Blog

8posts


Creative concept banner. Vector illustration for video marketing, social media, entertainment, video tutorials and training, apps, online advertising and presentation.

Before COVID-19, video marketing was a major tool used by marketers to reach and engage audiences. Now that audiences are required to stay at home for their safety and have plenty of time to watch their screens, marketing videos are more important than ever for marketing firms.

Here are some trends businesses should implement in their marketing strategies this year.

Interactive videos

There are millions of ad videos floating around the Internet that are simply shorter versions of what you would see on TV. One thing you never saw on TV is a video with interactive content that invites the audience to participate. Examples include customizable content that lets users choose their path based on their preferences, areas where users can click on the video to get more details, and a 360-degree access option that lets users scroll inside the video to get a full view. These videos are trackable and provide companies with valuable user data for future marketing strategies.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) videos should gain in popularity as the technology makes it easier to produce. Using these tools now help you generate interest among audiences and stand out from the competition.

Vlogging will keep growing

Vlogging, or video blogs, will remain a valuable tool to capture shoppers’ interest as they want to feel connected with the brands they buy from. It helps build brand authenticity by giving users a behind-the-scenes look at businesses, lets them meet the team that runs the company, and gives them a look at new products before they are launched.

There are plenty of platforms businesses can use to share their videos, and live streaming gives vloggers the option to diversify their content on a weekly or daily basis.

Shoppable videos

People can shop online through webpages, social media posts by clicking on images of the products, and now through videos that link directly to products. Just like with photos, it may be possible to buy a product by clicking on its image in the video. Until then, videos are an easy way to simplify the buying process, grab customers’ attention, and spotlight specific products.

Education videos will expand

As the year began there was a huge market for educational and instructional videos, and that was before people weren’t allowed to leave their homes. Many schools and universities are closed, but education is still available online in video form. From online history courses to Zumba classes, there is educational content for everything. Some are free to access; others are taught by professionals in their sectors and available for a fee.

There are also online communities dedicated to explaining how to use specific products. If they are not already doing it, companies can produce video tutorials giving detailed instructions for their products and services.


Posted in: All Posts

Interviews are challenging to get just right. You want to convey a very specific message, in the right light. The best way to ensure your message is presented clearly is to ensure the video is done well. Interview videos can be challenging because there are a lot of working components. However, with a few tips, you may minimize some of the background and get precisely what you need.

Get the Details Right First

The first step in the process of creating interview videos is to have a plan. You may not know what will be said, but you should have questions ready to go to lead the conversation. Dead air is perhaps the worst component of any interview. Define the purpose of the interview, write down plenty of questions (often interviewees will not offer long answers, requiring a lot of prep work on your part), and then consider any type of response the individual may give.

Choose the Right Venue

The setting for your interview needs to be well established. You want to ensure the environment is designed to allow for clear communication. You also want to consider factors such as the amount of light present, area distractions that may occur, and the comfort of those who will be in the interview. It is easiest to do videos in an actual studio, but that’s not often realistic. Choosing an outdoor venue is the most challenging. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get started.

Setup with Confidence

Perhaps the most critical step in the process is to ensure that you have prepped all of the equipment and tested the method before getting started. This means arriving early, setting up all gear (or allowing a video production company to do all of the work for you), and then testing the entire process. Consider lighting, background noise, background visuals, and every other factor that can play a role. You also want to ensure there is a working mic that sounds well. Getting sound quality right can be challenging in any environment.

Create a Conversation

Asking question after question is the typical interview process, but not always the best one. Instead, try to work from questions into conversations. You want to be able to provide clear information to the viewer, but you also want to make it seem comfortable and relaxed. A conversation is easier to create in this manner.

Interview videos that need to convey specific messaging benefit from having a video production company to help. Even if you are doing the video yourself, give yourself time to plan and execute the entire process with precision. You will want to do some practice work to get the format and your confidence in front of a camera up.


Posted in: Online Videos

If there is any consistent truth about effective B2B marketing strategies, it is that those strategies are constantly changing year in and year out. Some strategies that couldn’t fail at the start of 2019 are already outdated at the start of 2020. Adjusting your B2B marketing strategies every year is critical to long term success. If you haven’t yet introduced video into your marketing strategies, now is the time to start using these tips customized for 2020.

