Video Marketing

Learn about using videos and video marketing effectively as part of your content marketing strategy.

Video Marketing

Learn about using videos and video marketing effectively as part of your content marketing strategy.

Video Marketing - Video IconResearch from leading online sources shows that people are watching more videos online than ever before.

According to sites like Wyzowl and Statista, for example, around 500 hours of new videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and more than 1 billion videos get viewed each day on TikTok.

It’s no wonder, then, that videos are an important part of marketing a business online effectively.

In this lesson, we provide a brief overview of video marketing and the challenges of managing your video content as part of your video marketing strategy.

We’ll look at:

  • What Is Video Marketing?
  • Your Video Marketing Strategy
  • Different Types Of Videos You Can Create
  • Managing Your Video Content Effectively

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What Is Video Marketing?

“Video marketing is using videos to promote and market your product or service, increase engagement on your digital and social channels, educate your consumers and customers, and reach your audience with a new medium.”

Source: HubSpot

More businesses are turning to video marketing and investing in the creation and distribution of video content to promote and market their services online.

And there is a good reason for this. According to Wyzowl, customers overwhelmingly prefer watching short videos to learn more about a product or service and buy physical and digital goods than reading text-based articles or blog posts, viewing infographics, downloading ebooks or manuals, attending webinars, receiving sales calls or trialing demos.

Also, the same research shows that people watch on average 2.5 hours of online videos and are twice as likely to share video content than any other type of content, including social media posts, blog posts, articles, or product pages.

In short, videos can be a powerful and effective way to:

  • Increase traffic to your website
  • Increase dwell time (the amount of time a user takes analyzing a web page before clicking back to search results)
  • Increase a user’s understanding of your product or service
  • Generate new business leads
  • Increase sales
  • Reduce support calls
  • Increase brand awareness
  • Generate good ROI

To reap the above benefits, however, you need an effective video marketing strategy.

Your Video Marketing Strategy

Video marketing is an effective way to promote and market your business online, but there are also challenges.

Online consumers are inundated every day with all kinds of marketing, advertising, and sales messages, and exposed to other types of interesting, and engaging visual content like live streaming, interactive 360 videos, augmented reality, and more.

On top of this, many competing businesses are also using videos.

For your video marketing strategy to be effective, then, you may need to create different types of branded video content and distribute these through different channels to reach your target audience and achieve your goals, taking into account the fact that most online consumers have very limited time and short attention spans, that there may be a lot of competition, and that your business may have very limited resources, such as a small budget, and a content team that lacks the time and the video production and editing skills to create really polished videos.

It’s also important to think about the purpose of your videos and where you plan to display these.

For example, some of the places you may want to display your videos include:

  • Landing or email-capture pages
  • Sales pages
  • Social media platforms
  • Social media ads
  • Private membership sites (e.g. welcome page, training pages, etc.)
  • Crowdfunding sites
  • Affiliate sites
  • etc.

Factors like your strategic goals, the story you want to tell using a video format, your budget, etc. will determine the types of videos your can produce and how you will distribute these.

For more information on creating an effective video marketing strategy, we recommend reading these excellent guides:

Video Marketing Distribution Channels

Video distribution channels
Most widely used video distribution channels. Source: Wyzowl

Research shows that in addition to posting videos on YouTube, more businesses are now planning to include channels like LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok in their video marketing strategy.

For the latest video marketing statistics, including the most widely-used video distribution channels, go here.

Types Of Videos

What are the different kinds of videos you can create and what types of videos should you create for your business?

This all depends on your video marketing strategy.

According to Wyzowl, here are the most popular types of videos being created

Chart - Types of videos created.
The main types of videos being created. Source: Wyzowl

As the graph above shows, most video types fall into these groups:

  • Live Action – Live action videos are quick to film and edit, and can be made quite inexpensively (see description in the next section below).
  • Animated – Animated videos let you control every aspect of what viewers will see (see description in the next section below).
  • Screen Recorded – Screen-recorded videos essentially capture what you can see on your entire screen or a section of your screen, and can include mouse movements, callouts, annotations, in-picture videos, background soundtracks, etc. in the editing process. These types of videos are great for “looking over the shoulder” how-to tutorials.

And here are the most popular types of videos being created according to their purpose…

Chart showing most popular video types.
These are the most popular types of videos. Source: Wyzowl

Let’s go through these different types of videos:

Animated Videos

As stated earlier, with animated videos, you have complete control over all aspects of what will appear in your video.

You control the video’s look and feel…from background scenery to main characters, design, text, callouts, colors, timings, transitions, soundtrack, special effects, and more.

Additionally, animated videos can be created completely in-house on your computer. You don’t have to hire actors, scout for shoot locations, or worry about bad takes and reshoots. You can tweak and refine animated videos to your heart’s content and go back and edit them at any time.

You can also use animated videos to create almost all other types of videos, including video ads, teaser videos, sales videos, explainer videos, product demos, event videos, training videos, onboarding videos, and more!

Here is an example of an animated video used to explain food safety cross-contamination…

For more information and examples of animated videos, go here:

App Demo Videos

App demo videos (also called app explainer videos) show off what a mobile app can do…how it works, how it looks, how it feels, and all the features and benefits users need to know and understand to download or buy and use your app.

