15 June 2023 Video production tips and best practices

How to make a professional promotional video for your company

Discover the steps to craft a standout promotional video for your brand.

How do you ensure that your promotional video stands out, resonates, and prompts viewers to take action? The path is paved with strategy, insights, and a deep understanding of your brand's narrative.

The Pitfalls of Conventional Video Creation

Diving headlong into the video creation process without a clear strategy can be a recipe for underwhelming results. It's not necessarily about the budget spent or the team's talent. Often, it's the traditional approach to video production that's tripping brands up.

From briefing the agency, brainstorming ideas, production, to finally launching the video, there's potential for oversight without a clear roadmap.

Steps to Crafting a Professional Promotional Video:

1. Define the Objective

Start with clarity. Ask yourself: "What do I want to achieve with this video?" By zeroing in on a precise goal—whether that's launching an innovative product, enhancing brand affinity, or driving website traffic—you lay a robust foundation. This clear purpose ensures every frame, every word, and every sound bite in your video works in unison towards that goal.

2. Know Your Audience

Who are you speaking to? Dive into the intricacies of your target audience. Employ tools like Google Analytics to grasp their digital behavior, initiate surveys to tap into their preferences, and leverage social media insights to understand their interests. When you deeply know your audience, you can tailor your message to resonate profoundly.

3. Craft a Compelling Story

Let's captivate. Introduce real stories of individuals transformed by your product. Showcase conflicts and their resolutions, making the viewer root for a solution—your product. By integrating evocative imagery, you trigger emotions, creating memorable video moments.

4. Decide on the Format

Your message can wear many hats. It could be a heartfelt testimonial shot in an authentic setting or a crisp product demonstration. Perhaps an engaging animated explainer or a genuine behind-the-scenes peek into your company's heartbeat. Choose the format that not only suits your objective but also resonates best with your audience.

5. Write a Script

Drafting is your blueprint. Initially, your script might be far from perfect, but with refinement, it becomes a beacon. By timing each segment rightly—concise for social media, detailed for platforms like YouTube—and seeking feedback, you'll mold it into a compelling narrative.

6. Invest in Quality Equipment

Gear up for greatness. While smartphones can capture, professional equipment elevates your video to a realm of its own. Think DSLRs for vivid visuals, lavalier mics for crystal clear sound, and softboxes for that perfect lighting. Quality equipment isn't just about clarity—it's about presenting your brand at its best.

7. Choose the Right Location

Set the stage. Locations aren't just backgrounds—they set the mood. Prioritize scouting to identify places that align with your video's tone. And always, always ensure you have the necessary permissions. It's about being professional and respectful.

8. Include a Call-to-Action (CTA)

Guide your viewer. What should they do after watching your video? Shop? Learn more? A well-placed, clear CTA not only instructs but also entices. Play around, test various CTAs, and see which garners the most traction.

9. Edit Thoughtfully

Editing isn't just about cutting—it's about crafting. While trimming away the excess, focus on maintaining a coherent flow. Simple transitions, balanced sound design, and the judicious use of background scores can significantly uplift your video's appeal.

10. Optimize for Different Platforms

Tailor-fit your masterpiece. Each platform has its nuances—a square video for Instagram, a detailed one for YouTube. Adjust resolutions, tweak video lengths, and customize thumbnails to ensure optimal engagement across platforms.

11. Promote Your Video

Your video is ready, but the journey's just begun. Tease your audience with snippets, actively engage with their feedback, and consider partnerships for wider reach. Promotion isn't just about visibility—it's about fostering connections.


The Venture Promise

Here at Venture, we don't just produce videos; we craft brand legacies. Our immersive process unlocks valuable insights, ensuring that each promotional video isn’t just a fleeting piece of content but a memorable chapter in your brand's saga. 

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Emily Malone

Written by Emily Malone Marketing Manager for Venture — a full-service video production agency that specialises in producing creative videos & campaigns that get real results.

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