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Explainer Videos: The Business and Marketing Tool of 2017

Presenting your business story is an essential part of any marketing strategy. It’s why so many company websites have “About Us” page, and why people at conferences always ask “how did your business get started?” But explaining the history, products, and mission of a business in just a few sentences is not always easy. Even if the story is written well, it’s unlikely that site visitors and potential customers will really feel engaged. The written word is indeed a powerful tool but it doesn’t lend itself well to wholly explaining a business story. So is there a better way to explain your businesses products, brands, and goals?

Luckily there is! Explainer videos solve many of the problems that come with compressing and simplifying your company message in a way that makes it easy to convey to current and potential clients. Explainer videos offer a more versatile and interactive platform for you to work with, which means you can let your creativity thrive. Despite the advantages and benefits of explainer videos, they are still relatively uncommon in the wider business world relative to the more traditional “About Us” page.

However, this could all change very soon. In recent years, there has been an uptick of companies using explainer videos as part of their online marketing strategy. Creativa, for example, is a popular video production and animation studio in Australia that offers an Explainer Video Melbourne service. They aren’t the only business to see the potential in explainer videos, and there are many new businesses working in explainer video production being established.

The Benefits and Challenges of Explainer Videos 

Explainer videos have many useful benefits like the ability to break down complex company messaging and business speak in order to present them in friendly and compelling way. With explainer videos, you also have a wide range of options available when it comes to the presentation, like cartoon style video, sketch animation, 3D modelling, and of course live action.

An explainer video can better showcase the character of your business and personality while also telling a unique story. They’re way more attention-grabbing than a paragraph and they’ll liven up your pitch. Research has also shown that they can even help increase conversion rates and public interest.

Explainer videos are also far more likely to be shared on social media, which means your business can easily reach a much wider audience. The increased versatility of explainer videos is a huge benefit, but there are also potential challenges as well. Because you can do so much with an explainer video, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, and there’s a tendency for businesses to overcomplicate the video creation process. While it’s definitely possible to create an explainer video yourself, hiring a video production expert who can help you carefully plan out every aspect of your video is a good way to solve this issue.

There’s also the cost to consider as well. While this is all very subjective depending on the length and aesthetic of your video, an explainer video is going to cost more than simply writing an “About Us” page or product information page. Although there’s a higher short-term cost, it’s an investment that will reap endless marketing benefits in the long run.

The Future of Explainer Videos

Thanks to their impressive ability to increase conversion rates, explainer videos are increasing in popularity every year. Planning and designing an explainer video can seem daunting, but there’s a number of professional video producers out there who can help. Statistics released by WyzOwl, a leading animated explainer video producer, showed that 84% of consumers actively bought a product or service after watching the business’s explainer video and 79% of consumers prefer explainer videos to simply reading text.

Overall, it’s fair to say that more and more businesses will likely be taking a greater interest in explainer videos. Explainer videos have shown to actively increase engagement and sales, making them highly effective and valuable marketing tools.

The future is looking very positive for explainer videos. We’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future of online marketing!

The laws of meetings: How to maximise your business efficiency

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a large or small company; views on meetings are largely universal. They’re often overused, inefficient, and generally a waste of time.

Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but in a nutshell, meeting dynamics across the world can be reformed.

Taking this into account, when it comes to your own company’s meetings, how should you approach matters? Should you go with the flow and “become one of them”, or should you challenge the norm and take matters into your own hands? Suffice to say, today’s post is on how to achieve the latter.

Tread carefully with recurrent meetings

The software companies gave themselves a huge pat on the back when they allowed recurrent meetings to be scheduled at the quick of a button. In truth, this is a worthwhile feature for many meetings – but not all.

After all, while you might build a case for a weekly performance meeting, many other recurrent ones aren’t perhaps needed.

Now, before you suggest that you can simply “play it by ear” and decide when you get to the meeting, this is one of the easiest mistakes to make. After all, by the time everyone has arrived and discussed the matter at hand, regardless of how briefly, valuable time has been eaten away.

The moral of the story? Carefully decide whether your recurrent meetings really need to be recurrent.

Get the agenda out there – and make it actionable

There’s nothing worse than being called into a meeting only to find that there is no structure or agenda. In these cases, it often leads to a free-for-all where people can talk about anything and everything, regardless of how important it actually is.

Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule, but in general, an agenda is key. Not only does it give the meeting some much-needed structure, but it also allows you to assign actions to specific people. This, in turn, makes the meeting far more actionable and less of a time waster.

Stop people from going off on tangents

There’s always one person in every meeting that just can’t help themselves. They see the meeting as an opportunity to show off their knowledge, regardless of how relevant it is to the discussion.

While it’s important to allow some level of creativity, you also need to rein people in when they start to go off on tangents. After all, if everyone in the meeting starts to do this, it quickly descends into a free-for-all where nothing gets done.

Could a remote meeting do the trick?

It would be fair to say that we’re now well and truly in the age of remote meetings. Most of us are used to them now and like them due to how much time they can save us.

However, they don’t always work. This is particularly true if you want to impress new clients or perhaps need a whiteboarding session. In these instances, nothing quite beats the dynamics of a face-to-face affair. If you decide to go down this route, the obvious caveat is the knock-on effects. Whether booking that dreaded meeting room or ensuring your insurance obligations are up to scratch ahead of receiving external visitors, make sure you’re prepared for in-person meetings.

Keep it short and sweet

There’s no need to drag out meetings unnecessarily. If you can achieve everything you need to in 30 minutes, there’s no need to make it an hour-long affair.

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!