Have you ever thought about what an effective mobile or game video creative consists of? If you work in the mobile industry and have tasted the power of video marketing, you've certainly wondered why some videos perform better than the others.
Sometimes an effective creative and an ineffective one can look and sound equally good and still the performance results will differ dramatically. To really see the difference between an effective and ineffective video ads you just need to divide them into elements.
So, what are the must-haves of a successful mobile creative?
Marketing is all about trying and error. To find out which creatives are the most effective you have to test lots of variations. Conduct experiments using different ad variations to analyze the results and see which videos attract more users to your app or game. As a bonus, you’ll get to know your audience better.
The hook can vary regarding your marketing campaign goals. The most widespread and proven to work hooks are:
Short and clear call-to-action can increase the chance that your viewers will take the action after. To make your CTA work, make sure you’re asking for exactly what you need. For example, if you want your app to be installed, use «Install now» instead of «Open in AppStore”.
Another way to reinforce your CTAs is to make them a little bit personal. E.g. use “Sign me up” instead of just “Sign up”.
Branding is all about associations, and you can use it in your video creative as a powerful tool to transmit your message. Branding can actually give your ad a taste: you can be serious or playful, exciting or calming, funny or touching.
If you have a simple video and don’t have a graphic design department you can implement your branding in the video just through fonts or colors.
It is important to consider where you will show your ads, because this will determine the format and resize. Unfortunately, you won’t find a one-size-fits-all format, you’ll have to adapt your video creatives to different platforms.
You probably know that most social media ads are viewed without sound. Most likely, your ad won’t be watched unless it’s adapted for muted viewing. Make captions so your target audience can understand what’s going on in the video. If you have a voiceover, the description can duplicate what’s being said.
Captions can also help convey the advertising message in a clearer way and drive the audience to action. Just be consistent and stick to your chosen tone of voice.
Make your video short and sweet. For the mobile industry 30 sec is more than enough to make your viewers interested and engaged. Depending on your business and goals your ad can be shorter or longer. The point is to balance between thorough content and concise presentation.
It can be difficult to find your perfect timing at the beginning. To figure it out, make some tests. Try a longer version (but don’t make a whole movie out of an ad) and shorten the creative to 20-30 seconds, and see which one works best for you.
It can be a challenge to consider all at once. Fortunately, there is a service that takes into account all the components of an effective video creative, like the ingredients in a recipe – Obtain. It generates and optimizes videos using AI-technology.
The only thing you need to do is upload a screencast of your app or game, and within a few minutes you’ll get tons of video creatives with different styles and resizes.