Is your business thinking of creating an animated explainer video? Dream Engine creates animation videos to help businesses tell the world who they are and how they can help solve problems. In this post, we will discuss what a good explainer video is and share our best tips in making them.
What Are Animated Explainer Videos?
They are short, engaging pieces of content that help to explain what your business does. Further, they help an audience to identify how your business can solve their problem. Above all, these videos are designed to draw in an audience long enough to tell them about your business, product and/or service.
Unlike advertisements which focus on selling and awareness, explainer videos focus on providing information. In short, a stranger should walk away from knowing nothing about your business, to being able to explain the basic premise of your business to someone else.
Here are Dream Engine’s top tips in creating a great explainer video.
1. Great Animated Explainer Videos are Short
The aim is to make an audience care about your business – Fast. Therefore, we recommend a total length of around 3 minutes. Better even, 2 minutes. However, the 90-second mark will maximise your chances of audience engagement. For instance, the below video we made for Motorola packs a lot of information in a short time:
2. Be Focused & Efficient
Great explainer animations are focused and efficient. To maintain engagement, strip everything to the core essentials. Firstly, it’s important that you don’t concentrate on the minute details. After that, consider, what is the key message I want an audience to walk away with after watching our video?
This process will help you to clearly articulate your message and remove what you feel you can do without. By doing so, your focused and concise video helps an audience understand you can solve their problem.
3. Start with a Hook
A strong hook grabs people’s curiosity. Now you’ve identified your essential message, be sure this is front and centre. By doing so, your audience knows immediately, what you do and how you can help in the first seconds of your video. For instance, the below video is a fantastic example using an understanding of an audience’s problem as a hook.
4. Solve Problems, Don’t Sell Features
Good explainer videos present how they solve customers problems. Similar to the above example, start your video by highlighting a problem. By doing so, you demonstrate how you understand the problems of your audience. Therefore, when you then present your business, the audience will consider you as the answer to their problems.
5. Be Playful
A study by HubSpot found that people enjoy watching entertaining and informative video content. Use motion graphics to create eye-catching designs and creative movements that have fun with physics. Your characters and objects don’t abide by the rules of physical filmmaking. For example, you can animate characters in and out, have them zoom and whip in, and have objects brightly coloured. Similarly, you can use cartoon-style designs to reflect your businesses branding and tone-of-voice.
6. Good Animated Explainer Videos are Narrated
Good explainer videos move quickly and pack a lot of information into a short time. It is highly effective to have someone narrate the stages of your video. By using a warm, friendly, yet authoritative voice, your audience will have a more enjoyable experience. It’s important the voice you choose matches the tone of your business and the information conveyed. So, we urge you to use the most professional service available in your budget. Be sure to look to look for certain skills that match your brief. Voice grafters give 6 useful tips when looking for a recording artist.
Use a service such as speechinminutes.com to help you convert word count into minutes.
7. Use Emotion
Emotion is a key motivator to encourage audiences to act on the information they’ve just seen. Your animation could well be an introduction to your business and colour an audience’s first impression. So, focus on the emotion you want your audience to feel and have this centred throughout. For example, use music that reflects the mood you wish to convey. Or use design
You need to have a clear structure. A condensed story arc is key to creating a clear structure in your animated explainer video. For example, one structure could be:
Quickly establish who your business is and hook the audience in (as discussed in step 3).
Explain the key problem/s your audience faces (as discussed in step 4).
Hero (Your business)
Introduce your business as the hero who will solve the problems of your audience.
How does your business help?
Explain how your business helps solve these problems and give examples.
What do you want your audience to do after watching your video?
One Last Pitch
You successfully squeezed your business idea into a short 2-minute video. Now, in the final 10 seconds, revisit those key takeaway points you want the audience to leave with. As a result, hearing these points for a second time will reinforce your message.
Good explainers showcase your businesses brand throughout the video. Be sure to fill your video with your logo, business name and branding. By doing so, this reminds the audience that it’s YOUR business that can solve their problem.
So, there you have it, our top tips to making a successful animated explainer video. Using these your video marketing strategy will improve the way you communicate solutions to your audience. If you would like to learn how Dream Engine can help, contact us and we’ll walk through the process.
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2001, and specializes in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience by using video.