty Images have been accommodating this gradual shift towards video for over 15 years because we have seen the way that technology is enabling content creators to capture content more easily and bring it to market quicker than ever before.

“This trend is driven by the continual consumption of visual content from existing technologies like cinema and TV, which have made audiences very visually very cognisant and fluent in a standardized visual language. Because of this, we have become very discerning about video. ”

“The need for video will rise exponentially as more advertisers begin to understand how video can help hook an audience quicker and for longer. The uptake of smartphones and proliferation of crowd-sourced content means that imagery is no longer defined by whether it is professionally produced or not; it’s about having a view point and connecting customers to a message that will affect them. ”

Getty’s partnership with Vimeo suggests that both companies consider that moving image will be useful to brands and businesses for a long time yet.

Getty’s main competitor Shutterstock also continues to grow. Latest figures show revenue for the third quarter was $59.6 million, a 41% increase as compared to $42.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. The company expands overseas, opening a European headquarters in Berlin, and driving image downloads to an all-time high of more than 25 million during the quarter,” said Founder and CEO Jon Oringer. “To meet these increasing demands for imagery, we’re adding thousands of high-quality images every day, offering more than 30 million in the collection.”

Fourth Quarter 2013; Revenue of $64 – $66 million. Full Year 2014; Revenue of $300 – $305 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $68 – $70 million.

Bespoke video production and our premium stock video brand ReeldealHD is a contributor to both Getty and Shutterstock with over 6000 HD clips.
We can also help you with a storytelling campaign with our bespoke video production services.

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How Virgin America Got 6 Million People To Watch A Flight Safety Video Without Stepping On A Plane

When was the last time you paid attention to a pre-flight safety demonstration? In the past 12 days, Virgin America has managed to get 5.8 million people to watch their safety video without even stepping on a plane!

Virgin America Safety Video

The airline roped in American director Jon M.Chu (Step Up 2, Step Up 3D) and a team of renowned choreographers, producers and dance stars to give their safety video a full blown makeover. 36 dancersspent 26 hours on set, using 14 different dance styles including broadway, contemporary, jazz, tango, b-boy and break dancing. The end result is this innovative piece of entertainment that has received over 5.8 million YouTube views, 430,000 Facebook shares and 17,000 tweets in less than 2 weeks!

Check out the full video below:

Behind the scenes:

The cast consisted of 10 So You Think You Can Dance alum, 2 former Olympians and 1 American Idol finalist. Watch this behind-the-scenes video to know more about the VX Safety Dance concept, the crew and the creative minds behind the campaign:

You can submit your dance moves at VXsafetydance.com and be part of Virgin America’s next safety video. What ‘s your take on this new approach to in-flight safety demonstrations? Ingenious or ineffective? Would you find this entertaining if you’re a frequent flyer? Share your views in the comments section below.

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Tech ad spending to reach $4.7 billion by 2017; Turns to Mobile, Social and Video

Despite slow growth, $3.21 billion will go toward digital ad spending in 2013

 Digital advertising spending by the US computing products and consumer electronics industry hit $2.83 billion in 2012, and that figure will rise to $4.66 billion by 2017, according to a new eMarketer report, “The US Computing Products and Consumer Electronics Industry 2013: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Key Trends.” Though industry revenues are experiencing slower-than-average growth, the industry’s top advertisers are focusing their marketing dollars on big-budget campaigns for their fastest-growing products: tablets, smartphones and other “smart” devices.

eMarketer estimates that marketers in the computing products and consumer electronics industry will invest 57% of their paid digital dollars in direct-response formats this year. Branding-focused efforts will make up the remaining 43%.

Targeted advertising in mobile, video and social formats is growing particularly fast as marketers redouble efforts to one-up competitors and establish themselves as undisputed technological leaders.

During the past several years, paid mobile advertising for tech-related products and services has surged, both in the US and globally. Millennial Media reported that tech industry spending worldwide for 2012 surged 294% year over year in Q3 2012, and the sector was responsible for 3% of total campaigns on the source’s network last year.

In addition, many tech firms have successfully seeded social video ads that have gone viral. Social video marketing firm Unruly Media reported that the tech industry accounted for 17.8% of the online social video ads shared on its platform in Q2 2013, up slightly from 17.0% in Q1 2013.

