Why Your Facebook Videos Need to Be Different From What You Put on YouTube

Why Your Facebook Videos Need to Be Different From What You Put on YouTube

Before you choose Facebook or YouTube, spend some time to understand the differences between two dominant social media outlets, and approach your video's production with its home in mind. Deciding early will also help you better prepare your Facebook or YouTube ad strategy and ad buy, since the ad characteristics that will successfully drive viewers to your video are just as different as the two social media sites. How audiences view Facebook and YouTube YouTube When people visit YouTube, they are going on the website with the specific intent to watch videos (well duh, right?). They likely already have time to sit and watch. Small screens and audio limitations mean your Facebook audience probably will not enjoy the full effect you intended them to get from your video marketing. Work in animations to engage an audience without audio. Another thing to take into consideration is that when people watch YouTube videos or ads, they are forced to watch them in order to view the content they are looking for, whereas with Facebook, users just scroll right on by if they are not interested. Here are a few more tips for making a successful Facebook video ad: Keep it short: The current format is 60 seconds, but for most people that's too long. It's typical for viewers to spend just seconds on a video, and they might not engage at all if it appears long. If they choose to spend it on your video, you've got to use every second and give them a reason to be there, Add a bonus: Make a compelling offer or deal that will drive the viewer to visit your site, purchase your product or take another action.

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Why Your Facebook Videos Need to Be Different From What You Put on YouTube

A creative, high-quality video posted on Facebook or YouTube that plays to the viewer’s wants, motivations and needs can go far to bridge the gap between you and your target customers. No matter what your video’s purpose — to explain a complex product or service in simple terms, to make company-wide announcements or to help drive traffic to an ecommerce site — placement is key. In other words, where your message lives is just as important as the actual message itself.

Overlooking where the finished video will eventually be posted can be a big barrier to success and undermine all the hard work you’ve put into making it. Before you choose Facebook or YouTube, spend some time to understand the differences between two dominant social media outlets, and approach your video’s production with its home in mind. Deciding early will also help you better prepare your Facebook or YouTube ad strategy and ad buy, since the ad characteristics that will successfully drive viewers to your video are just as different as the two social media sites.

How audiences view Facebook and YouTube

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When people visit YouTube, they are going on the website with the specific intent to watch videos (well duh, right?). What this really means is that your viewers are already primed for a video watching experience. They likely already have time to sit and watch. They are also probably looking at the…

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