Latest Twitter app is a boon for PR people

The Vine app lets Twitter users share a six-second video—the ideal length for an elevator pitch. Here are several ways to use the app for PR and marketing.

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As daunting as that prospect seemed, eventually talented PR professionals became deft at the micro press release. Along the way, we learned an important lesson about brevity and the modern attention span.

But now we have a new challenge, the six-second video.

Last week, Twitter launched its Vine app, which lets you capture a six-second video that loops continuously. Twitter offers a brief tutorial on its blog.

The app is simple to set up if you already have a Twitter account—although it is not a prerequisite—and you can share your mini-film with your Twitter followers, your Facebook friends, and the Vine audience.

Brilliantly captivating, the six-second video format is both a challenge from a PR perspective and an opportunity.

You couldn’t embed your four-minute product demo video in Twitter. The best you could do was to link to it and hope that people would want to leave the platform and go watch it elsewhere. At this point you can add page loading time and video loading time to your four-minute production.

Few people are willing to wait those extra seconds for a product demo.

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