Video continues to dominate the content marketing realm with marketers and business owners. And, because the numbers continue to climb, video is becoming the king of visual content.
There is a place for professionally produced videos that are part of a multi-channel marketing campaign. And then there is your own business. The budget just isn't there for a $10,000 video, nor do you have a the resources for launching and managing a complex campaign.
So is video something that is just going to have to wait? By no means!
The Democratization of Video Production by Technology
Here's the thing: we have access to tools and technology today that make video production simple and accessible for just about anyone. There are so many digital devices that can take video, and so many apps for editing and manipulating that video data. Almost anyone can make a great video now.
Does that mean the death of professional video production? Not at all.
There is still (and probably always will) be a need for a higher level of video product. Just as photo studios and professional photographers still survive and thrive in today's digital economy, so do videographers and video studios.
But the times, they are a'changin.
You Can Be a Video Content Creator
Is there really a place for video in your own affordable Internet marketing strategy? There should be. Video is a massively significant factor in online marketing today and for driving website traffic.
A few statistics can help bring this to the forefront of your affordable marketing plan thinking:
- Over half of video content is viewed on mobile.
- 92 percent of mobile video viewers share videos with others.
- 90% of Twitter video views happen on a mobile device.
- Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined.
- Marketers who use video grow revenue 49% faster than non-video users.
A marketing strategy without video is a strategy that is running on three cylinders, not four (or six!) The big issue for many business owners and small business marketers is the seeming lack of resources and skills.
But this does not need prevent you from engaging in content creation using video. Good video.
Here is a nice infographic that highlights the five essential components, or considerations, of a great video marketing effort:
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Like anything else in life, practice and repetition bring improvement. Your first few efforts at creating a video for your website or for your YouTube channel may appear clumsy and amateurish to you. No worries! As you get better and your video skills begin to solidify, you can always take down (or delete) your first efforts.
So what's needed for a decent video?
Three Basics for Good Video
Now this is where some professional videographers will vehemently disagree, but the truth is that great looking video is possible with simple tools. You need three things to make a good video:
A decent camera
Too simple? Not really. While you might want to have a script and some nice background, etc. without these three - and especially Numbers Two and Three - your video will be, well, less than great.
Your camera can simply be your iPhone (or Android) and a tripod or camera mount. Despite all the cool movement and cuts in many professional videos, most people prefer to see you video without feeling like they're shaking or watching a bad home movie. Digital SLR cameras and others almost always have HD video capability these days, and they can take great quality video, as well.
The lighting needs to be of a sufficient quantity that your subjects can be seen easily and clearly. Studio lights aren't necessary, but sunlight, daylight through windows, or good indoor lighting is a must. And avoid back lighting your subject.
Sound can be tricky sometimes as many cameras, especially phones, do not have microphones designed with video production in mind. But creative planning and positioning of your subjects can minimize any audio weirdness you could encounter. If you are going to create a video using narration, then sound is less of a challenge. But in any instance, the audio must be clear and of a decent volume.
The bottom line is that no matter how entertaining your video is, not matter how engaging or impressive your story, if it is hard to see or hear, you will lose your audience.
End of story.
The one real difference between a good video and a great video IS the story. Without an engaging, compelling and audience-relevant story, all your technical expertise will be for naught. Your video content must comply with all the requirements of any other format of content when used for inbound marketing.
Online Tools for Easy Animated Video
Another option for the camera shy, or those who prefer an animated approach to communicating their message, is animated video tools. There are a number to choose from including PowToon, Animaker and Moovly. It will behoove you to do some homework, check out samples, and - better yet - make some videos with each of these tools using their free and low-cost options.
The upside is that the visual quality and sound are easily managed and mostly done for you with this approach. The challenge is the same with any video content for your brand: you have to have something of value to your audience to share and communicate.
So, why animated video? According to DreamGrow's website:
With such a large number of videos all trying to get viewers’ attention, it’s getting hard for companies to cut through the noise. Another talking head or a boring explainer video just won’t do the trick. This is where animated video comes in.
And they can just be fun to make...
[Screenshot of marketing video animation produced with PowToon]
Even Good Marketers Need Help With Their Marketing Strategy
Achieving your marketing objectives with an affordable Internet marketing strategy takes time. It won't happen with a few videos or great ebook. People will need to consume your content for a while before they contact you. Yet, without your content compelling them to contact you, your marketing goals may never be met.
Content and inbound marketing work day in and day out. Once you upload a video, post a blog article or upload a SlideShare piece, it is always there, working to educate and compel people to become leads. And when they do come to you, they are educated, informed, and much more likely to make the decision to buy.
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