As marketers find more innovative ways to attract audiences, video has become a meaningful part of the strategic conversation.
Video marketing is no longer an “up-and-coming” content strategy. It’s here, and it’s an increasingly powerful way to communicate your brand story, explain your value proposition, and build relationships with your customers and prospects.
The HubSpot Blog surveyed 550 marketers to learn about the latest video trends. The most recent data shows that video content isn’t just effective — the demand for it is growing at an impressively rapid pace. Here are the key video marketing statistics you should keep in mind to inform your strategy.
General Video Marketing Stats
- 36% of marketers say the primary goal of their company’s video marketing efforts is to increase brand awareness and reach new audiences.
- 37% of companies exclusively create video content in-house, 14% rely on an agency, and 49% share a mix of both in-house and agency-created video content.
- 69% of marketers say their company owns the production equipment used to create video content.
- The most popular video editing software is Adobe Premiere Pro, which is used by 61% of marketers.
- 44% of marketers use an iPhone as their primary camera for video content.
- 88% of companies surveyed have a team dedicated to creating video content, and 45% of companies with dedicated video support have a team of two to five people.
- 81% of marketers say their primary company has a budget specifically for video marketing, and 52% of marketers said their video marketing budget remained the same for 2022.
- 42% of marketers surveyed say creating video content through an outside agency has resulted in better videos.
- 69% of marketers claim the biggest benefit of creating video content in-house is having more creative control and flexibility.
- When asked what the biggest benefit of working with an agency to create video content is, 68% of marketers point to higher-quality videos that look more professional.
- 77% of marketers say their company uses YouTube to host marketing videos.
- 14% of marketers say their company spends between $7,000 to $10,000 to produce a video.
- When asked how long it takes to create a marketing video from start to finish, 30% of marketers say it takes two weeks.
- According to 65% of marketers, production (filming, lighting, and audio) is the most expensive part of the video creation process.
- 38% of marketers say pre-production (ideation, writing the script, and casting) is the most time-consuming part of the video creation process.
- 74% of companies optimize videos for silent auto-play.
- 78% of companies leverage accessibility features in video content. The most common accommodation is video captioning, which is used by 65% of companies.
- 31% of brands publish two to four videos per month.
- 29% of companies started prioritizing video marketing in 2019.
- When asked what the three biggest challenges are when creating video content, the top responses were lack of time to create video content (39%), difficulty creating an effective video strategy (33%), and inadequate budget to create video content (31%).
Video Marketing Performance Stats
- According to marketers the top three most important factors for creating effective video content are capturing viewers’ attention in the first few seconds (36%), effectively promoting videos (36%), and keeping videos concise (33%).
- The most effective video promotion strategies according to marketers are promoting videos on social media platforms (63%), adding videos to the company website or blog, optimizing the title and description for SEO, and running paid ads for videos (47%).
- 44% of marketers describe creating video content as somewhat easy.
- 59% of marketers found video marketing to be somewhat effective for reaching their company’s overall business goals.
- 47% of marketers say video marketing is moderately important to the overall marketing strategy at their company.
- 55% of marketers claim video marketing has an average ROI, and 41% of marketers report video marketing having a high ROI.
- 32% of marketers found the most effective way to generate leads from marketing videos is to place links to landing pages on social media video ads.
- The top metrics marketers use when measuring video content performance are view count (44%), watch time (43%), and engagement (41%).
- 36% of marketers say the optimal length of a marketing video is one to three minutes.
- 39% of marketers report that short-form videos generate the biggest ROI.
- 64% of marketers surveyed claim say the optimal length of a short-form marketing video is 20-60 seconds.
- 41% of marketers found the average watch percentage of their short-form videos is between 61-80%.
- 26% of marketers say the optimal length of a live video is seven to nine minutes.
- 40% of marketers claim the biggest benefit of creating video content is to help customers understand its products and services. 36% of marketers say the biggest benefit of video content is that it gets more engagement than other types of marketing.
- 68% of marketers say content showcasing their products and services generates the biggest ROI.
- Per 63% of marketers, content related to cultural moments and news stories generates the most video engagement.
- 59% of marketers have created a video that has gone viral.
- According to marketers, the most important factors in creating a viral video are making relatable content (28%), keeping videos short (27%), and capturing viewers’ attention in the first few seconds (26%).
- 24% of marketers say funny content is most likely to go viral.
Social Media Video Marketing Stats
- According to 58% of marketers, short-form videos (such as TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts), are the main video format they leverage in their roles.
- The top channels for sharing or hosting marketing videos are social media (76%), blog or website (55%), email (44%), and Vimeo (31%).
