Without doubt, one of the most crucial elements of any startup’s launch is their marketing effort.

A well-thought of marketing plan that’s executed smoothly can lead to almost instantaneous success.

On the other hand, a poorly thought out and poorly executed marketing plan can result to small market traction and of course, less sales.

Every opportunity a startup has to describe their product or service is also a chance for them to capture a new customer or lead.

If you are a startup, one of the easiest (and most effective) ways for you to get ahead would be to create an explainer video and incorporate it in your site’s homepage.

Not convinced?

We’ve listed down powerful reasons why you should:

Explainer videos can help effectively introduce your product/service.

As a startup, it is likely that you already have a great plan in place, an awesome team working for you, and a good location to boot.

However, a core part of your strategy should be making sure you are able to introduce your brand in a powerful and memorable way.

Fortunately, an explainer video can help you easily accomplish this feat.

It can also help generate more business by efficiently explaining to potential customers what your service or product is all about.

Your brand has one opportunity to create an exceptional and lasting first impression so make sure your explainer video will not only capture their interest but also effectively keep it.

Explainer videos can help showcase what makes your brand stand out.

The Internet has given businesses a chance to expand their connections beyond their current location.

Undoubtedly, many consumers still make purchasing decisions based on loyalty and emotions.

That being said, you need to appeal to them first and gain their trust and loyalty if you want to succeed.

The good thing is explainer videos can help accomplishing those objectives relatively easy for your brand.

Case in point: an explainer video can help you showcase your brand’s personality and the qualities that make you unique from all the others.

Additionally, it can also be used to highlight the personality you would like to be associated with your brand.

To help warrant your video is interesting enough to get attention, you can use animation, music, interesting characters, etc. to show people why you are their best option.

Explainer videos can help you convey a simple yet powerful message.

Prior to launching, it would be safe to assume you have spent a tremendous amount of time working on your brand.

Undoubtedly, you are already an expert when it comes to the products benefits, features, and all its ins and outs.

However, at times, this knowledge can be counterproductive.

Why?

It can sometimes make it challenging for you to come up with the best “What’s in it for you?” statement.

Thankfully, explainer videos can help refine your pitch so you can come up with a succinct yet effective and compelling way of getting your message across.

Since time is limited, you will need to highlight those core features and benefits that make your brand exceptional.

If you team up with a competent video production company, they can help you refine your message down to its most relevant elements.

The end product is a video that delivers a message that is clear and actionable.

Explainer videos can help promote awareness and improve SEO.

Sites significantly increase their organic search traffic by incorporating a video thumbnail in search rankings.

An explainer video will not only help improve your organic search traffic, it can also expose your brand to a wider audience base.

As if not enough, videos have 53 times more potential to show up on the first page results compared to text pages alone.

That being said, using videos as one of the primary elements in your online marketing strategy can surely help you get the most benefit from your SEO efforts.

Explainer videos can help consumers remember your brand.

Let’s lay out a few key statistics here:

  • 20 percent of people remember what they hear
  • 30 percent will remember what they see
  • A whopping 70 percent will remember what they hear and see

That staggering figure is testament enough of the incredible power of videos.

In a nutshell, videos can help people remember your brand even after they have left your site.

In addition, only video makes it possible for brands to deliver a short and simple message that appeals to the emotion using motion, scene setting, imagery, music, etc.

Why is this important?

As mentioned above, many people make purchase decisions based on emotions and videos make it easy to create both a memorable and emotional tie to consumers.

Conclusion

The power of explainer videos cannot be overstated.

Some studies indicated that at least 85 percent of people are more likely to buy a product after they watch a killer explainer video.

Since explainer videos showcases a product’s most important features and benefits, it can provide customers both current and potential a better understanding of the product and the ways they can benefit from it.

It can also highlight how the product can fill a distinctive need or solve a particular problem.

 

 

 

Did you know that explainer videos have already earned quite a following?

This is not surprising however.

Statistics show that customers who watch a brand’s explainer video are 85 percent more likely to patronize a product or service compared to those who don’t watch at all.

Explainer videos are bites of information about a product that help customers make an educated decision without going through all the trouble of scrolling through endless product feature sheets.

If you are considering adding an explainer video in your marketing arsenal, here are some of the key things you need to keep in mind:

Understand your target market.

When brainstorming the content of your explainer video, your target market should be one of your primary considerations.

  1. Their personality and characteristics

Proper and thorough understanding of your target market should be the primary guide when deciding on the overall tone of your explainer video.

For instance, it can help you decide if you will create a conservative video or a sophisticated one.

In addition, other important facets of video such as voice over, script, visual, and theme should be decided on based on your understanding of your target market.

  1. Their problem

For your explainer video to be truly effective, the bread and butter should revolve around the problem/s your product / service can solve.

In other words, ensure your video will be able to showcase the major pain points you will be resolving for them.

