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The call to action (CTA) of your videos is nothing to overlook. It ultimately takes your viewer from a bystander to taking action in your product or service. The goal of any CTA is to get a person to make a purchase or contact you. But, how you do it matters.

There Are Numerous Types

Define what your goal is before choosing a type of call to action. For example, do you want the customer to buy something right now? Do you want the customer to go to your website? Call you? Once you gather this insight, consider your audience. What have they done to this point in the purchase process? Are they ready for a true “buy it now” call to action?

Examples of Video CTAs

In a video – whether it is an explainer video or a testimonial (or anything else), you have a variety of ways to ask the customer for their information. Sometimes, a simple statement of “call us for more information” is all that is necessary. However, it pays to get creative, too.

  • Offer a free trial. Perhaps your customers can sample what you have to offer.
  • Consider a contest. Introduce it and then use an “Enter to Win” CTA to get their attention.
  • Ask a question fitting to the content of your video. For example, you may want to try to start a conversation. Use a hashtag to track answers. Then, encourage customers to “Join the Conversation.”
  • Fill out a short form – this is a common CTA for videos, but it is important to direct them to where to find the form if it is not on the same page. The key to forming success is to offer a benefit to providing their information – a free trial, free information, free information package, etc.

Most importantly, make it authentic. You want to ensure the customer knows there is some type of value in connecting with you and communicating with you when it comes to sending you their information.


Posted in: Video Production Tips

A video testimonial can serve as one of the best tools for marketing campaigns. They provide a variety of benefits to any company because they establish your organization’s creditability. If a friend says something is good, you believe it. Online, testimonials work much like this. They help encourage would-be customers to trust your company.

How to Develop a Testimonial Video

Well-designed testimonial videos are the ideal conversion tool. To create these videos, work to develop a strategy. Your strategy should focus on a single goal – show anyone viewing the video they can be confident in your product, service, or brand.

When creating a strategy, there are a few rules to follow. First, be sure you are creating authentic experiences. Use real customers. And, choose customers who are much like your target audience in demographics. You also want to provide value here. What specifically was the benefit or reason for the good result?

Then, consider developing a problem-solving approach. For example, your testimonials should show what your company did to solve the customers’ problems. Why did they turn to you? What did they experience when they did? Whenever possible demonstrate this benefit.

Finding Your Ideal Customers

In some small businesses, it is clear who to choose to help you with this process. For example, you have a good customer you know well. On the other hand, it helps to choose those you have made the biggest impression on – the customer who thanks you for going out of your way or the customer who has a fantastic story to tell.

When you choose customers, be sure they are going to do well on camera. They need to speak with some level of authority to be convincing. They also need to be a good storyteller. When you listen to them speak, you should feel just how trustworthy they are.

Wrap Up Your Videos with Company Information

After your customer shares his or her story, be sure you include information about what your product did, how it worked, why it is different, or what value it offered. Ultimately, you want someone watching the video to understand your product has the tools they need to solve their own problem.

Testimonial videos should be designed to be professional, high-quality displays of information. When you invest the time in creating a video like this, it can easily become a tool for social media, email marketing, and numerous other campaigns you plan to launch.


Posted in: Video Marketing

When was the last time you needed instructions on how to put a piece of furniture together? Did you rely on the unhelpful insert that came in the box, or did you head over to YouTube to see if anyone else ran into the same problems? If you’re like most people, you use video to answer complex questions in a few short minutes.

Current and prospective customers within the financial industry are no different. The average customer wants simple, straightforward information about important financial services and news that can be delivered on any device. Video brings this perfect balance of convenience and value to financial customers daily.

Types of Financial Industry Videos

There are multiple ways video can benefit businesses in the financial industry whether your company is offers banking services, brokerage services, or personal financial advice.

New Services

Adding a new service to your business? Breaking into a new market? An announcement video is a quick, friendly way to let your audience know what you’re doing and how it will benefit them in the long run. An announcement video is also a great opportunity to explain existing services and elevate your authority as a financial brand.

Explainer Videos

Want to give your clients a basic overview of registered retirement savings plans? Plan to offer helpful information about tax-free savings accounts? Saving for short and long-term needs as well as retirement is one of the most important things your clients can do with their money. Unfortunately, the average client doesn’t understand how it all works. That’s where video content comes in. Create an explainer video to provide meaningful information in a convenient, easily understood format.

Marketing & Advertising

Recently open your firm and need to get the word out? Are customers in love with your services and you want to tell the world? Buying airtime on television or radio can drive marketing costs through the roof, but a simple advertising video can work for you on the web 24/7.

Why Use Video in the Financial Industry?

In addition to informing customers about important financial services and products, video can be used to boost a company’s visibility in the marketplace and achieve brand awareness with a target audience. A video is also the most frequently shared and engaging content format on the internet, which means your investment in video content creation can provide new leads and a higher return on investment.


Posted in: Video Production Tips

When it comes to educating and engaging with your audience, no other medium even comes close to being as effective as video marketing. The beauty of video marketing is that it allows you to not only get the content of your message across, but you can tightly control the tone and style of how that content is delivered.

