Make your video assets perform like arrows
Company X, located in the greater Boston area, makes complicated and expensive software. Company X is having a tough time communicating what their product does because it's so very complicated. So they decided video production is what they need. They'd make a three-minute video - to explain exactly what Software X does, and to talk about its benefits. They plan to use this video on their website home page, at trade shows, in presentations to end users, and in presentations to upper management.
What's wrong with this picture?
Simple - one video is not what Company X needs. If they go ahead with their plan, that one video will be packed with many different messages for all its different audiences. And none of those audiences will be able to absorb their message, because the background noise - everybody else's message - will be too distracting. Making that one video will be a complete waste of Company X's video production budget, and time.
What's the lesson for your company?
If you sell a complex product or service, and you want to use video to explain its benefits, think about who you're trying to connect with.
- Is it upper management? They'll need a clear statement of the problem you solve from their perspective and in language they understand. This usually means information on how your product will save them money. Add animated charts and graphs - because this is the language they speak. And don't show product details, because they don't care about details, and they really don't care about the product. What they care about is how much money your product can save them.
- The end users, on the other hand, don't care about ROI. They want to know how the software makes their jobs easier. And they'd also like to see cool features they'll have fun using. Skip the analysis, skip the charts and graphs. Show the product in action, and focus on aspects that will get them excited.
- For a trade show, where audio is a bad idea, you'll need to produce a looping dvd with visuals only. The primary audience at your trade show will tell you what to emphasize - ROI, features and benefits, or a combination of both.
- Plant managers? Engineers? The accounting department? The nurses? They all need a different message, delivered in a different way.
Whatever you do, don't start with how to jam as many messages as possible into one single video. That's a recipe for creating junk. Instead, use your video assets like arrows - aim one video at one single target. This way you'll hit your targets, because you'll be telling each one of your audiences the exact story they need to hear about your product - so they can understand what it will do for them and how it will help them.
Check out some examples of targeted, well-made videos, created for our corporate and nonprofit video production Boston clients.