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  • Writer's pictureGavin Pease

Video Marketing Unveiled: Analyzing Trends & Styles From Tech Industry Leaders

In the fast-paced world of tech marketing, where attention spans are fleeting, the key to success, of course, lies in the ability to captivate and compel your audience.


Picture this: You're scrolling through your social media feed, bombarded by a barrage of ads, self-help ‘gurus’, and branded content vying for your attention. In a sea of sameness, one video stands out—a captivating visual, emotional story, or humor that draws you in.


That spark of curiosity is the power of video marketing done right—the ability to transcend the noise, capture the imagination, and forge a genuine connection with your audience.


But what separates the video marketing mavericks from the rest of the pack? How do companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft consistently churn out content that not only resonates with their audience but leaves a lasting impact on their brand perception and bottom line? How can we take what they’ve learned and put it into action for ourselves to reign in the most revenue? That is the million-dollar question—one that we're about to unravel together.


Successful Brand Identity


Nothing holds more weight than a well-defined brand identity and consistent style. This isn't just about aesthetics—it's about effectively communicating who you are and what you stand for to your audience. In other words, the story you tell the world about yourself. 


Your brand identity sets the tone for every interaction, shaping perceptions, building trust, and ultimately, driving customer loyalty. In a crowded digital landscape—where logistics and features may not even resonate with the average consumer—clarity in brand identity is the key to making a lasting impression. Brand Identity, and by extension story at large, is the foundation upon which successful video marketing campaigns are built. A good story ensures hat every video speaks directly to your audience in a language they understand and resonate with.


Google and the ‘Organic Ad’

Google's emotionally resonant "Year in Search" campaigns serve as a testament to the power of storytelling in video marketing. Each year, Google releases a poignant video montage highlighting the most searched-for topics and events, tapping into the collective consciousness and reflecting on the shared experiences that unite us all. Through these campaigns, Google not only showcases its search engine's capabilities but also reminds us of the human stories behind all the data—a perfect example of how to organically advertise a blend of product and user experience.




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Microsoft: King of the Case Study

Microsoft's "Empowering Us All" campaign demonstrates the transformative power of technology to uplift individuals and communities. Through a series of heartfelt testimonials and uplifting narratives, Microsoft highlights the human side of technology, showcasing how their products and services are making a meaningful difference in people's lives. 


This plays into Microsoft’s larger focus of showing their tech at work in the world. Microsoft leverages a plethora of these Case Study videos, with a great deal of product releases and event demonstrations fleshed out by highlighting how brands are utilizing their tools to streamline business. By focusing on the human impact of their technology, whether that be for philanthropy or business development, Microsoft creates a powerful emotional connection with their audience, and positions themselves as ‘world changers’. What more reason could you need to buy into their mission?




The Apple Lifestyle

When we think of Apple, we don't just think of products; we think of a lifestyle. Central to Apple's unparalleled success is their ability to craft a distinct brand image—one that resonates strongly with creatives, innovators, and dreamers.


Apple's live action commercials are a masterclass in visual technique, often meticulously choreographed and utilizing wide camera angles and designed moves. These ads exude a sense of precision and polish, while you feel thrust into the action taking place.


Take, for example, their "Shot on iPhone" campaigns, which showcase the capabilities of their camera technology while making use of dynamic movement.


But it's not just their live action commercials that set Apple apart; it's their product-centric ads as well. Bold 3D models, animations, and repeating patterns come together in a minimalist style that's instantly recognizable.


Whether it's the sleek lines of the iPhone or the elegant curves of the MacBook, Apple's product ads convey a sense of sophistication and refinement that resonates with consumers worldwide.


I must also make an honorable mention for their choice in music to accompany their spots, choosing experimental and dynamic electronic tracks that offer boldly cut editing opportunities, and perpetuate the thought of innovation.


This meticulous crafting of consistent brand identity is why they've cultivated such a wide and loyal following among creatives and consumers alike. In the tech world where your brand is driven by your recognition, Apple has managed to build a fanbase like no other.


Choose Your Platform


From the humble beginnings of Broadcast commercials and birth of YouTube to the explosive growth of platforms like TikTok, the evolution of video marketing has been quite the moving target. Video reigns supreme as the undisputed king of content, but it now comes in all shapes and sizes, and with it varying degrees of effectiveness.


As always, it all boils down to one question: ‘Who is your target audience?’

In this case, with an addendum of ‘Where are they browsing?’


As marketing team leads in the tech industry, it's essential that we not only understand the fundamentals of what will appeal to our target audience, but equally important is where it will appeal to them.


Indulge me in a brief layman's terms case study of car commercials. When have you ever seen a commercial for Tesla’s Cybertruck air on TV? Have you seen a commercial at all? What efforts they do take are focused primarily on hosting and streaming out live product demonstrations. Now, compare these to the car commercials you DO see on TV. They’re mostly the big name sensible brands like Honda, Ford, Audi etc. Of course there is a healthy dose of cheesy locally owned lots. When are truck commercials most prominent? Primetime sports games. It’s all intentional, and of course it is.


