Note: Instagram has phased out IGTV. We’ll be publishing a new article soon on how to use the newest Instagram video tools. In the meantime read our article 10 Ways to Use Instagram Marketing for Businesses.
What Is IGTV?
One frustrating aspect of Instagram Stories has been the limited video length of 15 seconds. As a result, IG users have had to be creative about how to get across complete stories by either uploading a series of images or using video splicer tools and uploading a bunch of 15-second video segments.
Now with IGTV, users can share videos in long-form, up to one hour for some users, in a vertical format. Vertical video is better suited to mobile platforms, where consumers spend most of their time in today’s social media climate.
The New Television?
Users can navigate IGTV-like television, which is suitable during an era where television consumption has been reduced by 40% among 18 to 29-year-olds.
Anyone can create and share videos with their followers, and though there’s currently a ten-minute restriction, Instagram intends to introduce no time limit as things progress.
Though the average user is capped at 10 minutes at this stage, with a 15-second minimum length, those with more significant followings can test the creation of hour-long videos.
How Does it Work?
When a user opens the IGTV app, the content published by those you follow immediately plays. In the standard Instagram app, users can access IGTV via a TV-like icon in the upper right corner of the home feed.
Instagram has stated there won’t be separate IGTV user accounts, instead saying “the creators are the channels.” Users can switch between followers and trending or popular content while discovering new content based on perceived preferences.
Instagram’s implementation seems to attempt to compete with rival companies, YouTube and Snapchat, which in recent years have honed in on video content.
A double benefit of using IGTV is that users can also publish their IGTV videos on their Facebook pages.
High-ranking users will introduce weekly shows, so it’s a great way to gain exposure and boost your following.
Though users aren’t positioned to make money directly from IGTV, the main benefit is increased engagement.
With this being said, how is IGTV expected to impact the marketing landscape?
How You Can Leverage IGTV for Marketing
Instagram has been gaining influence as one of the leading social media platforms, with over 800 million users as of September 2017.
Its marketing power stems from a broad demographic appeal, which presents multiple opportunities for brand establishment.
Though once focused on awareness, Instagram’s power extends to lead conversion. This is supported by the notion that 30% of Instagram users buy products after spotting them on the platform.
IGTV means influencers and brands can communicate with their audience differently, with a chance to get creative with engaging vertical videos.
To market effectively, creating content that resonates with your target audience, and building your community with appealing, informative videos is essential.
Gone are the days of trying to impress your audience in a few seconds. Instead, branded videos have been gaining traction, with a 63% growth month-to-month since October. IGTV has thus been introduced at the perfect time.
You can now tell a story through videos, cementing IGTV at the center of social media digital marketing strategies.
If you’re unsure of a content strategy, your best bet is to trial existing content to familiarize yourself with the technology. However, you will find that you cannot crop uploaded videos or zoom out to make comprehensive videos fit the vertical format as with Stories.
Focus on engaging existing audiences while tapping into new ones, testing your creativity, and ultimately reap the benefits of increased brand awareness.
There are additional opportunities to explore influencer marketing, where you can capitalize on a fresh marketing concept.
The Future of IGTV?
Though we don’t know what’s around the corner, what we do know is the platform will continue to evolve. So it’s essential you can grow with it or avoid becoming extinct.
One trend we can be sure of is the rise of vertical video, an appealing format transcending social media feeds.One trend we can be certain of is the rise of vertical video, an appealing format transcending social media feeds. Click To Tweet
In the future, users will probably be capable of earning additional revenue through paid advertising, creating profitable opportunities for companies that have cultivated a large audience.
Invest in Instagram and IGTV marketing today, and you’ll capitalize on the latest trend in social media marketing. IGTV is positioned to transcend the industry as we know it, so strike while the iron’s hot, and most importantly, don’t miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime!