Marketers risk falling behind the social video trend

New Datafication series report on social video adoption among Australian consumers finds brand engagement rises with video over static images

Marketers are failing to take advantage of the rising engagement opportunities available to them via social video channels such as Vine, Instagram Video and Snapchat, a new report claims.

The Secret Life of Social Video report produced by Sydney-based advertising agency, The Works, and the University of Technology Sydney, has looked into how Australians are using social media video by analysing more than 3.2 million geotagged images and videos from Instagram and Vine, as well as a survey of 4000 Snapchat users.

The study is part of the Datafication series into how Australians are using social media channels.

The report found there are 1.4 video posts made on Instagram per week, compared with 2.8 images per week, and predicted 800,000 Instagram Videos will be posted this year. The peak usage time for Instagram Video was 9pm on Sunday, while for Vine it’s 11am on Saturday.

According to the report, women are the more active users across all platforms when it comes to video. They represented 70 per cent on Vine, 61 per cent on Snapchat, and 58 per cent on Instagram Video. The authors also reported 47 per cent of Snapchat users were between 16 and 25 years of age.

Popular content on these social sites varies depending on platform, with video music and dance content proving most common on Instagram. Funny videos were the top choice on Vine and Snapchat, followed selfies and family/friends related content.

The report also looked into how consumers were engaging with branded video content and claimed Australian brands that have invested in the channel are showing signs of increased engagement over pure image-based interactions.

The top 50 social pages listed by Social Bakers were analysed with a brand engagement score for each created. This score was a combination of the number of Likes a post received to that of any comments, divided by the number of followers.

Woolworths topped the brand engagement index, followed by Pizza Hut, Xbox Australia, KFC, Flight Centre and Vegemite. When engagement levels for images and videos were separated for Woolworths and Pizza Hut, their videos showed greater brand engagement.

Read more: Brands must look for emotional connection and shareability, says Buzzfeed

Creative partner and leader of the Datafication project, Douglas Nicol, said the findings should be a wake-up call to marketers looking to better engage with consumers.

“It is ironic given the high penetration of mobile devices in Australia that marketers are underexploiting social video as a means to interact with consumers, particularly the highly sought after younger demographic,” he commented.

“Social video is marketing Viagra. It allows social sharing, content and messaging meaning brands can have a one-to-one relationship with consumers. It’s still early days, but evidence from both Australia and overseas shows those investing in social video are reaping the rewards with greater engagement levels.

“The message… is clear: Marketers and brands need to back social video or risk falling behind those already dipping their toe in the water.”

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO Australia conversation on LinkedIn: CMO Australia, or join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia

Read More:

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

Why it's time to integrate your website into your digital marketing strategy

As the head of marketing, do small beads of perspiration break out on your forehead when you hear the dreaded phrase: “It’s time to redesign our website?”

The impact of uniforms on consumer brand preferences

Flight attendant uniforms attract attention. From a primary association with sex appeal during the 1960-70s, to the diverse role they perform today, the flight attendant’s uniform sits front and centre in the advertising imagery of many airlines. However, relatively little is known about the ways in which consumer behaviour is influenced by airline uniforms.

Are data and creativity like chalk and cheese?

The industry is experiencing an explosion in data-led initiatives like programmatic buying, as well as a simultaneous increase in the importance of creativity. A less adventurous marketer might see these trends as chalk and cheese, as two developments which have the power to markedly improve a brand’s bottom line, but which don’t have much room for crossover.

When you want to get the most ROI, researching about the tools you need will pay off big time. Take for example your marketing and repor...

TapAnalytics

​How to get the best ROI from your martech investment

Read more

We can see how companies are now developing and improving the digital marketing platform they are using and finding ways to add more feat...

TapAnalytics

CMO's top 10 martech stories for the week - 21 January

Read more

Very nice article, Thanks for sharing this necessary information about digital trends. Specially i like prediction no 3 " Marketers embra...

kevin marshall

Predictions: 16 digital marketing trends for 2016

Read more

Mobile has indeed becoming a big player in the marketing industry. It should be utilized by businesses and mobile campaigns should be pro...

TapAnalytics

Report: Mobile-based campaigns and coupons boost consumer brand sentiment

Read more

Very good points, thanks for this article :) I would also add Virtual Reality to the game changers in 2016 (especially after CES2016). I...

Piotr Maksymowicz

Predictions: 16 digital marketing trends for 2016

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in