The online landscape is ever-changing. New devices, platforms and features are introduced on what feels like a daily basis.
Never fear. As your video production company with a finger on the digital pulse, we’ve put together a video marketing round-up of five of this month’s biggest stories to help you stay ahead of the curve!
Instagram Stories to launch ads
Instagram announced that they will soon be introducing full-screen ads to Stories, the feature they released just five months ago in an effort to compete with the growing popularity of Snapchat.
Facebook and Instagram, now the same company, are already the most popular social media platforms among social media marketers. These two giants now account for more than 67% of all social media ad spending worldwide. It’s likely this new feature will be a hit with marketers, given that Instagram Stories now attracts 150 million users daily!
Bing improves video search
Bing may not be the world’s favourite search engine, but it is often praised for its clearly presented video search. It now seems that Microsoft is making efforts to improve it even further!
They have now added a ‘save video’ option, not unlike YouTube’s ‘watch later’ feature. There are also more in-depth descriptions and new filters that allow you to really refine your search. Videos also play automatically when you hover over them – a handy feature for some, possibly annoying for others!
Facebook to introduce mid-roll video ads
Facebook announced that they will be integrating mid-roll adverts into videos this year. The ads will be inserted 20 seconds into any video that lasts at least 90 seconds.
This is a great opportunity for publishers and video marketers alike. It will certainly help Facebook in their campaign to steal YouTube’s video platform crown!
Snapchat launches universal search tool
Snapchat is now making it easier to find users and content with a new universal search bar. The app’s discovery process has been known to confuse its users in the past, so this is likely to be a welcome addition to the app!
iPhone celebrates its 10 year anniversary
Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone a whole decade ago! Little did we know then that the pocket-sized device would change our lives and business so much.
Given that the iPhone 8 will be the 10th-anniversary edition, it is rumoured that it will be the best model yet. Based on early leaks, it is expected to feature an entire design revamp and loads of updated specs. Watch this space!