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Video marketing is a great tool for businesses of all sizes. In fact, according to research, 64 percent of consumers make a purchase after watching a branded video. Use these best practices to get the most from your video marketing efforts.

1. Create an Outline

Because video feels more casual and personable than written copy, some marketers make the mistake of “winging it” and neglecting to create an outline. Too often, the result is a rambling video that is difficult to follow. Before shooting the video, make an outline and write out the key points that you want to cover.

2. Grab Your Audience’s Attention

Your viewers have a lot competing for their attention. Social media has made it easier than ever for businesses to get their message out, and in the last year alone, Facebook video ads have increased by 258 percent. Every 60 seconds, 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. With that kind of competition for your followers’ attention, it’s imperative to grab their interest quickly, preferably within the first few seconds of the video.

3. Build Value

Video marketing is a highly effective sales tool because it gives you an opportunity to build value before making the final sales pitch. Rather than keeping the focus of your video on making the sale, which can be off-putting to viewers, focus on the value of your product or service.

4. Appeal to Emotions

Emotions play a powerful role in creating memories. Rather than putting out a sales pitch, appeal to your audience’s emotions by using storytelling to get your message across.

5. Encourage Your Viewers to Take the Next Step

To you, it may seem like the next steps are logical, whether that’s signing up for a monthly newsletter, making a purchase, submitting a donation, or sharing your content. However, oftentimes, viewers need a specific call to action. Incorporate a CTA in your video to maximize engagement.

6. Understand SEO

Incorporating keywords in your video’s title, description, and tags can help you rank better on major search engines while letting your viewers know what to expect.

By fine-tuning your video marketing techniques, you can increase engagement and maximize conversion.


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The energy industry is one of the fastest growing and most diverse industries in the global market. It is also one capturing innovation at a fast rate. No matter your role in the industry, video can play an important part of sharing information, gaining investor insight, working to develop solutions, or sharing concepts with industry leaders, local government, and customers. Here are a few ways video can enhance the energy industry.

Animated Videos for Extraction and Refinement

A meeting with local government or residents about a new system or tool can be hard to explain. Using animated video, it is possible to show how extraction and refinement happen. Use this type of video to showcase how you could do something or how you are doing it right now. Give those outside of the industry a clear picture of what is happening and how.

Use Animated Videos to Showcase ROI

Provide insight to investors and others in the industry about how any new investment can improve functionality, energy efficiency, or aid in development. It is possible to display ROI of any new investment, for example, by using animated videos. This breaks it down into easy to understand content and shows why a specific investment is ideal.

Demonstrate New System and Tools

Perhaps you are an innovator trying to get your product into the hands of the energy industry. Or you may be hoping to invest in new technology. Showcasing how these tools and systems work can open the eyes of any investor or company. It also provides insight into the benefits, functionality, and even challenges that new products can bring to any workspace.

Preserve and Share Industry Knowledge

The energy industry is growing and changing quickly, requiring a need to not just obtain information but also to share it. Keeping information available to customers, clients, investors, researchers, and others is so valuable but hard to do. With video, you can capture industry knowledge and maintain it long term in a streamlined, efficient manner.

Share Experience and Build Reputation

Video – whether animated, product information, or employee-focused, provides a way to build a brand and reputation. Energy businesses generally need to be able to share their brand image with the public. Showcasing talent, attracting new workers, and even simply ensuring shared information can help any business grow and thrive.

Video plays an essential role in the day to day operations of an energy business. It can be a simple, effective method of conveying important information.


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Do you want to grow your business’ customer base and brand recognition? If you answered yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Discover how multi-million dollar companies use the same tactics and strategies that top market influencers employ to grow mega-audiences and build brand awareness.

Video Marketing – Tactics and Strategies (T&S) to Grow Brand Awareness and Customer Base

#1 – Capitalize on your company’s presence and use of YouTube

After Google, Youtube is the second largest search engine, in the world. Check out these ideas for video marketing that your business might be able to leverage upon:

  • Getting Started Videos
  • Product Demo Videos
  • Tutorial or Explainer Videos
  • How-to Videos
  • Instructional Videos
  • Webinars
  • Interview Videos of Industry Experts or Employees
  • Behind-the-scene Videos
  • Real-time Videos
  • Videos that give Information about your Company
  • Company’s Event Videos

#1 – Use social media ads to get your videos in front of your potential audience

Even though this cost money, it’s worth the investment. Just like PPC advertising, your ROI per dollar spent makes it worth your time and effort.

