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Video Marketing – How to Make a Video With a Small Budget

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Summary: We all know about the power of video. But creating a professional video for your business can be a daunting task. Here are some things to keep in mind to make powerful videos with small budgets.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Marketing videos are a popular medium among users and are growing in importance for business. A video is five times more memorable than words. According to statistics in the industry, 85% of businesses are using video as a marketing tool, and 92% of marketers who use video say it's an important part of their marketing strategy.

If you missed it, we recently hosted a webinar on the 6 Ways to Use Video Marketing Across Your Business. You can catch up on the webinar recap here.

Video Marketing – What’s That?

Video marketing can be divided into two sections: marketing with video and marketing a video.

Marketing with video: the video is part of a marketing campaign, used in newsletters, campaign pages, and social media. The main purpose of the video is to explain product features. This type of video production is targeted to warm contacts, i.e. those who are already familiar with your brand and have subscribed to your newsletter, signed up for a webinar, and joined your social media platform.

Marketing a video: used for branding and product launch. The video is created to distribute viral videos. Usually, the content is more entertaining and includes less technical aspects. The video is distributed on different video-central channels (YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr) and on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest).


YouTube is the world’s second most visited site worldwide, after Google. It’s also the second largest search engine. As a marketer, you should see this as an opportunity where you can reach your target audience, create your YouTube channel and offer users what they are looking for. YouTube statistics are impressive:

  • 500 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute worldwide
  • Over 1 billion hours of videos are viewed every day
  • Over 2 billion monthly YouTube users per month
  • 90% of US digital video content viewers use Youtube
  • Over 70% of YouTube visits come from mobile devices

What Type of Video to Produce?

Now when the video potential is clear, the next step is to choose what type of video to create. Don’t hesitate if you haven’t created any videos before. It doesn’t mean you need acting skills worth an Oscar or a Hollywood script. All you need are video goals, an idea, and production tools to create an effective video.

If you have a small budget, you can create a budget video with your own resources. You need a video camera, natural light, and a microphone. Use a creative co-worker for writing the script and work out the video conception. You can choose between four types of videos that are easy to create on your own:

  • Product video
  • How-to
  • Thought leadership video
  • News story

Businesses with bigger budgets can afford to outsource more ambitious video creation. These styles of videos have high-quality video and artistic value since they are produced by a professional team:

  • Entertaining/creative video
  • Linkbait

If you have a tight budget, it doesn’t mean you have to discount video marketing. You can create video clips even without special equipment. You can use free resources like:

  • Skype, Google Meet, or Zoom
  • Facebook Live
  • Instagram Stories or IGTV

Option One: The Product Video

The purpose of a product video is to introduce the features of the product/service. Product videos explain product peculiarity and give an extra boost for your target audience to buy the product. 


Option 2: The How-To Video

Explainer video content is very popular on YouTube. It’s a great video type to build your brand target audience. Videos focus on, as the name applies, how to do something. These videos are not about product features, but they instead share knowledge and value. The focus is not on sales but on creating trust.

Option 3: The Thought Leadership Video

Like how-to videos, thought leadership videos help to improve brand value. The purpose is to share your expert knowledge in your field. Thought leadership videos are great for earning quality links.

This can be a more-time consuming type of professional video to create. If you want to learn more about how to create your own thought leadership content, check out this video from Vidyard (a WSI partner!) to learn more about it:

Option 4: The News Story Video

A news story is basically a press release in video format. Video gets more attention, and it’s more likely to get on news site columns. News stories are quite similar to thought leadership videos with more focus on topicality.

Option 5: The Creative Video

Creative videos are created to boost the viral effect and get maximum attention. Creative videos can be uploaded on various social platforms to encourage sharing.

Option 6: The Linkbait Video

Linkbait videos are targeted to a niche, and they are created to generate links. Video content offers great value for those who are interested in a particular topic and can earn natural links.

Option 7: The Social Media Video

A great tool for a creative style of video on zero budget. You can choose between different filters and add a perfect mood for the video. You need a smartphone with a decent camera and a bit of creative thinking to create something awesome.


Video Call-To-Action

To get the maximum effect on your video production, add:

  • Social media follow: give viewers a reason to follow your YouTube account (e. g. weekly news stories or Q&A column).
  • Like/add to favorites/share: ask viewers to share and like your videos. Sometimes asking is all you need, so don’t be modest!
  • Comments: encourage viewers to comment and ask questions. Why not make a statement to cover the most interesting questions in your upcoming video?
  • Graphical elements: add the company logo, elements, and a website link to the video “end slate” to direct viewers to your homepage.

Check out this link for some ideas to get started on writing awesome CTAs. And if you're a CTA champ and you're looking for ideas to take your videos to the next level, check out our post on 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Video Marketing.


Video marketing is not rocket science. You can master video creation with simple resources. Choose the video format you would like to create and have fun. All you need is a bit of creative thinking, some practicing, and a place to shoot, and you are ready to create an amazing video to spice up your content!

For additional video marketing resources, download our video marketing guide!

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