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Why You Need an Explainer Video (and How to Make One)

Why You Need an Explainer Video (and How to Make One)

In our visual-centric world the average attention span is eight seconds long, and video has taken center stage. Video greatly improves ROI and conversion rates, and is expected to account for 80 percent [1]of online traffic by 2019. Explainer videos are easy to produce and a great way to show people exactly who you are and what you do.

Has your company ever faced the challenge of marketing a product to solve a problem that your customers don’t even know they have? Dropbox did, but when they limited their website to a single explainer video, the video received more than 750,000 views in the first month, a 10 percent increase in conversion rates, and several thousand extra sign ups per day.

After analytics service Crazy Egg added an [2] explainer video to its website, the company made an additional $21,000 in monthly income. And social performance management company Rypple saw conversion rates increase by 20 percent after adding an explainer video to its website, which was viewed by approximately 30 percent of site visitors. Still not convinced?

Why you need an explainer video:

Indeed, a simple [4] explainer video is one of the best ways to present your value proposition in a digestible and engaging way. You are forced to compress your message and lose extraneous words and information. The visual and verbal cues contained in an explainer video facilitate all learning types, and up to 50 percent more retention.

Maybe you are interested in explainer video but, like many companies, put off or forego your video production efforts because you think it’s too expensive. But creating an explainer video is easier and more cost effective than you think. Explainer videos serve many purposes and can be produced in-house.

Types of explainer video

Explainer videos can cost from zero, for a testimonial or live action video, to up to $50,000 for stop motion videos.

How to Create an Explainer Video

A well-made [5] explainer video should capture attention every 20 words, or eight seconds. Think about how to best demonstrate your product or service when choosing a style. Airbnb simply used an actor talking interspersed with shots of their accommodations.

The most important part of your explainer video is the script. Some tips include:

You can use an explainer video on your Homepage, embed it in a blog post or share it on forums or Q-and-A sites. And the popularity of webinars offers many opportunities to nurture leads and increase subscribers with explainer video.

Explainer videos can be used within a webinar, or as the main event. Why wouldn’t you harness the power of a webinar to explain to customers what makes your product or service unique with a live demonstration? Like webinars, explainer videos are also great tools for repackaging content like white papers and case studies.

Explainer Video and Webinar Resources

Animation is exciting and interactive, and it and helps you clarify your ideas and make them more easily understood. If you don’t have VFX software or editing skills, RendrFX provides

customized automated video templates. Showbox offers animations and the ability to use any digital camera to shoot videos — choose from templates, texts, fonts and music. Also check out:

As webinars have become more popular, most self-service platforms are free for a limited time only. For additional support, services like ClickMeeting [8]will help you plan your presentation and even attract a targeted audience.

So what’s holding you back from making you own explainer video today?

Smartphone video [9] Photo via Shutterstock