App demo videos are often made using direct screen recordings but can include footage of the app, elements of animated or live-action video, 3D device animations, illustrations, and more!

Many app demos can also double up as explainer videos by introducing your target audience to the features and story behind your app.

Check out this animated app demo video for a children’s learning app:

For more information and examples of app demo videos, go here:

Behind The Scenes Videos

“Behind the scene” videos let viewers meet the people working in your company, see your team at work, and gain valuable insights into your business processes and your company culture.

“Behind the scene” videos are not only great for personalizing your business and building trust but they can also act as an effective recruitment tool for your company.

Here is a great example of a “behind the scenes” video:

For more information and examples of “behind-the-scenes” videos, go here:

Corporate Videos

A corporate or business video refers to the production of video content for brands and companies that can be used for everything – from educating and persuading new customers, to providing informative walkthroughs and demos of your website or solutions, to training and onboarding new employees.

Corporate videos can include a mix of different video types – animated, live-action, screen-recorded, interactive, and more.

They are also quite versatile, in that the final video can be used for a wide range of purposes (e.g. social posts, emails, adverts, trade shows, etc.).

Here is an example of a corporate video created by a University for viewers who are deciding on which higher-learning institute they should attend:

For more information and examples of  corporate videos, go here:

Customer Onboarding Videos

Onboarding videos welcome, educate, and empower customers and users about the full benefits of your company, products, services, and features, help them get their accounts and administrative settings up and running, show them how to assemble and use physical/digital products, and give them the knowledge and tools they need to get up and running quickly.

Onboarding videos also help to improve user experience and increase customer satisfaction, retention, loyalty, and revenue by upskilling and empowering them and providing them with timely information and support, reducing product returns due to buyer’s remorse.

Onboarding videos range from simple welcome videos to software demo videos, product walkthrough videos, detailed educational videos, etc.,

They can also be used in a range of different ways. For example, you can make them available as an on-demand “learn at your own pace” type knowledge portal, upload them to YouTube and add them to a ‘User Onboarding’ playlist, build the video content into your customer workflow as an interactive guide, and more.

Here is an example of a “bite-sized” customer onboarding video from Asana:

For more information and examples of customer onboarding videos, go here:

Customer Service Videos

Customer service videos help customers troubleshoot and solve problems, answer questions about your products or services, and reduce support queries.

Customer service videos can include FAQ videos, video tutorials, and feature or product demos.

Publishing customer service videos publicly can also help to build trust with users and reassure them that your business will be there to support them.

If you are wondering how to create customer service videos that will help get you and your customers out of a pickle, watch the video below:

For more information and examples of customer service videos, go here:

Demo Videos

Demo videos are short, educational video clips that showcase your products or services, highlight their key benefits, and explain or show how your products or services work.

Demo videos typically encourage viewers to purchase the product or service after watching it in action and can be done in the form of a tutorial, a showcase, or an animated video.

Here, for example, is an animated demo video offering an innovative solution to a problem that many new parents have to face (some do it bravely, and some just suck it up):

For more information and examples of demo videos, go here:

Event Videos

Event videos are great for grabbing the attention of viewers and passersby at events like exhibitions and trade shows and providing them with product highlights or a visual summary of what your business does.

You can also use event videos to generate a buzz (and sell tickets) before an event, add impact to award ceremonies (e.g. to introduce nominees, review “best moments”, celebrate winners, etc.), enhance sales presentations or investment pitches, give audiences a “behind the scenes” tour at internal events like annual team meetings, sales conferences, sales kick-offs, etc.

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from event videos and produce these as animated event videos or live-action videos with event videography.

Here is an example of an event video aimed at participants with a lot of dough to throw around:

For more information and examples of event videos, go here:

Explainer Videos

Explainer videos are designed to save companies time and help viewers quickly understand their business, product, or service by communicating key concepts and key points concisely.

Explainer videos are one of the most popular and versatile types of videos. They can be any length, but many are typically 1-2 minutes long, and once created, can be used repeatedly in multiple ways, such as:

  • Your home page
  • Social media
  • Email signatures
  • Paid social/YouTube ad campaigns
  • Events
  • Introduction to training or onboarding new customers or new team members.

Additionally, you can use elements from your explainer video as web graphics (e.g. a screengrab) and other print/digital assets.

Here is a video that tells you nothing, yet explains everything about what this company does:

For more information and examples of explainer videos, go here:

Interactive Videos

Unlike “linear” videos where users can only play, pause, rewind, and fast-forward content, interactive videos put users in control of their viewing experience by allowing them to click and interact with your video content to make decisions, answer questions, complete forms, buy products, and more!

An interactive video is essentially video content overlaid with interactive elements so the choices viewers make while watching determine how the video plays out.

Some of the most popular interactive features & functionality of interactive videos include branching stories with clickable hotspots and outcomes that depend on the choices viewers make, navigating to specific chapters in the video content, interactive quizzes, and built-in eCommerce allowing users to fill out forms and buy products on your ‘shoppable video’.

It’s important to note that interactive videos need to be hosted on a special server for the overlaid interactive functionality of the video to work.

Click on the image below to view an interactive video that walks you through Amazon’s company onboarding process using a gamified approach.

Amazon Interactive Video
Amazon’s interactive onboarding video.

