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As video marketing becomes increasingly commonplace online, it’s important to know which video type will deliver your message most effectively. The sort of video that would interest clients of a B2B solution may not necessarily be the best direction if you’re running on a B2C platform. After all, the point of your video should be to increase ad awareness, brand awareness, and ROI, so you want to be certain you’re developing a video that can help you reach your goals.
Following is a list of various types of videos and the best applications of, and examples for, each.
A format specific to YouTube, these videos precede YouTube content as paid advertisements. They are mostly used in B2C strategies for activism, entertainment, or retail.
The most successful pre-roll videos grab the viewer’s attention within the first five seconds of play (the amount of time before the “skip ad” button appears), and hold it until the call to action has a chance to appear.
Usually written as a three-act narrative that presents a problem, introduces a solution, and then outlines the benefits of using that solution. They can can promote a product or service, tell the story of how a particular company works, or offer solutions to a social problem for activists. Explainers for products, services, or activism, may list a few key features or products, and use scenarios to help explain why someone should take action. Activists, B2B, and B2C outfits have all taken advantage of this format at one time or another.
Company Overview Videos
They can tell the story of a company or offer insight into its history and impact on the world. Company overviews are usually used to explain a firm or a cause as a whole, and are typically accompanied by other types of video to handle the hard sell. Even though these pieces are more about the company itself than what they’re offering, they may still list off a few key features or products to tell the audience why they should be interested. These videos can be used to introduce yourself to customers, whether you’re catering to consumers, or other businesses. These are also great for charities, since they can explain why and how they got started, and what they hope to achieve.
Unlike explainers or overviews, product videos focus solely on a product. In uses for IAAS, or web and mobile applications, there’s usually a screen capture demonstration or stylized mockup of the product being used, accompanied by either a voice track, or on-screen text. 3D mockups of physical products are also common. Once you’ve seen a few examples, the applications for all types of businesses become obvious.
Company Product Demo
These videos can outline a patented process, demonstrate how a company creates its products, or highlight specific steps in a manufacturing or computing process. Industrial clients really get the most out of company product demos, especially if they utilize a process unique in their field, which can become very attractive to prospective customers.
Coalitions, petitions, demonstrations, and announcements, these spots are designed, as the name implies, to raise awareness for a cause, a motion, or a group. Awareness videos typically point out a problem, and then layout a plan on solving it, asking the viewer to support them either monetarily, or through action.
Have some insight or an anecdote about how online video helped tell your story? Tell us about it in the comments!
Nick Vaka is a Creative Director at Visually. You can follow him on Twitter @NickDesigns
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