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Chicago Production Companies Guide to Social Video Success

According to MediaPost, online Chicago production companies viewers watched 800 million corporate videos since January. A lot of this has to do with successful use of social media to supplement video products. Here is a report from ReelSEO:

Brands have realized, over the last couple years, that most of the viral action surrounding online video production was driven by social media… people posting videos on their Twitter accounts & Facebook walls. That makes perfect sense… the only way a virus can spread is through contact between human beings.

Quite naturally, those advertisers then began to think about what they could do with their online video content to make it more shareable. The answer, as it turns out, was to make Chicago production companies videos that feel less like advertising and more like entertainment. MediaPost specifically points to campaigns like the Old Spice Man or T-Mobile’s awesome royal wedding spoof, the Royal Wedding Dance.

That video has over 22 million views racked up in the six weeks since it was launched. And like it or not… regardless of how fun and funny you find it to be… it’s an ad for T-Mobile.

There are hundreds of examples of these forward-thinking brands that have tossed out the old video advertising rules in favor of more entertainment-minded content. So… how are the brands having wild success with online video production doing it? What are some common attributes that the best non-commercial branded video content demonstrates… that the rest of us can learn from? Media Post was kind enough to identify and list some of them:

  • The ads look more like Chicago production companies content than ads. That’s an obvious one, but too many brands still feel compelled to tack traditional advertising techniques onto their online video offerings, like phone numbers and a call-to-action. But the savvy viewer—which is most of them lately—can see right through that. And the second a video feels like an ad or a piece of persuasive marketing, they tune out quite a bit. The best social video ads from brands set out to entertain first and foremost… and sometimes even as the only real objective.
  • The ads are more engaging. A video production has a far greater chance of going viral if it creates an emotional response in a viewer, because an emotional response is about as engaged as a viewer can get. We are social creatures, and when something moves us—whether to tears or to laughter—we want to share that experience with others. New evolutions in video technology—like letting viewers choose which ad they want to see, or interactive videos that literally let the viewer control some portion of the experience—are also ways for brands to engage consumers more dramatically.
  • The ads are short. This is the one portion of the MediaPost article I don’t completely agree with, though you can use video editing to make ads shorter… Their theory, which is backed by strong data, is that shorter branded videos perform better with viewers, specifically when they’re under the magical 2-minute mark. And I don’t disagree that this is currently the case… I just think we’re rapidly moving toward a future where content-length isn’t the roadblock we think it is for advertisers. Like the recent Mortal Kombat web series, in which every episode got a million views or more. I believe there were 10 in total, and each was somewhere between 7 and 10 minutes in length. While that still represents the exception to the Chicago production companies rule, I think we’re going to continue seeing audiences become more tolerant of longer branded content, at least when that content seeks to entertain above all else. But there’s no reason to think we might not see a brand put out a feature film someday soon that actually gets tons of views.
  • The ads are viewable. What MediaPost means here is that there is such an overwhelming amount of video production being produced that our chances of one video being good are getting better. This is even more true when you consider the curators that help viewers find the best clips—which is causing brands to be more proactive in distribution planning on the front end (and that kind of pre-planning often leads to a more-refined concept).

Check out ReelSEO for more Chicago production companies’ tips to social video success. You can learn how video editing will make the difference between a good video and a great video. For help using video production for your business, call or email us today!

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