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Brands: How to engage with better video content

Don't look for online-only, video web series to take 2013 by storm. Although, one expert does believe there is room to grow with online video. Instead, brands need to look for ways to offer unique, premium content - perhaps outside of YouTube.

by Kristina Knight

I recently chatted with MyPod Studios CEO Jay Miletsky about his thoughts on the video space.

Kristina: What kind of online video content will draw the most viewers (and thus marketers)? Why?

Jay: I'll get hung out to dry for this, but I don't believe the Web is the best breeding ground for unique, episodic content that introduces new characters and follows a story arc. Yes, there have been a few stand out shows that have had some limited success, and some that have built a cult following, but by and large, the Web is not the place where people are going to turn for this. Following story lines and getting to know characters takes time and an emotional investment on the part of the viewer, and the Web simply isn't the place for that.
We've seen the greatest level of interest in content (episodic or stand-alone) that provides information. How-to videos, cooking, exercise, travel guides, etc. These really seem to capture people's attention, maintain their interest and keep them coming back.

Kristina: For your money, what is the most engaging type of video content?

Jay: My favorite marketing tool, though, is branded content, which I believe will start to increase dramatically. If brands can't get users to watch a 30 second ad, they can get to watch a 3 minute branded content piece if it's done right. A lot of brands can't resist the temptation to oversell their product or service, which ends up turning viewers off pretty quickly. But I think this year, as brands realize the value of video and branded content, they'll become more sophisticated in their productions, and we'll see more effective, valuable results.

Check back on Tuesday for Jay's top advice for video marketers.

Tags: MyPod Studios, online video, online video tips, video trends

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