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October 6, 2020 • Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Leverage Wootag to navigate long-form video marketing!

What is Heavy Ad Intervention?
Heavy Ad Interventions (HAI) is a new feature on Chrome browser that will unload ads considered to be “heavy” on the user’s device resource unless the user interacts with the ads.
An ad will be subject to unload in case it hasn’t received a user gesture (interaction) and meets one of the below criteria:

    Used too much network bandwidth (>4MB)
    Used too much processor’s calculation resources

This feature is being gradually rolled out and will affect users using Chrome 85 & above.

Whom does it affect?
It affects all publishers, adtech/ martech platforms delivering video ads to the consumers who are using Chrome 85 & above.

What is the current market share of Chrome 85 & above?
Based on current market share of browsers by region, we expect this to affect approx 24% of the users in Asia & 26% users Worldwide.

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How can Wootag help ?
Wootag uses adaptive streaming that optimizes the video files based on device, connectivity & player size.

However to ensure campaign metrics such as View through rates (VTR) is not affected, below are a few recommendations:

1) Recommend use of 30 seconds videos or shorter. As any video over 30secs is most likely to be over 4 MB.
2) For videos over 30 seconds, we can leverage Wootag’s Short-to-Long form OR the “continue watching” execution.

Summary :

1. Heavy Ad Interventions (HAI) is a new feature on Chrome browser that will unload ads considered to be “heavy” on the user’s device resource unless the user interacts with the ads.
2. It affects all publishers, adtech/ martech platforms delivering video ads to the consumers who are using Chrome 85 & above.
3. For videos over 30 seconds, we can leverage Wootag’s Short-to-Long form OR the “continue watching” execution.

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Let the Interactive Shopping begins this Festive Season!

A recent report from Campaign asia cited that despite falling household incomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a high proportion of consumers are still expecting to spend the same amount during this year’s holiday shopping season. (reference)

shopping woman surrounded by icons of e-commerce

WARC concurred based on a study across 12 APAC markets that most consumers (70%) have no plans to defer shopping for major holidays such as Christmas or Lunar New Year despite over 40% of global peak season shoppers citing a decrease in household spend due to COVID-19. (reference)
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This intent represents an opportunity for brands and retailers to drive sales in the second half of the year after a challenging start to 2020.
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Bridging the Gap between Content & Commerce

It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitization across various industries, from healthcare to education to retail. The idea of having e-commerce or online store is no longer a novelty but a matter of existence and staying relevant. For some, this may have come as a harsh wake-up call, but with work-from-home and self-isolation measures expected to last for at least a year, businesses are ramping up the effort in this direction.

Shoppable Videos

Shifting the focus to consumers – as per Cisco, by 2022, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic — 15 times higher than it was in 2017. In fact, online video consumption has quadrupled during COVID-19, as per the WARC report.

Given the YoY trends along with COVID-19 media consumption changes, we can all agree that nothing seems to capture people’s attention and passion as much as online video, making it the most effective form of marketing.

As a recent article in VentureBeat points out – if there’s one thing that’s in abundance in 2020, it’s video content. The streaming wars are raging, with services churning out enough programming for a lifetime. Meanwhile, social media platforms keep expanding and grabbing more of people’s finite attention. But while consumers have no shortage of content, what’s lacking is an experience that grabs their attention by offering more than just viewing.
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A Guide to Unlock Wootag Narrative Experience

Can viewers control the narrative in a film or video? Netflix proved they could, with content like Black Mirror:Bandersnatch and You v/s Wild which revolutionized story-telling.

Wootag Narrative

At Wootag, we strongly believe storytelling in the digital world calls for the adoption of Bandersnatch-type of immersive technology that encourages innovative thinking and active participation of viewers. Here we would like to share examples of Wootag collaborating with two different brands bringing two different Creative possibilities for Choose your Narrative Experience to life.

Learnings from Wootag 150 Million+ Audience

Choices that viewers had to make ranged from choosing the breakfast cereal, throwing tea to accepting a job.

Examining the viewers’ choices in the interactive film helps gain fascinating and unprecedented insights into the psychological profile of viewers and the choices they make when they directly interact with entertainment. For instance, the statistics reveal 73% chose Frosties as the cereal, while 55.9% of viewers chose to throw tea, and 73% took the offered job at Tuckersoft.

At first, the interactive film conditions viewers to make a choice – something that traditional television or film has never done.

Wootag Narrative Guide

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June 14, 2020 • Interactive Ads

Bandersnatch Way to Interactivity

Can viewers control the narrative in a film or video? Netflix proved they could, with Bandersnatch. For business owners and marketing professionals, the success story of this interactive video film is proof that consumer-controlled immersive content is the way forward to boost brand awareness, conversion and loyalty.

Wootag Choose Your Narrative

What is Bandersnatch?

A Bandersnatch is a furious, fast and fuming fictitious creature that is impossible to catch as described in Lewis Caroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass.

Fans of Netflix, however, associate ‘Bandersnatch’ with the interactive film that took the internet by storm. Released on December 28, 2018, ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is an episode of the series Black Mirror with a ‘choose your own adventure’ option.

