Guys, it happened. Facebook hit 2 billion users in late June. This unprecedented growth offers so much more opportunity to build connections, grow communities, and reach more and more people with your brand and messaging. This growth also provides you with a much larger audience for all your videos and a great chance to grow your business dramatically.
But, with all this growth also comes some serious challenges. Think about it. If Facebook announced 4 million advertisers in 2016, how many more have joined since then and how many will join–especially given the slew of new tools Facebook recently added on top of this new user milestone. More people means more marketing noise–which also means more advertisers bidding on the same users.
While it may already be a challenge to stand out from all the marketing noise polluting the Facebook feed, video is the best way to break through it and see great results. After all, 49% of consumers engage with branded social video on Facebook. Plus, marketers see that Facebook videos drive 89% more views, 86% more engagement, and 83% more purchases. As a small business or brand, you can’t afford to miss out on these big wins.
You created a great video and now you need results
Creating beautiful Facebook video is easy enough (Via AboutTheJob) but, we’ll be honest, getting great results is definitely the hard part. That’s why we put together this list of quick wins to help you get all those amazing results we keep quoting. You’ll be surprised at how much making small adjustments can help improve your Facebook videos performance over all.
Invest in the first 3 seconds of your video
It’s common knowledge that all Facebook videos are, by default, set to autoplay. The autoplay helps capture the audience’s attention immediately and keep them watching and engaged. Plus, according to Facebook, 65% of people who watch the first three seconds of a video will watch for at least 10 seconds, and 45% will watch for 30 seconds.
A good way to track how long your specific audience actually watched your videos is to check the “Video Average Watch Time” metric in your Facebook Insights. It will show you the average time each of your videos is watched. You’ll likely notice that most view times do not exceed five seconds.
In order to ensure that your audience sees and watches your video from the very beginning until the end, you need to invest in the first three seconds of your video. You can do this by choosing footage that truly pops, adding a video title that teases the audience a bit, and jumping into your message immediately. Don’t waste time building a story. Keep your video, as a whole, short and simple and appeal to the emotions and natural curiosity of your already over-stimulated audience.
Always use text
To amplify the important role that text can play in the success of your videos, consider the fact that 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound. That’s a large percentage of viewers who simply stop, watch, and absorb all of the information visually only. They don’t need sound or noise to understand or make a decision about the brand.
Make sure your audience gets the most out of your video by adding some sort of text to your video from the very beginning. Whether it be in the form of subtitles (which disappear once the viewer turns the sound on), general captions, or text that brands your message coherently, you need some sort of text on your video to see better results.
Focus on one important point only
Looking to make a super shareable video? Make it super simple by focusing on one easy to understand point. Think about it. If you’re video is easy to understand, viewers are more likely to share it as it’s easy for them to describe and share why they like it.
To help you focus on one point, before you actually create your video, think about your audience and ask what would make them share it? What will make them comment or like it? Then think about creating a video to achieve the some of the following goals:
- To be simply social and entertaining or get a laugh
- To express a feeling about a particular topic/speak for your them
- To show off
- To prove they were the first ones to find something
Just keep in mind, that videos sometimes take time (and a bit of a budget) to get massive numbers. All of the above tips will help it get a good start in the right direction, though. For example, we ran this video to advertise Promo back in March. It saw some nice engagement in the beginning which helped it grow to over 2 million views and about 1,000 shares today.
All of these ideas will help you choose one key focal point and create a short video that will get better results.
Native video is video that is uploaded to or created on social networks and played in-feed, as opposed to links to videos hosted on other sites (like sharing a Vimeo link to your Facebook page). In a study, Facebook native videos had on average a 477% higher share rate and saw 109% more interaction when compared to shared YouTube links. Needless to say, native video works much better than sharing a video link on your page.
When it comes to getting great results for your Facebook videos, it’s super important to upload your video directly to Facebook itself. The platform recognizes it as a stand alone video and will generate more engagement for your page as opposed to getting “vanity engagement” as a shared link.
Write Facebook-specific copy for your post
While you may be posting the same video to all of your social media accounts, remember to alter the text you use in the post to suit the outlet and audience. If you’re investing a lot of resources (time and money) and looking to get the most results on Facebook specifically, then use language on your post that speaks to Facebook audiences and suits the platform.
Here are a couple of things you can try to help improve your results with the copy for your post:
Ask a question: Questions are thought provoking and leave your audience looking to you to answer the question (or solve the problem).
Experiment with text length: On Facebook, you can use as much text as you like to share a story (Facebook allows for a very high character length in both posts and comments) or as little text as you like to keep it short and to the point. It all depends on what your audience likes. However, if you’re running the video in a paid campaign, keep the text short and simple so it looks best anywhere on the Facebook news feed. Also remember to add spaces between the lines of text to keep everything looking good and clean. (Check out the example below for some inspiration.)
Use the text or a quote from the video: This will likely pique the audience’s interest and encourage them to keep watching to understand the full story and context.
Add an emoji: Emojis are huge and they work with audiences of every age. We could share with you some solid numbers on how well they work, but seriously, just add a few here and there and enjoy better results.
Track your videos performance
Facebook wants you to use video and they want you to succeed. That’s why they give you tools, like Insights, to help you better understand how your videos perform. With this knowledge, you know what to continue doing and where to improve.
When it comes to your videos, there are a few great specific insights to watch and use, including:
Minutes viewed: This is the total number of minutes your video was watched, including replays and views less than three seconds.This number helps you understand how much people actually watch your videos and return to them. It helps you gauge your audience’s acceptance of your video content as a whole.
10 second views: The number of times your video was watched for at least 10 seconds, or nearly its total length, whichever happened first. This helps you know if your video worked well enough to keep your audience engaged longer than three seconds. The more videos with more 10 second views the better results over all. These views make it more likely that your audience took, or will take, some sort of action after watching.
Audience and engagement: This tab will help you see how many people you reached and how they interacted with or responded to your video, including reactions (likes, loves, laughs, and wows) and comments. Keep all of these numbers at the top of mind when you craft your next videos.
The more Facebook videos you make, the better results you’ll see
We know that, when it comes to video marketing, it’s a marathon not a sprint–it requires commitment and consistency, over time, to see those mind-blowing results. Keep that in mind, as well as all of these tips, as you go forward with your Facebook videos and start getting the quick wins which will help generate an even bigger impact over all.