Crowdsourcing: helping new business in Canada get their start
Hey entrepreneurs, small business folks, and advisers. Today’s Beg to Differ post is one big question: as a business, what kind of video format is most helpful, informative, and shareable? See the examples below.
The reason we ask
I’m working with uber social content maven Susan Murphy to develop a series of new business videos for a client: the Canada Business Network. But more important, we’re building a strategy to develop *shareable* content – that is, video that actually helps business owners so much, they’re eager to share it with their peers.
There are three parts to the question of course:
- Relevance of content / insights: Does the content teach a viewer something useful and new?
- Tone and purpose of the content: Is it helpful and engaging, or just spouting off and / or selling itself?
- Video format and packaging: Is the video well produced and is the production appropriate to the content?
The last point is what we’re focusing on today.
So what format for business videos works best for you?
Business video type: animated infographic
Animated words and images are interspersed with “factoids” and charts, and often a voice-over like the one below with extracts from an upcoming book by Dan Pink.
Example: TO SELL IS HUMAN by Daniel H. Pink
Business video type: white board / stop motion animation
Stop motion animation is used to create a more breezy / fun approach to the content. Less “serious”, but many videos like this have gotten serious sharing recently.
Example: How to Give an Awesome PowerPoint Presentation
Business video type: blended live action / animated graphic / voiceover
This format uses live actors along with animated illustrations, charts, and bulleted lists. But in this case, with a voiceover rather than audio from actors.
Example: How to Perfect your Elevator Pitch
Business video type: produced story / with voiceover
Similar to the blended approach above with voiceover and real actors. But the emphasis here is on the actors and the story being told. And this one from a government agency in Australia is very clever. Too clever?
Example: Business plan: The story of Albert McFlaherty, lemonade magnate.
Business video type: case study with live interviews
This example is from the Small Business Administration in the United States. It is a live interview with a real business owner. Does this work better for you?