What To Consider Before Creating a Whiteboard Animation Video

What To Consider Before Creating a Whiteboard Animation Video

Creating a whiteboard animation video for your business is a great idea. But don’t make the decision without putting in some thought first. It’s certainly a good idea to cover all your bases before putting your marketing dollars to work. But since you’ve haven’t given yourself the green light yet, let’s go over something important. You need to know what to consider before creating a whiteboard animation video.

Remember that there are a lot of companies out there that create whiteboard animation videos. The style and quality of work differ from one company to another. And as popular and effective as these videos are, a lot can go wrong in certain circumstances. This won’t happen to you, though, because we’re going to give you the information you need before moving forward.

Here’s what to consider before creating a whiteboard animation video.

Is a Whiteboard Animation Video Right For My Business?

There is almost no circumstance where the implementation of a whiteboard video wouldn’t help. They translate extremely well to virtually every kind of business. But we suppose it would be disingenuous to say with certainty that they’re perfect for every situation. The type of service or product you’re promoting, your long-term marketing goals, and your message should influence your decision.

But there are some circumstances where whiteboard animation videos really are a perfect choice. For example:

When You’re Explaining Something Technical or Complicated

If the message you want to deliver involves a complex system or innovative idea, whiteboard animation videos are ideal. Research has shown that retention increases almost 20% when information is delivered this way. When education is the goal, the whiteboard style excels. This kind of animation can unravel concepts in a fun and engaging way.

When You Have A Lot To Say

Whiteboard animation videos are great at presenting lengthy information in an appealing way. The best examples are whiteboard videos that animate speeches. You’ve likely seen some of these. The brain retains visual information better than auditory. So when animated explanations are paired with the audio of a speech, the speech is no longer, well, boring! It becomes exciting and twice as interesting when you see the speaker’s words come to life in a creative way.

When You Need A Corporate Training or B2B Video

Whiteboard videos are very popular in the corporate space for a reason. It doesn’t matter if the artwork style that matches your business is cartoony or realistic. With precise copywriting and good artwork, your B2B or training video will pique the viewer’s interest and keep their attention. Compared to other options, whiteboard animation should be strongly considered for corporate purposes.

Mistakes Companies Make When Creating A Whiteboard Animation Video

Not every whiteboard animation is created perfectly. Knowledge, experience, and asking the right questions are important to the success of your video. Some common mistakes in whiteboard animation videos are:

To Show The Hand Or Not To Show The Hand

Make sure you decide if showing the drawing hand is what you want. Most of the time, clients prefer to show the hand. It can bring a sense of realism and gives the video added character. But, sometimes showing the hand doesn’t mesh with the aesthetic. Communicate with your creative director to make this decision.

No White Background

We’ve seen whiteboard animation that presented content with a fully-colored background. In our opinion, this a mistake. It lessens the effect that this kind of animation can have. When the viewer sees the artwork manifesting on a white background, it becomes familiar. In a very real way, the white background makes the video more relatable. Only use color for background purposes to help emphasize certain points.

Be very cautious when thinking about doing a full-color background in whiteboard animation videos. It’s almost never a good idea.

No interconnected artwork

One of the calling cards of whiteboard animation is the seamless style of interconnected imagery. One thing always leads to the next with many images literally connected to each other. Some videos choose not to do this at all, resulting in a less-effective final product. We’re not saying the ink should literally connect everything throughout the entire video. But make sure that you break from connected imagery sparingly. Too much isolated imagery can hinder continuity.

Creating A Whiteboard Animation Video Using Multiple Artwork Styles

This adds confusion to the video that just isn’t necessary. Choose an art style and stick with it for the whole video.

