Discover the power of short-form video content in social media with 80/20 Digital.

From the glory days of Vine (R.I.P) to the latest TikTok craze, social media trends may come and go, but one thing remains unchanged – our obsession with short videos.  

There’s no denying that short-form video content (SFVC) has blown up in marketing over the past few years, changing the way brands connect with their audiences and how we interact, engage and sell online. In fact, 66% of consumers found short-form video to be the most engaging type of social media content in 2023 – a significant rise from 50% in 2020. With our ever-shrinking attention spans always on the hunt for that next dopamine hit, it’s clear that short-form video content isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Why is Short-form Video Content So Popular?

In the era of information overload, short-form videos are 2.5 times more engaging than long-form video content. Why? Simply put, we don’t have the time or focus anymore! SFVC cuts through the noise and delivers short, sharp, captivating content. For businesses, these small but mighty snippets serve as the most effective way to convey powerful messages within a brief timeframe, typically lasting seconds to a few minutes on platforms such as TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts. 


How To Create Effective Short-form Videos

Like a scandalous clickbait headline, short-form videos excel at grabbing attention quickly. With 73% of consumers preferring to watch short-form videos to learn about a service or product, it’s perfect for highlighting products, sharing tutorials, or giving a glimpse behind the scenes. The secret to SFVC’s success? Telling a story that’s clear, concise, and engaging. Let’s break down some practical tips to make your videos truly stand out.

  • Know Your Audience: Create relevant and engaging content to match the interests, needs, and behaviours of your target audience.
  • Start Strong: Grab attention in the first few seconds. With short-form videos, you don’t have much time to make an impact, so make sure your opening is captivating.
  • Include a Call-to-Action (CTA): Guide viewers on what to do next – whether it’s visiting your website, following your social media, or checking out a product.
  • Use Captions: Many people watch videos without sound, so adding captions or on-screen text ensures your message gets across.
  • Experiment with Trends: Keep an eye on current trends and challenges on TikTok and Instagram – jumping on these trends can increase your visibility.
  • Engage with Your Audience: Encourage viewers to like, comment, and share your videos, then respond to their comments to increase engagement.

Strategies for Short-form Video Marketing

Choosing the right social media platform is essential, but remember: not every business needs to jump on TikTok or Instagram just for the sake of it. Your choice should align with who you’re trying to reach, what you’re sharing, and what you want to achieve.

For the content creation itself, having a meticulously planned posting schedule is a must. Viewers are more likely to engage with brands that provide a steady stream of captivating, high-quality content. Keep an eye on those likes, shares, and comments to tweak and perfect your strategy. 

Short-form Video Advertising

Short-form video ads are a savvy alternative to traditional advertising methods, offering a high return on investment. According to Vidico, short-form video ad spending will hit around $100 billion this year and will make up a whopping 82% of global internet traffic by 2025With precise targeting and detailed analytics to help you spend your budget wisely, it’s no wonder companies are investing big-time in short-form video advertising campaigns. 

At 80/20 Digital, we specialise in crafting impactful short-form video ads and providing creative content ideas for your social media content strategy. When it comes to video production, we recommend partnering with a skilled videographer so your content looks professional and captures your brand’s essence perfectly.

The Future of Short-Form Video Content

As more businesses tap into the engagement power of SFVC, short-form videos are set to become even more pivotal in the digital marketing landscape. By embracing SFVC, your business can look forward to easily keeping up with trends – and maybe even setting them.

Want to learn more about enhancing your digital strategy and making the most of the latest trends in social media? Contact 80/20 Digital today on 03 9042 0714 and let our social media specialists transform your social media strategy.

As 80/20 Digital's Copywriter, Hayley Tantau brings a creative lens to our blogs, SEO content, EDMs, and social media. When she's not writing content, she's keeping up to date with all the latest social media and marketing industry trends. Her passion for translating complex ideas into compelling, easy-to-understand content ensures your brand stands out and resonates with your audience.