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Importance of Video Marketing – Video Content Training

Importance of Video Marketing
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Video marketing is a very important tool for any business. If a business can have an effective video marketing strategy then it will have a number of benefits. 

   Why Use Video?

We’ll look at video strategy, video for social media and explain why you don’t need 

expensive equipment to make video marketing work for your company. 

Finally, we’ll cover video promotion including steps to gain views for your content many people forget to take.

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Video in the Digital Age    

Video has become a major part of everyone’s day-to-day lives thanks to a platform such as YouTube. Due to YouTube being such a popular website with over 5 billion videos watched each day. There are countless content creators that produce all types of videos. Some of the biggest influencers in the world began on YouTube, such as PewDiePie, KSI and Mr Beast. 

Even in Northern Ireland, there are a number of big YouTube stars. One, in particular, is Luke Fergie (iFerg).

Famous for his mobile gaming videos, particularly on games like Call of Duty and Fortnite, iFerg has amassed over 1.7million subscribers on his YouTube channel. This goes to show how successful video can be, no matter where you are in the world

YouTube

YouTube is now seen as the powerhouse of video-sharing content. According to Oberlo, there are 2 billion YouTube users, and accounting for 79% of internet users. 

YouTube is a great way for businesses to promote their product services. It is essentially a free way to advertise to a large pool of potential customers. Many companies use YouTube as a way to advertise their products.

As seen above, Apple used YouTube to market their iPhone 12, the video is successful as it short and gets straight to the point. They display the clear benefits of the smartphone and why a customer should purchase it. 

Why Your Business Needs a Video Strategy

According to Smart Insights, 92% of marketers say that video is a massive part of a marketing strategy. This is an increase from 2015 when only 78% of marketers believed this. This rise in percentage shows that the power of video is clearly growing stronger.     

Video on Social Media

Social media is a great space for marketers to promote their products as it is free and far-reaching. This means there is a potentially huge amount of people that could see the video content that has been produced. According to Sprout Social, between 2013 and 2018, the number of time people spent watching videos online increased 32% per year. This shows the clear growth of video marketing on social media. 

Types of Video Marketing     

There is a number of different types of marketing to choose from which will keep your video content fresh and exciting.            

Vlogs     

Vlogs, otherwise known as a ‘video blog’,  are easy to shoot, do not require top-end camera equipment, and can just be shot using your smartphone.  

Vlogs add a more personal touch to your businesses video content. Vlogging allows for people to have a real look at what the business actually looks like. A vlog could be something as simple as what a usual day looks like for someone that works at your company.

 Although blog posts are great, the majority of people would prefer video blogs. Many people prefer to watch a video than have to read the countless amount of paragraphs.

Behind the Scenes   

Behind the scenes, videos are a good way of humanising your company. People will begin to become more interested in products if they feel they can trust a business. Behind the scenes videos allow people to put faces to names of the staff of the business.

Questions and Answers  

Q&As are a great way to answer any questions that people have about your business. Any unanswered questions will be addressed, and can even include questions about your business’s product or service.

The great thing about Q&As is that they can be done in video form or in person. Conducting Q&As on video allows you to control the kind of questions you receive, which will prevent any unwanted questions from being asked.     

Event Videos

Businesses usually produce these nature of videos to be shown before, during the event or after. Event videos are great ways to keep a memory, celebrate your staff, and even share on social media to promote your business. 

 The events would usually be things like: 

  • Conferences
  • Conventions
  • Corporate Events 
  • Private Fundraisers.     

Product Demonstrations

Product demonstrations will outline the clear benefits and features of your products as a way to persuade people to purchase your product rather than your competitors.  The videos usually target people who are seriously interested in buying the product.

Live Video

Live video is a format that has come more to the front in recent years. YouTube was the first to introduce live video with ‘YouTube Live’ in 2011. In more recent years, Instagram and Facebook decided to introduce their own form of live videos. 

The clear benefit of live video is that you can interact with your customers easily. When you are live, people can leave comments for you to answer. This is beneficial for any customers that have questions regarding a product they purchased. 

Customer Testimonials 

Customer testimonials are recommendations from previous customers that explain the benefits of a product or service. This will give people that are thinking of buying the product confidence that they will have the same experience. 

Customer testimonials can be something as simple as a quote from a past customer or reviews from customers online.

Tips for Making Video Content Change 

Below will provide you with a number of tips to help improve your video content. 

Lighting

For outside filming, ProfileTree will sometimes use a small LED light. But finding well-lit areas with even lighting (no shadows) will be ideal.

Shots becoming too bright or too dark can be avoided by being aware of your position and moving around to suit.

For studio/ indoor video, relatively cheap LED lights (perhaps £50 – £100 each) allow variable light levels.

Having good lighting while on the set ensures you do not have to go back to film after production is finished.  

The Rule of Thirds

This is usually where shots will be split into thirds that are horizontally and vertically. Normally the shot should just be off centre to create a greater image effect, movement and shots. 

Audio is Vital

Having crisp clear audio is just as important as having good video. Outside the audio for the actual video, it is essential to include things like voice-overs, music or narration. Having microphones in the correct positioning when shooting will ensure you have the best audio.

B-Roll

This is essentially any secondary footage that was not shot outside of the primary shot. In editing, the two are usually sliced together to add to the story or add dramatic effect. 

Video Marketing  

Make Results Happen

Talk with your audience, rather than at your audience, with engaging and useful content made for sharing. Simple. We built our own company on content marketing – especially video – so we’ll show you how.         

How to Use Video Content for Your Business 

At ProfileTree, we understand the importance of video marketing for businesses. The power of great video content marketing has the ability to build real communities around a brand as it was reported in 2018, 53% of consumers engage with a brand after viewing a video on social media. And we believe in measurable customer journeys designed around ROI.

During our video training, we deliver an overview of video know-how for building your business…

Our Work   

ProfileTree practises ‘pull marketing’, meaning we produce useful content made to encourage further engagement between the potential consumer and brand.   

As video far outweighs the ROI of any other work we have done, we continue to invest in equipment, our own YouTube videos, live broadcasts and more.

Over 750 videos – across tourism, education and more – have been published by ProfileTree, gaining over 115,000 hours of watch time.

 A recent ‘Places to Visit in Northern Ireland’ won its category for ProfileTree’s ConnollyCove brand in the recent Irish Content Marketing Awards.

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Why do we produce our own videos in sectors like tourism? Because, by showing our customers the power of video already supporting their industry, we don’t just help local businesses, but can prove how great content means genuine results.

For more information, check out our tailored range of video packages.       

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