Video is essential to successful marketing in today’s world. Videos can help you tell your story in a way that the written word cannot. Whether your video focuses on how-to/education, product introductions, testimonials, behind-the-scenes, interviews, or something more on the entertaining side- whatever creative ideas you can dream up, there are so many ways to use your video. Let’s take a look at all the ways you can share your video, beyond YouTube.
Repurposing Video Everywhere!
YouTube is the obvious place to share your video, but there are some best practices to follow. Make sure you have a branded and optimized YouTube Channel. When you upload your video to Youtube, write the description for your video for your audience, but also with keywords and searchability in mind. Include a link back to your company’s website when appropriate to make it easier for the viewers to learn more.
YouTube has recently introduced YouTube Shorts, a short-form video platform similar to TikTok and Reels. This is a great place to pull a few clips from your long-form video and create a teaser video that links back to the full video. YouTube Shorts is not the area to host ALL of your videos.
Rather than sharing a link to the YouTube video on your Facebook page, upload the video to Facebook organically. Advantages to Facebook organic video include autoplay in the newsfeed and easier sharing and commenting within Facebook. You will also be able to see video insights specific to Facebook. Since people are staying on Facebook to watch the video and not clicking away to Youtube, the experience for Facebook users is better overall.
Insider Tip: Facebook wants to make videos a more prominent media on their platform, and they continue to make it easier for you. Videos posted previously can also be easily re-posted with a new caption and new engagement.
Twitter just allows 280 characters, so you can really stand out when you add a video. Video on Twitter has some limitations, as the maximum file size is 512MB and 2 minutes and 20 seconds. If you are using the mobile app on your phone, you are easily able to edit the video length within the Twitter app to fit within the time specification.
Instagram & Reels
Videos can be uploaded to Instagram for up to 90 seconds. Reels, Instagrams video platform makes it easy to upload and record video to post on your feed and show in the Reels tab on the app. With Facebook’s Meta Business Suite, Reels can easily be uploaded to Instagram, too.
People who are admins of their company’s LinkedIn page can upload videos natively. LinkedIn native videos allow you to directly upload a video that’s between 3 seconds to 10 minutes in length to your feed. Like Facebook and Twitter, the video will autoplay without any sound which will help engagement compared to posts without videos.
Video not uploading? Having problems uploading your video to one of these platforms? Check to make sure you are uploading the recommended format. The most common video formats for social are .MP4 for web and .MOV for mobile but others are compatible depending on the platform.
Paid Advertising Using Video
We have mentioned a lot of ways to use your video organically on social media. But there are also numerous ways within these platforms that you can use paid advertising to get your video in front of even more people. Videos ads, especially short and to-the-point videos, can grab people’s attention quickly when done right. Facebook Ads and Google Ads are great places to use video to gain more exposure.
Embed the Video on your Website
Don’t forget about your website! Depending on the video, it could be embedded onto a page or a blog post. Typically a YouTube embed code is the best choice, but Facebook video embeds are also possible. This gives your web visitors a chance to watch the video without leaving your site, and can also be a great landing page if you are sharing the video in email marketing.
Need Help with Video Creation or Promotion?
Vivid Image has created several different social media videos for clients, from short promotional videos for Facebook ads to awareness videos, animations, hiring videos, educational videos, employee profiles, and more! Whether you have a video and are not sure how to promote it, or you are in the video ideation stage and need help writing and creating the video, the Vivid Image team is here for you. Reach out to us at (320) 587-8974 or fill out this simple form to get started.