As the first interactive video by Netflix, the episode starts with a brief tutorial on how the interactive video works. Viewers are instructed to using their controls or remotes to select the “right” and “left” choices displayed on the screen. The choices have to be made within ten seconds, failing which a default ‘basic version of the story’ is selected.

The story for the Bandersnatch episode was created specifically for the interactive video platform to enable viewers to choose their own narrative that takes their film viewing experience to a whole new, exciting level.

The story is about a young programmer, Stefan, who aims to create a computer game based on a novel he read as a child that followed a “choose your own adventure” narrative. As Stefan begins to lose the balance between reality and fantasy, he realises he is not in control of his life. The viewers make the choices for him throughout the interactive video guiding him to an ending of their choice.

Learnings from Bandersnatch
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Part 1 of How did we go about converting 7% of Site Traffic into Leads?

At Wootag, our vision is to unlock audience curiosity to learn more about anything within the video and we put this vision to test with one of our Wootagged videos on our site home page. We distilled results further to showcase the importance of Videos on our site and what it means for our business objectives and how you can unlock the same.

Creative Direction? A video which explains the vision or we straight jump into the product

It is always a tricky question when a product team makes a decision on the type of videos to be your message to unlock the possibilities. With Wootag, it was quite an easy decision by referring to the ‘Why’ part of our Vision.

Wootag CORE

Why: Empowering Human Curiosity within any Visual content.
What: Harnessing the power of human curiosity with simple, immersive interactions, directly within your video.
How: Our revolutionary video platform is your one-stop shop to create optimized videos for multiple channels – so you can reach your audience no matter where they are.

Objective? What should be our objective to achieve with this video?

There should be an objective irrespective of what we do. For us we want to drive our visitors to learn about the vision and amplify why it is important for any Business of all shapes and sizes to unlock the potential of interactive videos to convert their viewers to customers.

Here is a simple test we used to clarify the objectives.
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April 28, 2020 • Interactive Ads

COVID-19 Effect on Wootagged Audience Behaviour

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The COVID-19 situation across the globe has led to an increasing amount of “Home Audience” with a steep increase in online activities. Our hypothesis was that with more people consuming content online, they’re probably paying more attention to the contents marketed to them, with varying degrees across different brand categories. This should translate into higher performance for campaigns that have gone live during this period compared to Pre COVID-19. In this analysis, we have put our hypothesis to test across different verticals.

Data Sample :

All data used in this report is measured by Wootag, the Visual Interactive and analytics company that measures the effectiveness of its clients’ Video marketing campaigns. This is done via integrations with leading media partners across the APAC region. All data is anonymous and aggregated.

For the purpose of this analysis, we examined Video performance metrics such as completion rates, time spent, interaction rates and click-through rates of same or similar campaigns for each vertical for Pre COVID-19 (Q4 2019 & Jan 2020) vs. During COVID-19 (end of Jan to end of March 2020).

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Countries :

The Wootagged Video campaigns analyzed for this report span across 9 APAC markets, all of which went in a state of lockdown around a similar time frame from when WHO declared the outbreak.

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Building an Effective Sales Funnel Through the Art of Video Storytelling

87% of businesses in 2019 used video as a powerful marketing tool. This figure is a significant jump from 63% in 2017, and 81% in 2018. 79% of viewers claim that a brand’s video convinced them to purchase a piece of application or software. Also, 84% of marketers have seen an increase in traffic to their website after leveraging video (Source).

These numbers speak volumes about the importance of video marketing in today’s era. But it’s not just about creating any video and putting it out there. You will have to create video content in line with your sales funnel and make them impactful by telling a hooking story to your audience. After all, it’s all leading potential prospects to convert into actual buyers of a product or service.


A typical sales funnel has four stages- awareness, consideration, conversion, and loyalty. Video storytelling engages people for the long-term by building an emotional connection with your product or service at each of these stages. When they are emotionally invested in your brand, they will have a logical justification in their minds to buy your product/ service.

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April 10, 2020 • Interactive Ads, Video Content, Video Marketing

14 SEO Rules That Can Help Your Video Be Found During Active Search

With video content rising in popularity on the world wide web, the competition for gaining more views and/or driving in more traffic to the site is leading many brands to invest heavily into creating quality videos and optimising them for search engines. Here are several actionable SEO tips that can improve your video ranking.

Video SEO
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1. Conduct thorough keyword research
When it comes to search engine optimization, you cannot ignore the power of using the right keywords that are relevant to your content. Just as you would with written content such as a blog post or website copy, you should also conduct keyword research for your video content.

There are many free tools online that you can use for choosing relevant keywords such as Google Trends and, among others. You could also check if the keywords you have in mind have YouTube searches.
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The 2019 Interactive-Video Audience Insights Report – Wootag

In 2019, at Wootag, we witnessed a surge in brand executions across verticals such as F&B, Nutrition, Finance, IT&T to Luxury, etc. Leading to approx. 300 Million views and 3 Billion + data points being processed. This has set us up to support brands in 2020 with strong behavioral insights to help them with both tactical and long-term executions. Go ahead and Unlock the 2019 Insights.

Wootag Audience Insights

Download Wootag 2019 Audience Insights Report.

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