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Stop Your Video From Being Hijacked

Everyone knows video marketing is amazing:

  • It can add the wow factor to your online presence
  • It will set you apart from everyone else
  • It offers a ‘face’ behind the brand
  • It’s a great way to explain complex ideas in a simple way
  • There’s a good chance it could go viral, boosting your exposure online exponentially

That’s all great, but what happens in your organisation when you decide to put a video together?

Probably one of the first things is to find yourself a good video marketing company who can help turn your vision into a winning video. But how do you come up with your vision in the first place?

Too make cooks…

If you are a large company, the chances are you’ll have a team of people involved in the project.

There’ll be someone to lead and coordinate everything and then several others who will all have a say in what happens.

But what happens when someone, who has his or her own agenda, hijacks your team?

Before you get started it’s vital you all agree on:

  • Who your target audience are
  • What they want to know
  • How it will be conveyed to them
  • What the theme of your video will be
  • Whether it will be animated, voice over, using an actor, interviewing members of staff etc.
  • How long it will be

…and that you stick to your ideas.

It’s very easy to get carried away. Creating a new video is exciting stuff, but that can lead to random ideas being thrown about that end up taking your project off course resulting in a video that one team member loves, but everyone else (including your audience) hates.

If it becomes apparent that someone is driving the project off course, stop.

Go back to your original outline and ask yourself:

  • Will this appeal to our target market?
  • Is it addressing their needs?
  • Is it conveying the message we want to get across?

If the answer to any of those is ‘no’, it’s time to steer the project back on course.

When putting a video together it’s essential you have a goal and that you stick to it.

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you can see things heading off track. The video exists to promote your business not the egos within it.

As a complete aside, we thought you’d like to take a look at our latest video. Our aim was to show our audience the benefits of using the services of a professional copywriter – what do you think?

Author: Sally Ormond, Copywriter and MD at Briar Copywriting Ltd. Follow her on Twitter and Google+

How to Create a Corporate Video that Sells

What springs to mind when you think corporate video?Corporate Video

  • Panoramic views of a factory?
  • Shots of sign-written lorries driving past the camera?
  • Views of a group of workers looking studious?

Unfortunately, that’s how a lot of them turn out, which let’s face it is pretty boring.

We’ve said this time and time again on this blog, but are willing to get back on our soapbox again; the only way to engage with your audience (regardless of the type of marketing – website, newsletter, email, brochure etc.) is to stop talking about yourself and to concentrate instead on your customer and what you can do for them.

The same applies for corporate videos, which means forget about the arty shots of your premises and the booming voice that announces “We’re been in business since the start of time…” because, guess what, your audience couldn’t give two hoots about any of that.

So, that means you’ve got to get creative.

Video marketing

First up, let’s think about the premise for your video. We’ve already said that it’s a bad idea to create something that shouts about you.

To get your creative juices flowing think about what it is that you do and how that helps your customers. Then consider producing a scenario that highlights the benefits of your service. That could be in the form of a cartoon, animation, or a situation filmed using actors.

If you’re thinking hang on a minute, when do we get a mention in all of this, you do, just subtly.

Right at the end of the video you need to add a strong call to action highlighting that if the viewer wants to have the same wonderful experience as the actor/animation/cartoon character they need to get in touch with you – but slightly more creatively than that.

Powerful videos on a budget

If your budget won’t quite stretch to something like that, how about video testimonials from happy customers?

That way you reduce your production costs, help out your customers (with a bit of free exposure) and by getting them to shout about you, you get your message across without sounding pompous.

The power of this type of corporate video comes down to the script writing – not what your clients say, but how you frame their comments within the video.

Video scripts – making them hit home hard

Whatever you do, don’t try to script the testimonials – they need to ‘come from the heart’ otherwise they’ll come across as contrived and insincere. But the script that introduces them should be very carefully written.

This is your opportunity to set the scene and outline:

  • The issues your client had
  • Why they chose you
  • How your product/service helped them
  • The impact it’s had on their business
  • How it is helping them to move their business forward

Have you noticed something?

None of the items in that list talk about your company directly; they all concentrate on how you helped your customer.  Clever eh?

Then the client’s testimonial will give a fuller account in his or her own words.

You see powerful corporate videos are quite easy to produce. If you have big bucks you can go to a creative agency and produce something epic, but by using these techniques any business can produce a video that really packs a punch without delivering a knock out blow to your marketing budget.


Sally Ormond, Copywriter and MD at Briar Copywriting Ltd

How To Go Viral With Your Marketing

“OK, this is it lads. We’re going to create a viral video for our latest project. Any ideas?”

Well, if that’s how you think the process starts to create viral marketing for your business, you couldn’t be more wrong.

For a start, you can’t make something go viral – that’s the public’s job.

What is viral marketing?

Well it’s a way of using social networks to promote brand awareness (or boost sales) through a self-replicating viral process. Which means that you create something others love and feel compelled to share with their friends…who then share it with their friends…who then share it with their friends…who then share it with their friends….you get the idea.

