What kind of video does your business need?

What kind of video does your business need?

Date: 26th April 2019 | By: insight
Everyone is talking about how great video content is for your business – and they’re all right! It is great. However, it can be difficult to know what type of video content will work well for your business. Testimonial, sales letter, product video, explainer video, animation…. aaaahhhhh! So many options. No worries, I’ve put together a little run down of each type of video you might want to consider and where you might find it useful! That’s nice of me, isn’t it?

Event Video

Having a team come and film you at an event like a trade show, or at an event you’ve arranged is a great way to promote your business and more importantly the people within your business.

  • Show your employees intracting with customer outside of an office environment
  • Use the video to promote future events
  • Showcase product demos and interactive elements of your brand engagement
  • Repurpose captured content from the event for different audiences and subject areas

You can take event coverage one step further and create a hybrid video that includes testimonials from current clients,  or thoughts and opinions of a product from those who are experiencing it for the first time.

Testimonials

A professionally filmed video testimonial creates a level of connection between subject and viewer greater than any written testimonial can. An account of a customer's good experience right from their mouth is extremely valuable!

  • Create an emotional connection by watching and hearing the excitement and sincerity of a real person on camera
  • Much more engaging and likely to be remembered than a traditional text testimonial.
  • Easily capture several customer testimonials in a day with a well planned shoot
  • Can be captured at events or other social occasions
  • Target specific areas of your business for each testimonial
  • Extract small soundbytes for easily shareable content

Who are testimonial videos good for? Everyone!

Brand awareness film

The brand awareness film is one that tells a story about you, your business and its values. It is not a sales video focused on a specific product, but instead creates an emotional connection with the intended audience and, as the name suggests, promotes awareness.

This type of video often takes the form of a 'micro documentary' - a short, story led film that the audience can identify with. The aim is to get in front of new people and say "this is our story and our values - if that aligns with your own values we could be a good fit, lets cultivate a relationship".

Awareness films should have a soft CTA, encouraging users to take an action like "follow us for more content" or "leave a comment" or similar. If you can create a conversation on social media about your video, even better!

Fund raising films

Raising funds is more of a goal than a type of video - A goal which is made more attainable with the strategic use of video content. You may be looking to raise funds for a new business venture, a social enterprise to deliver courses for disadvantaged people, or promoting a great cause.

This could be achieved through an event video, or a micro-documentary similar to a brand awareness film, but with a big emphasis on the goal of raising funds for the given cause.

Explainer

Do you offer services to individuals or other businesses? Do you solve a problem that they might be experiencing? I would imagine the answer is yes to at least one of those questions. If that is the  case, it is very important to explain to your customers what it is you do.

  • Engage your customers by explaining your services via video rather than through paragraphs of text
  • Take complicated concepts and break them down into simple, easy to understand videos
  • Show your expertise, knowledge and confidence by going on camera and telling people what you do!
  • Can be live video, animation or a mixture of the two

 

Can be good for most industries but most effective for IT, accounting or solicitors where viewers may not be so engaged by simply and subjects could be complicated. That connection that video creates is very important here!

These are just a few examples of how you can use video. It is important to understand that rather than selecting a specific "type of video", you should be looking at your business goals and what your audience wants to see. This will dictate the video content you create. You will find that your business will benefit from multiple styles of video, all performing a specific function at a specific point during your customers journey.

So instead of asking "what type of video should my business create", instead ask yourself  "how could video content improve my customers' experience?" - answer that question and you'll be one step closer to correctly using video within your business.