1. More VideoHere’s a question: How much video is your business currently using? And here’s the answer: It doesn’t matter! Regardless of how much video your business is using, do more of it. You simply can never have enough video content online. Cisco studies have predicted that almost 70% of total internet traffic throughout 2017 will have been generated by video views and they expect that to rise to 82% by 2021. With phones continually getting more sophisticated and data plans consistently becoming more affordable, people are watching more video more often. Over 50% of marketers say video is the content type that earns the best ROI and it gets shared a whopping 1,200% more than text and images combined. Of course, you need to be strategic about video. Some ideas to get you started on your more video resolution:
- Use Rocketium or Adobe Spark to create quick videos out of your blog content.
- Use Facebook Live to take people behind the scenes of your operation so they can meet the people who make your business run.
- Host a Q&A session via live video.
- Invest in some animated explainer videos.
- Watch engagement soar.
2. Connect Your Content to the Buyer’s JourneyIn a perfect world, all content would offer some kind of value. You can help make the world just a little more perfect by making sure your content always offers value to viewers. The best and easiest way to do that is to aim content at people at the various stages of the buyer’s journey. People rarely start at “I’m going to buy a motorcycle.” They go through the stages of not even knowing they want to buy one to thinking about it to seriously looking at which one to buy to being ready to drop some money down. You should make it a resolution to have content for every segment of that journey. For example:
- Not even aware they want a motorcycle
- 5 West Coast Motorcycle Trips You Have to Do Before You Die
- Thinking about buying a motorcycle
- 6 Ways Road Tripping on a Motorcycle Totally Beats Doing it by Car
- Deciding which type of motorcycle to buy
- Standard, Cruiser, Sport, Touring or Sport Touring: Which Type of Motorcycle is Best for You?
- Ready to buy
- 4 Red Flags to Watch for that Tell You You’re at a Bad Motorcycle Dealership
3. Make Your Website Even More Mobile Friendly than it Already IsBy now your website is already responsive, but just like how you can never have too much (well-planned) video content, you can never be too mobile friendly. That’s because Americans spend over 70% of their time online via mobile device and website visits using mobile devices rose by 72% in 2017. Use Google’s mobile-friendly tester to see just how mobile ready your site is and once you know that, start testing layouts to make it even better. The more mobile friendly you make your site, the better it will stand out among your competition. People appreciate a smooth website experience on their phones and it might be the difference between you and a competitor whose site is clunky on a mobile device.
4. Dig Into the DataStop relying on your gut when it comes to marketing decisions (but let it keep making the lunch decisions). Remember a few paragraphs ago when we said you have to be strategic with video? Well, we’re amending that statement a bit to say you have to be strategic with all your online marketing and you should make it a resolution to base all your decisions on the data. Set goals, decide what metrics to measure so you can tell whether you’re reaching those goals and experiment relentlessly to hit those goals. Set a reasonable timeframe to measure if something is working and if it’s not, kill it and move onto something else. Never fall so in love with a marketing idea that you’re not willing to drop it. Let the numbers make the decision for you, not your intuition. Split A/B testing is obviously a big help when experimenting with different social media posts, blog titles, etc. Use it. And don’t forget the creativity! If your marketing looks like everyone else’s you’ll just get lumped in with them in the “forget” pile. Make and follow these four New Year’s business resolutions and you should see much success this year. Have a wonderful 2018 and click here to get started on planning and pricing your very own whiteboard animation video.
We talk a lot about explainer videos here at WizMotions (they’re kind of our thing), but you need more than just a video by itself to have an effective inbound marketing strategy. You may need multiple different kinds of videos to appeal to leads as they make the buyer’s journey, morphing from prospect to customer.
Together, video content and a comprehensive inbound marketing strategy will increase conversions. Let’s take a look at seven different kinds of video that you can use to usher people along the buyer’s journey, which consists of three different stages:
- consideration and
This stage is all about first impressions. You’re introducing yourself to someone and you want that person to like you and feel like you have value for them. Basically, you’re making people aware of what your brand is and what it does. They may have found you via social media, via searching the internet, through some other kind of content you have or perhaps through a referral. In the awareness stage, you can use introductory and educational videos to woo prospects.
These are videos that display your brand’s values and spirit to prospects. They’re not ads prompting people to buy certain products or services. Rather, they’re for informational purposes. You might have one on your homepage or on your YouTube channel’s homepage. They succinctly tell prospects what your brand is all about. You want to make a good first impression with these so prospects are inclined to learn more about your brand.
Rather than telling prospects about your brand, educational videos give prospects information they can use to help them solve problems and make their lives better. For example, if you’re a web development agency that specializes in Magento, you might have a video telling people about Magento’s features and what those features can do for their websites. Basically, it allows you to show your expertise to prospects by helping them solve a problem.
Here is an educational video we did for the Nurses Service Organization (a branch or Aon Affinity) that puts the top five key insurance terms into everyday language so people can understand their policies better.
Now that people are aware of your brand, they’ll start sizing it up against competing brands. This is where you show them more specifically what you do and how you can help them solve the problems they are experiencing to prove that you’re the better choice than your competition.
Showing off your products is an ideal way to get people to choose your brand over the competition. You could have a video showing your product being used or just a video of the product features.
Live action videos work well for this as long as they look professional and polished, but you can also use animation or if you’re selling software, a screencast video might be a good idea. The point is you want people to see your products in the best light so prospects can compare them to whatever else is on the market.
Similar to the educational video, with a how-to video, you’re trying to give the viewer real value they can use. In these videos, you specifically want to show them how to do something. That could be how to use one of your products or services, but it doesn’t have to be. You can show them how to do something that will improve their lives that doesn’t strictly pertain to your products or services. As long as the video gives the viewer value, that’s what counts. You’re trying to forge a relationship with them.
How-to videos are generally best done via live action or screencast if you’re showing how to do something that has to do with software or an online service.
More than just introducing your brand to prospects, an explainer video will go more in-depth and explain to people what you do and why they need to do business with you. A good explainer video will do that in a minute or less and if you add animation into the mix, you’ve got yourself a highly engaging video that will help sway prospects toward doing business with you.
Check out this explainer video we created for McDonald’s that tells people how the restaurant chain is helping the environment.
This is it. This is where a prospect becomes a customer. The question is, will they become your customer or will they become your competitor’s customer? You can still give them a little push at this stage with the help of video.
These videos go behind the scenes of your company and show people who it is they’ll be dealing with. From the CEO down to the sales team and all the other employees, your About Us video can give a brief history of your company, introduce some of the people there and talk about how you build relationships with customers. These videos will almost always be live action, as you really want prospects to get a deeper sense of your brand.
You can help people make their final decision by introducing them to satisfied customers who have used your products or services. Seeing real people talk about their experiences with your brand is powerful in a prospect’s decision making process. It might be the deciding factor as to why they choose your brand. Obviously, these are best done as live action videos so prospects can see your satisfied customers’ faces.
With the right videos, you can usher prospects through the buyer’s journey and make sure when they come to that final fork in the road, they choose the path that takes them to becoming your customer. Inbound marketing via video is an investment and takes a solid strategy, but it’s well worth it in the end. Click here to schedule an appointment with WizMotions to see how we can help you make the perfect business video for your prospects’ buyer’s journey.