For more information and examples of interactive videos, go here:

Live-Action Videos

A live-action video is essentially recording people talking on camera. This can be the company CEO, members of a team, clients, customers, etc. telling a story in their own words, and sharing their expertise or experiences (e.g. testimonials).

Featuring real people in your video puts a face to your brand adds a personal touch, and helps to build trust and credibility

If you are looking to create a high volume of video content (e.g. for social media), live-action videos are ideal, as they are relatively quick to film and edit.

Here is one of the most successful live-action explainer videos of all time:

For more information and examples of interactive videos, go here:

Microinteractions

Microinteractions are trigger-based events where a user interacts with your website or mobile app through animation.

No doubt you have seen microinteractions on websites and social media. Simple examples are the ‘heart’ or ‘thumbs up’ animation that comes up when you like someone’s post or text message, and the animated ‘loading’ icon you see when you are waiting for a web page to load.

Microinteractions are designed to provide users with instant and relevant feedback, add “emotion” and status updates, and encourage user interaction (e.g. sharing, liking, and commenting on your content). They can help to improve site navigation and user experience and make your website more interesting and engaging to users.

Microinteractions can be simple, as shown below…

Microinteraction - Flight Finder
Flight Finder. Source: Mauricio Bucardo

Or complex, such as the Porsche Car Configurator:

Porsche Car Configurator
Porsche Car Configurator. Source: Porsche.com

For more information and examples of microinteractions, go here:

Product Demo Videos

Product demo videos let you educate, explain, entertain, and sell products by building customer confidence and removing barriers to purchase.

Product demo videos work in a similar way to explainer videos by showing users product features, explaining their functionality, and involving them so they can understand what the product does, how it works, and visualize themselves using it.

You can include live-action footage (e.g. someone presenting and giving a product demonstration) and/or animation (e.g. cross-sections, close-ups, etc.) in your product demo videos.

In addition to helping you sell products directly to consumers, product demo videos can also be used to educate your sales team, distributors, affiliates, clients, etc.

Here, for example, is a slick video aimed at coffee-loving consumers who want to enjoy barista-style coffees at home:

For more information and examples of product demo videos, go here:

Sales Videos

Sales videos support your sales process by helping to convert leads into new customers.

In addition to educating potential customers about the benefits and features of your products or services, they help to build rapport, address frequently asked questions, and proactively overcome objections, inspiring and persuading prospects to become customers.

Sales videos are also great for people that don’t like being “sold to” as these can work for you as your 24/7 sales team, delivering a perfect sales pitch consistently, and allowing prospects to inspect what you have to offer in a place where they feel safe, comfortable, and at a time that is suitable and convenient for them.

Sales videos can save your sales reps time (by helping them spend less time on the phone taking and making sales calls), used instead of an actual sales team member, or included in a sales presentation.

Sales videos can be created using a blend of animated or live-action footage, and include text slides, testimonials, product demos or showcases, screen recordings, interactive elements, and more…whatever is required to get someone interested in your brand to the point where they make a decision to buy.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with injecting a little humor in your sales videos, so you can sell without actually saying much about your company or products, as shown in the video below:

For more information and examples of sales videos, go here:

Social Media Videos

Social media videos are short-form videos designed to tell stories that will attract viewers on social platforms and drive engagement actions.

Various types of videos work well on social media, including interviews, Q&As, live videos, announcements, reveals, behind-the-scenes, product demos, user-generated videos, giveaways and contests, promos and deals, event videos, and tutorials.

With most social media platforms, you can simply upload your regular videos, like the example video shown below, sourced from Facebook:

In addition to posting videos on social platforms, you can use animated videos and animated social graphics in status updates, profiles, news feeds, and other areas to keep followers interested.

Note: You may need to adjust your video formats and files to use some of the advertising and promotional features available on various social media platforms.

For more information and examples of social media videos, go here:

Teaser Videos

Just like movie trailers, teaser videos give viewers a sneak peek of a product or service and are designed to raise awareness and build anticipation about new and upcoming features, products, and events (live events, online courses, etc.).

You can create a teaser video if you haven’t yet finished building your new product, service, feature, or idea. This allows you to get your promotion going and build momentum and anticipation for it earlier, as well as providing an opportunity for feedback from your audience.

You can then gauge the feedback and response to refine your development process and improve the chances of success for your final product.

Alternatively, if you are creating a teaser video for a more complete and fuller video-based product (e.g. an online course), here is an effective format for creating ‘sneak-peek’ videos:

  1. Script and produce the full (i.e. complete) version of your video first
  2. Identify an ideal spot in your video timeline to insert a break
  3. Create an additional ‘click here to learn more’ slide
  4. Produce two versions of the video: your full video and the shorter teaser video ending with the ‘click here to learn more’ slide.

You can also create the above sneak peek video by editing highlights of your course and compiling these into a “compilation teaser” video.

Once you have your teaser video done, make sure to share it on your website and social media platforms…maybe even consider boosting it with an ad spend or going offline (e.g. video billboards, events, TV, etc.) to generate maximum impact and awareness.

Below is a video compilation showcasing various product teaser videos:

For more information and examples of teaser videos, go here:

Testimonial Videos

Allowing your satisfied customers and clients to promote and champion your business through testimonial videos (and case study videos) is a powerful way to build trust, boost credibility, and provide social proof for your brand, and ultimately increase sales of your products and services.

