Ellie Edwards, creative director at Bower Films, a Bath-based video production company gives her top tips to keep your video content engaging this year.
Keep it snappy. Short (but content rich) footage is generally better. Studies suggest around 90 seconds is optimum for most promo videos, with engagement often dropping sharply around the two minute mark.
Pay attention to sound. Audiences are far more forgiving of bad shots than they are poor audio.
Use music. The right music track can really enrich video, much like good accessories pull together an outfit. It’s best to use credible music libraries to avoid copyright issues -if you’re on a tight budget choose one which asks for a credit instead of charging.
Plan your narrative before you shoot. What do you want to convey to the audience? Having impressive shots is not enough – to resonate with your viewers you need a strong message.
Choose a great background. Position yourself somewhere interesting which reflects what you do. A nondescript office setting is a big turnoff for viewers, so get inventive!
Use the power of recommendation. Ask a satisfied customer to give you a testimonial on film.It’s the most authentic and persuasive form of video marketing you can harness.
Work within your comfort zone. Talking directly to the camera can be very engaging, but if you find it awkward, don’t force it. Ask someone to sit next to the camera and ask you questions, so your gaze is towards them. This feels more natural and will help you relax.
Reversion your content. You’ve put in the hard work to create great footage, so don’t stop at using it just once. Re-edit it to make shorter teasers for social media.
Include a call to action at the end. Make it easy and clear for the viewer to know what to do next.
Use captions. According to Facebook this increases average video view time by 12%. Captions also boost SEO – they tell search bots what your video content is about, so it can be indexed and ranked within search results.