Key takeaways in this post:

  • Explainer videos use fun animations and clear explanations to help businesses like yours share complex ideas in a simple way.
  • They make it easier for people to understand what you do and why it matters without getting bored or confused.
  • Once you have your awesome explainer video, put it on your website, share it on social media or even include it in emails.

If you sell services to other businesses (business-to-business or B2B), your content strategy is key for connecting with clients and helping them understand what you do. But, explaining a complex solution (like revenue cycle or provider leakage) requires detail and nuance. And you can’t guarantee your audience will stick around to learn more. So, how can you catch the attention of potential clients and help them get to know you? Enter the animated explainer video.

An explainer video is short-form content about your service or solution that explains your value in a concise and compelling way. The explainer video is an important asset in your content marketing mix.

Dylan Cahall, a freelance animator who works with WG Content, explained why videos are a great medium.

“By combining the audio and visual, you increase memory retention,” said Dylan.

Here are three ways an explainer video can elevate your B2B content strategy.

Animation adds visual cues to convey complex topics in less time. It can also make details and data more entertaining.

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had our eyes glaze over when presented with too many minutiae.

An animated explainer video engages people’s attention for a short time while conveying your value proposition. Can you explain what you do in one to two minutes? And can you include the value you provide to clients and how you differ from your competitors?

It’s a tall order. Saying something in a concise way can be a challenge.

An animated explainer video helps you simplify and distill your message to the most important points.

2. Make your content marketing stand out

An explainer video is an essential piece of anchor content that helps you stand out from the competition. It’s not just another piece of content. It is the piece of content that highlights how you are different and offer something unique.

An explainer video showcases your branding for a lasting impression.

“Your branding and identity come together to keep your company top of mind,” said Dylan. “We use your colors, fonts, messaging – everything in one package.”

An explainer video helps you rise above the noise in a landscape saturated with content.

Make the most of your explainer video by using this single piece of content in a variety of creative ways:

  • Add it to your website.
  • Post it to your social media accounts.
  • Use it in your outbound emails.
  • Share it with potential clients.
  • Open presentations and conferences with it.
  • Tie it into blogs.

Video content is also great for search engine optimization (SEO). It provides rich content to help you appear in search engines, directing people to your website.

It can also engage people once they reach your website. Google notices when people spend more time on your site.

It takes it as a sign that your visitors have found the information they’re looking for, which is a boon for your search rankings.

You can also take the benefits beyond the video itself. “It all begins with the script,” said Dylan.

A savvy writer can provide a fresh perspective on your value proposition. They can help you eliminate jargon and use relatable language for your target audience.

Then, you can use this fresh perspective and messaging in any other part of your marketing.

This video for the BeeHive app from Children’s Medical Center breaks down how kids can build healthy habits. It uses fun animation and kid-friendly examples to create a more memorable moment (compared to, say, a talk from their parent).

In some cases, less might be more. You may not need to be everywhere all the time. Just be easy to find. Find out how your teams want to receive messages so they will be most alert and receptive to them. Send out a simple survey or attend a team meeting in person and ask each of your audiences what will work best for them.

Check out Dylan’s highlight reel for a wide range of animation styles and subjects. The versatility of an animated video is customizable to each brand and topic.

AI is truly astounding! Of course, you can use AI to create jokes and write fanfiction (of variable quality), but what about making explainer videos?

According to Dylan, what AI delivers in convenience, it lacks in customization.

“To stand out, you want something very unique to you,” he said. “Something that captures your identity, vision and value exactly. I don’t think AI can do that yet.”

But AI does play a role in Dylan’s animation process because a lot of animation software is AI-based.

“When guided by an animator, using AI software as a tool can make animation more efficient,” he said. “This ultimately benefits the client and can save costs.”

Ready to create this anchor piece of content? WG Content will start by writing a highly customized script that conveys your identity and value.

Then, once the script gets the green light, an animator will bring it to life with your brand. The options are endless for where you take it from there.

Contact us to start creating your explainer video.

You can use an animated video for various topics and content types. Whether you want to explain a complex concept, showcase your brand’s identity, or promote a product or service, animation offers endless possibilities.

Any type of healthcare organization, big or small, can benefit from an animated explainer video. It is a versatile and engaging way to convey information about your brand.

The timeline for creating an animated explainer video can vary depending on these factors:

  • Length and complexity of the video
  • Client feedback and revisions
  • The production schedule

On average, it can take 4-6 weeks from start to finish.

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