Personalize Your Messages

One of the hidden advantages of video marketing is that it has the potential to feel more intimate than marketing with static forms of media. More than any still image ever could, video lets potential clients see every aspect of your business that you choose to showcase. In 2020, when clients are more discerning than ever, it is critical to really make that personal connection.

Effective video marketing should put your entire operation on display. Don’t just tell viewers who you are as a company. Show them, by letting them watch your employees as they work. If possible, include a real client in your video and highlight how your product or service has benefited them. Observing the process and the benefits in living color will encourage potential clients to purchase your services.

Make Your Videos Fun

People are highly influenced by their emotions when making decisions about the products and services they will use. You want to infuse your videos with content that evokes positive emotions in order to best engage your audience. Content that is clever or amusing is more likely to encourage clients to choose your services over content that appeals to logic.

There are a variety of ways to include levity in your videos. Incorporating popular memes, parodying popular media, or using exaggerated portrayals are all excellent ways to inject comedy into your video marketing. The key to using effective humor is not to go overboard. If it gets overwhelming, it will distract from your message. And always be careful not to accidentally insult while trying to amuse.

Answer the Client Questions Before They Ask Them

Very often clients know what their end goal is, but have no clue how to get there. You may offer the perfect product or service to reach that goal, but the client doesn’t understand that, you won’t make a sale.

The best B2B video marketing explains how your product or service will help your clients obtain their end goal. Your videos should educate potential clients by giving straightforward explanations of the benefits they should expect to see. It should also highlight past success stories that best represent the advantages of connecting with your business.

Putting It All Together

The strongest B2B marketing videos in 2020 will combine all these tips in a witty and engaging motion picture. They will be videos that make the client feel like they personally walked into the door of the business and walked side by side with employees throughout the work process. They will be videos make the client smile and occasionally laugh, even while nodding in understanding at how this business can support them. Marketing videos that embrace these philosophies are sure to succeed in 2020.


Posted in: Online Video Ads

You’ve sourced the best actors and guests, created a compelling video (or series) and now you simply need to show it off to the world. If you’re not quite prepared for this last piece of the puzzle, you’re in luck. There are some creative and hassle-free ways to get your content in front of your target audience; just keep reading!

Consumer Insights: Digital Viewing Behavior

Expert marketing brand HubSpot conducted in-depth research on customer viewing habits and behaviors on the web. Here’s a snapshot of what they learned:

  • YouTube and Facebook are the top platforms of choice for video-viewing
  • Entertaining and funny videos get the most attention from viewers
  • Mobile devices are preferred to desktop devices when watching videos

What does this mean for you? It means your promotional game needs to be mobile-friendly, social media-driven and easily found on YouTube.

7 Ways to Grow Your Video Audience

Let’s dive into different strategies you can start today to get your content in front of a larger piece of your audience.

Repurpose Your Video Content

Not everyone is able to watch videos 100% of the time; some people prefer to listen to podcasts while they work out and stay productive. Without much extra work, you can transform your video script or series into a podcast ready for fresh ears.

Try Something New

You won’t often find blogs advising you to hit up users on Reddit, Quora or review sites, but trying something new may pay off depending on your niche. Add a simple link in your bio on these sites or embed a recommendation to view your video after leaving useful feedback or comments on a thread.

Market Videos via Email

You’re already sending out emails to your subscriber list or existing clients, why not include a link to your channel or latest video in the sender’s signature? This is an easy, automated way to encourage viewers to watch your content without investing additional time and effort into marketing.

Tease Your Content on Social Media

Have a particularly funny or educational clip in your upcoming video? Post it on various social platforms as a teaser that will entice your audience to watch once it’s live. Also, don’t forget to post an update announcing that the video has gone live to let viewers know when to watch.

Ask for Shares

Whether you’re posting a teaser or showing the full video, include a call to action that encourages your audience to share the content with their friends and followers. On your full video, provide a call to action at both the beginning and end of the content to remind viewers who were not yet committed to sharing to do so once they’ve finished watching.

