If the thought of creating videos for your business scares you, you’re most certainly not alone. But creating video content doesn’t have to be overwhelming or a huge time commitment – and it will almost certainly make an impact in your credibility and sales.
With the growth of TikTok and it’s 800 million users being quite a clear indication, video content is highly engaging and in demand by users (and likely isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future).
It’s not just TikTok that’s capitalizing on video content, either. Over 2 billion logged-in users visit YouTube each month, generating billions of views each day, and Instagram continues to roll out video features, including Instagram stories (released in 2016), IGTV (released in 2018), and Reels (a TikTok spin-off if you will, introduced in 2020).
Visuals are memorable and effective. They’re super easy to consume, and help people understand and retain more information. Plus, video can help consumers more deeply connect with the content – evoking emotions more strongly than images or words alone.
Possibly more than any other type of content, video helps you to create and nurture a strong connection with your audience – a connection that is imperative in helping you gain their trust and a connection that can lead directly to sales.
Here are some quick stats just in case we haven’t convinced you yet:
How to start integrating video into your marketing strategy:
You don’t need to stretch yourself thin trying to create content across all platforms! Ask yourself what form of video would likely do best for your brand: short videos are likely best suited for TikTok, Instagram or Facebook, whereas longer videos may be better off on YouTube.
Who are you trying to sell to? Which platforms are they most likely on? This can give you some idea where you should be showing up as well.
Try to align these with your overall marketing strategies. For example if you’re launching a product, start creating content specifically around that concept or product to build excitement. After the launch, how-to videos might be helpful for those who have purchased your product or service, along with testimonial videos from those who have purchased.
We’ve included some more inspiration and video ideas below for you!
If you’re looking for more content ideas, simply ask your customers! They’re often more than happy to share their ideas.
Video can be intimidating but like everything else it only gets easier with time. You don’t need an elaborate setup or the newest camera on the market to start creating valuable videos.
An iPhone, phone stand, and a large window to light your space is all you need to start (or if you don’t have good natural lighting available, a simple ring light can do wonders!). You can always invest in more equipment later.
As with most things, consistency is key. Your first video may not be a great success, but as you get more comfortable behind and in front of the camera, your content will improve.
Beyond that, the more videos you create the more you’ll be able to gauge which content is actually resonating with your audience, so you can hone in on that.
Video ideas and inspiration for your business:
Especially if you’re a new company, or have a product or service that often requires some explaining, consider making a promotional video introducing who your company is and what you do to start to create some buzz.
In the video you can answer some of your most frequently asked questions, or show why your company has an edge on others. The video can be short and informational, and will still provide more of an impact than trying to explain the same things in text.
Check out this video by the Dollar Shave Club to illustrate what we mean. Created in 2012 when the company was just starting out, this video now has over 27 million views!
Short videos explaining how to use your products can be beneficial for consumers. This allows customers to see things that can’t fully or easily be written out. Ever been frustrated by the information packet that comes with your IKEA furniture? Well, they now also offer assembly videos like this one, which help ease some of that customer frustration and likely mean they’re getting less inquiries directly to the store.
Other great examples of companies using effective demonstration videos include:
Along the same lines, creating videos that provide educational value to the consumer can be extremely helpful for gaining credibility and sharing your knowledge on a subject.
These videos provide a little more flexibility than demonstration videos, as they can be on anything related to your field of expertise!
While a lot of the above videos include elements of entertainment, there is also the opportunity to specifically focus your videos on how you can engage with and entertain your audience.
Red Bull does a great job of this, sharing regular videos – everything from parkour to intense obstacle courses to action sports clips – embodying the idea that drinking Red Bull is linked with this high energy lifestyle.
Share projects you’re working on, spotlight different employees, or share “day in the life” videos!
These can be short and to the point like this “day in the life” video by The Silk Labs and this “meet the team: pets edition” by The Good Trade, or longer videos like this behind the scenes by Blue Ridge Honey Company.
Video testimonials can be a powerful tool for your business. They create brand trust and social proof, because it’s not just you talking about your company but a happy customer who is backing up all the amazing things you have to offer.
Video testimonials create authenticity, and can lead to more sales because again, videos offer an opportunity for greater engagement and emotion which can draw consumers in.
For example, check out this video by Noom which features a number of happy customers.
However you decide to use video – regardless of platform, format, or length, it can offer an additional opportunity for you to connect with and provide value to your customers.
Video doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming to be effective. It’s simply about getting started and seeing what resonates as you go!
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Written by VOR Team Member, Jasmine Irven. Jasmine is a Certified Meditation Teacher and a Registered Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach (RHNC™) …and expert social media and content marketer.