Video looks set to continue in popularity, as consumers increasingly engage with brands visually – think the meteoric rise of Pinterest and YouTube. So what benefits can video offer you as a small business? We take a look at how you can successfully add it into your online presence and make it an important part of your content marketing strategy.
“We’ve seen a consistent trend in 2013 toward sharing through image and video, rather than text-based content. Visual content will increasingly become a critical piece of any solid content strategy” Forbes – The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014
The growth of video as a marketing tool
We only have to see the massive impact a successful online video can have to realise how video is becoming a more and more important channel for communication. Take for example John Lewis’ Christmas 2013 Bear and Hare video. in its first week it shot to the top of the Viral Video chart with 155,106 shares in just seven days. And, within just one month of going live, it can boast over 9, 787, 194 views on YouTube. Of course, John Lewis had a multi-million pound budget and the help of a top advertising agency, but it clearly demonstrates how brands are increasingly realising the importance of video marketing.
Benefits video can bring to small businesses
Research shows that a customer who watches a video is 85% more likely to make a purchase . Getting on board with video marketing brings a number of benefits to your small business.
Having relevant video content on your website can be an essential part of your content marketing mix. Creating fresh, relevant content helps with SEO, since search engines consistently rank websites with videocontent higher in page rankings than websites without. Indeed, research shows that a website with video content is 53 times more likely to appear in page 1 of Google
Video marketing doesn’t have to cost the world. You don’t need to rely on a production company to produce a good video – there are lots of DIY options out there. You can make your own video with the use of a decent camera and video editing software such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. There are also plenty of online video creation tools available such as Animoto or WeVideo.
3. Educate and explain
Video can be a great way to convey potentially complex information to customers. For example demonstrating to customers how to use a product visually can be far more effective than to try to explain it by written word alone.
4. Brand personality
Using video is a great way to bring personality to your brand. People like doing business with people so using video is a great way to get your brand personality across. For example showcasing your staff or your premises can help customers feel that there is a real person behind the face of the business.
5. Increase Customer Engagement
Video helps increase customer engagement since video is one of the most popular forms of media content that people share. According to a report by Zuum, video is the most shared content type on Facebook.
Use video across all your online marketing channels
The great thing about video is that it can be effective across all your media channels. It should be up on your website but is also really effective on your social media platforms, your blog, in email communication and, of course on YouTube.
Remember YouTube can boast -
- 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month
- 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
Examples of using video effectively
In order for video marketing to be effective, you need to create content that adds value and enhances your customers’ shopping experience. For example value added content could include, product demonstrations, video tutorials, customer testimonials, instructions and how to guides. We’ve highlighted below a few examples of how different businesses have used video to generate relevant, useful content for customers.
- Riverford Organic Produce uses video to talk to customers about Riverford farms, founder Guy Watson talks about company values and showcases his farms – a great example of adding brand personality through the use of video
- Clothing giant Boden uses video to showcase their dresses providing customers with a better idea of how the product looks rather than relying solely on static images.
- Kitchenware specialist Kitchen Kapers uses video successfully to provide an overview of a product and gives useful advice on how to use a product. For example demonstrating how to use a Nespresso machine
- At ShopIntegrator we find video tutorials a great way to help customers easily integrate our shopping cart software into their websites. In this particular example we use a video tutorial to show customers with a Vistaprint website how to integrate a ShopIntegrator shopping cart
So now you’ve seen the importance part video has to play in generating quality content, we’ve found some useful links to help get you going.
Videos Computer Key image courtesy of Stuart Miles at Freedigitalphotos.net
YouTube on Tablet image courtesy of Winnond at Freedigitalphotos.net
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