Promotional videos are marketing and sales tools designed to introduce or educate consumers about a particular product, cause, or organization. Generally, a promo video is structured to be precise, direct and to only last for no more than ten to fifteen minutes. This usually allows a well-produced video to hold the attention of viewers long enough to make the key points necessary to generate additional interest.
As a marketing tool, promotional videos are often provided to prospective customers free of charge. While in the past, a marketing video was often provided as a VHS tape, videos promoting various goods and services are usually provided in the form of a DVD. In aggressive marketing campaigns, salespeople follow up with the recipient of the promo shortly after enough time has passed for the video to arrive and the prospect to view the presentation.
A promotional video can also be utilized at a conference or exhibition with great effect. By setting up a wide screen at an exhibit booth, it is possible to use a computer with the ability to play a DVD and software to keep the device playing on a continuous loop. This creates a visual point of interest for people attending the conference or exhibition and could possibly prompt them to visit the booth and learn more about the products offered.
Non-profit organizations sometimes make use of a promotional video. Because it is possible to produce these videos for very little money today, it is possible to distribute them among potential patrons who may become a source of consistent financial support. As in a business setting, the non-profit can also present the promotional video on a continuous loop at some type of public gathering and hopefully connect with people who would be interested in supporting the work of the organization.
A promotional video can also be utilized to great effect with online networking sites today. Uploading the video to a particular web site and then supplying a link to the video to interested parties makes the process of sharing the tool with a wider audience. It is not unusual for some the web sites to provide viewers with a simple way to share the link with other people they believe would be interested in seeing the video as well. That added benefit helps to increase the visibility of the video and thus further advance the message contained in the presentation.
Few promotional products can generate the impact of a well-produced promotional video. For relatively little cost, it is possible to create a tool that can be utilized in a number of different environments and generate the interest desired. With current technology, businesses or organizations with small marketing budgets can often produce the videos in house and enjoy spectacular returns on their efforts.