A video is for your customers. Let them get to know you, hear you, build a connection and relationship with you. Let’s face it, there are lot of options customers can choose from. They want a company they can trust, one that offers value, one they feel good about. If that’s you, show your customer with a video.
You spend a lot of money to get the customer to your website. With video, you can directly influence their decision to choose you over your competition. It’s not a major capital expense, it’s just the smart thing to do. Think about how much money you’ve wasted on other things? Your video becomes an asset and plays over and over when your customers want to watch it.
These stats are courtesy of Digital Sherpa and describe the importance of video and its potential for your business.
53% of Small Businesses plan to increase their use of online video. This figure is from 2013. The chart from eMarketer shows where SMB’s plan to improve their content marketing.
Video ties for third in this category and can be effectively integrated with a majority of those efforts. You will start to see video on the rise in:
…and much more.
Corporate Profile Video – I would recommend you use corporate videos to tell your customer(s) about your company and the services you offer. Let them know you’re a great organization that cares about their future and their business.
Explainer Videos – Do you have a product or service you want to simplify in 30-60 seconds? Explainer videos simply explain what your product or service is all about and how it can solve their problems. Focus on the features and benefits of your product/service.
Testimonials – People love hearing other success stories. If you have clients willing to get on camera, testimonial videos can really help your potential customers connect further with your brand and make a quicker decision to hire your firm.
Now, to our tips…
These apply whether you want to do it yourself or hire a freelancer or a firm or whoever. I am basing them on the 3 types of videos mentioned above.
It varies based on a few factors which I will briefly list out:
For a professional video that will help your company, expect to pay $2,500-$5,000. That’s reasonable for a professional edited video that you can use and leverage for huge profits if you market it right and understand why this is valuable. Can you get it done cheaper, yes, you always can find cheaper prices. Sometimes it’s worth paying for quality and experience.
The key is leverage for profits. Use your video to your advantage in email campaigns, YouTube, Social Media, blogs, newsletters, your email signature or any other marketing channels you already use. This develops a whole new level of trust, authority and can be that advantage you need for a prospect to choose you over your competitors.
Please do not create one of those videos you see with random music and spanning your website with random text just because your SEO company told you they would do a free video or cheap video. Those videos provide no credibility, and often will cost your company its credibility with customers who are unfamiliar with your brand. We caution you not to do these unless you have your reasons – I don’t think it will help with SEO. You may be doing it just to get backlinks, but be cautious – gaming search engines is never a good idea. Building backlinks for the sake of backlinks instead of providing real value can easily backfire. (Read more about SEO here on our website.)
Of course we can. Our rates are approximately $2,500-$3,500 for a 60 second corporate video where our client has the script, location set, people or actors available. We just need a setting with good lighting, no interruptions (phones ringing, video bombs, etc). If you need music, you can supply us with the tunes or if we have something royalty free then we are happy to assist. Additional hours for shooting or editing is billed at $150 per hour with your prior approval. We will deliver the video as an MP4 and send you a demo for approval on our YouTube or Vimeo account. We do use all the videos for our marketing material and in our portfolio to give you more exposure and us to win more business and market each other’s services.
Currently, we service our local area, up to 45 miles around Agoura Hills, CA. If we are required to travel for our clients (which we often do), the client will be responsible for travel hours (one way only, we split the hours with you), meals, parking expenses and transportation. All our videographers are contractors in our network. We bring the talent to the table and plan the project for a smoother process. We are professional, but we also like to have fun. So be prepared to work hard and efficiently, and have fun when it is over. There will be some outtakes, but don’t you worry, our team will coach you through.
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