'Premium social': the rise of motion pictures and what it means for brands
A view from Ben Le Tourneau

'Premium social': the rise of motion pictures and what it means for brands

Video spending has increased 130% year-on-year, while an estimated 80% of global internet traffic will be attributed to video by 2020.

Viewers are said to retain 95% of video messaging compared to only 10% of text. So many statistics – but what do they all mean for your brand?

In short, a basic image isn't going to cut it anymore. In 2018 you need to think about video – and you need to think about how to do it effectively.

Algorithms on many social platforms now give preferential treatment to multimedia assets, as demonstrated by Facebook’s recent crackdown on static images.

The more rich the content, the further up it goes in display priority. After all, why put something static on a digital device, when you can tell more of a story?

Marketers and PR agencies are shifting to investing huge amounts in high-end, high-volume video.

The pipeline presents a challenge, however – especially in a world where every organisation is a publisher, all outreach is personalised, and content is constantly in demand.

In this new landscape, we can no longer rely on traditional production methods.

Customised, en-masse content needs a different approach from the traditional video shoot.

Integrated approaches to production are taking over – we need to think about 'premium social'.

Premium social refers to high-volume, high-quality online content that upholds the standards of television production, but is managed on a much smaller budget and adapts to restrictions across a range of social channels.

It means being nimble, experimenting with processes, and thinking about the mediums available to us when we embark on a project.

No budget to close the streets for a live action shoot? Film with GoPros and make that the aesthetic.

Need to do a zoom shot but don’t have the specialist tech? 3D camera mapping can achieve the same look.

The approach doesn’t matter – what matters is that the story is told well and that the content is engaging.

Today’s video campaigns are stretched across Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and beyond.

A singular focus won’t cut it. Consider the shot carefully: how can it can be easily manipulated or reworked into different formats later down the line?

If you do this, when that eleventh hour request comes in to add YouTube to the mix, you won’t need to reshoot.

Social content is all about ideas, ideas, ideas. But the most successful ideas are not those that are shoehorned into multiple deliveries, but created from step one with multiple channels in mind.

Perhaps we’re not seeing the rise of motion – but we’re at its height, the crest of a wave.

Blasting monotonous, static content through social media does not build a connection or brand loyalty, and it won’t stand out amidst the cacophony of media found online.

Video may seem daunting, but if you’re integrated – if you can pull on multiple skillsets and think beyond the obvious – you can ride that wave to some very exciting places.

Ben Le Tourneau is integrated director and co-owner of The Operators. A version of this article was first published on PRWeek.