John Lincoln (MBA) is CEO of Ignite Visibility (a 2017, 2018 & 2019 Inc. 5000 company) a highly sought-after digital marketing strategist, industry speaker and author of two books, "The Forecaster Method" and "Digital Influencer." Over the course of his career, Lincoln has worked with over 1,000 online businesses ranging from small startups to amazing clients such as Office Depot, Tony Robbins, Morgan Stanley, Fox, USA Today, COX and The Knot World Wide.
Regardless of where you’re posting or how you’re using them, you want to hook your audience fast. In most cases, you have about 2-3 seconds to hook the viewer and pique their interest. Make sure that at the very beginning of your video you offer something that will intrigue the viewer to continue watching, aka the “hook”. Otherwise, they will scroll on past to the next thing in their newsfeed.
For the most part, marketers today are no longer taking a pitching type of approach - the reason? There’s simply too much choice out there. Consumers and businesses simply don't’ need to be sold to; instead, they’re doing a quick internet search to find the best product in their neighbourhood or even in the world where they’ll proceed to order it online.
I think one of the easiest ways to do it is actually when you’re going to do a review video. So if you’re reviewing a specific product, I would link to that product so your viewers can actually go purchase that product as well, especially if it’s something that you love. That’s probably the easiest way to integrate affiliate links. And it’s also a great way to monetize any video that’s not sponsored. So any time you have favorite things or your favorite products or reviews, you can throw in an affiliate link to help people know where to find the product you’re talking about.
Remember to include a number with each goal. This can change as you learn more but it’s always essential to make realistic and tangible goals rather than theoretical ones to monitor your success. For example, how many more followers do you want? How much are you willing to spend per conversion? To make more informed objectives, check out industry benchmarks to see what numbers you should be reaching. Don’t be afraid to adjust your goals as you gain more experience.
Survey your followers. You may have a big email list of fans who may not yet be customers. Use a simple tool like Polldaddy or SurveyMonkey to ask your followers one question: What challenge would you like us to help you solve? Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and lead blogger at Spin Sucks, has some great advice on surveying your audience in this episode of The Actionable Marketing Podcast.
Here’s what you want to notice: What ads are they running? How are they approaching their customers? What’s more, what seems to be working and what isn’t? A common strategy among large corporations is to look at the competition and follow suit. Consider, how many times you see a cluster of fast food joints. Where McDonald’s appears, Burger King is never too far and, suddenly you have three or four places to source your hamburger. Great for us, more competition for them.
54 percent of people like to watch a video rather than just hearing audio or even reading words. And 69 percent of the people prefer to get the idea of a product or service through a video. Thus, videos are the best medium to play with. It creates interest, appeal, engagement and doing what target audience like will make the target audience do what you like. This engagement could be directly or indirectly impactful to your business sales and customer base creation.
Following a formula can help you write keyword-rich titles that people still want to click. The formula uses the pattern shown in this video by Gillette. Start the title with a broad category (How to Shave). Then add your main keyword with a compelling reason to click (Shaving Tips for Men). If your video is for a brand, add the brand name at the end (Gillette).
What you create is important, how you create is also important but where you get it live is even more important. And this is what should also be a part of your video marketing strategy. Your platform should be the one that suits you best, the one where your maximum target market could access and the one that brings you the value against your efforts. In the next section, you can find a detailed guide about video marketing platforms that you can consider.
YouTube doesn’t get as much attention from marketers, or on social media news sites, as some of the other platforms do. That’s probably because people aren’t really on YouTube to share content—they come to view it, just like they visit a blog to read a post. The good news for brands is this means when someone arrives on your YouTube channel, they’re ready to hear what you have to say. When approached correctly, marketing on YouTube can provide plenty of ROI.
LinkedIn groups are communities on LinkedIn with a specialized focus. For example, below are the results for “video marketing” groups. Join relevant groups and add thoughtful and helpful tips to grow your network and build a professional community.As you can see, there are several options to choose from. Each group is made up of individuals and companies who are interested in video marketing in one way or another. Similar searches will yield similarly helpful results. For example, if your business produces a time management app for business productivity, you might search “time management” in groups to find the most relevant professional network. See the results below. LinkedIn Groups provide you with the opportunity to join a tightly focused collection of individuals and companies who are connected to your industry. From here, you can network with colleagues and prospects, as well as share and promote your content.
…Then videos let you to tell quite a story. This kind of potential has led to companies using video marketing to do a lot more than the original functions of increasing brand awareness and promoting a product or service. Not only has it evolved into a key way of increasing engagement on social channels, but video marketing is also now an invaluable way of establishing a human connection with your customers.
Like anything else, it’s hard to know what success looks like if you don’t have goals to meet. Your goals will help dictate which platform to begin your video marketing efforts. Facebook, for example, is built for engagement and conversions and Twitter is best used to start a conversation and drive traffic to external sites. When creating your video marketing strategy, consider both the goal of the campaign and the best uses of the platform you’re distributing on.
We have always considered that live streams are only for matches and stuff that are going on around us. But guess what this is now also used for marketing purposes and it is expected to grow more than you think. Live streaming of product launch, reviews and company productions and operations can become a great idea for your video marketing. This can include Facebook live, interviews, webinars, and explainer videos that could be shown to the world through live streaming.