The Simple Formula For Creating Videos That Stand Out On Facebook

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  1. David Bratby

    David Bratby Moderator Staff Member

    Oct 6, 2015
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    Are your videos on Facebook getting millions of views? Are they capturing peoples attention and building your audience? Are you using the right formula when creating your videos? Check out this article on how your videos can stand out on Facebook. "A Facebook study found that people gaze 5x longer at video than at static content on Facebook and Instagram. And digital influencer, Jay Baer, says that video is the new blogging."

    In this article that I found on blog, it looks at a simple formula for creating videos that stand out on Facebook.
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    A Facebook study found that people gaze 5x longer at video than at static content on Facebook and Instagram. And digital influencer, Jay Baer, says that video is the new blogging.

    As such, are you prepared to create high-performing videos for Facebook?

    Well, similar to blogging, it should come as no surprise that there is no magic ticket to video success.

    But wait! Don’t stop reading just yet. Rest assured that luck also has nothing to do with it.

    After all, the brand or influencer you admire most for producing amazing videos didn’t just wake up one day with millions of views. Their success is the result of time-consuming hard work to develop video content consistently, and investing in video on social media.

    So, roll up your sleeves! You’re going to have to work at creating videos the same way you worked at blogging – by trying, trying, and trying again.

    How do you create videos for Facebook that stand out?
    Luckily, there are over 3 million small and medium businesses who have already posted videos to Facebook, and I have seen from my research at Animoto that there is a similar structure to what makes certain videos stand out from the rest on social media.

    Here’s the simple formula for creating successful social videos:

    1. Open with the punchline
    2. Tell one complete, but specific story
    3. Get clear with your ask
    Open with the punchline
    Unlike a traditional 30-second TV commercial that demands your attention until your favorite show returns, videos for Facebook are surrounded by other content that is competing for their attention.

    When you’re able to get people to stop scrolling in their feeds to pay attention to your video within the first few seconds, they’ll stick around to learn more. Do this by starting with the punchline first. Don’t save it for the end.

    Tell one complete, but specific story.
    The length of your video is less important than the ability to tell a cohesive and concise story. And, videos that try to share too much can get confusing very quickly. By getting laser-focused on telling one message, it’s easy for people to digest it and share with others.

    Get clear with your ask.
    Before setting out to create any kind of content (video or otherwise), make sure you know what your objective is and then make this clear by including a strong call-to-action.

    Remember, video is the new blogging so don’t feel like you only get one chance to get your message across. If you want to drive people to a landing page, create a video for that. If you want people to learn about a new product, make a video for that too. But don’t combine more than one ask in a video.

    Examples of great Facebook videos
    Ready to start creating your next video? Here are 3 examples and sample scripts that you can use to inspire your next marketing video.

    Example #1: Like a Local Tours
    Like a Local Tours has been providing immersive experiences for tourists and locals alike since 2013, showcasing Brooklyn and NYC neighborhoods through food, fashion, and art.

    Having seen viral videos on social media featuring novelty foods and destinations, they set out to tell a story about a brioche ice cream sandwich that is served at one of the locations they visit on their Williamsburg Bites tour.

    As a result of this video, they drove 3X the tour bookings that they normally receive during the period that the video was promoted on Facebook.

    Here is the script they used to accompany some easy photos and video footage shot at the store.

    The punchline:

    This is the [coolest sandwich] in [Brooklyn].

    It’s an original creation at [Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co.] in [NYC]

    One complete, specific story:

    It’s a [scoop of freshly made ice cream].

    [Pressed and toasted to perfection].


    Clear ask:

    Sign up for a [Brooklyn Bites Tour] to try this [amazing frozen treat and more]

    [Explore NYC and Brooklyn with our unique tours.]

    Example #2: Jane Goodall Institute
    The Jane Goodall Institute was founded in 1977 by English primatologist Jane Goodall to protect chimpanzees and, by doing so, improve the lives of people, animals, and the environment.

    Here is a video they created to raise donations, spread the word about critical issues facing our generation, and advance Jane Goodall’s vision and work.

    The video resulted in 1,388 donations (76% of which came from viewers on mobile devices!). Here is the script they used:

    The punchline:

    In 1900, an estimated 1-2 million chimpanzees lived in the wild.

    Today, there are fewer than 340,000.

    One complete, specific story:

    These are our closest living relatives, with bonds and emotions much like our own.

    We’re on a mission to save chimpanzees from extinction.

    Everything is connected.

    Everyone can make a difference.

    Together, we can turn their numbers around.

    Clear ask:

    Donate today

    Example #3: Vanessa Joy Photography
    Vanessa Joy is a wedding photographer in the New York City and New Jersey area. To stand out from the plethora of photographers in her area, she creates videos regularly that her clients can share on social media and via email to increase her brand’s reach.

    Since including videos in her sales strategy, Vanessa has seen her annual sales increase by $20,000. Here is a fun, list-based video that she created to attract attention on Facebook and Instagram.

    The punchline:

    5 ways to have a fun wedding!

    One complete, specific story:

    1. Start with smiles
    2. Add colorful friends
    3. Light with candles
    4. Don’t sweat the small stuff
    5. Put on your dancing shoes
    Clear ask:

    Have fun (it’s a party!)

    Book Now

    Are you ready to make the most of Facebook video?
    As you can see, video really works for standing out on Facebook and driving real business results.

    Yes, it may take practice to learn how to create the types of videos for Facebook that work best for your brand. Luckily, with tools like Animoto, you can easily take this formula for a test drive and start creating videos right away, with photos and video clips that you likely already have in a folder on your computer, or free stock assets (e.g. Pixabay)

    What do you think? Can this help you create great videos for Facebook? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. If you would like to check the source article or if the respective owners have moved the images displayed in this article, you can see them here.

    Do you want your videos to stand out on Facebook?
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  2. Mike Newton

    Mike Newton Administrator Staff Member

    Oct 16, 2013
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    This article gives some good examples.
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