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Quick Tips for Effective Online Video

Video marketing has become such a powerful force in online marketing that it may be a good time to revisit your video marketing campaigns and determine if there are better ways to produce your videos and get better results.

There’s a common misconception that video is hard to do or takes a lot of technical expertise. In the age of iPhone and Facebook Live, simple video tends to be one of the easiest ways to create short form content quickly. And, counterintuitively, quick and easy (i.e. non-professional) video is typically viewed with greater trust, since there’s an authenticity that shines through in these types of videos.

There will always be a time and place for an impressive, high quality live capture video production, but the point here is that video can be utilized by any and all businesses today.

While it is true that doing any type of video used to be good enough — regardless of quality — the growing use and improvement in technology is making it more important to get video right, even when cheap and simple. The advances in video technology has allowed most consumer level products that are capable of capturing video, such as our smartphones and handheld cameras, to capture sharp and crisp, professional level video content, with just a little bit of know-how.

Lighting

If you’re on a budget, the first thing that you should consider spending money would be lighting. Good lighting with a decent camera almost always beats a great camera with mediocre lighting.

Focused and Concise
In regards to your message, video has to be concise and attention grabbing from the start. It’s best to begin your video with a pattern interrupt. A pattern interrupt is something that will grab attention and even seems out of character for what the actual video is about. The idea here is to create curiosity and interest, but also keep viewers on their toes as to what’s coming next. This use of pattern interrupts will help in gaining more attention and keeping viewers focused.

Use of Multiple Modalities

The use of multi-modality content is a great way to keep viewers engaged after the pattern interrupt and as the core of the main message could start. So the quick takeaway is to use interesting visuals, as well as sound and audio, and any other of the senses that you can pull into the experience.

Call to Action

A crucial piece to the closing of your video is the call to action. It should be included in the finish of any videos that you create to generate the response that you want. Now the actual call to action may be different offers, or not even direct offer but rather some step to advance the relationship between you and the viewer.

Some examples of calls to action that are not actual sales offers would include asking your view to subscribe to you YouTube channel, requesting a “like” on Facebook or “follow” on Twitter or Instagram. In each case it moves to subscriber a step closer to you, as to grow a stronger bond with that prospect.

In the end, having a great looking and attention grabbing video is becoming more important for getting good results. But perhaps the greater point of emphasis is that the principles of direct response marketing are as important, if not more important, than how professional grade your video is.

Tony Zayas
Tony Zayas is an award-winning digital marketer and strategist. As Director of Sales & Manager, Tony coaches Proforma Owners and Sales Associates on prospecting, client acquisition and other growth strategies, in addition to leading Proforma’s digital marketing initiatives.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Tony joined Proforma in 2011 and brings over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. In 2013 Zayas was named as an inaugural winner of Smart Business Magazine’s 2013 Social Media Impact Awards for the Large Companies category. The award recognizes marketing executives that took that leap of faith into the unknown world of social media and in doing so, drove substantial value for their companies.

AboutTony Zayas

Tony Zayas is an award-winning digital marketer and strategist. As Director of Sales & Manager, Tony coaches Proforma Owners and Sales Associates on prospecting, client acquisition and other growth strategies, in addition to leading Proforma’s digital marketing initiatives.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Tony joined Proforma in 2011 and brings over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. In 2013 Zayas was named as an inaugural winner of Smart Business Magazine’s 2013 Social Media Impact Awards for the Large Companies category. The award recognizes marketing executives that took that leap of faith into the unknown world of social media and in doing so, drove substantial value for their companies.

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