How to Make High-Quality Social Media Videos on a Budget

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Imagine capturing the essence of a moment, a feeling, or a story, all within a video that fits perfectly into the palm of your hand through a smartphone screen. That’s the power and charm of social media videos. They aren’t just marketing tools; they’re windows into what makes us laugh, cry, and connect. And the best part? You don’t need a Hollywood budget to create something memorable.

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But, do social media videos work?

You bet ya. Here’s some data that’ll blow your mind and have you rushing out to create some videos you can share on social platforms [source].

  • Social media video generates 1200% more shares than text-based posts. While shares don’t make the cash register ring, the greater awareness generated by these shares helps start consumers on their journey toward a purchase.
  • 49% of users watched at least one video on Instagram Reels.
  • 46% of consumers watch video ads on social media rather than on TV.
  • 80% of marketers say that video marketing helped increase sales for their business.
  • 95% of marketers say video helped their target market better understand their brand, how it helps, and why it’s better.
  • The average conversion rate for websites that employ video marketing is 4.8% compared with 2.9% for websites that don’t use video.

I guess you get the point. Social media videos are a great tool for building your brand, converting prospects, and helping buyers understand how to get the most from their purchases.

This guide is all about empowering you to tell your stories through videos that fit your budget but still resonate deeply with your audience.

Role of social media videos in your marketing strategy

The role of social media videos as part of your marketing strategy is limited only by your imagination. You can create all types of videos; below, you’ll find the best nine types of videos for 2024.

  1. Tutorials and How-to Videos
  2. Product Demo Videos
  3. User-Generated Videos
  4. Announcements/Reveals
  5. Interview and Q&A Videos
  6. Event Videos
  7. Behind-the-Scenes Videos
  8. Promote Exciting Offers and Deals
  9. Tell Relatable Stories

Here are just a few uses for video in your marketing strategy.

Enhanced engagement

When you use social media videos to share content, your audience is more engaged because they capture attention quickly and keep users’ eyes glued to the screen longer than any other type of shared content. As we saw in the stats presented earlier, this content is shared more because users feel more emotion as they become immersed in the story to feel they have a part in the story. Videos have the unique ability to stir emotions, creating a bond between your brand and your audience. They allow you to convey information, feelings, and moods, which can resonate deeply with viewers. This emotional engagement is key to building brand loyalty and a strong, connected community.

A well-made video is like a contagious smile — it’s shared effortlessly, expanding your reach exponentially. Videos have the inherent quality of being easily shareable, which means they can go viral, reaching audiences beyond your immediate followers. This shareability factor makes them a powerful tool for organic growth and brand exposure.

Complex ideas are simple to understand

Complex information? No problem. Videos break down intricate concepts into digestible, engaging bites. They use visuals and storytelling to simplify and clarify topics that might be difficult to understand through text alone. This makes videos particularly effective for educational content or explaining new products and services.

As you can see below, people prefer following directions that include both text and illustrations. How much better is an installation video that walks buyers through the process of installing, assembling, or using their new product, which results in fewer returns and higher satisfaction? Satisfied customers post positive reviews and share word of mouth that generates future sales.

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Brand personality showcase

Video marketing allows your brand’s personality to shine, helping you stand out in a crowded social media space. Through creating videos for social media, you can communicate your brand’s voice, values, and ethos in a way that is both engaging and authentic. It’s an opportunity to be creative and show the human side of your brand, which can foster a stronger connection with your audience.

The cost of making video content

Some companies, especially small and mid-sized ones, fear video marketing because they think it’s too expensive and will quickly eat up their entire marketing budget. Sure, if you think you must create a feature movie or TV commercial-quality video, you’ll quickly use up your budget. You’re in luck, however. Users on social media don’t expect theater-quality video on social platforms. And they want short videos, with the exception of explainer videos that show viewers how to do something. For instance, when I was contemplating some home remodeling, YouTube was my friend, and I watched a bunch of videos of sweaty guys filming with their mobile phones (butt cracks and all) to construct my material list, prep for the work, and install the products.

There are expenses involved in creating social media videos, but most businesses can afford the few things needed for video sharing.

Equipment expenses

From smartphones to DSLRs, the cost of cameras can vary widely. But remember, sometimes the best camera is the one you already own. While high-end equipment can enhance the quality of your videos, many things, like creating Instagram videos and videos on TikTok, are shot on smartphones and get thousands or millions of views. The trick is creating content that provides value to your target market, so think about what you can add to the conversation that users might want to watch rather than investing in a camera.