And that is precisely why you can’t ‘make’ a viral video, image, eBook etc.

Qualities of viral marketing

The only way you’re going to make your piece of marketing go ‘viral’ is by creating an emotional connection with your view/reader.

Someone isn’t going to share your collateral just because you ask him/her to; it has to resonate with them and compel them to click the share button or talk about it to their friends.

There are no rules to say it has to be funny, gimmicky or super clever – it just has to evoke an emotional response.

OK, that kind of leaves the door wide open, but quite often the simplest ideas are the best.

Whether it’s a demonstration that captures the imagination like Blendtec’s ‘Will it blend an iPhone, the clever Honda ‘The Cog’ sequence, or the wonderful Cadbury’s Gorilla advert, your idea just has to capture the imagination of your audience.

That means studying your audience, studying your product (and the relationship between the two) and then working out which emotional connections your brand needs to make to kick-start the immediate ‘need to share’ reflex.

With the country gripped by Olympic fever, this has to be my favourite video on YouTube at the moment. OK, it’s not a product or a sales pitch, but it captures the excitement of a nation:

Reaction of the BBC commentary team as Mo Farah wins with 10,000 metres in London 2012.

What’s your favourite?

We’d love to compile an ‘all time favourites’ list of viral marketing, so leave a comment below with details of the one that captured imagination – and tell us why.


Video Marketing – How to Go Viral

We’ve all seen them – videos that are produced by companies to market their products that go viral. They’re viewed thousands of times by people all over the world. People talk about them and share them through social media.

So how do they do it?

Why is it their video goes global but yours remains unloved on YouTube?

Stop marketing

Stop marketing – are you serious?”

Yes I am.

Think of marketing as a whole rather than just relating to video marketing.

Do you like getting cold calls or unsolicited mail shots?

Probably not – and if you don’t why do you think your customers do?

Here’s a news flash for you, they don’t like it. They don’t like being disturbed during the day by a company they’ve never heard of before trying to sell them something. They don’t like having their inbox cluttered with unsolicited emails and they don’t like getting piles of junk mail.

They would rather you engaged them, got to know them, help them with advice and tips. They can then get to know you, get to like you and get to trust you. That’s when they may decide to do business with you.

OK, going back to video marketing, what do you think a successful video should be like?

A) One that harps on about your company all the time

B) One that makes an emotional connection with the viewer

It’s the emotional connection that will make people want to share your video. Here are a couple of examples of companies that used their videos in precisely that way. They are not blatant adverts – they offer the viewer entertainment and a few laughs which in turn made thousands of people share them offering the companies a perpetual marketing machine.

Samsung’s video which took a novel approach to promoting its LED TVs

Bensons for Beds unique way of promoting their products

T Mobile

A whole new way of thinking

Many companies go wrong because they continue to use the old fashioned advertisement within the new social media context.

Social media is all about engagement not direct selling.

When you use video marketing, Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform you must learn to talk to people. Success in these new marketing arenas is all about engaging them, conversing with them, and building relationships.

Your videos shouldn’t be seen as TV adverts, they have to give the viewer something.

Plus, if you want people to share your video make it easy for them. Upload it to YouTube, provide a link to share. If you don’t what was the point in creating the video?

So next time you create a corporate video, forget the direct sell and your company and think about your viewer. Give them something they can engage with, enjoy and want to share with others. That’s when you’ll benefit from viral marketing.

Sally Ormond – freelance copywriter

Branch Out Into Video Marketing

video marketingThere’s still a lot of 2011 to get through so why not take this opportunity to offer your consumers something new.

I’m sure by now you’re beginning to dabble in the wonderful world of social media – tipping your toes in Facebook and Twitter. But perhaps now’s the time to consider a new vein of marketing that will compliment your social media activities.

What am I talking about?

Video marketing.

I have already looked at why you should have video on your website, but this post is more concerned with the logistics behind video marketing.

A recent post on socialmediaexaminer.com called “5 Steps To Achieve Success With Video Marketing” talked about what you need to think about when moving into the video marketing arena.

Apart from how you’re going to create your videos and how you’re going to distribute them it’s very important to think about who will feature in your videos.

Whoever you get to  take centre stage must be:

  • Personable
  • Dynamic
  • Interesting

If they are monotone and have the appearance of a 1970s Open University Maths lecturer, they aren’t going to captivate and inspire your audience.

Once you’ve got your presenter(s) organised you then have to think about the content.

To get people to watch your videos you have to give them what they want, so ask them. Survey your colleagues and customers to find out what they want to learn about; what they will find useful. Once you have that sorted, how are you going to distribute your videos?

Leveraging the power of social media – YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, is a great way to gain exposure quickly.

To learn more about video marketing and how to go it well, pop over to Social Media Examiner by clicking the clink above and take your marketing strategy to a new level in 2011.

Sally Ormond is a freelance copywriter who creates compelling and persuasive copy for all online and off line marketing needs including video scripts.