May 14, 2013

large black video cameraThere are two types of sales videos — the lengthy video that fully demonstrates your product and gives consumers all the information they need in order to purchase it, and a short video teaser that creates interest or buzz about your product or brand. Think of them as the online versions of infomercials and commercials. These tips will help you to create captivating short sales videos or sizzle videos.

Use high quality content

Your videos do not have to be slick and polished, or look like a high priced advertisement. However, they should not have grainy video or audio that is difficult to understand. Film your video in high definition, which is available from inexpensive consumer cameras. Properly light the subject of your video, and frame the subject of your video correctly. If your product is featured, it should be clearly visible. Film your video in quiet settings so that the audio recording is clear, or use studio voiceovers. Music should be appropriate to both your audience and the message you are sending.

Target a specific audience

You should know exactly who will be watching this video, based on your targeted demographic persona. Each persona should be targeted with a separate video, so that it can be tailored specifically to the needs and desires of that persona. Determine the style of video that will be most appealing to that persona, whether it is full of infographics, slow reveals of key product features, or a rapid montage of images.

Find five features

Each video should mention the benefits of at least 3 and no more than 5 features of your product. Determine which features and benefits are the most important to your target audience, and mention only those.

Keep things moving

Ensure that any still images in your video appear to be moving by using transitions. Avoid using static images or blocks of text, although short catch phrases or important statements can be used sparingly. Titles and closing credits should have some movement to the backgrounds, even if the text is static.

Think reusability

You’ll get more use from your video if the parts that change rapidly (such as sale information) or vary between otherwise identical scripts (such as location names) are done in a voice over or using a replaceable title card. When they change, the video can be easily updated, without requiring an entirely new video production. Similarly, if you are creating a number of different videos for different personas with different collections of featured benefits, careful scripting and editing will allow you to reuse the descriptions of individual features in multiple videos, rather than needing to shoot each video in its entirety.





Sean McPheat

Managing Director

The Internet Marketing Academy


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