Online video viewing will rise 20% in 2017, according to Zenith’s Online Video Forecasts 2017 (…) This increase will be driven by a 35% increase in viewing on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). And yet… despite the fact that well over 50% of videos are now watched on mobile devices, the majority of businesses forget to keep mobile users in mind when they make a video… don’t be one of them!

Because we have your best interest at heart, in this post we’ll give you few hints for optimizing your social video for mobile. A combination of these important creative factors will set the foundation for a successful video (Facebook mobile videos and video ad campaigns).

Some compelling figures first:

  • 1.44 billion total monthly active users ==> 1.25 billion mobile monthly active users (87% of users on mobile at least sometimes)
  • 936 million total daily active users ==> 798 million mobile daily active users (85% of users on mobile at least sometimes)

==> It’s no surprise that Facebook is focusing its advertising efforts on mobile, the channel is hugely mobile!

Now, let’s take a few seconds to see how  mobile audiences differ in video usage from desktop audiences.

Mobile audience vs desktop audience

  • Mobile Audience is, by definition, mobile.
  • It is estimated that 2/3 of mobile video viewers are literally on the go –> more distracted + shorter attention span
  • Lower video retention rate than desktop users
  • Mobile viewers drop off after the first five seconds (read our brilliant post 5 second video ads are the future)

As we said previously, as more people are watching videos on mobile, they are expecting shorter and easily digestible videos. Sow the short, fun and on-the-go video seeds and reap a good harvest of love from mobile viewers!

3… 2… 1…

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Yup, there goes your one chance to impress! Some marketing experts have worked out that your video should be no longer than 5 seconds, however it seems that you’ve got just 3 seconds to capture your audience’s curiosity with the sound off.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, could potentially be very rewarding…?

Here’s a little tool box to help you succeed.

  • Use the text describing the video smartly -> Excite the viewers’ curiosity without spilling out all the content of the video.  The text should make them want to keep watching and find out more.
  • Interesting, compelling, even puzzling visuals should be used as opening images -> think of it as a bait.

 

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  • Jump right into the thick of it, no plot details, no lengthy intro.

 

15 seconds to convey your message

Just 3 seconds to capture the viewer’s attention, no more than 15 to get your message across. So here’s what you should be doing after those all-important 3 seconds –> stop the viewer from scrolling down, and as your video progresses, continue to use striking visuals.

Easy, I hear you say. You thought captivating your audience in under 3 seconds was challenging? Well, think again. Have you ever tried to write a 30-second script for an explainer video?  Thought so!

What ingredients will you use to retain interest? Well, there is 1 magic ingredient, and it’s called emotions. You need to get your viewers emotionally invested and give them a good reason to keep watching (why they care, what is their interest, etc).

Think vertical

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What do you do when you’re few seconds into watching an interesting video? Whilst some mobile users will click on it to make it bigger, or tilt their phone sideways to make it full screen, many mobile viewers can’t be bothered and will keep their phones upright. In order to cater for all tastes and to make sure your content and the format is optimized, it’s important to create videos for full screen vertical viewing.

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 Frame your video so your viewers get the whole picture

Make sure your video is well-cropped and that nothing of importance is missing from the frame. When you upload your video to Facebook, you’ll see the option to drag it and crop it and preview it as it will be viewed in a Facebook player.

 

Plan for viewers watching with the sound off

Despite the fact that Facebook is now turning the sound on by default, many videos are played without sound (as it’s the sound on is disruptive, and it’s really easy to turn it off). Your video needs to be captivating and the message clear from the first frame – with real visual indications – without sound.

Few seconds into this video from Ava below, and the viewer might be wondering if they are watching a video on clothing, feminism, recruitment… Oh, and they’ve scrolled down, that’s too bad!

 

Hubspot, however, manages to deliver the message straight away – nothing wrong with using text.

It’s a good idea to add subtitles to your Facebook video. Even interested mobile viewers are happy to watch an entire video with the sound off, if the message is clear.  This, however, doesn’t mean that you should neglect the background music, sound effects, voice over, etc.

These are simple guidelines to help you create more effective mobile videos. If you’d like to know how we can help you create professional and engaging videos that will captivate those distracted mobile viewers, just drop us a line. We’d love to hear about your project and help you turn it into a success story!