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The video-a-page plan that works


Let’s start with the idea of a Video-per-Page.

And I’d begin by asking the question:

If a web page doesn't need a video, then does this page even deserve to exist?”

It’s a big question as it challenges the right of web pages to exist without video.

I'd suggest if a page isn’t good enough for a video then:

a) it must be technical page, like a detailed product specification, or blog, or an educational page (like this one).

b) A page that traditionally doesn’t have video like, say, a blog or a tweet.

c) More likely it’s a page you don’t need, so why even have it?!

This raises many questions about useless pages that are kept around because, because, because.


Useless pages have a habit of hiding on websites.

From your site visitor's point of view, useless pages that probably confuse as much as they illuminate.

Naturally there are many different types of website, but here today we're looking at typical website brochure pages.

The only pages worth having are sales pages, and support pages that have a sales subtext, or other clear marketing function.


So what's the solution?

Let's return to the idea of a video-per-page and ask:

What will the web look like in 3 years? 5 years? Or even 1 or 2 years? Even 6 months?

It’ll be wall-to-wall with video, even more than there is now. Anyone disagree? No? Thought not.

One per page is becoming part of your website goals.


What about email?

A video-per-email is just as valid.

If you have an email nurture sequence that needs more results, then use an actionable video, as potential customers will click to watch a video.

We experienced double the clicks when we did this.

But meanwhile, back to video and websites.


What’s good about this approach is that having the goal of a video-per-page will make a big difference to engagement & sales

- as customers will always understand what you’re saying, and know what action to take next.

Since every page is a Sales Page, then a video-per-page fits the bill perfectly, as video can excel at selling.

This approach forces you to think closely about the goal of each video. They’re not there for show.


Each video should have a clear actionable goal, and a measurable target before you even commence production. Every video should be a fighter.

Whether a video sounds smooth & sophisticated, or in-yer-face total message, it has a job to do, with targets - just like you.

(If you haven't already done so, perhaps now’s the time to professionally set up your Google Analytics to better measure your videos’ performance?)

Whenever you put a new video on a page, note the date in your Video Diary.

Note the traffic and all other relevant customer behaviors beforehand.

Then test it after 6 weeks to ensure you’re getting the performance you demand.

Now let me tell you how I like to do it, using Page Engagement or Site Engagement levels.


Testing page engagement

One simple test is page engagement. This is easiest before-and-after test.

To test a page's engagement:

  • Write down the traffic to the page where you're thinking of deploying a new video, or replacing an ancient video.
  • Write down the number of engagements.
  • Make it a percentage, ie

Engagement % = number of measurable actions / amount of traffic x 100

Many pages have only one or two engagements per 1,000 visitors. This is 0.1% or 0.2% engagement

Good pages get 1% or 2% engagement, ie, 1 or 2 engagements for every 100 visitors.

Really good pages get 4%


The proof

Let me put my money where my mouth is:

As soon as I adopted this Engagement Level approach to new video, I saw a 344% increase in engagement over a 6 week period.

Once I adopted this approach as a strategy, I saw a 4% overall site engagement level.

This is a high figure, and proof that deploying actionable video work.

I'd suggest you let Engagement be your measure of a pages effectiveness.

Traffic stats alone tell you nothing, only volumes of visitors and how & why they arrived, and how long they stayed, and so on.

By comparison, Engagement Levels reveal exactly how interested they are in your solution, because it measured their recorded actions

- and not what you think they might have done.


When to do site engagement tests

Do it when you want to assess a page. It'll quickly tell you how well it's working.

Do it after you've implemented a new video. Then you'll see how well your video is performing.

If your video is genuinely actionable, you'll see a big increase in engagement levels.


What is an engagement?

Let's just be clear about this.

An engagement can be:

  • completing a contact form
  • requesting a demo
  • accepting a download
  • signing up for a webinar
  • joining your mailing list
  • completing a brief
  • requesting a meeting

An engagement is whatever action you want it to be, so long as it's measurable.

Hopefully you can see how engagement % matter, and how an actionable video increases this measurable engagement.

This is where you should start looking for success.

Example: Watch the video below.


Where to start

Before you think about deploying a new video, look at your traffic.

Pick the pages that are best loved, most visited, longest time on site.

Then seek to increase the levels of engagement on these proven popular pages with actionable video.

Summary - One per Page

These few simple rules will increase any business’s profit per page performance

> Aim for one video per page.

> Work out your page's engagement level as a %.

> Give your new actionable video a prominent location on the page.

> Establish clear measurable goals right at the start, eg, I want xyz engagements per month.

> If needed, get your Google Analytics working properly.

> Keep a diary so everything can be measured accurately with date ranges.

> Have exact calls to action.

> Measure 6 weeks after launch.

Last but not least, you’ll need a video production partner who understands how to make an actionable video.

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