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Explainer videos are an essential marketing and communications option for introducing your company or products to potential customers. However, not all explainer videos are created equal and many miss the mark. Continue reading for five examples of how you can create an engaging explainer video that gets your point across.

Get the Length Right
A great explainer video grabs your attention and keeps it until the very end. It’s likely that you have quite a lot you’d like to say but try to keep it concise by sticking to the key value propositions. The audience will remember the overall “why” of the video. Communicate what is possible with the solution – keep it short, but no shorter.

Make Your Case Early
You shouldn’t be waiting until the end of your explainer video to state your key message, even if it’s only a couple minutes long. The longer you wait to tell viewers what the video is about the more likely you are to lose their attention. It’s okay to have an intro where you set the stage or create tension but get to the key value propositions early.

Develop a Narrative
Despite how short they may be, explainer videos still need a strong story to be compelling, even if the viewer doesn’t realize there is one. Begin by presenting a problem. Then introduce your product as the solution and explain why it will help. Finally, close it out with a strong call to action that lets viewers know what they should do next.

Choose the Right Music
The choice of music will be critical for driving engagement as it sets the tone for the entire video. What do you want viewers to feel while watching? Excitement? Anxiety? Whatever it may be, choosing the right music is the surest way to get the reaction you’re looking for.

Focus on Benefits
Try to remember that this isn’t a product demo video. It will be tempting to list off every feature that your product offers, but it’s better to stick to the benefits instead. Benefits are what will resonate the most and compel interested viewers to learn more.

A well-made explainer video can be one of the most useful tools for communicating critical information about a company and its products. For some specific examples of great explainer videos, check out Viewstream and our award-winning explainer videos page.

Viewstream Video Marketing A well-crafted video marketing campaign can be extremely helpful when it comes to promoting your brand and products. Keep reading to learn the top four reasons why video marketing can have such a big impact.

The ROI of Video
Engaging explainer videos can help move customers through the funnel and convert leads. Embedding videos on your site can boost conversion rates by up to 80%, and emails that feature video content increase click-through rates by as much as 96% [1].

Videos Help Boost SEO
Videos result in users spending more time on your site, an important factor for increasing search ranking. Google in particular boosts websites that link back to YouTube videos [2]. Video sharing will also have the effect of generating more inbound links, another critical metric for SEO.

Mobile Users Prefer Video
More than half of YouTube video content is watched on mobile devices, and for Twitter, that number is over 90%! It’s just easier to watch than reading when using a mobile device. Given that over 47% of internet traffic is mobile [3], these platforms demand more attention from marketers than ever before.

Quality Video Generates a Response
Compared to text or audio, video is able to get the point across quickly and makes it easier to promote immediate action from viewers. When someone sees that you’ve taken the time and effort required to create a quality video it adds an extra level of authenticity to your brand.

Quality video content can be an important asset for increasing brand awareness and promoting immediate action. Check out Viewstream’s Explainer Video page to see just how impactful video marketing can be, and contact us today to get started on your own campaign!

[1] https://www.smartinsights.com/digital-marketing-platforms/video-marketing/measuring-roi-on-video-marketing-campaigns-infographic/
[2] https://www.stonetemple.com/how-youtube-videos-rank-in-google
[3] https://www.statista.com/statistics/277125/share-of-website-traffic-coming-from-mobile-devices/

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Marketing evolves down funnel
In the Customer Experience era, there is a growing need for content at the later stages of the funnel, including Customer Success, retention and sales enablement. The data shows the post-sales interaction impacts LTCV and marketers need to be included to generate high quality and brand coordinated content.

The Revenue Org
The great divide between Marketing and Sales is finally coming to an end—aligning in the “revenue” org. Carpe Diem!

Video
Video is the king of content, but other formats like eBooks, blogs, customer content, are just as relevant. Video is also a good format to try some new things. What’s in your content maps?

One to one
One to one Marketing is the new normal. ABM is what got us here. You ought to be targeting down to the contact level in your marketing. If you’re not tackling precision, personalized marketing, you’re still in the billboard era.

Media
Let the “marks” pay the price in social media. Savvy marketers’ arbitrage against the newbies by triangulating first party data, contextual targeting and firmographics. Don’t ignore the “legacy” online publishers. Publishers are hurting in the “brave new” social media world, where there are deals and audiences to be discovered.

Personalization
All our campaign data shows personalization generates better results. Personalization can occur at many different levels, including industry or firmographic segmentation.

Customer Videos
Viewstream has invented a new way to capture customer content using Facebook portals. It’s very high quality, and best of all significantly reduces the costs of video testimonials.

Challenge Everything
Viewstream has a new core value: Challenge Everything! This is the year to challenge the way things have always been done. Try new things. Iterate. Experiment. Exercise your marketing muscle! Let’s work on some new and innovative programs. Together.