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How LinkedIn Can Transform Your Video Strategy

More than 80% of B2B marketers think their lead nurturing programs should be a lot better than they are, according to a recent Demand Gen Report survey. Social media, personalization strategies, and content engagement are their top priorities for improvement.

There will be a lot of focus on LinkedIn. The professional networking platform grew to 830 million users during the pandemic, and has continued to introduce new tools for segmenting audiences and sharing content. Indeed, users are complaining about oversharing.

Still, many users use LinkedIn mostly for research, not for socializing. Compared to other social media, there’s far less quality content — particularly video content — competing for attention. Superior videos will be appreciated whether people are checking out your company page or you’re reaching out to nurture leads.

Try LinkedIn Native Video

What’s more, there’s a good chance your competitors aren’t yet taking full advantage of LinkedIn’s tools. For example, you probably already use LinkedIn to share links to videos you’ve posted on other platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. There’s a much better way.

Native videos are video files uploaded directly to, or created on, LinkedIn. LinkedIn’s algorithm gives native videos preferential treatment in searches and feeds. Given that native videos get about ten times more shares than video links get on Facebook, the same should be true for LinkedIn native videos. In addition, LinkedIn’s content (and video content, generally) does well in Google search results.

Optimize Existing Videos

Just like other social media, most users connect to LinkedIn on their phones, so video in square or portrait format takes longer for users to scroll past, compared to videos in the horizontal HD format commonly used for explainers, demos, and most other business videos.

The simplest way to optimize horizontal videos for LinkedIn is to use editing software to place the existing video in the center of a square frame. Add titles or headlines above the video and captions under it. Now, you’ve got a video that communicates on three levels. Captions are important because most people watch videos on social media without sound.

Include a Helpful Description and Hashtags

Your optimized video will be sure to catch the eye — but it’s even more likely to get watched if the text around it helps people evaluate its relevance to them. Include links to your other relevant content, too. Meaningful hashtags can help your video reach the right people. Here’s The Only Article You Need To Read About LinkedIn Hashtags.

Narrowly Target Content

Obviously, LinkedIn offers many opportunities to target content for different roles. And there are lots of ways to create or edit video in order to speak directly to those different roles. Here are three effective ways to do that:

  • Use different characters to represent different personas
  • Structure explainer videos in chapters or as listicles
  • Share appropriate excerpts from demo videos with LinkedIn contacts

The next time you plan a video, or your annual budget for video, consider the new opportunities LinkedIn can open up.

Bruce McKenzie

A writer with a background in public broadcasting and corporate marketing communications, Bruce McKenzie pioneered the “2-Minute Explainer®” brand video for technology businesses in 2004. Customers have included numerous enterprise technology companies (Cisco, IBM, BMC, Brocade/Broadcom, Software AG, CA Technologies, CompuCom) as well as B2B startups. Rebranded “Technology Business Video” in 2017, the company today produces a variety of “tactical” videos to reach buying team members throughout the sales cycle. We take everything marketers want to say and transform it into short videos that communicate stuff buyers want to know. It’s basically what good writers do, made visual. Visit to learn more or set up a chat about tactical videos with the Technology Business Video professionals.

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