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Affiliate Marketing and Video | Part 2: Crafting Your Content

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The marketing industry buzz about video content is well-earned and growing. Part 1 of our affiliate marketing and video series outlined why video is vital publishers and merchants alike; this week, we’ll walk through some of the different types of video content that you can produce to optimize your affiliate marketing activities.

What can publishers do?

Thought leadership

Video content that is not expressly related to products or brand partners can still help your bottom line. For example, videos about affiliate marketing, ecommerce, or other subjects related to your site’s industry niche can help establish your site as a quality information source, bringing consumers back for more. If customers trust your industry knowledge, they’ll be more inclined to trust your brand partnerships.

This video from successful internet marketer and blogger John Chow is a great example of simple and effective thought leadership content. Produced with a camera in his car, the video contributes to Chow’s reputation as an industry expert and brings a personal touch to his brand – two vital components of customer trust.

Product recommendations

96% of consumers find videos helpful when making purchase decisions. If you’re a publisher, especially a blogger who does product recommendations, self-produced video content can be a great way to build customer trust and increase familiarity with you and your site. Alternatively, publishing merchant-produced video content, such as product demonstrations, can also boost conversion rates.

Product recommendation videos are most effective when published regularly – consistent content gives your audience a reason to trust your recommendations, and ultimately follow your links.

What can merchants do?

Product demonstrations

In addition to standard advertising content, product demonstration videos can help push customers through the sales funnel. Providing this kind of content to your affiliates (and making it available on your own sites and landing pages) can build consumer familiarity with your brand and confidence in your products, helping you boost sales.

iFetch’s product demonstration video for their automatic ball launcher shows how simple it can be to produce a high-impact product video. With no script, one audio track and natural footage of their product in use, iFetch conveyed the purpose and effectiveness of their product – with nearly 700,000 views to boot!

Video creatives

Produce video content for your affiliates! Particularly if you have affiliates who are getting high amounts of traffic to their sites but failing to convert, video creatives can be the finishing touch that pushes customers to click through and actually make a purchase. According to Vouchercloud, 92% of online shoppers say visuals are the most influential factor of their purchasing decisions.

This GoPro ad showcases how minimal production value can still result in far reach, garnering more than 226,000 views. Your ad can be demonstration-based or have an informative script; either way, the video format will help your customers stay engaged.

Whether you’re an affiliate or a merchant, online video content should be on your radar to ensure that your marketing efforts are meeting their full potential.

 

 

Affiliate Marketing and Video | Part 1: A Profitable Pair

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If you’re a digital marketer, video needs to be in your content repertoire. No longer an alternative content medium reserved for the creatively inclined, video has proven itself to be a high-converting, vital component of a successful digital marketing strategy. According to Hubspot, 87% of online marketers use video content and 96% of B2B organizations use video in their campaigns.

How can performance marketers take advantage of this great creative resource? Whether you’re a publisher looking to drive traffic or a merchant trying to improve sales, a smart approach to video content could be the boost you need to take your marketing strategy to the next level.

Untapped Benefits

Why should you invest your valuable time and resources into video content? It can be tempting to stick with tried-and-true content mediums, but neglecting video is leaving money on the table.

Conversions

Video content converts. Landing pages with video content have been shown to yield up to 80% more conversions than landing pages without video. If you are struggling to get customers to stick to your landing page long enough to convert, enticing video content could be the solution you need.

SEO

Video content is great for your SEO ranking. As mentioned above, it’s a great tool to get visitors to stay on your pages for longer periods of time. This lowers bounce rates and increases click rates, both of which boost your site’s SEO. Video content is also very shareable, making it a strong potential source of high-quality backlinks to your site.

Brand engagement

Well-produced video content puts your brand at the top of your audience’s mind. According to Hubspot, a customer who views and enjoys a video ad will see an increase in brand association of up to 139%. And it’s not just customers – business executives prefer video content to text.

Mobile boost

Mobile video consumption has skyrocketed in the last few years. With cross-platform optimization becoming increasingly important – more than 60% of digital media consumption happens on mobile devices, after all – video  content can help you engage the valuable mobile traffic segment.

Watch for Roadblocks

Of course, the vast benefits of video content do require resources in order to be obtained. While the video production process may seem daunting, scoping out challenges is the best way to meet them head on and budget your time and manpower accordingly.

The learning curve

Video and multimedia content takes time and expertise to produce. However, don’t despair just yet if your content team doesn’t have an audiovisual whiz! There are a number of cost-effective video production and learning tools available, such as the free Vimeo 101 series or online courses from Udemy. If you don’t have a video expert on your team, a small time investment in learning basic techniques and best practices will be well worth the return: high quality content.

Equipment costs

Video production requires equipment; however, don’t assume that you will need to blow your budget on a full deck of professional production equipment! There are a number of cost-effective ways to get basic video equipment – a DSLR and a standard microphone should be more than enough for simple productions. If you’re still not convinced and want to prove the viability of video content before purchasing your own equipment, video equipment rental services are an excellent option for testing the waters.

Check back next week for part 2 of our affiliate marketing and video series: Crafting Your Content.