Looking for new ways to make your marketing stand out – try video animation! Custom animated videos can help your business improve conversions at every stage of your marketing funnel. In this article, we answer the most frequently asked questions about animated marketing videos including how to make them and how to use them to improve your marketing.
If you have a question about animated marketing videos that isn’t answered in this article, you can use our contact form to ask your question or click the image below to schedule a call with a member of our production team:
How can video animations help my marketing?
Gain More Awareness
Marketers use animated videos to help generate awareness because they’re eye catching and short. Concise animated videos draw in people’s attention and viewers are more likely to stick around for the full 5 – 30 second animated video. If they’re intrigued by your animation, they’re more likely to visit your website to watch a longer, more detailed explainer video.
Animated promotional videos and marketing animation videos are designed to create a compelling narrative designed to encourage viewers to take action and learn more about becoming your customer. A lot of this comes down to marketing strategy and great script writing. You can also increase your odds of generating a lead from people who watch your animated video by adding an email capture form to your video player.
Nurture Leads To Close More Sales
Educational animated videos make it easier for people to learn new information because they’re fun to watch and the animated illustrations are designed to help create visual metaphors that explain the content and make it easier to retain and remember the information. By providing easy-to-consume educational marketing content on your website and in your lead nurturing campaigns, you are making it easier for your leads to decide if they should become a client of yours.
Animated Marketing Video Examples
How To Make An Animation Video for Marketing
First, we’ll send you a questionnaire to understand what you want your marketing video to be about. After we review your responses, we’ll use that information to develop the script for your animation. We’ll send you the first draft when it’s ready in 2-4 days. We recommend reviewing the script with your internal team and members of your target audience to see if it resonates with them. Once you collect everyone’s feedback, send it to us and we will revise your script in 1-2 business days. If you love the 2nd draft as-is, we’ll proceed to the next stage of production. Otherwise, let us know what revisions you want us to make and we’ll continue working with you until you are completely happy with the script.
Budget saving & time saving tip:
You can speed up production and save hundreds-thousands of dollars off your production budget if you write the script for your marketing video. Check out our scriptwriting resources where you can download our free scriptwriting template.
Next, we’ll develop the storyboard for your marketing video animation. What is a storyboard? A storyboard is like the blueprint for your video. It tells the illustrators what art to create and it tells the animators how to animate the art. It takes 2-5 days to create a storyboard. Then we’ll send it to you for your feedback. Below is a diagram that shows an example of what a page of a storyboard looks like:
Send us your feedback to let us know how you want us to revise your storyboard. We’ll revise the storyboard in 1-3 business days and send it back to you for approval or another round of feedback and revisions.
Budget Saving Tip:
You can save hundreds-thousands of dollars off your animated marketing video’s production cost if you create the storyboard yourself. Download our free storyboard creation guide and storyboard template PDF.
Once the script and storyboard are locked in, we can audition voiceover talent for your video. We’ll select 1-5 people to record auditions for your voiceover. This way, you can hear what kind of energy and presentation they will bring to your script. After you select your preferred voiceover talent, we will have them record the full voiceover and we will acquire the appropriate broadcast rights to use the voiceover in your marketing video. You will get an opportunity to review the full voiceover and request edits before approving it for production.
We’ll also select a handful of soundtracks that we think will enhance the presentation of your marketing video. Give them a listen and let us know which one you prefer. Then we’ll acquire the appropriate broadcast license to use the soundtrack in your animated marketing video. Not sure which one works best? We can help you preview the options when the first draft of your video is ready to review.
After your storyboard is approved, our art director will begin developing custom concept art for your video. They will review your branding and any style references you provided. Then, they will select a key scene from your storyboard and design that scene using one or more unique visual styles. Give them a review and let us know your honest feedback about the concept(s).
If you love one of the concepts as is, we’ll use it to develop the rest of the art in that style.
Do you like details from multiple pieces of concept art? Let us know what they are and we’ll use that information to develop a new piece of concept art for you to review. We will continue to work with you to refine the new concept art until you are completely happy with it.
Not a fan of any of the concepts? That’s ok! Share your honest feedback and we’ll use it to develop fresh concept art for you to review. We will continue to work with you until you end up with a visual concept that you are thrilled with.
After the concept art is approved, our illustrators will create all of the art for your animated video and give you an opportunity to review and request edits before approving the art for animation.
Now that the illustrations are approved and the voiceover is good to go, it’s time to animate! Animation takes about 1 week for each minute of video we are animating. Larger projects (over 2 minutes) will add additional animators to the project to speed up animation. When the first draft is ready, we recommend reviewing it with your internal team and members of your target audience to ensure everything looks great and makes sense. Collect everyone’s feedback and send it to us to address the final edits and deliver the final draft to you.
How long does it take to make a marketing animated video?
Marketing video animations take about 3-8 weeks to create a 2D animated video. If you want to make a 3D animated video, we recommend allocating at least twice as much time to get your marketing video produced. Want your video produced quick? Read about rush delivery animation and then contact us to get a custom quote.
Explainer Video Production Timeline
For a deep dive on how long each stage of the animated video production workflow takes and what to expect at each stage of production, check out this companion article:
How to make the most of my animated marketing video?
If you’re outsourcing the production of an animation, these resources will help ensure your project goes as smooth as possible. Is your animated video being created to help serve a business objective or initiative? We also included resources to help you improve the marketing outcomes of your video animation.