To help warrant your explainer video is not only phenomenal but also highly targeted, it would be a good idea to invest in the services of a competent video production company.

Keep your video straightforward.

Effective and powerful explainer videos do not only have a clear message and a defined goal.

They are also pretty straightforward.

As a general rule of thumb, do not make it complicated for your customers to know how amazing your product/service is.

Make it a point to get rid of fluff and focus instead on what you want your customers to take away from your explainer video.

To know if your video is simple and straight to the point, test if you can effectively describe it in two sentences or less.

Work with the right video production company.

Nowadays, it’s not common for marketing departments to have their very own in-house video team.

If you are in the same boat, one of your best options would be to outsource the production of your explainer video.

Before you pick the video production company you would want to work with, you need to ask yourself the following questions first:

  • What production aspects will they complete?

Some video production companies will cover all the work—from conception until completion of the video.

Others on the other hand will only cover the video animation and will leave the rest to you.

If you will handle the conceptualization, it would be a good idea to come up with something that’s effective, simple, straightforward, and clearly conveys the message you would like to get across.

Beware of having too many people cover the conceptualization as too many ideas can end up hindering you from creating a video that is clear, powerful, and effective.

  • Are the videos they produce more or less alike?

If you answer yes to this question, consider it wise to look someplace else!

In fact, this should be considered a major red flag.

Make no mistake about it, some video production companies tend to produce more or less similar videos for their clients.

At all times, make it a point to choose an agency that will create a bespoke video that is tailored for your brand so it will stand out and deliver your message loud and clear.

  • Are the videos they produced engaging enough?

Visit a prospective agency’s site and watch some of the videos they have created.

Or if not, you can ask for sample videos they have created for other clients.

Are the videos engaging enough to catch and hold your attention?

Even if you are not one of the people targeted by the video, it would still be able to hold your attention if it’s engaging enough.

If you find yourself amused, entertained, and interested to know more about the product/service being offered, then wait no further.

Sign them up stat!

Make sure video time is optimized.

Many experts believe the ideal explainer video should be at least 60 to 120 seconds long.

Sure, it might seem like it’s not enough time to get your message across but consider this—your explainer video should serve as a teaser.

While it’s important to make sure your viewers clearly understand what you offer after watching, your video should also function as a hook that will encourage action later on.

In other words, you should make them want more.

In a nutshell, some of the primary components of powerful explainer videos include:

  • The problem (show the pain points)
  • The solution you can offer (in two sentences or less)
  • How it works (explained simply)
  • An effective call-to-action

 

 

 


For those who are not familiar with it, an explainer video is a short online marketing video that is used to explain a company’s product or service. It is often placed on a website’s landing page, home page, or a prominent sales page. It has become extremely popular since consumers find it easier to digest information through videos. Some business owners even agree that an explainer video help boost the conversion rates of their site by as much as 144% because they included explainer videos on their website.

1. Focus on having an awesome script

Your script can make or break your explainer video. As a foundation of your video marketing effort, the script is where everything else is built. It should be unique and well written for it to be appealing to your audience. To achieve this, you need to assign the scriptwriting task to someone who can take a fresh look at your company, therefore he or she should be an outsider or not one of your employees. This way the scriptwriter can explain it in a way that any type of viewer can understand, whether the viewer already has an idea of who you are in the industry or not.

If you hire a professional video production team, they will have you fill out a creative brief about your company first. In this brief, do your best to talk about your business at a high level and define what really should be included in this explainer video. Once done, the writer then will refer to the brief when writing about your video’s script.

2. Keep it short
If you keep the video short, the easier it will be for people to remember your business. While you want to inform your audience of how awesome your company is, your business accomplishments, and services you offer, having a long video has a higher risk of you losing your audience’s interest. Keep all the lengthy details to your blog or about us page. Use the explainer video to get people interested and leading them to take the next step. As a rule of thumb, the video should only have 150 words per minute for it to be easily absorbed by your viewers.

3. Highlight the benefits
Remember that your audience is watching the videos to be educated or to get solutions to their problems – not to learn about your company or promote your business. Therefore, you need to focus on showing them the benefits they can get out of your product or service. Instead of discussing how many great features your gadget offers, mention how your device will help them live better. Make it more relatable and avoid drowning your audience with information that they will not easily understand.

4. Make it unique and memorable
Everyone loves to be entertained, whether he is a CEO of a prestigious company, working moms, or students. So it will be best if your video has a way of keeping its viewers entertained while introducing your product or service. The positive mood makes it easier to connect with your audience and it will also help them easily remember your business. If the video is effective, they might even share it with their friends, giving you more potential clients to reach.

Are you planning to add an explainer video to your landing page? Or perhaps use it to promote a new service that your company is offering? Let Reelmedia Pte. Ltd.’s staff help you create a video that your target audience will surely love. Visit their website today for more information about their services.