I had the pleasure of speaking at The Aesthetic Meeting 2015 in Montreal (ASAPS) last month. This event is a gathering of aesthetic plastic surgeons from around the world.
In this video clip, I talk about creating video and offer three important tips for executing your video strategy: when to OWN your content, why it's critical to BE authentic, and tips to PLAN in less time, before you execute.
When you own your video content, you'll be able to leverage it across all of your marketing tactics from newsletter emails to your YouTube channel. If a potential patient finds your video online, they should be able to click through to your website, not your videographer's site or to a competitor's video on the same topic. Sometimes it makes sense to co-brand and create videos for websites like RealSelf of SnapChat but if it's content that is valuable to use in other aspects of your marketing, we strongly recommend investing in the production and having it for as long as you'd like.
An authentic response and a conversational tone connects with a viewing audience much deeper than a stiff and scripted production. Some of the most powerful videos with doctors and dentists are when they forget about the camera and speak to an interviewer about their work. In this format, their knowledge, expertise, passion, and personality are much more likely to resonate with potential patients. So ditch the scripts and teleprompters and work with someone who can make sure you are as fabulous on camera as you are off.
Carefully consider your objective in creating videos. Do you want to educate? Become an authority in your area of specialty? Do you want to promote a specific procedure that you are passionate about? When you are particularly enthusiastic about your purpose for creating video, it shows. Another consideration when planning your videos, is to include videos about procedures that make you money! Patient testimonials are fantastic for this purpose.
Click to watch the full presentation from ASAPS.
The point of this is to make sure that you feel confident and are empowered enough to be able to create these videos yourself and leverage them so they are easily part of every other piece of your marketing channel.
OWN it So one of the first pieces for "create" is to OWN it. Honestly, the thing that makes me want to call every doctor when I watch their video is the fact that if I click their video and it goes to their videographers channel on YouTube or it goes to another company. Unless you have a strict co-branding strategy where that is part of your plan, that's great. But, if you're creating video and you're investing in that video, I strongly suggest that it lives on your own YouTube channel so you have the opportunity to leverage it as well. I always use the analogy, would you rather own a home in an upcoming neighborhood or would you rather rent? If you're owning that house and investing in it, you can do the nicest stuff, you can do the upgrades and 10 years down the road, it's still yours. Versus if you are leasing it or renting it, you just have to pay the price that goes up. So do it well, do it once, and build on that foundation.
BE it Number 2, I've heard this from many of my colleagues. I did talk to RealSelf about video and they confirmed this, too, being authentic, being conversational, educational, telling a story that is real instead of staged or with a teleprompter is what people want. And not only that, they can see through a lot of the other stuff so throw out the teleprompter or don't pay extra for the teleprompter. Rather, have somebody interview you. I find that that is one of the most effective ways that we can truly get the nature and the personality of the doctor or the testimonial or the patient - is to have a conversation with them. Because they forget the camera is on them and they are more open to really tell the true story. And for you, you know the answers to many of these questions. You do this every day, you talk about it every day. There's nothing different than you talking to a camera pretending that that camera is a patient and when you're answering those questions imagining them there, it will matter. Because guess what's on the other side of that: that potential patient. So BE it.
The last piece. We want to OWN it, we want to BE it, and then the last piece is to PLAN it.
PLAN it I'm not talking about the 4-week planning session I had to do in Oregon for my 2 commercials, but really have a good idea of what it is you want to accomplish. Do you want to accomplish some educational videos? What are those videos? When I work with clients, we like to make sure that people think about what procedures do they love the most. If you are just getting started in video, think about the procedures that you love the most. Educate them on that, because what will happen is you will be able to 1) promote yourself or educate more people in the procedure that you love and you will get more awareness and branding there, and 2) you will also get a sense of how to have that enthusiasm as you are speaking on camera. When you are talking about something that you love, it will come out more naturally and it will be a great starting place for you as you continue with video.
And then the second piece, of course, is what are the procedures that make you money. And those are the videos that you want out there as well. Not only educational videos, but testimonials.
So OWN it, BE it, PLAN it.