More Merchants Making Ecommerce Video a Must

Jun 17, 2013 1:15 PM  By

Nearly 40% (39.8%) of merchants say they plan to add product videos to their ecommerce sites in 2013, according to findings from Multichannel Merchant’s MCM Outlook 2013 report on ecommerce.

That percentage is down from 46.5% in 2012, but it may be that merchants are already there: More than half of respondents (55.6%) said they are already using video on their sites.

While video is a popular value-add for merchants who want the ability to better explain products to potential buyers, merchants also seem to want to keep control of what sorts of videos go on their sites. Only 16.4% of respondents said they allow users to post videos to their sites.

Merchants are also expanding their use of YouTube as a place to host and share videos. This year, 51.2% of respondents said they have an active presence on YouTube, up from 40.3% of respondents in 2012.

The MCM Outlook 2013 report on ecommerce is based on the online MCM Outlook 2013 survey, which was fielded by Multichannel Merchant from Mar. 5 through Mar. 18, 2013, and drew 1,110 respondents. Of those respondents, 556 described their primary responsibilities at their company as ecommerce marketers.

Click here to download the complimentary MCM Outlook 2013 report on ecommerce.

  • treepodia

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for this great post. Very interesting to see online merchants’ changing attitudes towards video through the years. I still remember when getting etailers to supplement product pages with video was an uphill battle. Thankfully those days are long gone, and video is clearly emerging as the preferred method for product display, with the ascent of mobile web really fueling the migration (we recently did a two part blog post on the reasons mobile is driving people to video – http://blog.treepodia.com/2013/04/mobile-video-is-on-the-rise – Hopefully this is useful)

    Cheers,
    Mike
    @treepodia

  • Benjamin Bernstein

    Interesting post. While more and more merchants are using video, I still feel like many of them don’t know exactly what they want to do with these videos. Specifically, many talk about “going viral” when their focus should be on how to add calls to action in a video in order to leverage sales from people already coming to your homepage or within social media. A good example of proper use of video for SMBs can be seen here http://blog.viewbix.com/adding-clickable-video-to-your-website-increases-user-time-on-site/