I’ve probably blogged about this before, but everytime I see one of these sites, I just want to erect a barricade around it. Crime Scene Tape if you will.
It’s those sites who tell you how important video is to your website (it is) and then proceed to tell you that they can put one together for you using stock photos and a voiceover. (they can, but it won’t do you any good)
To make matters worse, THEIR websites usually have the well-placed red text that screams “SIGN UP NOW!!” or “LIMITED TIME OFFER!!” They do this for the same reason Cosmopolitan writes the kinds of headlines it does for its magazine: It’s An Impulse Item.
If you own a small business, since when is your marketing plan an impulse item?
Yes, you can find some very nice looking stock photos, then add text overlays and pretty music, and you have a nice BORING video.
Where does it connect with your customers, your prospects? Where does it engage that audience of people who are looking for exactly what you do?
There are companies that will promise you thousands of hits on your website if you will just buy their e-book or sign up for their monthly program. Some of these same companies promise you thousands of Twitter followers if you will just pay them “x” number of dollars.
But listen to me: You don’t want thousands of hits to your website. The only ones you want are the ones that will BUY from you. Those are the ones who are already searching for you. They may know that they want the product that you sell, but maybe there are different features. Help them decide. Do THAT in a video that stars you.
Ask people to watch a video with only words spinning and scrolling, and to me, that’s tantamount to the web pages of old with their blinking text and spinning animated gifs.
And it doesn’t tell me who you are.
I want to buy from you. I want to do business with you. I want to feel like I already know you. That’s what your prospects are saying. How will you answer them?
A slide show doesn’t cut it.
–That’s a wrap.