Using Videos as Attention Grabbers Content: Beginner’s Guide

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When you mention attention grabbers or attention getters, the first thing most people think of is school.

This word is commonly used for students; teachers will use learning tools in the classroom to teach kids who have attention issues. Even though it is one of the terms that a teacher uses each and every day, it is also common in marketing management.

In this new era of online business, it is really hard to get great exposure for your blog.

You might have good ideas, free products, or the best service within your industry, but it will still require a lot of time to be noticed by the community and to boost the sales on your website. If you truly wish to create contact with potential clients, you need to grab their attention.

So what’s the easy way to it? Through videos and attention grabbers.

Creating video content and how attention grabbers fit in

Before reading anything else, let’s consider why attention getters are necessary.

They are one of the best ways of engaging a person and ultimately, getting a response. Here, the main presumption is that visitors don’t pay attention, to begin with. This means you have to find something that will direct their focus towards your content.

The next thing you need to ask yourself is which type of content will best fit with getters?

Although you may be open to trying things with different graphic content such as images, infographics, etc., a study has shown that video works best in this situation.

Why? Because it is the most interactive.

People who don’t have trouble concentrating find it easy to go through written resources. So, not only do you have to add all these elements which are going to grab their attention but also to present your information in a proper format. In that regard, videos are the best choice given that they’re interactive.

If you wish to learn more about attention getters that work in 2018 read these tips!

Titles

Whether we’re talking about a video, book, or any other creation, the title is what gets us intrigued and persuades us to continue consuming. It is definitely the most important attention-grabber we have at our disposal.

In terms of videos, there are several ways to approach the issue:

  1. “How To …”
  2. “How Not To …”
  3. “Top 10 …”
  4. Using catchy and over-the-top words
  5. Videos guaranteeing success
  6. Tutorials
  7. Ultimate guides
  8. Personal stories

Please keep in mind that you need to create excitement and curiosity. If you follow this simple rule you will be able to add life to your videos and increase their attention-grabbing ability.

Thumbnail

Given that we are visual beings, images are able to attract attention much quicker, persuading a potential visitor to watch our content. They are going to leave a longer-lasting impression as well.

Still, if I have to choose between a good thumbnail and a good title, I will always go for the thumbnail. The main reason for this is that titles can be bland. If you search for a topic on YouTube and browse consistently, sooner than later you will see all the potential word combinations. On the other hand, thumbnails allow us creativity that titles do not. That doesn’t mean titles are irrelevant; it’s only that we can do less with them.

Thumbnails are more important for branding and increase the number of people who subscribe to your channel. They also increase the number of questions in the comment section and can potentially increase the number of visitors to your site. In that regard, thumbnails are not only important for grabbing attention but also for overall conversion.

Introductory lines

Here are some examples of how to use introductory lines as attention grabbers when you start a video:

  1. “Have you ever wondered what would happen if… “
  2. “Although there are a lot of stories regarding …. the real truth behind it is very different”
  3. “Here are some easy tips that will help you with… “

Initial sentences are a good way to set a viewer in the right direction. You need to create a question in their head, to create a reason why they should continue watching this content. You can also try and be actionable, to teach a viewer something new or to share less known information. People simply love it when their curiosity is peaked and this is one of the best triggers to grab their attention.

Word of precaution. When writing your initial sentences try to be brief. There is no real reason for having an introduction that is longer than 30 seconds. Even if people watch this video, it is unlikely they will watch something else on your channel.

Video quality and graphics quality

When it comes to cameras, today most of them have high resolution so this shouldn’t be much of an issue. Still, I have noticed videos that are so low in quality that it is hard to watch them.

On the other hand, we have animation and other graphics solutions.

The best advice I can give you here is not to produce a video if you’re not 100% certain of your skills.

Explainer videos and other forms of video that are heavily reliant on visuals have to have a good crew working on them. In this day and age when everyone has some technical knowledge, you need to be at least mediocre.

Needless to say, if you have good skills and you’ve shown it within a video, you are more likely to grab people’s attention and make them sit through the entire video no matter what.

Having a well-focused goal

There are 3 attention-grabbing approaches you need to know if you wish to retain their attention:

  1. Always bring up a point; avoid meaningless sentences and anything else that dilutes content
  2. Stay focused and keep your eyes on the main story
  3. Avoid format that is too long

Bear in mind one thing: even if you’re focused, you can drive away people by trying to prolong the video. In the YouTube world, shorter is better so make sure to be reasonable.

Closing thoughts on attention grabbers

Unfortunately, videos are still underutilized which is a real shame. Furthermore, it is probably the most engaging format you have at your disposal. There is simply nothing better that can grab people’s attention.

Start using these videos to enrich content on your blog. Use them as attention grabbers for the visitors coming to your site. If you do everything properly, you will be able to boost your web traffic tenfold improving the positions of your pages and with it, the profit of your company.

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Originally published at https://breadnbeyond.com on October 2, 2017.

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