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"Here are 9 insider tips for creating a killer explainer video that clearly describes your business and drives more sales.
1. It’s All About the Script:
A well written script is the key to a successful explainer video. It’s the foundation upon which everything else is built. In most cases, it helps to have an “outsider” write the script. Choose someone who can take a fresh look at your company and explain it in a way that anyone can understand.
2. The Shorter the Better:
According to writer and creative director, Helen Klein Ross, “the less you say, the more likely people are to remember.” We realize you have a lot you want to tell people about your business, but this video is meant to be an overview, the “hook” that gets people interested in taking the next step.
The typical rule of thumb in the industry is 150 words per minute.
3. KISS (Keep it Simple Silly):
Good explainer videos focus on 4 simple things:
- The problem – Address the pain your customers are having (0:00-0:20)
- The solution – Introduce your product or service as the answer (0:20-0:25)
- How it works – Briefly describe how it works or how to get started (0:25-0:50)
- A call to action – Tell people what to do next (0:50-0:60)
4. Benefits, not Features:
It’s the benefits that really matter to customers.
Instead of droning on about technical nonsense, tell people how your product or service is going to make their lives better.
5. Use a Professional Voice:
There are plenty of options out there, but a good place to start is Voices.com.
6. Have Some Fun:
It’s important to develop a video that resonates with your audience. But we’ve found that regardless of who’s watching one thing is always true – people love to be entertained.
Adding something a little different to your video, whether it’s humor, a surprise, or something downright wacky, can go a long way.
7. Visuals are Secondary:
The key is using visuals that help illustrate the story and reinforce the voiceover. You’re not looking to create the next Avatar. In fact, too much detail and whizbang visual effects can distract from the message
8. Set the Tone with Music:
Most of the time we research music after the video is complete, locating a tune that fits the mood. We often use services like Premiumbeat.com, Tunefruit, or audiojungle that have thousands of options for $100 or less.
9. Plan for the Launch:
A successful video launch consists of 3 things:
- Select a video host...
- Have a marketing plan...
- Integrate the video on your website..."
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Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Jon Turino