Creating video content for your business is one of the best ways to expand your reach and engage with your audience. If done correctly, video marketing can yield a multitude of benefits — from boosting website traffic to increasing those all-important sales figures.

To help you get off on the right foot, here are a few handy tips that will increase the chances of viewers taking action after seeing your video. Read these, then start creating effective marketing videos for your business!

Keep it short

Internet users crave content that is short and to the point. Reports show that 45% of viewers stop watching a video after one minute, so try to keep your video content less than 60 seconds. 30 seconds is even better!

If your video is more of a long-form educational piece, consider cutting it up into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Making your video into a series will keep your viewers coming back for more.

Choose one specific focus

Have one clear message for each video. If your video doesn’t give your viewers a definite takeaway, you’ll lose their interest and approval. Try to focus on one particular benefit of your product or service. You can always save any other ideas for your next video!

Keeping a key objective in mind will help you to maintain focus and direction when developing a concept for your video. What’s the one thing you want the viewer to do after watching?

Get to the point

We live in an age of low attention spans and immediate gratification. Studies have shown that 20 percent of people click away from a video within the first 10 seconds if the content isn’t engaging enough, so put your key message towards the beginning. This means cutting out lengthy intros and fancy animated sequences that delay your message. Nobody cares about your company at this point!

Include your call-to-action before your viewers lose interest

Every video you upload has the potential to navigate a viewer to your website, drive them to watch another video, persuade them to download an ebook or encourage them to sign up for an email newsletter.

Add a relevant call-to-action in a clear and contextual manner — maybe as a lower third or clickable button — but don’t wait until the end of the video or you will lose a large proportion of valuable leads, sales or clicks. Very few people will watch your video right to the very end!

Remember, it’s about them, not you!

Creating effective marketing videos for your business means thinking about the customer. Present information that is useful or interesting to your viewers. It’s not about the history of your company, your team or all the awards you’ve received; it’s about the value you can provide.

Put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Show that you understand and empathise with their wants and needs. Instead of reeling off all the awesome features of your product, demonstrate how it can solve a common problem they might have.

Tell your viewers a story

Avoid creating a video that resembles a force-fed sales pitch. You should be looking to entertain and engage your audience!

Delivering your message in the form of a story will make your video more memorable and create an emotional connection between customer and company. If you can get your viewer to really feel something, they are more likely to respond to your call-to-action.

Take full advantage of social media

Uploading your video to YouTube and embedding it on your website isn’t going to unleash the full potential of video marketing. Maximise your video’s reach by sharing it on all social media platforms, but don’t just post a link to the YouTube video and be done with it!

One size doesn’t fit all, so get creative and do something a little different on each platform. This could mean experimenting with different lengths, edits, captions and hashtags. But, above all else, be sure to upload your video directly to each platform. Native videos get prioritised by social media algorithms, so will get more views!

Need help with creating effective marketing videos for your business? Let me know? I’m the CEO & Founder of video production agency Stada Media. You can get in touch with me directly here.