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What is Instagram video?

Instagram video is a great way to share your content. This article look at its features and the updates to its analytics.
Screenshot of the Instagram Video editing page
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It’s no secret that videos have rapidly become online consumers’ favourite form of content. In 2021, it is estimated that the average person will spend 100 minutes per day watching online videos. As TikTok continues to gain massive popularity, other platforms are seeking ways to keep up.

Instagram introduced IGTV back in June 2018 with the intention to create its own YouTube equivalent. In October 2021, it has updated its offering once again with Instagram Video.

Screenshot of new IG Video home page

What is Instagram video?

Instagram decided to streamline its video services by condensing IGTV and Feed videos into one format: Instagram Video. This means that videos will no longer be split into short-form and long-form. Instead, Instagram will be introducing a single Video tab on user profiles where all video content will live, and be easily accessible to viewers.

The update should simplify the video creation process for users, offering an array of helpful new features like trimming, filters and people and location tagging. Uploading videos will follow the same standard process of clicking the + sign in the top right corner and selecting Post.

Screenshot of post announcing change to video

Video previews in the feed will now be extended to 60 seconds unless the video is eligible for ads, in which case it will remain limited to 15 seconds. When watching videos, viewers will be able to tap anywhere on the video to expand to full screen, and also be prompted with the option to continue scrolling for more video content that may interest them.

Instagram video analytics

In addition to these changes, analytics has also received an update. Instagram will be merging feed post insights and video insights into one combined metric to measure performance for businesses and creators. It’s important for businesses to note that IGTV ads are now called Instagram In-Stream video ads. Eligible businesses can still monetise their long-form video content, but for those interested in boosting their videos to increase reach, videos must be no longer than 60 seconds in total.

As a marketer, this is an exciting time of opportunity. You should always embrace new features as soon as they are released to stay on top of the trend. It will also allow you to increase your brand’s visibility while the platform gives extra reach to encourage users to engage with the new feature. So take advantage of the buzz surrounding Instagram Video, and explore new ways to share your content!

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