There are many ways you can connect with your target customers through video. In fact, when you look at your competitorÕs videos, it seems that there are so many variations out there. It seems that there are just too many and, at some point or other, it feels like there’s really no one way to connect on an optimal level.
Well, I beg to disagree. The truth is, depending on your niche, one particular video type may be more effective than others. How do you know this? How do you identify this particular video type?
Well, it’s as simple as paying attention to your competitorÕs videos. That’s right. Reverse engineer them. Just look at the videos that they produce. What kind of videos do they show? This should tell you everything you need to know regarding the type of video you should use.
If you are in the same niche as your competitors and you can see that they tend to use a certain type of video, you should use that type of video as well. Now, the secret to this, of course, is to come up with a better version. Look at what they’re doing right and copy that, but look at what they’re doing wrong and improve on those. That’s how it works.
Crucial to this analysis is to figure out the different types of videos first. Here are the three key marketing video types used by almost all industries. Again, you have to reverse engineer your competitors and focus on the type they use the most.
Whiteboards are essentially just animations of a hand drawing something, and there’s a voice-over or there are captions. The big advantage whiteboards bring to the table is that they are cheap to produce because a lot of them are produced by software like VideoScribe. You just feed your text into VideoScribe and select photos, and out comes a nice video.
The downside to whiteboard videos, regardless of whether you use VideoScribe or not, is that they seem formulaic. Eventually, people get tired of them. Eventually, people would want to expect more.
One of the most powerful ways to connect with a viewer is through a video spokesperson. This is especially true if that person is a member of your target audienceÕs demographic group.
People are always looking for a one-to-one human connection. People pay attention to the speakerÕs voice as well as their appearance. These things send off all sorts of non-verbal signals that can make the viewer trust the spokesperson more. This goes beyond the quality of the script that the video spokesperson is reading.
The big downside to spokesperson videos is the cost. It costs money to hire these professional actors. These are professionals. They need to get paid.
This is why people often pay $100 for thirty seconds of spokesperson video. That’s actually quite cheap. However, depending on your niche, you might need something more elaborate or you may need a longer video.
If you’re looking for a cheap and powerful way to connect with your viewers, slideshows can do it. By simply alternating different pictures with diagrams and texts, slideshows can get your message across loud and clear. They cost very little to make, and you can make tons of them.
The downside to slideshows is that you have to invest a tremendous amount of time, effort and attention to detail to properly optimize them so they actually work for you. It’s too easy to blow it with slideshows, seriously, because if you just focus on quantity, you can easily do that. You can crank out tons of slideshows in no time. The problem is this flood of low-quality videos might end up eroding whatever brand equity you have managed to build up.