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13 Tips for Creating a Video Ad

The creation of a video ad for your business can be a daunting task. If you have never made a video, you may have many questions and concerns. The truth is, videos get the highest post engagement across all social media platforms, and increase your search engine ranking for your website or online store.

Tip #1: You need a plan before you hit record. Get out your whiteboard or notepad and brainstorm the most common questions or needs your audience will have. What is your focus? Will the video be a general introduction or a promotion/special offer? What answers or information will you be providing with this short video ad? Create a script and follow it.

Tip #2: The first few seconds of your ad are the most important. Your goal is to grab attention immediately and hook your audience. A will not increase if users click away after just a couple of seconds. Great visuals, engaging photos, and creativity are imperative.

Tip #3: Caption your video. Text on screen is very important since many viewers will be watching your video from work and have the sound turned off. Allowing them to read your message without sound will expand your reach.

Tip #4: Keep your video short. In this day and age of continual digital information, your audience will have a fairly short attention span. Make sure you relay all your necessary information within a 30-second time frame.

Tip #5: Speak to your audience. Potential clients or customers will continue watching if you are presenting a solution for a common problem, or sharing what makes your business unique. This is your time to talk up your company and tell your story

Tip #6: Limit acronyms, buzzwords and business jargon. If you want to reach the largest audience possible, you need to speak to the layman. Using phrases or acronyms that are common within your industry, is only going to confuse those who are unfamiliar. Your message needs to be simple and clear.

Tip #7: Use humor. This is a tricky one, and should only be employed if it’s truly effective. You’ll need a lot of input, feedback and reviews by friends before you post. Failed attempts at humor can backfire, so if you haven’t been gifted with a funny bone that appeals to the masses, leave it to someone else.

Tip #8: Make it personal. Your consumers/clients want to know your story. By including personal photos of you and your customers, you’re allowing your audience to connect with you on a deeper emotional level.

Tip #9: Find your voice. If you’re not comfortable speaking in front of a camera, that discomfort will be relayed on screen. Make sure your company representative has an appealing recorded voice and/or on-screen personality.

Tip #10: Check the lighting, wardrobe and location. No one has the patience to sit through a badly lit or poor quality video. Lighting and visibility are important, along with neutral clothing and backgrounds that won’t distract from your message. Record, watch and rewatch, making sure to catch any areas with low visibility or confusing background scenes.

Tip #11: Choose a good platform to host your video. YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook videos are all shareable and easy to upload. With YouTube, you can even start your own channel, which will grow and improve your SEO.

Tip #12: Be mindful of your video cover photo. Instagram allows you to choose a thumbnail photo that will show in your feed. Make sure it is an eye-catching and appealing picture.

Tip #13: Include a call to action. Every video ad should end with a call to action to encourage consumer follow-through. Include your website, a sign-up email form, or an easy button leading to more information or a Call Now option.

Video marketing is no longer just a secondary option for your business. It is the top vehicle for audience reach and content marketing growth. For more information and tips on how to grow your business, please contact us at

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Michelle Barrett
Michelle Barrett is a social media writer, and a seeker of stories everywhere. Writing has always been her passion, and she looks forward to creating and contributing to extraordinary marketing campaigns for Visibly Connected clients.
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