Content marketing is all about one thing right now: Video.
Video engages audiences and it gets them to take action, whether it’s getting them to leave a like or a comment, getting them to visit your website, or promoting your products or services in order to boost sales and conversions. There are numerous ways to leverage video right now, and luckily, it’s easier than ever to create beautiful videos – even while on the go.
In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to create beautiful promo social videos with your iPhone.
But first, what kinds of videos should you create for your brand? How exactly should you leverage videos on social media?
Promo social videos: the what, why and how of creating great videos for social
There are a plethora of ways to use video on social media as a brand; video can help you reach your marketing goals faster, from improving reach and brand awareness to boosting your engagement and even your sales.
Here are some of the types of videos you can create for your social media channels, to give you some inspiration before I actually show you how to create awesome social media videos:
- Brand videos: highlight your brand with video, showing viewers what your brand is, what it stands for, what makes it unique and interesting and what your core values are (of course, not all in one video – that’s just to give you an idea of how you can highlight your brand using social videos)
- Product videos: use videos focusing on a specific product to boost your awareness and even more importantly, your sales
- Behind the scenes: another great way to highlight your brand; simply show some behind the scenes images to get social media users to connect with you on a more personal level
- Special offers and sales: if you’ve got any special offers on tap, use video to promote them and get people to take action
- Educational videos: show viewers how to use your product, what they can do with it and how they can get the most out of it
- Quotes: quotes are super popular on social media and people absolutely love them; you can go the boring route and create an image with your awesome quote…or you can make your post more engaging by turning it into a short video
- Tips: share some handy tips that your audience would find useful, in a video
- Listicle: people love listicles and you can use them for pretty much anything: the best tools and apps, top recipes, the best books and so on
How to create awesome promo social videos with Impresso
So, do you have any videos in mind that you’d like to create?
Creating professional-looking social media videos directly on your phone is much easier than you’re probably expecting – in fact, it can take you just as long to create a short video as it would a regular social media image.
You just need the right app, of course; and if you have an iPhone, like me, you’re going to love Impresso.
In a nutshell, Impresso is a free video creator smartphone app that lets you create short social media videos in literally a matter of minutes: you pick a template, you customize the template with text, fonts, brand colours, music and other elements and then you simply share it to the social network of your choice. It’s really that easy.
Here’s how it works:
Pick a template
Once you’ve downloaded the app – which is free, by the way – you’re directly taken to see all the templates, organized in categories:
You can see, at a glance, the most popular templates and the latest template additions; the rest are organized mostly by industry/niche (such as business, design, real estate, travel, fashion and so on) but you can also find other handy categories, like Quotes (which are so popular on social media!).
Once you’ve found a template that works for your video idea, tap it to open up the editor: time to get to fun part, editing and customizing your video.
How to edit your social media video
Now that you’re in the editor, you can see that all your customization options are listed under the video:
So even though you’re on your phone’s smaller screen, it’s super easy to edit the content and create a professional-looking video.
The first thing you might want to change is the visual component – and it’s super easy to do. Simply tap on the image in the video and then tap on Replace to see your options:
There are a few options here; either:
- Use images and video clips from your own library (quick tip: watermark your visual content and upload it to the video to ensure it’s watermarked)
- Use images from a variety of high-quality free stock imagery sites: Unsplash (my personal favourite), Pexels and Pixabay
Once you’ve selected the image or video you want to use, you can easily move the text included in your video by tapping and moving your finger to where you want it.
Next, you’re probably going to want to change the text in your video; you can easily add your own text by tapping the Text option or by editing the existing text from the template; and, as you can see below, you have the option to show that text throughout the entire video or only that specific screen:
Once you’ve written your message, you can start customizing the text; tap on the text to see all of your options, such as changing the font (they’ve got an extensive library of fonts and I’m very happy that they have my brand font as well!):
You can also change the colour of your text, the alignment (to make sure it’s just right!), the size, as well as change the duration (i.e. how long the message should appear on the video). But my favourite part is the fact that you can choose one of dozens of animations for your text to make it stand out even more:
Oh, and by the way, as you keep editing your video, you can also preview it at any time to ensure everything looks as you want it to.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can very easily move things around by tapping and dropping any element wherever you want it.
But not, let’s look at some of the other editing options.
Next in line, you can add a coloured background to your video, in case you don’t want to use images/videos, as well as so it appears depending on the animations you’re using for your video (for example, if it’s a “fade” animation, instead of showing white, it can show the colour of your choice, fading into your actual video.How to create beautiful promo social videos with your iPhone #smm #videomarketingClick To Tweet
If you don’t want to select each colour used on your video manually, there is a great shortcut: just use one of the Palettes available:
There are numerous options here, so you’re bound to find something that works with your branding or with the videos’ aesthetic.
No video is truly read without some music though; luckily, you can add music from their collection or you can upload your own music (make sure you have the rights to use it tough!).
If you want to add more scenes to your video (for example, you might want a different scene at the end with a call to action, or maybe you simply want to create a longer video that tells a story), all you have to do is tap on the + sign right under your video and select either “duplicate last scene” or “add new scene”:
For example, I’ve chosen to duplicate the last scene so that I can keep the main elements and just make a few changes; this will create another identical scene which you can customize just like I showed you earlier: change the text or add more text, change the image or video used, change the colours and so on; you can also control exactly how long each scene in your video will last from the editing options you have right below the video (as you’ve probably noticed in some of the screenshots I showed you throughout this article).
If you want to add even more scenes, just repeat the process; be careful though, as you don’t want your video to be too long or else your social media audience might not watch it through to the end (and since we’re on this subject, make sure your first scene is super compelling to ensure as many people as possible watch your video to the end – and hopefully, see and act upon your call to action).
Another very important aspect that I have to mention is that you can easily (and automatically) resize your video to optimize it for the platform you want to share it on:
There are several options, for most major social networks:
- Instagram videos: square, portrait, landscape, Story
- Facebook: square, Facebook cover, regular Facebook post
- Twitter: regular Twitter post
- LinkedIn: regular LinkedIn post
- And, of course, Youtube
This feature is super useful for a few different reasons: for one thing, you absolutely have to optimize all content for the specific social network you’re posting the video on but most of all, it allows you to optimize the same video, easily, for all of your social profiles.
And that is pretty much the whole shebang; once you’re done editing your video, just tap on the Share button at the top right hand corner of your screen and you’re video will be automatically created; plus, you’ll also have a few sharing options: download it to your phone’s camera roll to upload the video manually, at a later time, or share it directly from within the app:
Rest assured, your videos will all be saved to your Impresso library/dashboard, in the Projects section:
Oh, and if you need any help using the app, there’s an in-app chat as well 🙂
Create your own video templates
Another great feature that I had to mention – and one that’s been recently introduced in an update – is that you can create collage video from scratch.
All you have to do is tab on the + that’s placed in the middle (bottom) of your app screen and that will take you to the Layouts feature:
As you’ll see, there are numerous collage layout options to choose from – once you find one you like, or that works for your project, simply tap on it and start editing and customizing it just like I showed you previously, with a regular video: add multiple images/videos, add text and calls to action, add music and much more:
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To be completely honest…I absolutely love Impresso and couldn’t recommend it enough; as far as video creation goes, it’s extremely easy to use, especially for a smartphone app. The editor is very intuitive, the templates are aplenty and the app overall is, well, very fun to use. So much so that you’ll probably end up creating some videos for your personal profiles as well – not just for your business.