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Why video? Why now?

When Gangnam Style swept the globe last summer it wasn’t just a dance craze. Psy’s Gangnam Style video became the first online video to pass 1 billion views in just five months on YouTube, part of a massive trend toward visual content that is sweeping the Internet.

It’s a visual world.

Video and multimedia storytelling is becoming one of the key ways in which people get their information, and share it with their networks. Consider some numbers:

New platforms and tools such as Storyplanet and have emerged in recognition of the power of visual storytelling. The exponential growth of social media properties such as InstagramTumblr, and Pinterest all attest to the power of visual communication.

Online video is increasingly part of any digital strategy. The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Economist, and Financial Times are all building up their video production capacity, and some are opening channels for online video.

Watching no longer means just on TV. Consumers can’t get enough of mobile video, and they’re increasingly watching and uploading their own videos on smartphones, tablets, and other handheld multimedia devices.

Increasing Engagement: Video and Social Media Integration

Photos and Video Drive the Most Engagement

Photos and video drive engagement. On Facebook’s top 10 brand pages, videos are shared 12 times more than links and text posts combined.


500 years of YouTube video are watched every day on Facebook. 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter every minute. So important is visual content that Twitter even adjusted the text-based app again in 2013 to better display video and photos.


On Twitter, posts that contain photos or video are significantly more likely to get re-tweeted:







Visual Content is King on Social

Visuals thrive in social. And in the ever-expanding world of social networking, it is clear that photos, video, and cool new multimedia ways of sharing content are the way to go.

42% of all Tumblr posts are photos

With the advent of social media, being a consumer of video is no longer a passive act. As video is tweeted and shared on Facebook and other social platforms, it becomes a social act. 100 million people take a social action (likes, shares, comments, etc.) on YouTube every week.


Visuals and social have a love-love relationship

100 million users take a social action on videos every week

Perhaps the most social act of all is creating your video and uploading it online. We may not all be looking to create an offbeat craze a la Gangnam Style, but video and digital storytelling is a great way to engage your audience and to speak—and listen—to the world.


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