(VIDEO) How any company can communicate their key messages with video
Online video is a powerful communication tool. After a face-to face meeting, it’s the best way to communicate – to tell a story, visually and with emotion…and now with mobile it’s a preferred communication medium!Â If your goals are to boost awareness, educate or covert sales, online video* should be your new best friend*. Don’t believe me? Well, how else are you making it easy for audiences to understand your core messages and get excited?
As an example, here’s a short example of how a Silicon Valley server company called SeaMicro is helping the world understand it’s core value proposition and the issues their revolutionary servers help solve.
This is a somewhat basic example. It consists of a handful of interviews, some extra ‘b-roll’ footage and music, all edited together to give the audience a picture of the business landscape that SeaMicro exists in and the opportunity it presents.
This straightforward but stylized format works forÂ a number of reasons:
By using a âproblem-solutionâ story structure, you can help your audience engage emotionally in an issue that they experience and get them excited about the solution. Itâs this emotional dimension that helps make video so powerful.
The power of interviews cannot be overstated in a B2B environment, particularly when interviewing a client and/or partner. Humans are finely attuned to be able to read the tiny expressions of the face and have a sensitive âB.S. filterâ. We can just tell when a client is genuinely satisfied in an interview. Â The persuasive power of testimonials for B2B is arguably the best way to demonstrate effectiveness.Â Itâs worth asking yourself âHow else might a prospect become convinced?â
By scheduling a handful of interviews in a one or two day shoot, youâll be able to get the professional qualities of a well shot, lit and conducted interview while minimizing the high costs of production days with a full crew.
Once the interviews have been conducted (and perhaps after the edit has begun) it may become clear that some additional footage might help make the piece shine. Typically we find that the interview clips that we actually end up using will touch on some specific mentions that would be ideal to be able to show with some visuals. For example, if an interviewee mentions how small their servers are, it would be great to be able to show the audience that evidence visually.
By using modern and upbeat music and editing, itâs possible to energize the audience and build excitement. This positive energy can lay the foundation for a chemical reaction in the mind so when your main messages are being communicated they will be painted in a more favorable light.
In order to have an interesting and engaging story, itâs important to have a variety of footage besides the interviews that both helps move the story along and set the mood. Â Without this âb-rollâ footageâ youâll be left with a dreaded âtalking headâ interview. If you have enough time and budget, the best videos have enough creative development time built in to the schedule to develop the concept and visual metaphor to help engage emotion and drive the key messages home.
These are just a few of the reasons that this ‘interview story’ format is so popular for corporate videos. Ultimately, the return on investment is the views and shares that you could earn. If the content is engaging enough for your audience to watch, share & like, they just might do so. The key is to respect your audience and give them something of unquestionable value…something that stands out against the noise.
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