Facebook 360: How to Leverage This Feature for Better Search Marketing | C1 Partners
It’s 2017. Snapchat is on the rise. Artificial intelligence is pointing to a brave new world. And mobile devices are forging on-the-go consumerism. But the classics are not to be overlooked—such as Facebook, which deserves credit for constantly innovating and reinventing itself to some degree. Among the social media giant’s most recent innovations is the 360-degree photos and videos. As is typical in the realm of social media, what was once shiny, exciting, and new quickly becomes dull, ordinary, and passé. But the rising trend of Facebook 360 is proving to be a highly useful tool for search marketers. It is also becoming pivotal for digital marketing, as consumers demand a more immersive experience. Standard video clips are unpredictably ineffective sometimes, single photos are easy to miss on crowded feeds, and photo galleries are so 2016. With Facebook 360, businesses and digital marketers can now share their most engaging and interactive content, in a way that brings potential customers inside their world. What is Facebook 360? The 360 feature is exactly what it sounds like: a panoramic image or video that users can follow around by panning their phone. It allows users to experience a full 360-degree view of any scene by moving their phone or navigating their finger or cursor on the image. Facebook 360 works, in its simplest form, by using the panoramic mode on your camera and uploading it using the Facebook app. The app will automatically convert the shot into a 360 photo, and you will see the globe icon on the lower right of the screen. This is just a long photo, however, not a real spherical shot like this one: Here you can scroll up, down and completely around. The image was taken using certain apps to capture a photo sphere, such as Street View, Google Camera, Theta S., and Cardboard Camera, or by using special 360 camera equipment. The special camera equipment uses two wide-angle lenses on either side of the camera. You may also want to consider Samsung Gear 360 to get the perfect photo. Or, you can do it manually using PTgui, and combine photos to create a panorama. The Power of Facebook 360 for Better Search Marketing Search marketing is all about capturing the attention of consumers, and Facebook 360 can help businesses do just that. As we move from to television to the digital space, capturing the audience’s attention has become more difficult than ever before. Immersion has become the biggest keyword for marketing in the digital age. Facebook 360 is a powerful marketing tool because it provides behind-the-scenes and cinematic experiences, putting your prospective customers in the center of the action. Last year, Google conducted an experiment to find out if spherical videos drive more viewer engagement than the standard format. They created two similar campaigns using TrueView; each 60-second ad is about Columbia Sportswear, with one version presented in 360 and the other presented in a standard format. The video with a spherical view had a lower retention rate—but it also had a higher CTR or click-through rate. That means viewers are more interested in viewing the video in full. The 360 video drove 41% more earned actions than the standard ad, as well.
The Limitless Possibilities of Facebook 360 Imagine all the digital marketing and content marketing possibilities this feature can bring. Businesses in the real estate industry can especially benefit from the feature. You can show off the entirety of a unit or house. Facebook 360 also applies to the music and entertainment industries; a social media manager, for instance, could post a band playing on stage, with the lead singer crowd-surfing. This increases excitement and creates FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) if fans don’t buy tickets to the next tour. Similarly, Facebook 360 could be used at fashion shows to show off the runway and what it feels like to be there. It’s a fun way to showcase your company culture in networking events and conferences as well, and it also humanizes your brand. In addition, product demonstration is a great application of Facebook 360. Nescafe, for instance, is one of the first brands to use this innovative technology. In the video, the brand shows users the first step of the production process. They show not only the freshness and organic way of gathering their beans, but also produce great branding while generating new leads. Facebook 360 is also a more affordable alternative to producing video content. For instance, an interior design company could go for a 360-degree photo experience to showcase a project, compared to a video with a larger production price tag. Facebook 360 is simply a cost-effective and simple way to do marketing; it doesn’t get in the users’ face, but invites each of them to discover what they’re missing. The Early Bird Gets the Worm In the chart below, you can see the growth of 360 content. It displays the increase in mentions of the “360” by brands on Facebook. While this might not specifically mean Facebook 360 photos and videos, we can see a rising trend. And, as with most digital marketing trends, especially one that involves social media, the early adopters get the worm. Currently most businesses and users don’t know how 360-degree media works. Implementing this as soon as possible means faster engagement with your social media audience; plus, you learn to take advantage of this type of media before the competition even learns what it is. Leveraging Facebook 360 for Search Marketing
- Show off your product range.
- Enhance video blogging.
- Let fans and followers share their own content.
- Upload 360 videos directly on Facebook.
- Embed 360 videos where you see fit.
- Focus on storytelling.
- Shoot live 360 videos.
- Don’t forget the call-to-action.