How a small business can harness the potential of video content
Writing for Business Advice, Ben Norman, CEO of digital marketing agency Koozai, explains the potential of using video content and the different ways a small business owner can incorporate video into their company.
We live in a noisy world. Every person, business and brand is competing to be heard. To cut through the noise is hard. Very hard. What is even harder is to be noticed and then even harder still, to be remembered. But what about building a relationship?
People like to deal with people, and by putting them front and centre you increase the effectiveness of your marketing activities.
don’t believe me? Then take a look at the statistics below.
Benefits of using video content
92 per cent of mobile video consumers share videos with others (source: Hubspot)
Including a video on a landing page can increase conversion rates by 80 per cent?(source: Unbounce)
Including a video in an email increases click-through rates by 200 300per cent (source: Forrester)
After watching a video, 64 per cent of users are more likely to buy a product (source: ComScore)
Im a big advocate for person-to-person marketing. It feels more natural and, in my experience, yields much better results.
The problems come with scale you can’t physically go out and meet each individual or spend months building a relationship. That just isnt viable unless you need only very few clients and your pitch-to-win rate is exceptionally high.
So, what’s the answer? Well, for us it is video.
The advantages of video content
For us, video cuts through the noise and, instead of just another faceless person or organisation competing for their attention, they are met with a person. Okay, so it’s a recording of a person, but it’s a person speaking to them nonetheless.
The power of this is that over time the person watching your video content starts to build a relationship with you and your brand a relationship that would have been much harder to build via another medium, like email.
Costs are no longer an issue
Costs are a big thing that hold most people back, but the truth is, unlike when I started with video and you needed an SLR camera, lenses and specialist software, the costs were high. Now you can get started with your iPhone, an external plugin lavalier mic, an external light and some free software like iMovie.
Five ways you can start with video today
So, how can you use video now to supercharge your results? I thought youd never ask. Here are five things you can start on today.
1. Use videos on your website
Intro videos are great. They save people having to read through to identify whether they are in the right place, and they give you a chance to tell them how you can help them and why you are different. As we see it, this allows you to greet each person in person to start off the relationship.
2. Product walkthrough
Sometimes people really want to see how something will work, how it is used and how easy is it to do. This is especially true with SAS products. You can even create screen-recorded walkthroughs of how easy a product is to use, how quick it is to set up and how beautiful it looks.
If you want to take it to the next step you can even have a real person on camera at the beginning and the end of the video to increase the human element.
3. Emails/lead nurture
How often do you receive a monthly email or lead nurture email and it’s the same old boring text with little to no visuals? Quite often if your inbox looks like mine.