Using video to tell stories

Using video to tell stories

video storytelling

People love stories because they can create an emotional connection and leave a lasting impression. One of the best ways to do this is by using video. Video storytelling is an effective way to communicate with your audience and boost your brand. The video format allows you to incorporate words, images and music to create a certain feeling and take audiences on a memorable journey.

Here are some tried and true methods for using video to tell stories in your brand marketing:

Tell your own brand story

Customers don’t become loyal to a brand because of its branding. They don’t even buy into a brand because of its products or services. Customers become loyal to a brand because of its purpose – its ‘why’.

So, what is your ‘why’? Why do you exist? What do you care about? What problem do you want to solve? What can you offer your customers?

Take this information and tell the story of your brand. Make it beautiful and make it understandable. A short video is the quickest and most effective way of doing this. While people can go and read the ‘about’ page on your website easily enough, using video to tell your brand story is a much more immersive, memorable experience.

Here’s an example of how we’ve done this for our client Assemble:

Assemble hired Spotlight to produce a video to tell the story of Adam Goodrum furtniture designer and his latest design The Aran collection sold at CULT design.

The film is documentary style using interviews of Adam Goodrum- Designer and Richard Munao – CULT owner to tell the story behind the designs and design process. Spotlight also used footage of the workshop and the collection for an engaging personal style video that could be used for various sales campaigns.

Tell the story of your event or promotion

While it’s easy enough to create a promotional video to showcase your business’ products, services or events, first take a moment to think about your approach.

Let’s use an example. If you have an event to promote, you wouldn’t create a video that just states when and where it is. You’d tell a story about it. You would show someone attending the event, the emotions on their face, how they interact with other people and what a great time they’re having. By telling this story, you’re helping customers understand what to expect from attending the event themselves.

Tell the story of your customers

Sourcing video testimonials from your customers is a great way to genuinely represent what your business does and the value it provides. Testimonials are also another form of video storytelling, using real people to tell real stories.

Testimonials can either be used as a marketing tool on their own, or incorporated into a larger project, like we’ve done in this video for EB Transport. They add credibility to your business.

EB Transport

Spotlight Production worked in collaboration with Marketing Entourage – marketing agency to produce a cost effective about us video to portray EB Transport’s services.

Interview Tips

Interviewing a customer or client for a testimonial video will require a bit of setup. Here are a few tips:

  • Choose an interview subject who has had a great experience with your business and demonstrates passion
  • Make sure they feel comfortable, know what they’re going to say and are well presented
  • Try not to film against a wall. Set up the subject in the centre of the room to film, as this gives them room to move and adds depth to the background.

Video can be used in a variety of ways to tell stories. If you’d like help using video to take your customers on a journey with your business, get in touch with Melbourne video production company, Spotlight Productions.