Marketing to millennials? Here are 3 reasons video is essential

October 11, 2018
Millennials don’t trust traditional advertising. It’s also quite likely they make up a large portion of your target audience. So, how do you get these 18-34-year-olds to engage with your brand? Answer: you need authentic, unobtrusive marketing that appeals to the tech-savvy, adventurous, socially conscious, ambitious and uber-collaborative nature of this generation. Here are 3 reasons video is essential for marketing to millennials:
1. Quite Simply, They Love Video
We could go on about how much millennials love video, but we’ll just highlight some quick stats instead: What Kinds of Videos Do Millennials Engage With? Overall, research shows that millennials don’t mind video advertising, as long as it’s not overly promotional and has emotional impact. According to Clear Voice, the most important factor for millennial video content is narrative – and videos that use humour, or embody themes like family or inspiration, engage more millennial viewers.
2. They Reject Traditional Marketing Methods
According to a recent study conducted by the McCarthy Group, 84% of millennials distrust or outright reject traditional marketing methods (like commercials, print ads, billboards etc.). Also, millennials’ perceptions of business motivation and ethics are at the lowest in four years, and only 45% of millennials believe that businesses have a positive impact on society (down from 72% in 2017). This doesn’t mean millennials don’t make purchases – in fact, they spend around $600 billion and growing per year – but they’re incredibly selective when it comes to the brands they support. Millennials are also very selective about the content they consume. In this digital age, where information is shared instantaneously, millennials are highly skilled at filtering anything they don’t want to see. This means your marketing efforts really need to make a strong first impression. Millennials purchase based on feelings – not overt sales pitches. If you can find an inspiring, entertaining and interactive way to showcase your brand within the context of developing relationships and trust, your marketing efforts will be impactful.
3. They Live on Social Media, Where Video Rules
Videos on social media get more engagement than other content – according to Leighton Interactive / Webdam, social video generates 1,200% more shares than text and images combined. So which social media platforms are millennials using? According to recent research from Pew Research Centre, the most popular social media platforms among millennials are Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (you can see the stats and find out more here). When you consider the fact that mobile video viewing has increased by 2,084% since 2011 – and that 88% of 18-to-29-year-olds use social media – there’s really no argument against video if you’re marketing to millennials. What you need to do, is figure out which social media platforms your customers are using, and then create engaging content that showcases your products or services. Don’t forget that adding value is essential for connecting with millennials – and if you want engagement, your videos need to connect with viewers on an emotional level. Want to read more about creating compelling video content? Check out these tips for executing a killer video marketing strategy and this blog post about which stories you should share on social.

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