Wells Business Forum

Video advertising has become an increasingly popular and effective marketing strategy in recent years, especially with the rise of short-form video platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels. Here are some of the key benefits of using video ads on these platforms:

Increased Engagement and Virality

Videos tend to be more engaging and entertaining than static images or text. On platforms like TikTok and Reels, videos auto-play as users scroll through their feeds, immediately grabbing their attention. This leads to higher overall engagement rates, such as more views, likes, comments, and shares. Additionally, the addictive, scrolling nature of these apps makes it easy for videos to go viral very quickly. A catchy, creative video can gain tremendous organic reach.

Younger Demographic Targeting

Both TikTok and Instagram have a very young user base, which makes video ads on these platforms ideal for targeting Millennials and Gen Z. Brands selling products like fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, and food are especially well-suited for TikTok and Reels ads. The platforms’ sophisticated targeting options make it easy to zero in on your ideal demographic.

Flexible and Bite-Sized Format

TikTok and Reels have strict time limits per video, which force brands to convey their messaging quickly and creatively. The bite-sized format allows for more flexibility – videos can be educational, humorous, inspiring, interactive, etc. Brands have leveraged the casual, fun nature of these platforms to drive greater brand affinity and loyalty with younger audiences.

Lower Cost Than Television

Video ads on TikTok and Instagram are much more budget-friendly for brands compared to investing in TV spots. While they may not drive reach as broad as television, video ads on these platforms provide very targeted, cost-efficient exposure and have far greater potential to go viral organically. The ads can also easily be optimised based on performance.

Data and Insights

TikTok and Instagram provide robust analytics on video ad campaigns. Brands can view data on impressions, reach, engagement, website traffic, and conversions generated. The platforms offer key insights that allow advertisers to refine their targeting, creativity, and strategy to improve performance over time. Data can also help inform content creation and community management tactics outside of paid advertising.

Influencer Marketing Integration

Influencers are an extremely popular marketing tool on apps like TikTok and Instagram. Brands can tap into massive existing followings by sponsoring influencer video ads. Interestingly, TikTok has an incentive program that rewards top creators for participating in brand campaigns. The influencer marketing ecosystem greatly amplifies the power of video ads on these platforms.

Shoppable Video

Both TikTok and Instagram have introduced shoppable video formats, where viewers can directly purchase products featured in video ads without leaving the app. This makes for a very seamless, convenient shopping experience. Brands have already seen stellar conversion rates from shoppable video ads, especially in verticals like beauty, fashion, and consumer goods.


To summarise, video advertising on TikTok, Instagram Reels, and other short-form video platforms provides an extremely captivating, cost-efficient, and measurable tactic for brands trying to reach younger demographics today. The bite-sized, viral nature of video ads on these apps generates high engagement and affinity. While the platforms may not replace more mature channels like television or Google search ads, they should certainly be part of the video advertising mix for savvy marketers.