Video Marketing for Small Local Businesses

 In SMB Marketing, Video Marketing

If you’ve been part of the small business world in the last few years, you’ve surely heard about the wonders of video marketing. Afterall, video drives a 157% increase in organic search engine results when embedded in your website, and 64% of consumers have said that video directly influenced their decision to purchase a product or service.

If you haven’t yet found yourself involved in the video content world and you’re a small business owner, now is the time. By 2021, video will represent 82% of internet traffic – which means that whoever doesn’t jump on board will be at a great disadvantage.

For those that haven’t yet delved into the world of video marketing, you may find yourself wondering – what exactly is video marketing? And more importantly, how do I get started?

What Exactly is Video Marketing?

Video marketing is the buzzword that’s going around the business world like the whispered rumors in high school hallways. But video marketing is much more than a buzzword. Today, it’s become the content strategy leader in the marketing world. This is because video is versatile, relatable, and memorable – and is the best way to reach a varied audience with a short attention span (which is an increasing problem with younger generations).

There is no way around it – video is the content of the future. The earlier you get started on your video content strategy, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

So what exactly does video marketing mean? Video marketing is the use of video with a specific content strategy and a specific goal in mind. Just as important as having videos for marketing purposes, is the knowledge of what kind of content to create – and where to put this content.

You may find that the best video strategy for you involves an explainer video, which shows what your company does. This great (and famous!) example by the Dollar Shave Club is a classic use of video marketing, to explain what the company is all about. Notice the use of comic relief in a serious advertisement – don’t be afraid to make your audience laugh!

Alternatively, you may find that a tutorial video explaining how to use your product is your best use of video marketing. Or, you may decide that your audience needs to better understand the industry you work in. What’s most important to understand is that as a small business owner, there are countless benefits to video marketing, and you won’t know which types of videos best fit your business until you try. And I’ll even let you in on a secret – there’s probably more than one!

Benefits of Video Marketing for Small Local Businesses

When you use video marketing for your small business, especially for small local businesses, you are doing yourself a huge favor – and the numbers prove it.

There really is no arguing when it comes to statistics, and as a small business with plenty of large businesses up against you, you’ll have to utilize video marketing to the best of your ability in order to keep up with the competition.

How can I improve my small business?

While video isn’t a miracle solution to all your business problems, video will absolutely allow you to empower and improve the position of your small business. Video can be used for almost anything. Start by presenting yourself on your website – just the simple addition of an explainer video, telling the world about what you do can increase your chances of appearing on the first page of a search by over 50 times! An explainer video (and really, any video content) is also a great opportunity to entertain. Take for example this video by PadMapper. By taking the comic route,  they make sure the audience is captivated from beginning to end of the video.

Explainer videos, however, are just the beginning. There are dozens of uses of video to improve your small or local business, and this is where video content marketing comes in. Thinking of a strategy, and knowing which types of content apply to your audience, is key to successfully using video marketing to your advantage.

What is video content marketing and why do I need it?

So what is video content marketing? Well, the answer to that question is that video marketing is what YOU make of it! With the resources available today, there’s really no limit to what video marketing can be. You can create video ads for your product or services, you can introduce your company through video, and you can show the world testimonials of the loyal customer base that you already have.

You’ll find that easy tools are also within reach – and in the palm of your hand! In recent years, video making has become more accessible even to the inexperienced, and can all be done on-the-go. Gone are the days of relying on knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Suite – today, anyone can download a simple app and get started with video content marketing. For those that have an understanding or background in editing, but want an app that doesn’t love power even though it’s on mobile, there’s Enlight Videoleap. For those completely new to the video content world, there’s Swish, which has a bunch of great templates that are easy to use.

Using these tools, or a number of others (there are a lot of choices) you’ll be able to start off and develop your video content strategy. Read on to find out more about the types of videos you should be making, and how they’ll help you grow your small business!

Types of Video Marketing & Video Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

The world of video marketing is endless – there are so many approaches you can take, and so many different goals you can achieve. You can teach your audience about your product or service, you can teach them how to use your product, or how your service is necessary to them, you can use videos for testimonials to give your prospective customer a real-life perspective, and you can teach your audience all about you, and why your small, local business is important.

Educational

Educational videos teach about something. Usually, when used in video marketing, these will either educate the audience about the company itself, or about something related to the company. A good example is this video, about a day in the life of a Grainger employee. Under this category are explainer videos, along with other types of videos that aim to teach about something.

If you’re providing a unique product or service that is not well understood, an educational video is your first step to securing an audience and captivating potential customers.

Product

Product videos highlight a product, often in creative ways. This allows viewers who have already seen something similar to still take interest – and will allow you to capture a spot in their mind. Take this video in Blendtec’s Will it Blend? series, which instead of talking about yet another blender, occupies the mind of the audience with an eccentric idea – what non-traditional items can this super-strong blender blend?

Product videos, specifically those that are out-of-the-box, are a great way for small local businesses to differentiate themselves from the competition if they are providing a product or service that isn’t novel or unique. For example, a coffee shop with a great product video will have much better luck bringing in customers than its competitors (which it is sure to have).

Testimonials

Testimonials are extremely important to any business – people are much more likely to trust a company if a peer, or someone having similar needs, recommends the business. While written testimonials have been around for a while, video testimonials are the new trend. These more relatable stories that put a voice and face to the name, and create a story, have great convincing power.

For example, check out this video, Why I Love Working at Wayfair, which is a fantastic testimonial video for hiring.

Instructional

Instructional videos will teach your audience how to use your product. These are more relevant to products rather than services, but can be applied to the latter as well (for example, a video on how to book an appointment!).

Often, business owners assume their product is straightforward, or that the written instructions are enough. Take a minute to think back – when is the last time you sat down and read a user manual? Now think about how much more likely you’d be to sit down and watch a short video to learn about your new purchase, instead of trying to figure it out on your own.

How to Use Video to Benefit Your Small Business

Video allows you to approach a story from all angles, and will give you a variety of ways to tell different parts of your story. Once you’ve made your goals clear in the customer’s mind, you’ll be well on your way to improving the position of your small business. Using the different types of videos above which are relevant to your business, you’ll be able to more clearly communicate with your potential clients, and you’ll be able to tell them a clear story – which will then be easy to pass on to their friends, and allow you to grow your customer base!

Examples of Some Great Small Business Videos

If the examples above weren’t enough, check out some of these great video marketing campaigns that went viral, and how they helped various companies in different ways.

This funny Burger King commercial, that allowed users to interact and get a good laugh at the same time.

A Golden Grahams appeal to college students – a great demonstration of knowing your target audience.

This Australian Tourism campaign, which takes a clever and appealing idea to promote the tourism industry.

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