4 Ways to Take Your Holiday Promotion to the Next Level

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning your marketing campaign. If you intend to run holiday promotions, hoping to reach the large group of people who do their shopping on Black Friday, then you’d be wise to incorporate video.

Why use video? Because it’s effective. Studies have shown conversion rates rise when you put video on a landing page, and click-through rates on emails soar with video. In fact, 64 percent of would-be buyers are more likely to purchase an item after seeing a web video about it.

Now that you know how important this form of marketing is to your company’s success, here are four ways to use it in your holiday promotions:

1. Make a Gift Guide

People gobble up gift guides during the holiday season because everyone has at least one person in their lives who is difficult to buy for. Making a video gift guide marries technology to something people will seek out anyway.

If you sell products, you can obviously feature them in your video. But if you provide services, you can get creative and ask your employees to appear in the video, recommending things they want to buy themselves. Tag the companies mentioned in the video when you post it on social media. With any luck, they will link to it and expose your promotion to an entirely new audience.

2. Play on a Holiday Trope

The ugly Christmas sweater. The rock-hard fruitcake. The Christmas lights that won’t stop blinking. There’s plenty to laugh about during the holidays, and when you film a video making light of these universal annoyances, you have a good chance of going viral. Just make sure you tie the video to your company in a meaningful way. Otherwise, those many views don’t help you.

3. Put Your Thankfulness on Display

During the holiday season, promotions can get overly commercial. Show that your company has some heart by enlisting employees to explain what they are thankful for in a video. Let them share their thoughts without outside input, and refrain from talking up the company. This should be a true reflection of what’s wonderful in the world — something people want to hear during this frazzled time of year.

4. Put the Focus on Pets

People adore their pets. Make a video that showcases your office family’s furry friends, and you are sure to get a wonderful reaction. A few ideas:

  • Pets in action while holiday music plays.
  • Pets “acting out” a scene in a holiday classic such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” — it doesn’t have to be Oscar-quality. Just make it clear what scene the pets are in.
  • Pets “preparing” a holiday feast.

Whatever you come up with, make it lighthearted and fun. Promotional holiday videos should serve as an engaging distraction at a busy period. And remember, if you need assistance with your video, you can contact PixelFish.

The Pros and Cons of Vertical Video

If you know anything about digital video, then you probably have an opinion on vertical video. For the uninitiated, vertical video is footage you shoot in portrait mode. It’s essentially the reverse of horizontal video, offering a final product that’s taller than it is wide. You generally see black rectangles on either side of the video filling up the blocked-out space.

There are some who love this style of video, but others can’t stand it. What side of the debate do you come down on? Let’s examine the pros and cons of vertical video.

Pro: Mimics the Way People Hold Their Phones

These days, a great deal of video gets consumed on smartphones. Video needs to be tailored to smartphones to be effective, and most people hold their phones vertically rather than horizontally;  fueling a rise in vertical video devotees.

Con: Vertical Video Syndrome

You may have seen the popular meme about “vertical video syndrome,” which claims those affected can shoot only in portrait style. People blame everyone from Apple to YouTube for the “syndrome,” which is supposedly less viewer-friendly, according to the people behind the meme. Whatever your take on the debate, some of the memes about “VVS” call attention to the problem in a clever way.

Con: It’s an Unrealistic Viewpoint

Artistic privilege can be invoked in all manner of circumstances. Still, many criticize vertical video because it’s not the way the human eye sees. We see on a horizontal plane. These critics argue it’s unnatural and confusing to shoot vertically because it throws off the eye.

Pro: Social Media Advantages

People overwhelmingly use smartphones to catch up on their social media feeds, and as we’ve already established, those devices are held vertically. So it follows that video appearing on social media will be vertical. Since the amount of social video has exploded — Snapchat alone serves up 10 billion videos a day — most social sites have even removed the black borders on videos.

Con: Offers Less Diversity of Capability

Vertical video puts certain limitations on shooters. They have to adapt their video techniques and change the way they compose their shots. This becomes frustrating when you have a set amount of time to shoot a set amount of content. It can also be difficult for those with less experience with the medium to make the transition.

Con: Not All Video Players Work With Vertical Video

While people debate the artistic merits of horizontal vs. vertical video, one problem is quite straightforward. Some video players don’t work with vertical video, limiting where you can post or requiring some serious back-end maneuvering to come up with a way to display the video.

Horizontal video has many advantages as the standard in the video industry. It doesn’t require any special machinations to play, and it’s usually the default approach for most shooters. Certainly, those who prefer an easy experience will prefer horizontal video to vertical, despite its recent trendiness. For more information about horizontal video and how to use it in marketing, get in touch with a member of the PixelFish team.

Five Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Video Marketing Strategy

When you miss the opening to the Oscars ceremony everyone’s buzzing about, what do you do? Head to your computer. When you want to watch a football game during a layover at the airport, what do you do? Pull out your phone. When the latest season of a popular TV show drops, what do you do? Fire up your tablet and binge.

Video has become arguably the hottest thing on the internet over the past decade. More than half of Americans watch digital video every day and nearly four in five watch it each week. It’s rising as rapidly as television did in the 1950s and making just as big an impact on advertising. If your company misses out, you miss big.

Still aren’t sure you need a corporate video marketing strategy? Here are five reason it pays to put one in place.

1. Get Better Results

If you don’t have a digital video strategy — or, equally bad, you are not deploying digital ads at all — you likely aren’t generating as much in sales as you could be. A clear, focused video strategy will result in more engagement with your brand, which will drive conversions. The more people who see your videos, the more potential customers you get.

2. Reach People Across Platforms

The internet isn’t just one vast entity. There are many smaller communities of the web. Luckily, video reaches across all of them. You can deploy it on social media sites, mobile devices, email blasts and more. When you adopt a video marketing strategy, you can plan which of those you’d like to target and how.

3. Produce Better Content

No one expects online video to be of Shakespearean quality, but once-low expectations are rising. Some companies produce standout content that has set the bar much higher for digital video. Keeping up with those high achievers will help your company’s videos stand out and draw attention, rather than having people click on the “skip ad” button.

4. Humanize Your Business

In the era of social media, humanization is everything. Corporations want customers to know there are people behind the big façade. Video offers a way to show that. When you feature your employees in your videos, it lets potential customers know more about who you are and what you value. Video has a unique way to showcase that.

5. Without a Strategy, You’re Shooting in the Dark

Just jumping into digital video advertising isn’t enough. You need a marketing strategy to give you specific goals to aim at. For instance, you need to know:

  • What sites to target
  • How many views you hope to get
  • How much you should budget
  • How many digital ads you should produce

If you don’t know the answer to these questions on your own, it may be time to enlist the assistance of an experienced digital marketing company that can assist you in forming your strategy. Take a look at some of our recent commercials, then contact PixelFish today to discuss your digital video marketing strategy and how you can implement it.