Using video doesn't have to be complicated. Here I put my hands together for Datum and their clever use of gifs on Twitter.
Faceboook video is a hugely valuable marketing tool.
This video in my feed today really made me stop and...
well actually, that's the amazing thing right?
It made me stop... Stop scrolling and watch. I even took in the company's message.
Yeah, you heard me. It worked.
So what can a woman being hit in the face with a fish tell us?
Other than that she needs a pay rise.
What makes this TransferWise ad so effective on Facebook?
1. It catches attention immediately
Scroll, scroll, scroll.. woman, screaming, being hit in the face with a fish?! Stop.
2. It works without sound
If anything, it's even better without the music.
Facebook video auto-plays without sound, so it's essential your video works with no audio.
3. It has a clear, uncluttered message
It's so easy to see and read the text; to get the message of the ad.
4. It has a clear call to action
If that button gets people signing up, what a clear return on investment.
Still, if it had said 'find out more' I might have actually clicked.
5. It's fun and shareable
If I 'like' or comment on this video, it will start to appear in my friends' feeds too.
Share it? Even more so. Thousands of people already have.
I'm not saying I find it hilarious, I'm not saying you should copy it; but it's incredibly effective and it's worth considering why and what you can do to tick these boxes with your own Facebook videos, ads or not.
Just as you're about to stop watching.... screamy-fish-girl gets squirted with hotdog sauces and suddenly your attention is back again wondering what might happen next.
And what might happen next? You might just click 'like', 'share' or 'sign up'. Shocker.
Want to figure out how to make Facebook video work for your business? Get in touch!
Below: How the video appeared in my Facebook feed.