How to use video to engage your website visitors

Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a surge in the number of businesses looking to add videos to their online content mix.

The average user spends 88% more time on a website with video


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Should you use video content on your website?

The statistics say yes. Video content is predicted to make up around 70% of all consumer traffic  and over the last decade marketers have embraced video as a serious marketing platform, with various household brands now incorporating online videos into their marketing campaigns. The benefits of these include:

  • Dynamism grabs and holds a users’ attention like no other content
  • Content can be more creative and engaging than say in an infographic, article or image
  • You can reach an audience with stronger, more moving messages than static graphics
  • Videos can be indexed by Google in its ranking and can be used to drive traffic to your website.

Where to host the video content

Where to store and host your video is your next thing to focus on. If you’ve got an advanced CMS, you should have a media manager to store your videos. Another option would be to use an external providers’ service, such as YouTube, Wistia orfor live streaming USTREAM.

It’s important to note that external providers such as the ones above often have limitations on how much you can customise elements of the video (e.g. frame, play button styling and instant play function).

How to engage visitors using video

Videos are a powerful tool which can help to grow your customer base. Here are some tips on how to use videos to engage your customers and gain ones:

Produce an engaging, professional video

To maximise impact ensure your video tells a story. Use real people where possible and ensure you have a call to action. This can be verbal or non-verbal and are known to have a direct impact on conversions.

Ensure your videos are relevant

Watching a video which does not contain the messages/content you were expecting or is located somewhere it shouldn’t is off-putting, avoid doing this at all costs. If you’re adding multiple videos to the website ensure you have a library which is fully responsive. This will ensure it looks perfect for mobile users; the key audience for video.

Enable and encourage sharing

Making your videos sharable will help to drive your message on social media platforms and reach more current and potential customers.Do this with credits in your video and using links and icons where possible.

Fun fact: viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text.

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