These efforts have helped digital video earn its place as the rising star among digital display formats. According to several industry experts, some marketers currently spend up to 20% of their digital ad budgets on online and mobile video ads. And as more inventory and more ad targeting capabilities become available, this percentage is likely to grow.

Industry marketers have also been hard at work on social networks, developing their presence as interactive hubs of brand and product information. A November 2012 study by research and strategy firm BrandSpark and Better Homes and Gardens found that electronics manufacturers were among the top 10 company types that US internet users followed on Facebook.

As marketers beef up these owned and earned presences, they are also devoting more budget to paid social network ads to make their carefully developed content more discoverable. “We have paid media on both Twitter and Facebook,” said Liya Sharif, senior director of global marketing at Qualcomm, and her company is using it to support its custom programs and in concert with other multichannel efforts. “It’s becoming important in two areas: for acquisition of fans and followers, and for engagement,” she added.

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Peek of the Week – Christmas edition [updated]

Yes its already that time again… here is our round up of the most viewed, talked about and expensive Christmas commercials starting with The Bear and the Hare, the £7 million John Lewis Christmas TV commercial;

Its arrival heralds the start of the festivities, according to economists, although the rival M&S campaign, unveiled this week, began the annual drive to make us stop budgeting and start indulging. M&S’s poster girl, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, in lingerie naturally, will be vying against a cartoon bear, the star of the John Lewis campaign. It’s beauty versus the beast.

Taking a different approach is Tesco that goes down the nostalgic route;

Morrison is playing it safe with celebrity endorsement

ASDA doesn’t give up on the price war, even during Christmas;

A very cute and massive unwrap from Cadbury

One of my favourite LEGO;

But Sainsbury probably created the most buzz this year with Christmas in a day. Last year they asked people to send in their personal video and so Christmas in a Day features heart-warming home footage of celebrations. Directed by Oscar-winning Life In A Day director Kevin Macdonald, His award-winning 2011 Youtube film featured 80,000 crowd-sourced clips. The ’Christmas in a Day’ 50-minute film, which took 14 months to make, documents the different experiences of a range of UK families to capture the diversity of celebrations across the country.

Peek of the Week – Top 10 Global Online Video Ads for October 2013

A prank played on a group of coffee shop drinkers to promote the remake of 70s horror classic Carrie tops last month’s Unruly Global Ads Chart.

The ad was October’s most popular by a country mile, attracting almost 1.7 million more shares across Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere than the second-placed ad, PooPourri’s hilarious “Girls Don’t Poop” It attracted more then 2.1 million shares in October.

You can throw as many special effects or clever catchphrases into your marketing mix as possible, but apparently nothing beats the sight of a little girl throwing up. Or at least that’s one way to look at the incredible success of Crest and Oral-B’s “Halloween Treats Gone Wrong ad”. But what they will be even more happy with is the performance of the ad. Launched just a few days before the end of the month, the commercial attracted more than 225,000 shares during October, making it the seventh most shared ad of the month.

The PS4. “For The Players Since 1995” is a sedate and nostalgic journey through the history of the Playstation told through the bedroom of a teenage boy. It attracted 104,431 shares last month, almost 30,000 more than Xbox’s 19th-placed “Invitation”, which was launched a few days later.

Other newcomers to the top 20 include Virgin Atlantic’s new all-singing and all-dancing safety demonstration.

Top 20 Most Shared, Branded Video Ads During October 2013

1. MGM: Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise – Shares: 2.1million

2. PooPourri: Girls Don’t Poop – Shares: 418,023

3. GoPro: HERO3+ Black Edition: Smaller, Lighter, Mightier Still – Shares: 320,611

4. GEICO: Hump Day – Shares: 258,145

5. GoPro: Firemen Saves Kitten – Shares: 241,781

6. Samsung: Note 3 – First Hands On – Shares: 237,310

7. Crest and Oral-B: Halloween Treats Gone Wrong – Shares: 225,156

8. Virgin America: #VXsafetydance – Shares: 205,327

9. Mercedes-Benz: Chicken – Shares: 187,677

10. Pepsi Max: Uncle Drew 3 – Shares: 178,099

 

The next Peek of the week will be the Christmas edition!

 

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