3 Ways to Use Video to Boost Your Business
If you think your industry will be untouched by the video craze, think again. Video is all the rage, both for big brands as well as independent retailers. YouTube is the number two search engine behind Google and experts predict that 82% of all internet traffic by 2021 will come from video.
Here are some more video stats if you’re still not convinced:
· Nearly 50% of internet users search for video demonstrations before making a purchase
· More than 90% of shoppers say YouTube videos have given them gift ideas
· Viewers retain 95% of a message via video compared to only 10% when reading from text
Video is here to stay and here are some ways you can make this medium work for your business.
1. Start simple. You don’t need a commercial studio setup or professional hair and makeup artists before recording. Those are certainly nice perks and maybe you want to work up to that status but to start, just turn on your phone and start recording. Introduce yourself to your social media followers. Talk about why you started your business. Tell your audience what you offer and what problems you can help them solve. Once you get used to producing video and speaking in front of a camera, the process will go much smoother and you’ll feel like a pro.
2. Demonstrate your product or service. Video is incredibly helpful when selling a physical product because people often want to see how something works before purchasing. Even if your signature product is a services you offer, such as a membership or repair service, give a behind-the-scenes tour or demonstrate how your business can solve an issue.
3. Build relationships with your audience. Not all marketing has to involve selling; in fact, experts agree that if you continuously use hard-sell tactics, your audience will grow bored and cringe when they see you coming. Instead of turning those prospects away, draw them closer by being approachable, answering their questions, and showing interest in THEIR needs. If you can’t meet your prospects in person, filming a livestream video is the next best thing. They can see your personality, hear your voice, and learn more about you via this one livestream.
How does all this improve your business? Think of it as planting seeds in the minds of your audience members. You’re introducing what you have to offer and reminding them at various intervals so that when they are ready to buy, they will remember your name.
You may start out with a modest increase in social followers or more traffic to your website. As they get to know you, you might notice more of your posts getting shared, more subscribers to your email list, or more sales. Once you build up your trusted base who adore you, that’s when you’ll see the larger sales from product launches. You may also hear from Joint Venture partners or name brands who want to work with you. (This is when you know you’re an Influencer in your community!)
Nervous about Using Video? Come watch my livestream for tips …
It’s a daunting prospect to start using video; not all of us are trained newscasters, right? But the joy of using Facebook’s Livestream feature is that you don’t have to be a professional. You can be just yourself, talking about your business and what you have to offer. If you’re still not convinced, join my next Facebook livestream on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 11:30 am where I’ll share “5 Steps to More Engaging Facebook Livestreams.” Trust me; ANYONE can learn how to be a successful live streamer, including you.