Over the years, we’ve found ourselves moving into a visual-centric world. With our attention spans becoming shorter and our patience wearing thinner, video has become one of the most powerful and popular forms of marketing content.
One thing that video is particularly great for is explaining how your organisation works, what you do and why your audience needs you. This is called an explainer video and it’s a quick and easy way for your audience to find out everything they need to know. Explainer videos can come in many formats, but one of the most popular and cost-effective types is animation.
Creating explainer animations is one of our most popular requests here at Eleven. So we wanted to round up our ultimate guide to creating effective explainer animations that will convert your viewers into customers.
Successful explainer animations that effectively engage an audience all follow a tried and tested formula. The video should flow through the following process:
An effective explainer animation will use visuals to illustrate each stage of the process, as well as speaking to them in a language that they’ll understand.
This part often becomes a sticking point, as understandably many organisations will have quite a lot that they want to say to their audience. But when it comes to an explainer animation, less is most definitely more.
According to a case study, the optimum length for an explainer animation is around 90 seconds. Anything less than 45 seconds will struggle to get your point across, and anything longer than 2 minutes will run the risk of boring your audience and losing their attention.
Whilst there’s no rigid rule on exact timings, your explainer animation should really be only as long as it needs to. One common reason explainer animations become too long is when they stray away from their original purpose - to explain a solution to a problem. So keep the focus on the message in hand, make sure that you follow the formula, and this should keep it both concise and engaging.
Explainer animations are essentially a combination of several elements that work in harmony with each other. These are as follows:
Making sure your video content is accessible simply means creating it in a way that everyone can experience and enjoy. Think of accessibility as best practice for your explainer animation, no matter who’s watching it.
You should plan your explainer animation with accessiblility in mind from the very start. For example, if you’re including audio descriptions then you’ll need to allow enough time between scenes for these to be read. And if there are words on the screen as part of the video, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough time for your viewers to read them before the screen changes.
Choosing a suitable font and text size for your captions is also crucial, and you should make sure that there is room for these in your animation design so that they’re not overlaying anything important. For a more in depth look at making sure your video content is accessible, check out our recent blog here.
We’ve created a whole host of accessible explainer animations over the years, but this one we created for the National Institute for Health Research is one of our favourites.
If you’re interested in turning your complex message into an effective explainer animation, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with a member of our team today.