Video Trends and Insights for 2019

What are the biggest trends in video for 2019?

  • Vertical video— in 15 second and 60 second formats, designed for sound off in Facebook and Instagram stories.
  • Video for DTC (direct-to-consumer) companies that sell via highly produced entertaining and funny stories– like the Harmon Brothers and Chamber Media produce.
  • Video replacing email for real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and other sales professionals– short video replies are more powerful than text-based replies via tools like Bomb-Bomb.
  • Video analytics starting to mature– going beyond cost-per-view and average watch time towards depth in sequence and increased propensity to purchase. Facebook has the most robust video analytics on paid and free traffic, while YouTube is concerned with privacy.

How should marketers work with videos to amplify digital marketing performance?

Marketers need to integrate video capture as part of their operations– not just to collect fresh testimonials at the point of delivery with customers, but to gather product feedback to improve their offerings.
They must make video a central, internal function– so instead of video being the realm of a freelancer who comes in to shoot and edit once in a while, video becomes a skill that everyone on the marketing team understands and practices. Everyone has a role in collecting video, being on video, doing light edits via free video apps on their phone, and boosting video.

Think of video like email was to mailed letters. Forty years ago, there wasn’t email, so all communication with businesses and customers was via physical letters that we mailed through the post office.  Video is now the new medium, so everyone must learn how to use it if they want to be part of modern communication with customers that are under forty years old.
Dennis Yu

About the Author

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is the Chief Executive Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company that partners with schools to train young adults. Dennis’s program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like the Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.

He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit. Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, CNN, Fox News, and CBS Evening News.

He’s a regular contributor for Adweek’s SocialTimes column and has published in Social Media Examiner, Social Media Club, Tweak Your Biz, B2C, Social Fresh, and Heyo. He held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines and studied Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University as well as the London School of Economics. He ran collegiate cross-country at SMU and has competed in over 20 marathons including a 70-mile ultramarathon.

Besides being a Facebook data and ad geek, you can find him eating chicken wings or playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city near you.

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