#3 – Engage your audience

Social media is a two-way street. TRY THIS – create and send short shareable videos to the people that already support your brand i.e. your followers.

#4 – Leverage user-generated videos

Many of the biggest brands leverage user-generated content to support their social media marketing endeavors. TRY THIS – hold a contest on your brand’s social platforms.

As a part of this contest, ask your customers to send in videos of them using your company’s products. Publish the video of the contest winner on your company website’s homepage. The winning video will act as a video testimonial for your brand and the products or services that your business offers.

#5 – Use INSTAGRAM STORIES & SNAPCHAT STORIES to engage with your customer base

There is no reason that your business can’t mirror the marketing methods that bigger well-known brands use to engage with their own audiences. TRY THIS – share a short 10-second video of new and even existing products and services that your business offers. Be original in your presentation and focus on creating “evergreen” content.

As you engage with your target audience, try to be fun and upbeat in your presentation. Don’t be boring or too technical. Give your audience something that they might want to share with their friends.

The end goal of all marketing endeavors is to increase brand awareness as well as to add to your customer base by growing your business’ pool of potential customers i.e. people interested in your business’ products or services. Why not try doing the same things that the most well-known market influencers do to grow their own audiences. Afterall it’s working out just fine for them.

For more information or to get started today, call us at (888-294-9393) or contact us via the web. We know what you want, we know what your business needs, and most importantly we know how to get it done.


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Integrating your email database to work side with your video marketing efforts is a must. According to comScore Inc., a global digital market measuring service, the average internet user watches an amazing 186 videos, per month! If you’re not integrating your marketing efforts of both email and video platforms, your business is missing a golden opportunity for growth.

As a small business owner, getting the most out of a limited operating budget is a constant concern. But how do you do this? It is universally accepted in the world of online marketing that email has the best return on dollars invested. In general, email campaigns can generate about $40 per $1 invested, so the larger your email database, the better your returns will be with any targeted email marketing activities.

7 Ways Video Marketing Can Increase Your Email Subscriptions

Before you go any further, however, check out these statistics regarding the use of email and video. By using the word “video” in the subject line of your email you can increase your open rate by 19%, and by incorporating a video inside an email you can increase your conversion rate by 60%.

These stats are amazing and represent an excellent opportunity for increased sales and revenue. Try out these ideas as you develop your business’ marketing strategy.

  • Connect videos to your landing pages as a part of Google Adwords campaigns
  • Connect videos to your sales pages – offer a discount on products or services, only available if a buyer supplies an email address
  • Connect videos to your homepage – or place a video on your homepage that can only be viewed after an email address has been provided
  • Collect emails from your stand-alone videos by creating a turnstile gateway which viewers must pass through in order to continue watching
  • Use your videos as lead magnets or content upgrades – LM’s can be as simple as offering a copy of a recent webinar, tutorial or Q&As on a particular topic
  • Collect emails as part of your how-to videos – before beginning your how-to video, request that viewers complete an email opt-in to continue.
  • Turn you YOUTUBE channel into an e-mail collection engine – YOUTUBE offers two tools to do this – Card and Annotations. Note: before you can use these tools, you will have to associate your site with your YOUTUBE account. The whole process can be accomplished in about a half hour.

OutSource Video Production & Email Collection to the Pros

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Instead of getting muddled down trying to optimize and integrate various technologies, outsource the job. Contacting the experts at KICKER VIDEO would be a great place to start. Give the Kicker Video team a call at 888-294-9393 and let them handle the rest. Use your valuable time to actually run your business.


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Content creation is all about telling a story, whether it’s a story about your business itself, your mission, or your customers. As the content creator, your job is to tell that story in a way that will capture the attention of your audience and motivate them to take the desired action.

However, in order for that to happen, you must tell your story well. It doesn’t matter how great the story is; if the execution is poor, you’re unlikely to see the results that you want.

