I'm about to waste a minute of your time. Don't be offended. It happens a lot. In fact, chances are you're already wasting other people's time or you wouldn't have clicked on this column. Every time you post a video that's dull and doesn't communicate a meaningful message, you waste your precious marketing resources as well as the time of the few people who view it.
Don't take it personally; most marketing videos are boring and useless. Companies are spending tens of thousands of dollars on videos that look "professional" (my euphemism for boring) in hopes of boosting search engine stats or increasing leads. But sadly, most videos do little more then embarrass the marketers who didn't vet them before posting.
It doesn't have to be this way. You don't even have to scrap the snoozer of a video that already cost you thousands of dollars to produce. Here's an example:
A successful London dentist, and aggressive marketer, Dr. James Goolnik, has struggled converting viewers into customers with his office-made videos. So he hired a professional video company who created this 1-minute video below. The camera work is pretty, but the video is not very effective.
Here's why you and the customers did not respond positively to this video, and how to fix it.
At Goolnik's request, I created a revision using techniques in my new book Video Marketing For Dummies.
While Goolnik has been properly prolific with his videos on his channel, few have gained steady traction over time or even much more than 100 hits. This video with very little promotion is growing at hundreds of hits monthly and largely in his London target market. The video helps Goolnik stand out from the other dentists and most importantly, without diminishing his professionalism, makes a visit to him seem like fun, an unusual word to associate with dentistry.
Effective videos are the Awesome Experience, the convergence of need, entertainment and the unexpected. Otherwise they will fall flat and waste your time and money. You can makeover your boring videos into roaring videos just as I did for this one with these simple considerations.
If you have a video you think is awesome or one that needs help, send me a link. I will praise or critique it with helpful suggestions and maybe even promote it in my upcoming columns for all the Inc.com readers to see. Prepare for brutally honest feedback that will help your wallet rather than your ego. If you think your videos are up to it, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll let you know if your video is ROARing or Boring and tell you how to make it better.