Video is a powerful tool for any business, but it has to be the right kind of video. Many businesses do not get results with video because they have no strategy. Here are some tips:
According to Wharton marketing professor Adam Grant, most people don't buy from businesses they can't relate to. They need to see themselves in your company. Having a video that shows off your company culture makes your business more engaging and appealing. It makes your clients feel as if they're connected to the brand. You can't talk about your product or service without video. The more human and personal the video the better. Videos of past clients and case studies can also add social proof that will help persuade people to buy.
The Right Kind of Video
Your video should be educational or highlight a problem that you solve. Think of a “How to” tutorial, or a real-life experience video of a customer talking about how they use your product. These types of videos will help you provide more value to your audience. If you can highlight some of the issues that they are facing, you will build rapport with your audience because they will feel like you understand them.
Your video should be relevant. How relevant is it to your audience? Get to know what they like, how they consume your videos and look at the analytics. The more you can "get into their heads" the more targeted your videos can become.
How to Optimise Video for More Engagement
On social media engagement is very important. That can be likes, shares, questions etc. Make sure your videos are the start of a conversation with your audience, not the end of it. Ask questions and interact. The social platforms algorithms will reward you if your content sparks engagement.
How to Create Video Content
You can create video with your phone, mirrorless camera or a video team. The important thing is that the video is doing a job. Is it educating, building a relationship or selling? If you do not want to worry about editing, why not go live? Live streaming is a great way to get interaction and create video content that does not need to be edited afterwards.
Video is a necessary component of content marketing, but it is not enough. It must be used in conjunction with email lists and a customer journey. Break down that customer journey into stages from prospect to buyer. Then see where video can play a role in that process. This will help you define your video strategy.
Shooting timelapse on your smartphone is simple, but can be very effective in creating stunning visuals. You can use the native app on your phone, but even though they are nice and simple to use, they may give you limited controls.
For instance, the iPhone native app does timelapse, but no matter how long you record for, it'll turn it into a 30-40 second video. The longer you shoot for, the more frames it'll drop to keep to that duration.
If you want more control then for iPhone you could try:
When it comes to shooting timelapses, here are some tips:
Use a Tripod
You want your shot to be static, with the only movement being what is in your frame. If you do not use a tripod, when you speed up the footage it makes the shake look even worse. Always use a tripod, even a mini tripod, rather than film hand-held.
It may seem obvious, but make sure there is enough movement happening for the timelapse to work. Traffic, crowds walking, auditoriums filling and the sun rising or setting are all good examples. If not enough movement happens in the shot, then speeding it up will not make it look any more interesting.
When you do not have movement in the foreground, you can always use clouds to add movement. So, for example, if you were filming a building and it was very still and boring, you could shoot a timelapse. This would make the clouds in the sky whizz above the building, creating a more dynamic shot.
Lock Your Settings
Make sure you lock your focus and brightness. If you leave your phone camera in auto mode it'll keep adjusting. This will ruin your shot, especially if you're filming a sunset. As the sun goes down, the camera will brighten the shot to compensate. Instead of it slowly getting dark, the automatic mode will fight to keep the shot bright, spoiling the effect.