Five lessons that Digital Minute has taught us about video content

After just three months, Digital Minute is giving us some big lessons on how video can enhance your content marketing.

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Video content is becoming one of the biggest growth areas of content marketing. Earlier this year, Cisco claimed that by 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic. Nielsen, a survey group in the US, reports that 64% of marketers expect video to dominate their strategies in the near future. Wherever you look, all of the signs point to video.

Stickyeyes has been producing video news bulletins, Digital Minute for just short of three months. Our first episode launched in early September and since then, we have been producing fortnightly updates from the world of digital. We’ve covered everything from Google algorithm updates and social media developments, through to Amazon drones and protests in Hungary.

We have been delighted with the reception so far but above anything else, it is serving as a real-life example that even a relatively small investment of time and resource in video can go a long way.

Grow your reach, quickly

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After just three months, Digital Minute has attracted more than 3,500 subscribers and at present, typically reaches 100 subscribers per day. That is a significant number to reach in what is a niche industry.

The nature of video distribution is such that one click has the ability to reach several thousand people, largely in a way that means that they don’t have to seek the content themselves. Most of our subscribers come from video podcast services, such as iTunes, which downloads episodes as they are released to a subscriber’s iPad, iPhone or iTunes account. It’s an extremely powerful method of distribution.

Digital Minute is also posted to Facebook and YouTube, giving us exposure across key video platforms.

Time is precious


We deliberately designed Digital Minute to be a short, bite-sized update of the key issues in digital, with further insight available on the blog for those that want it. Most stories covered are featured in more detail on the blog, and Digital Minute acts as a useful gateway to more of our content.

We deliberately keep every episode to 1:11 (hence the name) and try to cover two stories equally in each episode. We know that people working in digital are both incredibly mobile and time poor, so we create each edition so that it can be easily consumed on a busy commuter train, on a lunch break or in the back of a cab very easily.

It appears to be a timeframe that works for our audience, with the audience retention rates for Digital Minute significantly outstripping typical engagement rates for other types of video.

On average, viewers watch more than 77% of the total video length of each episode. That compares with typical averages of about 60% for other video projects and a typical average, according to B2B platform Wistia, of around 67 % for videos with a length of 1:00 – 2:00 minutes. In fact, Digital Minute outstrips the typical average retention rate for videos of 0:30 – 1:00 minutes (around 75%).

Show off your brand personality

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Digital Minute is a great way of showing off the personality of Stickyeyes. Of course, we try to do this in all of our content but no medium does this quite like video.

Everyone in the agency has the ability to contribute to Digital Minute in one way or another. Everyone is encouraged to send in story ideas and support the script writing process and we aim to have different presenters every single week. It is something that we believe demonstrates the depth of talent that we have at Stickyeyes.

Filming takes place on a Monday morning, in a room at one end of our main creative office in Leeds. This is a time when the office is usually very busy, with people dashing around to meetings, sharing ideas and catching up on projects. We certainly hope that it demonstrates just how lively life is at Stickyeyes.

Your employees buy into it

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Getting employees to buy into your content marketing can be tricky, but we’ve found that people respond much more positively to video than they do other forms of content. We get more shares and more feedback on our video content, particularly Digital Minute, than we do most other forms of content.

Of course, some people are more apprehensive than others about appearing in front of the camera, but we’ve found that once they have given it a go, they come back for another one. It’s immensely useful in helping people refine their presentation technique and it definitely creates some talking points around the office.

You don’t have to be Steven Spielberg

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Lots of brands are apprehensive about video because of the amount of resources they believe it requires. What Digital Minute has demonstrated is that even the simplest idea can be hugely effective.

Digital Minute was designed to be resource-light. We can turn these videos around quickly and, should there be a major development that we feel we need to cover, we can easily write, shoot, edit and distribute an episode more quickly than you might think. Yes, it requires some investment in skills and equipment, but small ideas can yield big results.

Could we do something bigger-budget and more elaborate? With the skills and equipment we have, absolutely we could. But in doing so, we’d probably miss the purpose of what we’re trying to achieve. In many cases, the simplest ideas are the most effective and that is the core message to give to those brands that are shying away from video. You don’t need to come up with an Oscar nominee to appeal to your audiences. Just create something useful and put it where your audiences will find it.

How to subscribe

To ensure you don’t miss an episode, we’ve ensured you can subscribe in whatever ways suits you. You’ll find Digital Minute on:

We hope you’ll find the series useful and would to hear your comments and feedback.

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Get in touch to find out more about how video, animation and multimedia can help your brand get its message across.

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  • Richard Michie commented on November 27, 2014:

    Great article. I’ve always struggled to get the team involved in videos. Getting photo’s can be hard enough! It’s very interesting that you go for really short videos, but then attention spans are getting shorter.

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