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long-form video trends

When you think about video marketing, chances are you think of videos that are 10 seconds to two minutes long. After all, we’ve all been told that nobody has the attention span for anything much longer than that. The accepted wisdom is that we must keep our videos short in order to get any views.

What if we were to tell you that there are some very good arguments for incorporating long-form videos into your 2018 video marketing strategy? What if we were to tell you that some of the best corporate videos out there are 10, 20, and 30+ minutes long? And, what if we told you that these types of video could lead to more engagement?

Below, we share five reasons that long-form video is a growing trend. Learn when to use long-form video (with examples), how to best measure the efficacy of your long-form video, and how to get the most mileage from it.

Emotional Holiday Videos

We are in the thick of the holiday season, and as usual, emotions are running high. Whether it’s stress, joy, comfort, or nostalgia, it can feel like a bit of a rollercoaster.

As it turns out, almost all of these emotions are reflected in this year’s crop of holiday car commercials. Not content to show off a shiny car with a bow on it, different manufacturers tested out different holiday emotions to see which might strike a chord with viewers.

In this post, we discuss why this approach might work, and look at the range of emotions being explored in these ads. We’ll wrap it up in a neat package with key takeaways for your next video campaign.

new feature release

In this exciting product update, we’ve introduced support for our top-requested feature of all time. You can now add team members to upload videos, share content, and help manage your SproutVideo account. But, that’s not all.

We also added support for Two-Factor Authentication, created new analytics reports, made all of your data exportable, added video security features, and are introducing premium support options. Phew.

Read on for all the details about these big changes to the SproutVideo platform.

Recruiting videos that actually work

The New Year is all about new beginnings. It’s no surprise many people start their job hunts in January. In fact, one of the largest job sites, Monster.com, sees a 70% spike in job searches in January.

So, how can you be sure that your company stands out from the competition for talent? Use recruiting videos to establish your company’s brand, sell your work culture, and motivate candidates to apply. Here’s how.

Company PSA Videos

Some companies would prefer to stay as far away as possible from controversial issues. However, people have begun to expect more from brands. It’s not enough to have a good product, you also have to be a good global citizen.

But, it’s clearly dicey, at best, to take a stand. Just look at the recent scandal that engulfed Papa John’s after they weighed in on the NFL protests. So, how does a brand responsibly take on a serious and potentially divisive issue?  

One strategy that has worked well in the past is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video. With full control over the message and optics, you can carefully craft a video that best communicates your position. Here are the five key ingredients for a powerful PSA video, and the eight steps you need to take to make your own.

B2B storytelling

Last year, we saw retailers and other B2C companies diving into storytelling with enthusiasm and plenty of Hollywood flair. Recently, it seems as though B2B companies picked up the torch and really ran with it.

Telling B2B stories requires a heavy dose of authenticity, or they won’t ring true. They also have to be really compelling, or risk being a total snooze-fest.

In this post, we take a look at some of the very best examples of B2B storytelling from Google, Square, and Amazon. We’ll tease out the key elements that make them truly outstanding, so you can apply these takeaways to your own videos.

amazon hq2 and video marketing

The bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters has been fierce. All in all, 238 different cities are vying for the chance to house 50,000 Amazon employees. Not surprisingly, many cities chose to include video as part of their pitch.

We watched videos from dozens of cities, and noticed interesting differences and commonalities across many of them. Here’s our take on who would win based solely on their marketing video, and a look at the trends that emerged across the different cities.

video-based training for employees

When it comes to on-boarding, training, or developing new skills, video is your secret weapon. Compared to traditional training methods, such as in-person meetings, seminars, or extensive reading, video can save your company a considerable amount of time and money.

In this post, we’ll walk you through how to successfully design, implement, and analyze a video-based training program for your employees.

efficacy of b2b video

B2B companies have been slow to jump on the video marketing bandwagon. For some, it’s a concern of equipmentnot having the right team in place, or lacking the budget to make videos.

For still others, it’s a matter of not knowing how to measure their video marketing return-on-investment. After all, if you can’t track it, how can you be sure you’re getting your money’s worth?

Today, we’re going to focus on this particular challenge by analyzing five different B2B video marketing goals, and looking at real world examples along the way.

Sony RX0 action cams for business video

Everything from their marketing to their compact and waterproof design tells you that action cams are for sports, adventures, or similar high-adrenaline endeavors. However, their innate flexibility has allowed for innovative uses in many areas of filmmaking.

In fact, newer models of these “action” cams are beginning to create a new category entirely: the everything camera. For instance, the RX0 by Sony exemplifies this trend towards highly versatile, lightweight, and capable cameras. We recently had the chance to test one out, and were surprised by its potential for business video applications.

In this post, learn what makes these new cameras so insanely useful from both a technical and business perspective. We’ll illustrate these points using the RX0 as an example.

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