Vine is a social video platform slowing you to capture or upload a video that plays in short, looping segment. Each video can only be six seconds long, aligning, in theory, with the brevity of tweets (at just 140 characters) as well.
Like foursquare, Vine is a standalone application, accessible only through your mobile device. With a very minimalist design and user-friendly interface, the application is fairly simple to get acquainted with.
Vine in itself is similar to Instagram, except it is only for videos. In addition to being disbursed through to Facebook and Twitter, vines are shared among users of the app itself, and they can also be re-vined, or shared with other users, commented on and liked.
Many businesses in the hospitality space have used Vine in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at some hotels and dining establishments that are using Vine for marketing.
In early 2014, Dunkin Donuts became the first brand to create Vines to be showcased as commercials.
The brand published three fun, historical, Super Bowl-themed Vines that appeared as animated, five-second commercials around the Super Bowl. The spots were also shared among Dunkin Donut’s own social media channels.
That said, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to use Vine to more explicitly promote products.
Chili’s Bar & Grill also uses Vine to showcase specific offers, such as their specialty margaritas. They also add calls-to-action to explicitly encourage their fans to share.
It can also be useful to create “how to” type Vines to educate your audience. Fearrington Village House Restaurant used Vine to briefly show the process of mixing an exciting cocktail.
Witnessing a cocktail being created in this manner ads a layer of intimacy with both the restaurant itself as well as the drink, more than if a simple photo of the cocktail had been posted once it was made.
Hotels can also utilize Vine to conduct virtual tours of their properties. This is the perfect means for creating 360-degree tours of each of guestrooms, set up with different seating arrangements.
On the meeting side, Vine is great for assisting with providing clients a better sense of the meeting space available, and giving them an idea of how their event would look in your hotel.
You can also film quick tours of any other outlet the planner said was important to their attendees, such as the business center or fitness center.
What are some of your favorite brands on Vine?