Can you describe you and what you and your business does in 60 seconds? Today’s video is the equivalent of an elevator pitch, useful to put on your Linkedin profile and social media channels. It is harder than I thought to distil all I want to say in 180 words or less. Do you have a video pitch for what you do? Day 24 of my video challenge.
I’m just wondering if video has become a tick box exercise? I understand as busy business people, video is just one of many things to be done if you are launching a new website or champaign. So when it comes to video, there is more to just finding a video production company and tick it’s all done. Follow me today as I travel into London as I visit a digital agency to see if this is true. Day 21 of my video challenge.
Rather than looking at video from a strategic point of view, it needs to be seen in how it integrates into the whole marketing and business plan.
Put some thought into how you are going to distribute and market the video to make sure that you get a return of investment. There seems to be a missing link here between the, what I call the pre-pre-production, the strategy part, and the promotion and distribution of the content. Then there is no following up and checking on the metrics and measuring it to make sure it worked. Video is so much more than another item on a list to be ticked off.
I blame Kevin Costner! Do you remember the film ‘Field of Dreams’ starring Kevin Costner where he hears a voice when walking through his cornfield which says “If you build it, he will come”.
I often think of this analogy when clients make ‘build’ a video, upload it to the website or plonk it on YouTube and expect people ‘he’ to come and watch it. This might have worked in the past, but not anymore.
If you think about it, we live in a noisy content world. Look at the facts, over 300 hours per minute of video content is uploaded to YouTube. Five hundred million Instagram stories are posted per day. It’s getting tough to get your content seen by your audience. And even if you have a warm audience, they’re very likely to miss what you’re trying to show them.
Social media channels make their money through advertising. You may of heard the phrase “Pay to Play” and, like it or not, this is the world that we live in as marketers, and we need to see this as an opportunity. See this age of video ads as a Goldmine Era. What I am referring to is that you can reach a wide audience and not pay a lot of money at the moment, but this won’t last forever. All the social media platforms are offering video ads, which can be very highly targeted. But before you rush out there, there are a few things to consider to make this campaign effective.
The first, have clear goals. Do you want this to be a brand awareness campaign? Or do you want people to consider one of your products? Or you want a conversion and sales? This will shape what your video content will be.
The second consideration is to have a budget in mind. Now, you can spend just a couple of dollars, obviously, right up to hundreds or thousands of dollars, it depends on the size of the target audience and also their geographic location. But if you’re niche and know exactly who and where your audience is, you can run a very effective campaign for not a lot of money.
The third, measuring the results, and having an online campaign like this, will give you great metrics. So you need to consider what goals you want:
- Do you want just purely views?
- Do you want to promote people sharing and engaging with your content?
- Do you want people to click through to a landing page?
- Do you want to go straight for conversions?
Now, each platform has a slightly different setup, depending on these goals that you want to achieve. We are nearly halfway through 2019. The digital landscape is changing all the time. I would recommend you at least test some paid promotion for your video content. It’ll give you an unfair advantage over your competition. And believe you me, a lot of businesses are not doing this.
On my way to see a potential client, and in the video below I want to talk about why making videos for your business can be a complete waste of money.
The main point is that most businesses don’t have a video strategy. They make video on what I call an ad hoc or one-off basis, and there are no concrete goals with what the video should achieve (increase brand awareness, new leads, education, entertainment, etc.) The business justs make content for content sake.
Another potential money waster is making a video for what the business thinks the audience wants to hear. They make videos about their own business (who we are, what we do) rather than considering the audience and making content which actually will resonate with them.
A third mistake I see is not having a marketing or distribution plan in place. Only uploading to YouTube and a few social media posts are not enough. Videos need to be seen as an asset and therefore, to make it work is to pay for some advertising to place it in front of your intended audience.
The way I help my clients and the way I work with them is to join all the dots when it comes to video creation and to help them create a video strategy. And I was just wondering, do you have a video strategy for your content?
When I get inquiries from potential clients who say “I want a video, how much?” I think this is the wrong first question to ask. Day 12 of my video challenge and this one is a little different. Apart from the different format (wide rather than square), and it’s shot on a DJI Osmo Pocket (apologies for the sound as just using the onboard mic), this video is a bit of a rant, a rant on how not giving any indication of a budget to a video company does not help.