- 67% of marketers say sharing marketing videos on social media (YouTube, Instagram, TikTok) has the biggest ROI.
- The top social media platform for sharing videos is YouTube (70%), followed by Instagram (60%) and TikTok (35%).
- 54% of companies plan on increasing their investment in videos for TikTok this year.
- 64% of marketers say their company has the highest engagement when sharing marketing videos on Instagram.
- According to marketers, the top social media platforms for generating leads from videos are Instagram (66%) and YouTube (59%).
- 56% of brands plan on increasing their investment in videos for Instagram this year.
- When posting marketing videos on social media, 55% of marketers say they leverage a mix of organic and paid content.
- 27% of marketers said YouTube is the platform they plan to invest the most in for sharing marketing videos in 2022.
- When comparing the two platforms, 78% of marketers said YouTube was more effective for reaching overall business goals, compared to 8% of marketers who felt Vimeo was more effective for reaching business goals.
As online platforms and consumer habits trend towards video, brands will need to invest in the medium to keep the attention of audiences and grow their reach.
Daily SEO Fix: Competitive Link Research
Link research is an essential pillar of an SEO strategy, but competitive link research can help you get a leg up. It’s vital for websites to not only know about their own link profile, but to also have an effective strategy in place to stay relevant against competitors.
Hopefully at this point, you know who your competitors are, and hey, that’s half the battle. If you still aren’t sure, check out our Competitive Research tool in Moz Pro. This tool can help you find out exactly who your competitors are, the keywords they rank for and what their top performing content is.
If you would like to understand our Competitive Research tool more, and learn how it can be used to your advantage, feel free to book a Moz Pro Kick Off Call with a member of Moz’s Onboarding Team below.
So, why do we want to conduct “competitive link research”?
Learning how others are performing can help guide your own linking strategy, and you may discover tactics that you haven’t considered before.
There may be opportunities and gaps in your competitor’s link profile, which you can identify and slot yourself into.
You will know what types of content perform well, and from there can make your content 10x better than your competitors!
Your analysis will help you understand more about the audience you are trying to speak to.
A comprehensive backlink strategy can aid you in ranking higher on the SERP.
If you’re seeking guidance on how to build an SEO competitive analysis framework, check out Moz Academy’s SEO Competitive Analysis Certification. This coursework covers everything you need to know to confidently implement an effective strategy, and you’ll earn your Moz Certification, which you can display on your LinkedIn profile!
In the following videos, the Moz team will show you workflows and other tips and tricks within the Moz Pro tool set that will help you with your competitive link research analysis.
Link Gap Analysis: Link Intersect
Link gap analysis is a popular tactic amongst SEOs. It involves comparing your own link profile to that of your competitors, and finding the gaps that exist. They could be getting backlinks from several websites that you aren’t receiving any from — this could be a golden opportunity — another way to compete with your top competitors.
In this video, Emilie will show you how to use Moz Pro’s Link Intersect tool to find out this information.
Discover Linking Domains with SERP Analysis
In the Moz Pro Keyword Research tool, there is a functionality where you can search a keyword, and the top ranking pages for that keyword will show. But, there is so much more to this function.
In this video, Varad will show you those ranking pages, as well as the domains that are linking to that particular page. Get ready to soar from there!
Use Page Optimization to Find Content Suggestions
Moz’s Page Optimization tool is primarily used to see what improvements may need to be made to a page, as well as keyword placement on a page. When you dive a bit deeper into this particular tool, you’ll find that Moz offers content suggestions to you, including URLs that are ranking for the keyword you first queried. Identifying these top ranking URLs is a great way to see what kind of content you should also be creating.
In this video, Rachel will show you what you can do with this new found information and how it can help your link research.
Find Backlinks to Competitor’s Broken Pages
Analyzing the backlinks on a competitor’s broken page is another tactic that SEOs are using, that you may not have been aware of. There are hidden opportunities within these broken pages that are just waiting to be discovered.
In this video, Arian will show you exactly how you can find those broken pages within Moz Pro’s Link Research tool.
Discovered & Lost Backlinks
Another gem within the Moz Pro Link Research tools is the ‘Discovered & Lost’ section. This section will show you all of the new backlinks that Moz has found linking to your competitor in the last 60 days, as well as backlinks that have been lost. This can be insightful information when working on your own backlink building.
In this video, Eoin shows you how you can use this functionality to up your Link Research game.
If you’d like to continue learning about Competitive Research, check out our previous Daily SEO Fix on Competitive Keyword Research for some great insights into a competitive keyword research strategy.
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