Low-Quality Animation

Be sure that the whiteboard animation company you’re using has talented, experienced artists working for them. Bad artwork defeats the whole purpose of putting your marketing dollars toward a project like this. Look at artwork samples and previous videos the company has made to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

What To Consider Before Creating a Whiteboard Animation Video – Conclusion

When choosing a whiteboard animation company, makes sure they’re actually a whiteboard animation company. Meaning, don’t go with a company that runs a different kind of business but offers whiteboard animation on the side. Hire professionals. Even if it costs a bit more, it will be worth it. When done right, commissioning a video like this can have far-reaching, positive effects. Do your best to stay informed and steer clear of easily-avoidable mistakes.

Contact Ydraw for the best customer experience and the best whiteboard animation videos in the industry!

Why You Need An Explainer Video (3 Compelling Reasons)

Why You Need An Explainer Video (3 Compelling Reasons)

Explainer videos are short, concise videos designed to explain an idea or system using animation. Through artwork, any concept can be presented in an engaging way and then easily understood. Political processes, scientific methodology, innovative business models, and everything in between can be brought to life through a well-made explainer video.

Hundreds of thousands of companies have commissioned them over the last decade to help deliver messages in an appealing way. Have you put marketing dollars toward an explainer video? If not, you should. Here are three reasons why.

Video is King

There are business owners out there who think the one effective thing they’re supposed to do to engage with their audience is upload a written blog to their site every so often. This is certainly better than doing nothing. But the fact is that video is THE most consumed type of content. Did you know YouTube gets more visitors in a day than Facebook? Today, video is king. It’s what people prefer. And if all you’re doing is creating written content and nothing else, you’re not doing what’s most effective.

When potential customers are visiting your site for the first time, there needs to be a quick video on your landing page explaining precisely what you want them to know. A 2015 Google poll showed that over half of internet users feel more comfortable with websites that have instructional video content. This is because video content helps to legitimize your company, in addition to effectively delivering your message. By the way, the same study showed that the probability of someone buying on online product goes way up if they watch a video about it first.

Nothing is More Effective

Explainer videos are fantastic at catching attention quickly and retaining it. A Forbes study last year concluding that 4 seconds is all you have to engage someone before they click away. This is why well over half of all sharing on social media is video. Why do explainer videos catch attention so well? Because animation is less predictable and more appealing than live footage which makes it more intriguing from the get-go.

Animated explainer videos also have an incredible charm about them. Using visual thinking and metaphors, topics come to life effortlessly in a fun and engaging way. People love them. Plain and simple.

ROI

But the real reason why you need an explainer video is because of the tremendous ROI. Companies who don’t employ video marketing grow more than 50% slower than those that do. A recent study from Adobe polled a large number of marketing professionals. Over half of them said that video has the best ROI compared to any other type of content they roll out.

Why You Need An Explainer Video – Conclusion

There’s no reason why an explainer video wouldn’t help what you’re trying to accomplish. Especially if what you’re doing involves complicated process or new ideas. If that describes you, contact us and let’s talk.

We’ll Leave You With This

In the early days of Dropbox, their first huge boost came from an explainer video. Within a year of posting it, their revenue increased by over $50 million. Their user count increased by over 10 million. All directly traced to their decision to create and publish an animated explainer video. Sit on that for a while.

How To Measure The Sales Impact of Your Videos (3 Focus Points)

How To Measure The Sales Impact of Your Videos (3 Focus Points)

If you’re spending your marketing dollars on video content, good job. When done right, video content achieves incredible ROI. But just having Ydraw create an awesome video for you and then setting it free on the internet would be unwise. You need to track what it’s doing. Is your video actually working for you? You need to know how to measure the sales impact of your videos. Here’s how.

Conversion Rate

First of all, you need to track the conversation rate. How many people are taking the action you want them to after watching your video? If the percentage is lower than you expected, you’ll need to do some research. Maybe your call-to-action isn’t as compelling as it needs to be. Perhaps your target audience isn’t being found because you’re not using the right platform. These are only two of the who-knows-how-many reasons for your video’s performance. Dig in and get the data.