Scriptwriting Tips & Resources
- How to write a script for an animated explainer video?
- 7 Tips to help you write a great script for your animated video.
- Examples of explainer video scripts and how to write them.
- Download our free script writing template.
Storyboard Creation Tips & Resources
- What is a storyboard?
- How to create a storyboard for an animated video?
- Extra tips to help you build a great storyboard for an explainer video.
- Download our free storyboard template and storyboard creation guide.
Things To Think About Before Production Starts
- Learn about the different styles of animation.
- Pick the right visual style for your animated video.
- Review our explainer video tips.
- How to figure out the right pricing option for your animated video.
- 9 Things to look for when hiring an animation studio, freelancer or Video Igniter.
Sales & Marketing Animation Video Tips
- 6 Ways to get high viewer engagement for your animated videos.
- How to use animated videos to improve your sales and marketing efforts.
- 7 Tips for using and improving your business’ explainer video.
- How to grow your business with visual content marketing.
- Learn how to interpret your video’s viewer stats to see if it needs improvement.
- How to use a sales animation video to increase sales.
- A/B Test variations of your animated video to improve its conversion rate.
- How to use animated videos to generate leads.
- Learn how an animated sales video can improve your bottom line.
- What are the benefits of using animated videos for digital marketing?
How to find the best animation producer for your marketing video?
Selecting the right animated video producer is a key decision in the animated video production workflow. These resources will help you figure out the right animation producer and animation style for your timeline and budget:
- 9 Things to Look For When Hiring An Animator to create an explainer video.
- How to outsource an animated explainer video project?
- How to hire an animator?
- Pros and Cons of Different Animation Styles
- What’s the difference between hiring an animation studio, a freelance animator and Video Igniter?
- What goes into production cost of an explainer video?
- Learn the types of online animated video makers.
- Need your video fast? Learn about rush delivery.
- What is Video Igniter Animation?
What does it cost to make a cartoon marketing video?
Animated videos usually cost a few thousand dollars to produce a single minute of animation. Pixar’s 90 minute animated movies cost over $100,000,000 to produce. The Simpsons (used to) cost ~$22,000-$28,000 to produce the art and animation for each minute of the show – and that doesn’t factor in the cost of script writing, storyboarding or the expensive voiceover talent.
But what about an animated video for your company’s marketing? These videos tend to cost between $1,500-$7,500 to produce each minute of animation. If you spend less than that, you’ll end up with a cheap looking animated video that can deliver a negative perception of your brand. It’s easy to spend over $10,000 to create a 2D or 3D animated video. But with proper planning, it’s possible to produce a stellar looking animation while keeping your budget down to $3,000-$7,500/min.
Looking for pricing information? Request access to our newest price sheet here.
Or, contact us to get a custom quote.
To learn more about what goes into the cost of an animated video, check out this companion article: https://videoigniter.com/cost-of-an-explainer-video/
Budget saving tips for your animated marketing video:
Write your script
You can save hundreds-thousands of dollars off your production budget by writing your own script. Check out all our scriptwriting resources here.
Create your storyboard
Same story for your storyboard. Lots of budget saving to be had if you create your own storyboard. Check out our storyboard template and storyboard creation guide here.
Record your own voiceover
Check out 1:31 in the video below to learn how you can record your own professional sounding voiceover for free without having to buy any fancy equipment or special software:
Use stock assets
Not every part of your marketing video animation needs to be custom made. Consider asking your video animator if they can help reduce your production cost a little by using some stock images, videos, text, icons, clip art and pre-made 3D models. Free (or low cost) icons, clip art, stock images, fonts, graphs and video clips are available on sites like Mixkit, TheNounProject, Google Font Library and Envato Elements.
Use free (legal) music from these sites:
Resources on how to make cheap animated marketing videos
How to make cheap animated explainer videos.
Make animated marketing videos for free
How to make animated videos for free.
What is the Video Igniter animated video production platform?
Video Igniter offers animated video production services online. We’ve modernized the experience of creating a custom animated video to help you save on your production costs, and create custom content faster. We streamline the complex process of making a marketing animation video and do all the work for you. All you need to do is tell us what you want us to create and then send feedback for the assets that we create for your marketing video (script, storyboard, voiceover, soundtrack, art and animation).
If you’re looking for a website to make an animated video, Video Igniter is a new kind of custom animated video production service that enables you to create any kind of animated video you can imagine. Our talented staff collaborates behind the scenes to create custom 2D and 3D animated videos so you don’t have to figure out if you have the right animator for the kind of animation you want to get created. We handle all the technical and creative aspects of production for you including your script and storyboard (if you haven’t already created them yourself).
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Marketing Video Animation Success Stories and Testimonials
“My whole family and everyone on Facebook thinks you are amazing. My whole office is freaking out.”
Patricia Shields – Real Estate Agent
“Video Igniter came to us with a number of creative and engaging ideas and were able to create an exciting, impactful video in a short period of time. And the best part was that it cost much less than other options of similar quality. The video they made is a great marketing tool for us.”
Alex Raymond – Founder, Kapta Systems
“Video Igniter offered us the critical combination of creative value, clear communication, and patience with stakeholder feedback. We ended up with truly high-quality design assets for our video series largely due to the extra level of commitment — and the right balance of efficiencies with flexibility in the process when called for.”
Larry Schlessinger – Sr. Creative Program Manager, Amazon Web Services
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