I think its safe to say 2015 has been a big year for video marketing, especially as many estimate video accounts for half of all mobile traffic.
With that in mind, 2016 should prove to be even bigger.
As video becomes the primary avenue for people looking to satisfy their information and entertainment means, brands are increasingly focusing on developing video content as a means of marketing and reaching their customers.
Why? Because videos are engaging, and offer multiple opportunities to add value to an online marketing strategy.
Whether you run a small business, or head a global company, you can no longer afford to ignore video as a means of connecting with your audience.
But the challenge for many web site owners, small businesses, bloggers and big brands lies in creating videos without a professional’s help.
So, to help you out, we’ve curated a list of tools that can help you make engaging videos for your audience quickly, easily and for the most part, inexpensively.
But what if you don’t really know anything about shooting video?
Not a problem. A number of the tools we highlight here can help you take already existing photos, slides and music and turn them into something more appealing and engaging visually.
And that’s one of the main reasons video is so powerful: its more engaging.
Okay, so let’s get started.
Here are the top 5 tools we’ve identified for you …
Launched in 2012, Wideo is an online platform that lets you create and share animated videos online.Video content tool #1: Create and share with Wideo. 4 more here: Click To Tweet
It is simple to use and easy to understand even for a novice which is always good. You can personalize your videos by adding your logo or branding, or keep it simple and use a pre-made template provided by Wideo.
They have a four step process that makes it simple to create beautiful animations.
It goes like this: after inserting objects and images, you can animate your image and text to bring it to life. Wideo allows you to create a seamless video using their editing tools, and you can share the video in high definition using their sharing options.
You can use Wideo for free for up to 45 seconds. Admittedly, I wish it was a little longer, but …
The good news is that the Plus, Pro and Agency plans, at $9, $19, and $39 per month respectively allow you to make longer videos and offer more features as well. So, the pricing is not out of line.
Not worried about money? Hire one of Wideo’s designers to help create your video.
Video content tool #2: Make free videos up to 20 min via Stupeflix. More here: Click To Tweet
Stupeflix allows you to make free, unlimited videos, up to 20 minutes long.
Videos made under the free plan are available for viewing to the public. It provides 16 themes, designed by professionals, to provide a more polished look.
You can also import from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr or via a URL, and upload videos to Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook or embed them onto a website.
The service is also available as an app.
Stupeflix is easy to use. Just add photos, videos, text and music as needed, and use their convenient editing tools to create your video.
The themes provide a good foundation for your video, and you can also take advantage of voice over recording features. Since you’re importing images, video and text from a number of sources, you can focus on telling the story instead of creating every frame from scratch.
As mentioned earlier, you can make videos for free, as long as they are less than 20 minutes long.
They cannot be downloaded, and are available publicly. For $5 a month, you can download videos in 360p, with options to pay more for each video you want in high resolution.
The Pro plan, at $29 per month, unlocks a lot more features for professionals and agencies.
One of the easiest video editors around, Animoto can help you make visually stunning video slideshares from photos and music in just a few steps.
Upload your videos and photos, customize the video with styling and music, and embed it into your website and you’re done. You can use Animoto as an app, or via a browser.Video content tool #3: Customize your video with Animoto. 4 more here: Click To Tweet
Since you’re using pre-existing videos for your final product, the service is very simple to use and you can make a great high definition video in just a few minutes.
Even professional photographers use Animoto to make short videos for clients! Never a bad sign.
Unlike other services, Animoto has no options available for making free videos, regardless of length.
You can try out the service at no charge for 14-days, after which you have to choose between one of three plans: Personal, Professional and Business. Priced from $9.99 to $29.99 (per month) each plan has different features with the Personal plan being limited to 720p quality videos with an Animoto logo.
Powtoon lets you create animated videos or presentations of your products or services. Created in 2012, Powtoon is known for being easy to use and for its simple interface, so even the least tech savvy person can use it.Video content tool #4: Create animated videos with Powtoon. 4 more here: Click To Tweet
The interface guides you through the entire video making process, allowing you to export your video to YouTube at the end with just a few clicks or embed them into a site.
Use one of the provided templates, or create your video from scratch. The service is perfect for marketers looking to add some fun to their online video marketing.
The free version allows you to make videos up to 5 minutes long, and adds a watermark to your final video. Unf) downloads and an increased number of templates. The business plan starts at $59 per month and offers even more features.
WeVideo is another web-based video editing service that lets you create videos out of still photos or audio recordings.
They’ve made video editing really easy with their simple to use tools and user friendly interface. Create slides, crop photos and edit audio files all in one place.
Available as an app as well, you can also create videos on the go.Video content tool #5: Create videos on the go with WeVideo. 4 more here: Click To Tweet
An appealing feature for teams is that the service allows you to collaborate over videos. This takes video creation from being a one-person job to something everyone can provide feedback on while the video is being made, so the final product will be much better.
The free plan gives you 5-minutes of video time every month, and has a limited 2GB storage.
There is also a WeVideo watermark on the final video. They also offer different plans for personal, business and educational use.
The three personal plans, Flex, Personal and Personal HD, start at $12 per year and go up to $59 per year.
Business plans start at $159 per year, and the educational plans start at $249 per year (with multiple users).
Remember to define your goals before you begin working your video. Know what you want to accomplish, who you want to reach and what you want to say to them.
This will help you make the most of the time and money you spend on it –no matter which tool you decide to use.
Also remember this: visuals are the key to your branding, so make sure you get it right the first time and engage your audience in the best way possible.
Think it through before you begin.
There are dozens of video content marketing tools that you can use, but these five come highly recommended by multiple sources and are the best of the lot.
Do you have another favorite you think should be included in this list?
We’d love to hear from you!