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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.

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.

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.

vlogging mistakes

Whether vlogging is your livelihood, a new initiative for the company blog, or a hobby, making high quality videos is a must. This doesn’t necessarily mean using expensive hardware – that’s actually not as important as you might think.

Rather, you have to take into account a wide range of elements. From lighting to hyperlinks, special guests to authenticity, here’s a checklist of things all vloggers need to get right.

silent video

Hands up anyone who’s ever watched a video online, only to be startled when the sound starts blasting out around the office or train? Thought so! That’s why so many of us prefer to watch silent videos, whether we’re taking a quick break from work, using public transport, or trying to keep things quiet so the baby doesn’t wake!

In short, there are times when silence really is golden. A good videographer will ensure viewers’ volume preferences don’t adversely impact the messages in their video content.

In this post, we share actionable tips on producing great content for the silent screen. We’ll take a look at the very best silent videos online and discuss how the brands got it right.

video marketing beauty vlogger

L’Oréal is the most watched beauty brand, with almost 126 million views last year. Video engagement like this suggests that L’Oréal is doing something we can all learn from.

Regardless of your target demographic, budget, or experience, this brand’s ingenious video marketing ideas can be easily adapted by you and your team. We’re going to bring you the best six.

brainstorm video ideas

A well-planned video marketing strategy takes video well beyond a few minutes of material to interest or educate your audience. A solid video marketing strategy will maximize the potential of video to build a lasting connection with your audience.

In this blog, we’re going to share how to build a video marketing strategy that will enable you to set out your road map to success. So step away from the video camera and get out a pen and paper. It’s time to get planning!

drive online sales with self-service video

Do you know the perfect way to lose an online sale? Forcing your customer to stop the purchase process to phone or email your company to ask a question. Creating a comprehensive, video-based self-service process will ensure customers are equipped with all the information they need to make a purchase decision.

Additionally, it’s important to continue to provide outstanding customer service after customers buy. Video support that answers questions quickly and accurately will help turn new customers into repeat customers.

In this blog, we set out the six most important types of videos you need to provide clear, easy to follow online support for potential buyers as well as recent customers.

video rant

Bottling everything up never did anyone any good! Releasing your feelings on video is not only cathartic, it makes for an authentic video that tells your followers exactly what you’re all about.

But, you don’t want to come across as someone with anger issues! There’s a fine line between letting people know what you’re really thinking, and oversharing, or offending.

In this post, you’ll learn how to share your feelings on camera (the legally safe way), dress the set, and engage with viewers.

Grab attention with video

Did you know the average human attention span is just eight seconds? That means videographers have only eight seconds to hook viewers before they move to the next thing.

You could say that this makes life hard for video professionals, but we’re glass-half-full people here at SproutVideo! A truly memorable intro is a great opportunity to make a killer first impression, and set yourself apart from the rest.

In this post, we’re going to share actionable tips on what to do during those crucial first few seconds to make your viewers sit up and pay attention.

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