Friday, January 17, 2014

Marketers Use Stories for Successful Digital Video

As clients and prospects spend more time with video, marketers shift their attention digital video, long an amusement for consumers and a tool for business-to-consumer (B2C) marketers, is pushing its way into the business-to-business (B2B) marketing mainstream, according to a new eMarketer report, “B2B Video Marketing: Best Practices for 2014.”

B2B marketers are investing in video marketing because, like most internet users, B2B clients and prospects are devoting more time to watching digital video. Businesspeople are drawn to video for pretty much the same reason consumers watch video—it’s entertaining.

In many of eMarketer’s interviews with market leaders over the past year, we asked about video best practices. One of the key themes? Spin a good tale.

“People in general gravitate toward visual storytelling,” explained Liya Sharif, senior director of global marketing at Qualcomm. “Video is an incredible way to tell a story for either a B2B or B2C brand.”

Jennifer Anaya, vice president of marketing for North America at Ingram Micro, added, “Even though this is B2B, everyone likes a good story, and everybody likes to laugh.”

It’s easy to imagine how a video could present a laundry list of product features. But that won’t work. According to Michael Peachey, senior director of solutions marketing at, “Any time the story isn’t the main priority in a film, you’re not really making a connection with the people you’re marketing to in trying to help them understand the real value of the situation.”

Likewise, Neda Stoll, senior marketing manager at Intel, emphasized: “The most important thing is, ‘Are you telling an interesting story?’”

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