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2022-07-18 22:11:22

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Navigating the Narrative Arc for Social Media Video Ads

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While surfing the web, you are bound to encounter a plethora of digital advertisements. It may seem inconsequential if you're a consumer (if not a bit bothersome), but if you're the one behind the curtain creating these ads, it's a whole different ball game. How do you ensure your video ads stand out amidst the sea of content viewers are bombarded with daily? Sure, sophisticated targeting helps to ensure your ads are served to potentially interested parties, but today, we're diving deeper. We're going to explore how to rise above just targeting and improve ad performance through the art of storytelling within the ad creative itself.

The Narrative Arc of Digital Advertising

Imagine the narrative arc of a conventional movie - it starts off slow, reaches a thrilling climax, and then gradually descends. Does this structure fit into the world of digital advertising? Not quite. When a YouTube ad pops up, where does your focus instantly shift? Yup. Do you find your eyes drawn towards the 'skip ad' button? These crucial 5 seconds are the golden opportunity we, as content creators, must seize. To grab your potential audience's attention within this short window, an effective narrative arc for a digital ad actually places the climax, or the most compelling content, right at the start - a dramatic shift from traditional narrative structures.

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Harmonize with Your Customer's Needs

We've all seen those ads that rush to scream about the product they’re offering. What's the problem with that? The viewer is typically not prepared to process the advertisement. The first step in creating an effective video ad narrative is to demonstrate that you comprehend your prospective customer's needs or problems. Start by asking, β€œAre you struggling with something?". Show empathy first, then introduce your product. This way, you increase the likelihood of retaining viewers' attention and successfully delivering your ad's message to the end.

The Power of CTAs

The last element to incorporate into a video ad is a potent Call-to-Action (CTA). It’s not necessarily about physical buttons provided by various ad platforms, rather, in your video ad script, clearly state the next step for your customers. CTAs such as β€œBook now” or β€œJoin us for free” can significantly boost your click-through rate by more than 2x.

In Conclusion

1_9u2ZI5iXMOWAw3jC8FmezA.pngThe rules of digital advertising narrative arcs differ greatly from traditional narratives. Throw in your most compelling content right at the start, empathize with your customers’ needs and only when they're ready, exhibit your product’s unique strengths. Lastly, guide your audience on the subsequent steps after watching your ad. By crafting a narrative arc that is in sync with these principles, you stand a fighting chance in the fiercely competitive world of digital advertising.

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