Note - read the full white paper - definitely worthwhile!
"Unruly has released a comprehensive white paper examining various elements of branded video sharing, including the best day for launching a campaign and the creative factors..."
Getting the Creative Right
Of course getting the timing right is just one part of the equation – the creative itself needs to have certain attributes in order to elicit sharing activity, according to the researchers.
The white paper outlines a variety of psychological responses to videos (such as happiness, contempt, surprise, and anger) as well as social motivations to share (such as shared passion, reaction seeking and self-expression), indicating that in order to achieve a high share rate (ratio of shares to views), the video needs to elicit a “strong viewer response against at least one psychological trigger and multiple social motivations.” It’s important to note that the emotional response needs to be quite intense in order for the video to be successful: many of the videos analyzed tried for humor, but few managed to be seen as hilarious, sinking their chances at going viral to a greater degree...."