Just 0.33% of videos on Youtube have more than 1 million views.

According to Digital Music News, 1 percent of video creators attract 93 percent of all views on YouTube.

Video creation is a formidable business, and the race for engagement is as hard as it has ever been. The explosion in video marketing has made it harder for brands to stand out amongst competitors with similar strategies, and it is common knowledge that the video trend is already here, and here to stay.

How, then, can you stand out?

And more importantly, what are the potholes to avoid?

Generic, One-to-Many Information

Audiences in 2019 expect you to churn out highly relevant content that explicitly addresses their specific needs.

However, this is borderline impossible to do without advanced production techniques (like StoryXpress!) and sticking with traditional methods of creating mildly relatable content for large audiences will only burn a large hole in your pocket.

Your Video Was Boring

Humor is the best way to get your story across to your audience, and if you think about it, the best advertisements that you remember are ones that made you chuckle in the moment.

Is he watching something you put up online?
Is he watching something you put up online?

However, entertaining content isn't the only factor that goes into making a video interesting. Other, more subtle factors include using relevant color schemes (befitting your message), tight editing, and good writing. Even intense advertisement videos can create a strong recall factor amongst your audiences despite using barely any humor elements in them.

Your Video Was Too Entertaining

Wait, what? Didn't you just say...

Relax, let us explain.

The perfect video content is created when all elements in the video come together to push forward the overarching storyline that you wish to promote or create for your brand. Excessively funny videos can backfire if they go on a tangent completely different from your intended message, or fit poorly within the present perception of your brand out in the open.

You Didn't Have Clear or Measurable Goals

As with any marketing exercise, clear goal-setting is a must for video marketing endeavors. Artistic, awe-inspiring content can only take you so far if you are not able to aptly measure its impact on your target audience and on your business health.

A good way to set goals that are both achievable and also enforce positive growth is by giving a voice to every stakeholder (individual, department, etc) within the company. By merging their individual aspirations and goals over the short-term, you can get a good idea about the boxes you will need to tick with your company-wide content strategy, especially video.

Another important factor in sharpening your video marketing tools is how well you can analyse users' interaction with your content. Advanced video analytics platforms can today not only give you a view count, but also let you know exactly where in the video your viewers drop off. This can be a great insight when you are implementing video content over the long-term, as learning from your older content's analytics will help you create videos that can win, and keep, you viewer's attention for longer periods of time.

The video was too long

Your ideal video length largely depends upon your industry and intent. However, as a general trend, shorter, "bite-sized" video content with disproportionate informational value does better than long-format videos especially on new-age delivery mediums like social media. Only the top 5 percent of videos retain 77 percent of viewers until the end. The average video, in stark contrast, retains only 37 percent of viewers for its full length.

Your video was too long: He's out of here.
Your video was too long: He's out of here.

When competing for attention, it is always a good idea to 'front-load' valuable information. Users, consciously or otherwise, evaluate the your content early into the video and to create a lasting impression, you need to capture their imagination right in the beginning of this phase.

The Hype Wasn't Real

The battle of capturing user attention and delivering maximum informational value comes with a caveat. It can only begin if the user clicks on your video. Till that point, all your scripting, writing and tight editing is moot.

They look interested. Good job!
They look interested. Good job!

With this in mind, it is important to generate interest about the video, whether in the form of intriguing thumbnails or by pointing the video out in your text content.

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