Twitter Videos and Video Formats: A Detailed Guide

Video is killing it on social media, and it is no surprise. Videos engage, inform, entertain, and successfully convey your message in a way other mediums struggle to. In fact, Twitter videos are becoming increasingly central to the real-time conversations that happen on the microblogging platform.

8 Benefits of Twitter Videos

Adweek analyzed Twitter’s annual online video playbook and created a delightful infographic. Here are a few stats from it:

  • Twitter sees 800 million visitors a month
  • 82% of users on Twitter actively engage with brands
  • 93% of Twitter video views are from mobile
  • Videos are 6x more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than photos, and 3x more than gifs
  • Twitter videos have increased by over 50% since the beginning of 2016
  • 48% of videos included a sequential resolution, i.e. a problem set up at the beginning was solved at the end
  • 37% of Twitter users would like to see more Twitter videos from their favorite brands
  • 41% of Twitter users favor Twitter as a way to discover video content

Twitter video consumption is on the rise, and will continue to grow as the network develops new features for users and marketers.

Best Practices to Follow While Making A Twitter Video

Here are some practices you can follow to make sure your Twitter videos perform well and gain traction. Do note that following these is not an absolute necessity, but since they’ve been tried and tested by many businesses, it is a good practice:

What video format is best for Twitter?

Twitter supports all 3 formats – landscape, square and portrait. As a marketer, you want your viewer to watch your video without any distractions. This ensures your viewer understands the message you want to convey. To reduce distractions, your video must take up the maximum real estate of the screen.

Square and Portrait videos are the best format for Twitter


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Square videos are best for twitter
Square videos are the best
format for Twitter

How long should my Twitter Video be?

The maximum length Twitter supports is 140 seconds, but you need to grab a user’s attention quickly, especially on Twitter. If the first few seconds of your video fail to do that, then the length of your video does not even matter.

To use a Twitter video to teach your audience something interesting about your brand, you can extend the video to upto 90 seconds. If your content is gripping, viewers don’t mind watching lengthy videos.

To use Twitter videos to generate leads, create short videos upto 30 seconds on topics that makes the user click on your brand or the CTA to know more.

How can I engage my viewers through a Twitter Video?

Include your brand logo in your video. By doing this, you increase purchase intent by 9%! Here are few other tips to kill it in Twitter videos:

1. Make text-based videos

Twitter videos are set to autoplay without sound. The text has now become an integral element of videos on social media. As a social media marketer, you cannot ignore text-based videos. With the abundance of online video making tools, you cannot even have excuses like “video making is time consuming and expensive”.


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2. Increase conversations on Twitter using hashtags

Twitter really is all about having conversations. Pick a trending hashtag, and either start your own conversation or join one. Hashtags are an easy way to get your videos in front of a wider audience, and not just the people that are following you.

Reply to queries with a how-to video or live video message as this is much more engaging than a generic message.

3. Talk about on-going events

Videos around live events have known to increase brand favourability by 63%.

Lowe’s and BBDO New York delivered this on the Fourth of July, 2013:

4. Collect and share user-generated content

People love fame. Create a campaign where you ask your audience to submit fun videos around a brand-related theme and then reward them with goodies and vouchers. User-generated content campaigns receive a lot of traction and can take your social media marketing to the next level.

👉 Continue reading: Why video and UGC are marketing wins

5. Include people in your Twitter videos

When people are in the first few frames of your video, viewer retention doubles!

Short, people-focused videos can help tell your brand story and introduce your people to your customers. This is also a wonderful way to create testimonial videos and success stories.

6. Go Live

Periscope lets anyone broadcast live video via Twitter. You can do this while you’re attending a fun promotional event representing your brand or if you’re hosting twitter in-stream video. Give people a sneak peek of what your business is really like by creating Periscopes of industry events, special launches, or product tutorials.

4 Types of Twitter Videos

A typical twitter video could be either of the 4 types, depending on your Marketing goal:

1. Recorded Video

You can use the Twitter app to record videos through your device’s camera, and then upload it from within the app. In fact, there are talks that Twitter is working on a Snapcaht-style video sharing feature.

To record a video for a tweet:

  1. Tap the ‘Tweet’ icon then tap the ‘Photo’ icon
  2. Tap the ‘Video’ icon to access video mode.
  3. Record a video by holding down the ‘Record’ icon  To add more to your video, simply press and hold again. You can record up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds (140 seconds) of video.
  4. When you are done recording your video, tap ‘Done’. You can preview your video before Tweeting it by tapping the play button. You can make additional edits to your video before sharing.
  5. Tap ‘Tweet’ to share your message and video.

2. Live Videos

Live video is the most immersive way to experience what’s happening around the world. From monumental moments and sport events to celebrations and things that make you LOL, it is very easy for you to broadcast a live video straight from the Twitter app.

To go Live on Twitter:

  1. Tap the ‘Tweet’ icon
  2. Tap ‘LIVE’
  3. You will see the pre-broadcast screen where you can frame your shot
  4. When you’re ready, press “Go Live” to start broadcasting.

Once you’re live, anyone on Twitter and Periscope can join your live video and participate in your experience.

3. Imported Video

You can import videos to Twitter using the Twitter app.

To import a video for a tweet:

  1. Tap the ‘Tweet’ icon
  2. Find the video you’d like to Tweet and tap to select it.
  3. You can trim the length of your selected video by dragging either side of the bar at the bottom. Maximum video length is 2 minutes and 20 seconds (140 seconds).
  4. Tap ‘Trim’ to finish your edits. You can preview your video by tapping the play button before Tweeting it. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.
  5. Tap ‘Tweet’ to share your message and video.

4. Promoted video

Twitter allows brands to run video advertisements to those looking to target and engage with their customers on Twitter. All promoted video tweets show up in targeted users’ feeds and have the label “Promoted” added to it.

Promoted Twitter Videos

You can choose between different formats and placement options:

  • First View: Grab the most prominent real estate on Twitter—the top of the timeline ad slot—for 24 hours to really make a splash with your Twitter video ad.
  • Conversational video: Add campaign hashtags and call-to-action buttons to promoted videos to drive conversation and encourage sharing.
  • Instant Unlock Card: Combine conversational videos with a call-to-action that invites people to Tweet your promotional hashtag and message to unlock exclusive video content.
  • Video Website Card: Create a promoted video featuring an auto-playing video, headline, and a URL Twitter users can click to go to your website.
  • In-Stream Video Ads: Show a video ad before, after, or during other videos, including live-streamed video, to target people while they’re already viewing related video content.

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Pulkit Jain

Engineer • Marketer • Tech Geek • Movie & Comic book nerd • Avid reader • Gaming Addict • Football fanatic #GGMU

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