Nonprofit Video: 12-Tool Roundup
Easy (and inexpensive) tools to get you started or take your video engagement to the next level
Lately, it seems as if video is threatening to completely take over the world of online content. Chances are, your nonprofit has at least experimented with video, or may be using it as often as time and costs allow. Here are a few tools and suggestions to help you incorporate video as part of a comprehensive engagement strategy.
We recently focused on the power of visuals as a nonprofit storytelling superpower, exploring how organizations (dotOrgs, if you will) can use the different types of visual media effectively, including video. Video, however, is its own storytelling medium, and it can seem overwhelming, especially to a small nonprofit.
2017 Video Content Predictions & Statistics
A few statistics compiled by HighQ about current and anticipated online video usage.
View the full infographic report from HighQ
From carefully crafted movies on video hosting platforms like YouTube and Vimeo, to off-the-cuff live streams on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, to media-rich websites, video usage is on the rise…and with good reason. People love it. They can’t help but watch.
Without any further ado, here are 12 tools to consider for your nonprofit content, social media and productivity:
Live Streaming — Be There or Miss Out
As mobile and desktop bandwidth has increased, live streaming video has been on the rise. There’s something about being able to share a moment with friends or organizations near and far that creates a sense of connection, and the importance of a live “event” not to be missed. As a bonus, the videos created live are often easily repurposed as content for other platforms.
Video Conferencing and Webinars
As mobile and desktop bandwidth has increased, live streaming video has been on the rise. There’s something about being able to share a moment with friends or organizations near and far that creates a sense of connection, and the importance of a live “event” not to be missed.
Video Creation Tools: Animations & Explanations
Creating original narrative videos can seem like the most daunting task. Fortunately, there are many tools available that make it easy to create fun and engaging videos. Many even have music libraries built in that you can use to set the tone or keep things moving. The toughest part may actually be just writing the script.
Sometimes, the easiest way to explain something is to just show it. From training your volunteers on how to edit your website or use your email platform, to demonstrating your new website to potential donors, to recording slideshows right off of your desktop, a good video screen capture program can save you a lot of time.
There are a number of tools dedicated to this use. We like Screencastify because it has a free version, is really flexible, and can record your video camera at the same time so people can see you as you present what’s on your screen.
What if you could send an email to your supporters and they could just play it right in the email, with a button to “donate” or any other call to action?
Well, you can’t. At least not reliably, just yet. Video in email is still an evolving technology, but one that has been on the wishlist for marketers and communications professionals for years now. BombBomb is pushing the way forward in this realm, with a full marketing system and tracking built in, but it’s not cheap.
Email newsletter providers are also trying to fill this need. Our favorite, MailChimp, will even cater to email apps that can’t play video natively by providing a thumbnail and link to the original video source instead. (Here’s MailChimp’s video embedding tutorial .)