Here’s where animated video comes into the picture. This type of video is rich and engaging, and it is generally easier to produce and manage than traditional video content. In other words, animated video gives you all the benefits of traditional video content, but requires fewer resources.

Here are six reasons that your business needs an animated video.

Animated Videos Help You Get Your Name Out

Because animated video typically has a smaller resource requirement than other forms of video marketing, it can be used by nearly any business, no matter how small or young that business is. It levels the playing field, making it possible for small start-ups to get their name out and compete with bigger, more established businesses.

Animated Videos Let You Set the Tone

When you’re working with real people who have their own visions for how a video should look, it can be hard to capture the exact tone that you’re going for. With animated video, that’s not an issue; you have total control over the entire process from start to finish, setting the tone for even the most sensitive topics.

Animated Videos Appeal to Emotions

Animated videos go beyond providing a list of benefits; rather than limiting the content to the what, they explore the why and how. This makes it easy to appeal to your viewers’ emotions and push them towards the desired action.

Animated Videos Bring Problems and Solutions Together

Your customers have a problem, and your business has the solution. By using an animated video to demonstrate how your business has a unique ability to meet customers’ needs, you allow your viewers to plug themselves into the scenario you’ve created. Rather than simply telling them about what you can do for them, you’re actively showing them.

Animated Videos Let You Flaunt Your Creativity

Want to show a camper being chased by a bear without worrying about risking an animal rights activist group landing on your doorstep (or worse, being mauled by a bear)? Or an office building being crushed under a mountain of loose documents? With animated video, you can flaunt your creativity, playing fast and loose with the laws of nature and letting your imagination run wild. You can bring any concept to life, no matter how off-the-wall or complex it might be.

Animated Videos Leave a Lasting Impact

Because animated videos allow you to go to extremes to get your message out, they leave a lasting impression on viewers. Not only does this give your brand voice a microphone in your industry, but it will make you more memorable, giving you a competitive edge.

Through animated videos, you can create a boundary-free world that appeals to your customers’ emotions, allowing them to understand your brand’s message and what you can do for them.


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In order to master using a teleprompter, you must first understand and apply the three laws of using a teleprompter. Much like Star Trek’s prime directive or Newton’s law of thermodynamics, there are rules which must be obeyed before you can master the flawless use of a teleprompter. However, unlike Brad Pitt’s character in Fight Club, we can talk about these, so let’s chop it up.

The three laws are as follows:

  1. PRACTICE
  2. PRACTICE MORE
  3. REPEAT 1 & 2 AGAIN

Once you have grounded yourself in the laws of teleprompter mastery, you will be ready to apply some additional tips that will transform you into a teleprompter ninja.

TIP ONE:

Like a major league pitcher and catcher duo, you and your operator must be on the same page as the chemistry (or lack thereof) can make or break the production. Meet with the operator before production to go over any notes or questions. Don’t risk confusing your viewers with an awkward pace of speech or embarrass yourself by reading words that were not edited properly. Establish rapport with the operator ahead of time and review the copy before going live.

TIP TWO:

When possible, write your own copy and rehearse until your next word just comes naturally. If you must read a prepared script, consider making adjustments to humanize the copy and make it sound more natural. A simple change that doesn’t affect the core content is to replace “we are” or “I will” with contractions, like “we’re” or “I’ll.” Small adjustments like this also free up reading space on the teleprompter.

TIP THREE:

Keep your words in the middle and use your peripheral vision to read. Don’t let your eyes dart left and right. This is a dead give away that you’re reading a script. Instead, use your peripheral vision to watch the teleprompter while maintaining eye contact with the camera. If the operator keeps your words in the middle of the screen, it will help you keep your pace. You won’t race ahead or slow down too much.

TIP FOUR:

Smile as often as you can and gesture naturally to emphasize your main points. This helps to build a real connection with your audience. A smile is so much better than an “um”.

TIP FIVE:

Relax, breathe and have some fun. After all, you’re not producing a video to be a robot; you’re doing it because it’s fun, informative and helpful to your viewers. Often, your enthusiasm for a topic will resonate with your viewers more than your words will.

CONCLUSION:

Just remember, reading from a teleprompter does not come naturally – but by using these five tips, you can turn yourself into a natural. What separates the novice from the professional is adherence to the three laws of teleprompter mastery … practice, more practice, and still more practice!


