If you’re not using video of some sort, or you don’t have a very clear video and social video strategy in place, you’re wasting a massive organic opportunity. This article introduces some ideas that should be considered as part of your broad and essential video marketing strategy.
We implore you to ignore those messages in the marketplace that tend to assign all value to just Facebook. It’s a fundamentally flawed message that is costing you business. Sure, you don’t need video, necessarily, but integrating video and webinars into your website and broader marketing funnel framework will have an amazing impact upon your digital and offline success. The need for video a message we share with our brokers almost every day: “make videos, make videos, make videos…“, yet it’s the also the one message that is most often ignored. However, we know – as a categorical statement of fact – that including video in your funnel programs and engaging with the medium can triple your current business without paid promotion. Cleverly integrated with a standard funnel framework video just works. Seriously, we’ve often considered sign-writing the message over each capital city to try and communicate this message more effectively. It just works.
Telling you that video works is one thing… but seeing the statistics is another (review the data here). Of course, actually committing to the process requires a leap of faith and Belief in the process.
With the Yabber suite supporting your marketing and video marketing efforts, a clear content strategy, and perhaps our industry-leading Facebook program, you’ll be armed with the most powerful digital weaponry the industry has to offer.
If we had a webinar or video of some kind we knew carried an important message, why wouldn’t we promote that asset on every page of our website? The reason, of course, is because it’s often considered an unconventional approach. Still, after all these years of an applied understanding of human behaviour, and what we know is required to actually reach out and have a positive impact on a website audience, websites are still designed as nothing more than a business card (it’s this reason alone that compelled us to create an extremely powerful complimentary website for clients). Not everything has to be hidden behind a paywall (remembering you are charging somebody to view your video or webinar… it’s just the currency is different). So, when and if able, we will serve a video on every page of your website of some kind, and we’ll always encourage you to make a video available in each article on your blog – and it’s extremely easy to do.
Our website isn’t only about telling visitors how good we are or what products we might have on offer, it’s about providing a valuable resource that provides solutions to problems… and video does this better than any other form factor, and it’s far easier than setting aside time to write an actual article.
In subsequent articles we’ll be provide the exact scripts and bullet points that you can use to inspire your own powerful video program. This article will simply get you started.
The Video Omnipresence
We’ll use video in your marketing campaigns in any number of ways – on your website, as one or more of your lead magnets, in your social media, and as part of your daily social commentary. All video will be repurposed into another format via various means, such as blog posts, newsletters, and podcasts. A video isn’t just a video.
We’ll share your videos on multiple video hosting websites which will contribute towards your reach and SEO authority.
Video is part of the reason why your campaigns will be more effective than those of your competition. In a finance world full of cut-and-paste ads and email templates your entire campaign will stand out in a crowd of mediocrity.
Two Types of Video (Open and Subscription)
There are no barriers to watching ‘Open’ videos. They’re available on various pages of your website, promoted generally, and don’t require a subscription (there are no barriers to viewing them). Subscription videos are those that are protected in that a link to their location is usually provided via an email campaign.
In the marketing world we’ve developed this broad and often flawed ideology that requires us to provide marketing material only if an individual subscribes to an email campaign. However, if the purpose of our website is to establish our brokers and our brokerage as the definitive business in the field, and we’re trying to include as much high-value content as possible, does it really seem reasonable that we’ll only share our sales and marketing material to those that are prepared to surrender an email? This selective sharing is a quandary that’ll haunt you in your sleep.
What happens when you create a webinar or video and we don’t promote it as actively as we should, and nobody watches it? The answer, of course, is nothing. If it’s a compelling video that’ll create business, shouldn’t we share it indiscriminately? We’ll invest a lot of time, effort, and energy into our videos and we’ll want to create a return on their use – is a subscription-based model the best way of showcasing our expertise?
