See how to create a compelling advertising video with your phone or a professional.
You may be asking yourself how to make a video advertisement. Isn’t it too complex? Too costly? And if I shoot a video ad on my phone, will it reflect favourably on my business? Can I really make a polished ad without spending a lot of money?
Yes, you can. You can share the story of your business to potential customers with all the compelling sight, sound and motion that video makes possible. Your video ad is a great opportunity to create a one-to-one communication with potential customers. And we’re going help you do just that.
It’s really pretty simple. There are three stages to making an effective promo video for your business:
As you get started, spend some time thinking about your video marketing strategy and the goals for your video ad. Are you trying to increase awareness of your business? Are you rolling out a new line of products? Whatever your high-level goals are, video advertising can help support your efforts. Let’s go.
The very first step is deciding what kind of video advertisement you want to create. What do you want the people who see your video to think, feel or do? And why should they believe you? To simplify, we usually suggest one of these two broad types of videos:
You can get inspiration from other companies or do something entirely unique.
Once you have the idea for your promo video, start thinking about exactly how you’ll tell your story. This could include:
Then, the best thing to do is start writing or sketching out your ideas.
It’s tempting to jump right in front of the camera and start talking, but it really helps to plan out what you want to say.
As you write the script for your promo video, read it aloud to yourself or to another person to make sure the language sounds natural, your key messages are clear and your video is about the right length for your choice of format. (A TrueView in-stream ad is typically between 30 seconds and a minute.)LEARN MORE ABOUT VIDEO AD FORMATS
Mention your business’s name in the first five seconds of your video.
Who’s going to bring your story to life? Once you’ve nailed down the plan and script for your promo video, you’ll want to think about your cast.
If you’re introducing your business, and you’re the owner, then consider casting yourself in the lead role. Potential new customers want to know if you’re credible, and when it’s your business, you’re often the best person to communicate your company’s expertise.
If you’re introducing a product or a service, it may be the hero of your story. In this case, you’ll likely want someone to do a voice-over, a technique where you provide audio commentary as your video is running.
Make sure the person you choose to do the voice-over has a clear speaking voice, and that they take their time clearly reading the script.
If you want people to appear in your introduction, consider using someone who knows your product or service well and is comfortable being in a video. This individual doesn’t need to be the product manager, or even one of your employees. The key is that this person is comfortable with communicating the key messages about your offering.
The best place to film your promo video is somewhere authentic and real – so your first choice should be in or around your place of business. Choose a location that has good depth – avoid filming your subjects right against a blank wall.
Getting the right equipment for your video ad doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, the best camera is what you already have – it’s what you’re used to, comfortable with and have with you: your smartphone.
Another aspect to look for when picking a location indoors is lighting. Choose a room or area with good natural light – ideally, an area with indirect sunlight. You want your subject, especially his or her face, to be evenly lit.
Never put a window behind someone.
Even more important than lighting is good audio. If your promo video contains poor sound quality, it won’t be understood and, most importantly, it won’t be remembered.
Always take a few seconds to listen closely to your surroundings – for example, sometimes sounds, like the hum of an appliance, can be overlooked.
If you can afford it, the best way to get good audio is to use a microphone.
When you turn on your camera, think about the rule of thirds to help with composition. The rule is a fundamental design principle that helps achieve balance by dividing shots into thirds. This helps potential customers feel your video ad is more natural and compelling.
Don’t be afraid to get in close or to get a few different angles. The more video you take, the more material you’ll have to edit – which is our next step.
If you used a phone or a video camera, you can use an editing tool like YouTube Video Editor to finalise your project.
With your video-editing software, simply follow these steps:
It’s very important that your video clearly communicates what you want people to do, whether it’s to visit your website, call your business or something else entirely. Call-to-action overlays are an effective way to clearly communicate that next step.
That’s it. Now you know how to make a video advertisement. And you can begin attracting new customers with the story of the business you love.