Just as many consumers check product reviews from other users before making a decision, many people also watch video testimonials to learn more about a company, product, or service and to help influence their purchasing decisions.

Testimonial videos are especially effective when your business can demonstrate through customers or client testimonials how your solution, product, or service has helped solve their problems and address their pain points, as many of your target audience will experience similar issues and challenges.

There are various ways to create testimonial videos. You can:

  • Create low-budget testimonial videos in-house by collecting written testimonials from satisfied customers, adding these to a slide presentation with a voice-over and/or soundtrack, and presenting these as a screen recording
  • Use video testimonial software (see further below), or
  • Create live-action recordings using a professional video production company.

You can add testimonial videos to product/service pages on your website, share them on social media, include them in video ad campaigns, and various other ways.

Here is an example of a low-budget yet compelling video testimonial you could shoot  with just your phone and basic video-editing software:

For more information and examples of testimonial videos, go here:

Training Videos

Training videos are a powerful learning tool, especially “look over the shoulder”-style how-to screen recordings and videos that combine audio and visual elements with written text such as bullet point reminders, key concept summaries, checklists, diagrams, flowcharts, etc.

One of the main benefits of creating training videos from a business point of view is that these provide consistency in your organization. Videos can be used to train individuals or whole teams and explain your processes, policies, products, production workflows, and troubleshooting, as well as the culture, values, behaviors, and standards your organization expects from all team members.

They are also extremely cost-effective, as you can use the same video to train new team members or new customers or clients.

From the viewer’s point of view, there are many benefits too. Viewers can learn at their own pace and usually at a time that suits them, rewind over points repeatedly, and demonstrate in a couple of minutes what could take hours to explain.

Training videos encompass a wide range of purposes and can use different styles (e.g. screen recording, animation. live-action, or a combination of all of these) to communicate their information.

For example, you can create the following types of training videos:

  • Product training videos to demonstrate how products work.
  • Demo videos to provide an overview of how a software application or product works.
  • Orientation videos to welcome new members to your team and help them learn about their new roles.
  • Customer relations videos to showcase customer interactions and improve customer experience using ‘roleplay’ scenarios.
  • Sales training videos to empower your sales team to present effectively, handle objections, and convert prospects into new sales.
  • Retail training videos to show your team how customers should be treated and help them learn skills like upselling and cross-selling, dealing with difficult customers and complaints, etc.
  • Safety training videos to demonstrate how to operate safely and follow correct procedures.
  • HR training videos to explain your policies and make your rules and expectations clear.
  • Explainer videos to help your team members, customers, distributors, reps, affiliates, etc. understand your business, products, services, solutions, etc.

Training videos can also be of varying lengths. In some cases, long videos may be required, such as recorded presentations or webinars. In other situations, it may be more effective if the information is broken down into bite-size digestible short videos.

For example, here is a comprehensive video tutorial on using Photoshop that delivers almost one hour of training content…

And here is an example of a short instructional video dealing with workplace bullying:

For more information and examples of training videos, go here:

Video Ads

Video advertising is using video content to sell products or services.

Video ads are typically promotional-type videos introducing your brand, product, or service, which are created specifically for sharing outside of your business, where you pay for audiences to view or click on it.

Video ads can be quite effective if done right. The key is to capture the viewer’s attention within the first few seconds, and then keep them engaged with content that tells the right story without ‘hard selling’ them, and then asking for the purchase at the right moment.

Typical examples of video ads include:

  • Video banner advertisements appearing on a landing page or website.
  • Pre-, mid-, or post-roll video advertisements that are played before, during, or after an online video or a video posted on social media.
  • TV video ads aired as traditional commercials on TV or streaming services.
  • Live video ads shown as part of a real-time streamed event, conversation, or product launch.
  • Sponsored video ads (e.g. “This video is brought to you by…”) placed within other videos or marketing content.

Below is an example of a video ad aimed at mobile phone users and created to promote Android:

For more information and examples of video ads, go here:

Videographics

“Videographics are an engaging visual representation of compiled data put forward in a graphically appealing and easy-to-understand way…

A videographic provides the audience with valuable information while entertaining them at the same time. It is a short, informative type of video that helps your audience digest your reports or statistical numbers better in a matter of minutes. “

Source: Breadandbeyond

Essentially, a  videographic makes information easier to interpret by taking complex data and data-driven messages from statistics, polls, and survey results and turning them into compelling and concise visual information made simple, quick, and easy to consume.

Informative videographics encourage sharing on multiple platforms, resulting in better brand recall.

Below is an example of a videographic-based video:

For more information and examples of videographics, go here:

Video Marketing Tools

Here are some useful tools tat can help to improve your video marketing results.

Hookle

Hookle
Hookle – Social Media Planning App

Hookle is an app that lets you manage all of your social media marketing in one place and lets you schedule and publish your videos to all your social media platforms.

Check out the video below for an overview of this tool:

More info: Hookle

For more social media management tools that you can use to track video performance across multiple platforms, see this section of the course: Social Media Tools

Create Cartoon Explainer Videos Easily

Create Cartoon Explainer Videos Easily With ToonlyCartoon explainer videos can be very effective when it comes to grabbing and keeping a viewer’s attention.

They can also be used to inform, educate, and convert viewers into prospective clients and customers, train users, simplify complex subjects, tell engaging stories, etc.

