Three things to learn from this week’s examples: Suspenseful storytelling isn’t limited to Halloween. Consider how social media can help your SEO. And, you can teach your audience how to do what you do – and still stay in business.
Here are those three things we noticed this week.
Volvo makes a suspenseful safety play
WHO: Carmaker Volvo (#ForEveryonesSafety)
WHAT: This short video appears on Volvo’s YouTube channel and ran as a pre-roll ad on other YouTube videos – where it kept the attention (and subverted the expectations) of submitter Cady Wakitsch from start to surprising finish.
WHY IT MATTERS: As Cady writes, “Maybe 1% of the time I do not hit ‘skip ad’ on YouTube. I actually watched all two minutes of this. It’s highly emotional, it set up its argument really well. We talk about how we need to deal with naysayers of our product, and they do that as the very first thing, they know it will be better for them in the long run.”
We think the Volvo video also is a great example of how to create suspense in a story and keep the audience engaged until the “reveal.” (That’s also why we’re not explaining the video here).
Researchers find a potential SEO-social media missing link
WHO: Semetrical and Audiense
WHAT: An SEO survey of 150 respondents shows that almost two-thirds (61%) don’t use social media analytics to inform their SEO strategy.
WHERE: https://resources.audiense.com/audience-first-seo-resources (survey mention and gated content resources)
WHY IT MATTERS: To attract higher search rankings, your content must be highly useful to your target audience and stand out from your competitors’ content. This small survey reveals a big opportunity many brands overlook. Use your social media analytics and conversations to better identify the content (topics, formats, etc.) your target audience wants.
Drybar shows customers how to do it themselves
WHO: Drybar, a national brand of hair salons that began by providing only one service – blowouts
WHAT: When COVID-19 forced the close-contact business to temporarily close its doors (and its customers to forgo salon services everywhere), the national team went bigger in the video content game on how to deal with hair at home.
WHERE: Drybar Youtube Channel or Drybar video page
WHY IT MATTERS: “(Video) was the only thing we really could be doing,” founder Alli Webb said at the recent virtual Inc. 5000 conference. But the pandemic bridge to retain its customers with how-to videos wasn’t built from scratch. It was an expansion of what the company had been willing to share for the past few years.
To some, it seems counterintuitive to publish DIY content about how to do your service or create your product. But Drybar demonstrates that this approach works, as it grew to a $100 million business in six years. Drybar understands that its customers buy the salon experience and the expertise of its stylists – and they’ll pay for it even though they could follow the video tutorials and do their hair at home.
Source: Content Marketing Institute Team| https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2020/11/volvo-drybar-audiense-semetrical-marketing-examples/