How to create an impactful hotel video campaign in social media

Social Media Video to promote your Hotel September 25, 2018 By Florie Thielin in Social Media 4 min Read

The art of storytelling has become a necessity in the tourism industry. Which better way to tell your hotel stories than through short films?
Video has become an ever-present part of social media, therefore, creating and achieving an effective video campaign requires some careful thought.

Who is your target audience?

  • Who will your video target?
  • Which audience would you like to reach?

The more your target audience identifies with your video and finds a genuine interest in it; the more people will be willing to share it. Doing it this way gives you a better chance of reaching a broader audience and generating a buzz. Have fun with it and find ways to be creative while remaining constant with your brand personality.

Take a look at this Ibis hotels video playlist on YouTube:

The various guest target groups are easily identifiable; families with children, seniors, business people, sportspeople, groups of friends, etc.

Where to broadcast your video?

Best Social Media Channels for hotels

On which communication channels and social media platforms is your target audience most present?

  • YouTube for more traffic or Vimeo for better quality?
  • Facebook to reach a broader public or LinkedIn for industry professionals?
  • Instagram for a younger public and/or Twitter for influencers?
  • On your Website using the YouTube/Vimeo embed code, or directly hosted on your web server?

Your video format might have to be adapted to the communication channels you choose. The maximum recommended durations are as follows:

  • 10 sec on Snapchat
  • 60 sec on Instagram
  • 2 min 20 sec on Twitter
  • 10min on LinkedIn
  • 4 min on Facebook
  • 15 min on YouTube (limited only for non-verified accounts)

Bear in mind, however, that shorter videos generally rank better on social media platforms!

What is the message?

  • What is the message you'd like to spread?
  • What is your story and what makes it worthy of sharing?
  • Could you sum up your narrative into 'one elegant sentence' that specifies its tagline?
  • Is your story compelling or beneficial for your target audience? To which question(s) does your video respond?

A good story is both engaging and satisfying. It tells us things we’re happy to know or learn. It stimulates our curiosity, but more than that, it makes us care enough to want to stay tuned in until the end. It is very much about proposing a question to your audience that gives them a feeling of anticipation and suspense; a sense of wanting to know how it will be resolved at the end of your story, and how this story will relate and connect to their lives. Good stories are often the ones that we connect with most.

There are currently 3 main types of video content generating a buzz on social media:

  • Inspiring Videos
    Beautiful, artistic, creative, motivational. These videos warm your heart with their beauty and the emotions they generate. Watch some examples here.
  • Recreational Videos
    Humor, surprise, suspense, curiosity. These videos make you laugh or smile and stir your curiosity. Watch some examples here.
  • Educational Videos
    Tutorials, tips, investigations, testimonials. These videos teach you something new. Watch some examples here.

How to make your hotel video?

Hotel drone and camera video
  • What is your budget?
  • Which video style and techniques will you opt for: stop motion, timelapse, hyperlapse, motion design, interviews, flash mob, lip dubs, etc.?
  • How long will the video last? The shorter, the better! Aim for between 20 and 90 seconds for a Facebook video, for example.
  • How will you captivate your audience?

Appeal to your audience's curiosity, especially during the first 3 seconds of your video. Finish the video with a call-to-action button where they can book a room, subscribe to your newsletter, follow you on Facebook, etc.

Would you like an external professional outlook on your social media strategy? Ask us!

Florie Thielin

Florie Thielin

Marketing Manager

From her small village in the French Loire Valley, Florie was dreaming of traveling across the five continents. She took the opportunity of studying marketing and international business to escape to Russia and Germany. She then specialized in hospitality management through a Master degree from La Rochelle Tourim Business School.