Video content is the most popular AND effective format for marketing strategies in 2015, according to a recent report.

70% of brands say video is the most effective for content marketing

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If you’re not creating videos for your website yet, you’re in the minority. The 2015 State of Digital Marketing, a report featuring insights from over 600 marketers from Web Marketing 123, revealed companies are embracing visual content. The majority of brands are producing videos this year – not just because they’re popular, but because they’re highly effective.

Just about three-quarters of respondents (74 percent of B2Cs and 76 percent of B2Bs) create videos for their target audiences. This makes video the most popular content marketing format for 2015, ahead of case studies, blogs and infographics.

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Adoption is high because video is effective

Why is video content taking off with It’s considered the most successful type of web content. A full 68 percent of B2Bs and 73 percent of B2Cs say videos are the most effective tools in their web marketing belts.

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Here’s just ONE example that shows why marketers across verticals think videos are the best way to generate results and reach their goals online:

A lighting manufacturing brand published a video that showcased its culture and facilities on YouTube and it got 10,000 views within a few days. The company already had a strong presence on YouTube, and it was using the video to promote a new product, so there was a lot of momentum behind this video in the first place. That momentum was supported by the video’s storyline about the people behind the company and why its products are leading the charge in efficient lighting solutions. It humanized the brand and gave viewers a real reason to buy in. (Check out the full success story here.)

Don’t make one-hit-wonder content, build a sustainable strategy

Based on these findings, it’s tempting to slice and dice your budget to make video content a priority. The stats show marketers are seeing a lot of success with video, but that doesn’t mean video alone will drive results. A balanced strategy is best, and marketers shouldn’t ditch written formats in favor of video (no matter how popular it is).

You’ll be the most successful when you have written content on your site that provides in-depth information, social posts to promote your resources and visuals that capture viewers’ attention in the first place.

Want to see how different content types can all work together? Check out our eBook on Repurposing content to do more with less.

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Lauren Kaye
Lauren Kaye is a Marketing Editor at Brafton Inc. She studied creative and technical writing at Virginia Tech before pursuing the digital frontier and finding content marketing was the best place to put her passions to work. Lauren also writes creative short fiction, hikes in New England and appreciates a good book recommendation.

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