ED. NOTE: Today we have a guest post from Lilia Porto, a brazilian video marketing expert who writes the video marketing blog Tamapitch. We liked a post she made this week so much that we asked her to guest post here on the Wooshii blog with the same content. That is what follows:

Today in the United States, 1 out of 2 new college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. This is a very similar situation to what happens in Brazil.

But, unlike Brazil, entrepreneurship is widely disseminated in U.S., both in the form of courses on entrepreneurship and new businesses creation, as in the generation of qualified and relevant scientific knowledge.

One example is The Young Entrepreneur Council (The YEC) a nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurship amongst American youth.

Putting the tools and resources aspiring young entrepreneurs need directly in their hands, the YEC recognizes the importance of online video for entrepreneurs.

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs, The YEC asked thirteen young entrepreneurs who have been using video successfully what are some winning strategies for creating online video that is engaging and valuable for current and potencial customers?

Here are the 13 top tips.

If you had to ask me what the three MOST IMPORTANT tips to focus are, I would say tips #2, #11 & #13

 TIP#1: DON’T MAKE A COMMERCIAL

 “Make a video about something in your industry, something funny or newsworthy. YouTube can drive a huge amount of traffic to your site, but not if your video is some boring video just about your business. People don’t want to just hear about you; they are searching for funny, valuable, interesting videos. That’s what’s going to bring you traffic in the end.”

Ben Lang | Founder, EpicLaunch

 

TIP#2: JUST KEEP IT REAL

“Unless you’re shooting a professional video, don’t be afraid to be a little imperfect. Know what you’re going to talk about, rehearse, then go with it. Don’t worry about cutting out every imperfection. Real is relatable and honest. It works. Instead of over thinking things, focus on getting your message across in a real and honest way, even if it includes a few ‘um’s.'”

Matt Cheuvront | Founder, Proof Branding

 

TIP#3: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

“The most compelling videos will give valuable information or insight and speak directly to what the audience wants most. Just like with copy, you need to understand your audience and why they would take five minutes to watch your video instead of a yawning puppy video on YouTube. Once you know what to share, record videos in small chunks so they’re easy to digest.”

Kelly Azevedo | Founder, She’s Got Systems

 

TIP#4: OUTLINE A PATH

“Great online videos make clear in the outset what will be discussed within. If you start the video by just diving in to the content, it won’t be clear to viewers what they’ll be getting out of it. Use an outline format, like an essay, to communicate at the start of the video what the viewer can expect to learn.”

Doreen Bloch | CEO / Founder, Poshly Inc.

 

 

TIP#5: LEAVE IT UNANSWERED

“Regardless of what the video is about, make it thought-provoking in that viewers will want to share their comments with you on it. A good example of this is always ending your videos with some sort of question.”

Logan Lenz | Founder / President, Endagon

 


TIP#6: ACKNOWLEDGE SHORT ATTENTION SPANS

“Record no more than 30-45 seconds. Anything longer than that and people will tune out, unless you’ve done something really, really special. People don’t have the attention span to watch a two-minute video unless they have already committed to your product.”

Nathan Lustig | cofounder, Entrustet

 

TIP#7: SHOCK! AND AWE!

“The key to online video is first grabbing attention within the first ten seconds. To do this, you want to start with something ‘shocking’ that leaves the viewer in ‘awe’ and wanting more. Once you’ve grabbed their attention, you have to keep them engaged. In addition to the content you are giving them, you want to have images, words or some pop-up transition on the screen to keep them engaged.”

 

Doug Fath | Founder & CEO, Faithful Investments, LLC & Wealthy Passion Corporation

TIP#8: WHO ARE YOU FILMING?

“Too many people feel that to have a great video you must write a script, shoot with high (and expensive!) production value and totally transform yourself from the everyday. While I do recommend getting out of your pajamas and at least having an idea of what you want to say, the best videos are those that feel like it’s just you and the viewer having a good ol’ conversation. Be real!”

Erin Blaskie | CEO, BSETC

 

TIP#9: GET CHOPPED!

“A ton of people I know are trying to create video content, but fail to take into account people’s attention spans. No one (yes, no one) is going to watch a ten-minute video on your product. Break that ten-minute video into ten pieces and release one piece per day. This keeps people coming back and turns one view of a ten-minute video into ten views of ten different videos.”

Lucas Sommer | Founder CEO, Audimated

 

TIP#10: LAUGHTER WINS ALL

“Using humor in online videos is a great way to engage your customers. If the audience is laughing, then they’re happy. If they’re happy, they’ll associate your brand with that emotion. When that happens, you’ve won. Just be careful not to sacrifice the brand’s messaging for a cheap laugh.”

Nick Friedman | President, College Hunks Hauling Junk

 

 

TIP#11: LEAD THE THOUGHT

“Rather than creating a purely promotional video about your product or service, create several educational videos on topics relevant to your industry. Potential customers will appreciate that you are sharing your knowledge and will begin to recognize you as a leader in your field.”

Bhavin Parikh | CEO, Magoosh Test Prep

 

 

TIP#12: HIRE A PRO

“Approach online video like those car commercials you see on TV: don’t try this at home. A poorly produced home-made video is worse than no video at all. Find a videographer in the area that has good equipment and knows how to create a compelling storyline. Ask for references and see samples. Don’t use the cheapest company; use the best that fits within your budget.”

David Adelman | Founder and CEO, Reel Tributes

 

TIP#13: CREATE A CLIFFHANGER!

“Don’t stop at one video! Create a series of educational videos that lead people from ‘episode to episode.’ Use what TV writers have been using against us for years by creating ‘open loops’ where an idea is ‘to be continued’ in the next video. This creates engagement and allows you to educate prospects in more than one video, and to lead them back to your website.”

Nathalie Lussier | Creator, The Website Checkup Tool

 

Please leave your comments below. What are your thoughts about these strategies for your online video marketing? Can you think of other ways you can use it on?

Via: The YEC.

About the author:

Lilia Porto is a Brazilian economist, marketing specialist. In addition to managing online video projects, she has a blog, TamaPitch, to make video more accessible and transparent to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Twitter: @liliapcastro

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