As stated earlier, explainer videos are great for getting your point across quickly, reducing customer support calls, and getting your videos shared online.

Cartoon explainer videos can also be expensive to create. A digital agency will typically charge thousands of dollars to create a short animated video for your business, and some will even charge thousands of dollars per minute of video!

For an inexpensive and easy-to-use cartoon explainer video creation software that you can use to create animated explainer videos in-house, check out Toonly.

Animated Video Creation Tool

Explaindio - Animated Video Creation ToolIf you are looking for a powerful video creation software tool that can help you create 2D & 3D animated marketing, explainer, and training videos, doodle sketch videos, and motion videos in-house in minutes, check out Doodly.

Live Action Video Animation

Viddyoze Live Action Video Animation

If you are looking for a video animation tool that lets you easily create stunning live-action video intros and logo stings with no video editing or production skills, check out Viddyoze.

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For more video creation tools, see this section: Video Creation And Editing Tools

Video Testimonial Software

Use any of the tools below to collect video testimonials from happy clients and customers and promote these on your website, blog, social media, etc.

Vocal Video

Vocal Video
Vocal Video – All-in-one video testimonial software platform.

Vocal Video is an all-in-one platform for collecting, editing, hosting, and sharing testimonial videos.

This tool lets you easily and quickly collect testimonial videos, edit them, and apply your branding.

You can also trim your video, add graphics and licensed music, switch from video to audio, and create a video transcript directly from the tool with no additional software required.

More info: Vocal Video

VideoAsk

VideoAsk
VideoAsk

VideoAsk is a “video conversation” platform that lets you and your customers quickly send video, text, or audio replies back and forth.

Essentially, it’s like communicating via emails but using videos instead.

You can use this tool to collect customer feedback, add video welcome messages for respondents, and use conditional logic to send pre-recorded questions to customers based on their previous responses.

More info: VideoAsk

VideoPeel

VideoPeel
VideoPeel – Customer Advocacy Video Platform

VideoPeel allows users to click, record, and submit video testimonials automatically via mobile or desktop using a video capture link. The tool also automates thank-you messages.

VideoPeel displays all of your questions on one screen and offers you the option of choosing different video campaign templates (profile message, photo message, or video message). You can use their editing tools to add your logo, a simple text overlay, a star rating, and a disclaimer.

Collected video responses are held in a single repository for easy management.

VideoPeel also offers Shopify integration, Amazon syndication, and other eCommerce and social media publishing options.

More info: VideoPeel

Boast

Boast
Boast

Boast is a tool you can use to automatically collect raw video testimonials, written feedback, and star ratings.

Boast also offers an email drip campaign function that automatically sends customers a prompt to fill out a form.

More info: Boast

Vouch

Vouch
Vouch

Vouch is a video testimonials tool that lets you add questions and send a single link to one or many users.

You can review your video responses and transcripts, trim your videos or stitch them together to create a playlist using their video editing software, and publish or share these via a link, embed code, or integration.

The tool features speaker notes, calendar reminders, and unlimited takes, allowing users to easily record their video responses and send these back to you.

Vouch lets you add your own logo, colors, and styling to control your brand experience across all touchpoints, and integrates with many popular workflow tools, allowing you to collect and share video testimonials from tools you are already using.

More info: Vouch

Video Monetization Platforms

Video monetization platforms allow you to get paid for the videos you publish online. When audiences view or download your content, you get paid, so the more that people watch, the more you earn.

If you would like to monetize your videos, consider using a tool like the one shown below.

Uscreen

Uscreen is an end-to-end white-labeled video monetization platform that supports subscription and pay-per-view models and is designed to generate revenue on OTT streaming services similar to Netflix or Hulu.

Uscreen provides everything you need to monetize, distribute and scale your streaming service business: video hosting, streaming, built-in billing, monetization, analytics, and even end-user support.

Uscreen also provides membership sites for your subscribers, fully-branded apps for mobile and TV, tools to host live streaming events, community and course features, and more than 1,000 integrations (e.g. Mailchimp, Salesforce, Constant Contact, ActiveCampaign, and many more!)

More info: Uscreen

For more information on video monetization platforms, see this article: Best Video Monetization Platforms

Video Marketing And WordPress

If you use WordPress, go here for plugins that can help you integrate video marketing with your WordPress site: WordPress Engagement Plugins

Managing Your Video Marketing Strategy

Video marketing is not only essential when it comes to promoting your content online effectively, it is also extremely challenging to track and manage effectively without the right strategy, systems, processes, tools, resources, and budget.

Before you start producing videos for your business, make sure that you have the following in place:

  • Your Content Strategy and Content Plan to ensure that any videos you create will contribute to achieving your business objectives.
  • A documented content production workflow – whether you decide to create videos in-house or outsource the creation to an external agency, it’s important for your video creation processes to be documented.
  • Content Documentation System – where are you storing all digital assets, files, and elements used in the production of your videos? Make sure these are easily accessible as you will need to update your videos in the future.
  • Video Metrics – Have you defined the important metrics you will be tracking for your videos? You will need these metrics to know which videos and video topics are generating the best ROI and to improve your results.
  • Tracking System – Your tracking system will help you monitor, measure, and evaluate the effectiveness of your videos and your video marketing campaigns.

