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Seven Ways to Use Animated Videos in Marketing

Seven Ways to Use Animated Videos in Marketing

While marketing companies have a number of tools that they use, one of the most effective tools is creating videos to sell a product or service. YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google, which makes it a cost-effective way to have customers find you and buy from you. If you create animated videos for your marketing, you can make difficult topics more enjoyable or understandable. How and why should you use animated videos in marketing? Read on to find out more.

Market to businesses

If you need to create a presentation to show to high-level executives in another field where you want to sell your product or service, you can use animated videos to discuss it. This will save your potential client’s time, so they will appreciate the gesture. You also will be able to get across more ideas than if you used words. A video shows your product’s advantages right away. It can point to things that neither words nor conventional photography can, and can demonstrate a complicated process. If you wanted to show your customer what a finished product would look like, animation is the way to go.

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E-mail campaigns

If you are sending out an email blast, animated videos will be effective. Animation in a marketing emails will attract viewers. People like to click on videos. You get the added advantage of not using a lot of words or taking up a lot of space when trying to market to people. The hitch in an e-mail campaign is that it might not be compatible on all devices and servers. Some providers strip attachments as a general rule too.

Television advertising

When animation is added to 3D televisions or HDTV, the effect is a thrill ride for those that are watching. If you plan to advertise on television, you can improve the ad by putting an animated video on TV. This will allow customers to remember you more effectively when it is time to buy from you.

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Website feature

When clever and entertaining, putting an animated video on your website can convince people they want to stay to learn what you have to offer. Your site will be more searchable too. If you want to have potential customers stay with you for a long time, add a video that runs like a computer game. You want fun features, such as a bobbing face in a house window, a clickable door leading to another “room” in the house, or a dog dashing unexpectedly from behind a chair. You can direct them to other pages through the animation. Ask people to find hidden treasures and make them more likely to purchase your product. Through animation, you can use special effects on your website that would cost a fortune if you chose to film with actors in a studio. Animation also can make people laugh and remember your site more readily.

Technical information

If your product or service involves a lot of technical terms, jargon or complicated ideas, you will get your message across to the potential client more effectively through animation. Remember when you were young? Teachers often showed videos with cartoons to explain tough subjects. The results are the same even though we’re all adults now.

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Entertainment

Some items for sale are dull or need to be presented in a more humorous way. Animation is a way you can do that. If you sell something for bathroom plumbing, you might benefit by making the animated video funny. Or if you are an accountant and want to discuss something other than numbers in a spreadsheet, you might turn to animation to make it entertaining.

Better image

You might be an excellent sales representative or owner of the company, but you might not want your image on your website. You can create an animated video that is a better picture of your business than what you would otherwise put on your website. Videos are better than still photography in general. People like to see movement in a picture, which is why videos are popular.

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Choosing to use animation in your marketing will enhance the way people perceive your product or service.

Featured photo credit: Inspiring Videos via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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