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Interactive Video Marketing Strategy

Creating a piece of video content is no easy feat, so it goes without saying that we all want it to perform! Perhaps you want to increase traffic to your e-commerce site, improve customer engagement or achieve higher brand awareness. We can’t tell you how many times we have faced the same situation! Here are some of the success tips we religiously follow and its shown us promising results! We hope it does for you too.

Video Marketing Strategy

First, to kick off your video marketing campaign, you need to have a video marketing strategy. This might sound like common sense, but you would be surprised how many marketers underestimate this and end up not doing it!

  1. Define your goals

Choose goals for your video marketing campaign. Sometimes there are tradeoffs with videos. You cannot have it perform across all metrics. Let’s take a 2 min short story for example. Now the creator of it may want to reach the highest number of people possible, and so the goal might be high video completion rates. However, if the creator wants high engagement rates, i.e. people navigating away from the video to a landing page, it might reduce video completion rates but increase traffic to the landing page; so there will be a tradeoff.

  1. Know your Audience

It is crucial to gain a deep understanding of who your customers are and what motivates them. For example, buyers of fitness lifestyle wear might be ideal for targeting gym memberships, fitness supplements, or fitness products. If you can successfully do this, you would be able to drive motivated consumers to your website, rather than passive viewing of your landing page. Motivated consumers = healthy ROI on campaign spending.

  1. Choose a distribution channel

Select the right distribution channel. Think Facebook pages, Instagram, instream and outstream advertisements. If you know your target audience, you know where they consume content. That is where YOUR video content should be to connect with the audience easily.

  1. Be creative

Now that you have got this down perhaps you are wondering how you can get consumers of your ad actually to click on your ad?  Be creative, catchy, make it memorable and appealing to the specific target audience. If you do this right, along with being in the right place for your target market, you will get a high response rate. I’m browsing golf clubs, and I see an ad for training to get two strokes off my game? Awesome! Entertain and evoke an emotion of the viewer.

  1. Video length matter

Video length is a tricky thing, but what we know for sure, the trend over the last decade proved the value of shorter advertisements. Gone are the days of long form commercials, there is no place for that in the online world. Videos as short as 15 to 30 seconds have seen great results, but this can vary based on region and distribution channels. We would recommend to dive into past data of your campaigns and use that to predict future performance.

  1. Include a call to action

Incorporate a call to action, that’s the most critical part of your video ad campaign, the chance to motivate your audience to take steps toward becoming a customer. However, the caveat here is, consumers are only going to be motivated to click on your product if they feel it will provide real value to them, regardless of your sales tactics.

  1. Add Interaction to Video

Yes, we know this is cheeky, recommending to use our product, but we wouldn’t put this here if we didn’t think we could unquestionably provide value! Interaction within the video will set your video apart from the majority of advertisements that are not using interactivity in ads. This will shift your viewers to active viewing as they may feel more engaged, and this will show in your data when active viewers convert to your goals!

Some of the advantages of interaction within videos are:

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Interactive Video Statistic

Interaction drives engagement by allowing viewers to choose what content is relevant to them and access more information without being redirected to another webpage. With a simple click/tap, they can find the nearest shop, shop the products, book a hotel or subscribe to a newsletter. By being mindful of how you add interactions to your video you can increase engagement, views, and CTR simply and intuitively.

Let’s take a quick look at a comparison on results from linear/traditional videos vs interactive videos:

Linear video advertisement  vs interactive video advertisement

Average Video Completion Rate

 

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The data speaks for itself! To interact or not to interact is the viewers choice, but even zero interaction is a choice that the consumer made which is more data than a non-interactive video ad.

 

Interactive Video Marketing Examples

Interactivity in video ads can accelerate positive behaviour of your customers and drive significant business value. Just check these creative executions of interactive videos which increased performance:

 

Harley Davidson

“Battle of the Kings”

Harley Davidson effectively used Wootag video interaction to conduct a voting contest to pit custom built bikes against each other. You’ve got to check some of these out, they are beasts!

Visa’s execution was able to generate an incremental interaction time of 6s when viewers clicked into the interaction point driving awareness uplift.

 

Prudential

“Interactive recruitment strategy.”

Prudential uniquely caught potential employees’ attention with a catalogue of options for job scopes that might not have been known to exist in an insurance company!


