Moment of monetized zen: Brands are cashing in on the new ‘satisfying videos’ craze
Imagine a thin line of avocado slices that start curling inwards, rolling together and taking shape of a flower, or a round jelly cake being divided by a ceramic knife into four pieces of equal size, so perfect that you don’t even want to take a bite.
If you find these images relaxing or tinglingly pleasurable to watch, you will like “satisfying videos.”
“Satisfying video” clips feature repetitive tasks, perfect patterns in motion or machinery processes being completed in slow motion, with relaxing music. On Instagram, there are more than 265,000 posts under the hashtag #satisfyingvideos and as of writing, another 13 have jumped up within just two minutes, according to social analytics firm Brandwatch. On Reddit, there are active subreddits, “mildlysatisfying” and “oddlysatisfying,” where users discuss their favorite hypnotic videos and GIFs. And on Twitter, celebrities like Chrissy Teigen are mesmerized by those clips.
my heart is racing and yet i feel and overwhelming sense of peace and calm !??!?!?!?!?!?!!? https://t.co/26FAOSV5z7
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 10, 2017
Publishers who are pursing views are aware of this trend. BuzzFeed, for instance, has been curating satisfying videos from Instagram and YouTube, churning out articles with headlines “11 oddly satisfying videos that will calm you down” and “This video of things melting is the most satisfying thing you’ll see all day.”
The reason for the rise of these videos isn’t known. But these are times in serious need of zen, and people will take it where they can get it.
Naturally, brands want in. Recently, agency Arnold Worldwide created a painting video series called “Color Theory” to promote telecom company CenturyLink’s new service Prism TV. Those slow-motion clips are close-ups of artist and Instagram influencer Annette Labedzki creating different colors — blue, pink, orange and green — with a painting spatula.
“We know that color mixing is trendy on Instagram. I think the slow nature of those videos are different from what you typically see in your news feed,” said Juliet Tierney, manager of social and content systems for Arnold. “Those videos allow you to take a second out of your busy day and meditate. We are seeing a very strong completion rate.”
While David Coomer, chief creative officer for agency Cornett, thinks that advertisers have always worked to have elements of satisfaction in their creative to make the communication intuitive and easy to connect on an emotional level. And from TV to billboards, Coca-Cola’s “Taste The Feeling” campaign could be one of the best uses of neuroscience in marketing. “The photography is filled with happiness, the product looks tasty, even the sunlight showcases the brand’s iconic red while giving it a sense of warmth and playfulness,” he said.
For R/GA managing director Chapin Clark, the most memorable advertising that applies the concept of satisfying videos is a series of banner ads for small publisher Seagull Books that he saw on the New York Times last summer. According to Clark, those banners were simply videos of seagulls on the beach, flapping their wings, looking off into the distance with the wind ruffling their feathers. There was no ad copy or description about specific book titles.
“They were oddly hypnotic and weirdly funny,” said Clark. “I still remember them and the advertiser’s name, very clearly.”
Satisfying videos look very familiar to ASMR content (which is short for autonomous sensory meridian response) that take viewers to a calm and happy state through certain types of soft sounds, including soft whispering and crinkling paper. Brands like KFC and Dove chocolate have created ASMR ads to tout consumers.
Clark thinks that satisfying videos resonate with the viewer’s emotional position: People are tired of arguing about things or having a well-informed opinion about world events. In many cases, people don’t have to have an option about everything. The internet can be a very contentious, scary and angry place, on a daily basis. Given the current political climate in the U.S., maybe now more than ever, according to Clark.
“I think we all need a respite in our feeds every now and then,” he said. “These videos are fulfilling in themselves. There is no point-counterpoint. They just are.”
‘We’ve ramped back up’: Digital and branded video productions begin to return to normal
As producers return to shooting in studio and on location, they continue to produce projects remotely, which is bringing workloads back to their usual volume.
Member Exclusive‘This was the zeitgeist year’: How TV networks sold advertisers on streaming in this year’s upfront
During this year’s upfront negotiations, some TV networks discounted their streaming ad rates by 10% to 20% in order to offset linear declines.
How A+E Networks is building a portfolio of free 24/7 streaming channels
A&E Networks’ free, ad-supported streaming TV channels carry past episodes of TV shows interspersed with short-form digital videos.
SponsoredHow to approach a long-term identity strategy, minus third-party cookies
Tom Lavan, strategy and corporate development, Xandr As all of the major browsers communicate plans and timelines for deprecating third-party cookies, anxiety continues to grow among advertisers that are looking for new ways to engage valuable customers on a one-to-one basis. The impending browser changes will promote consumer privacy and are aligned with recent laws […]
‘Shifting the total supply’: How college football’s return could shore up TV advertisers’ sports viewership shortfall
The delayed, rolling start to college football’s season may be coming at a perfect time for the TV advertising business.
‘Significant under-delivery’: TV advertisers grapple with glut of live sports affecting viewership
TV sports viewership has fallen short of advertisers’ expectations, putting networks on the hook to make up for the shortfalls.