Can Vine become a video marketing preview tool?

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by Brafton Editorial
Vine could revolutionize video marketing for brands.

Companies have begun to develop interactive content marketing strategies, focusing on visual media as a way to attract new prospects and create long-term relationships. Brafton has reported that 70 percent of B2B and B2C brands use video content to engage their audiences, but video marketing has yet to hit full stride. To understand the type of video content that compels prospects to react, marketers must use trial and error, evaluate viewer trends and refine strategies accordingly. A new social app may help brands get added reach and real-time responses.

The introduction and proliferation of Twitter’s Vine application could create a new video marketing teaser tool and help marketers understand what drives response. Vine allows users to create six-second video clips and publish their creations to Twitter.

Although Vine has yet to launch an advertiser option, industry experts say it’s only a matter of time before a service similar to Twitter’s Promoted Trends surfaces. So, how can Vine be used to drive referral traffic, distribute video content that leads to sales and create a memorable experience all within six seconds? To start, Vine must become a more popular application, which according to several reports, has yet to happen.

Vine is already on the path to becoming a mainstream mobile video tool, and Brafton has reported on-the-go users are key video marketing audiences: 92 percent go on to share clips with their personal networks. The Twitter-owned application reached No. 1 among free iOS apps in the Apple store, but downloads don’t always translate into active members. According to Ask Your Target Market Research, less than 2 percent of U.S. internet users surveyed have their own Vine accounts. In addition, 86.5 percent say they have never heard of Vine. With Twitter a strong presence in the social media marketing world, the company has to focus on promoting Vine effectively.

Before Vine can have an impact in video content creation and distribution, the service will need to gain some more active users. After adoption increases, brands will have new opportunities to create six-second teaser clips leading back to longer-form content, and companies can show their creative spirits through clever broadcasts. Vine might not ever replace YouTube as the key video-streaming source, but it could complement Google’s video sharing site. Want to develop a cross-platform campaign? Use Vine to pique Twitter followers’ interests and compel them to click through to YouTube, where longer-form media can drive social traffic back to corporate websites.

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  • http://www.suelegance.com/ Susan Jane

    I think so. I look forward for more people to join Vine. I joined Instagram and Twitter when they first came out, and it takes time for everyone else to hop onto the bandwagon so to speak. I like Vine because it allows you to be a bit more creative than on Youtube, and people are likely to watch 6 second clips.

    • TedKarczewski

      Hi Susan –

      Thanks for reading and commenting. (Also, good to see you on our website and Twitter!) I agree with you in that it’s only a matter of time before the masses join Vine. But, I can’t say Twitter has done an excellent job promoting it cross-platform – or, at all. So here’s to hoping it becomes the next social media network everyone’s obsessed with, and that we all become movie stars in our own right.

  • Ian Smith

    Interesting application that will indeed compete with Tout. I think the key to success for Vine is whether or not corporate users will be able to get the key branding message across in six seconds or less.

    • TedKarczewski

      Hi Ian–

      Six seconds may seem like a short period of time now, but back when Twitter first taught us all how to Tweet, 140 characters seemed torturous. I think the key to Vine is whether brands can convey enough in six seconds to compel viewers to click through and engage with other branded content.

      Thanks for reading!
      Ted