If you’re considering making a video, you may be going back and forth between shooting it live action or creating an animated video. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that dilemma; both styles have their perks and drawbacks. Keep these things in mind as your deciding what type of video you want to create.

When to Use Live Action Videos

Live action videos are a great way to showcase a tangible product or service. If you’re selling, say, a vacuum cleaner, a live action video can demonstrate its benefits in a way that an animated video could not. Watching an animated vacuum cleaner suck up animated particles isn’t nearly as convincing as watching the real thing in action.

On the other hand, live action videos have some limitations. It’s hard to convey abstract ideas, such as cloud-based services, using a live action video. In instances where an intangible product or service is being provided, live action videos may not be effective.

The Benefits of Animated Videos

Animated videos are awesome for conveying abstract or conceptual ideas and services. These types of videos are well-suited for companies that provide web services that may be difficult to sum up by an actor working from a script. They also don’t have the limitations that live action videos do. Do you want to incorporate a cape-clad pig flying over a cityscape? No problem! With animated videos, you’re only limited by your own imagination.

Animated videos are also easy to brand. You can incorporate the same fonts, styles, colors and themes that are on your website into your video, providing consistency across marketing materials.

As your products and services evolve, it’s very easy to edit animated videos to keep them up-to-date, making them a great long-term marketing tool. Editing a live action video is significantly more difficult and likely won’t have the same seamless results.

Summing It Up

Both live action and animated videos have their areas in which they shine. By considering the message that you want to convey (along with a few other factors like budget, time constraints, and resources), you can decide which style is best suited for you.


Posted in: Making Decisions, Video Production

Demo videos have a lot going for them: they’re educational, memorable and informative, and most of all, they are powerful tools that help you make sales and close deals. An effective product demo video highlights the value of what you’re offering, addressing your client’s problem and how your company can solve it. Here are a few reasons that your business needs a demo video.

Demo Videos Let You Connect with Clients

You’re a firm believer in the products and services that you offer, and your enthusiasm for your business shines through to your clients when you sit down with them and explain how what you’re offering can meet their needs. No matter how great your online copy is, it’s really hard to capture that enthusiasm and make every website visitor feel like your service is uniquely suited to their needs. Demo videos provide the experience of sitting down one-on-one with a client and sharing how your product or service can help them.

They’re Convenient for You and Your Clients

Your clients are busy people, and coordinating a demo time can be a serious challenge. Rather than playing email volleyball with your client in an attempt to set up an appointment, you can simply send them a pre-recorded demo that they can watch and rewatch at a time that fits their busy schedule.

You Don’t Have to Worry About Canceled Appointments

Life happens, and sometimes your client is not able to attend a scheduled product demo. If you have a pre-recorded demo, then the preparation that you put into that meeting won’t go to waste. You’re still able to provide the client with the demo via email or social media, without having to go through the trouble of planning another demo.

Demo Videos are Easy to Share

Did your prospect arrive at the demo but other stakeholders from their organization that were scheduled to be there didn’t show up? If you’ve recorded the demo, then that won’t be a problem. Demo videos are easy to share, and once your prospect has the demo, they can easily share it with the other decision-makers within their organization.

Demo videos are powerful sales tools that can speed up your company’s sales cycle, maximize your sales team’s efficiency, and cut down on unqualified leads.


Posted in: Getting Ideas, Video Production

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.


Posted in: All Posts

Videos are engaging, interesting, and memorable. They provide people with information using more of the senses, and as a result, they can be an excellent tool for teachers. Though schools can benefit from the use of videos as well, teachers can and should dive deeper into this area. The right video can communicate a message, share a story, answer a question, or break down complex topics into easy-to-digest content.

Why Use Video in Education?

Consider how your students engage in the world around them today. They use social media platforms such as Vimeo and YouTube every day. While this may be content that’s enjoyable, there is a strong component of this that can benefit the classroom. For example, 93 percent of teachers believe that the use of educationally based videos actually improves the learning experience, according to a study done by Kaltura. And, used in the proper format and designed well, this is exactly the type of result expected.

There are numerous benefits to using video in the classroom. Here are some of them:

  • Video allows students to engage visually. As a result, they also can retain information longer.
  • Students can watch the video more than one time, even at home to refresh their memory.
  • Video is more engaging, filled with more color, information, sound, and content. This helps to get them watching.
  • Video works in all types of classrooms. Use it in math, English, or just about any other topic where you want to communicate a message more fully.
  • Students enjoy videos. They are more willing to talk about what they watched. They can gather more insight and more willingness to share.

Video like this also allows the teacher to step back. Instead of teaching the same content day in and day out, video allows the teacher to step away from the front of the classroom to focus on other topics. And, yet, he or she is still providing incredible resources to students.

How Can You Use Videos in the Classroom?

