The impact of using animation in marketing
So you’ve got an idea of how you could use an animation for marketing. Here’s everything you need to know before commissioning your first (or next) marketing animation.
- How much do marketing animations cost?
- Why use video in marketing?
- Why marketing animations are the best way to deliver key messages.
- Improve user experience with explainer animations.
- Boost engagement by using animations for social media marketing.
- Personalised animations for targetted marketing campaigns.
- Creating your own marketing animations.
- Free animation best practice sessions.
What is the cost of animations?
Basic animations usually cost around £4,000. This might seem daunting when looking to create your first marketing animation. However, some clients today are choosing to pay more than double that for the most visually engaging, complex animations.
Vox Pops International offer varying complexity levels to accommodate for different budgets and audiences. The video to the right demonstrates how these different complexity levels look stylistically.
Continue reading to find out why leading brands are investing in marketing animations and why 52% of marketers say video is the type of content with the best ROI. If £4,000 still seems far beyond your budget, then you might want to take a look at our mood board videos.
Why video is your best tool for content marketing
Video content gets your message across. According to Forrester Research, one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words. Video communications convey brand messages, explain new services, summarise business processes and communicate with your customers more efficiently. This allows your customers to find key information without being confronted by roadblocks.
Video content is also more memorable. In a recent study, Insivia found that viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to just 10% when reading written text. By embedding your marketing communications, video content helps you to cement yourselves as the ‘go-to’ brand. These two factors are so impactful that according to Forbes, marketers using video see (on average) 49% faster growth in revenue than those who are not.
Animations deliver your message better
Animations allow you to go beyond the normal realms of visual representation. A great example of this is a marketing animation we produced recently, which told the story of two brave, event and hotel heroes. The heroes were faced by obstacles such as The Haunted Lands of Generic Booking Experiences, The Caves of Last-Minute Registration and The Dragon of Attrition Risk. To overcome these challenges, the heroes found their way to a magical sword that represented the new service offered by our client. This shows just how creative you can get when transforming corporate messages into memorable stories.
Animations also allow you to talk about sensitive subjects in an appropriate and informative tone. Replacing real people with characters means animations are less intimate and emotional than filmed video. This has helped us to approach subjects such as consumers struggling with debt for Barclays, and Co-op Funeralcares Cremation Without Ceremony service. In both of these cases, using animation has ensured that the tone is kept informative and the focus is centred around the message.
Animations improve UX
Using video on a landing page can increase conversions by 80% or more (Forbes).
Marketing animations are a great way to improve user experience on your website and drive sales through your online business. Customers today expect a simple online experience where relevant information is immediately accessible. Use marketing animations to provide your customers with the information they need and guide them through your online sales process.
The digital nature of animations means they are well suited for use on your company website. A successful animation will create interest in the discussion topic by using fun visuals to embed the voiceover. This type of visual communication feels more educational and less like a sales pitch than if you were to use a staff explainer. Ultimately, marketing animations encourage engagement, communicate key information and improve the online customer experience.
In 2018, marketing efforts across the board are becoming more automated and personalised. Email campaigns are segmented, online ads are targetted and content is more tailored than ever. Personalised video content is now common in online TV advertising, but a brand new cost-effective service from VPI has made it possible to use personalised video content for email marketing.
Create multiple versions of one core animation, all tailored to your individual subscribers. Personalised Animation is an innovative new solution that allows you to generate tailored video content by syncing data in a spreadsheet with a template animation.
Individual features range from using your customers’ name, company, address etc. to creating detailed characters that match certain typographies or customer segments. By using the power of automation to produce multiple videos at once, this service is extremely cost-effective.
Creating your own marketing animations
Animation creator websites which allow you to make your own basic animations are now common online. These websites are a good example of the demand for corporate animations. If kept simple, they can be a viable alternative to PowerPoint and other common presentation tools.
That said, creating your own animation is almost guaranteed to take longer than you expect. By the time you’ve written a storyboard, recorded your voiceover, created a first draft, realised you sound awful on tape, paid for a professional voiceover, matched the animation to the new audio timings, cut it down because it’s too long, adjusted the voiceover again, re-jigged the timings and finally created your animation – you may well have invested more time and money than if you’d have paid for a high quality, professional animation.
Our advice would be, if you have an idea then go with it. Professional marketing animations offer measurable value by improving user experience, engaging social media users, embedding brand messages, increasing customer closeness, personalising email marketing, boosting promotional reach and more. Talk to an expert if you want to use animation in marketing. Collaborate with a professional to storyboard an idea and produce a marketing animation that your customers get real benefit from.
Book a free best practice session
Vox Pops Internationa run free best practise sessions on how to create impactful animations. In these sessions, we run you through how to use animations in marketing campaigns and as comms material. Learn the key considerations to think about when producing an animation for business; including style, branding, messages, audience and much more. We’ll also show you case studies that are relevant to your industry and get your creative juices flowing. We run best practice sessions both face to face and online. Get in touch for more information or book a session using the form to the right.
Vox Pops International believe our project feedback ratings make us the best animation production company. We are experts in creating animations for marketing. Conceived as a market research agency first; we understand key insights and messages. This heritage gives us the business understanding to produce animations that sell your story and engage your consumer segment.