There Are Only A Few, But Here’s How Early Adopters Are Using Twitter Video

  • Three weeks after the launch of Twitter’s mobile native video feature, most brands are not using it. The best examples are direct answers in Q&As.


    In the three weeks since Twitter announced the rollout of native video, we’ve been on the lookout for brands and businesses making use of the new feature. So far we’ve come up mostly empty.

    Brands appear to be taking a wait and see approach. Or perhaps, they are satisfied with the other ways to introduce motion into their Twitter feeds, animated GIFs, six-second Vine videos, Twitter video cards and, for major advertisers and publishing partners, native video posted through the paid Amplify product.

    Whatever the reasons, we’ve only found one major brand using new native video the platform: Tide, which has posted a handful of clips from New York Fashion Week. Here’s one from a NYFW runway:

    And another off-stage with designer Nicole Miller:

    As you can see, it’s not especially compelling content; but it is in-the-moment video from a location that most people don’t have access to. The production values are low, but that’s to be expected of a tool that’s only accessible from mobile devices and small-screen viewers are forgiving of rough edges on video created with cell phones.

    A Great New Engagement Tool

    Although traditional brands haven’t dived in yet, other social actors have been kicking the tires and have had some excellent early results. And perhaps the first killer app is using Twitter video as a way to respond quickly to your followers.

    That’s how entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk has been using it, as he explained in a recent blog post:

    I’ve been waiting for something like this, and I’ve wanted it to do it before, but there was too much friction on the platform. Now they’ve done all the work for you, and all you have to do is get in there and engage. It takes me nine to twelve seconds to make a video and reply, but those extra seconds hold a lot of meaning. Not to mention it’s more personal, visual, and we are living in a world where the visual is often regarded as a better engagement than the written.

    There’s also more room to set the tone. A lot of things can get lost in a tweet. I might say “thnx” but that person isn’t 100% sure what my tone really was. But with Twitter video, the message comes across loud and clear.

    Here’s a quick, 13-second video answer Vaynerchuk posted today:

    Similarly, actress Amy Schumer, promoting her upcoming movie “Trainwreck,” used native video to answer fan questions during a Twitter Q&A last week.

    Medium, the blogging platform founded by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, also got into the act with a Q&A. Here’s one of the answers:

    Let us know if you see other examples.

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    About The Author

    Martin Beck is Third Door Media’s Social Media Reporter, covering the latest news for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. He spent 24 years with the Los Angeles Times, serving as social media and reader engagement editor from 2010-2014. A graduate of UC Irvine and the University of Missouri journalism school, Beck started started his career at the Times as a sportswriter and copy editor. Follow Martin on Twitter (@MartinBeck), Facebook and/or Google+.

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