How to Avoid Video Marketing Mistakes


YouTube alone contains upwards of 819,417,600 hours of video footage. 300 hours more are uploaded every minute!

This is why making your video unique and interesting is so important for a successful video marketing campaign.

Working in the video production industry puts us in a position where we see a lot of different work. We do this for inspiration, to keep on top of trends and see other peoples approach to video marketing. But doing this means we see a lot of mistakes and the worst part is that they’re easy to avoid.

In this post I’ve put together the most common mistakes that I see so that you can avoid making them!

Nobody is watching the video

As simple as it may sound, the number one problem I see is videos that aren’t being watched. So what are video creators doing wrong? The main issue occurs after the video has been made. Parking your video on Youtube or Vimeo and then walking away isn’t enough, the video will get lost in the sea of content. People won’t necessarily come looking for you and if they do, how will they find it amongst the millions of other videos already on internet? You need a strategy to get it in front of them. A strategy might involve paying to have your video promoted but there are also many things you can do that won’t cost you money. For some tips on improving your video SEO take a look at this post . The bottom line is that being active in getting your video in front of people is the only way to ensure it’s being seen.

It doesn’t engage

The internet is full of distractions and your video is competing against all of them. The best way to rise above the competition is to make something engaging. This is easier said than done but there’s a simple rule that will give you a head start: ‘show, don’t tell’. Boiled down, this means that you should give your audience something and you certainly shouldn’t patronise them. Show them a feeling, a result or a concept and let them work out the message themselves. Take the ‘1984’ Super Bowl commercial from Apple as an example. At no point does it explicitly tell the viewer to buy or do anything. It gets it’s point across by showing a pretty blatant but impactful message: ’think differently’. I’m not saying your video needs Ridley Scott directing – but think about how you can show people instead of telling them and you’ll be rewarded with more views.

Apple Video marketing

It doesn’t tell a story

Just like showing your audience instead of telling them, using a story to get your message across will help make engaging content. This is because a story creates intrigue by presenting a problem or a question that we curious human beings want an answer to. An easy and effective way to tell a story is to create a corporate documentary. We’ve written a more in depth post about these here.

The writing is bad

Thinking about your target audience before you put pen to paper will help ensure that your content is relevant and valuable. With so many sources of information at their fingertips, viewers will only stick by you if you’re giving them what they want. Its tempting to write something for a wider audience in order to reach more people, and this brings me to the next point:

It isn’t focused enough

The issue here is simple, you can’t properly target your audience when you try to cover everything. If your information or your message is too broad then it becomes less and less valuable. Worse still, the video tends to get longer and longer to accommodate all the information. Seeing a clip that requires a significant investment of time (usually longer than 5 minutes) is an easy way to lose viewers.

No call to action

If your goal is to make people do something then make that clear. Without doing this you could be defeating the purpose of the project. It could be anything from asking viewers to ‘like’ your video if they enjoyed watching it to providing their email address or directing them to your website. The goal is simply making sure you get something out of what you’ve created and it’s fine to be direct about it too.

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