Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Instagram Heats Up The Social Video Scene

Roughly two seconds after we posted our blog about Twitter’s social video app Vine, Facebook’s Instagram—the app well-known for glorifying pictures with various filters—announced their new video feature. While the move cemented the importance of social video, it set social media analysts abuzz regarding the two services.

Out of the gate, Instagram has set itself apart by providing effects that Vine has not brought to the table just yet, including:

  •         Up to 15 second video clips
  •         Thirteen customized filters to edit the look of your video
  •         The ability to choose a cover frame instead of it being the first frame of the video
  •         The ability to delete certain sections without deleting the entire video
  •         A feature called “cinema” to stabilize the video and remove jumpy cuts
  •         Unlike Vine, there is no looping feature

So which app is going to win this seeming battle of social video? So far there have been mixed predictions. While Mashable believes Instagram’s existing strength will “take the wind out of Vine’s sails”, opines that Vine’s growing community of creatives and designers, will continue to blossom. Here at Miamore, we (at least in the immediate future) believe the two will co-exist with different usages—much like Facebook and Twitter. Given how difficult it is for most small businesses to create a compelling (and quality) 15-second video; along with the challenge of seamlessly mixing video and photography on Instagram, we still favor Vine and its quick videos and looping feature.

Do you agree?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Get on the Vine

So, you have a brand Facebook page and Twitter. But does your company Vine ? If not, you may want to check out why 13 million users (posting 12 million videos daily) have made this app the rising star of the social media world. 

Vine (which was recently acquired by Twitter) allows users to create and post 6-second video-clips. Similar to Twitter or Facebook, users follow people and can scroll a newsfeed to view their videos.
Vine, which launched just 6 months ago, has already passed Instagram in popularity and, as of this week, Vine has the number 2 spot for the most popular app in the apple store.

So why is Vine causing so much buzz among social media users and, especially, marketers? Today, visuals are one of the most powerful marketing tools. And, as businesses slowly move away from traditional advertising and toward innovative social ways to engage consumers, Vine is perfectly poised as a creative way of marketing.

Ready to Vine for your brand? Here are some of the effective, eye-catching ideas that are useful for business:

·      Display your work
·      Engage customers in a conversation
·      Showcase the office
·      Promote a contest, sale, or special offer
·      Bring presentations to life
·      Some of your favorite products, or recommendations

A few basic user tips:
·      While tags work well within Vine, don’t expect them to always translate to Twitter or other devices, so use hashtags, too.
·      Rather than one continuous clip, try combining multiple short clips to create an action shot.
·      Be creative and have fun!

What are your Vine ideas? Have questions, let us know.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Older, Affluent Consumers Go Social

To get your target market to hear your brand message, you must be sharing that message in the places where you find your target market. Pretty basic business tenet? We thought so but, given how many small luxury brands are still neglecting social media in their marketing, apparently not as basic as we thought.

Recent reports show that social media usage continues to increases among wealthier and older Americans. Today, 68% of U.S. Internet users with incomes greater than $75,000 use now using social media.1

Meanwhile, if you continue to buy into the “Facebook is for kids” myth, it’s long past the time to look at the facts:
  • 77% of U.S. Internet users between 30 and 49 use social media.1
  • 52% of those aged 50 – 65 use social media. 1 
  • 65% of college-educated U.S. Internet are active on social media sites.1

Research also reveals that Facebook continues to be the most popular social tool, with 67% of U.S. Internet users logging on and staying active. Important for luxury brands to note: Facebook is being used by 73% of U.S. Internet users with an income greater than $75,000, making these wealthiest Americans the most active Facebook users.1 

Twitter meanwhile, continues to be the second most popular social networking site, and 32% of U.S. Internet users over the age of 30 are active on Twitter.1

Finally, Pinterest continues to gain momentum, and is more likely to attract higher-educated, affluent women1.

Still questioning social marketing, or just unsure of where to start? Let us help

1as reported by Pew Research Centre 

Monday, June 3, 2013

If a picture is worth a thousand words...

Amid the myriad of social and digital marketing options, visual content is proving to be one of the most powerful tools for luxury brands, with online videos becoming a vital element of marketing strategies. According to The Internet Retailer, a consumer is 144% more likely to purchase a product after viewing a product video, making videos the “go-to” tool for consumer engagement.

Proof? Videos have been linked to boosts in e-commerce for numerous luxury brands. Luxury retailer Barneys New York released videos to coincide with their Men's and Women's Spring 2012 Collections. The videos featured models wearing the collections while singing, dancing, and telling real life stories. Thumbnails appeared throughout the video allowing shoppers to purchase what the models were wearing. More powerful than a standard product image, these videos captivated consumers and significantly impacted their purchasing decisions.

A digital pioneer, elite fashion house Oscar de la Renta is another great example of a luxury brand utilizing online video to engage their audience and drive sales. From streaming runway shows live on the Oscar de la Renta YouTube channel, to using Vine to display the latest jewelry pieces, the brand is able connect with consumers, showcase new products and drive traffic to their websites. In return the company saw their online sales for 2012 more than double from the previous year.

An important aspect for up-and-coming brands remember when utilizing video for their social media marketing is that content is key. A brand should strive to entice its audience; this is not about old-school advertising. By showing a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a design process or presenting an exclusive interview with the designer about a favorite piece, you can engage your audience authentically and create long-term fans.

As for what video platforms luxury brand should be using, we have a few recommendations. YouTube, of course, continues to be the most trusted and widely used video platform. Having a YouTube channel is a great way for a brand to collectively display video content under one umbrella. Google + hangouts are a rising platform for brands to reach consumers. Google + allows brands to stream live webcasts that can act as interactive video blogs. Vine, meanwhile, has become the visual version of Twitter, allowing users to create a short, six-second video that can be shared on various forms of social media.

While large luxury brands are finding great success with video, few smaller brands are properly taking advantage of the fact that, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth much, much more.