The benefits of using video content throughout your sales funnel
Video is one of the most powerful and persuasive forms of content marketing as it is not an overt sales pitch but it does have the ability to move, excite, engage an audience and change their minds. 90% of customers say that video content helps them make purchase decisions and that they are more likely to buy a product after watching an online video. Using video throughout the different touchpoints a consumer has with your brand will enable you to communicate with them as human beings and tap into their needs and motivations helping to solve their problems rather than sell to them, all the while guiding them through the sales funnel and helping to build trust with your brand.
Can you use the same video throughout the sales journey?
The answer to this is simple – no. The success does not lie in the video alone but rather the content within it and specifically content designed to engage your customers at each point of their decision-making process – it is about optimizing your video content to work for you and your customer in the best possible lead and ultimately convert prospects into customers.
Know your target audience?
To ensure that your video content speaks to and engages with the right audience, you must first have a clear understanding of who they are, what they want and need, what are their potential objections and what will inspire them to take action and become a customer. You need to understand them as human beings and tap into their pain points to enable you to create the right type of video content at the right point of the buying cycle.
Video content aligned to your sales funnel
We can divide this funnel into 3 stages. Awareness, Consideration, and Decision. Each stage will require different video content to address the needs of the customer at that particular point. Each persona will be facing different concerns depending on which stage they are in and it is the job of the video to address and meet these needs at the right time.
Brand story videos inform the audience who you are and why they should care. They can set you out as a player in the industry and help build trust in the mind of the consumer. They can take the form of big glossy productions involving models and actors or they could be behind-the-scenes employer brand content showcasing your culture, values and mission.
Animated explainer videos are an engaging way to explain complex problems in a short simple digestible form
Showcase your product in 360 beautifully shot views focusing on the features and benefits and dive into the inner technology or research and development using animation and motion graphics.
In these types of videos, you want to show your product in action and how it works. Paying particular focus to the special features and benefits that will help the consumer get the most out of the product.
FAQ videos from one of your sales reps.
Using one of your own sales reps or an actor to answer the pain points and potential objections that a potential customer may have.
Customer testimonial videos
These are customers who like your prospects had the same concerns and questions about your product or service and can answer truthfully and build trust with the audience. Seeing a positive personal story will make a strong case for why you should be chosen over another product.