"Having the aspiration to be memorable is easy. The hard part is creating a crisp message you want others to articulate when you're no longer in the room."
- Carmen Simon, Author of 'Impossible to Ignore'
This week we're going to look at WHITEBOARD ANIMATION VIDEOS and ideas for using these types of video in your marketing.
Also called explainer videos, this form of video marketing is a great because it's simple in its' approach and is one way of succinctly getting your message across. It's also easier if you're on a budget, especially if you want to get across a number of short messages over a set period of time.
Whiteboard videos are different to standard video story productions and are less complex when in comes to story creation and production. With whiteboard animation videos, the viewer is visually engaged through the use of text and images that are 'cartoon-like' in appearance. This is achieved by using a multitude of drawings strung together to give the appearance that things are moving, just in the same way that cartoons are produced on TV. Even though the process of creating these drawings in the background is complex, the way in which the drawings are projected, gives the impression of simplicity to keep the overall message very clear, concise and easy to follow for the viewer. It also adds an element of play and gives a lighthearted and upbeat feeling, adding to its' appeal.
Now whiteboard animation videos are not the magic bullet when it comes to video. You really need to think of why you would use whiteboard videos in your marketing. What type of business or industry is your business in? What is your objective and would a whiteboard video suit that objective? So to help you decide whether whiteboard videos would suit your business, here are a couple of ways in which to use whiteboard videos to create maximum interest and engagement and that may benefit your business.
Simple Story Telling
We don't always need to tell stories with complexity, in the same way that say a video story production may do. Sometimes, the story we need to tell is less about creating visual drama or emotion, and more about showing or drawing out one element of a story and then 'explaining' how that element (product or service that you provide) solves a problem. This whiteboard animation video is a story about Joe who is starting his own business, and who by using a whiteboard video production business to create his video, finally experiences success. It's a marketing video for the video production company that specialises in animation video, but the point about the video is how the story is created to get their message across.
Storytelling whiteboard videos are ideal to use on your 'home page' or 'about me' page as a bit of an introduction and to help create a connection and build trust with your prospective customers. The attraction of using whiteboard videos as opposed to 'tallking head' videos, is that you as the business owner don't need to physically be in the video. And if you have a business or are in an industry where the story is built around a 'touchy' or controversial topic, whiteboard videos are a fantastic way to introduce the topic in a way that's more pallatable to the viewer.
Here's a link to a great little video called Healthy Relationships, which tells the story of a fictional character, Kiah, to make young aboriginal girls aware of the danger signs to watch out for in controlling and abusive relationships. Not an easy topic to talk about, but by using a whiteboard video to tell this story, it's made the topic more approachable and the information easier to digest for the viewer. You'll also notice that the message is strongly targeted at young aboriginal girls, so the language used and the pictures speak directly to that market in a way that they would get the message and relate. So that's something to take into consideration - who is your target audience?
Showing a Process & Education
One of the most effective ways of using whiteboard animation videos is to show our viewers 'how to do something'. Sometimes what you may need to do as a business is less about telling a story and more about showing interested viewers how to complete a task or take them through a process. Whether that's explaining how to use your product, if it's something that's technical and requires a step-by-step approach or whether it's about delivering them content that's all about teaching, educating and providing them knowledge about your area of expertise. If you're thinking of providing online courses, you could use explainer videos to get certain points across to your audience who have signed up for your course.
In this explainer video called How Whiteboard Video Technology Works in Education, the narrator talks about the use of explainer or 'scribe' videos for delivering information and the statistics around the popularity and also the increase in memory retention when it comes to information absorption - perfect for those businesses who want to use video to educate their audience. You don't have to watch this entire video, in order to get an idea about the effectiveness of whiteboard videos for delivering information that's more technical in its' structure, in order to make it easy to understand.
Within these two methods of using whiteboard animation videos, the ways in which you can utilise these methods is numerous. It just takes a little thought and imagination as to how you can use whiteboard videos in your marketing.
And lastly, how do you create your own whiteboard videos?
There are basically two ways. The first and most affordable way is to do it yourself using Whiteboard Animation Software. There are too many of these software programs to go through individually, but what I would recommend if you are wanting to purchase software, is to do a google search on 'whiteboard animation videos' or 'whiteboard animation video software', and you'll be given a ton of information. It's just a matter of going through them and researching which ones are going to suit your particular needs and skills level, your objectives and your budget. You should also consider how often you would use this software to create videos before you make a purchase.
And the other way is to enlist the services of a video production company that specialises in whiteboard animation videos. You can do a google search in the same way you would for whiteboard animation software to find a business to do this for you. Keeping in mind that by enlisting a company to do this, will increase the costs, but you need to weigh up the benefits of using such a company that is experienced in creating these types of video. Here's a link to a video production business that specialises in whiteboard animation videos, called Yum Yum videos. They provide some great articles and information on what you need to consider before you begin creating these types of video.
So today, I hope this post has helped you understand a little more about Whiteboard Videos and how you can possibly use them to promote your products and services. And remember to look out for next week's post, which will be the last post in the series, '6 Simple Types of Video to Showcse Your Business', where we take a look at one of the most popular and effective types of video called 'VLOGS'.
Not too sure how to use video in your business marketing? Why not book a time for a 20 minute Discovery Session via phone or skype to discuss your particular business and how video can help it grow, on 0488 723 673 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ciao for now...
Kerry :) x
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