A new style of approach to HR marketing drove 6.6X uplift of viewers to interact within the video to learn more about jobs available in Prudential. Watch the Full video here!

 

Nestle NANKid

“Binge Watch” execution

Nestle leveraged on brand ambassador young NANkid Scarlet Snow and Wootag’s platform to create a series of advertisement with an episodic implementation! Viewers could binge watch her whole Swiss Adventure without ever leaving the first episode.

This unique style of video advertisement execution drove 7X uplift of interactive views within the video to view more of her Swiss Adventures. Watch the full video here!

 

YSL

“Holiday Shopping Fever”

Last holiday seasonal offer by fashion brand YSL showed off their special deals with a beautiful showcase style gallery right within the video!

YSL’s seasonal execution drove 3X uplift of traffic to the YSL e-commerce site. Watch the full video here!

 

Key Takeaways

No matter if, you are a small, medium or enterprise business you should consider including video content in your marketing strategy. According to Cisco “by 2020, there will be almost a million minutes of video per second crossing the internet, and this will account for 82% of all consumer web traffic”. Though 64% of marketers see a video as the most challenging type of content to create, it is definitely worth to invest in it, not only because interactive videos are the market trend, but also because it drives awareness, engagement, and revenue (Ascend2’s State of Content Marketing). By adding interaction to your video ad or content, you transform the viewer experience and capture valuable data and insights about your potential customer behaviours which allows you to adapt your video and e-commerce strategy in real time for more engagement, views, CTR, and eventually higher sales! If you want to start today with interactive videos, sign up for a demo now and create your pilot project today! You can also check out more inspiration and examples of interactive videos here. Start your interactive video journey now, the future awaits!

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Programmatic Channels Viewing Experience – Ford

This week take a look at a powerful execution by Ford, across programmatic channels, to increase the awareness and time spent by the audience within their videos by using Wootag’s Video in Video feature!

Ford was able to provide a “Choose your adventure” type of video viewing experience where viewers chose the feature of the car they were most interested in giving Ford valuable data insights on what features matter to which viewers based on their targeting metrics.

Ford X Wootag with this unique type of interactive viewing experience which generated uplift in view time and valuable insights on the Ford EcoSport features which mattered the most across their audience.  

Visit Wootag.com to learn more about more various interactive executions and insights!

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November 16, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Mumbrella 360 Asia: Content with a dedicated human touch, relevance and honesty

Mumbrella 360 Asia

Honouring the brightest, boldest and most innovative in advertising, digital media and beyond, the Mumbrella 360 Asia conference had a strong focus on the ever-changing world of content marketing.

Wootag was thrilled to be named ‘Marketing Technology Company of the Year’ and be placed in the league of brands that are recognised for their ability to engage audiences through a combination of content and product relevance. The platform received the accolade for allowing holistic 360-degree views of the product, creating a culturally aligned user experience that resonates with viewers and product intelligence around the brand’s touchpoints.

The speakers, including those from Reuters, VICE, Buzzfeed, Click2View, BBC Storyworks and Under Armour Sports argued for the importance of content that is culturally relevant, unique and useful to a specific target and that produces something that is actionable and authentic.

Wootag had the opportunity to sit in the sessions and here are observations that make for good food for thought.

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November 9, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Wootag receive recognition as ‘Marketing Technology Company of the Year’

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Wootag – ‘Marketing Technology Company of the Year’

Wootag  ‘Marketing Technology Company of the Year’ – The Mumbrella 360 Asia Awards

The Mumbrella 360 Asia awards are the industry metric for the most innovative and most creative players in the media, marketing and advertising industries, and beyond. Wootag is deeply honoured to receive recognition as ‘Marketing Technology Company of the Year’.

Using video touchpoints and real-time insights, brands are propelling towards interactive video for developing closer ties and relevance to their user base. Brands that understand the tensions that customers are facing and regard their time and decision-making as paramount will have the highest audience engagement and succeed in market penetration.

Raj Sunder, Founder and CEO of Wootag says, “Wootag is pleased to be able to help brands create more well-synced and available touchpoints and help scale their audience engagement and data insights. Video interactivity will be the force driving their overall brand integration and technology to help them be more personalised and culturally relevant.”

