Video is an incredibly powerful marketing tool. If you want to tell your organization’s story, using video is one of the best ways to do it. And yet, most organizations don’t use video to its full potential. When I visit websites, I am often surprised to find no video…at all! And even when there is a video on the website, there is almost never a clear strategy to use video to match the brand and tell the whole story.
The reason, I think, is that most organizations look at video as a one-time project. They create one video about their company, try to fit everything in, check the box and move on. This, of course, creates a boring video for the viewer, and less than exciting results for the marketer. What you need is a full video strategy. The most effective organizations use video to touch all areas of their company…so that customers and prospects can go on a journey…and arrive exactly where they need to be.
So what videos do you need? We have you covered. Here are the 10 videos we believe every growing organization needs.
What are you and your organization all about? This video explains that to potential customers and employees. Picture your CEO or leader looking into the camera and talking about your “why.” As Simon Sinek said in his best-selling book “Start with Why,” most organizations tell you “what” they do. But most customers and prospects resonate with “why” they do it. This video gets to the heart of that topic.
This video is your front-facing message to your prospects. It is fast-paced with upbeat music and graphics. This is the video that tells your story and sells your story. It needs to be quick and to the point, but is not handcuffed by broadcast timelines. And while you will share this on social media (and you should), this will be hosted on your website to tell your story when visitors come to do their research.
Interview Series with Leaders
When customers are doing their research, they like to know who they are doing business with. Who is leading the ship? This series of videos humanize your company and the leadership team. The goal is to not only show that the team is competent and smart…but also fun to do business with.
Testimonial Series with Customers
While you can do a good job of telling the organization’s story, there is nothing more powerful than a great testimonial. These interview-style videos can show prospects what the real customer experience is like.
If you are proud of your facility (and the people that work in it), a video showcasing your location can be awesome. This might include some beautiful drone shots and artsy shots set to music, it might be guided with narration, or it might be a fun one like we did when we moved into our current location (we were so excited that we were “walking on sunshine”).
Commercial (or series of commercials) For Broadcast
While the marketing video is perfect for social media and on your website, the broadcast video needs to fit into a 30-second or 60-second window. Some organizations use a shorter version of their marketing video, and then drive people to their website to see the full version. And other companies create an entirely new set of creative to even further ramp up the results.
Much like the concept with the leadership interviews (from above) interviews with your team are powerful. People still buy from people they like, know, and trust, and these videos show your customers and prospects who will be doing their work. When people connect like this, they are more likely to stay longer, forgive mistakes and pay (a little) more. Oh…and if you are looking for employees, these videos can be a powerful look into your company culture.
Quarterly Update To Employees
While marketing videos and outward-facing communication is important, using video to communicate with employees is under-utilized. What is going on at the company? Are there goals you are moving toward? What initiatives are you implementing? Regular communication with employees can help your team not only work better with customers but also feel more engaged and appreciated.
What Problem Does Your Organization Solve?
It seems so simple…but so many organizations don’t answer this vital question. What problem do you solve for your ideal customer? Creating a video that gets to the core of your organization can really lead the right people into your funnel.
Those are 10 videos that we believe that every growing organization needs. And while there are plenty more videos (and variations of these) that can be done, this is a great jumping-off point for companies that want to better communicate and market. Oh…and a bonus video if you want to highlight a fun company culture…a fun video. We have created a few “fun videos” (including this one) that are not only fun to produce but they help us really stand out in the marketplace.
If you are interested in chatting about creating this menu of videos for your organization, we would love to help. Click here and we can set up a time to chat!
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