The internet is booming with video content and industry experts are saying that businesses who aren’t adding video to their marketing strategy are missing out. After reading more about the benefits of video marketing for business you’re ready to start creating videos.
Learn more about 10 ways to incorporate video into your overall marketing strategy and watch some examples to give you inspiration. We included videos from both small and large companies (and everything in between) so you can see that you don’t need a big budget or fancy equipment to create a video.
A 2014 BrightLocal survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 consumers trust an online review or testimonial as much as a personal recommendation. Fuse the influence of a customer testimonial with the power of video for a winning combination. For higher production, interview a happy customer, asking them about their experience with your product or service. Can’t get them in front of a camera? Display video clips and images of your team at work with written testimonials as a text overlay.
Have your fans or users create the content for you! Ask customers to share videos on sites like Vine or Instagram with a unique hashtag then combine those videos together to create a fully UGC (user-generated content) experience. These types of videos are great for capturing the customer’s perspective and sharing your product or service in action. Bonus: You will also establish some excellent brand ambassadors in the process.
Vlog is the shorthand for “video blog”. A vlog, with consistent updates, is a creative way to keep your customer-base updated on current trends, industry events and more. Feel free to be loose with your format and inject personality. Try to keep a vlog for around 2 minutes in length and use the transcription from your video to do double-duty as a blog post.
In basic terms, an explainer video describes something in a clear and concise way. Explainer videos are usually displayed on a company’s homepage and describe what the business does or tell’s the company’s story. Optimized explainer videos are usually between 90 seconds and 2 minutes, hook the viewer in the first 15 seconds and end with a clear call-to-action. You can also use this type of video to explain any part of your business that might need more clarification.
Does your business give back to the community? Do you have a community service program? Highlight your company’s community involvement by producing a video showing your employees giving back. Be authentic and make your video about the community you serve, not your company. Highlight your employees and the great work they are doing for the people, environment, etc.
Video can also be used to tell the story of your employees so customers can familiarize themselves with the people behind your brand. This can be very beneficial for support and sales teams so they can establish deeper relationships with the customers they deal with frequently. To create this video, ask your employees why they like working there and why they chose your company over others. Include video of employees at work, projects they are working on and, of course, the talking head interview of the employee you are featuring.
A behind-the-scenes video of your company’s equipment, office, and employees at work, gives customers and leads a peek into the process otherwise hidden. This is a great video to try out fun video tricks like time-lapse, slow motion and voice over. Be sure to tell a story with a clear beginning, middle and end. Your goal should be to entertain while providing a deeper understanding of product or service.
Not all of your videos should feel promotional. Establishing your team as authorities within your field is a powerful way to drive prospects to your business. You have highly competent employees who would be able to provide industry knowledge, describe a confusing component of your industry or deep-dive into a concept related to your business, establishing them, and, in turn, your company as an expert.
How-to videos are similar to Educational emails, the difference is that a how-to video can be more about things that are specific to your product or service. Use a how-to video as a tutorial to a new product line or for additional training on a specific service. Look to common customer questions for inspiration and build out a full reference manual video playlist like WeVideo did with their Academy page.
Infuse fun videos into your strategy that may not have a bigger purpose than to show your brand’s personality. If you don’t have time to make a separate video to do this, include humor or whimsy to any of the videos listed above. Let potential customers know that there are normal (read silly) people behind the company. Have dogs in the office? Create a video from their perspective. Does your shipping department participate in an Extreme Ironing league? Tell their story of triumph over wrinkles.
This is not the definitive list of videos you can create for your business. The possibilities are endless! Try these and show us how they turn out or let us know what kind of video you would add to this list.