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May The Animated Video Rise Up To Meet You (And Help You Stand Out)

March 16, 2017

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highHow important is video to your brand’s content marketing strategy?

A Cisco Systems visual networking study predicts that video will account for 82 percent of all internet traffic (both business and consumer) by 2020, up from 70 percent in 2015. You can view the study results as an infographic.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highBut wait: the typical YouTube user is just some single guy, right? A scruffy millennial living in his folks’ basement. Uh… no.

Google, which acquired YouTube back in 2006, reports that:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

From 2015 to 2016, time spent on YouTube grew 80% faster among adults 55+ than among adults overall. YouTube reaches 95% of online adults 55+ in a month.

More than 50% of YouTube’s audience is female, and YouTube users are more likely to have a college degree compared to the general population.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highSo you need video in your content marketing. But you run into the same old problem: noise. There’s so much video competing for attention. How do you make your video stand out?

One option is animated video. They provide some significant advantages:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

  • they’re emotionally appealing
  • no restrictions; you can bring any concept to life
  • you’re not constrained by actors, sets, props, etc.
  • they’re easy to update (no need to reshoot scenes)
  • no need to buy expensive equipment
  • you can reuse the images (as slideshows, stand-along graphics)
  • they can convey information better than a text-heavy infographic

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highI’ve developed my own version of stop motion animation. I use the Kizoa platform
(an online video editor) to construct the videos.

I create the storylines, write the scripts, find the music. My videos look different, which helps them stand out.

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day video I did for Coca-Cola.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highContent marketing is the art of engaging customers and prospects without trying to sell to them. An interesting challenge because you want to feature the brand without implying, “You should buy this.”

I think the above video succeeds because of the brand’s surprise appearance at the end. All that green, and then, boom!– the famous Coca-Cola red.

More importantly, it extols the brand in a way that’s so outrageous and over the top, you have to laugh: it wasn’t gold the leprechaun was after, it was something much more valuable: ice-cold Coca-Cola!!

No one’s tried to sell you anything. You’re simply surprised, delighted, and amused, and you can’t help feeling good about the brand.blank vertical space, 32 pixels highleprechaun and sheep dancing for joy next to big pot of Coca-Cola on ice at end of rainbow

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Thoughts? I’d appreciate your feedback.

You might also enjoy this Coca-Cola Valentine video.

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. I create images that get content seen and shared.

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Questions? Send me an email.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2017 10:50 AM

    O’ Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any ale?
    Yes, sir, yes sir, three pints full;
    One’s not a disaster, two’s not too lame
    One for St. Patrick’s Day, when green is on display!

    For all the good cheer you bring, may the sun shine warmly upon your face, mon ami! 😀 Love all the expressions at 0.54 of your video.

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    • March 18, 2017 2:07 PM

      My dear Radhika! O’Thanks for that epic verse! Could you possibly record it? It would be perfect for the jukebox at the Ganges Club. I just know it would be a smash!! 🍺🎶🍹🎶🍸🎶🍻🎶🍼💥🚑

      Ha! Glad you enjoyed the expressions. Part of your great charm is noticing certain details. Hadn’t thought about it before, but the mouse’s presence might have been my subconscious working: I’m out in the sticks, and I hafta park my car outside, where it serves as a kind of mouse motel. They’ve knocked out 3 of my 5 fan speeds, and the remaining two sound like a demonic washing machine… 🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭😢

      Merci, mon amie, for taxiing over and leaving a mirthful and verse-ful comment. Hope you had a lovely St. Pat’s, and that you remembered to wear green!! 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇳👳

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      • March 19, 2017 4:46 PM

        Whatever content you’re marketing here, count me in. 😀
        And yes, recording my epic worse…oops…verse and stringing it along to the tune of a sitar is next on my to-do list. 😉

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  2. March 20, 2017 4:27 PM

    After Mt.Olympus, you’ve conquered the Irish too! BRILLIANT BRILLIANT animation, my dear friend BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!
    St. Paddy’s may be gone but I’m sure the wishes are still …valid!
    “May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
    May good luck pursue you each morning and night”


    • April 18, 2017 2:15 PM

      Look! Here’s comes the illustrator!! He’s been telling everyone he’s been sick– a poor invalid!! But here he comes in a beautiful Rolls-Royce!! No, wait– he’s in a cardboard box being towed behind the Rolls-Royce. He just rolled out in a cloud of dust. Now he’s lying there, looking up at the sky. He’s wearing a dirty shamrock tie with ambrosia stains on it. Absolutely disgraceful.

      Now he’s sitting down at his computer, and he’s reading Marina’s last comment. Now he’s crying. Big fat tears splashing down on the keys. He’s pointing at the words on the screen and whimpering: “So beautiful! So kind! I don’t deserve it! I’m no good!!” Well, he’s right about that last part.

      Wait. He’s pulling himself together. He’s using his shamrock tie to dry his eyes. He’s starting to type a reply. How can he possibly explain his long absence? Will he beg forgiveness for not replying promptly to such a wonderful comment?? This should be good. Let’s look over his shoulder and see what he says:



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