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October 12, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Why Travel Brands are Differentiating Themselves with Video

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Travel brands are non-conformists and juggernauts in reinventing themselves to attract new eyeballs. The importance for them to adapt lies in destinations not being as new or exotic as before. The lack of novelty goes in line with the industry’s increased online resources and more competitive prices.

Be it airlines, destination campaigns, comparison websites or travel apps, travel brands are constantly evolving with their audiences having to keep up with ever-changing consumer expectations of what a place has to offer.

According to Think with Google, some 67% of views of travel videos fall under professionally released or brand-related videos. A report from Skift points out destinations have the keenest interest to put in place a video content strategy as over 70% of YouTube searches are for destination names.

Interactive videos, in particular, are a surefire way of unfolding a constructive conversation. This two-way dialogue allows the user to respond to the video through feedback or participation and learn more about the product objectively. For the travel industry, Instagram feeds and Facebook live are defining travellers’ experiences through unique and shareable social content.

With the younger millennials, travel brands will need to drive content that has an emotional connection, aspirational theme and that is intellectually nourishing. This includes finding insightful ways to tell stories from a local perspective.

Video is the perfect platform for stories that feature a greater sense of adventure and authenticity, build the curiosity of understanding the world and a desire for immersing in a local culture. Jason Dorsey, a marketing author and the speaker says, “Today’s traveller is technologically dependent and that dependence is merely a conduit through which to dream, research, share and experience travel.”

We look at some travel brands that are creating a meaningful user experience and engaging them through authentic and unusual storytelling.

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October 3, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Building stories for pleasure – interactive video storytelling

Creating a user experience that will keep you hooked whilst providing useful guidance is a tough act to follow. Lowe has long been associated with their DIY hacks and with the help of an idea from Facebook, they’ve pulled off something worthwhile in your toolkit. Narrow, unattractive spaces are given an extreme makeover with a nudge and a lift using Instagram stories and transformed into something beautiful and usable. Audiences have the liberty to play architect, interior designer and engineer at once as Instagram Stories provides the framework and flexibility. Innovative? Check! Plenty of fun? For sure! Helping people with their projects in an easy to follow and independent away? That’s something special and you can start work anywhere! For more information on how videos can empower your brand and maximise your reach, please visit www.wootag.com. To view more winning content ideas on video, please have a look at us on LinkedIn.

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September 28, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Driving video to integrate your brand

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Video updates are all over your Facebook and Instagram feeds these days and it’s vying with the volumes of text-based content shared daily for eyeballs. Videos are increasingly becoming more powerful for storytelling and prolific in widening your reach. Everything imaginable from gadgets, travel destinations, entertainment, celebrities to business decision-makers are using the high energy, hot-off-the-press video approach to give ‘live’ updates that create immediacy and exclusivity.

Personalisation is also the other big trend sweeping the social space. Marketers can reach their users across all platforms and devices and they can distribute personalised videos with customised aesthetics, shoppable tags and real-time analytics.

Through a case study showcasing the accomplishments and product uniqueness or an in-house video update, your brand can shine to its extent. You can have its identity shared to viewers you’d usually find hard to track and create exposure for the product variants that fall under it.

Interactivity is also another big game changer in keeping audiences on their toes. Passing on the baton to the user to participate in the video leaves them in the driver’s seat, be it quizzes, contests, photo filtering, following a user guide and identifying trends.

By making decisions and responding to provoking questions, this pushes engagement levels and awareness of the user up. Interactivity in an otherwise static, undifferentiated video results in more substantial viewing times, relevant capture of data and is spot on in keeping them curious and compelled to learn more.

Here are some examples of personalised and interactive video we think are worth your admiration and you could consider cherry-picking ideas from …

 

Changing the hiring game in Deloitte

Think of recruitment videos and you’re usually uninspired imagining talking heads in suits selling rehearsed corporate fluff. Deloitte decided to make its usual recruitment process more colourful and approachable. In the video which takes a look at an employee’s typical work day, viewers can decide their reaction to a variety of job-centred situations such as how to respond should a printer fail or how to inform a colleague about a stain on their clothes.  Clever way to attract potential hires and see if they are a suitable fit!

