Video has been an important advertising content format for business since the dawn of television. While remarkably powerful, the reach of video as a business communication tool was limited however to broadcast advertising, infomercials and internal training until the mid 1990’s.
Like the impact to the music industry, news and other business models, the Internet is a disruptive force that will forever change how we use and consume video, including “traditional” broadcast television.
YouTube, while the most visible example of the shift in video creation and distribution, is also an important illustration of the shift in the content itself. Like most other content forms delivered via the Internet, it reflects the extreme ADD (attention deficit disorder) of the audience. Do you glance to the timeline once you click to see how long the video is, thus making a decision to watch or close? It is also an important barometer of the growing micro-segmentation of content.
Why this observation is important is because most B2B video content creators don’t really understand how to adapt to this shift. They have the tools and the desire to leverage it, and every marketing VP wishes they could produce a “viral hit”, but they see video creation with an “old school” perspective. Create a script, read and record the script, edit and publish. But like your website, just because you build it does not mean your audience will find it or even consume it.
This is the foundation of what I will write about in the video section of The-Content-Strategist. Video is a business tool that is far more powerful than anyone realizes and not just in the role of advertising, training or marketing. Video will change how we perceive, create, define and manage “content”. It will become a positive yet disruptive force within the business world.
The shift that we are about to witness in video creation and consumption models, including traditional broadcast television will be as dramatic as iTunes and the mp3 format was to the music industry.