Summary

Most businesses with an online presence today need to engage in video marketing.  There are many types of videos you can create for your business, so it’s important to develop a clear video marketing strategy for your business.

Action Steps

Create a video marketing strategy aligned with your overall content strategy and objectives, set up the systems you need to manage it effectively, and schedule regular reviews to make sure that your video marketing strategy is consistently delivering your business its expected targets, continued growth, and a positive ROI.

Resources

Also, see the sections below for additional information and video-related tools and resources that can help you create professional videos and video content inexpensively:

Video Tutorials

Video Marketing - WPMasterclasses.comVideo Marketing

Learn useful strategies and practical methods that will help you improve your sales and conversions using video marketing.

More info: Video Marketing

YouTube Marketing - WPMasterclasses.comYouTube Marketing

Learn how to drive more traffic to your site and more customers to your business by getting your videos to rank higher on YouTube and on Google’s search results.

More info: YouTube Marketing

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Video Creation And Editing Tools

Create and edit product, sales, promotional, and training videos with these video tools and resources.

Video Tools

Create and edit product, sales, promotional, and training videos with these video tools and resources.

Video Creation Tools - Image of laptop with video editing software.

This section covers media creation tools referred to in various lessons throughout this course.

Use the tools and resources on this page to create and edit media like:

  • Screencast videos
  • Product videos
  • Explainer videos
  • Sales videos
  • Promotional videos
  • ‘How-to’ training & tutorial videos
  • And more

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Video Creation Tools

Use the tools and resources below to create videos to suit a wide range of purposes.

Screen Recordings

Screen recordings are great for video tutorials and video-based training content. Use the video tools below to create screen recordings.

Camtasia

Camtasia
Camtasia – Screen recording and video editing tool.

Camtasia is the leading screen capture video recording and editing software tool on the market.

You can create professional screen capture videos, record on-screen activity, customize and edit content, add interactive elements, import media, and create high-quality videos in a range of formats and sizes.

Camtasia Studio - Professional Screen Capture Videos
Create professional screen capture videos with Camtasia Studio.

More info: Camtasia Studio

Promotional Videos

Use the tools below to create professional animated marketing videos, cartoon videos, and “whiteboard” hand-drawn sketch videos.

Toonly

Toonly
Toonly – Drag-and-drop explainer video creation tool.

Toonly is a simple, inexpensive, and powerful drag-and-drop explainer video creation software tool that lets you create professional cartoon explainer videos quickly and easily without requiring video creation skills, animators, illustrators, etc.

Toonly was developed by the creators of Doodly, another powerful video creation tool that lets you create doodle videos.

Toonly is available for PC and Mac users. After installing and launching the software, simply login…

Toonly login screen
Toonly login screen

And you will come to the main dashboard (‘My Videos’) section, where you can create a new video or edit an existing video…

Toonly dashboard
The Toonly dashboard

Toonly has an intuitive interface. You don’t have to be a video designer to start creating videos, as the software provides a growing library of built-in scenes, backgrounds, animated characters, text, objects (including the ability to upload your own images), royalty-free music backgrounds, and more. You can also add voiceovers directly into your videos…

Toonly video creation screen
Build your explainer videos using Toonly’s simple video creation interface and drag-and-drop tools.

To create your video storyline, just drag and drop text or images (called objects) into a ‘scene’, adjust timelines, specify settings for your objects, preview and save, then create the next scene…

Toonly editing screen
You can build an animated explainer video with multiple scenes.

Toonly provides many different scenes, scene transitions, characters, props, objects, etc. to build your video storylines. All characters are custom drawn by the software’s own graphic design team, and you can import your own images into the program to add to your videos.

Animated characters come with dropdown menus allowing you to select the activity you want them to engage in during your scene. You can even make characters engage in multiple actions within a scene (for example, they can walk into a room, shake hands with another person, talk on a cellphone, then sit down and start working on their laptop, while other characters and objects are also performing their own actions…

Toonly Animation Settings menu - Character animation actions.
Animate your video characters with different actions.

Toonly also provides keyboard shortcuts to help make creating and editing videos faster…

Toonly keyboard shortcuts
Toonly keyboard shortcuts

Toonly is well supported. As a user, you get access to video tutorials where you can learn how to use all the features of the software, a Facebook group where you can post questions and engage in discussions with other users, FAQ and customer support sections, a feature request page, and more…

Toonly tutorials screen.
Toonly provides access to tutorials and support.

The software is also regularly updated with new features and new elements…

Toonly updates screen.
Toonly is regularly updated.

Toonly is an ideal and inexpensive video creation tool that can be used in any niche, industry, or profession. It suits users such as:

  • Small Business Owners & Service Providers
  • E-Commerce Store Owners & Digital Marketers
  • Information Technology Companies
  • Human Resources Departments
  • Trainers & Presenters
  • B2b Sales
  • Non-Profits
  • Etc.

Here is a cartoon explainer video we created from scratch using Toonly in just a few hours…

WPMasterclasses.com Promo Video

If you are looking for a powerful and inexpensive video creation tool that lets you create professional-quality engaging animated cartoon explainer videos quickly and easily without requiring any video design skills, then consider using Toonly.

