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Latest Social Video Trends

These days, humans have an attention span that’s shorter than that of a goldfish. It makes sense, then, that social media dominates the marketing world these days, because it’s all about instant gratification. Users want their content, news updates, and latest trends delivered in the blink of an eye. That’s why it’s more important than ever to create content that captures the attention of your viewers before they lose interest.

Continue reading to find out how!

Shorter Videos

The average Facebook video view is only 10 seconds—which means you’ll need to trim your content if you’re going to keep your viewers engaged. Regardless of whether you’re a B2B or B2C brand, it’s important to cut down unnecessary information. Otherwise, your viewers will get bored and move on.

Try appealing to your viewer’s emotions. Is your product or service something they need to ensure their safety, comfort, health, or convenience? Play into these needs—which ultimately affect customer buying patterns—and follow the message with a quick stamp of your brand.

Once your video passes the 30-second mark, you start losing the attention span of 33% of your audience, so this is a good benchmark for length.

Live Video

Live video offers your viewers the chance to engage. This will set you apart from other brands by giving your audience a voice and drawing them to you. There’s no need to worry that the live aspect will detract from the professionalism of your content—in fact, users spend three times as long watching a live video than one that was pre-recorded. This is because live videos show the viewer that you’re ahead of the curve.

Live video provides a very ‘real’ and authentic experience. It makes your brand instantly more trustworthy and approachable, giving your viewers a better overall first impression. You can incorporate live videos for announcements like:

  • Product launches
  • Business updates
  • Events
  • Webinars
  • Weekly video updates


After live video, one-on-one video is the next step in personalizing your marketing efforts. This particular approach is valuable in nurturing leads, because it presents your company in an authentic way rather than a money-hungry lead form. It’s also a successful alternative to traditional marketing communications like email and newsletter for the same reason. A video featuring a friendly face thanking a customer for a recent purchase is much more satisfying than a crop of spammy emails. Use one-one-one video to follow up on—or even encourage—customer questions, offer support, and even to offer new content or products. Most importantly, encourage feedback here—you’ll be drawing in new users, strengthening your relationships, and increasing business opportunities in a personalized and effective way.

Viewers retain 95% of content via video, but only 10% of what they read. That’s why it makes sense that video is the most effective marketing communication strategy for metrics-driven companies. For customers, it’s easier to retain information and stay engaged, and for brands like you, it means more successful engagement metrics—which translates into more conversions. By designing your videos to be digestible, informative, and entertaining, you’ll be increasing not only your wins but—more importantly—your following of loyal and return customers.


Brianna Barcena is a Content Specialist at TrustRadius. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys reading, watching a good historical drama, doing yoga, and going on adventures with her dog, Deeks.

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