Take Advantage of Notifications

If you’re posting videos on YouTube or your website, you won’t get any views unless people know about it. With the unpredictability of search engines, the best way to get more views is to encourage your audience to allow notifications on their devices and YouTube channels. This way, they’ll be notified as soon as fresh content is uploaded.

Encourage Employees to Promote Your Video

Before your video goes live, drum up some company-wide excitement by showing your team the finished product. Encourage them to share your video on their own social platforms and among friends or family (who will possible also share it!).

The Bottom Line

No matter how well your content is produced, it won’t do you any good if no one sees it. Use these ideas to get your content out there into the digital universe and sit back as your view counter continues to rise.


Posted in: All Posts

Traditional marketing and written social media posts can only take your brand so far online. If you really want to resonate with your customers, you need video. Whether short or long, live or scripted, video is king online.

If contemplating video’s ability to produce positive ROI, don’t fret for another minute. Branded video is among the most valuable assets you can have. Here’s why your brand needs video now.

Video is the Preferred Media Type Online

More than one billion hours of video are watched on YouTube every day, according to Brandwatch, and video is the most engaging type of content on the web. It receives more shares and likes than written content or images and has the power to entertain, uplift and communicate like no other form of media.

It Doesn’t (Have to) Take a Village

With video, your brand can start with a smaller budget and build up the production value once you begin to see ROI. Too many brands make the mistake of thinking that “doing video right” requires Hollywood-level equipment and scores of staff members. Consider this: One of the highest-earning channels on YouTube is by a 7-year old who reviews toys in his house. It doesn’t have to take a village to create great video.

Forge an Emotional Connection with Customers

If you’ve ever seen a Hallmark or Dove commercial, you know just how powerful video can be when it comes to connecting to your customers. It’s a great medium to use when you want to show off your brand’s human side and appeal to your audience emotionally. Take this Dove video “Real Beauty” for example. Millions of men and women (68 million, according to the current view count) were inspired by this video since 2013.

Showcase Your Brand’s Creativity

Video opens up a world of creativity that can be utilized by your brand to everything from product promotion to communicating company values. Use video to craft scripted skits, air live events and conferences, or document your brand’s community service efforts.

Tie Video to Different Audience Segments

When created with purpose, video can be used to target different audience demographics at various points along the sales funnel. For example, your branded video documenting the good work your company is doing in the community may help retain existing customers while showcasing your presence at an industry conference can boost your brand’s position as an expert when viewed by new leads.

Video Can Take Your Brand to New Heights

Regardless of your current budget or market share, video can take your brand to new and exciting levels. Whether you plan to release traditional marketing videos on television or are going a digital-only route, you can expect increased ROI from your efforts when you create and promote branded video.


Posted in: Online Videos

What type of corporate video is going to really ring true on social media? The type you use really depends on the goals for your next social media campaign and your company as a whole. However, there are a few styles to consider that work the best on social media. Which one is right for you?

#1: Informational and Satirical

Social media streams stop when you post something with a bit of truly funny, though not negative, on your timeline. Choose a video that’s satirical that conveys this. However, be sure to add good information to it at the same time. Don’t waste your viewer’s time but make them smile while learning.

#2: Trendy, Elegant, and Dominating

A bit more sophistication and a lot of trendy charm can also work very well for a social media video. Choose this video format when you want to make a point about how elegant your product is or to elevate your brand. Keep it tasteful, though.

#3: Hip and Lighthearted

If the stuck-up vibe isn’t right for your company, it’s time to consider a lighthearted and hip video style instead. To pull this off, it is very important to remain authentic to your brand and to your audience. Fake smiles are not going to work.

#4: Exciting and Dramatic

When you want to make a powerful statement, your video needs to show that in sound, color, and words. Consider something more mini-series quality that is more epic. These are the types of videos that get shared because they are so awesome.

#5: Inspiring and Sincere Message from the Heart

A feel-good story can work very well for many brands as well. In your video here, you don’t have to get all sentimental, but you can and should be sincere. If you want your brand to exude feelings and positive sentiment, this is the type of video format that is going to work the best for you.

