Video marketing isn't "quick." On average, it takes 2 weeks to create a video from start to finish.
To get the most traction out of your work, it's essential to pick the best video marketing channels to leverage. However, since most social media channels are pivoting to video, it's hard to know which ones are worth your time.
Here, we'll list the best video marketing channels for your long-form, short-form, and live videos — based on ROI, engagement, and lead generation.
Best Channels for Long-Form Video
In the social media sphere, YouTube feels like a steady ship in choppy water. In fact, it's nearly impossible to talk about video marketing without mentioning the behemoth that is YouTube.
Launched more than a decade ago, YouTube has kept a competitive edge against new players in the field, like TikTok and Instagram. But it's not just an entertainment hub — it's a powerful marketing tool.
Participants also ranked YouTube as the second best platform for ROI. While many marketers find success on YouTube for different reasons, its large user base (2.6 billion active users, to be exact) and advanced ad targeting certainly help.
If you're looking for the best place to host your long-form videos — like product demos, Q&As, behind-the-scenes content, and more – YouTube may fit the bill.
2. Instagram Video
Video marketing is no small feat — it's an investment in time, money, and effort. So if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, here's one stat you need to know: 65% of video marketers say Instagram has the best ROI of any other platform.
Here's more good news: 64% of video marketers say Instagram also has the best engagement and lead generation out of any other social platform.
All this to say, if you're looking to engage with your audience, build a community, and nurture brand loyalty with video, Instagram deserves a chance on your marketing roster.
Best Channels for Short-Form Video
Since launching in 2016, TikTok has seen a meteoric rise, cementing itself as a powerhouse for short-form video while keeping more mature platforms, like YouTube and Facebook, on its toes.
Despite its popularity, some marketers initially dismissed TikTok as a platform for lighthearted dancing and lip-synching — and nothing more. But in 2022, things have changed.
According to a 2022 HubSpot Blogs report of 500+ video marketers, participants ranked short-form videos as the most engaging and effective type of content today — and TikTok is their platform of choice. In fact, 54% of marketers plan to increase their investment in TikTok this year.
When it comes to engagement, TikTok secures third place behind YouTube and Instagram — which is impressive considering its relative "newness." Also impressive: the average user session on TikTok is 10.85 minutes — far exceeding any other social platform. In short, users are engaged.
TikTok also falls into third place for ROI, closely trailing YouTube and Instagram.
Despite its quirkiness, TikTok has become a viable marketing option for those willing to get creative — and these stats prove it. To learn more about TikTok marketing, check out this helpful guide.
2. IG Reels
Instagram's answer to TikTok is here, and it's called Reels. Reels are short videos that users can film, edit, and share on the app.
While you can create short-form content on a number of platforms, Reels has one major advantage: its discoverability. They appear on the platform in various places, from the Explore page to a user's feed.
Since Reels are heavily promoted on the platform, the feature is almost unavoidable — sometimes to the chagrin of users. In fact, 91% of active Instagram users say they watch videos on Instagram at least once a week.
For marketers, Instagram is a great option if you want to play with multiple content formats — like carousels, Reels, Lives, and Stories — while capturing the attention of an already engaged audience.
Best Channels for Live Video
1. YouTube Live
With its massive user base, reach, and diverse audience, YouTube Live is an appealing option for your streaming needs.
It's also a great time to get started: YouTube is currently expanding its live stream features, including Super Chats and Super Stickers, membership gifting, and more. These features enable greater engagement with your audience and additional monetization avenues.
YouTube also provides powerful analytics on live videos. Check real-time analytics like concurrent viewers, likes, and chat rates, as well as post-stream stats like new subscribers, total watch time, and more.
2. Instagram Live
Did you know Instagram captures 13% of all live stream viewers on social media?
With Instagram Live, you can stream from anywhere — and invite guests to join your stream. There's plenty of opportunity for engagement: viewers can send emojis, write comments, and send donation badges.
Additionally, when you go live on Instagram, your followers receive a notification to tune in so your stream won't get lost in the crowd — which is more likely to happen on YouTube or Twitch.
3. Facebook Live
Like YouTube, Facebook boasts a massive audience spanning multiple age groups, although Millennials take up the largest share.
Facebook Live is an excellent option if you're already active on the platform and have a healthy following. But if you're still growing an audience, fear not — you can go live from a personal profile, page, or even a group.
With Facebook Live, you can edit previously recorded streams, chat with users using the live chat feature, and schedule your streams in advance. However, keep in mind that Facebook limits your stream length, and your monetization options aren't as robust as other platforms.
But what about Twitch?
It feels odd to exclude Twitch from a conversation about live streaming. That said, marketers report low engagement and ROI on the platform, and only 10% of marketers plan to leverage Twitch for the first time this year. Additionally, Twitch is highly saturated with gamers – so if that's outside your niche, it's worth exploring other options.
Back to You
It takes time, money, and energy to create videos — making it imperative to find the best home for your content. Start by defining your goals — such as lead generation, engagement, or brand awareness. Once you nail down your goals, it's easier to pick the platform that can achieve them.