Clever Videos Can Jumpstart Your Marketing Message

Post fun short-form videos on social media platforms like TikTok and YouTube to reach potential customers

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Short-form videos have taken the digital marketing world by storm in recent years. Platforms like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube have paved the way for you to captivate your audience with bite-sized content that’s both engaging and memorable. These videos allow contractors to convey their brand messages quickly and effectively while leveraging the power of visual storytelling. 

Why should you incorporate these videos into your strategy to reach potential customers? That’s simple. First, it’s all about the numbers. TikTok alone boasts over a billion active users worldwide, while Instagram Reels is gaining immense traction among younger audiences. These platforms have created ideal channels for brands to reach their target audience.

Secondly, short videos grab attention. I like to scroll TikTok to unwind after work. But I have to be careful; it can be really easy to get sucked into these short videos, and the next thing you know, an hour is gone. In a world where people are constantly bombarded with information and distractions, capturing someone’s interest within seconds is crucial. Short-form video content delivers concise messages in visually appealing and engaging ways.

Creating accurate ICAs, or Ideal Client Avatars, for short-form video content is a powerful way to connect with your audience on a deeper level. These ICAs are fictional representations of your ideal customers based on research and data. The ICA helps you understand your target audience’s demographics, motivations, challenges and aspirations. By developing detailed ICAs, you gain insights into what makes your audience tick and can create video content that speaks directly to their interests.

Personalization is key. By crafting videos that address your audience’s specific concerns or provide solutions to specific problems, you establish yourself as a trusted authority in their eyes.

Find your audience

Where should you start? When it comes to selecting a short-form video platform, it’s crucial to start with an overview of the popular options available. Each platform brings unique features and a user base. TikTok, for instance, has gained immense popularity among Gen Z users (but the other demographics are growing quickly). On the other hand, Instagram Reels appeals to a broader demographic due to its integration within the Instagram app.

Consider factors such as your desired audience’s age group, interests and behavior patterns. For example, TikTok might be the perfect fit if you’re targeting younger demographics who enjoy quick entertainment and trends. However, if your target audience comprises professionals or older individuals looking for informative content, YouTube Shorts could be more appropriate.

The key to creating impactful short-form videos lies in harnessing the power of storytelling. Just like any other form of content creation, storytelling allows you to connect with your audience on an emotional level. Whether it’s through humor, inspiration or relatability, a well-crafted narrative can draw viewers in and keep them engaged throughout the video.

Capturing your audience’s attention within the first few seconds is crucial. A strong hook or an intriguing visual can make all the difference between someone scrolling past your video and stopping to watch it. Consider using bold visuals, unexpected twists or posing thought-provoking questions right at the beginning to entice viewers to keep watching.

Creativity and authenticity are also vital elements when crafting engaging short-form video content. Authenticity builds trust with your audience. Be genuine in expressing yourself as viewers appreciate transparency and realness. Don’t be afraid to share behind-the-scenes footage or showcase moments that reflect who you are as a creator or brand.

By mapping out your content in advance, you can ensure a consistent flow of engaging videos without scrambling for ideas at the last minute. This not only reduces stress but also allows you to focus on other important aspects of your business.

Production values

Creating concise and impactful videos that deliver your message is crucial. To achieve this, start by outlining key themes or topics for each video. This will help maintain consistency in terms of branding and messaging across all your videos. Next, determine a realistic frequency for uploading new videos based on your available resources.

Balancing promotional and value-driven content is another critical aspect when creating a successful content calendar. While promoting products or services is necessary for business growth, bombarding viewers with constant sales pitches can be off-putting. Instead, strive to provide value through informative or entertaining videos that genuinely benefit your audience. I like the 80/20 rule: 80% pure value with 20% promotional content. 

Creating high-quality videos requires creativity, the right equipment and tools. From cameras to editing software, having the right gear can make all the difference in producing professional-looking videos that leave a lasting impression. But don’t let proper equipment stop you from starting. Even if all you have right now is your phone, that’s fine. Start by planning your shots and simple storyboarding your videos to ensure a smooth flow from beginning to end. Experiment with different angles, perspectives and lighting techniques to add visual interest.

Don’t underestimate the power of calls to action in short-form videos. Whether it’s encouraging viewers to follow you on social media or visit your website for more information, strategically placing CTAs can help drive engagement and conversions.

It is important to pay attention to the readability of the text. Using legible fonts and appropriate font sizes is crucial, allowing users to consume information effortlessly. Moreover, keeping paragraphs short and utilizing bullet points or subheadings can make the content more scannable, enabling users to quickly find what they are looking for.

Another aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked when optimizing for mobile viewing is incorporating captions and subtitles into your content. These elements not only make videos accessible to those with hearing impairments but also cater to users who prefer watching videos without sound or in noisy environments. Providing captions and subtitles enhances the overall user experience and ensures that your message reaches a wider audience.

Placing videos

One of the most cost-effective ways to promote your short-form videos is by leveraging your existing social media channels. With platforms like Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly known as Twitter) and LinkedIn at your disposal, you have a ready-made audience. You can share snippets or teasers of your videos and direct viewers to the full video on platforms like YouTube or Vimeo.

Consider paid advertising as well. Platforms like Google Ads and social media advertising offer targeting options that allow you to reach specific demographics based on interests, location, age group and more. By strategically promoting your videos in front of relevant audiences, you can increase visibility and drive traffic back to your website or landing page.

Creating and sharing videos is not enough. To truly measure the success of your short-form video campaigns, it is essential to track key metrics to provide valuable insights into their performance. By analyzing how many people view your content, you can identify potential areas for improvement. Tracking engagement metrics such as likes, comments and shares can help you understand how well your videos resonate with your target audience.

About the Author

Jennie Lyon is founder of Jennie Lyon Virtual Assistant Services. She helps businesses build, promote and scale through social media, content creation, email marketing, client relations, website management and administration services. For more information, go to


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