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You have seconds to grab the attention of someone watching your video. What do you say? What do you show?

It is in these first seconds – under about the 10-second mark – that you really have to grab the attention of someone scrolling through social media. You don’t have much time, but with a few tricks, you will be able to create a video intro that really gets their attention.

#1: Waste no time

There is no second at the start of the video to waste. What’s most important here is to use those first few seconds to grab your viewer. Your intro needs to get to the point right away in order for them to stop and start watching.

#2: Use sound, but don’t rely on it

Many people do not have sound on while scrolling through social media. However, you need to ensure it is there once they start to watch your video. The audio should be clear, not overly loud, and in some way interesting. Of course, you also need to ensure it is royalty-free so you don’t violate copyright.

#3: Your video intro works as a teaser

Focus on creating a teaser intro. That is, do not give away everything you are going to talk about or share in that first few seconds. Instead, you’ll want to tease them with what’s coming. That way, they stick around to find out!

#4: Use some special effects but keep it under control

You do not want to make people annoyed in the first seconds of a video. Instead, keep things simple here. This is an important part of getting their attention. You can use more special effects as the video moves on. Be sure your viewer is able to get through those first few seconds with ease.

#5: Keep intros short

Most video intros need to be pretty short and to the point. You do not have a lot of time to spend connecting with your customers and viewers. The intro to any video should be about 20 seconds at most, with the first half of that being the most vital to grabbing their attention.

#6: Create professional quality images

Don’t use something off your cell phone. Spend a few minutes working with a professional video production company or tools to help you create a quality intro. That’s important. What type of impression do you want to give your viewers? Most likely, you want them to respect you as the pro in the industry.

Video intros are perhaps one of the most complex components of the process of using video marketing. However, they can also be a fantastic tool to help you get the attention of those people who will help build your brand.


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Medical marketing can be one of the most challenging of all formats. Those in this industry have a lot of limitations – advanced tech, numerous restrictions, and lots of questions of validity. One format for marketing that works well in this industry is online video. Sure, a brochure in a doctor’s office seems like a good start, but video brings information to life and allows it to hit home with the intended buyer. It provides a better ROI in nearly any situation.

How Does Video Matter in Medical Marketing?

Take a look at a few reasons why so many marketers are finding this particular platform so ideal to meet their goals. Could this help you, too?

#1: It Shows Your Expertise

The biggest reason to use this format is that video provides specific information in a specific format and it easily translates into expertise for the medical provider. To convince someone to spend a significant amount of money on a cosmetic procedure, for example, it helps to become the industry expert in your local area. Video makes you, or your medical practice, the go-to pros in this area.

#2: Your Clients Trust You

In the medical marketing industry, trust really is everything. It is not easy to come by, though. With video, you can help to build that trust. First, video is a format that people trust inherently That is, they are more likely to believe a doctor speaking on camera than a written article. Second, you can use video testimonies to help boost that level of trust. Many times, video can convey a message that is otherwise hard to believe or seems like a “too good to be true) option in a believable format.

#3: Video Gets Shared, and Builds Leads

The whole point of medical marketing is to get more patients and clients in the door. Video helps enable this by providing a way to get shares on social media, track leads who visit the website, and monitor who is watching the video in the first place. In short, it turns your visitors to your website into prospective leads and allows you to count them – using the tools provided.

#4: Video Gives You the Power to Customize Your Audience

A proper video production company understands its target audience. Video can be created to meet a specific goal for just about any provider, then. Video marketing can target a very specific group of people, such as those broken down by demographics. It can help you to showcase what a teenager may benefit from compared to what a senior may benefit from. Because it allows this type of targeting, it tends to be more effective. Again, a brochure struggles to achieve this.

Video medical marketing is a must today. People watch videos. They don’t read long documents explaining risks and discussing complex medical procedures. Yet, they want information in an easy to digest manner. With the right video production, your marketing dollars go further when you incorporate video marketing into your campaign.


