It’s Time to Embrace Video for Business, Even If You Hate the Camera
First, your audience is watching. 55% of internet users watch at least one video a day, every day. 54% of executives share work-related videos with colleagues weekly. (Which begs the question what percentage share non-work-related videos?) Clearly, video is used for much more than movie clips and funny pet tricks at this point.
But this likely isn’t news to you.
If you aren’t embracing video for your business at this point, there’s a reason. Do any of these sound familiar?
80% of consumers say authenticity is their biggest driver in following a brand. So live stream as yourself without all of the filters and scripts. Let people get to know you.
Now that the excuses are quickly evaporating, let’s tackle the real reason you probably haven’t embraced video:
You hate the camera.
- Watch Gary V. Gary Vaynerchuk started off in his family’s liquor business and has become a well-known author and marketing guru. His style is uber casual. Watch his videos to get a feel for how “doable” video is.
- Master what looks good on camera. Experiment with different things to look your best on camera. The better you feel you look, the more you’ll be willing to embrace the medium. That might mean knowing what colors look good on you, wearing darker makeup than usual so you don’t look washed out, finding or creating good lighting, using a backdrop you like, limiting loud patterns, not sitting in front of your light source, or a host of others.
- Create a fun intro. If you’re doing a video series, consider paying someone to create a fun intro or do one yourself. It will give a professional look to your videos and make it clear they are part of an ongoing series.
- Commit to them. If you commit to doing videos on a regular basis, you’ll begin to feel like you’re letting your audience down if you don’t keep up. This can be a powerful motivator.
- Have a reason. Like any major goal in life, if you have a reason as to why you’re doing something, you’ll be more successful. For instance, when you go on a diet to lose weight, and you see that scale number decrease, it gives you motivation. If you set a goal tied to your videos, like gaining more followers or shares, seeing that happen will give you good reason to keep at it.
Video is an absolute necessity in today’s business. It helps potential customers or clients to get to know, like, and trust you. It’s a good medium to help you connect with your audience because they can see and hear you while they learn from you. If you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to give up the excuses and embrace this excellent opportunity for your business.
Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers, and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and WritersWeekly. She is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and the Event Manager Blog.
Christina is an introverted writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.