TikTok has been all the rage for marketers in the past year, becoming one of the fastest growing social networks across the globe. Although it’s widely known for trending dance video clips and social media challenges, many brands and companies are finding more and more of their customers and audience on TikTok.

Launched in May 2017, the app has garnered more than 2 billion downloads worldwide, and currently has around 1 billion active users in 154 countries.

More than half of the TikTok user base is made up of Generation Z, who are currently between the ages of 13-24. That being said, as the app’s popularity grows, users are aging up to include a wider age range of creators and viewers.

In 2020, TikTok made $540 million in ad revenue, despite the fact that only 9% of marketers use TikTok as part of their marketing strategy.

Although it has enormous potential for untapped growth and engagement, a lot of marketers are intimidated by TikTok. Some worry that the platform doesn’t align with their company’s brand and requires special skills or editing software to create video content, like working with a green screen. Don’t worry – there are so many more content possibilities than just 30 second dance-offs or lip syncing, despite what you may have heard.

The truth is, it’s actually very simple to create videos on TikTok and this step-by-step guide will show you just how easy-to-use the app is. There’s no time like the present for your business to start experimenting with a new social channel – especially since it’s easier for early adopters to gain a large following quickly!

How to create a TikTok video in 4 steps

Step 1: Upload your videos or film your video

How to create a TikTok video: a step-by-step guide

First off, start by deciding whether you want to upload existing video and photo content from your camera roll, or if you want to shoot video directly in the app.

To upload your existing videos, start by tapping the “+” icon in the app, and then “Upload”. You can choose multiple photos and videos from your camera roll to create a final video of up to 3 minutes long. Simply select the assets you want to use and then tap “Next”.

Alternatively, you can use the TikTok camera directly in-app to film your video content live. The benefits of this step is you can apply special filters and effects that can only be accessed while shooting, and this can also save time from post-edits afterwards.

You can also trim, edit, and rearrange clips at this step too.

💡 PlayPlay pro tip

TikTok has handy “Templates” that you can use to create animated video slideshows of your existing photos. This is a great resource for beginners and experienced creators alike, saving time with automated editing features.

Step 2: Add music to your video

Create a TikTok video

After you choose your footage, TikTok features “Suggested Sounds” which are recommended music clips for your video. You can also search for specific audio clips and songs from their library, which features themed playlists by genre and viral hits to inspire every creator. You can preview and save “Favorites” if you want to use audio for a later video.

Even cooler? If you upload or film multiple video clips, TikTok has an auto-sync feature that matches your video transitions to the beat of the selected song–eliminating the need for manual audio editing, which can take a lot of time for the inexperienced video creator.

💡 PlayPlay pro tip

Use a trending song or audio clip on your TikTok video to boost reach and engagement. TikTok prioritizes videos that use viral music, as users are more likely to watch this content.

Step 3: Add filters, special effects, text, and/or stickers

A guide to creating TikTok videos

One of the best parts of TikTok is that external video editing software isn’t essential to make diverse and creative viral-worthy marketing videos. Here’s a summary of the editing features you can use:

  • Filters: Tap the “Filters” icon to pick from a wide array of in-app filters that can enhance colors and textures. Choose from specialized themes like “Portrait” and “Food” depending on the subject of your video.
  • Effects: Tap the “Effects” icon to and hold down each option to determine the duration that you want to apply special visual effects, transitions, and animations. These are great tools to spice up your video and make it stand out from others on the app.
  • Stickers: In addition to the animated stickers in the “Effects” section, there are also static stickers that you can place wherever you want in your video with the drag and drop function. This is great for tagging other accounts or sharing a poll for engagement, for example.
A step-by-step guide to creating TikTok videos
  • Text: Tap “Text” to type onto your video, as well as change the colors, fonts, and alignment of your text overlay. Then you can drag and drop the text content to move and resize it according to your needs.

💡 PlayPlay pro tip

You can also add a voice-over to your video (pictured in the images above), along with creative sound effects like “bariton”, “megaphone”, “robot”, and “echo”. This is an especially useful tool for narrating screen recording and/or product marketing videos.

Step 4: Write a caption, tag others, publish

Create TikTok videos

We recommend always adding a CTA in your marketing videos, but also in the caption, just in case users don’t watch your whole video or miss the CTA. Here you can add hashtags (TikTok actually shares trending hashtags in the “Discover” section!), and tag other users or collaborators.

You can also adjust specific settings for your video after it’s been published, like the privacy setting, allowing comments, and whether you want other users to be able to “Duet” or “Stitch” your video.

Duet allows other TikTok users to remix or publish a video response to your TikTok video side-by-side, whereas Stitch allows others to use up to 5 seconds of your video in their own TikTok. Enabling both features can help your initial video gain more exposure, while encouraging audiences to engage with your content.

If you’re all done editing, but not ready to publish just yet, tap the “Drafts” button to save your video for publishing later.

💡 PlayPlay pro tip

Of course, TikTok offers you great editing features to make your video content appealing and engaging. But if you want your videos to stay consistent with your brand, and save time by not editing your videos in the app, you might need a video editing tool that helps you do this in no time. Here's where a tool like PlayPlay comes in handy.

You can use a video editor like PlayPlay to:

  • edit and convert your horizontal videos’ formats into the optimized vertical ratio for TikTok
  • add subtitles to your videos automatically in one click
  • choose from a huge library of 100s of video templates

This will help boost your video metrics like reach, play rate, and engagement rate.

3 examples of great corporate TikTok videos

To inspire your own video creation, here are a few examples of B2B and corporate brands that make awesome videos on TikTok.

1. The Washington Post

@washingtonpost

Fact check: not a flight attendant (but still funny) #frontierairlines #flightattendant #ducttape

♬ original sound - We are a newspaper.

It’s no secret that the newspaper industry has been declining for years with the rise of digitalization. The Washington Post has adapted to the times, with a TikTok channel that commentates on current events, politics, and pop culture in short humorous skits. This creates a highly creative and entertaining way for viewers to catch up on the latest news, while also sharing important content like how to spot fake news amongst viral internet stories.

2. Zoom

@zoom

Facts. #zoom #zoommeetings #fyp #myths

♬ stop spreading those rumors - ™

Zoom has become the preferred online video conferencing tool since COVID-19’s effects hit businesses around the world. Their TikTok channel, which they refer to as “ZoomTok”, balances a fun and light-hearted tone with highly useful content.

These videos address and clarify real concerns that users have, especially when it comes to professional video conferencing; e.g. “5 ways to avoid meeting fatigue” and “Zoom Myths Debunked”. ZoomTok is timely and relevant as online video conferencing for meetings and daily social interactions is a new norm that many are still learning to get used to.

3. Adobe

@adobe

The power of design seen through the graphics of @laleonstudio#AdobeSpark#AdobeTok#hispanicheritagemonth

♬ original sound - Adobe

Adobe is a great example of how a brand can use TikTok to make a human connection with audiences. In this example, Adobe features the work of Melanie, a Peruvian graphic designer during Hispanic Heritage Month, using their product Adobe Spark. It’s an inspiring and empowering way for individual creatives to share their unique stories with fellow creators and greater audiences – and of course for Adobe to promote their array of online and cloud-based design softwares.

TikTok… now’s the time to jump in!

TikTok ad spend is expected to grow 44% in 2021 - 5% more than Facebook’s estimated growth. Many businesses and marketers have been jumping on the TikTok bandwagon to reach these fast-growing and highly engaged demographics across the world. With this step-by-step guide in hand, now’s the time to add TikTok to your video marketing arsenal!