How many hours did you spend last week on Netflix? What about YouTube? I’d bet that it was quite a few hours. In today’s age, video is king. It’s the most effective way to communicate information while building an emotional connection.
In fact, according to Unbounce, having a video on a landing page increases conversions by as much as 80% and according to Hubspot, 50% of consumers prefer videos over any other forms of content. Furthermore, Google loves videos. This means that having videos on your site will help you rank better on Google’s search result pages.
If that’s not enough to convince you, another study by Wyzowl found that 68% of customers would like to learn about a new product or service through video. If you still need convincing, check out these 50 Must-Know Stats About Video Marketing.
But video marketing is expensive. That’s why you haven’t started creating videos right?
Well, truth is, you probably have already started.
Don’t believe me? Jump onto Instagram and look up the location tag for your business (or check all the posts you’ve been tagged in). Chances are, your customers have already posted videos of your tours and activities online.
Think about all the customers who have been on your tours and activities, how many of them brought cameras along, or were using their phones to take photos and videos? Truth is, there’s already a large bank of videos of your tours and activities that exist. All you need to do is access it.
So how do you access it?
It’s that simple, most people LOVE getting featured. If you tell them you’d like to use their videos for a promotional video, most of the time they’d be onboard.
If you’d like to increase your likelihood of receiving videos from your customers, you could also try offering something in exchange for the videos, for example:
While it’s a win-win for both parties, this could be an exceptional win for you. Especially during this time where bookings aren’t where they usually might be and tour operators are offering discounts on early-bird bookings and gift cards anyway.
This exchange will increase the likelihood of conversions because your customers will feel like they earned the perk through their own work, thus valuing the perk more greatly. A person is highly unlikely to waste a discount they’ve earned versus a discount they were given.
“The best camera is the one you have with you” and with the way technology has been shifting, the camera you have with you is extremely powerful. Camera’s on your phones are no longer what they used to be, they are now capable of shooting extremely powerful content. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below that was shot on an iPhone.
Of course, that was shot on the latest iPhone, however, with a quick search on YouTube, you’ll find an abundance of amazing travel videos shot on various older phones.
Are you convinced yet? Great, in that case, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your phone cameras.
B-roll is any sort of secondary footage, that’s purpose is to supplement/ reinforce a message or story, it looks great visually but doesn’t deliver its own message. A great example of this is footage of scenery.
A big mistake many people make on their first few videos is an over-reliance and in some cases, total reliance on B-roll. A compilation of scenic shots isn’t going to cut it, it gives viewers nothing to focus on. Most viewers would get lost before the 10-second mark and shut off the video. And yes, even drone videos are considered B-roll if there is no subject of focus in the video.
Notice the frames above, the one on the left is a lot more powerful because there is something to focus on. Use clips with a focus on a subject, for example, a person doing an activity. If you want to show the scenery, film a person walking through the scenery and focus on them, then fit your scenic b-roll clips in to show what else the person is seeing as he/she walks through the scenery.
One thing you’ll notice in almost any high-budget movie, commercial or video is that there’s almost no camera shakes. Shakes are the biggest turn off for videos. It’s distracting and it breaks the concentration of the viewer.
Look at the two frames above. Try concentrating on each frame separately, you’ll notice that it’s a lot harder to focus on the one on the left. Also, these shots were both taken on phones, so yes, phones ARE also capable of stabilisation.
There are several ways to improve stabilization on your phone:
As you can see, there are plenty of easy ways to stabilize your footage. You could even use a combination of methods, such as attaching a tripod, using slow-motion and your phone’s in-built stabilisation. I guarantee that the results may surprise you.
It may sound strange, but sound design plays a larger part to how visually pleasing your videos may be. This is one of the many reasons that TikTok has been blowing up.
Check out the video below:
This was a Nike ad done by YouTuber Casey Niestat. It has one of the most powerful engagement rates of any video to date. And if you noticed, the camera he used was pretty…. well… bad. What made this so powerful was the story the video told, and the way he designed the audio and video transitions to keep you captivated in your seats.
Here’s some simple things he did that you can do too:
There are plenty of other things you can do with audio to improve your videos but these 3, if used correctly can drastically improve the quality of your video.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can put together a great video on a budget. When creating videos, the biggest cost you can incur is time. However, during these challenging times, it would seem that for many, time is all we have. Meaning, this is the best time to start working on some videos so you can fully capitalize on them when the rebound in travel comes.