There no good answer to what you share openly and what you reserve for a class of visitor that might demonstrate a genuine escalation of commitment. Needless to say, your video strategy is rather fluid in nature, and those very high-value webinars and longer videos often move between the two groups based on the type of campaigns you’re actively running.
The Educational Video Lead Magnet
Notice that we called our video lead magnet an education offer. Unlike your competitors, we’re not going to sell – we’re going to educate, inform, teach, and inspire. If we invite visitors and clients into a multi-video education program we’ve seen the conclusive evidence indicating that they’ll willingly engage with your programs, and migrate into your pipeline.
Those campaigns that focus on just the lead magnet and shy away from the automated follow-up are missing out on a massive opportunity. Providing a clear education pathway consistently performs better than a blind top-of-funnel entry with no indication of what is to follow.
Lead magnets of any kind are starting to slowly lose their effectiveness (this is prevalent in the finance industry more than anywhere else). This is generally a result of lower-performing ‘Facebook marketers’ introducing poor-performing products into the market. Our advertising creates an expectation and makes a promise; our lead magnet delivers upon that promise. It’s the flood of poor-quality material into the marketplace that has generally created a broad mistrust of all material… so our initial ‘sell’ has to be very clear about what we’re providing.
The webinars and videos we make available as lead magnets (or anywhere else) must be great. A bad video is as persuasive and has the same effect as a wet, sloppy handshake.
Video Subject Content
Ignoring our video structure, we’d suggest the following videos are necessary at a minimum for inclusion on ‘general’ web pages. They should be short, comprehensive, and to-the-point.
The subject matter for video production is never ending. Consider the following additional videos that might be required.
Our initial video lead magnets (important) usually cover the following subject matter:
Others invariably follow, but the big-4 above are usually those that perform better than any other (unless your business requires something more specialised). Many of the videos and webinars you manufacture should be in response to industry trends – your marketing must be agile. Try and always beat others to market!
Solutions to Real Finance Problems
Your video content should solve the problems of our audience and should be curated specifically to their needs. Refrain from needless self-promotion.
If you’re positioned in a particular market, such as the medico or legal field, look at solving their financial problems by providing workable solutions via a standalone video or series.
Instagratify – a Simple Yabber Solution
There’s absolutely no doubt that creating formal video can be a difficult exercise… and it often consumes significant time behind a PC after we’ve shot our footage editing and uploading the resulting product. However, not all video has to be perfect, and there are times when those videos you record while out-and-about are far more compelling and ‘real’ to an audience than your more formal content. Videos recorded without preparation don’t come across as salesy or pushy – you’re literally just sharing a story.
To make this job easy, we highly recommend using the video feature of Instagratify. Record a quick video, upload it to Instagram, tag it with a relevant keyword, and it’ll filter through into all your nominated social accounts (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and others).
These short video snippets are a real opportunity to connect with an audience in a sincere, meaningful, and relatable way.
“But I don’t have anything to talk about”.
Yes, you do.
Brokers get 100 emails a day from banks and aggregators advising of changes in the finance market, and there’s not a day that passes where your own understanding of the industry won’t change – if only slightly. There’s barely a week goes by where you don’t write an interesting loan, come across new lending criteria, discover investment opportunities, or you might resonate with some news reported in the media. All these occurrences might be an opportunity to pull out your Smartphone and record some quick thoughts.
Quick, precise, and informative videos work best.
So, use Instagratify for off-the-cuff and unpolished content.
Before we create a script, and before we even consider dusting off our video camera, we’ll storyboard the video by way of a mindmap, or via discussion points in a Word Document. We need to know what points we want to cover, how each discussion point is connected, what anecdotal evidence is required, how we’ll inject subjectivity into the narrative, where we’ll shoot, and what type of story-telling is best. We need to establish a single purpose of your video (or our primary Objective) with a few major neurological sticking points.
Start your planning in point form and ask what needs to be covered (we’ll provide our own documents if required). How does your own experience support your claims? The Sonata and FORDEC framework introduced shortly supports our storyboarding.