On the flip side, if the conversation rate from your video is good or better than good, find out why. Do research on what’s causing it to work so well so you can replicate those things in other areas of your marketing – including future videos.

Engagement Rates

Next, you need to measure engagement rates. Use analytics and software to get your answers. What percentage of viewers are watching the whole thing compared to how many are clicking away before it’s over? Is there’s a particular moment in the video that has the highest clickthrough rate? How many likes, shares, and subscribes is the video producing? Depending on your video host, there are many more metrics you can measure that are very helpful.

If your engagement rate is low, then you’ve got some figuring out to do. Video comment sections can be a helpful way to learn what people think about it. If there’s a pattern in the negative feedback, that should allow you to pinpoint some of the issues. Don’t be afraid to engage with customers directly and ask questions, whether via email or right there in the comments.

And, just like we mentioned above, if your engagement rate is awesome, do similar research to make sure that you understand what’s working. You’ll want to implement these practices in future marketing efforts.

Vanity Metrics

Do your best not to be fooled by vanity metrics. What are vanity metrics? These are things like the number of comments, likes, and views a video is getting. The reason we say not to be fooled by them is because even though those things generate excitement for you, a lot of times they don’t correlate to increased sales.

However, we’re not saying that more views is always disconnected from sales. You’ll have way more conversion opportunities the more views you get. You may just need to a little optimizing. Revisit how the video is placed on the page, the video’s size, and its thumbnail image. It’s common to do a lot of experimenting with these types of things to find out what generates the best results.

How to Measure the Sales Impact of Your Videos – Conclusion

Don’t make the mistake of failing to monitor the impact of your marketing dollars. You’re wise to spend them on video content. But just because video content has a historically high ROI doesn’t mean you don’t need to monitor it. Now that you know how to measure the sales impact of your videos, get in the habit of viewing the analytics. Don’t try and let the video do all the work. Lead and guide it to generate the most sales possible.

Don’t Get A Whiteboard Video Until You Read This

We get asked by clients if they should do a whiteboard video over other types of videos. We stand by our conviction that a whiteboard animation video still will get you the results you need.

But we wouldn’t want you to just take our word for it. We are a little bias. Our friends from the UK created a video that can explain it better than we can.

Cognitive started Whiteboard videos in the UK back around the same time that Ydraw began. They received millions of views and awards.

They were the inspiration that started it all. Here are some stats on why you should be telling your story with a whiteboard video.

Don’t forget these quick points.

  • Although a whiteboard video will get you better results, a bad script will ruin any video
  • Videos do not go viral without some marketing

Have a great day!

Stories Businesses Need to Tell – Moron Monday

Stories Businesses Need to Tell – Moron Monday

Businesses all have a story and it should be told.

When you tell your story people will relate to your product or service.

We are breaking it down on what types of stories you should be sharing with your customers in this weeks episode of Moron Monday.

If you missed last weeks episode, you can find it here.

 

Hey guys. What’s up? Jace over here at Ydraw.

Today we’re going to be talking about one of my favorite subjects. We’ve been trying to push this down companies throats for years now, and I just thought I’d sit down and break it down for you guys so you know why stories matter.

So, we’re going to discuss stories.

Here are six stories you should be telling your customers. We have another blog that has seven, but I put two together.

I’m going to go over these and then, at the end of this video, I’m going to show you guys what we did for Ydraw. We just created a simple video to show you step number one, a history of our business case.

So let’s run through these real quick.

HISTORY

Very first thing, every company should be talking about their history. They should be telling the stories of how their company got started. And that does matter.

Think about the story of Apple, we all know it.

Think about the story of Tesla, about SpaceX, about Facebook. Zuckerberg…young… didn’t know what he was doing, built a billion dollar company. We all get pulled into the stories, and majority of companies don’t tell their stories.

So it’s important that you go out there and tell them how you got started.

 

HOW YOUR PRODUCT/SERVICE WAS DISCOVERED

Next is how your product or service was discovered. What did you do to figure out your product or service?