You might want to invest in lighting, a tripod, a nice microphone, and a backdrop once you master the art of crafting videos and have data to suggest your investment will pay off.

Editing software

Prices range from free (like Canva and Adobe Express) to premium software like Adobe Premier Pro (which is the same software used by award-winning editors. Some social platforms offer rudimentary editing software to compensate for lighting, cut and paste video sections together, and add effects such as music, transitions, voiceovers, and text. You can even add a CTA (call to action) button on some platforms, like YouTube. Most of these editing tools have a steep learning curve so think carefully before making your decision as switching costs time and money.

Any cheap video editing software can be surprisingly versatile, providing most of the tools needed for basic video editing. For those looking to add more polish to their videos, investing in paid software can offer advanced features like color correction and special effects.influencer marketing success

Production costs

These can include everything from props to location fees, which can be minimized with a bit of creativity. Using everyday items as props or shooting in free-to-access locations can significantly reduce expenses. Collaborating with other creators or businesses for location access or props can also be a cost-effective solution.

Time investment

Often overlooked, the time spent making videos is a big part of making videos, especially during the early days before you’ve mastered the tactic. Effectively managing the video process reduces the amount of waste so you can produce a finished product efficiently.

First, start with a storyboard, which is basically a visual outline of your scenes. By planning out your filming sequence, you can use your time wisely. Then, gather up everything and everyone needed to film your project. Once you have everything arranged, it’s time to start filling in your storyboard with film sequences. In the editing process, you bring all the sequences together, then add transitions and finally, text and voiceovers. Next, we’ll delve into this topic in more depth.

How to create videos for social media

Conception and planning

Before going into how to create videos, start with a clear vision. What’s the story? Who’s the audience? This is your blueprint for success. A thorough plan ensures that your video content is targeted and purposeful, enhancing its effectiveness. Understanding your audience’s preferences and interests will help tailor your message to resonate more deeply with them.

Scriptwriting and storyboarding

Put your ideas on paper. A good script and storyboard help make a professional video project: it gives you an early visual representation of your final product and guides the entire process. It also helps in identifying potential issues and logistical challenges before you start filming. Several companies offer free or low-cost storyboarding software to help you plan more effortlessly.

Choosing the right equipment

Assess what you need versus what you have. Sometimes, a smartphone, a simple mic, and natural lighting are all you need. The key is to focus on equipment that enhances your story, rather than distracting from it. Investing in a few quality accessories, like a microphone or a tripod, can significantly improve your video quality without a large expense.

Shooting the video

When creating videos for social media, focus on composition, lighting, and sound. Practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to take multiple shots. Experiment with different angles and perspectives to find the best way to tell your story visually.

Editing and post-production

This is where the magic happens. A free no watermark video editor can help you trim, add effects, tweak the audio, and watch your story come to life. Editing is not just about cutting and joining clips; it’s about pacing, rhythm, and creating a cohesive narrative. Use music, transitions, and color grading to enhance the emotional impact and polish of your final video.

Tips for quality social media video creation

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Embrace your unique style

Don’t imitate. Your unique perspective is how to create videos that stand out. Find inspiration in your own experiences and interests, and let that guide your video creation. Being authentic to yourself will attract an audience that appreciates your unique style and content.

Leverage user-generated content (UGC)

Encourage your audience to contribute, making them a part of your brand story. User-generated content fosters community engagement and provides you with diverse and authentic material to feature in your videos. It’s a great way to build trust and loyalty, as audiences see real people interacting with your brand.

Continuous learning

Stay updated with the latest trends and techniques in video production. Online courses and tutorials can be invaluable. The world of social media and video content is always evolving, so staying informed and adaptable is crucial for success. Experiment with new formats and styles to keep your content fresh and engaging.

Feedback is key

Show your drafts to others. Fresh eyes can offer valuable insights that you might have missed. Constructive feedback can help refine your content, making it more appealing to a broader audience. It also helps in identifying areas that need improvement or additional focus.

Optimize for each platform

Each social media platform has its quirks. Tailor your videos to fit the format and style of each. Understanding the preferences and limitations of each platform (like video length, aspect ratio, and audience demographics) can significantly impact the effectiveness of your content. Adapting your videos accordingly ensures they perform well and reach the intended audience effectively.

Conclusion

Armed with these insights, you’re ready to dive into creating social media videos without fearing you’ll break the bank. Remember, at the heart of every great video is a story that resonates. So, let your creativity flow, keep your audience in mind, and start creating videos that tell your story and touch the hearts of viewers.

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