What is meant by type of video? Consider the following non-exhausting list of video types.
Which is best? They’re all good and each has a purpose.
For our webinar we’ll generally switch between three or four different formats in the same video – with the educational presentation component taking center stage. The only way to determine what is best for your audience is to split-test each video over and over (split testing isn’t reserved for landing pages – we do it everywhere).
The style in which you shoot your video has a significant effect upon the way it’s received, and the conversions that might be derived from its use in a campaign. What follows are a number of basic considerations when shooting simple videos. In reality you’ll make use of the tools available to you – usually your smartphone and a good microphone… but for those that are looking at a serious video presence the following may be useful.
We like to record brokers in various locations of their city; your video doesn’t have to be shot in your office. For viewers, watching video on location occasionally turns the viewing experience into a “Where’s Wally” kind of thing. It’s an immersive and more persuasive experience.
A location will connect different segments of your audience in different ways. If you’re shooting construction loan videos you might want to shoot with a construction backdrop. If you’re shooting First Home Buyer information you might shoot it in a brand new neighbourhood full of the ‘house and land’ type of dwellings, and if you’re shooting an investment video you might consider doing so in an area populated with units or townhouses. There are occasions where we’ve found large hills and recorded brokers with a massive and vast backdrop – you get the point (your office is kind of boring). The background will assign context and provide more of an emotional connection with your audience.
Even generic videos should be shot somewhere new each time (if you have the time). While your office is perfectly acceptable, you really will connect with new audiences in a more meaningful way if you give your viewers reason to invest emotionally into your ‘set’. Use your imagination. Filming should be fun, and finding locations is part of that.
If we’re after a neurological sticking point, the location contributes to this outcome. It’s not uncommon to shoot in well-known locations spanning a massive geographical area so we’re associated with specific areas, thus making us more relatable to a broader market. We routinely travel with our broekrs interstate for various reasons, and when we do we’ll always record in well-known locations outside their home city to give them a very visible geographic footprint outside their primary location.
As we discuss in our article on webinars, we’ll always splice in real-world video to accompany the otherwise bland PowerPoint or video presentation. Each ‘broker snippet’ usually takes in a new location to build in a real, powerful, relatable, and compelling product. It’s hard to establish EAT f you’re hiding behind your voice… so showing us out-and-about adds to our trust model. Location shooting obviously adds to the production value and gives you far more credibility.
The following list of considerations is intended for your reference. You’re mortgage brokers, after all – you’re not meant to be a video expert. However, there may be two or three bigger-ticket considerations in the list that’ll alter your presentations and improve on your video quality.
If shooting outdoors, avoid directly sunlight (and sun flares). Avoid looking directly into the sun or having it directly behind you. Dawn and dusk (with the sun just near the visible horizon) is an excellent time because you’ll have ample soft light without the sun… but you’ll also limit your available shooting time. If you shoot in the middle of the day, do it outside but with appropriate overhead cover.
Pictured: Using a single light source creates more shadows in your video. A backlight is always required if using this method. Source: Wistia.
Even when shooting outside you will still get face and other shadows. Consider diffusion material in front of your light or a reflector placed low to bounce light back into the bottom half of your poorly lit face.
Again, all you need is a smartphone. It’s also worth mentioning that our own studio is extensive but we were unable to purchase new lighting equipment as a result of Coronavirus, so our own material isn’t the ideal setup. Do as we say and not as we do!
Video is an intrinsic part of our Magic Lantern model of trust. We’ve introduce the attributes of Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trust, and those of know, like, and trust, and how these attributes are earned by way of the touch-points you have with potential leads… and no medium is better suited than video in order to achieve our relationship goals.
A video education program presented by you is the ultimate mechanism to establish EAT in the minds of your visitors, and it’s one that we highly recommend.
Your competitors don’t have a chance.