Amal was the digital marketing strategist at WowMakers. While he's not doing experiments and optimizing the inbound channels, you can find him solving different kinds of Rubik's cubes.
Driving in lots of traffic or generating leads is just one phase of your business. Converting them into actual paying customers is an entirely different story. And if you’re reading this, you already know that explainer videos improve conversions.
That being said, not all animations can turn ordinary into customers. Let’s see how to use psychology to make your explainer videos highly converting. (I’d rather not use the psychological terms in this post)
Note: Though all these tactics can be really leveraged to making your videos better, it doesn’t mean they’ll work everywhere. Identify where you need to make use of these and then apply the tricks. Don’t stuff your videos with these psychological tactics just because you wanted to. That’s the stupidest thing you could ever do.
Always keep these points in while making your video and see if you can apply them or not.
Ever heard the term ‘Sheep Effect‘? It’s when we do exactly what others similar to you or around you are doing. In simple words, it’s when you follow the herd.
As cavemen, we used to believe that in order to survive, you need to stick to the group and follow the others. Or if you don’t know what to do, just do whatever others are doing. It used to be a survival technique. Often, our ancestors saved their asses by not doing anything adventurous or strange (different). And this knowledge of survival has been passed down to us through genetics. In certain ways, we are bound to follow the herd, especially when we’re confused AF.
A lot of persuasive marketers are leveraging this fact to make people buy something or to put them in a funnel. Would you believe me if I said you can do the same with explainer videos? Here’s what you need to do.
The truth be told: Using testimonials in explainer videos are boring. So these could get tricky. Well, you could do that without making your audience yawn. How?
Note: Please don’t stuff in numbers and stats just so that you can leverage the sheep effect.
Doesn’t it make sense? Haven’t you seen that tricky challenge where they ask you to make a pencil line smaller without erasing it? All you gotta do is draw a bigger one next to it. Like a boss.
So, how can we use this on explainer videos to improve conversions?
When the product comes in as a solution right after they have almost wet their pants, it makes them think that the product is the angel from above. Our brain is built in such a way that we always compare two adjacent elements subconsciously. So, when the emotions brought in by fear is leveled by the solution to it, we perceive the solution as a superior one. Thus, making them instantly want the product. And if it’s free, there’s no doubt that they’re gonna turn into customers.
But what if the product isn’t free and it costs lets say $50? Well, now that you already have a better chance of converting them, you could improve the chances by using this same principle. How?
Ever wondered why we are so obsessed with items that are rare? Why people buy limited edition cars even though you could save a lot of money and drive around the same way like using other cars?
And that my friend, is the ‘Power of Scarcity‘. Even this theory goes back to our ancestors too.
Guess what? Our subconscious mind thinks the same. In fact, in a lot of scenarios, it’s true.
Remember that crush of yours who always played hard to get. What would have happened if he/she was way too friendly to you? Would the interest be the same?
Okay, now you know that this works, you might be wondering how to integrate the theory in your explainer videos. Did you know that our brain uses a lot of memory association? (We’ll come to that soon.)
Research says that people are likely to associate visual and audio elements to memories and emotions that are linked to similar elements in our past. So, what can you do about it?
Sounds pretty Wowsome, right?
So, you’d rather share this on Google+, right?
The post is coming to an end and you’re probably bored. Well, last but not the least, here are some effective ways to use memory association to make your explainer videos highly converting. (We WowMakers always keep the best for the last.)
People tend to believe things & even people with similarity. So, study the target audience and include objects that the same audience are likely to see everyday. This boosts the impression.
The power of authority has always been a weapon of mass influence. And when you combine it the effect of memory association, you’ve dark magic.
There’s a bigger chance of your audience trying out things suggested by the authority figure in the industry. So, how do you combine the power of authority with memory association?
Use similar animated characters in the explainer video. Or, you could even use a similar voice over. Replicate the authority figure.
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Remember, with great power comes great responsibilities. – Uncle Ben.