While the advantage of brand recognition in Elon Musk is far from a fair comparison to the “Come on down to <insert car lot here>” personality, the point is all of these brands know their market, where, and when to focus their energy. A local lot wouldn’t have any business streaming nationwide, just as Tesla wouldn’t stand to gain anything taking to the regional airwaves.


So where do you focus your efforts? Is your audience a casual user who gets their product updates through passive commercials or are they tech enthusiasts eagerly scouring social feeds for the next launch? Do they follow influential voices in the industry or are they more into the live action on Twitch? Understanding your audience's habits and preferences is key to picking the right platform for your video marketing.


While both utilizing ethos video content in supporting their products, Adobe thrives through creative tutorials on YouTube while IBM curates thought leadership content for LinkedIn. Similar solution, but the avenue is specific to the audience.



Visualization of Video Strategy and Measurement

Go Measurable or Go Home


In our modern world, data is king and knowledge is power. Tech leading companies are aggregating unspeakable amounts of data from which to drive insightful action, and you best believe data on their video marketing is among it.



By measuring the effectiveness of your video campaigns and leveraging data-driven insights, you can refine your strategies, optimize your content, and ultimately, drive better results. So don't just create videos—measure them, analyze them, and use the insights you gather to take your marketing efforts to the next level. Let’s see how some industry leaders have made an important pivot or doubled-down on efforts due to what their data told them.



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Netflix

Netflix is known for using data-driven insights to inform its content creation and marketing strategies. In one notable example, Netflix analyzed viewer data from its video marketing campaigns to identify trends in audience preferences. They discovered that trailers featuring strong female leads tended to perform exceptionally well with certain audience segments.


As a result, Netflix shifted its marketing focus to highlight female-driven content, creating targeted video campaigns that resonated with these audiences. This pivot not only helped Netflix attract new subscribers but also reinforced its commitment to diversity and inclusion in its content offerings.



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Square

Square, the financial technology company, used insights from its video marketing analytics to refine its advertising strategy. Through analytics tools provided by platforms like YouTube and Facebook, Square analyzed viewer engagement metrics and audience demographics to better understand its target market.


They found that videos showcasing real-life customer success stories were particularly effective in driving conversions and building trust with potential customers.


In response, Square doubled down on this approach, creating more video content that highlighted the real-world benefits of its products and services. This pivot resulted in increased engagement, higher conversion rates, and ultimately, improved ROI for Square's video marketing efforts.



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Salesforce

Salesforce, a leading customer relationship management (CRM) platform, used insights from its video marketing analytics to optimize its content strategy. By analyzing viewer engagement metrics and performance data from platforms like YouTube and LinkedIn, Salesforce identified patterns in audience behavior and content preferences.


They found that tutorial-style videos explaining complex CRM concepts were highly popular among their target audience of sales and marketing professionals.


Armed with this insight, Salesforce revamped its video content strategy to focus more heavily on educational content, creating a series of in-depth tutorials and how-to guides. This pivot helped Salesforce better serve its audience's needs, establish thought leadership in the CRM space, and drive increased engagement and brand awareness through its video marketing efforts.


Actionable Insights


From defining your brand identity to choosing the right platform and leveraging data-driven insights, we've seen how tech industry leaders are hitting the mark in their video marketing. You can distill all of these learnings down to knowing your customer inside and out. Who do you want to attract? Tell a brand story so they perceive you a certain way. Cater video content to them where they’re spending their time. And study how your content affects them so you can make even better content or decisions.


A useful exercise in nailing down a tone is to brainstorm a word web of adjectives that describe the feeling of your brand. Don’t be considerate or organized, just brain dump the ideal feelings. This word web is a guidebook to make all creative decisions, and if your video marketing isn’t reflective of these terms, then it needs to change.


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Spend time on YouTube watching commercials and note why they resonate with you or why they don’t. An incredibly useful tool in this type of market research is Foreplay. This tool lets you search a vast library of content by brand, niche, and style to see how competitors or industry leaders are making their voice heard. Scouring the market will no doubt spark ideas for your own efforts.


And when you do create your video content, don’t just post and hope. Measure them, analyze them, and obsessively track your analytics. Evaluate your dashboards and how your data is currently being kept. If all you’re doing currently is counting likes and views, then you’re only scratching the surface.


Visual Breakdown of UTM Link Parameters

Triggers, tags, and dashboards in Google Analytics can track how long videos were viewed and where they dropped off. Possibly most useful of all are UTM links, that help you map out the customer journey from start to finish.


You can know how a customer got to your video, and where they went as a result. By obsessively tracking your video analytics as you would any other form of marketing, you can uncover insights and refine your strategies.


By staying curious, adaptable, and data-driven, you can elevate your video marketing efforts and drive meaningful results for your business. There’s no secrets, and even the biggest brands are showing their hands every time they release new video content. Actively studying what the leaders in your industry are doing well can help you to stay fresh, capitalize on trends, and eventually think ahead of the curve.


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