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Virtual reality videos are one of the most cutting edge types of tools available today for businesses looking to reach a larger audience in new ways. It is no longer just a type of format used by video games and movies. Today, we can create highly effective and engaging content that your business’s customers enjoy and even look for. Virtual reality, or VR, is more accessible than ever before. How can it be a part of your marketing efforts? Why does it matter?

#1: It Engages Customers

Beyond a doubt, VR is still very new and fresh. That means it is very much accessible to your reader. They want to see it. People are excited about opportunities to engage with VR. This means they are more likely to watch your videos and to learn about your company. As a result, this can translate into better sales for any organization.

#2: You Can Market Across the Board

Another way VR is changing the field is by providing an easy way for companies to connect with customers over multiple channels and through various devices. They can use VR as a way to allow for virtual shopping. It allows you to personalize the experience your customers get every time they reach for a headset.

#3: They Are Money-Saving, Too

Another way that you will reach your customers through VR is by reducing the overall costs of mistakes or miscommunications. With VR, your customers can walk through the experience of trying a product before committing to doing so. The end result can be phenomenal. For example, as a home builder, you can allow your clients to virtually walk through the home to feel the floor plan, not just see it on paper. That’s empowering and it makes your product or service truly become a real, tangible option for your buyers.

#4: It Provides a Better Way to Manage People Too

The use of VR is not just a customer-oriented tool. It can also be used in a variety of ways. In short, by creating a virtual environment, you can connect with people and manage your employees without having to think twice about their geographical location. Imagine how much this can save you time and money. Users simply need to put on their VR headsets, select their avatar, and then begin collaborating with others doing the same thing.

#5: It Gives You More Reach

VR can provide you with better access not just to your customers and employees, but to a worldwide audience. You can establish your business internationally without having to step foot into another country. You can interview a key candidate, host a meeting with a potential investor, or even just explore the setup and product of another company.

It’s important to know that virtual reality is growing and changing rapidly. It is new and exciting right now, but it is still becoming more accessible. Today, it is safe to say that more companies around the global can utilize all that it has to offer.


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Imagine that you’re sitting in front of a group of three-year-olds, explaining who Abraham Lincoln was. Now imagine that you’re recounting his life story to a roomful of high school students. While the topic may be the same, your presentation to your young audience will be vastly different from the one given to the older listeners.

Knowing your audience is key to creating content that will resonate. While it’s easy to tailor and refine your message in face-to-face communication, it can be a challenge to customise it for an audience that is largely invisible. Keep reading for a crash course on how to get to know your audience.

Identifying Your Audience

Just as you customize face-to-face communication to reflect the needs and interests of your audience, your video content should be designed to best reach your virtual audience. Clearly, that’s going to be really tough if you don’t even know who they are.

Market research used to be done almost exclusively by large organisations, but today, businesses of all sizes are using market research data to better target and understand their customer base. Fortunately, technology is up to speed with the times, making it easier than ever to conduct formal or informal research.

If your brand is on social media (and it definitely should be), look at your followers. If you’re a new company or you simply need more insight, browse through your competitors’ followers. What age groups do you see? Take a look at their profiles. How do they spend their free time? A young adult with disposable income and a passport has different needs from someone juggling the responsibilities of their career and home life.

Ultimately, your goal is to get as many details as possible about the people that you’re reaching.

Creating Personas

Communicating with nameless, faceless followers is tricky, so why not give them a name and a face?

Once you have an idea of who your audience is, it’s time to build customer personas. Customer personas are detailed descriptions of each of your ideal customers, describing things like income bracket, life phase, behaviours, interests, marital status, habits, and any other defining feature you can think of. Give each persona a name, and think of it as an actual person rather than an abstract idea.

When creating a video, refer back to your customer personas to ensure that your message, tone, and content are all relevant to them.

Putting Yourself in Their Shoes

To further connect with your audience, step into their world. Take a look at how they communicate with each other in public forums; are they formal or casual? Do they use jargon?

People naturally trust others who they feel are most like them, so if possible, emulate their tone and vernacular in your video marketing campaigns. Just remember, you don’t want to be the “cool dad” at the birthday party who uses terms and references that he really doesn’t understand. If you can’t mirror their communication patterns naturally, then just don’t.

When it comes to building meaningful connections with your audience, there are no shortcuts for taking the time to understand who they are and what motivates them.


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