Cloudinary Blog

Get Interactive With Cloudinary’s Shoppable Video and Video Player

Get Interactive With Shoppable Video and Cloudinary

Attracting visitors to engage with your product videos is an excellent way to boost clickthrough rates, and ultimately, sales. The question is, how do you generate that engagement? Playlists and clickable links come to mind, but generally they appear only after a video has finished playing. For a more captivating user experience, add relevant interactivity throughout the video.

This can be a troublesome task and you must still mount a lot of effort to edit the individual videos. That is where the Cloudinary Video Player comes in.

This post introduces Cloudinary’s new capability, Shoppable Video, by leveraging which you can produce clickable videos that match your brand on a larger scale, elevate brand awareness, and interact with audiences through robust features. Specifically, Shoppable Video—

  • Lists your products alongside your video in an expandable products bar.
  • Enables visitors to interact with your products and find out more details.
  • Links visitors to the relevant pages to make a purchase.
  • Adds clickable hotspots to the video to highlight your product’s exact location.
  • Brings products to life through interactivity.

Shoppable Video features

To get started with Shoppable Video, see the documentation.

Deep Dive Into Shoppable Video Features

Shoppable Video offers numerous features for enhancing video experience.

The Products Bar

The products bar, which appears to the right of the video, is where you list the products you want to showcase, highlighting each one as it appears in the video. You can configure the bar to your desired width and customize how and when the bar is displayed, as follows:

  • You set the bar width as a percentage of the full width of the player. Additionally, you can specify when you want the bar to open and close, such as opening when the video loads and closing after a set number of seconds if no interactions occur.
  • You can configure the product images for display, aligning them with your Product Description Page (PDP) assets. Those images, which are what your audience will interact with, support two configurable behaviors, according you finer control of the information to present:
    • On-click, which you can define as either a URL that takes the audience to the relevant PDP or a time at which to display the video in where the product appears.
    • On-hover, which you can define as either an alternative image or as a brief description of the product.

By showcasing all the products in your video, the product bar smoothes the way to convincing prospective customers to take that step toward purchase.

Shoppable Products Bar

Hotspots

Hotspots are superb for interactivity through video. For each product, you can define multiple hotspots that target the exact location of a product along with additional information. Perhaps you just want to show the product name, or maybe add the price or a discount, too.

Hotspots work best when combined with the seek capability in the products bar. That means someone can click a product in the products bar and be taken to the right part of the video to initiate interaction. The hotspots will then highlight the exact location of the product, and on-hover, show helpful details as well as a link to the PDP.

Here’s an example of a hotspot that spotlights a handbag in addition to the discount and sale price. That’s for sure a clever way to entice visitors to buy the item.

Shoppable Hotspots

Post-Roll Gallery

Once the video has finished playing, you’d want to ensure that nobody misses the products on offer. That’s where the post-roll gallery comes in. On by default, the gallery displays the products listed in the products bar in a carousel across the full width of the video. On-click and on-hover also work in that carousel, so viewers can easily jump over to your PDPs or seek the relevant location in the video. Relative to the products bar, the post-roll gallery offers a less intrusive shopping experience.

Shoppable Post-Roll Gallery

A Demo

Below is a demo that demonstrates the key features of Shoppable Video and a customized UI that matches the Cloudinary fashion brand. Because this demo runs on top of the Cloudinary Video Player, you can leverage all the awesome features of the player and those on Cloudinary’s Dynamic Video Platform. Go ahead and press play!

Additional Use-Cases

Beyond e-commerce, Shoppable Video features many nifty capabilities for other use-cases. That’s thanks to the interactivity of the products bar and hotspots for displaying the product features that appear in a video, leading to a much more engaged experience.

More Engaging Property Tours

Patrons can never become truly acquainted with the ins and outs of a property without actually visiting it in person. Viewing static images is by far not good enough. However, scenarios abound that prevent people from actually visiting a property. Cloudinary’s Shoppable Video feature for property tours engages viewers effectively, enabling them to explore a potential new home or holiday rental in detail.

See below for a short property tour, in which the products bar highlights a selection of the rooms in the house. Your viewers can see at a glance the details of each room and jump straight to view it. In addition, hotspots everywhere show them the various features of the rooms.

While building hotspots for your video, consider spotlighting a period hallmark or a suite of brand-new appliances.

Interactive Hotel Experience

Not only can choosing a vacation hotel be time consuming, but also the real experience can be disappointing. Why not use Shoppable Videos interactive features to build an interactive hotel episode for your shoppers?

The products bar can list your hotel or resort’s amenities, restaurants, and rooms and take visitors on a tour before they arrive. You can also add information like opening times or whisk visitors off to book spa treatments. Cloudinary’s platform makes all that a breeze to do at scale. Plus, you can take advantage of the platform’s remarkable optimization and transformation capabilities.

Summary

To recap, Shoppable Video is a superb means for raising clickthrough rates and encouraging impromptu purchases. In particular, its interactivity feature, applicable to many use cases, enhances the overall experience, masterfully promoting your brand awareness.

For more details, contact us or have a look through the documentation.

Recent Blog Posts

Shoppable Video Is Becoming Popular in E-Commerce

As pandemic restrictions necessitated, many shopping trips in 2020 took place outside the traditional brick-and-mortar store, or at least void of the physical aisle-browsing experience. Same-day curbside pickup became a safe and convenient alternative, and e-commerce transactions skyrocketed as consumers shopped online. In fact, Digital Commerce 360 estimates that, compared to 2019, e-commerce transactions grew by more than 40% last year.

Read more
Enhance Your Travel Site With Cloudinary in Anticipation of a Return to New Normal

Read more
The Benefits of Headless DAMs

Headless is not a buzzword anymore. In fact, the concept of headless architecture is gaining momentum due to the flexibility it offers for composing new experiences and for tackling the undue complexity of an ever-evolving technology stack. That’s because while the evolution of the martech landscape has enabled disruptive, digital innovations, the approach of buying point solutions for solving specific challenges can expose companies to the complicated nature of new technologies, systems, and platforms.

Read more

Building Display Ads With Transparent Video

By Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan
Build Web Ads With Transparent Video to Attract User Engagement

Billions of views on the Internet every day drive one of the biggest industries on the planet: advertising. The sheer size of that market and the competitive nature of vying for consumer attention results in a constant need for innovation. Readers are jaded, and display ads are blind spots.

Read more
How Cloudinary's Media Optimizer Helps E-Businesses Deliver Superior Web Performance

As a technology company, Cloudinary owes its success to its ability to build solutions that address the most critical challenges you, our customers, face. The companies we serve run the gamut of digital businesses—retailers and direct-to-consumer brands, media and entertainment, travel and hospitality—which, coincidentally, all care about the same things.

Read more