Video Marketing: The Definitive Guide

Video Marketing: The Definitive Guide (2021)

Template #1: The How-to Video

The How-to Video is just like it sounds…

It’s a video that shows someone how to do something, like bake a cake or do a pushup.

For many businesses, how-to videos will be your bread-and-butter. In fact, how-to videos are like a video version of blog content. They’re not designed to convert people right then and there.

But how-to videos ARE great for getting your brand in front of potential customers. So, along with product demos, I recommend using them in your video marketing.

Here’s the template:

Let’s break each element down.

Intro=Video Preview

The main goal of your preview is to let your viewer know they’re in the right place.

In other words:

There’s no need to tell people why your topic is important. If they landed on your video, they already know it’s important.

This is a mistake I made a lot with my early videos.

Instead of jumping right into the content, I’d go into a long backstory.

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Spoiler alert: people HATED these intros. And they clicked away.

(Not to mention the fact that, again, I really needed a haircut. ? )

Today, my intros are short, sweet and to-the-point.

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Which has dramatically improved my average Audience Retention.

YouTube analytics – Audience retention

Steps or Tips

Now it’s time for the meat of your content.

Depending on your video, you may outline a series of steps. Or give people a list of tips.

For example, this video from my channel lists out a series of 9 traffic strategies.

On the other hand, this video outlines a specific step-by-step process.

If you watch those videos, you’ll notice that the structure is basically the same.

The only difference is that the steps are in a particular order. While the strategies can be in pretty much any order.

That said, there’s one BIG thing to keep in mind with this section of your how-to video:

Keep things moving.

In other words: there’s no need to cover everything there is to know about a step or tip. Yes, you should cover each step in-depth. But as soon as you’ve



This article was written by Brian Dean and originally published on Backlinko.

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