Visit the site for more information about the software, pricing, FAQs, etc.:  Toonly – Cartoon Explainer Video Creation Software

Create Cartoon Explainer Videos Easily With Toonly
Create Cartoon Explainer Videos Easily With Toonly

Explaindio

Explaindio - Video creation tool
Explaindio – Animated video creation tool

Explaindio is an all-in-one video editor that lets you easily create HD videos with animation, hand-drawn whiteboard (doodle-sketch) videos, combine text overlays, animated slides, images with videos, and more.

Explaindio includes features like:

  • Simultaneous multiple animations
  • Full multi-timeline editing
  • Full 3D animations
  • Import external 3D elements
  • 3D models and animation customization
  • 180+ pre-made text animation elements
  • 140+ pre-made videos, images, and doodle objects animations
  • Keyframe animation
  • And more.

The demo video below shows what you can do with Explaindio …

Visit the Explaindio website

If you are looking for a powerful video creation software tool that can help you create 2D & 3D animated marketing, explainer, and training videos, doodle sketch videos, and motion videos, then Explaindio is a tool that can do this for you in minutes.

More info: Explaindio Video Creator

Viddyoze

Viddyoze
Viddyoze live-action video animation tool.

Viddyoze lets you easily create stunning live-action video intros and logo stings with no video editing or production skills, and eye-catching professionally branded video intros and logo stings that command attention.

The video demo below shows the software in action.

Viddyoze video animation showreel

Viddyoze Live Action’s video animation engine uses groundbreaking point-and-click automated technology that combines high-quality live video action effects, professional actors and models, and custom 3D digital animation to create beautifully branded eye-catching videos.

Viddyoze screen grabs
Add your own images and logos to create stunning live-action effects.

No video production experience is needed to use this tool.  Just choose your live-action template, upload your logo and customize text and colors, and click a button to create an HD-quality video. Your video will be fully rendered and ready to use in minutes.

Point-and-click video creation process.
Create amazing live video intros using point-and-click.

The video below provides a tour of Viddyoze’s video creation process.

Viddyoze video creation demo

Viddyoze Features
  • Watermarks: Add watermarks to videos that only you can remove.
  • Audio: Every Viddyoze Live Action template includes a custom-created audio track to match the video footage.
  • Cloud Service: Viddyoze Live Action is entirely cloud-based, so there is no software to download and no video animation equipment to purchase. You can create your videos anywhere using your smartphone.
  • Designer Template Library: Viddyoze includes dozens of professional video templates suitable for a wide variety of niches and office-based businesses, like restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, beauty salons, tech firms, creative and professional services, etc.
  • Full Training: The member’s area includes full training, including user-friendly set-up videos showing you how to get the most from the system.
  • Easy Customization: Choose the color palette to match your logo and add text to your videos. The software will do the rest.
  • 100% compatibility: Viddyoze Live Action renders all videos in MP4 format, allowing you to use these with other video editors and web platforms.
  • Support: Viddyoze provides access to a dedicated support team 24/7 and is supported by a full-time team of designers, videographers, and developers.
  • Unlimited usage rights: Use the animations as many times in as many videos as you like.
  • Licensing options: Viddyoze offers personal and commercial licensing. Choose the commercial license if you want to create videos for other businesses.

If you’re looking for a way to create video intros that will help your business stand out from the crowd, grow more sales and get more clients, then definitely check out Viddyoze’s live-action video intro-maker.

More info: Viddyoze

Doodly

Doodly - Doodle Video Creator
Doodly – Doodle video creation tool

Doodly is a simple and user-friendly drag-and-drop doodle video creator that lets you create both whiteboard and blackboard videos with ease.

Check out the Doodly video demo below:

Visit the Doodly website

You can use hundreds of built-in characters, props, images, fonts, and sounds, or upload your own images, fonts, and sounds, then export and share your videos in multiple formats and quality levels.

More info: Doodly

Klippyo

Klippyo - Social Media Video Marketing Creation ToolKlippyo is a time-saving cloud-based video creation tool that lets you create highly engaging videos optimized for social media marketing.

With Klippyo, you can edit videos directly from your phone and create amazing video content without relying on video templates.

Klippyo was developed by the same team that created the Viddyoze live-action video animation tool, which lets you create animations such as logo stingers, video intros, and outros with the click of a mouse, in consultation with Derral Eves, a successful video producer and YouTuber with over half a million subscribers and clients including Red Bull, Google, Amazon, and Adobe and whose advice has helped thousands of fans build successful YouTube channels that attract millions of views.

Viddyoze is an ideal complement to Klippyo. Both integrate seamlessly, so you can add visually stunning video animations directly into your Klippyo projects.

Check out Klippyo’s video promo below to see just some of its amazing features …

Visit the Klippyo website

This software includes all the features you need to create videos that will deliver you more engagement, better conversions, and more channel subscribers, as well as commercial rights to all the videos you create using Klippyo’s Studio version.

Klippyo lets you create engaging videos optimized for social media.
Create engaging videos optimized for social media with Klippyo.

With Klippyo, you can easily shoot, edit, and post engaging, exciting, and dynamic videos directly from your phone in formats that are correctly optimized for social media, such as:

  • Square videos
  • Social video memes
  • Emojis and Stickers
  • Intros and Outros
  • Captions
  • Quotes
  • Filters
  • And more!