 

Have your event invitation in bright lights says Marketo

 

Event invitations are fairly predictable with the usual upsell of what the event has to offer and promotional messages teased out in the video. Marketo decided to create an event invitation that is memorable and that creates a sense of excitement and personal value. How a user connects with a business is integral and will shape the relationship that he or she has with it.  In their Marketing Nation Summit invite, you’ll see a stylish customisation that has your name in blinking neon lights on the celebrated “Welcome to Vegas” sign and alongside Hollywood A-listers. Wouldn’t you just click to learn more about the event?

 

Fast and furious joyrides with Honda

 

How can an automobile brand be perceived in a more light-hearted and friendly way whilst retaining its trust and quality assurance? Honda found the trick by unfolding a video that gives viewers the liberty to choose between dual storylines.

By allowing them to plug and play their own narrative, it creates a sense of energy and uniqueness and lets them decide which aspects of the brand they identify with most. One of the narratives is about a daughter being picked up by her dad and on her way to a school party. If the viewer hits ‘R” on the keyboard, the story gets an exciting twist and the father is revealed to be an undercover cop with secret dealings!

The user experience is heightened becoming more suspenseful and leaving the viewer with the aspirational, emotive qualities of the Honda vehicle.

 

Giving chocolates with a smile urges Cadbury Glow

 

Chocolate is more than just another candy and is a meaningful sentiment and has types to suit every occasion. Understandably as chocolate in Asia is not that common a gift, Cadbury decided to create a “happiness” campaign to encourage gift-giving of chocolate.  In a sweet treat of an exercise, users can personalise their gift of chocolate by having photographs and names roped in from their Facebook profiles. The campaign shows that beyond a like or a share, successful engagement lies in the emotional contagion where a user shares his or her positive impressions with a wider network. With substantial engagement and creating a warm authentic feeling, Cadbury has shot the bull’s eye in winning the hearts of its consumers.

 

Chatting your way through Pringles potato chips

 

We’re tired of food adverts that don’t try anything new. Imagine now a chatbot that asks pointed questions allowing you to customise a music video of your choice. Fronted by the popular mascot of Pringles, Mister P, users are asked on their prefered flavour and genre. They then have their dance moves filmed before sharing their music video. A visionary and ingenious exercise at merging back-end data and cloud platform delivery whilst providing users with endless entertainment and a reason to remember Pringles!

Personalisation and interactivity make a winning pair

Interactivity and personalisation are unique ways of getting people to remember your brand. Aside from brand call, it also allows users to keep learning more about what they provide, how they work and the product variants on offer. When done right, you’ll enjoy high traction rates and see your video be shared across channels with an impressive reach and worthy sentiment.

Shed aside stale storylines and well worn production techniques and create a video that designs a unique user experience and engages users regardless of where they are based. With personalisation and interactivity, look forward to building and engaging with a vibrant community!

 

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September 26, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Driving the way to human made achievements – brand video

 

Be it from the sensational to the moving to the uplifting, we are always on the look out for videos that capture us and speak to us. In any vehicle, it is the human that is in the driver’s seat and that is what Volvo does skilfully pointing us to reflect on our identities, our behaviour and our expectations. It’s ads like these that make us think “they get me”, urge us to look forward to what’s to come and appreciate the environment around us.  Celebrating human achievement with innovative branded content is a smart move says Andy Lockley from Grey Group, “These remarkable stories depict people who are doing amazing things in the space of human-centric innovation. In turn, they share the same values of the Volvo brand and the way in which they design their cars.” For more information on how videos can empower your brand and maximise your reach, please visit www.wootag.com. To view more winning content ideas on video, please have a look at us on LinkedIn.

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September 21, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

How Southeast Asia is getting to the market for growth in video

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The video sector is tipping its scales and seeing unyielding promise in Southeast Asia, home to the fastest growing emerging economies Vietnam and Indonesia as well as prolific creators of homegrown content Malaysia and the Philippines.

According to a report from Media Partners Asia, there is a forecast for revenue from the video streaming-on-demand market to exceed US$200 million by 2021. The over-the-top (OTT) video sector will also see extensive revamp with the expansion in Netflix in the region posing a serious challenge to homegrown players such as SingTel’s HOOQ and Malaysian-based iFlix.

Research firm Ipsos revealed that some 62% of consumers in the top-income bracket watched online marketing videos on YouTube or via social media networks. Nielsen Company also conducted studies revealing some 75% of young adults in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines watching digital videos on a weekly basis; and video sharing being the region’s most consistent social networking activities.

