Five most common video types
A survey last year found that Americans attention span when browsing online is on average just eight seconds. Are you still paying attention? There’s a time and place for other advertising, but video works differently. An engaging video can keep your audience rapt from start to finish. It can also help shorten your sales cycle by delivering better informed and more confident prospects to your point of sale.
But I don’t need to convince you. Let the data speak for itself. Now that you understand the impact of video, the next step is to determine which category of videos meet your company’s needs. Here are the five most common video types.
1. Brand Documentary
A Brand Documentary Video is the dramatic entrance you’ve always wanted. Your brand’s story, personality and philosophy all get to be center stage. Even add employee and client testimonials for a more personal angle. The truth is that with all the information floating in the universe, everyone will have their own varied ideas about who you are. A Brand Documentary video is the best way to cut through all the assumptions and misconceptions and tell your own story yourself.
There are three things to remember in making a successful Brand Documentary Video:
1. Keep it personal. Your brand is your personality and you want to connect intimately with your audience. Be personable and include meaningful stories.
2. Play to your strengths. Has your company been around 100 years? Or are you shaking up your industry right now? Either way, decide what makes you great and reinforce that message throughout your video.
3. Be brief. You want to hook your audience in the first 10 seconds, and the whole video should be no more than one to two minutes.
When it all comes together, you’ll make the intended impression and crystallize your company’s story for the public as well as your own employees and shareholders. Below is an example from ServiceSource.
2. How-To (sometimes called an Explainer or Walk-Through)
Quite simply, How-To Videos show you “how to” use a product or service. You can go with a simple set of instructions, but a video is just much sexier.
A good question to ask: Is your audience already excited about your product?
How-To Videos work best when the audience is curious and ready to learn. If you’re still trying to convince them why they should care, a How-To Video may be getting ahead of yourself.
A video can show in seconds what may be challenging to explain in words over many minutes. Focus on what’s essential to actually use your product. How-To Videos work best when using the product seems intuitive. Don’t get mired in the details and try to explain all the features. Start simple: state the goal, demonstrate how your product achieves that goal, and show the results.
Using screen capture software and a narration recorded with your iPhone can lead to a video that is less than inspiring, but a professional voiceover and a creative composition go a long way. With a little design help, you can have a How-To Video that stands out on YouTube and you will make your company proud.
With all the information available online, customers no longer seek out a salesperson until they already know what they want. According to CEB, buyers don’t even engage with vendors until they’re 57% of the way through the buying process. With an Expert Video, you can reach these customers and address their questions now, all the while differentiating yourself from your competitors.
When customers are still in the research stage, they have large appetites for information and longer attention spans. They want the full picture in order to determine the positives and negatives of your product or service. It’s important to get your message and the tone just right because if your Expert Video starts to feel more like a commercial than a reliable source of information, that attention will disappear quickly. An Expert Video is not promotional but is a way to build customer confidence and show how you stand out from the competition.
Promotional Videos are a great way to generate additional interest in your company’s important announcements and promote upcoming events, press releases, and product launches. They go far beyond simple facts and figures. With insight, pertinent new information and the charm of a story, they are effective capturing the curiosity of your audience and adding implicit credibility to your message. An effective Promotional Video gives a clear introduction to what you want to promote while also kindling your audience’s curiosity. Take a look at this Promo Video that Google created to get its employees excited for the annual NRF Conference.
Once the audience is turned on to your company and ready to use your products, it’s time for the Demo Video. This gives you the opportunity to showcase your product and its benefits.
You’re the expert. You know your product intimately. You have the depth of knowledge, but your challenge is explaining the product and its features to an audience that may have no prior knowledge whatsoever. You need them to not only understand what your product is and how it works but also walk away with an appreciation of its value and a confidence in their own ability to use it. Video designers, with fresh eyes and ears, will be helpful here by gauging the complexity of your message and steering you in the direction of simplicity. It’s good to remember this is not an animated instruction manual—it’s not a How-To Video either—with a Demo Video, you are selling the whole experience. Take a look at what e-SignLive by Silanis created to tell people about its e-signature solutions.