Why your digital marketing strategy needs video content.

Unlike other content marketing efforts video grabs peoples’ attention. Videos are easy to engage with, which makes them an ideal way to showcase your brand and spur your audience to action. Embedding a video to your website exponentially boosts your SEO rankings, which increases your chances of ranking on Google search results by 50x.

Which type of video is right for your business?

With your brand identity and target audience in mind you can start making production decisions, including everything from the script to the filming location. Set a clear goal for your video. This will make it easier to pick which tools, video format, and platform will best reward your marketing efforts. A short video announcing a sale will be very different from a two-minute brand story video. The former might include a call to action, and success metrics and stats will be focused on conversion rates and click-through rates, while the latter’s success might be gauged by engagement rate and raising brand awareness through impressions.

Video marketing content platform and budget considerations.

Plan which platforms are best for your audience. Younger audiences tend to watch videos on social media channels, if social media is your final destination, you’ll want to plan for smartphones and smaller screen sizes, creating shorter content. You may even consider a talent budget to hire an influencer. For longer content, embedding a video from your YouTube channel or Vimeo is a better option, as these venues allow for high resolution streaming without long loading speeds.

1. Brand Stories

Share your company’s background and ethos to form an emotional connection with potential customers using a brand story video. Ugmonk highlighted their craftsman origins and gave a peek at the making process with their stunning brand story.

2. Live Videos

Virtual events and webinars are an increasingly popular option for social media platforms. On Facebook and Instagram, you can go live with one touch (with no video editing needed), which makes it great for informal communication. The downside to live streaming is the decreased quality and somewhat unpredictable environment. If this is a formal event, invest in high-quality audio gear and, if possible, have multiple cameras rolling from different angles so you don’t miss anything.

3. Expert Interviews

Give your audience the unique chance to engage with high-profile figures they wouldn’t normally have access to with interview videos. Experts bring credibility to your brand and provide value to consumers who might not be at a purchasing point in their journey, allowing you to organically further your brand reach. This interview with artist Gerald Moore provides a look at what you can do with this kind of video.

4. How to / explainer

These videos should be brief, informative, and simple, as their purpose is to reassure the customer that they can successfully and easily use your product or service. This infographic delivers steps to help you learn more about crafting the perfect explainer video.

5. Customer testimonials

These videos should be brief, informative, and simple, as their purpose is to reassure the customer that they can successfully and easily use your product or service. This infographic delivers steps to help you learn more about crafting the perfect explainer video.

6. Animations

Marketing videos don’t have to be boring, and animated videos are some of the best examples of this. You can tell a compelling story unconventionally by animating it. Samsung’s product video for their QLED TV is a great example of how visually striking animation can be in video advertising. Explore many animation apps to see if this route best fits your project. Also, if you prefer to let the numbers do the talking, animated infographics are a great way to relay important numbers while keeping the audience engaged.

Optimpizing your videos for maximum ROI

Optimize your video for search engines, export, and you’re ready to share to your desired platform. Don’t be hesitant to jump into video content marketing just because you lack professional gear or training. A good video strategy is worth just as much or more than expensive cameras and production value. With many apps to help you, Adobe Creative Cloud is a great option for teams looking to make marketing videos. Tell your story, keep it simple, and watch your metrics grow.