Video marketing 101: What you need to know to get started

What is video marketing?

Video marketing describes the use of video content to promote or inform audiences about your brand and products. Brands can use video across a variety of digital channels and formats, including their own website, social media marketing, programmatic advertising, and more.

In this guide, we’ll help you understand the basics of video marketing and how it can benefit your brand. We’ll also introduce you to the Amazon Ads solutions that you can use to get started with your video marketing strategy.

Why is video marketing important?

The importance of video in marketing is widely acknowledged by marketers. Statista surveyed over 8,000 marketing leaders in June 2021 and found that pre-produced video was the leading digital consumer engagement tactic worldwide. Not only do 81% of respondents use pre-produced videos in their digital marketing, but another 13% said they are planning to use them. The next most-used tactic was livestream video, with 73% respondents currently using, and another 19% planning to do so.

One of the main reasons that video marketing is so important is that video is a popular medium among audiences. Two-thirds of consumers say they would rather watch a video to learn about a product or service than read about it. In the first half of 2021, video was the largest single source of Internet traffic worldwide—53.7%—with social a distant second at 12.7%. Marketers need to share their messages where and how consumers will see them.

Creating a video marketing campaign

The specifics of creating your video marketing campaign depend on the types of videos you make, and the marketing channels you use (see the final section for examples of video marketing and advertising solutions available from Amazon Ads). However, a few universal tips can help guide you as you develop your campaign strategy.

Know your goals

Before you dive into video production, think about the purpose of your video. Setting your campaign goals up front will help determine your video content—should it be promotional, educational, persuasive, exciting? Make sure you understand what your video needs to accomplish.

Define your audience and message

It is important to understand your audience in order to send the right message and achieve your desired campaign goals. Know what you want your video marketing campaign to say. Look to your audience—their interests, their needs—to guide how you say it. For example, to promote brand awareness, create eye-catching explainer videos that not only introduce your brand but make it memorable to viewers.

Use high-quality visuals and audio

Your video production doesn’t necessarily require a huge amount of resources. It’s more important that the quality of your video file is good, with clean, clear images and sound. Your viewers may be using devices as large as a TV or as small as a mobile phone, so make sure your visuals are easy to see.

Make sound optional

Music and narration can make a video more compelling or effective, but don’t assume that your viewers will be listening. They could, for example, be on a mobile device in a public place and watching on mute. Use closed captions and easy-to-read on-screen text so viewers can follow along without sound.

Don’t overestimate viewers’ attention

You cannot control how long audiences view your video. Err on the side of being brief. The first few seconds of your video content should be attention-getting and contain the most important information.

Make sure viewers know what to do after they finish the video

A good video marketing campaign should provide viewers with a clear call to action, such as giving them a link to purchase a product or telling them where they can find additional relevant video content.

Video marketing statistics

Statista projects that the number of Internet users who watch streaming or downloaded video at least once per month will reach nearly 3.5 billion worldwide by 2023. Not only is the number of digital video viewers continuously increasing, but so is the amount of time spent watching videos. In the US, adults spent nearly 2.5 hours (149.04 minutes) with digital video content per day in 2021; this number is expected to grow to 162.52 minutes in 2023.

Advertising spend is rising alongside viewers and viewing time. In 2022, US advertisers will spend $24.35 billion on video in social media marketing (advertising that appears on social networks), up 20.1% year over year. US advertisers will also spend $62.96 billion on programmatic digital video this year, up from $52.17 billion in 2021.

Measuring video marketing campaigns

Video marketing performance can be measured in a few different ways, based on your campaign goals.

If you are focused on brand awareness, you might evaluate your campaign results through metrics that show how much your videos are seen, such as impressions, unique reach, video completion rate, and social shares. Or if your objective is consideration or conversion, you may be more interested in measuring click-through rate or how many video viewers go on to purchase your product.

For brands that sell on Amazon, branded searches and new-to-brand metrics can help you link your ad to shopper actions and show you the level of exposure your brand has received with shoppers who were not previously engaged with your brand.

Getting started with video marketing

If you’re interested in creating video marketing campaigns, Amazon Ads offers several different video solutions for you to choose from.

Streaming TV ads

Streaming TV ads are video ads that appear before, during, or after streaming or over-the-top (OTT) video content. They are also known as OTT advertising.

Amazon’s Streaming TV ads appear alongside Amazon streaming video content like Amazon Freeve, Amazon Publisher Services broadcaster and network apps, live sports, Twitch, and the News app on Fire TV.

Sponsored Brands video

Sponsored Brands video is a self-service advertising solution that helps customers discover your products and brand as they shop on Amazon. You can use Sponsored Brands for short explainer videos that help shoppers learn more about your product, testimonials, how-to videos, and more.

Video on Amazon DSP

You can programmatically buy streaming TV ads and online video ads to reach audiences both on and off Amazon using Amazon DSP.

Twitch ads

Twitch creators stream about all kinds of topics, from video games and music to cooking and sports, and top influencers can have followings in the millions. Brands can launch video campaigns through Twitch ads on the Twitch homepage, on discovery pages, and channel pages.

Amazon Live

Brands that are interested in livestream video can use Amazon Live to connect with audiences through interactive, shoppable livestreams. Brands can sponsor influencer livestreams that are produced by top influencers using the Amazon Live Creator app.

Sponsored Display on Fire TV

Also related to video marketing are Fire TV ads, which are display ads that promote apps, movies, and TV shows through Sponsored Display on Fire TV. While not video ads themselves, Fire TV ads are another option for marketers to reach the growing digital viewer audience.

Ready to get started with your video marketing strategy? Contact an Amazon Ads account executive to learn more about our video marketing solutions.

1 Wyzowl, The State of Video Marketing, 2021
2 Sandvine, Global Internet Phenomena Report, 2022
3 eMarketer, Time Spent with Digital Video, US, January 2022
4 eMarketer, US Social Video Advertising, January 2022
5 eMarketer, US Programmatic Video, January 2022