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Social video marketing

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Social video marketing is a component of an integrated marketing communications plan designed to increase audience engagement through social activity around a given video. In a successful social video marketing campaign, the content, distribution strategy and consumer self-expression tools combine to allow an individual to “add their voice” or co-create value to a piece of content - then further disseminate it out to their social acquaintances. Social video typically benefits from a halo effect cast by the "influencers” of a given social grouping. Social video marketing draws on consumer-culture theory, economic theory, and social theory around the psychology of sharing. Social video marketing differs from social marketing, which has the intent of influencing behavior for a social good.

Media publishers and content rights holders create social videos from TV, live video feeds and pre-recorded content in order to generate engagement on social platforms and drive media distribution.[1] They use real-time video editing software to instantly create and share social videos in native formats such as vertical video for Snapchat and square video for Instagram. YouTube stands out as a paramount marketing tool for brands across diverse industries. A Wyzowl survey from 2021 revealed that 87% of video marketers endorsed YouTube for its effectiveness, solidifying its status as the preferred platform among video marketers.[2]

Distinguished from viral video marketing[edit]

Social video marketing is also distinct from viral marketing which is more closely aligned with the self-replicating nature of both “memorable and sufficiently” interesting content. In contrast to viral video where success is typically measured solely on the pass-along rate or the number of impressions, social video hinges on leveraging a deeper more contextual relationship between sharer and recipient.

Social videos tend to be passed along because of a shared interest or a sense of trust between the sender and recipient(s). Social videos attract conversation in either a one-to-one or a one-many relationship, with the comments and interactions becoming cumulative, rather than moving in a one-way trajectory, as in the case of not a viral video.

Theories on social video and sharing[edit]

Historical context[edit]

Conditions which have made the market conducive to the rise of social video marketing:

Bibliography and References[edit]

“Why Do We Share Stories, News, and Information With Others?” - Psychological Science [3] [3]


  1. ^ Farber, Alex (February 18, 2014). "Twitter to offer near-live Brits clips". Broadcast. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Chen, Gong; Li, Yi; Sun, Ya (January 2023). "How YouTubers Make Popular Marketing Videos? Speech Acts, Move Structure, and Audience Response in YouTube Influencer Marketing Videos". SAGE Open. 13 (1): 215824402311522. doi:10.1177/21582440231152227. ISSN 2158-2440.
  3. ^ "Why Do We Share Stories, News, and Information With Others?".