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Setting up the blocks for your content strategy? Planning to introduce videos to boost social media presence? You have come to the right place!
Content Marketing is all about creating and distributing relevant content that holds value to a clearly defined audience. The primary goal is to attract and retain a said audience by providing them consistent and engaging content, and ultimately to drive profitable customer action. In simple words, it’s about guiding your users through every step of the marketing funnel.
Enter: Video Marketing. With innovations multiplying by the day, video marketing professionals are finding newer and snazzier ways to engage their audiences. However, your goals should always drive your direction. Different kinds of videos are more effective for kinds of goals, and hence guide users through different stages of your funnel.
I know about the marketing funnel, skip the content below and show me the types of videos.
A Marketing Funnel is the visualization of the different stages your consumers or purchasers travel through to eventually make a buying decision. The funnel helps marketers understand the process of turning leads to customers.
There are several ways that marketing (and sales) funnel can be depicted. Some start with unknown contacts and all the way into a purchase, others include a “loyalty loop” for re-purchasing and retention like the AARRR Funnel that is often used by startups.
The number of the stages of the funnel, activities in each stage and the approach to each strategy varies from company to company. But the overall structure remains more or less similar.
Including video in your content marketing strategy is an effective way to accelerate the journey of leads in your marketing funnel.
This type of video is used to acquaint your audience with your values, visions and ultimately the core of your brand. Videos are the best medium to develop a brand and inform your audience of what it stands for. Good content marketing makes your brand more human and more alive.
We love to learn new things! Feed this unquenchable thirst for knowledge by making educational videos that offer real value to your audience, which they can apply to their everyday lives. They can literally bypass language barriers and give the viewer the concept of what something is and/or how something is done. The viewer can become proficient in some aspect of the subject in minutes!
For many brands, the video starts here. This covers questions themed “How to-” and “Hack for-”, which rank high up in search engines. Viewers tend to stay and watch them longer than most other types of videos.
HACK: Think of 1 way you could offer an actionable resource which is relevant to your target audience, and you’ve got yourself a tutorial video (and maybe even a series?).
These can be classified into Whiteboard and Animated Videos.
Whiteboard videos started with capturing a real person with a time-lapse camera while they drew images on the board.
Animated videos, perfect for companies which have complex products and services that can be a little difficult to explain.
Once you are in touch with your potential leads, now is the time to get serious about adding value. Video emails provide a powerful, personal touch. And if you use a proper email marketing automation software you can trigger a series of emails called an email workflow.
Email marketing tools are very affordable these days, so that is not a deal-breaker. If you don’t have your email software selected yet, have a look at these reviews of cheap and free email marketing tools. And they all support the use of video in email or the next best thing which is animated frames that link to the actual page.
So now we know that lead nurturing and video email is a match in heaven, the question is “What does the middle of the funnel look like for you?”
Do your leads know…
Here are a few video types to nurture the leads, keep in touch and at the same time prepare them to develop a brand preference.
Today, where consumers care just as much about why you do something as what you do, use videos to show off your team and the passion you have for your business. Develop an emotional connection with your viewers by including slice-of-life employee interviews, team-building practices, bloopers, game days, parties, and everything else in between.
These types of videos also go hand in hand with HR and can be used to attract the best and brightest job candidates.
Testimonials are a powerful way to establish social proof. The most versatile type of video — Clients sharing how great it’s been to work with you, industry partners who have benefited from your collaboration, your own team talking about what it was like to be part of your latest project.
Testimonial videos are like review videos of your company — they help you build trust & credibility, and they can also be used to showcase the features of your product/service, thus influencing the purchase decisions of your audience.
You can ask these questions to gather genuine, powerful and shareable testimonials from your customers:
Product videos are meant to sell someone on the features, but not how to put it together. It demonstrates the value a person gets by having the product or by using the services you provide — it is video content packaged for sale.
Product-Review Videos and Product Videos are 2 sides of the same coin. If you have an audience that trusts you, you can help them by reviewing products that they find useful. They can just rely on your recommendation instead of having to figure things out for themselves.
It is important to note that while you can create product review videos of your competitors (NOT a recommended strategy), making review videos of products not in your line, but still useful to your customers, is a win-win situation for you and your viewers.
When it comes to evoking an emotional response, nothing does it better than video. Today PSAs provide sharp, shareable content on disputatious and hot-button topics. You can create awareness, influence public attitudes and behavior toward a social issue.
Brands use PSAs to gain trust and create a positive image of their company in the minds of their users.
There is a very high possibility that your potential customers still have a few unanswered questions and queries which is stopping them from a purchase. Use waves of informative videos to their questions and score on the FAQ game just like how McDonald’s Canada.
Potential customers need to know that you will not abandon them after a purchase. They need to be assured that you will be available for assistance after they buy your product/service.
Highlight real-time events to make a video. A clever and surprise execution is possible if you have a good amount of creativity and the agility of a ninja to subtlety relate the video and the on-going event to your brand.
And finally, a token of appreciation
A small thank you never do any harm. 🙂
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Know more videos that I missed out on? Is the decision to include videos in your Content Marketing strategy still a blur? Let us know!