The latest news in the battles of the social channels has been that Facebook is going over YouTube’s video domain. Facebook recently tried to “own” the Grammy’s conversation, and now is trying to “own” as many Superbowl related Ad opportunities as possible.
But what does this mean for startups and smaller brands? A lot actually.
As much as large marketing and ad budgets are nice to have, it’s not just about the money. It’s about the content. The key trend here is video. Over the past couple years we’ve noticed Vine, Instagram Video (including hyperlapse), Snapchat and more come into the social video space — joining the ranks of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Vimeo.
Smaller brands need and should figure out a way to invest in visual content, including video. Especially in the fashion industry where visuals are key to sell products and services.
Video can tell a story that a picture may not be able to portray fully.
- Video can demonstrate how the founder came up with his/her idea for the startup
- Video can show how the piece of clothing started from a piece of fabric
- Video can allow an event to come to life in real-time
- Video can allow consumers to see into your brand
- Video can allow consumers to connect with one another
- Video can allow for more user generated content (UGC)
- Video can demonstrate that your brand is on top of its game
Although some video content can be expensive, there are ways to make video happen without breaking the bank. It’s not just about the ad budget, it’s about the story. Each brand has a story to tell.
The key is finding the story consumers want to hear. So before you go out and make a dozen videos for social, your blog, and your site. Listen first. Do some digital listening research to understand what consumers are talking about, asking for, and actually want from your brand…
- Use free tools like Google trends to understand what people are searching for in regards to your brand and your competitors.
- Topsy is a great tool to see if certain numbers are working and what people are saying in that conversation.
- Look back at your Twitter stream to see what questions your audience was asking. Do they want to know more about your product and service? More about your founder?
- Look to see where your audience engages, and what they engage with. For example on Pinterest – what do they love and repin most?
- Do a poll or survey to see what your audience wants. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking directly.
Does your brand have questions on how to get started with the right video content? Reach out in the comments!
Khanh brice nguyen
Thank you for your answers. I’ll try the tools you mentioned, and also follow your tips and attitude 🙂
Awesome advice and I totally agree! I am a wardrobe stylist and I became very bored with photoshoots and the lack of movement from NY models…
Clothes should flow and move with the body, not stiff and lifeless, so I began creating mini videos using only a cheap digital camera and sometimes even my phone. I use basic editing read a book about shooting video ans just went for it! I have the videos up on my site.
It doesn’t cost me a thing, my models shoot for free, I already have the clothing and I usually shoot in libraries, local designer studios and outside, weather permitting. Im no videographer lol, but it’s great for content, shows what I do and gets people engaged.
Glad to hear it’s working! And love the “just went for it!” attitude — so important for marketing. 🙂
My son, Simon O’Keefe, just made my company, Melindesign, a video. I put it on my home page. He’s a film major in his last semester at Buffalo State College. We’re going to do a lot more, the response has been great!
I’ve been posting short vids across all my platforms lately. It’s a good way to add a big punch in six, fifteen or thirty second frames. I make a lot of them myself through apps like PicFlo, Hyperlapse and LocoMotif. And! It’s quite fun to do and quite easy to try a variety of things. If it’s not working, just delete and try something different.
That’s great, Melinda! Thanks for sharing the apps you use. And you’re right, it’s so easy to experiment and adjust if you’re not loving the results. 🙂
khanh brice nguyen
Very interesting and useful posts. I like that you accent the fact making a video is great to build a story. I was considering making a video for a men’s collection to show how clothes can be worn – in movement.
You said that we don’t need to get bankrupt to create video. Do you have any tips for marketing a product/a collection through a video, that can have strong impact, but with cheap tools?
Thank you very much.