Research in 2016 by Google and Temasek Holdings, also indicate the expansive rise of e-commerce in Southeast Asia, with a spike from US$5.5 billion in 2015 to US$88 billion in 2025. These figures will account for a total of 6% of all retail sales in the region.  With this volume of growth anticipated, what can content creators do to rein in those hotly contested eyeballs, succeed at driving brand awareness and deliver a stream of steady on-point videos?

Infographic image SE Asia Australia stats 21 SeptConsider other channels apart from YouTube

Content creators will have to have their videos compressed and compliant with the requirements of other platforms apart from YouTube including Facebook Live, Instagram and Line.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook Live has over 3 billion views per day. Video is also rapidly crossing over to Instagram and Line. Instagram Stories is the default way of sharing a up-to-the-minute status update these days with influencers and brands sharing concise, catchy videos of up to a minute.  Line, renowned for its childlike moveable stickers and flashy emoticons is also becoming the app with top market share in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, according to the Financial Times.

Mobile is eclipsing TV as the go-to channel for video

According to Think with Google, the stakes for mobile to engage audience growth are high. Close to 90% of the population in Singapore own smartphones and television. In Asia, the gap between smartphone and TV ownership is much closer than in Europe and North America.

In Malaysia, the gap between users of smartphones and televisions is 11% and in Thailand, 13% as compared to figures of 33% in the US and 23% in the UK. Household brands such as Sunsilk Philippines created three customised pieces of promotional content to be aired during the morning, afternoon and evening slots. In each slot, content was tailored to give a relevant context and by using a time targeted strategy, they were able to articulate the frustrations and identify aspirations of their customer base. The content was also designed to be insightful, actionable and disruptive.

Southeast Asia’s ravenous appetite for branded content

Media agency Havas conducted a study calling on higher brand engagement among Asian consumers. The poll reported some 53 per cent of respondents saying brands improve the quality of life, as compared to 29 per cent in the US and 28 per cent in Europe. With a loyalty engagement rate that is six times higher in Asia as compared to Western counterparts, brands will need to craft content that weaves in data and insight that is of value for their audience. Being nimble enough to stay relevant in their storytelling and drive meaningful, responsive conversations with their customer will be critical to their ability to thrive in the social space.

In Southeast Asia, tailoring to fit the buyer’s journey is essential

Shopping is huge in Asia, and it happens everywhere — on your mobile, to interactive screens, to personalised videos. Shoppable videos will allow consumers to take charge of their own online preferences and make purchasing decisions within the actual video.  Merchants, e-commerce sites and retail vendors should start looking at placing video-based ads on customer preferred platforms. Very soon, a brand video is likely to be in itself a walking catalogue and product demo of its best buys!

Utilising video to redefine and expand a platform

Many fast-moving consumer brands are understanding how video lends a sense of immediacy and power to their brand proposition.  Adidas Indonesia partnered with Periscope in their search for Indonesia’s most talented footballer. They used live streaming as a way of giving viewers a feel of VIP exclusivity and deepen their emotional connection. Maximising the potential of video on a news platform such as Adnut’s tie in with Yahoo Hong Kong is also another way of getting more views and shares. By developing bite-sized nuggets of news events that were easy to absorb, it promoted Yahoo Hong Kong as a suitable platform for sharing a condensed view of such stories. A mobile campaign was also created to rake in more mobile users via a rewards system.

There we go, some of the pertinent and promising trends in the Southeast Asia landscape that show video taking by storm. Next week, we’ll have a look at how video can enhance your overall brand effectiveness and how it can drive a focused and productive consumer journey.

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September 19, 2017 • Featured, Interactive Ads, Video Marketing

Being in nature sells travel well

Travel is increasingly running out of ideas and tourism boards across the world are thinking of new ways to market their destinations as new and exciting. Sweden is doing something true to itself and yet highly original — showing the country’s natural landscapes whilst emphasising its well-being and relationship with nature. Taking real-life visitors with stressful jobs and placing them into a glass cabin, they have their problem solving, blood pressure, creativity and breathing measured by experts showing the link between the environment and balance and wellness. It’ll make an exceptional Instagram story and beats any ad or postcard! For more information on how videos can empower your brand and maximise your reach, please visit www.wootag.com. To view more winning content ideas on video, please have a look at us on LinkedIn.

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