Ideally, an explainer video will be able to effectively tell a convincing story about your brand in as short as 60 seconds.

However, while the cutesy illustration and the entertaining animation are best left in the hands of a seasoned video production company, it would be wise to have an input in the video script.

An engaging and well-written script is one of the basic foundations of a successful explainer video.

Devoid of a killer script, your explainer video won’t be as effective or powerful.

So how do you ensure your video is engaging and not nap inducing?

We have you covered!

We’ve listed down top tips to help get your script writing off to an amazing start:

Keep your explainer short.

You should take into consideration your audience when creating your script.

Typically, it will take 6 to 8 minutes before a captive auditorium audience starts to drift.

An online visitor on the other hand can check out after 2 to 4 minutes, depending on how interested they are in your product or service or how engaging your video is.

In addition, consider it ideal to get your message across in two sentences or less and insert it in the first 30 seconds of the video.

This would help guide the audience as to the points they should pay attention to.

Speak to your audience directly.

The best and most effective way to speak to your audience would be to use the personal pronouns “your” and “you.”

You can also appeal to them effectively and let them know you have their best intentions in mind by showing them things they care about deeply.

For instance, while it would be tempting to let them know about the boost in your third quarter earnings, what they would rather see is how your product / service can help them.

Also, don’t turn off your audience by telling them what they most likely already know.

Instead, focus on the things they need to know that will help them trust your brand and eventually take action.

Be friendly with your target audience and you’ll see it will be easier for you to sell your product / service to them.

Ensure you set the right tone.

When selecting the right tone for your explainer video, keep a mental picture of your target audience in mind.

Write at least a one sentence summary of the reason you are making the video and the action you want the viewer to do after.

This will help you come up with the proper tone for your video.

If you have characters that are story-driven, think of real people as mental placeholders.

It would be easier for you to come up with a realistic dialogue if you will write from the point of view of someone whose mannerisms and habits you know well.

The tone you will choose will also help decide the cast, narrator, pace, setting, and dialogue for your script.

Tell a captivating story.

Most explainer videos follow a template:

It presents a problem (Kurt is tired).

It provides a solution (Kurt drinks a calorie and sugar free and organic energy drink).

It explains how it works (The energy drink is all natural, sugar free, etc.).

It drives viewers to take action (Buy the energy drink at any store nearest you).

Definitions, statistics, and other dry facts often work in a classroom setting.

However, unless your video is intended for students confined in the four corners of the classroom, it would be best to avoid dull and lifeless content at all cost.

Instead, use your video to show actual people that has benefited from what your company offers.

Humans often create stories to help them define who they are.

In the same manner, you can tell stories about your brand so your target audience will gain a better understanding of what you are offering and how it can help them.

Use humor appropriately.

There’s no denying humor can be a powerful tool for storytelling given it supports the message you are trying to convey.

In line with this, always ensure your attempt to incorporate humor is always in line with the story you are telling.

Bear in mind that humor that is poorly times or misplaced will not only be distracting but may even put off potential customers.

Make sure your script is properly paced.

For starters, keep your dialogue between 125 to 150 words per minute.

Even if you will be able to speak 200 (or more) words per minute, take into consideration the fact that the voiceover will need time to breathe.

More importantly, the viewers will also need time to clearly absorb what is being said.

This is especially important if the content is technical in nature.

Dialogue delivered too quickly can overwhelm viewers, decrease comprehension, and may even cause viewers to abandon the video.

 

 

 

 

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