Klippyo offers a professional video editing suite with direct social media integration and a huge library of video objects and elements like stock video clips that lets you create classic videos, square videos, vertical videos, captioned videos, meme videos, compilation videos, banner ad videos, and videos with multiple aspect ratios from a single app, without the need to record a single frame of footage.

Social media and video marketing research show that videos that use features like the ones built into Klippyo can increase viewer engagement by 100% or more, reduce video ad costs by 35%, and get viewers watching your video all the way to the end.

Klippyo lets you create every type of video you want!
Klippyo lets you create every type of video you want!

Klippyo is 100% web-based, so you can log in from anywhere, work from your mobile device, tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or PC, shoot your video with your camera, upload your footage or import a pre-existing video into the Klippyo editor, then easily add professional intros, outros, filters, emojis, and interactive captions to your videos, as well as audio tracks and visual elements from its vast built-in library (300,000 stock video clips), and publish your finished video to multiple social media accounts like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. right from inside the app.

Klippyo offers a 30-day risk-free, full money-back guarantee, and 24/7 customer support.

More info: Klippyo

Moovly

Moovly
Moovly

Moovly is a that lets you create your own videos ads, product videos, marketing videos, explainer videos, and company videos in-house without a big budget or design skills.

Moovly provides many customizable video templates where you can adjust anything you want to match your company brand style, including text, colors, images, footage, and music… even create your own templates!

Moovly Templates
Customize templates to create all kinds of videos for your business.

You can also easily automate the production of videos using Moovly’s automated video technology to offer your team or customers customizable video templates, create personalized videos and product videos generated automatically from your CRM, email client, or marketing automation tool, and connect to RSS feeds and news streams like Twitter to create videos when new tweets are sent.

More info: Moovly

Vyond

Vyond
Vyond

Vyond is a video creation software tool that lets you create engaging videos with characters to fit any context, customizable templates, and whiteboard animations.

You can also create MP4s or animated GIFs for social media, host your videos wherever you like, or import them into other platforms.

Here is an example of a video created using Vyond:

More info: Vyond

Animoto

Animoto
Animoto – Drag and drop video maker.

Animoto is a free drag-and-drop video maker that lets you easily create promo videos, slideshow videos, social media videos, tutorial videos…even birthday, graduation, and wedding videos with no design skills required.

Animoto provides a huge library of time-saving templates, stock images and videos, music, fonts, video editing and voice-over tools, and more.

The free plan lets you use all of the tool’s standard features to create unlimited videos, while paid plans allow you to create videos without Animoto’s branding, access millions of stock images and videos, and more!

More info: Animoto

Motion Objects

Motion Objects - Powerful Animated Objects For Video Marketing
Motion Objects – Powerful Animated Objects For Video Marketing

Motion Objects - Video Marketing Animated ObjectsOne of the challenges of promoting your business using video marketing is that your videos have to engage viewers and stand out from the crowd of ‘me too’ video graphics and templates.

Adding engaging animated objects to videos can help boost your conversions.

Motion Objects saves you time and money hiring a high-end professional video production team or graphic designers to create custom video graphics.

The copy and paste animated objects are designed to work with all video creation tools, including:

Motion Objects works with all video creation tools
Motion Objects works with all video creation tools.

The videos below show you how easy it is to add animated objects from Motion Objects to your sales videos.

Here is a quick demo video showing you how to add animated objects in EasySketchPro

Adding animated objects to EasySketchPro

Here is a quick demo video showing you how to add animated objects in Explaindio

Adding animated objects to Explaindio

The entire collection includes over 100 animated objects grouped into the following modules:

  • Module 1: Online Business – Animated Objects
  • Module 2: Online Business – Static Objects
  • Module 3: Offline Business – Animated Objects
  • Module 4: Offline Business – Static Objects
  • Module 5: Health & Fitness – Animated Objects
  • Module 6: Health & Fitness – Static Objects
  • Module 7: Relationships – Animated Objects
  • Module 8: Relationships – Static Objects
  • Module 9: Home & Kitchen – Animated Objects
  • Module 10: Home & Kitchen – Static Objects
  • Module 11: General – Animated Objects
  • Module 12: General – Static Objects

Motion Objects animated video objects sample(Motion Objects animated video objects sample)

All objects work on Mac and Windows environments and come in 4 different formats: 3 animated (MOV, SWF, GIF), plus 1 static PNG. These graphics can be used anywhere, even uploaded straight to WordPress and inserted directly into your pages and posts. Video training is also provided on how to edit the templates.

The graphics collection comes with personal rights, allowing you to use these images in all of your own video projects. A developer’s license is also available if you plan to use the images in client videos.

More info: Motion Objects

WordPress Video Tools

If your site runs on WordPress, see this section for video-related plugins: WordPress Media Plugins.

Additionally, see the resources below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to add videos to WordPress and more WordPress video plugins:

Video Courses For Beginners – Media

The video courses below are ideal for beginners (note: you can access all of the video courses below with a single all-access pass):

Video Marketing - WPMasterclasses.comVideo Marketing

Learn useful strategies and practical methods that will help you improve your sales and conversions using video marketing.

More info: Video Marketing

YouTube Marketing - WPMasterclasses.comYouTube Marketing

Learn how to drive more traffic to your site and more customers to your business by getting your videos to rank higher on YouTube and on Google’s search results.

More info: YouTube Marketing

For more video courses, see this section: Digital Business Video Courses

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