As a teacher, your time in the classroom with students is limited. Each day is filled with more to do and balance. Video can help to alleviate some of this frustration. Here are a few ways to use it:

  • Create videos to teach specific course material. In particular, use it to help communicate a complex topic in a simple manner.
  • Use it to demonstrate outcomes to experiments or lab work. Break down the steps to a project your students need.
  • Use it to build awareness or communicate a message through a story rather than through a lecture. Sometimes, the inclusion of stories in teaching material can help to bring the message through more fully.

To be effective, video must communicate in the right format based on the topic but also on the audience. A professional video company can help to get this done. And, teachers can then turn this video into a tool they use to promote classes, refresh before a test, or engage students who need more sensory-based education more effectively.


Posted in: Getting Ideas

Are you looking for a few new ways to add content and interest to your social media pages? Video is the right medium, but what message can or should you use? It really comes down to your goals and needs, but sometimes, having a topic is not as easy as it sounds. New ideas can be challenging. Here are some of the best ways to jumpstart your video efforts on all of your social channels.

#1: Answer a Question

You get them from all of your social media accounts. Questions can be frustrating because you have to answer them individually. But, if you post a short video answering the most common questions, you solve that problem. And, you are providing your guests with outstanding information and insight as well. This is ideal for Facebook or Twitter questions, for example.

#2: Use a show-and-tell style message

On social media channels like Instagram, video and imagery are essential. You can get it right with a few important pieces. A show-and-tell type of video, one that allows you to share a behind the scene look or just provide insight into the company’s culture, methods, or services, is a good place to start. A good reason to do this is to ensure you are providing a real, authentic version of your company to your visitors.

#3: Showcase a product or service

Let’s not forget that a component of your social media efforts can and should be info about the products and services you offer. One way to do this, without being overly salesy, is to use your Facebook or LinkedIn pages to really dive deep into the product or service you offer. Break open the shell, so to speak, to share insight and information with your clients.

#4: Invite People to an Event

Facebook and LinkedIn are great social media platforms for launching and communicating about your upcoming event. Use a video to showcase what those who attend can expect. You will also want to invest wisely in some marketing here about the benefits offered. Get people excited.

Each of these methods can help you to reach your audience in an authentic manner. Video just helps to make sure the information comes across in the most effective manner possible.


Posted in: Video Marketing

Business events – from luncheons with your team to large conferences – are a way to share information. Providing video that does this is essential. Imagine going to a company-wide conference only to have speakers on hand to lecture for hours on end. It is boring and hard to retain information even when the content is interesting to you. But, explainer videos can help you take information and create it in such a way as it gets a clear message out to your attendees.

How to Use Explainer Videos at Your Events

Nearly any type of business function can benefit from the introduction of explainer videos. These videos take the material and break it down to make it easy to understand. You can expect this type of content to provide education, insight, key topics, or details.

At a conference, you will want to choose numerous videos like this. It should be content that helps get your message out with the right sound and composition to grab and hold the attention of your viewers. If, on the other hand, you are hosting a smaller event, such as a board meeting or an investor summit, you will want to use more formal explainer videos. In this format, they should work more effectively than a simple PowerPoint.

You can also use explainer videos for other needs. For example, create one to help teach your employees how to handle various scenarios they come across while working with your customers. You can use them to communicate your company’s message in a fundraising video. Use them as a way to communicate directly with your customers, too, such as explaining your product or service.

Making Them Successful

In order to get the most out of your explainer videos, really work to develop the content of them. You will need to have the right type of message, but you also need the details to be just right. This should include music, lighting, and composition. It also is important to develop a well thought out script, one capable of answering all of their questions before they ask.

Finally, pull off your video with care. To do this, focus on ensuring your viewers have a great view. Be sure you have the proper equipment to showcase your video in the best format. And, consider creating several videos for larger events.


Posted in: Video Production Tips

You’re investing in a new video for your brand or company. Your ultimate goal is to ensure you get the most out of this investment as possible. Video can do many things for your company, but what is essential is to get the details right. Numerous factors can help your video stand out from the competition. However, there are three specific things that contribute the most to how well your video does.

#1: Create an Intriguing Story

To make any video truly memorable, allow it to tell a story – a great story. If you lack a story, no amount of other gimmicks or details will capture your attention. Of course, this can be the most difficult component of the process, too. You need a story that’s interesting, unique, and memorable.

#2: Design with Lighting Perfection

Lighting is more than just ensuring the space can be seen. It is also about creating a display capable of capturing the mood, feel, and overall atmosphere of the video. Getting the lighting, as well as the video’s composition right, can make or break it. Working with a professional can help soothe this concern significantly.

#3: Ensure the Sound Reflects the Video’s Goal

The sound within your video is more than spoken words. It is the music, the background, and the movements of each person in the video as well. If you lack sound, or you have too much or too little of it, you lack the type of emotion-grabbing, drama-for-attention design you want and need. Investing in sound is essential, but you also need to get the right type of sound based on the composition, goal, and the overall medium you plan to use the video in.

These are complex components to any type of video creation. This is what makes working with a video production company so important. But, even if you create a video yourself, if you focus on getting these three areas right, you will see your video perform well.


Posted in: Video Production Tips

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