Now, you can combine these a little bit, but people want to know….how did you discover your product or service?

And by doing that, what happens is, they’re like, hey, I was in that same guy’s shoes.

I was looking for the same solution to a problem. And if you tell people how your company came about or how the problem was discovered, then they’re more likely to buy into your business.

And remember, what all of this does is it gets multiple touches so people want to do business with you.

People do business with those who they like and trust. And all these stories get people to like and trust you so that they’ll give you money.

 

EXPLAINER VIDEO

Third one is an explainer video.

Back in 2011 explainer videos where the hot thing, everyone went out and got explainer videos because they were told that’s what they need, but they didn’t realize there was a bunch of other stuff that needs to go with it.

So they would have a great explainer video, stick it out on YouTube and hope they get business but it didn’t happen that way.

But a good explainer video is simple. You need to do a strong opening, a headline, problem, solution, and call to action.

That should be your formula because it just shows, here’s the problem, here’s how our product solves that problem, and then it gives them a call to action.

 

TESTIMONIAL VIDEO

You need testimonial videos.

You need people who will talk about your business, it’s like a case study, or if somebody gets on a camera, that’s good social proof, so you need those.

 

WHY YOU OVER THE COMPETITORS

You need, “why you over your competitors?” I get asked this all the time on sales calls, businesses will say, “hey, Jace, why should I choose you over your competitors?”.

And I just tell them, we have videos that discuss that.

 

TUTORIAL VIDEO

And then, finally, tutorial videos.

When somebody buys your product or service, it’s best if you can give them tutorial videos so they know how to use it.

And then within those you can always ask for referrals. Got it.

 

HISTORY

So let’s talk about history.

Last month I went and spoke at PPAI conference, and it was on video marketing. I always start off with my story, my struggle, my triumph, and then why it matters to them.

Now why do I do this? It’s so that people can look at me and be like, “hey, he’s relatable, he’s been in the dumps, he’s had to overcome some trial stuff like that”.

If you ever go listen to really good speakers, they always start with their story.

Jimmy Fallon, in one of our articles, which I’ll link to this, we talked about the first night when Jimmy Fallon came on the tonight show (I think it’s the tonight show).

All he did was tell the story, he explained where he came from and people loved it.

So you always want to talk about your story.

So when you’re telling the history, tell them where you came from, the struggles, and then how you overcame those struggles, and then why it matters to them.

A video that we just created for Ydraw, I’m going to show you how we did it. Well, I’m just going to show it to you and you’ll get how we did it.

We basically talk about where we started, why it mattered, and then there were stakes at hand.

You have to have some type of stakes in your story. And when I say stakes, that means you have to overcome something.

There has to be an obstacle. If you just go out and say, “oh yeah, I started a company made millions of dollars”, no one really cares.

What they care about is the struggle that it took to start that company.

What were you going to lose? Did you put up all your money? Did you put up everything? And every business out there has stakes.

So, if you’d take a look at Apple, if you take a look at Facebook, the history of all these great companies, they had stakes.

They had something that they were about to lose. They were about to go under. They put all their life on line, stuff like that.

If you go into the movie theaters, every good movie is structured like this.

You have a Star Wars, it starts off with Luke, whose parents die, finds a guide Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he trains him. He overcomes great odds and happily ever after.

And you’ll notice Pixar does the same thing. They have a certain formula that every single one of their movies follow.

 

YDRAW HISTORY

So, I’m going to show you the video that we have, but make sure your company is doing these stories.

Go out there and start off with a history. Tell people (and it doesn’t need to be some big production) how you got started, why it matters, and why it should matter to them.

Tell them what you overcame, and just from doing that, you’re going to get more business. And then also it gives you content to put in front of people.

So, if you have questions on this, we would love to help. We do create scripts for this, we do create videos for this, we’d be happy to help you go to ydraw.com and that is it. Peace.

