Why Your Videos Need Heart: 5 Simple Tips for Video Marketing

On this episode of ProfitEngines, PracticeBloom CEO Matt Coffy talks about how to get the most out of your video marketing efforts. By following these 5 simple tips, you will get the most of your marketing spend.

Welcome to another episode of ProfitEngines. This is a video story and we’re doing a video on video stories today because we have a lot of questions coming from our audience and a lot of the practitioners on the medical side that we work with and a lot of companies who are non-medical asked about how do we correctly identify the workings of a proper video strategy.

I’m going to go through just a couple of ideas and what I want to get across is the simplicity of this. The video really works when it has a hook. And the hook can be non-necessary an offer. But something unique within the video. So if you have an offer, that’s great but that’s at the end.

What we’re trying to do is get a sort of a poke at what makes people make an initial incarnation of watching a video and that hook might actually be the title of the video. There might be some action up front in the video. There might even be something that’s breaking the fourth wall of a video where someone basically steps away, comes back in and this type of motion, especially in Facebook, really gets people to actually stop and look.

So the critical components of getting that hook in and that can also be within the play out of the video. But really we’re trying to think of the party. We’re not trying to do a selling routine in the video. Selling is really the antithesis of not what you want to do on video. You really want to come across as authentic. And have something of interest and educate and at the end then you can pivot your story to your offer or your strategy for what you’re trying to get across as a service or product. But what we really want to think about is starting to educate the customer with emotional detail. Especially if you’re using what we consider the strongest is testimonials.

Real testimonials and they don’t have to be professionally shot. They just need to tell the story of let’s say someone’s before and after. Very powerful because you’re going to try and catch people when they’re really kind of at that process mode of making a decision. A lot of the testimonial videos work very well at the end of a process of educating a consumer or a patient.

What you think about this is your story or the story of you. Meaning your particular problem or your condition or whatever it might be that is why you would stop and watch the video. You have to think about that story and create educate and have an aha moment. So really and a lot of them most successful videos we’ve shot for some of our customers. There’s an aha moment that goes through the process and it might be some text overlay to repeat the aha moment, that might be just a patient in a medical environment, coming to the conclusion of treatment. And then you see a bright shiny face. It might be a product or a demonstration of some sort of service that gets someone to you know to be in a better situation. After using the service or product and really looking at what we call juxtaposition.

So this juxtaposition is looking at another side of the story. You know before and after works very well because they tell a story in a short period of time and there’s some juxtaposition from where they started to where they ended. Same with services, before and afters in services work well. And this is where we see sharing. So a lot of the times when we see videos getting sharing started, they’ve created an emotional tie down within the framework of the video.

What you want to also do is have variants. So one of the things that have been working especially for some of the folks that we’ve got who are really into trying to build their brand up is using iPhone and rough motion which are interesting. So really having an iPhone or a Droid right up in front of their face and telling the story or talking about a news event or something that’s going to basically cut the pattern. The pattern interrupt in Facebook is something different that is not commercial based, TV-based, people want to see things that are going to create something that stops their thumb when like this. Right.

We also want to think about alternatives. Alternatives are really looking at some of the things that make sense in gender variations, age variations, and demo variations. So we could do male or female. Right, so people would identify with different types of genders. We can change age ranges so that we can hit different age populations and do the older or younger, middle age so that you have different variants or alternatives in your video strategy and then demo. Again so your demographic might be completely different, there might be some elements of luxury or elements of nonluxury related to the demographic.

So there are great ways to do alternatives and that’s really your sort of question mark factor is how many videos you want to do in this whole process of again having sort of like a center post emotional based video, some variance and then some alternatives based off of these different quadrants. Of all things, you really want to think about is the strategy of the journey of the customer or in some cases with medical, it’s the journey of the patient. For the journey of a customer, we want to use this acronym of heart.

So if you think of the customer’s heart, what’s going to change them from being unaware to aware and taking action. So we start with H. We want to think that H really is the unknown and I call it heedless. Right so they’re very almost neglecting whatever issue they might have or whatever problem they’re trying to solve and neglecting it and it’s oblivious to them. Right. They’re not in the awareness stage yet.

Once you hit them with a video or piece of content, you’re taking them next to being eager. So now that they’ve seen something that’s of interest and they’re aware. You now get them into eager. They’re going to start their information hunting and gathering and they’re going to go to Google and figure out what is this problem that I just got aware of and I have to think through it and gather my data. Right. So again these are all steps you can do in the video production and start to get those pieces of elements through it.

Next would be A. That’s the answer. So they’ve come through the informational gathering stage. They’ve now found multiple solutions or multiple conclusions to it. And there you have an answer. So they have an answer and this is where it becomes important.

R is the resolution of logical and emotional connection decision towards your solution. Right so this is the key component which is if you are doing these videos, you get them aware, you get them then eager and then you give them sort of what the answer to the question.

And you can you can pretty much guarantee that people are going to go bouncing back and forth between your solution or other solutions.

But if you give them a final resolution on your service or your product, now you’ve got an opportunity to get them and then finally we go to T, which is our offer or our tie down. Sometimes it’s a transaction or an appointment. And that is when you’ve got them closed and you’ve given them an offer and they’ve taken action. Taking action, tie down, transaction. They’re getting the offer. So really you’re taking them through completely unaware. From a headless standpoint or heedless standpoint, there’s no idea of the situation oblivious to all the way through to a transaction tied down or an offer.

So I hope this helps. Think about this in your video strategy and we’ll see in the next episode.