Why Your Digital Marketing Strategy Needs a Storyboard

Why your Digital Marketing strategy needs a Storyboard

You already know that videos are a very relevant part of a Digital Marketing strategy, right?

Studies show that 72% of consumers prefer to watch a video to learn about a service or product instead of reading a text.

For the coming years, it is expected that 80% of all online traffic will focus on videos. And the numbers don’t stop there!

  • 90% of internet buyers say videos help in their purchase decision;
  • people spend a third of their online time watching videos.

In other words, there are no more reasons to underestimate the power a video has in a Digital Marketing strategy. But don’t assume that achieving great results is easy. It is necessary to invest in the production process.

In this context, one of the most significant phases that not everyone knows is the storyboard

It’s a kind of draft, frame by frame, that helps build the narrative, edit, plan, and compose the design and scenes.

Do you want to understand better how this tool works and how it can make your video strategy much more effective? In this text, we will go over:

Keep on reading!

What is a storyboard?

The storyboard is a sequence of drawings, frame by frame, with a sketch of the various scenes thought for a piece of video content.

This sketch’s visual is similar to that of a comic book, and the objective is to elaborate and detail the narrative’s sequence.

This resource formerly focused on animations, films, and games. But over time, it has also become very employed in graphic projects for advertising and marketing.

Due to its versatility, a storyboard allows you to compose the movie’s movement or the kinematics of a game. 

It can even demonstrate how a user’s navigation in a site or app happens.

In companies, this step of a video project is usually the responsibility of the creative teams. It must be focused on the buyer persona, regardless of the type of video content to be produced.

In other words, the goal is to develop a sequence of actions in the most entertaining, instigating, and visually comfortable way to optimize public engagement.

What does a storyboard look like?

Remember that movie you watched and loved so much that you wanted all your friends and family to watch too so you all could discuss the story?

This schematic drawing is responsible for a good part of the impression that such a movie caused in you.

That has been around for a long time in the cinema. To prove it to you, check out this storyboard example of the famous shower scene in “Psycho” from 1960:

psycho storyboard
Source: VashiVisuals

Notice how the designer created the visual narrative and how it guided the final cut:

The 2017 film “Get Out!” is another example of how some frames and compositions are crucial in producing art pieces. Indeed, they can create impactful scenes.

get out storyboard
Source: studiobinder

Also, this schematic drawing sets the video’s pace and time. It uses a beta version of the audio that will be produced for the final video, or even the final audio itself, already edited.

In this case, some editing synchronizes the storyboard’s static narrative with the sound, thus creating a moving draft, called “animatic”.

In this scene from the 2018 movie “Coco”, we can see how this kind of storyboard helped in the final animation:

Note that, at this time, there is no need to finish the drawings. It is the narrative that needs to be clear and very well defined. 

Among other points that may facilitate editing, the storyboard should include:

  • indications of movement in the scene;
  • by which side the character enters and where it leaves;
  • the trajectory a given object will take;
  • the camera angle;
  • cuts;
  • duration of each take.

Rigid drawings can hinder the fluidity, especially if your video has more dynamic content.

One point that generates questioning is: do I need to know how to draw?

Well, if you have notions of design or creation, you will develop your project better. After all, the storyboard indicates what the director, animator, or designer will follow visually.

If you don’t have this basis, but you value the best possible quality, you better hire an animator or a designer because they know the cinematographic narrative.

However, it is possible to create a storyboard for some projects without much ability to draw. See this example, used to develop a layout for a website:

website storyboard
Source: PlayitAway

What does it have to do with Digital Marketing?

With the search for videos increasing on the internet and the certainty that they will dominate the market more and more, those who develop knowledge about this production will surely come out ahead.

In Digital Marketing, and especially in Content Marketing, videos are already being useful in many ways. That includes presenting a product, an announcement of new content, or the revitalization of existing content.

Besides the already known image capturing, motion graphics is another way widely used to create attractive pieces.

Another differential to be successful is the storytelling

In a storyboard, it is necessary to develop a creative scheme that draws the user’s attention in the first seconds after they press play.

How to create a storyboard?

Now that you understood the importance of this strategy for Digital Marketing, let’s go to a small guide about this phase of the project!

Think before you execute

After completing the script of a given project, it is time to think about the storyboard and, consequently, the storytelling. Try to visualize the whole plot of the project from beginning to end.

That is also a great way to check possible problems and inconsistencies in the script to apply changes, avoiding rework after completion.

Start sketching

In a new file, in visual development software, or even on a sheet of paper, draw the panels that will represent your screen.

When sketching the scenes, insert all the notes you think are relevant, reserving some space for this below each frame.

Try to centralize the actions within the screen, where the viewer’s focus remains most of the time.

Be your own director

If necessary, create an animatic by synchronizing the storyboard with the audio. Try to work on the rhythm of the sequences, giving time for the consumer to digest the message, but be objective.

It is better for a short video to use less text — whether in dialogue or onscreen text — and more visual exploration. You perform what you define on the video timeline, so plan this part well.

Voilá!

After following all these steps, your storyboard will be ready to guide the next phase of the project: the execution of image capturing.

Bonus: what tools can help you create a storyboard?

There are different tools for creating a quality storyboard, and we picked up some to help you. Let’s talk about them!

The good old paper and pen

Yes, there is some illusion that this step needs to be totally polished, meticulously formatted, with a beautiful drawing, and that the digital is always better.

That is a myth. Even today, big companies and studios worldwide use paper and quick scribbles in brainstorms to defend or present solutions because the idea is the most important.

Software

Some software solutions are excellent for creating storyboards. The most used are Photoshop and Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. However, if you want to try free software, there are good options like Storyboarder and Plot.

A drawing tablet is an excellent tool to use any of these.

Online tools

If you don’t have any software, there are online platforms with features aimed to speed up this step and optimize your team’s workflow.

One of them is Boords, a clean and intuitive tool developed to facilitate the creation of animatics. In case you don’t have a scanning table, you can insert ready-made images and build a timeline.

As you know, images help boost content and engage customers, besides giving your blog a much more pleasant look.

Now, imagine breaking through the static barrier and exploring the movement of videos with incredible animations and captures. It generates proximity, and the user feels you are sending a message directly to them.

That is an additional advantage audiovisual pieces provide. We can use them positively and educationally, avoiding weariness or disinterest right at the beginning of the content.

Now that you understand what a storyboard is and how it can influence your marketing strategy’s success, expand your knowledge, and get to know everything about video marketing!

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