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Popping up everywhere in product advertising, content marketing and online web stores is video. Companies like Buzzfeed and Dove were among the first to witness the effects of viral marketing through short popular three minute movie clips but it’s no longer businesses with large budgets that are taking advantage of a growing audience preference for moving visuals.

Samsung Galaxy S8 video ad that automatically plays upon page load. Source: TheStreet

Tools like Facebook ad format Collection and Facebook Live focus on video content to boost retail sales given that video posts have a 135% greater organic reach than photo posts. An Adidas’ campaign promoting various apparel items resulted in a 1.8X decrease in cost-per-conversion, according to the brand.  

SMEs in Thailand running an online auction through Facebook Live to sell products, usually clothing and accessories.

Based on majority of statistics floating around the web, data points to a healthy customer engagement with “video storytelling”.

According to Cisco, video is projected to claim more than 80% of all web traffic by 2019 and Forrester estimates that a video included in an email campaign will garner a 200-300% increase in click through rate.

Versus a still image, video content is more emotionally compelling and reinforces the messaging behind a brand and its product.

Watching a video is simple enough, but do they directly impact consumer behavior?

A recent whitepaper by Nielsen, “Cross Platform Report 2017”, conducted a survey to find out how Indonesians react after interacting with online video ads.

Respondents between the ages 21 – 49 were most likely to connect with a brand – call, go to store, purchase online – after watching an online video advertisement. Those over 50 years old were less likely to be affected by video content.

 

Source: Nielsen Cross Platform report 2017

But all that’s video is not gold

The message isn’t that every brand manager should grab a camcorder and throw their marketing budget into producing a product video.

Findings from market research firm in the US L2 Inc shares a cautious message,

“Brands invest heavily in video on a variety of platforms, including TV, YouTube, and social media. However, videos on the homepage can have a negative effect on site engagement metrics.

L2 found that the 56% of brands with video on the homepage actually saw shorter site visit times, fewer average pages per visit, and higher bounce rates than brands without video on their homepage.”

It may be too soon to judge whether video is the best method to achieve higher direct retail sales but companies such as ViSenze are creating technology that enables contextual advertising within a video.

On the other hand, video has been and remains one of the most effective ways to improve brand awareness and educate consumers. Just think of the heart-tugging Amazon Mother’s Day videos.

Ramadan, the time of year when Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk, is only six weeks away. The holy month is not only for reflection and prayer through the Islamic world but surprisingly also one of the busiest shopping seasons for businesses.

Online sales and web traffic have been especially profound for online businesses with a rise of 77% and 110%, respectively, during Ramadan last year. With approximately 240 million Muslims in Southeast Asia, the upcoming holy month means more eating, praying and shopping.

But what are observers of this religious festival shopping for? When and where can businesses reach them? Facebook has shared a presentation that contains insights about users during Ramadan. Here’s what to keep in mind:

Shopping peaks before, during and after Ramadan

Ramadan falls on May 27 to June 25 2017, however, sales increase both pre- and post-Ramadan offering businesses a period of nearly three months to capture the attention of potential buyers.

According to Facebook, the pre-Ramadan phase this year falls from April until May 26 followed by the holy Ramadan month, while the post-Ramadan phase falls from June 26 to July 31.

Pre-Ramadan

People start browsing to discover products as early as April, but shopping peaks in the Ramadan month, by as much as 27% compared to the season average in 2016.

Women especially are looking for tips to decorate the home, create a new dish or buy a dress, so it’s best to reach them through online campaigns when they begin prepping for the celebrations.

The pre-Ramadan period is good for offering things like household cleaning supplies as people embrace “purity” and “cleanliness” preparing to welcome Ramadan. The week before Ramadan, people will stock up on food and beverages.

Mobile is the observer’s best friend

  • 60% of Indonesians use the mobile during this season to connect with family and friends. Family, food and the home dominate Facebook conversations.
  • 86% of Indonesians access the internet via the mobile.
  • 96 million people access Facebook monthly on mobile making the platform a smart marketing channel.  
  • More service-based apps are downloaded during and post-Ramadan for a stress-free (28% increase in installs in June, 26% in July).

The Ramadan shopper

The focus is on women during this time of year as more activities become stressful in Ramadan. They include:

  • Keeping a tidy home (30.6%)
  • Cooking (30.4%)
  • Dressing well (27.9%)
  • Entertaining family/friends (19.5%)
  • Being a parent (14.9%)

And because they tend to miss out on relaxing (29%), watching TV shows (20%) and spending time with family/friends (16%), they turn to the mobile to post on Facebook and 50% look for inspiration during Ramadan.

Women namely discuss family, food and beverage and the household in Facebook conversations. The most popular Instagram hashtags during Ramadan include:

  • Hijab, Hijabers, Hijab fashion
  • Fashion
  • Dress
  • Kemeja (shirt)
  • Bajuanak (children’s clothes)
  • Holiday (more local destinations than global)

The most popular shopping topics among women:

  • Clothing – particularly for new clothes for Eid/Lebaran
  • Electronics – TV, Playstation and mobile phones (particularly Samsung)
  • Gifting and promotions

How to reach this demographic? Facebook has shared a handy table for setting up ad campaigns and the topics/keywords to focus on to provide convenience to observers:

Other tips to reach more Ramadan browsers

eIQ case study a few years back found that web traffic peaks in the early hours of the day so boosting online promotions and offers between 3AM to 6AM will be more effective than scheduling those for later in the day.

Digital marketing is a good way to send your brand message to customers during this period, especially if it’s optimized for the mobile device. Businesses also need to be aware that if they are connecting to their audience during this religious time, content should be appropriate and sensitive while providing as much convenience as possible.

  • Inspire with best Ramadan deals: tips for decorating the home, healthy recipes, stylish dresses
  • Begin campaigns early: Start as soon as April (now!) before it gets to Ramadan crunch time.
  • Be a problem solver: Women are stressed about cleaning, cooking and dressing well. Be creative, bundle cleaning supplies with home delivery and curated fashion solutions.

Be it marketing through Facebook, email or any other channel, this is a helpful checklist for optimal marketing efficacy:


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