What Is Tone and Mood and Why Do They Matter to Your Video?

What Is Tone and Mood and Why Do They Matter to Your Video?

By Erica Schmidt Jabali

According to a Harvard professor, at least 95% of purchasing decisions are made subconsciously – or based on how we feel. We could be influenced by a brand’s commercial, their marketing, brand packaging, and more.

This means simply giving the facts and figures in your video isn’t enough – you have to strike an emotional chord with your target consumer in order to motivate them to act.  (read more here)

This is one reason why we ask in our questionnaire and on our kick-off calls what tone and mood you want in your video.

And, we are usually met with crickets on the other end of the line.

Turns out, for those of us who haven’t been in high school English classes for a long time (okay, a really long time), we might need a little brushing up on our tone and mood skills.

Don’t worry – we got you.

So, sharpen your pencils and sit up straight – because your speed-round refresher course on Tone vs. Mood starts now:

TONE:

Tone is the author’s attitude towards the subject. Remember when your mom used to say, “Don’t you take that tone with me!” Well, she wasn’t wrong – the tone we use in our speech is similar to the tone a piece of writing or voiceover in a video takes.

Here are some examples of videos that use a different tone:

In this video, the client wanted a confident, inspirational, educational tone:

 

Whereas in this video, the client asked for a relaxed, fun, beachy vibe, so our fan-favorite, chameleon of a voiceover talent, Dawson, actually used a surfer accent to achieve this goal

 

 

In this video, we wanted to replicate that infamous movie trailer voice to give it that movie trailer tone:

 

 

So, in short, tone is the inflections used by the voiceover in order to communicate how they feel about the subject.

Our VO talents are pros at taking a script and inferring the tone that it is trying to convey.

WHY THIS MATTERS:

You know your target customer better than anyone. You know what they like and don’t like. You know what their interests are, maybe their demographics, and even their buying patterns.

So, how do you think this person wants to be talked to?

Do they want that warm, motherly tone that says, “I’m here for you…”? It might end up sounding a little bit like this:

 

 

Do you want a fast-talking, witty, lightning speed commentary like this one?

 

 

The tone you choose for your video should be directly related to how your target consumer wants to be talked to.

 So, when deciding the tone for your video, consider the following questions:

  1. What prior marketing campaigns have been the most successful and what tone did they take?
  2. What type of tone will your target consumer be most responsive to?
  3. What tone will best represent your vision for your business and how you want to be perceived?

Try to think of three key words to describe this tone.

Excellent. Now that you have your tone figured out, let’s move on to mood:

MOOD:

 This is how the viewer will feel after watching your video.

For example, this client focuses on food kits for emergencies:

 

How did this video make you feel? That’s the mood of the video.

Our goal was to create a feeling of urgency, to make you feel that you need this product in order to be prepared and protect your family.

You need to think about the mood because you want to have that target in mind when writing your video.

For example, if you want your viewer to feel emotionally moved and compelled to act, then you’ll want to write the video with that goal in mind – and anything that does not compliment this mission has to be cut.

Sometimes, it can be painful to make cuts or reduce a video script to get it to a certain time – but if you think about all of your choices through the lens of – what will make my target consumer feel [x, y, z] – then it becomes much easier.

Since we know that people make most of their purchasing decisions based on how the branding or marketing makes them feel- then selecting the most appropriate tone and mood for your video becomes imperative.

WRAP IT UP:

  • The tone is the author’s attitude in the video and the tone of the VO and the script writing will communicate this
  • The tone creates the mood that your viewer will feel
  • With most purchasing decision made based on emotions – how you make your viewer feel is very important
  • Consider your target tone and mood carefully when preparing for your kick-off call!

There you have it. Everything you needed to know about tone and mood.

We hope this helps as you prepare for the scripting process. We’re here to help and hope to make the process as easy on you as possible.

Please reach out with any questions. We can’t wait to work with you!