9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

— April 25, 2019

If done right, video marketing can help a company exponentially with gaining visibility, becoming an authority and driving customer engagement and conversion rates. But the ins and outs of video content creation can be tricky, especially for businesses who haven’t done it before. That’s why we asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council the following:

What is one thing that regularly trips up organizations doing video marketing for the first time? How can they avoid the problem?

Here’s what they advise:

1. Selling, Not Telling a Story

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When diving into video marketing, many businesses focus too much on selling. No one wants to watch a video if they feel like it’s just trying to sell them something. Instead, businesses should focus on telling a story with their video marketing. Your video marketing should be engaging, show off what makes your brand unique, and it should tell a story that helps you connect with your audience. – Chris Christoff, MonsterInsights


2. Not Optimizing Your Videos

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Videos need to be optimized just like blog posts and articles. Video search engine optimization includes using keywords in your titles and descriptions. Otherwise, you have little chance of getting ranked. It’s important to research keywords when choosing your video titles. This also helps keep you on track and focusing on topics that are in demand. – Kalin Kassabov, ProTexting


3. Overspending

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Companies just getting into video marketing tend to not do enough due diligence on what they actually need. This tends to lead to overspending and not getting the necessary and strategic content needed to actually drive conversions. Spend the necessary time researching what’s working well in the industry and understand that getting high-quality video work done isn’t as expensive as it used to be. – Ryan O’Connell, Boomn


4. Filming Content for the Sake of Content

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The biggest mistake with video marketing is making videos randomly without any strategy or content plan. This won’t get you anywhere. You should approach video marketing as any other marketing campaign. What is the purpose of your video? What does it have to do with your brand? What value does it bring to the audience? Give crystal-clear answers to these questions if you want to get the results. – Solomon Thimothy, OneIMS


5. Setting False Expectations

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Organizations doing video marketing for the first time often mistakenly believe that they are going to create a viral video. While that is a nice fantasy, the reality is that only a minuscule percentage of videos made actually go viral. Avoid the problem by living in reality and accepting that the probability of your video going viral is pretty low. Enter the project with realistic expectations. – Adam Mendler, The Veloz Group

 


6. Using Bad Audio

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Seems obvious, but having great audio for videos makes all the difference in the world. Make sure to have someone who is savvy with audio and can help you out. It will make you look professional and your viewers won’t shut your video off 10 seconds in because your mic is scratching. – Zach Binder, Bell + Ivy


7. Using Static Imagery

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

There’s nothing that screams “cheap and low-effort” like making videos that are static, text-heavy frames with word-for-word narration. These glorified PowerPoint presentations aren’t engaging or impressive. You want to justify using video for your content with the aid of motion graphics, video footage, kinetic typography or other visually appealing tricks that are exclusive to the medium. – Bryce Welker, Crush The CPA Exam


8. Only Posting in One Place

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

If you’ve taken the time to create an awesome marketing video, don’t just post it in one place. Even if you’ve created it with the intention of putting it on the homepage of your website, post it in other places too. Share it on social media, upload it to YouTube and include it in email marketing campaigns. Your video will be seen by more of your target audience if you post it in a number of places. – Blair Williams, MemberPress


9. Not Including a Call-to-Action

9 First-Time Video Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Telling an interesting, engaging story in your video marketing is important. But don’t forget to include a call-to-action. If you don’t include a call-to-action, all of the effort you put into your video marketing will go to waste. At the end of the video, tell your viewers what to do next: Give us a call, visit our website, click the link below, follow us on social media, etc. – John Turner, SeedProd

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