Explainer videos tell your company’s story at your website, and explain how visitors will find value at the site.
My video is the the first thing you see on my homepage at The Publicity Hound website, and it’s gotten more than 2,000 views. But these short videos aren’t only for your home page.
After I wrote about this infographic from QuickSprout in today’s email tips, I started thinking about ways you can use these videos for publicity and promotion. Here are seven of my own ideas:
1. Offer yourself as a subject matter expert.
You can include an explainer video in your online media room and invite journalists and bloggers to call on you if they need commentary, background or story ideas on your topics.
2. Explain why people should sign up for your email list.
Ideally, the video should include the promise of a lead magnet–that is a digital freebie like a cheat sheet, checklist, ebook, video or something else of great value. The ideal place for this video is on a landing page like this one for The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week that explains all the reasons for subscribing. Notice the landing page is free of links that can distract visitors and keep them from the ultimate goal of getting them to subscribe.
3. In press releases for new products and services.
These short videos would be ideal not only for sales pages, but also for press releases during the launch for a product or service. Demonstrate a product in step-by-step detail. Here’s one I just discovered this week for Shovelution, a two-handled shovel that saves you from having to bend over while you scoop up snow and throw it to the side. The video could be a lot shorter, but even this long one demonstrates the product better than text ever could.