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Compared to the classic newsfeed and flashy Stories, IGTV is Instagram’s often overlooked feature which is now experiencing a slow-burner turnaround. More and more publishers are seeing the potential of IGTV and we’ve had a lot of success with BBC Earth. How can you make IGTV part of your digital strategy and what does success look like on this developing platform?

Compared to the classic newsfeed and flashy Stories, IGTV is Instagram’s often overlooked feature which is now experiencing a slow-burner turnaround. More and more publishers are seeing the potential of IGTV and we’ve had a lot of success with BBC Earth. How can you make IGTV part of your digital strategy and what does success look like on this developing platform?

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BBC Studios - Instagram’s Underdog - Rethinking IGTV and Finding Success With Long-Form Content

  1. 1. Instagram’s Underdog Rethinking IGTV and Finding Success With Long-Form Content
  2. 2. 2 About me Kara Segedin Digital Portfolio Manager - Factual • Digital lead on Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Dynasties global campaigns • Executive producer of the BBC Earth Podcast • Former newspaper reporter with 8 years’ experience in social media and digital content I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g
  3. 3. 3I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g 3
  4. 4. 4 BBC Studios Digital I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g Planning Production Publishing CRM
  5. 5. 5 INSTAGRAM POP QUIZ I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g When was IGTV launched? A) April 2018 B) June 2018 C) September 2018 What is the maximum length of an IGTV video? A) 60 minutes B) 90 minutes C) 120 minutes What is the most ‘Instagrammed’ food? A) Sushi B) Cupcakes C) Pizza How many users tap on Instagram shopping posts each month? A) 30 million B) 130 million C) 300 million
  6. 6. 6P R E S E N T A T I O N T I T L E Pyramid Flare by Johann Lurf © Marcus Gradwohl
  7. 7. 7 Instagram I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g • Founded in 2010 • Bought by Facebook in 2012 • 1 billion MAU • Younger, generally more positive community • Experience is focused within the platform. • Likes and Comments with limited sharing. • Since Facebook’s acquisition, the platform has opened up and is adding more opportunities for brands and monetisation. • From Feed, to Stories, to IGTV, to Shop.
  8. 8. 8 What is IGTV? P R E S E N T A T I O N T I T L E
  9. 9. 9 Several BBC accounts (including BBC Earth) were given early access to upload clips for launch. I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g Which of these two videos performed best? Answer: The Soundscape: 374k Snakes vs Iguana: 50k
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  11. 11. 11 New ways to promote I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g 7 February 20191 November 2018
  12. 12. 12 Most successful IGTV video to date I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g Ostrich takes on hyena clan from ‘Serengeti’ The challenge • Attract younger and diverse audiences • No marketing budget • Departure from usual programming - dramatised natural history Results • Total Views: 943k • Total Comments: 773 with positive sentiment • UK TX was first in slot for BAME audiences • And performed particularly well with young men (aged 16+)
  13. 13. 13 You could never read and see everything online. Not in 100 lifetimes. I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g Source: Domo 2018
  14. 14. 14 What is good social content? I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g • Edited for the platform – but never at the expense of the content • Designed for sound off • Mobile-first • Cut to a heartbeat frequency • Uses all the screen • Answers the questions: why and why now? • Leads on the strongest angle or the strongest piece of footage • But…these rules are constantly broken.
  15. 15. “We're not experiencing peak content – it's infinity content.” Alex Chung, Founder, Giphy The rise of microcontent I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g 15
  16. 16. 16I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g The problem with Millennials (and the even bigger problem with Gen Z) Millennials: born between 1980-1995 Gen Z: born between 1996-2010 Millennials will remember a time before unlimited entertainment and high speed internet connections, while Gen Z was born into a world overrun with technology and unlimited entertainment at their fingertips
  17. 17. 17P R E S E N T A T I O N T I T L E
  18. 18. 18S o u r c e : I P A T o u c h p o i n t s 2 0 1 9
  19. 19. 19P R E S E N T A T I O N T I T L E
  20. 20. 20I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g Build an ecosystem that reflects user behaviour On the go Lean forward Lean back
  21. 21. 21I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g User behaviour ecosystem – Seven Worlds, One Planet On the go • Instagram feed • Stories (consumption) • Memes • ‘Bumpers’ on long form • Ads • Tweets Lean forward • Stories (interactives) • Short social edits (behind the scenes, funny moments) • Gifs • Articles • Quizzes Lean back • Long-form edits on IGTV, Facebook Watch, YouTube • Articles • Quizzes
  22. 22. 22I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g IGTV: the basics Upload specifications: • Min: 1 minute • Max: 15 minutes from a mobile & 60 minutes from web. • MP4 • 9:16 (or 16:9 if you must) • 720 pixels • Don’t forget your thumbnail • 420px by 654px Things to remember • Most important: What will it look like in feed? (4:5) • Secondary: What will it look like in grid? (1:1) • Initial playback is sound off
  23. 23. 23I n s t a g r a m ’ s U n d e r d o g Best practice examples
  24. 24. 24 T H A N K Y O U A N Y Q U E S T I O N S ?

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