This is the fourth in our series of features from our first regional version of the Best of Branded Content Marketing (BOBCM) curated by Justin Kirby. The interview with MediaCom Beyond Advertising‘s Head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Palle Finderup Diederichsen was conducted by joint editor and co-author Sandra Freisinger-Heinl:
BOBCM Germany (BG): Let’s start with your view on branded content in Europe. What’s Germany’s position in this field?
Palle Finderup Diederichsen (PFD): The use of branded content is gathering pace quickly everywhere. In Europe, the UK is still leading, followed by France. Both started early with branded content. Germany, Italy and Scandinavia are catching up, but for different reasons in each region: Scandinavia has mobile as ‘the tool’; Italy is traditionally good in design and fashion, and produces stylish branded content; Germany is good at conducting studies and using relevant data – several key market research projects are done there; Austria and Switzerland are latecomers, but they’re starting to do experiential outdoor executions, mainly through our German office.
BG: What is ‘good video content’ and where do you distribute it?
PFD: From the early days of video, we’ve been involved in what good content looks like. In the past year alone, we can see how much the structure of video has changed.
Today’s audience will watch your video most probably on a social platform like Facebook. So this means it’s in a very busy environment, it’s autoplaying and silent. Therefore, a good video today has to capture the interest of your audience without using sound, in a very cluttered environment. That’s very different to the heyday of TV; it’s about being loud in a different way and it influences everything from the actual execution to how it will be distributed.
Where do you put your video to make it a success? If it’s good, you can promote it using just a press release, or believe in viral engagement. If it’s not very good, you have to put it up on places such as YouTube in a ‘must-see format’ like a pre-roll, which you can’t skip. Non-skippable is the solution of choice when the content is poor.
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