When you think of video marketing, you think of, well, video. Content writing isn’t exactly on your radar. This Videosly Reviewsays that text content is thriving in video marketing, video in a mobile-first world.
Video is everywhere. YouTube obviously is a video streaming website where everybody wants to upload videos, but even Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram these days encourage you to upload videos.
Wherever there is content, there is marketing. The same is the case with video marketing. Since it is so easy to record and upload videos, it is a channel nobody wants to leave untapped.
But does everyone wanting video mean that there is no place for content writing or written text? As the above link suggests, text doesn’t just exist among videos, it thrives, and it makes sense.
Why is there so much video being consumed?
A simple reason might be that it’s easier to watch videos on mobile phones and most of the people access content on their mobiles these days. It is difficult to read just text, especially for long.
Watching the video is very easy. Your mind doesn’t have to process anything. Images, sound, storyline, narrative, everything is there. You just need to keep your mobile phone in front of you and the message is delivered.
Since millions of people are watching video every minute, video marketing these days is one of the biggest components of content marketing.
Text is especially important when people in the video are not talking. Some videos are totally mute. The entire message is delivered through content writing or through the text randomly existing or appearing in the video.
This text often tells you a story about a journey, about a brand, about the struggle of a human being, or any other compassionate topic. The above link says
Popular publishers like Buzzfeed, NowThis, and The Dodo have perfected this type of text-reliant video content. They create it regularly and successfully. They truly “speak” video on the mobile social media feed.
In fact, every second video that goes viral these days has written text in it and the entire message of the video depends on that text. So, it is very crucial how the text is written.
When writing content for video marketing one just has to make sure that very small phrases are used. People don’t want to read long strings of text when watching the video. The text should be a part of the video, not cover the video entirely.
Why written content does well in video marketing?
The concept of video making has gone through a change. Any media that animates is video. You don’t need your conventional handy cam or even the video mode of your mobile phone.
You can simply put together a few images, make them glide or merge into each other and use some interesting text with them and there you have it, a nice video.
Even if you use a PowerPoint presentation to create a video you can creatively use text to enhance your message. Take for example this Private Label Rights Masterclass Review I created to explain what is content marketing:
Although there is animation and there are moving objects in the video, the underlying message is delivered with written content. Everywhere you see words.
This happens in every video. When you go to YouTube, you don’t feel like looking at video unless the text around the video convinces you (or if the thumbnail is irresistible).
So, in the age of video marketing, if you think content writing is not required, think again. It is required more, actually.
One of the disadvantages of text message marketing is the 160 character limit. It can be hard to get the details across let alone the story or feeling behind a message within this limitation. Video is a great way to provide more information, an interview, or an entertaining clip within a text message.
With smartphone adoption creeping closer to 50% more and more people are able to view mobile videos on their phone. YouTube (as well as other services like Vimeo and Brightcove) make it very easy to upload a video that’s compatible with most smartphones. For example, videos uploaded to YouTube are by default mobile-ready. You can even use the same URL from your desktop browser. YouTube will detect for a mobile browser and redirect the viewer to the appropriate format.
If you need to build a database of text message subscribers here are three ways mobile video can help. In all three the mobile video link would be contained in the auto-response text message.
1.At your event have people text-in to see a quick video of what it took to put the event together behind-the-scenes.
2.In your traditional media (especially radio, print, and outdoor) have your audience text-in to see a video of your product in-action or an interview with a recent customer.
3.Create an ongoing video contest for people at your location. Have your visitors shoot video of what they did there, a story they can tell, or something creative. Pick one video to be the current favorite and have all other visitors text-in to watch (this is especially if they may be standing in line).
If you already have a database of text message subscribers here are three ways mobile video can help you better communicate with them:
1.The next time you’re promoting an event last-minute, link your subscribers to a video that shows them all the fun everyone had at the last event, and why they should change their plans and attend.
2.If you’re a nonprofit looking for support or donations there’s no doubt video will tell your story and stir emotions better than text alone.
3.Text messaging is a great way to announce breaking news, but mobile video can help provide more information at a time when the audience is most interested.
3 things to keep in mind when sending mobile video via text message:
1.Be sure to use a URL shortener (like bit.ly) to save characters and track the click-throughs.
2.Keep the video length to less than 30 seconds. You never know how much time your audience has to watch what you send, and if you lose them there’s a good chance they won’t come back to the message later.
3.Avoid complex soundtracks that use music and voiceover. If they don’t have headphones on you’ll be relying on the phone’s built-in speaker, which is never great. If you’re going to use music with a voiceover keep the music as soft as possible.