LinkedIn is a bit late to the video game compared to other platforms, so they aren’t reinventing the wheel. Like other social platforms offering video sharing, LinkedIn will be making viewer stats available to users like views, likes, and shares.
One unique analytics, however, is you’ll also see the companies viewers have worked at and their job title. This additional professional insight is what makes LinkedIn a unique video-sharing platform for companies.
Also unlike other social platforms, LinkedIn currently doesn’t support video ads. However, what the future holds is still a little unclear.
Another thing many social platforms do is utilize algorithms to boost videos or particular posts into users feeds; that will not be the case with LinkedIn.
The biggest difference you’ll see when uploading native video to LinkedIn is the audience. Unlike other social networks, LinkedIn is the go-to platform for B2B and professionals to learn, engage, and find solutions to their business problems. So, this is your opportunity to create professional oriented video content and have an audience interested in it.
What Does This Mean for Your Business?
Video is no longer something you can keep on the back burner for another time. It’s become an expectation for companies. In fact, Entrepreneur expects 80% of all online content to be video by 2019.
Even though they’re late to the party, it was inevitable for LinkedIn to introduce the publishing of native video especially since it’s already been implemented by Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Now that all major social platforms are on board, you need to be too!
Start or open a Publisher post, then underneath where it says “Headline,” click on the square icon with the + symbol in the lower right-hand corner.
Once that box is expanded, click on the video icon where you can paste the link to your video.
Adding Video to Make Your Updates Stand Out
You can shares links in your regular updates.
All you have to do is paste links to videos already created and published on Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, and even on your website. Don’t be afraid to share videos created by industry influencers as well.
How Your Company Can Implement LinkedIn Video
So… before you start publishing native video to LinkedIn, it’s important to identify if this is where your audience is hanging out. If your audience isn’t on LinkedIn, this may not be worth your time.
If it is a popular platform with your audience, however, consider using video to:
Host or Share a Webinar
Host a Q&A or AMA
Conduct interviews with industry thought leaders
Showcase your office
Behind the scenes look at new products
While native video isn’t accessible to all LinkedIn members yet, here’s a look at how users are utilizing LinkedIn’s new video feature:
While those are just a couple of examples showcasing how LinkedIn users are using native video, it's something that everyone can and should start implementing.
And, with 51% of marketing professionals naming video as the type of content with the best ROI, get out there and start telling your brands story through video content.
Have you published native videos to LinkedIn yet? If so, let me know what you think.