Online video content now makes up 73 per cent of all internet traffic, so it has never been more important to create, edit and upload videos to your blog, website or social media accounts. Even if video marketing is not part of your skillset or your main marketing method, adding a few videos to your overall content will be well received by your audience.
What are the benefits of video content?
A two minute video can convey up to 300 words of written content, but present it in a faster, easier and more intuitive way for consumers. Videos have the added benefit of reaching audiences who do not like to read and can embed visual, audio or animated elements to bring your message to life.
What types of video content could I create?
If you haven’t yet tried out video marketing, one of your top concerns is probably “what should I create videos about?” There’s an endless amount of video content opportunities out there, but if you’re starting from scratch, here are some of the simplest tried and true ideas to get you started:
A “how-to” tutorial
Imagine you’re a craft supplies shop that sells wool, needles, scrapbooking and embroidery supplies and fabric. How can you increase sales of these products amongst a younger generation of people wanting to learn new skills? Simple, create a video tutorial. Show people how to create an elaborate cake decoration, knit a scarf, upcycle old beer crates or embroider a cushion. Your staff already have those skills so simply grab a camera and walk your audience through the steps.
Most businesses tend to find that they get asked the same questions repeatedly by new prospective customers. Rather than spend all day on the phone or replying to emails about the same thing, you could create a simple video answering the top questions and post it to your website. Question and answer formats provide very helpful information that your audience will love and these sorts of videos are great as they don’t require much preparation or post production work. Simple record and upload.
Everyone loves a good interview. If you’ve just hired a new staff member for a key role, you can interview them about their background and share it with your audience. You can also interview representatives from community groups you’ve sponsored, interview happy customers or interview a relevant online influencer who works in your industry.
Behind-the-scenes or sneak peek promo
Customers love to feel like they are the first to be “in the know” about something. If you have a mailing list, you could email out an exclusive video to only your email subscribers showing them an upcoming project or product you’re working on. If you’ve got a new product launch coming up in three months, you can build a lot of buzz and excitement by creating a series of super short 10-30 second videos, with each video adding a little more detail the closer it gets to the launch date.
A day in the life
Got a great work story? Perhaps your company is in the food manufacturing sector? You could create a short video of someone working in the laboratory testing new recipes. If you’re a dairy company, you could show the journey of the milk being collected on farm, driven to the factory in milk tankers, being processed and turned into finished goods. You could also highlight something fun that happens within your office? Did you have a pets at work day or a dress up like your favourite superhero day? Create a short video? Customers appreciate seeing the more human feel of your company from time to time.
Snippets from live events
If you’re a financial advisor or life coach, one of the best type of videos to create would to record one of your life events and show snippets of yourself in action sharing your insights and knowledge. Live event footage can be used in a range of other industries though. If you work in the agricultural sector you might record some footage from a field day. Try anything you think might be interesting. There’s no limit!
For businesses that have a more youthful audience, the current trend is to create live videos on social media platforms like Facebook using your phone or computer’s camera. If you want to go down this route, you will need to put some preparation into what you will say, because with it being streamed live you cannot edit things out later. You will also need to choose a quiet, well-lit room or outdoor space to shoot your video in as there is nothing worse if your audience cannot see or hear you.
Optional extras for added effect
Once you have created some of the above types of content, there are ways that you can add extra elements in to make your video stand out from the competition and look more professional.
You can add in background music, for instance. Bensound is a great source of high quality royalty free music to add to your videos.
Keep your videos short and sweet in the beginning (less than two minutes is preferable) and see how your audience responds. Once your videos rise in popularity and you refine your video skills, you may choose to create occasional longer videos to your content strategy too.
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