#6: Educational and Straightforward

You could call this the more traditional format of video. It can work very well to communicate important information. If your audience needs information and really benefits from a very straightforward message, this is a good route to take. Keep in mind that all businesses benefit from this traditional format from time to time.

What you say and how you say it matters. This is very true with social media. Yet, it’s not always easy to find a format that’s going to draw enough viewers in. That’s why it tends to be ideal when you work closely with a team of pros to help you.


Posted in: Online Videos

What type of corporate video is going to really ring true on social media? The type you use really depends on the goals for your next social media campaign and your company as a whole. However, there are a few styles to consider that work the best on social media. Which one is right for you?

#1: Informational and Satirical

Social media streams stop when you post something with a bit of truly funny, though not negative, on your timeline. Choose a video that’s satirical that conveys this. However, be sure to add good information to it at the same time. Don’t waste your viewer’s time but make them smile while learning.

#2: Trendy, Elegant, and Dominating

A bit more sophistication and a lot of trendy charm can also work very well for a social media video. Choose this video format when you want to make a point about how elegant your product is or to elevate your brand. Keep it tasteful, though.

#3: Hip and Lighthearted

If the stuck-up vibe isn’t right for your company, it’s time to consider a lighthearted and hip video style instead. To pull this off, it is very important to remain authentic to your brand and to your audience. Fake smiles are not going to work.

#4: Exciting and Dramatic

When you want to make a powerful statement, your video needs to show that in sound, color, and words. Consider something more mini-series quality that is more epic. These are the types of videos that get shared because they are so awesome.

#5: Inspiring and Sincere Message from the Heart

A feel-good story can work very well for many brands as well. In your video here, you don’t have to get all sentimental, but you can and should be sincere. If you want your brand to exude feelings and positive sentiment, this is the type of video format that is going to work the best for you.

#6: Educational and Straightforward

You could call this the more traditional format of video. It can work very well to communicate important information. If your audience needs information and really benefits from a very straightforward message, this is a good route to take. Keep in mind that all businesses benefit from this traditional format from time to time.

What you say and how you say it matters. This is very true with social media. Yet, it’s not always easy to find a format that’s going to draw enough viewers in. That’s why it tends to be ideal when you work closely with a team of pros to help you.


Posted in: Audience, Camera and Editing Services, Interactive Videos, Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production

Do you need to create more interesting sales videos? Perhaps you are not getting the results you want and need? These 15 tips can help you to get some new creative videos in the works for your company.

#1: Use Filters

It’s a fun thing the kids are doing. It’s also something that can be perfect for you to create an interesting look across your social media videos.

#2: Get Personal with Videos

Use your customer’s name in them. Doing this could help to boost the number of views your video gets by as much as three times. Say hello in your videos to key customers.

#3: Incorporate Music

It may not be as hard as you think to have some fun with this. Add some music to get people talking.

#4: Use a Fun Prop

Think outside of the box here. Even a plush animal can work well. The goal is to get people paying attention.

#5: Use a Pro

You can also use a camera person to help you with your videos so they can zoom in and out. Or, let a professional handle the video creation for you.

#6: Shock Them with a Performance

You may find that dragging out your theater experience could be just what you need to do to get people talking.

#7: Narrate Your Video

Instead of letting someone else do it, do it yourself. This is a fantastic way to get people to commit to your video.

#8: Use Lighting – Right

Lighting is a big turn off when you are not using it properly. Yet it does not have to be a hard aspect to master.

#9: Incorporate Humor

Every sales video can benefit from getting the audience to chuckle. Do something to make them laugh, even if just a little.

#10: Be Personable

Let your sales attitude come to life with a bit of personality. It’s always a good idea to let people see the real you!

#11: Use a Parody

If there’s a theme you love, use it here. You can copy off of movies or other companies, too.

#12: Smile in Your Videos

Sounds simple, right? Yet, it is a common problem!

#13: Incorporate Your Brand

Your brand is a big deal and something that needs to be a part of every video you do.

#14: Be Authentic

There’s no need for the gimmicks. Be real with your customers.

#15: Do an Interview

Interview a customer or anyone else who may seem interesting to you! Your customers will love it.

It’s easy to be creative in your videos. What options are right for you?


Posted in: Online Video Ads, Online Videos, Video Marketing